What is the project about?
- The KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) is a truly novel initiative in global health.
- It began as a ground-breaking collaboration in 2009 between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), with public sector support through Life Labs, the biotechnology investment arm of the South African government.
Who are the key players?
- Structural Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
With all these consultants working individually and producing flat paper work as the platform as a means of communication. This had proved to be problematic as there was no successful means of collaboration between all the consultant's work.
Open BIM Software Details
- KZNCAD (using ArchiCAD to co-ordinate services in complete BIM model)
- Architects (using 2D)
- Civil Engineer (using 2D)
- Electrical engineer (using 2D)
- Mechanical Engineer (using 2D)
- Mechanical Fire Engineer (Revit MEP)
- Structural Wetwork Engineer (using 2D)
- Structural Steel Engineer (using Tekla)
KZNCAD was employed to create a detailed 3D BIM model to assist decision making and visualization to resolve problems that occurred during the construction phase.
By using ArchiCAD to co-ordinate the consultant’s drawings in a 3D environment with intelligent BIM attributes assigned to all elements, it was easy to navigate through the building & find clashes with other consultant’s services and problems with the design.
Communicating back to the consultants in a format their preferred software could read, to amend their drawings, was very effective due to the fact that ArchiCAD is an OpenBIM medium.
- Construction halt due to MEP system and Structure clashes.
- Checking of building plans received vs. installed services.
- The appointment of new facility manager.
- Creation of a K-RITH BIM project from received drawings and on-site pictures taken.
- Ability to navigate and resolve clashes from the building site and continue construction.
- Continuous asset management of all equipment including commissioned products.
The fact that the 3D BIM model was ahead of construction made it possible to:
- Plan ahead & resolve clashes in a virtual 3D environment instead of resolving the problem on site, which could lead to a cost & time increase.
- To evaluate whether enough ceiling space has been allocated for the services, which is hard to judge in a 2D environment.
- Foresee possible design flaws.
A 3D floor with resolved service co-ordination.
Mechanical HVAC | Fire protection | Structural Engineering