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Project Norway (Prosjekt Norge) is owned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with several other groups acting as academic partners. In addition, all state development agencies are partners, together with contractors, consulting companies and the Oil and Gas sector. Project Norway is set up as a national centre of expertise for the development of future project processes through research and knowledge sharing. The centre’s ambition is that project-based industries in Norway will be at the forefront internationally in value-creating and cost-effective project execution.

Its purpose is to initiate research and establish arenas for knowledge and experience sharing between academia, agencies such as asset owners and the business sector as suppliers within project-oriented activities. The project has a goal to support the continuous improvement of project execution among its partners by contributing to:

  • Better and common development processes with our partners
  • Create professional development in collaboration with the partners
  • Create increased quality and added value for the partners
  • Invite new developments through collaboration across the sectors
  • Link the development of new knowledge more closely with project managers and owners.

Digitalisation is about establishing a basis for automatic information exchange between people, systems and machines. It’s about creating an information ecosystem where all systems’ generated information is utilised to streamline and optimise all processes. Project Norway is working to identify how digitalisation will help the Norwegian construction industry. Digitalisation will provide new opportunities to leverage available information to:

  • Streamline and automate processes
  • Optimise and foster development
  • Share available information in order to take act faster and improve processes
  • Share available information in order to improve analysis and decision-making.

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Norwegian State Railways (Bane NOR) is a state-owned enterprise responsible for the national railway infrastructure, subject to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Its purpose is to provide accessible rail infrastructure and efficient and user-friendly services, including hub and freight terminal development.

Bane NOR is responsible for planning, development, management, operation and maintenance of the national railway network, traffic management and management and development of railway property. It has the operational coordination responsibility for safety work and operational responsibility for crisis management. It is initiating an improvement programme to standardise deliveries and information flow of development projects upon handover to the operating organisation.

The purpose of this requirement document is to specify what information will be produced and provided in connection with the deliverables in a recent major road/rail project (FRE16). It was a prerequisite that information created as part of this project should in a later phase be able to be managed and operated by Bane NOR and the road organisations operational applications. The information should be delivered in order to set a standard that the industry can work to on future projects. In addition, the contractor is responsible for providing the necessary documentation together with the deliverables, and in accordance with the Contract.

The requirement document covers the following specifications:

  • Definitions
  • Requirements for model structures
  • Requirements for information content on objects in models, related to the work and delivery.

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The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen – SVV) is a government agency responsible for national and county public roads in Norway. This includes planning, construction and operation of the national and county road networks, driver training and licensing, vehicle inspection, and subsidies to car ferries. The agency is led by the Directorate of Public Roads (Vegdirektoratet), and is subordinate to the Ministry of Transport and Communications. It is divided into five regions and 30 districts, which are subordinate to the directorate.

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration decided to revise and merge the manuals V770 Model basis and R700 Drawing Basis into a new guideline. It will be mandatory to follow the methods described in the new guideline. This means that 3D modelling based on quality-assured basic data becomes the norm in all road projects. The agency shall also focus on standardising information in the models, and courses and training materials will be developed for these methods.

Handbook V770 is a guidance document specifying the requirements for basic data and models. It sets requirements for how basic data and models are to be ordered, prepared and delivered in road projects. This handbook should contribute to:

  • Clear quality requirements for basic data
  • 3D engineering in all subjects
  • Standardised description of objects
  • Standardised description of models
  • Use of open, standardised formats
  • Use of models as a working basis in the construction phase
  • Standardisation of final documentation from project phases.

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Statsbygg is the Norwegian state’s key advisor in construction and real estate matters, including property owners, managers and developers.

All projects in Statsbygg are, unless otherwise agreed, submitted in accordance with the requirements of  Statsbygg’s BIM manual. Machine validation of model files makes it possible to assess the progress of model and quality of model deliverables related to the project phase.

A system called SIMBA compares reviews models against Statsbygg’s BIM requirements. SIMBA X refers to SIMBA requirement set templates for existing buildings. It is intended for use when buildings have already been built and there is a need to create an object model (BIM) of the built asset. The source of data for such a model can be various forms of scan (laser, photogrammetry), relevant DWG drawing sets, various forms of FDV documentation, surveys and inspections or a combination of these elements.

The purpose of creating the model may be general so that BIM can be used to provide information about the building or it may be due to specific needs related to management, in particular land and volume management, ongoing operation and planned maintenance, or disposal and circular economy. SIMBA X is the “base” requirement set, which assumes that the only source of data for creating the model (BIM) is a scan. It contains requirements for the correct use of object types, and a few selected properties that can be set on the basis of the scan.

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Statsbygg is the Norwegian state’s key advisor in construction and real estate matters, including property owners, managers and developers.

All projects in Statsbygg are, unless otherwise agreed, submitted in accordance with the requirements of Statsbygg’s BIM manual. Machine validation of model files makes it possible to assess the progress of model and quality of model deliverables related to a project phase.

A system called SIMBA compares reviews models against Statsbygg’s BIM requirements. SIMBA 2.0 contains a completely new set of requirements (claim set templates), regardless of requirements in previous BIM manuals (although relevant requirements from previous documents in many cases have been continued), and the claims sets are set up only for intended use against IFC4 models.

The set of requirements also includes a new methodology for communicating the need for information on given objects between the disciplines. In addition, a number of requirements have been added for the purpose of being able to reuse information in the BIM model throughout the project and the building’s lifecycle. 

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Statsbygg is the Norwegian state’s key advisor in construction and real estate matters, including property owners, managers and developers. It aims to be the state’s first choice in organising and planning, usually leading a number of the country’s largest and most complex construction projects.

At any given time Statsbygg will usually have over 100 live projects running. The use of BIM is an important part of its work on digitising building information. The organisation has set requirements for the use of BIM in all projects since 2011 and has developed its own requirement set for BIM deliveries.

This website contains information about Statsbygg and Norway’s current BIM deliverable requirements. All projects shall, unless otherwise agreed, submit in accordance with the requirements of Statsbygg’s BIM manual. Digital submissions, coupled with machine validation of model files, makes it possible to assess the progress of a model and the quality of deliverables related to a project phase. To facilitate this, there is a system called SIMBA, which compares reviews models against Statsbygg’s BIM requirements.

BIM requirements specify how BIM models are to be created, what information they need to contain and how it is structured. The quality of BIM models is important because the aim is to connect BIM models with information from other sources, so stakeholders must be able to trust that the information is correct and in the right place in all projects.

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