Louis Scheepers (Rabobank)
The New Building Method
About Louis Scheepers
Louis Scheepers, a contracting firm in Roermond, was founded in 1951 before becoming part of Bouwbedrijven Jongen in 1981 and part of VolkerWessels in 1996. Contracting firm Louis Scheepers is mainly active in the central part of Limburg and in the province of North Brabant. The company, with a staff of about 100, handles all kinds of construction markets, including residential construction, commercial construction, maintenance, and renovation, and is capable of carrying out extremely complex projects.Read more
Better cooperation and reduced failure costs
Contracting firm Louis Scheepers is known for being innovative in development and creative in solutions, and as a quality builder. To stay ahead of the competition, two years ago Louis Scheepers began implementing BIM. Even though the organization itself does not have to be the frontrunner for this idea, it already is!
In 2010, a project was begun for a new Rabobank Advisory Centre in Roermond-Echt. For Rabobank, this new housing had to become the financial centre for Central Limburg. Ton Smitsmans, director of contracting firm Louis Scheepers, explains, 'We were responsible for the entire process from design draft to completion. Thanks to the utilization of BIM and 3D modelling in Revit, we were not only able to better visualize the unique and sustainable design and reduce the failure costs, but also to do so on budget.'
From 2D designs to 3D models
Louis Scheepers itself chose to start using a BIM working methodology based on Revit. The architect delivered 2D designs, and then a modeller from the Cadac Group was enlisted to support the conversion into a 3D model in Revit.
Harro Driessen explains: 'Our production planning department employees became increasingly excited as the 3D model grew in Revit. You experience a design, and the visualization gives you more confidence in its feasibility. The building has complex, slanted façade walls, and in traditional 2D CAD software visual representation is virtually impossible.' Harro Driessen, head of production planning, continues: 'Because not all of the project parties were working in 3D, we were forced to work with 2D drawings in addition to the virtual building model. However, because of the many advantages 3D offers, it is only a matter of time before all of the partners in the construction process will be working entirely in 3D.'
BIM represents more than just 3D modelling
Working with BIM represents more than the transition from 2D designs to 3D models. The collaboration between building partners is just as important as this transition, if not more important!
As Harro Driessen explains, 'whereas our management was immediately a great advocate of BIM, lower-level staff remained sceptical. In order to be able to work with BIM, building partners had to share their information; therefore, they had to lay all their cards out on the table.' Ton Smitsmans comments: 'The improved collaboration was immediately noticeable with the Rabobank project. The normally tense construction meetings were fairly "boring" because a lot of consultation had already taken place between the building partners during the preparations.' Harro Driessen adds, 'after completing the Rabobank project, we were convinced that BIM could be useful for us throughout the entire process, from development through to implementation. We also continued to develop our working methodology for our PlusWonen housing concept.'
The great advantages of BIM
BIM has many advantages:
- Views can be created before construction actually begins due to visualization and simulation.
- Consistent information is shared with BIM partners.
- Consistent drawings for each design and building phase.
- Insight into the materials used and the quantities.
- Improved process and production management.
- No surprises later on Getting things right first time assists with the management of the entire development and implementation process, thereby reducing the failure costs.
Better collaboration thanks to TheModus
To promote better collaboration between building partners, contracting firm Louis Scheepers has used TheModus, along with Revit, since 2010. This cloud-based BIM solution, developed by Cadac Group, standardizes and automates design processes and offers various options to analyse Revit models, generate reports, and easily share and manage entire projects.
As Harro Driessen says, 'as well as an extensive library, TheModus provides the ability to manage and share files, which also allows non-Revit users access to view the models and files. Every upload or publication also serves as a baseline, which dramatically simplifies the management of changes.'Read more about our TheModus Suite
The New Building Method
BIM and 3D represent a new way of working At Louis Scheepers, they refer to this as 'The New Building Method'. Among other things, this ensures better collaboration (chain integration), exchange of design information, and communication between building partners. Ton Smitsmans comments: 'With BIM, the digital model acts as the pivot point for the construction project; once you realize that you're no longer drawing but digitally building, you'll never want to go back!'