How do you merge the local BIM-community into the slightly bigger BILT-family? In Denmark, you open your doors! And that’s exactly what the local BIM-members in Aarhus did to give a taste of the Danish building mentality.
In Denmark, we like working together. We are fond of teamwork, enjoy brainstorming in groups and we definitely love collaborations! This eagerness to work across borders showed when the local BIM Management got the idea of an Open Door-event, held in connection with the BCS & BILT Europe 2017, in the city of Aarhus. Within a few days, BIM Aarhus collected 18 of Aarhus’ leading AEC firms for the event. The companies were then put together in groups, each representing a different aspect of BIM and its technologies.
“We wanted to welcome people into the BIM community and give an insight into the professional competency, culture and difference among the talented architects, engineers, landscape architects and entrepreneurs in our city,” tells Marianne Friis, Head of BIM management, Arkitema Architects and chairman in BIM Aarhus.
The premise for the contributing companies were that:
- All companies must have the same voice, no matter the size of the firm.
- Each tour is represented with different professional competencies, companies and company sizes, and some will have visits on construction sites.
- All companies get the chance to pick a subject that they are passionate about and do a presentation on this.
Altogether, this turned into eight individually arranged tours with different focal points – for example, “Collaboration, Computational Design and Technology in Buildings”. And the chance of experiencing the Danish way was very popular. All eight tours were fully booked with sign-ups from almost 300 people with a wide range of nationalities, which shows that the small country of Denmark has something to offer.
“As Danes, we are proud of our rumour as good collaborators, and the Open Door-event shows that we should be because we do have some qualities that others could learn from,” says Marianne Friis and continues:
“For all the involved, it has been a positive initiative and we are already talking about how we can use the BIM community for more concerted initiatives. It’s the ability to create change and knowledge-sharing that will bring the companies through the digital transformation.”
And the success of the BIM Open Door-event has also attracted attention at the BILT administration.
“BILT is more than just a conference series, it is about nurturing local and global communities in the digital build environment. In Aarhus, there is a very strong local community and having 18 local AECO’s open their doors to our delegates is an important piece in fostering that community,” says Marcus Fich, Chairperson, BCS Europe and Committee Member, BILT Europe.
“This whole week has been devoted to sharing ideas and passion. I’ve heard nothing but great food for thought coming from the people attending the Open Door-event,” he ends.
The companies were: AART, Arkitema Architects, BIM Aarhus, C.F. Møller, Cubo, Exigo, Friis & Moltke, LABLAND Architects, Link Arkitektur, MT Højgaard, NCC, New Nordic Engineering, Niras, Orbicon, Rambøll, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects SLA, Søren Jensen, Årstiderne Arkitekter