Quadri has become a de facto industry standard
More than 5000 civil engineers are now using Trimble’s Quadri BIM collaboration solution in their daily design and construction of new civil infrastructure. The Oslo-developed BIM server has emerged as a key to obtain BIM Level 3 – today’s ultimate level that optimizes model collaboration and minimizes mistakes and conflicts – in the whole lifecycle of projects.
From initially being an exciting state-of-the-art technology that only the industry’s technology enthusiasts dared to invest in, Quadri today, through its owner Trimble, is a robust and well-functioning solution that both big and small customers benefit from. During the last couple of years also the industry's leading “locomotives” commonly use Quadri – engineering consultants, contractors as well as project owners.
Model-based collaboration changes the traditional work processes. In turnkey projects all stakeholders collaborate closely in the planning, design as well as construction phase. They work daily with real-time model updating. The Quadri solution has, in combination with Novapoint 20 and other design tools, become the central model hub in big and small infrastructure projects where you have multiple disciplines and players.
What is Quadri?
Trimble Quadri is a cloud-based BIM server and collaboration solution, allowing all infrastructure disciplines to share a central project model. Quadri is the key to obtain BIM Level 3 maturity, supporting open standards like LandXML, GML and IFC.
Quadri provides a standardized work environment in which multiple disciplines can collaborate in parallel. Together with Trimble Novapoint Base the project members can share model tasks, objects and files in a standardized way, with significant increase in productivity and quality as a result. The joint central model is based on ISO 19100 and becomes an open and sustainable model which easily can be adjusted to contract terms and national industry requirements.
What users are saying about Quadri:
«We can now work together without being afraid of the model becoming corrupt or files being overwritten. Everyone has access to the same data. Quadri has really proved to be a good collaboration platform. Frequent software updates have made the functionality constantly better. Trimble has made great progress in a relatively short time. They work intensively with improvements and new developments.»
– Joachim Salomonsen, Civil Engineer, Asplan Viak
«Multidiscipline engineering in this way is actually a lot of fun and very useful. You see the project visually holistic, and you continuously see all changes being made, which is not easy if you're not working in the same model. The joint Quadri model makes it easier to visually control interdisciplinary details and to see how things reside in relation to each other. A much more efficient and secure way of working in large projects.»
– Elisabeth Schilvold, Project Engineer, Oslo VAV
Discovers interdisciplinary errors
«Interdisciplinary the BIM tools also provide a quicker way to detect design conflicts. The threshold for self-controlling is much lower since the 3D view in Quadri is simple and continuous. You discover conflicts significantly faster, and it becomes easier to bring them up. Moreover, when correcting something, you see right away if it gets right.»
– Christian Thorstensen, WS Discipline Manager, Multidiscipline Projects, Rambøll
«Based on the lessons learned from the Joint E6-Dovrebanen Project and others, we strongly believe that this way of carrying out the InterCity project lead to substantial gains. Detail engineering using 3D and BIM leads to fewer interdisciplinary conflicts in the design phase. Consequently also significantly fewer mistakes and rework on the construction site. The 3D model will be reused and exploited in all phases, including by the contractors. The goal is that the efficiency will lead to substantial savings and better quality in all areas.»
– Kristin Lysebo, 3D Manager, Norwegian Rail Administration
Very positive experience
«Having several designers from different disciplines sharing and working together with a common model, you get a very solid condition for developing a good road plan. By assembling all discipline data into one single project model, we are able to visualize and assess different alternatives, and take into account respective advantages and disadvantages. It is extremely valuable to see the design in 3D, directly in the Quadri model. You detect errors and design conflicts more or less instantly. Consequently we can find good solutions earlier in the design process, helping to increase the efficiency and quality of the project. The collaboration platform works very well indeed.»
– Arthur Thuman, Roads, Landscapes and WS Planner, ÅF
Saves a lot of time
«Quadri enables several engineers to work on the same project at the same time, with a joint project model. In this collaboration model all discipline models are kept up to date and are visible to everyone. This makes interdisciplinary collaboration much easier. In Quadri we have all the functions we need for interdisciplinary control. This is a great advantage, especially when several different companies work together on the same project. The efficient data flow saves us a lot of time.»
– Erlend Sand, BIM Coordinator and WS engineer, COWI
«Turnkey contracts have become more and more common, requiring close collaboration between the project partners from the very beginning. Engineering and construction is being done more or less in parallel. The BIM model facilitates quality communication between the project members throughout the whole process. You obtain a closer and qualitatively more confident collaboration between the players. The design model makes it much easier for us to get access to construction data and drawings in order to get the construction process progressing well. It is imperative for a turnkey contract to have such a close collaboration.»
– Daniel Ring, Construction Manager, Big Projects, NCC
«Everything becomes readily accessible and clear to all parties. When you sit there and design, it's a great advantage to see all the relevant disciplines in 3D, twist and turn the model – and for example see that two roads that are supposed to meet, really do that at the detail level. You get more confident that your design is correct this way.»
– Johan Malmström, Ground and Railway Designer, Kreera
For more information, please contact:
Idar Kirkhorn, Managing Director | Business Area Director Civil Solutions
Trimble – Civil Engineering and Construction
+47 97 68 65 28