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Reope is now the name of our company in Norway. We’re changing it from Bad Monkeys to Reope.

I have always been a late bloomer, and have finally come to understand that when you build a company, you also build a brand. And when you build a brand for a company, you need to control and own that brand. It’s as simple as that. We cannot control what the Bad Monkeys brand does, and frankly, I wouldn’t want to! I love the idea of the monkeys running wild, so to speak, and also think that anyone controlling the monkey brand would ruin the monkey identity.

So, we need the company and the network to be two different things; Reope – part of the Bad Monkeys network.

Being part of Bad Monkeys offers a lot of benefits. We collaborate on projects and products. We share resources and knowledge. And we meet up whenever global pandemics are not happening, which is always great fun.

Why Reope?

For us, Reope means a recurring surprise, or a new discovery by accident. It consists of re and ope, where re is Latin for starting over again, and ope is midwestern for oops! This is how it is to program for us. Like I tell my friends sometimes: I just click all the buttons and see what happens.

Our Reope rebrand launch video, where I explain to my mom what’s going on.

So how can Reope help you?

Reope operates as your software development department. Instead of hiring one developer who knows perhaps one or two things really well, you hire us and together we deliver a range of services to you based on what you need most. You get a team of specialists who obsess about delivering valuable tools to you and your organization.

If you’re a building owner, you want to hire us to help your project teams deliver better designs faster. Your hired guns will operate at a higher level of efficiency, deliver more information faster, and spend their time working on value-adding activities and not assembly line repetitive distant look monkey work.

If you’re an architect or engineer, you’ll hire us to reduce your team’s wasted time on projects by scaling your dream workflows to your entire organization. We help your colleagues understand automation and we increase your Level of Happiness (LOH) through the removal of meaningless tasks. You get better tools and processes and happier architects and engineers.

And if you’re a contractor, you would want to hire us to turn the above into profit.

Because we’re architects and engineers, we understand which problems you need to solve and why. That’s also why we deliver fast. Send us your Dynamo script today, and you get a Revit add-in tomorrow.

We have been doing this for 3 years now, and it works. If you want to know more about who we are and what we’ve done, have a look at our website. If you want to know more about our business model and pricing, call me on my phone at +47 918 67 069 or email me at havard@reope.com. If what you need aligns with what we do, we will make your life better.

Edvard Munch and Bad Monkeys

Original post at badmonkeys.net.

There’s a building being built in Oslo right now. It’s going to be the new Edvard Munch museum and it’s a high profile project in Norway. It is designed by Spanish architects Herreros Arquitectos who have collaborated with local office LPO arkitekter. One of the guys organizing the construction process of the new Edvard Munch museum is Øyvind, and he’s a really nice guy. One of the reasons why I like him so much is that when he has problems with his building information modeling tools, he picks up the phone and calls the Bad Monkeys. Just like he did last year.

Last year Øyvind needed to coordinate the manufactured façade panels with the intended designed panels. The façade manufacturer Skandinaviska Glassystem (SGS) modeled all the panels for production in 1:1 (think LOD in Solidworks and the architects designed the building in Revit. Solidworks could export IFC that Revit could link, but the panel models were not referenced to the building coordinates because they were modeled for production.

Jakob, one of the brilliant engineers at SGS, exported 300 IFC files, barely covering the base of the building. Along with the IFC-files, which were totaling more than 1.5 GB, he mapped the placement and orientation of each part with Grasshopper and produced an Excel spreadsheet with file names, coordinates and vectors corresponding to each panel type’s intended location and orientation. Most of the IFC-files were repeated multiple times across the façade. For this small part of the building Øyvind needed to coordinate 3000 highly detailed façade panels with an already extraordinary amount of architectural, structural and technical BIM data. So he called us. Really nice guy.

Jakob Brusewitz at SGS mastering Grasshopper during a meeting with Øyvind and others.

I got Dimitar Venkov on board and we started working on a Dynamo based workflow. I’ll spare you the details, but in short we created one Dynamo script that grabbed all the IFC-files in a folder, mapped and copied them around by file names, coordinates and vectors, directed by the Excel spreadsheet. Dynamo then imported the IFC geometry and pushed it to Revit as Direct Shape elements, using the same type of geometry that Link IFC utilizes. Using this lightweight geometry was the only way we could think of bringing to Revit without melting all computers trying to work on the models.

Nice guy Øyvind Børstad from ÅF Advancia mastering Dynamo with his eyes closed.

All the imports worked perfectly, and even though we had to minimise any visual fidelity in the views showing the imported data (no anti-aliasing, no shadows, only Shaded with no edges, and so on), the project team could perform pretty high detailed quality assurance and coordination between the design and fabrication models.

If you want to be a nice guy, like Øyvind, give us call. We’ll make your computer fly and teach you how we do it.

Official site of the building: kulturbyggene.no/munch

Animation showing how the building is intended to be: vimeo.com/99911001

Autodesk show casing how local architects at LPO work with BIM: youtu.be/Z-fVZqkI_6M (You can see Øyvind on site at 2:19)

Close up of “Klumpen” – a 40 MB IFC file no bigger than a football.

Close up on one of the corners.

Revit model after import. 2950 highly detailed IFC imports, automated with Dynamo by Dimitar Venkov.

Øyvind and me at the top of the slip forming right before Christmas.