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Some illustrations of my previous work

Barcode structure below

In a previous life, as a reseller consultant, I had the opportunity and extreme pleasure of assisting Multiconsult with making the most out of one of their first and biggest BIM projects. Multiconsult is a Norwegian engineering company with a big Oslo-office, and they sure as hell did not fear project size when the engaged BIM for the first time.

Barcode structure above

Barcode structure above with section box around two elevator shafts

This particular project was basically three huge buildings right next to the new Opera in Oslo downtown. The buildings now near completion and form a central part of the so-called Barcode strip, or OperaKvarteret in Bjørvika. They are designed by the three architectural companies MVRDV, Dark Architects and a-lab, and just recently won the City-award for 2013.

Bjørvika now

I also did some work for the architects on this project, but that was very little compared to the structural modeling. Check out this video to get a picture of what the architects had to deal with:

One interesting aspect of the structural job was that this was the first time any of us tried to export a real (as in not four walls and a slab) analytical model to Robot for structural analysis. This was way back in 2008 and 2009 when the analytical tools in Revit Structure was crap and we had to do A LOT of manual labor in both programs. Finally we did manage to get some not totally ridiculous results, and the illustrations made by the eminent Jozef Waligora at TDA are quite nice.

Barcode floor moment analysis in RobotBarcode foundation slab gravity deflectionBarcode foundation slab water pressure deflection

This is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever worked on, and I have both hopes and pretty decent indications that I will do similar stuff in the near future.

A tribute overdue and a boost to the gallery


I have this friend who I’ve known since before I became an engineer and that I currently work with at Rambøll. His name is Anders, and since it’s mostly because of him that I started learning Revit in the first place I believe a modest mention is in place.

This guy is the only structural engineer I know who 3D detail all reinforcement in a project, use it for scheduling and 2D documentation, and export it to Max for some high end rendering. Of course he also just had to do a capture of his own bald head and reinforce that as well. (Some would say he should have done that a long time ago.)



As you can see in this site’s Gallery I have a thing for shaded Revit views exported as images (as contrary to rendered material). Anders has also done some cool stuff with shaded views, and this bridge is a good example.


Last up from my buddy is a short video he made using Particle Flow in Max on a structure project modeled in Revit 2013.