The construction of a new remarkable town hall is currently underway in the town of Førde on the west coast of Norway. Upon completion, the building will house administrative offices and facilities for the Førde municipality, and will encompass 9500 square meters across five floors.
All structural design and MEP design in the project has been carried out by Norconsult AS, the leading engineering and design consultancy in Norway. Structural design was carried out using Revit 2011 and 2012, and MEP design using MagiCAD for Revit with modules Heating & Piping, Ventilation and Electrical.
Demanding MEP design
The town hall’s clever architectural design, befitting the surrounding fjord scenery, required skilled workmanship also from the MEP designers working in the project.
– Working with MagiCAD and using a compound model enabled us to evaluate MEP solutions together with the structural side. This helped us simplify modelling and improved our understanding of the building, resulting in more elegant engineering solutions, comments Lars Vegsund from Norconsult.
– Comprehensive product model libraries are crucial in MEP design. We are pleased with the continuous development of MagiCAD’s product model databases.
– MagiCAD for Revit’s calculation, sizing and balancing functions for heating, cooling and ventilation systems had positive effects on the overall design quality during the project. MagiCAD’s support for the IFC format was useful, as it allowed us to use Solibri for project coordination with the architect Nordplan AS, and for providing the customer, the Municipality of Førde, with project visualisations, Lars says.
Smoother transition to Revit
The project has been an important milestone for Norconsult in terms of Revit use.
– Working with Revit provides important benefits in MEP design, as all systems can be designed in one integrated model, complete with structural data and connections between floors.
– Transferring and training our designers from AutoCAD to Revit also required some attention during the project. Our designers have always been very happy working with AutoCAD and MagiCAD for AutoCAD, so the challenge was to make the transition to Revit as seamless as possible. The latest MagiCAD version provided us with many useful improvements that made the transition smoother and easier for us, adds Lars.