The latest technology plays a central role in MT Højgaard’s construction of the shell structure for the new Aalborg University Hospital (NAU), a 155,000 sq m super hospital.
Latest technological opportunities
At the forefront are two young engineers who ensure that the construction process is optimised for the benefit of the employees at the site, the construction engineer, the senior project manager and, not least, the client. The project uses the latest technologies, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Design Construction (VDC) tools to visualise the construction process and to share information digitally with each other.
“To become a BIM coordinator at MT Højgaard, you go through extensive training internally. MT Højgaard takes training seriously and we’ve had around 20 course days including assignments, says BIM co-ordinator and construction engineer, 26-year-old Kristian Kvottrup, a civil engineer in construction management.
Frederik Riis-Pedersen (29) is a BIM specialist and structural engineer. He says of the opportunities at MT Højgaard:
“There is a great demand for people with BIM skills, so there are many opportunities for those who want to use the latest technology. If they’re interested, MT Højgaard gives new employees both knowledge and responsibility,” he says.
Co-operation and discussion
The two engineers are in charge of the 3D material that is essential for the optimisation of the project. Through his experience with BIM, Frederik has helped Kristian get started with the processes, and today they’re exchanging views and dividing the tasks between them. Kristian mainly ensures that the project material reaches its users, while Frederik checks that changes in the material are handled correctly.
Frederik and Kristian are right in the middle of the whole construction project and are in touch with all the participants. Every team has at least one iPad available, on which they can view in 3D and in colour what needs to be done or changed on the project.
“We get a bit of a kick when we get one of the older guys at the site to use the iPad and hear them say “it's great,” says Frederik.