DOKA Citygate project highlights the potential of BIM and 3D
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DOKA Citygate project highlights the potential of BIM and 3D

DOKA Citygate project highlights the potential of BIM and 3D

One of Northern Europe’s tallest office buildings is rising into the sky in the Gårda district in Göteborg. The 144 metre high building will provide 42,000 square metres of office space over its 36 storeys.

This project is unique for Doka in various reasons: it’s not just that the BIM experts planned a building entirely in 3D for the first time; two digital services from Doka, Concremote and DokaXact, are making their valuable contribution to construction progress.

When the Citygate office complex in Göteborg was designed, the planners weren’t just thinking about square metres and building height but also places great importance on sustainability. As well as being a new landmark for the Gårda business district, the building will be a flagship for ecological construction and social responsibility. For example, using special “green concrete” saves 250 tonnes of carbon dioxide. The façade is being made from recycled aluminium, thus saving natural resources.

The plans are intended to secure LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the completed building. This is an international sustainability certification defining a set of standards for environmentally friendly construction.

The powerful planning software, DokaCAD for Revit, was used to draw up 3D formwork plans taking into account safety, time and costs. Image by Doka
The powerful planning software, DokaCAD for Revit, was used to draw up 3D formwork plans taking into account safety, time and costs. Image by Doka

Ecological building construction is not the only important issue for construction contractor Skanska; the wellbeing of the future users has equal priority, and Citygate will receive the WELL Building Standard certification on completion. To meet this standard, the building must meet several requirements, such as good access to daylight and electric lighting with appropriate colour temperatures.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is also playing a significant role in the construction process. Using BIM, buildings can be planned, built and operated more efficiently and using fewer resources. Defined procedures and processes were established in the early project stage.

The 3D formwork planning for the building that the BIM experts drew up was particularly important for providing crucial input about feasibility and savings potential at an early stage, thus helping the customer to optimise processes.

Citygate, a 144 m office complex in Gårda, Göteborg, will be completed next year. The building is currently growing skywards with the help of Doka's SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork. Image by Skanska
Citygate, a 144 m office complex in Gårda, Göteborg, will be completed next year. The building is currently growing skywards with the help of Doka’s SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork. Image by Skanska

Revit and BIM 360: 3D planning and digital project management

Before the official start of construction, engineers from Doka, Skanska and Alimak (who provided the construction hoist) were able to move virtually through the 3D building core, inspect the Doka SKE50 automatic climbing formwork in detail, and clarify interaction with the construction hoist to ensure access at every construction stage.

However, before reaching this phase, Doka’s BIM experts created 3D formwork solutions using the DokaCAD for Revit planning software. DokaCAD for Revit is an Autodesk Revit plug-in that allows native, automated formwork planning in BIM software.

One of the major advantages of this system was that the customer was able to integrate the formwork planning delivered by Doka seamless their own Revit model.

A digital collaboration network of project participants was set up in the construction project management software BIM 360, which provided all participants with a shared 3D model that everyone could access without the need for any other custom software. This meant that collisions could be identified earlier (e.g. the insert-moulded horizontal and vertical tensioning cables for prestressing) and eliminated before execution.

During a virtual tour of the building, the technicians and the customer were able to get a precise idea of the planned formwork solutions before construction began. Image by Doka
During a virtual tour of the building, the technicians and the customer were able to get a precise idea of the planned formwork solutions before construction began. Image by Doka

DokaXact and Concremote: digital duo saves time and guarantees accuracy

Concremote is used to improve the planning of the construction project, but that’s not all: it gives the client access to real-time data from anywhere, any time.

This means that information about the concrete performance can be analysed and appropriate construction measures can be launched at the right time, e.g. formwork striking. In the Citygate project, the real-time concrete strength data is being used to achieve the planned cycle time of one storey per week.

 SKE50 plus automatic climbing solution considers demands of concrete works and precast installation

Due to required space inside of the building core, the SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork with mast system was used. This allows enough clearance to lift prefabricated wall and ceiling elements into place, while still convenient for striking formwork. “The solution is a well-thought-out system which simplifies the work and can contribute to keeping cycle times short”, emphasises Niklas Jarlström.

For safety reasons, specially built stairs and ladders were used as walkways between the different levels. Safe access from the construction hoist to the Doka automatic climbing system was also ensured throughout construction.

showing the safe access from the construction hoist to the Doka automatic climbing formwork. Image by Doka
A view into the building core, showing the safe access from the construction hoist to the Doka automatic climbing formwork. Image by Doka

Project data

  • Project: Citygate
  • Location: Göteborg, Sweden
  • Building type: Office building
  • Height: 144 m
  • Storeys: 36
  • Office space: 42,000 m²
  • Client: Skanska
  • Sub-contractor: Svensk Armering & Betongbyggen
  • Architect: Henning Larsen Architects
  • Construction start: Second quarter of 2020
  • Construction end: Second quarter of 2021
  • Products:
    • SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork, Framax Xlife
    • framed formwork, Top 50 large-area formwork
    • Top 100 tec large-area formwork
    • Monotec tie-rod system
    • DokaXact positioning system
    • Concremote concrete monitoring
  • Services:
    • 3D planning with DokaCAD for Revit and BIM 360
    • Formwork instructors
Citygate, a 144 m office complex in Gårda, Göteborg, will be completed next year. The building is currently growing skywards with the help of Doka's SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork. Image by Skanska
Citygate, a 144 m office complex in Gårda, Göteborg, will be completed next year. The building is currently growing skywards with the help of Doka’s SKE50 plus automatic climbing formwork. Image by Skanska
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