Selected Cases


Technical and Management consultancy to develop sustainable solutions for our clients

We work hand-in-hand with our clients to help them implement standards of excellence so that they can perform better, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth.

Here’s a selection of clients we’ve worked with and the benefits they’ve gained.

Business Area

Asset Management

Standardized Information Life cycle of Assets to support Data Driven Processes

For the development of an information value creation chain for asset management, we use a methodology based on open standards like ISO 19650 and information exchange standards like IFC, ICDD and GIS-standards.

We work for public clients, like the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Waternet and the Municipality of Amsterdam. For the case of Amsterdam, we used a bottom-up approach involving all stakeholders in the lifecycle.

We learnt about their best practices and found an approach that would tie different practicable solutions together in a structured and harmonized life cycle approach, using semantic web solutions. With this solution, an information value chain was created, thereby keeping investments in new tools as low as possible. By applying these kind of low-threshold solutions, small contractor firms can also participate in delivering their project information packages in a standard digitalized way.

Date
2019-2022
Industry
Infrastructure
Business Area
Asset Management
Team Size
10 (core team), 40 (development team)
Business Area

Energy

Harmonization, Standardization and Optimization of requirements for the Energy transition within the 2GW-Programme developing Offshore platforms.

With our knowledge of various methodologies in the built environment, like concurrent engineering, asset management and systems engineering, we can drive efficiency and effectiveness by implementing these methodologies as part of optimization strategies for our public clients.

To meet the EU climate targets, in order to achieve a fully climate neutral Europe by 2050, offshore wind will play a crucial role in the necessary energy transition. The North Sea is the powerhouse for many international projects. TenneT is setting a new standard for the European Energy sector by driving innovative developments and standardization efforts within the 2GW-Programme.

Gobar is delivering Systems Engineering competence in order to harmonize and standardize requirements for this 2GW-Programme, as it is part of the Systems Engineering Team. By implementing Systems Engineering, any requirements are harmonized between German and Dutch offshore projects and standardized in order to achieve a fast re-use of the standardized set of requirements for the various batches of offshore platforms that will be developed over the next years.

The establishment of a standardized set of harmonized requirements, enables the continuous verification and validation of requirements, thereby giving input to the quality improvement processes via lessons learnt.

Date
started 2020
Industry
Energy
Business Area
Systems Engineering
Team Size
20 (core team) 400 (2GW-Programme)
Business Area

Built Environment

Data Sustainability Requirements and Validation for BIM-models

The city of Amsterdam is spending 6 million euros per year in order to keep the documentation of the technical condition of its bridges up to date. A solution to this high
expenditure had to be found. Gobar led a national innovation research project on behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Waterlands Archive Institute.

A cross-sectional team was set up with both archive experts and Building Information Modelling (BIM) experts. This innovation team delivered the requirements for the preservation of the digital technical documentation of the assets (e.g., bridges) over the long term: so-called data sustainability requirements.

These requirements are also relevant for a worldwide emerging information type for the built environment, known as Building Information Models. Together with this new set of data for sustainability requirements for BIM, an open-source validation tool was developed by professors and experts from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the RWTH Aachen.

Authors and users of BIM can now validate their models against the data for sustainable requirements with this validation tool. The innovation team also provided a methodology to help organizations using BIM for the technical documentation of their assets. This method aims to verify which measures of information management can be applied for the long-term storage of Building Information Models.

Thus, it makes these models available, retrievable, and reusable during the whole lifetime of an asset. By implementing the deliverables from this innovation project, the city of Amsterdam can
mandate the data sustainability requirements to the suppliers of the technical documentation of their bridges, when this documentation is delivered as Building Information Models. With the validation tool and new methodology provided, the city of Amsterdam can better preserve their technical documentation provided as BIM, when these models are delivered compliant to these requirements. Moreover, Amsterdam will be able to take measures to receive their technical documentation in a way that they are able to keep this documentation up to date and retrievable during the whole life cycle of an asset.

When this methodology will be rolled out for their bridges and other assets, Amsterdam can be expected to save several millions of euros each year and prevent the loss of information.

Date
2021-2022
Industry
Built Environment
Business Area
Cross-sectional - Archive and BIM / Built Environment
Team Size
10