Sweden’s Design Review Standards Get a Big Boost
National outreach from top contractors spreads benefit across the country
Sweden has been leading the way in implementing national design review standards in construction, with the top five general contractors (GCs) creating and adopting a set of guidelines just last year, called “Design Review Standards.” By doing so, the construction industry will eliminate errors due to confusion and make it easier to collaborate with other firms and with subcontractors, improving efficiency across Sweden’s architecture, engineering and construction industry.
Now, the big five GCs—Skanska, NCC, Veidekke, Peab and JM–are taking another step toward spreading the newly adopted guidelines across the country: they’re holding a series of hands-on workshops for smaller companies to come and learn, reaching all 290 of Sweden’s municipalities. “We realize that not every company, big or small, has the resources to be able to implement and make use of the standards, or even to understand what they are, actually,” says Jimmy Forsberg, business development manager at Skanska’s Digital Hub. So he and other technology leaders at the big five are doing trainings and holding lunch-and-learns in Stockholm, Gothenburg and elsewhere to help spread the word—and the know-how.
Let’s make sure that we make it easy for everybody to do design review, whether you work for Skanska or you work for our competitors. It doesn’t matter. The competitive advantage is not in the design review: it’s much, much higher than that.
Forsberg and others at the big five aren’t worried they’ll lose some competitive advantage by sharing their maximized workflows. “Let’s make sure that we make it easy for everybody to do design review, whether you work for Skanska or you work for our competitors. It doesn’t matter. The competitive advantage is not in the design review: it’s much, much higher than that,” he says. Having everybody on the same page means, for example, that a subcontractor can jump into the work on day one, instead of having to learn a new design review process and workflow with each GC, or even worse, with each new project.
The outreach program has been enthusiastically received so far, and more are in the works. The industry, it seems, is eager for change: efficiency is contagious, and as the standards continue to not only expand on paper, but in practice, Forsberg predicts “only benefits” down the line.