Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

Lean, green and digital with BIM


C.F. Møller Architects are frontrunners in using BIM (Building Information Modelling). This ensures our designs are lean, green and digital and our clients benefit from complete insight in building design, operating costs, environmental impact, time schedule and so forth.

BIM is used to create digital models of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. It is also a working method, and a way of managing information during the construction process and a building's life cycle. BIM is not limited to specific tools or programs.

C.F. Møller Architects has contributed to defining how the industry uses BIM as a tool. Back in 2004, we already used BIM in the creation of the new Akershus University Hospital in Oslo. We have been active in developing the Nordic construction sector through joint ventures such as "the Digital Building" and the tried and tested open-source type coding standards now in use in Denmark and Sweden. Today, all our projects are BIM projects, and all our project managers work according to this method.

Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

Integrated cooperation between the construction parties


BIM can be used by anyone that owns or works on designing, constructing or managing a facility or building - be they architects, contractors, clients, managers and service suppliers - in a methodical interaction across different sectors. 

BIM is not the same as 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) modelling. The basic purpose of CAD is to illustrate and help people to visualise the appearance of a future building. BIM can also do this, yet BIM also includes detailed information on how a building should function. 

Using BIM, C.F. Møller Architects has successfully delivered a long series of highly demanding designs throughout sectors such as healthcare, science architecture, cultural flagship buildings, international corporate HQs and complex infrastructural projects, with a focus on creating value for clients, co-operators, users/stakeholders and facility management through fully integrated design processes.

Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

Simulation of building characteristics


Our use of BIM also includes information on component details and specifications, materials, information on structural loads, air flows, water flows, spatial relations, costs and information on objects' structure, fire, sound and other characteristics, unit prices, lifetimes, delivery times, operating costs and environmental impacts and so on; enabling early and constantly updated overview of quantities- and cost-control, sustainability and time schedules. 

Using BIM, the design team can, for example, simulate how the wind will move around and through a building, and how ventilation and wind speed will change if the building's structure or surface material is altered. Further, our BIM models can provide real-time photorealistic visualizations as well as VR (virtual reality) outputs that are used for client communication, user involvement and immersive model quality checks.

Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

More effective


Throughout the building's life cycle - from idea to financing, building, ongoing operation, and demolition, digital building models are at the hub of all construction project activities, and the cooperation between the various parties. BIM means closer cooperation between the parties and extends to every player taking part in a project.  

In our BIM project design, the 3D models are not in files, but in databases that can read data interactively, and thereby enrich each other. This offers a previously unseen opportunity to process and compare data between the different types of software and ensures that information can be checked and shared both visually and numerically. We actually do split data and geometry. The linked databases open for smoother integration of the entire design team input from the first building programme onwards and give clients the option of early incorporation of bespoke FM-data, and equipment lists to manage furnishing and fit-outs etc, taking advantage of the models’ visual “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” quality. 

The use of BIM through all stages of a project also means that our planning integrates with the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) workflows of contractors and modern methods of construction such a pre-fabrication and digital fabrication. The potential ranges from managing and optimizing quality, time and cost in the construction process, to enabling early impact-assessments of the construction sequences for clients, contractors and cities.  

Working with BIM to ensure our designs are "Lean, Green and Digital", this puts everything from idea to financing, construction and ongoing operation on a more secure, effective and streamlined basis as a tangible benefit to everyone involved in the creation, ownership and use.

Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

C.F. Møller Architects´ BIM organisation


C.F. Møller Architects has a comprehensive BIM organization, ranging from strategic management to daily BIM-coordination in the projects, addressing the challenges encountered by project designing architects and structural engineers in this information-intensive project design environment. 

All project design staff are trained in Revit, and each department is supported with a local BIM Manager. We run fixed courses and a large number of internal workshops in order to constantly increase our employees' competences.


Meet our Group BIM Manager


Filip Westin, Group BIM Manager

Lean, green and digital with BIM - C.F. Møller

We work with the following software:


• Pre-design: Rhino
• Project design: Revit
• Collision control: Navisworks (and Solibri)
• Building component database: dRofus
• Quantity takeoff: Revit, dRofus
• Planning: dRofus
• Visuals: Enscape and various VR
• Computational Design: Grashopper and Dynamo
• Various BIM 360 software packages