Digital Design Platform - BIM
C.F. Møller 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 the Danish development project called "the Digital Building". Today, all of our projects are BIM projects, and all of our project managers work according to this method.
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. 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.
C.F. Møller's tools
We work with the following software:
- Mainly software developed by Autodesk
- Project design: Revit
- Collision control: Navisworks
- Quantity takeoff: Revit, Quantity Takeoff and Sigma from Codegroup
- Planning: dRofus from Nosyko
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.
So far, the Revit model is the central data intermediary between the different databases. We are now performing development work to build up our own database to harvest and structure the information from the above tools in a knowledge sharing network.
C.F. Møller's BIM organisation
C.F. Møller's internal BIM organisation tackles the problems 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 BIM Manager. We run fixed courses and a large number of internal workshops in order to constantly increase our employees' competences.
What is BIM?
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. 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 throughout a building's life cycle. BIM is not limited to specific tools or programs.
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.
Simulation of building characteristics
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.
Using BIM, architects and structural engineers 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.
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.
When all players work in BIM, this puts everything from idea to financing, construction and ongoing operation on a more secure, effective and streamlined basis.