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.
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 and a building's life cycle. BIM is not limited to specific tools or programs.
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 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.
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 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.
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.