The City of Helsinki - Pioneers introducing BIM

City of Helsinki

When designing professional kitchens for the 650 professional and public kitchens in Helsinki, there was no doubt in the minds of the architects Seppo Kupari, the designer and Mikko Soininvaara, the BIM Manager from the city of Helsinki’s Public Works Department, that they had to make the transition from 2D to 3D and BIM.

The Architectural Division of the City of Helsinki has several offices, and many of them are using Autodesk Design Suites in their daily work. This corresponds well with the Public Works Departments choice of Revit. Even more important is the close cooperation between the manufacturers and the construction engineering companies, like for instance Skanska, who also work with Revit and other Autodesk Suites and products for the building industry. This facilitates the cooperation between the parties in the construction processes. Skanska expects to receive all data for the industrial and professional kitchen as a BIM model, and not as previously in a 2D drawing.

”BIM is the future, and as a public service department, we have to be ahead of everyone else in order to be a good role model for the evolution both here and in the rest of the country. A reliable supplier is someone who will meet you face to face and discuss solutions such as Symetri.” Seppo Kupari, Professional Kitchen Designer, The city of Helsinki


  • Change from 2D to 3D and BIM
  • Need to be able to deliver IFC and BIM data


  • Creation of ‘kitchen libraries families’ in Autodesk Revit
  • Methodology
  • Courses


The software itself is worth very little if not accompanied by highly competent consultancy. This is where Symetri plays an important role.

  • Creation of a library of families developed especially for the use of professional kitchen designers.
  • Daily benefits as the job would be impossible without it
  • Close relationship with other users of the library families makes communication easier
  • BIM ensures that all elements fit into the model that the architect or constructing engineer is providing, avoiding collisions physically on site, saving considerable waste and costly time.

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