The north-east of England is continuing to lead the way when it comes to the adoption of building information modelling (BIM).

It was reaffirmed after Darlington-based Niven Architects paid a visit to a four-day technology conference in the US. The company's BIM manager Johnathan Munkley took part in the Autodesk event in Las Vegas and he went to the Nevada city expecting to be blown away by the advances that the US was making in terms of BIM. However, the Journal reports that what he found was something that was already implemented in the north-east.

Speaking to the news provider, Mr Munkley said: "I expected to hear things that were mind-boggling in terms of what other firms were doing. But instead it simply reaffirmed how far ahead we are in the game and that we have the infrastructure in place to press ahead with BIM."

Niven Architects has been working alongside Teesside University's Knowledge Transfer Programme which is helping to redefine the role of designers and architects within the construction sector. BIM is being implemented by more and more companies as they are seeing increased benefits in the technology.

BIM gives contractors and architects a 3D digital overview of the entire project and can address any problems that may occur during the building phase. For construction firms it can be instrumental in reducing the amount of overspend and any potential hold ups when carrying out the construction of a major project. It covers a number of aspects such as wall sockets, wiring ducts, drainage, materials and dimensions.

Mr Munkley's firm believes that it is leading the way when it comes to utilising this technology and the company has already been recognised for its adoption and commitment to it all across the globe. The Niven manager explained his excitement at the prospect of development of BIM which can accurately predict running costs of a building.

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