Practice invests £1.2m in new design tools to enhance client services / by rachel

Global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan and Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, have announced a three-year strategic deal worth £1.2 million that will see Autodesk supporting the practice’s transition to a fully-integrated and cloud-based Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy. Broadway Malyan has used Autodesk’s BIM offerings previously on ad hoc projects but as part of its international growth strategy, which has seen it open four new offices and deliver projects in 41 countries in the last year, it is now investing in a new global approach that will enable it to pass on technological-driven efficiencies to clients, reinforcing its distinctive client focus.

The practice will integrate the latest Autodesk BIM cloud technologies, including BIM 360™ Glue, a data-centric management system for building and infrastructure projects, into its global workflows, enabling it to simplify BIM co-ordination across its global project teams.

Practice Director Martin Bates said: “BIM’s ability to drive enhanced coordination and design collaboration is a key benefit in our role as lead consultant on major global projects. It will also enable us to stay ahead of the pack, respond to client demand and the trend for more projects being delivered in BIM. We consider being fully BIM-enabled is becoming a prerequisite of winning global business.”

As part of the global agreement with Autodesk, the practice will receive a significant number of licences of the Autodesk® Building Design Suite, an integrated building design software portfolio, featuring BIM and CAD tools, a Global licence use agreement and 500 licences of Autodesk®  Buzzsaw® data management and collaboration software.

It will also consolidate its use of Autodesk licences internationally, meaning it will benefit from central procurement and enable it to optimise the use of licences globally, with access to the right licences at the right time anywhere in the world, facilitating a more flexible way of working and cohesive approach to global service delivery.

Autodesk Consulting is providing strategic support to the implementation and deployment of the new solutions and workflows. Autodesk will also be delivering training on the software and will collaborate closely with the practice on the development and testing of new solutions.

“Ultimately, the deal with Autodesk is not only about migrating to BIM and buying the latest software, important though that is,” adds Bates. “We see it as being as much about investing in partnership, consulting and shared research and development.

“Migrating to a global approach to BIM with a technology partner like Autodesk will allow us to coordinate design work across our global office network, enhance our competitiveness and our service to clients.”

“Broadway Malyan is an innovative architectural practice with a successful international growth strategy,” says Phil Bernstein, Vice President, Strategic Industry Relations, Autodesk. “By building its global proposition around BIM and by consolidating around Autodesk software, it is positioning itself to be a leading player in the AEC industry both today and long into the future.”

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