Balfour Beatty has signed a muti-million three year deal that commits it to Autodesk’s suite of design software for Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Balfour Beatty will pay US software giant Autodesk $12M (£76M) for worldwide access for all its staff to its range of BIM-friendly software including Revit, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Navisworks and 3ds Max Design.
Balfour Beatty believes the agreement, one of the largest of its kind in the construction industry, will allow it to better serve clients across the world through increased use of BIM. The UK government will mandate the use of BIM on public building projects from 2016.
Balfour Beatty has already used BIM through Autodesk on a number of high profile projects including the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the M25 upgrade and Heathrow Terminal 2B.
“Moving to BIM is about more than implementing new technology – to fully realise its benefits requires a process change. Through this comprehensive agreement, Balfour Beatty is demonstrating its commitment to this change and Autodesk is excited to work with them,” said Autodesk Architecture Engineering and Construction vice president, worldlwide sales Roland Zelles.