Virtual building tool helps cut out errors

North East business _space is preparing to launch its 3D modelling software, BIMstore.co.uk

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A North East business is at the forefront of UK technological innovation in the construction sector, as it prepares to launch its phase 2 online 3D modelling software, BIMstore.co.uk

_space Group, established in the region in 1957, has five offices across the UK and is reaping the benefits of identifying an early market opportunity for building information modelling (BIM), a process that enables building designers to create virtual buildings in 3D.

The business secured funding from Investment for Growth in order to develop the hi-tech, web-based platform required to host the software.

BIM brings together electronic construction information into a single database, encouraging a more integrated approach to design and construction processes.

Benefits include being able to test a building virtually, trouble-shooting and correcting errors before a brick is laid and increased levels of communication on the design team.

Rob Charlton, chief executive of _space Group, said: “It is rather like App Store or ITunes, but for construction.”

BIMstore.co.uk is now turning over around £750,000 a year for _space Group, with projections that it will exceed £1m in 2014.

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