BIM Voice: Nathan Goldthorpe – Change is inevitable, Progress is optional

Credit: Quadra Solutions
Credit: Quadra Solutions

BIMcrunch has become a platform for a plethora of elite industry names to become guest writers on the site and share their thoughts and opinions with the #GlobalBIMCrew. In today’s instalment, we welcome Quadra Solutions‘ BIM Specialist, Nathan Goldthorpe. Goldthorpe discusses the impending UK Government’s Level 2 BIM Mandate and what software brand he thinks offer the best solution to getting ready for 2016.

Building Information Modelling – Change is inevitable, Progress is optional

This phrase has never been truer than when related to Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM has dramatically changed the way organisations operate within the built environment and its impact is a permanent and long-lasting one.

So what is BIM?

BIM is a process used by architects, contractors, engineers and builders, to design a wide array of buildings and structures. This process creates and manages all of the information related to a building project before, during and after construction. The end result is the Building Information Model, a digital description of every aspect of the built asset, bringing together planning, design, construction and management, while reducing costs and creating efficiencies.
The challenge

The UK Government has embarked upon a four year programme of modernisation with the key objective of reducing the capital cost and carbon burden of the construction industry. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of BIM on all public funded projects by March 2016.

But it’s not just the public sector that is affected. BIM’s interconnected approach has been adopted by a wide range of stakeholders to inform effective decision making, while ensuring the construction model is consistent and coordinated. Ultimately – it allows architects, structural engineers, contractors, product manufacturers and project managers to collaborate, coordinate and communicate more effectively.

The solution

Autodesk‘s Building Design Suite allows users to quantitatively measure a project’s KPIs based on selected parameters, allowing multiple options to be compared and evaluated. Designers can create, visualise and modify digital models, while viewing as little or as much detail as required.


We at Quadra Solutions are specialists in CAD software solutions. Our consultative approach has supported numerous partners to implement processes, which have enabled them to secure new business and improve their organisational efficiency, through training and technical support.

We regularly hold Information Events which prepare organisations for the changes they will face and identify ways in which they can prepare for BIM compliancy and take advantage of opportunities in the future.

Author Profile:

Nathan Goldthorpe is a BIM Product Specialist for Quadra Solutions. With 15 years of industry experience, Nathan has a strong understanding of the BIM Mandate and its impact on the Architectural and Construction industries. Nathan regularly provides insights into BIM protocol & compliancy, with a specific focus on Autodesk AEC products, integrated solutions, training and education, to convey the importance of BIM.

For more information about Quadra’s solutions and how they can help you progress with your BIM plans, contact them on 01254 300 901 or