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"We don't believe in the currently accepted definition of the term 'architect' which encourages professionals to be solely designers," states the website of Space Group. This firm obviously sets out to question the status quo and be a disruptive influence on the profession. It prefers to see architects as master builders, involved in every aspect of a building's creation. Speaking to its CEO, Rob Charlton, confirms this impression: "We're always trying to push what we are doing to the edge of what's possible," he says. Yet this is isn't an ambitious young company vying for market attention, Space Group celebrated its 50 th birthday in 2008. It began as the Waring and Netts Partnership, but rebranded at that time to mark its half century and to better reflect its progressive attitude. There is also much evidence to show Space Group has been successful in its bid to be an industry pioneer. By 2005 all of its major projects were being carried out using building information modelling (BIM) and in 2009 the whole practice migrated to BIM and Autodesk ® Revit ® software products. Whereas the UK government has mandated the use of BIM to Level 2 by 2016, Space Group reached this level around three years ago. So successful and advanced is its use of BIM technology and processes that it has set up a satellite consulting company, BIM Technologies, to help other architects, contractors and developers on their BIM journey. "Obviously BIM Level 3, where everyone is working in the same digital environment, is the next stage in the companies evolution," says Charlton. "This is a big leap and until recently I have been concerned about how it can be achieved. However, we've invested in 20 licences of Autodesk ® BIM 360 TM Glue and believe that it demonstrates that the real-time model management needed to do this is indeed possible." Cloud-based solution BIM 360 Glue is a cloud-based BIM Management solution that transforms BIM collaboration by simplify multi-discipline model coordination and clash detection and providing anywhere access to BIM models and intelligent object data for the entire project team. It helps architects, engineers, owners and builders across the globe to collaborate in real-time in over 50 different file formats. The solution enables project teams to be productive, to minimize communication delays and to make better-informed decisions earlier on in the design process. Multi-discipline workflows can be simplified through the reduction of file format complexity and compatibility issues. In addition, BIM 360 Glue can be connected to project control systems including ERP and facilities management solutions. BIM Pioneer believes 'Autodesk ® BIM 360 TM Glue will Stick'. Cloud-based collaboration solution set to help move BIM processes to the next level. Space Group Customer Success Story Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Glue Autodesk ® Revit ® Architecture Autodesk ® Revit ® Structure Autodesk ® Revit ® MEP Autodesk ® Navisworks ® When I first saw Autodesk ® BIM 360™ Glue I could see its potential for collaboration was huge. I very much liked the social networking feel of it and how it helps information to quickly flow around an entire team with ease. —Rob Charlton CEO Space Group Project in the web based Autodesk BIM 360 Glue.

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