The BDP Story

On the right tracks
to deliver BIM benefits

BDP are pushing construction
boundaries around the world

Established in the 1960s as Building Design Partnership, today BDP's interdisciplinary teams are based in studios worldwide and are pushing the digital construction envelope on projects around the world.

We caught up with the team in Glasgow to talk about their work delivering a new concourse and upgraded facilities at the city's Grade A listed Queen Street railway station. The £104m project serves as a great example of the advantages of working across-disciplines within the same company and embracing the opportunities afforded by BIM. 

With the team also putting our new NBS Online Viewer solution to the test we were also keen to solicit feedback and find out the experiences of project participants as they combined project specifications and models via our new browser-based beta.


The journey so far...

BDP have come a long way since the days of drawing boards and early investment in a computer-driven "plotter" leading to adventures in CAD. While the technologies may have changed it is the people who remain at the heart of the process of delivering for clients. Today, more than ever, architectural skills are compounding with technological skills to deliver better buildings on the ground.

The information at the heart of BIM

Removing a dated 1970s structure and developing a new concourse to accommodate longer trains and upgraded station facilities were the key drivers to deliver as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). The team at BDP seized upon the opportunity to radically reshape the concourse and the way it relates to the city. 

The team were among the first to take the new NBS Online Viewer for a spin on the project and found real benefits from being able to share connected models and specifications with the wider project team.

Data-driven design

On a massively complex project like the one the team worked on at Glasgow Queen Street being able to share the richness of information contained within both models and specifications is key. Being able to do this in a browser-based environment without the need for licences or proprietary software via the NBS Online Viewer makes this a compelling proposition.

Virtual benefits

The team at BDP see virtual reality as an amazingly helpful tool to communicate beyond the architecture and design teams and on to broader stakeholders. While BIM authoring tools help core staff manipulate project information, being able to slice and dice this information and for non-technical specialists to be able to experience it and interrogate it via a new generation of tools will really help.