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Prince Philip Medal for BIM developer

23 June 2016

Dr Jonathan Ingram will receive the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Medal for his role in developing the system that led to building information modelling (BIM).

He will receive the award at the Royal Academy of Engineering's Awards Dinner today.

The trophy will be presented by HRH The Duke of Kent in recognition of Dr Ingram's work.

He developed the Sonata software in 1985, recognised as the first system to bring together all the characteristics of BIM, representing a step-change in technology.

Dr Ingram used one of the first desktop workstations to design and build the application, using his experience within graphics, mathematics and engineering projects.

The first version of Sonata included full rendering capabilities, with internal design for HVAC equipment and energy management.

Following its launch, the system has been used by approximately 1,000 companies around the world, including a number of major projects such as Portcullis House in Westminster and the British Library.

Dr Ingram is also credited with the development of the popular Revit system, launched in 1998, which followed his work on the third-generation ProReflex system.

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