BIM Set To Transform UAE Real Estate Landscapes

Mar 16, 2015 -- The introduction of BIM is widely transforming the construction practices and project management in UAE and Middle East. UAE specifically leads in the adoption of BIM software as a design tool and construction management software. It boasts of and has unique and ever innovative buildings. One of the most populous and a metropolitan city in UAE is DUBAI.

DUBAI authorities have made the use of BIM (building information modeling) mandatory for all large-scale building design and construction projects. The decision is welcomed by contractors and developers, and will prove to be critical in improving the quality of buildings across the city.

Dubai is the fastest growing city in the world. From a land of desserts, it has today, emerged into a glittering city of buildings with maximum number of skyscrapers lined across the horizon.  The city now dreams of delivering multi-billion mega projects by 2020.

It is estimated that the contracts to build airports, roads, seaports and other such infrastructural facilities in Dubai, may exceed the mark of $30 billion while the construction segment will grow at the rate of 5.1% annually, until 2016.

However, the main factor hampering realization of these dreams was - the lax project management regulations. This not only led to delays and budget overspends but also led to construction of substandard buildings. As a result; in order to ensure that all construction projects are well managed and completed on time, in November 2013 - Dubai authorities, announced that the use of Building information modeling software as mandatory for all large scale projects.

As BIM technology for architecture and MEP works became mandatory for all buildings that are 40 storey or more, and those that are larger than 300,000 square feet, (this includes all types of residential and commercial properties, hospitals, universities and other specialized buildings) it seems that this has marked the new age of high tech construction and technology expedited construction process and planning.

Dubai has whole heartedly embraced BIM and is bracing up to the new era of building design and construction. This was marked by the fourth BIM breakfast event that took place on 17th of February this year.

Fourth BIM breakfast Held in Dubai

The Fourth BIM breakfast event was held at JW Marriot Marquis Hotel in Dubai and was attended by more than 100 professionals from the AEC industry.

The main topic of discussion was ‘practical applications of 3D design technology’. It was also discussed How BIM has ceased to be just about modeling and it more about management and mobility. The members discussed how today BIM is not just for the design team, it has paved way for extensive collaboration possibilities.

BIM for collaboration

BIM has time and again proven its ability and effectiveness in improving construction quality, enabling better project management and alleviating project costs.

While BIM is primarily concerned with time and cost estimation, material takeoffs and procurement, project scheduling and coordination, all these BIM benefits are leveraged via BIM facilitated collaboration throughout the project lifecycle.

Now what BIM does, is that, it breaks down barriers between disciplines. It encourages knowledge sharing throughout from start to end across the entire project lifecycle. As closer collaboration between disciplines is enabled, it also integrates fabrication, construction and operations. Unlike the traditional approach, BIM has allowed project managers to work with automated data and use this data to manage processes and to make informed decisions.

BIM collaboration helps fully realize the value of information. Information is crucial and lies at the core of a BIM project. BIM is all about the information you feed into it. All the integrated project teams and stakeholders associated with a building or infrastructure project can work together in perfect tandem right from the beginning due to BIM enabled collaboration and use the latest information and take informed decisions.

Yet another feather in the CAP

UAE has won the rights to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai. It echoes the spirit of partnership and is themed as ‘Connecting Minds and Creating a future’ where Mobility, Sustainability and opportunity, are the defining factors. The expo is expected to attract nearly 25 million visitors from across the globe, and this will lead to a growing demand for BIM. We expect that partnerships between leading construction companies and BIM service providers will also reach fruition.

About the Author: Gaurang Trivedi is engineering consultant at TrueCADD. Besides, donning multiple hats, as a website manager and marketing in charge, he also oversees the editorial content, coordinating and managing the website, its news sections, blogs and social media promotions as well.         

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