Are Construction Industry & Middle East Investors Ready to Handle Mega Projects?

Mar 20, 2015 -- With several new megaprojects for buildings and infrastructural facilities in the pipeline, Middle East is set to transform into a region with mega structures, skyscrapers and remarkable buildings sprawling across its skyline.

The region was in news recently as it was announced that Qatar will host the football world cup in 2022 and British architects ‘Foster and Partners’ will design a stadium with 80,000 seating capacity for the competition. This is a 45 billion dollar project that will be built in the city of Lusail, 15 kilometers from Doha. A huge structure and an entire new city will dawn from the desert to host the biggest football tournament.

There is also news of Bahrain to invest $22 billion in new projects in the next 12 months in a bid to improve the infrastructure and urban planning in the region. Besides there are also several rail and transport infrastructure development projects, that are in the pipeline. Some mammoth ventures like the Lagoons project in Dubai, that had to be stopped during the 2008 meltdown, has also hit a jumpstart once again.

UAE will also see several billion dollar projects like the blue waters island, Aladdin city project and Mall of the world projects across its landscapes.

Now the question is, will all these proposed mega projects stand the test of time? Is the construction industry along with investors from Middle East - ready to handle such a huge wave of mega projects?

The answer to all these speculations is BIM. Building information modeling not only helps expedite the construction process and manage work flows efficiently but can also help lower costs, create new opportunities and broaden the scope for architectural innovation.

Dubai authorities have made BIM mandatory for hospitals, universities, specialized buildings, buildings that are 40 stories or higher, are 300,000 sq. ft. or larger or have complex structures. With this move, BIM adoption will not only increase in Dubai, but will also be seen across the Middle East in UAE, Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Architects and engineers are increasingly shifting to BIM software and using virtual design and construction capabilities across the entire lifecycle of a project – through the design build and operate phases. The shift is mainly because, mega projects require several teams and multiple partners who come together and work towards successful completion of the projects. When so many people work together on a project, then effective collaboration, communication and integrated project delivery (IPD) becomes highly critical.

This objective is served because BIM unravels new opportunities and helps the industry extract real business benefits via enhanced collaboration and IPD. Additionally clash detection and risk mitigation is also one of the most important factors where BIM can be the prime influencer.

Building information modeling makes it easy to detect clashes and conflicts within and amongst architectural, structural and MEP disciplines. This is especially true for mega projects. Why? Because, mega projects, mean mega risks and mega liabilities.

BIM adoption and implementation for mega projects can help architects, engineers, contractors and developers plan projects with fewer errors, less liabilities and enable them to efficiently manage last minute changes and communicate them to all the involves teams and stakeholders. And as we said that BIM has time and again proven its worth, it will definitely once again play its role in the development of buildings and facilities in the countries of Middle East.

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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