UAE mega-projects ranked among the world’s best

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS -

Legoland Dubai has been recognised as one of the UAE megapro­jects that used 4D dig­i­tal mod­els to en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity and limit waste.

Seen as one of the world’s most at­trac­tive con­struc­tion mar­kets, the UAE hosts a ro­bust con­struc­tion pipe­line of more than $700 bil­lion, more than one-third of the GCC’s of­fer­ing, according to the re­cent re­port Pow­ers of Con­struc­tion: 2016 by the con­sul­tancy Deloitte.

Legoland Dubai’s Cas­tle Kingdom and Build­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence joins the Abu Dhabi Mid­field Ter­mi­nal, Al Habtoor City The­atre, Dubai Opera, and NAS Arena as UAE projects that won Tekla Global Build­ing In­for­ma­tion Mod­el­ling (BIM) Awards.

Omar Uwanda, Gen­eral Man­ager of Amana In­dus­tries, said: “Bring­ing to life Legoland Dubai’s medieval fan­tasy theme with rides, mod­els, and build­ing ex­pe­ri­ences re­quired com­plex de­signs that in turn needed BIM.

“Us­ing BIM, ar­chi­tects, en­gi­neers, and con­trac­tors vi­su­alised ques­tions and er­rors, gained faster ap­provals, and opened Legoland Dubai on time and on bud­get. BIM will be es­sen­tial for the UAE’s up­com­ing leisure and tourism des­ti­na­tions.”

Ex­perts agree that the UAE govern­ment is driv­ing BIM adoption, such as the Dubai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s BIM Man­date that re­quires BIM on mega-projects, and the Dubai 3D Print­ing Strat­egy, with BIM sup­port­ing 25 per cent of build­ings to be pre-fab­ri­cated with 3D print­ing by 2030.

Speak­ing ahead of The Big 5 show in Dubai, Paul Wal­lett, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Trim­ble Solutions Mid­dle East, said: “This year has been a sem­i­nal mo­ment for GCC con­struc­tion in­no­va­tion, and 2017 will see con­tin­ued mo­men­tum with govern­ment BIM di­rec­tives, 3D print­ing and pre-fab­ri­ca­tion, and BIM gain­ing wider take-up. “The UAE’s strong show­ing in in­ter­na­tional awards demon­strates the coun­try’s stand­ing as a global BIM leader.

“In 2017, tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion will be the most im­por­tant in­vest­ment for gen­eral con­trac­tors to gain a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage. Gen­eral con­trac­tors can start small on BIM with re­bar fab­ri­ca­tion or con­crete pour­ing to de­tect clashes, have less waste, and less re-work on-site.”

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