UAE mega-projects ranked among the world’s best
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.”