A GOOD START

Construction BusinessNews Middle East - - Editor's Note - Paromita Dey Ed­i­tor paromita@bncpub­lish­ing.net @paromi­tadey1 linkedin.com/in/paromita-dey

The Con­struc­tion In­no­va­tion Fo­rum, ar­ranged by BNC Pub­lish­ing, saw more than 150 peo­ple at­tend­ing the panel dis­cus­sions and dis­cussing the press­ing is­sues that are af­fect­ing the re­gion at the mo­ment. The fo­rum fo­cussed on the cur­rent top­ics of tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for the grow­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects in the re­gion, the in­creas­ing ben­e­fits of BIM to tackle the chal­lenges in MEP, and the sus­tain­abil­ity fac­tor in HVAC in the GCC.

In­dus­try ex­perts from well-known or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Dubai Land De­part­ment, Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment, Bent­ley Sys­tems, Aconex, Drake & Scull In­ter­na­tional, AESG, Ram­boll, Voltas, Daikin, Cun­dall, ASGC, and many more, par­tic­i­pated in the event.

Pan­el­lists dis­cussed how every­one talks about Build­ing In­for­ma­tion Mod­el­ing (BIM) but very few be­lieves in us­ing the full po­ten­tial of it. The dis­cus­sions also turned in­ter­est­ing when the ex­perts talked about adopt­ing rel­e­vant tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for the grow­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects in the re­gion.

It’s quite well-known that the re­gional con­struc­tion in­dus­try is one of the less digi­tised ones cur­rently. Con­trac­tors still be­lieve in the draw­ing board con­cept and are scep­ti­cal to adopt changes. Us­ing tech­nol­ogy means hav­ing well-con­nected busi­ness sys­tems, thus eas­ing the pres­sures of work.

Events like Expo 2020 have given an im­pe­tus to com­mer­cial as well as non-com­mer­cial project growth. Re­ports state that the UAE alone is go­ing to wit­ness $33bn Expo-re­lated projects. Tech­nol­ogy rep­re­sents a par­a­digm shift for the re­gion in terms of work cul­ture, project de­liv­ery sched­ule, and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of work.

The UAE has al­ways been a fron­trun­ner in what­ever they do. The world looks at us to make an ini­tia­tive to be­come more sus­tain­able and be adept in adop­tion of tech­nol­ogy.

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