BIM reduces delivery schedule in Nshama’s Rawda project in Dubai
ECC will complete the Rawda project, currently 3.2% ahead of schedule, timely and within budget due to the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM)
Engineering Contracting Company has achieved significant progress achieved in the construction of Rawda and UNA, two residential communities launched by Nshama in Town Square Dubai.
ECC will complete the Rawda project, currently
3.2% ahead of schedule, timely and within budget due to the successful adoption and implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology. The involvement of ECC Group’s associated companies – Abanos and PMI, enabled greater collaboration throughout the project. The timely manner in finalizing materials coupled with excellent communication between the contractor, developer and consultant played an integral role in the early completion of the project.
Talking to media representatives at an ECCorganised site visit, Kamal Farah, Director of ECC Group, said: “Town Square Dubai is a unique development for the city as it creates a new trendy, integrated neighbourhood with extremely good access to many of Dubai’s important landmarks. I believe that our collaboration with Nshama will yield something special for the market. The Rawda and UNA projects are prime examples of this as we have managed to surpass our anticipated work schedule by
3.2%, reaching 43% completion in a duration of nine months, an achievement which shows the efficiency of both companies and the quality of process we are using to keep on track.
He added: “We have leveraged on our associated companies, Abanos and PMI, to implement streamlined processes such as BIM, throughout the construction process. We are proud of this achievement and look forward to continuing our relationship with Nshama for delivering dynamic solutions to our valued clients at all stages of construction.”
When asked about the use of BIM in all of ECC’s projects, Kareem Farah, CEO of ECC, said: “We are using BIM within the group. Even if it is not a requirement in the contract we will apply it ourselves because it will benefit us at the end of the day, and in turn the project. We have an in-house BIM department.”
He did admit that some clients did prefer to go without BIM because if the initial cost involved. However, he said that there are several benefits to using it. He explained: “The more you bring BIM into your company, the more you will learn about it. To begin with it is a high initial cost but then you put yourself ahead of everybody else. It’s not just the cost factor there are indirect values to it. You speed up the project, and you will detect clashes at an earlier stage. Also, the model will be able to tell you that the consequences of making changes. Possibly, your MEP might be affected and you will instantly be able to see that.”
ECC commenced work on Rawda residences in February 2018 and is currently 43% complete, heading towards an early completion in 2020 with a built-up area of 150,000 m2. ECC holds a diverse portfolio with a track-record of delivering innovative projects and has built a strong presence and solid reputation through its successful ventures and strategic partnerships in the market.
Fred Durie, CEO of Nshama, added: “Town Square Dubai has evolved as an established residential community offering customers the opportunity to move to an owned-home lifestyle. Rawda and UNA are new residential launches in Town Square Dubai that have gained positive market response. We are committed to delivering these residences as per schedule and work with leading contracting companies to achieve our goal. ECC has a strong track-record in project delivery and on-schedule construction to the highest quality standards.”
Rawda Apartments are situated in a prime parkside location, consisting of four residential apartment buildings. The tallest building in Town Square Dubai, Rawda offers direct access to the Town Square Park that spans an area of over 50,000 m2 and features several retail outlets and cafes.
UNA, on the other hand, is a complete design-andbuild project of ECC. “We are involved at very early stages for UNA,” Kareem said, implying that the entire MEP works will be done in-house through its sister company United Masters Electromechanical.
The project is a mixed use development with numerous retail areas on Ground Floor, 192 studios and 764 one-bedroom apartments on all the above floors.
The firm was recently awarded the ‘Lean Principles Awareness and Applications’ certification by the Lean Gulf Institute, reflecting its ongoing commitment to operational efficiency. The 43-year-old organisation introduced a BIM Department earlier this year, resulting in waste cost reductions of up to 60% across its projects.
Kareem said: “Lean Principles help identify which inefficient processes are hindering project delivery and creating needless waste. On average, waste accounts for 57% of a construction crew’s time, which heavily affects delivery and budgets. Companies in the market are generally not as efficient as they once were. We are investigating new methods to improve our own processes to provide a significant advantage.”