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)

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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.”

Rawda project.

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