The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has some of the most advanced and developed infrastructure in the region, spending billions of pounds on huge projects over the past few decades. Following on from the UK Government’s mandate on the use of BIM for large scale and public sector projects, Dubai were the first Emirate in the Middle East to follow, and now it looks as though Abu Dhabi will also follow suit in 2019.
The Success of BIM in the UK
Construction in the UK has historically been quite bad in terms of meeting budget and meeting completion deadlines, stemming from poor processes and a lack of communication among the various teams involved in a construction project. The UK Government decided to mandate BIM technology on large scale and public sector construction projects using a phased approach, and implementing BIM slowly to ensure it’s successful uptake by the industry.
The UK is now widely recognised as a leader in the use of BIM technology, and it’s looking likely that BIM will soon become a standard process within any construction project. Many European countries are also trialling BIM as part of the construction process.
BIM implementation in UAE
Construction in the UAE has seen similar problems with delays and cost overruns, and so it is expected that the implementation of BIM will enhance performance and profitability in the industry. One of the main advantages of BIM is the ability to detect and resolve clashes in design between different teams – Architects, Engineers, Construction (AEC) who are all working on the project. The original mandate for BIM in Dubai was that the technology was to be used on large projects – over 40 storeys or more than 300,000ft2, and include public sector projects such as universities, schools, and hospitals. This emphasis on large scale projects reflects the ability of BIM technology to be able to streamline complex development with a range of stakeholders.
The Benefits of implementing BIM
The benefits of implementing BIM in Abu Dhabi will be huge for the industry and region including:
- Better collaboration and communication on construction projects
- Visualisation of the project before construction begins
- Clash detection software in BIM means you can solve issues immediately, reducing costs due to on-site clashes
- Ability to visualise changes in design with change detection software
- Improved productivity with easy storage and retrieval of information
- Streamlined workflow making a speedier delivery of the completed project
3D Repo offer a platform for Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the cloud. So instead of architects, consultants and contractors sharing massive proprietary files in a costly and time-consuming manner, they can simply point their web browser to an encrypted knowledge base in order to examine each project stage virtually. Benefits of having BIM in the cloud include:
- On-Demand Data Access – Provide access to anyone with a web browser whenever they need it; No more lost files or emails.
- Productivity Increase – Increase overall project productivity and transparency with an overview of tasks that have been assigned to consultants and contractors.
- Complexity Reduction – Simplify project management, interdisciplinary collaboration and file management through an easy to use web app.
- Full Audit Trail – Manage all changes and updates from all stakeholders with the ability to roll back to any previous revision.
- Virtual Design Coordination – Organise design review meetings digitally over the Internet regardless of where the teams are.
- Advanced Encryption – Share your sensitive project information under the same level of encryption as with online banking.