UAE mega-projects rank among the most innovation and least wasteful

Trimble Abu Dhabi Midfield TerminalLegoland Dubai headlines UAE mega-projects that have been recognized as among the world’s most innovation, industry experts announced today ahead of The Big 5 construction exhibition

One of the world’s most attractive construction markets, the UAE hosts a robust construction pipeline of more than US$700bn, over one-third of the GCC’s pipeline, according to the recent report “Powers of Construction: 2016” by the consultant 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 Modeling (BIM) Awards, reconizing their leading use of 4D digital models that can enhance productivity and collaboration.

“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 visualized 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,” said Omar Uwanda, General Manager, Amana Industries.

Experts agree that the UAE government is driving BIM adoption, such as with the Dubai Municipality’s BIM Mandate that requires BIM on mega-projects, and the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, with BIM supporting 25 percent of buildings to be pre-fabricated with 3D printing by 2030.

There is a major opportunity for general contractors, which work on the majority of GCC projects.

“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,” added Paul Wallett.

At The Big 5, Trimble is partnering with its construction technology partner Sitech Gulf, which delivers innovative geospatial hardware solutions that cover the entire construction project lifecycle. 

Experience the wide range of Trimble solutions, including Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla BIMsight, and Tekla Field3D, at the Trimble Stand MEC D167 in New Za’abeel Halls 4-6.

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