UAE professionals discuss the “incredibly disruptive” BIM – “the art of building” physical assets

Credit: HMC Dubai
Credit: HMC Dubai

A new online article has looked at the mandatory use of BIM issued by the Dubai Municipality back in 2013, and the impact is has had on the construction industry in the United Arab Emirates.

The mandate relates to specified architecture and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) projects that are over 40-storeys tall, or those which span more than 27,871m2 (300,000ft2). To ensure that the mandate is enforced to the highest standard, Bentley‘s Hassan Dajani believes that having “correct and current information” is always the priority in implementing BIM efficiently.

He told Construction Week Online: “We can see that projects are getting larger, more complex with shrinking durations, and geographically dispersed participants. The challenge is to ensure that everyone is on the same page and has access to the correct and current information quickly, especially when it is needed to make an informed decision.

“So when you ask me if BIM is important, I’d say yes – absolutely. BIM is extremely important if you are a stakeholder of any asset.”

AECOM‘s Elizabeth Peters also commented, praised the Dubai Municipality for easing BIM into the Middle Eastern scene. She said: “It’s important to manage how a technology such as BIM is mandated, and Dubai Municipality has done the right thing in trying to ease this technology into the industry.

“The rationale is that international consultants [that] have global experience in delivering projects with BIM will be delivering the large projects in the UAE, and firms, such as AECOM can start to spread the knowledge, understanding, and best practice in the use of this technology in the industry.”

To read the entire article which features extra insight from Trimble, click here.

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