GCC Hosts Record High USD 3 Trillion in Construction Projects

(MENAFNEditorial) Tekla to Further Integrate with Trimble Delivering Global Best Practices in Construction Technology to Middle East

Dubai United Arab Emirates: GCC contractors must adopt the latest construction software to ensure the swift delivery of nearly USD 3 trillion worth of construction projects industry experts declared today ahead of The Big 5 construction exhibition.

Counting both ongoing and planned construction projects the GCC’s construction pipeline totals USD 2.8 trillion especially in mixed-use mega-developments airports and seaports and transportation infrastructure according to the recent report “GCC Powers of Construction 2015” by Deloitte.

In anticipation of this growth architects engineers contractors and real estate companies are posting strong demand for Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to create 3D constructable models that can enhance collaboration visibility and efficiency across the design build and operate stages of projects.

Demonstrating the growing Middle East demand for BIM Dubai Municipality recently expanded the mandate for using BIM for a wider range of projects including all government buildings and smaller projects that are at least 20 stories tall.

“The Middle East is seeing nationwide transformation in construction innovation with projects for mega-events such as World Expo 2020 in Dubai and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar stretching design boundaries. Advancing government BIM mandates further demonstrate the Middle East’s desire to be on par with global innovators in the construction field” said Paul Wallett Area Business Director Tekla Middle East.

One of the best examples of how BIM can deliver complex designs is the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Masjed which will be one of the UAE’s largest mosques by 2016 holding up to 20000 worshippers. The majestic 86-metre diameter dome which will be the UAE’s largest dome in a mosque features an exterior steel Arabic calligraphy design installed by engineering firm Eversendai.

“Building Information Models used on the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Masjed allowed us to accurately model complex rib trusses and tension ring trusses simplify complex design and resolve clashes with HVAC. We are committed to supporting further BIM construction innovation in the UAE and region. Thanks to Tekla software we were able to win marquee projects using the innovation angle” said Sreenivasa Rao Vipparla Head of Design and Engineering Eversendai Engineering LLC.

Among the most innovative BIM projects in the region are the Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Building in the UAE; the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies and Lusail Multipurpose Sports Hall in Qatar; and the King Abdullah Financial District in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

On a global level Tekla’s parent company Trimble recently acquired the Norwegian firm Vianova which provides BIM software for infrastructure design.

“Further integrating with Trimble in 2016 will help bring us closer to our customers in the Middle East. From BIM to holographic technology to real estate management software we’ll deliver best practices in technology to help the Middle East’s architecture engineering and construction firms deliver on innovation agendas” added Paul Wallett.

At The Big 5 Tekla is showcasing its BIM software Tekla Structures 21 and Tekla Structural Designer along with Tekla BIMsight an open BIM viewer and Tekla Field 3D for viewing BIM models on smartphones and tablets.

At stand PMV A130 Tekla is exhibiting under the theme of “Change is Coming” at The Big 5 which runs from 16-23 November 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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