Middle Eastern construction industry looks at future trends

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At a time when building costs and project efficiencies are of paramount concern to the construction industry a consortium of industry professionals have combined their efforts to host the Middle East’s inaugural Building Information Modelling (BIM) Conference, which opened today at the CERT Technology Park, Abu Dhabi.

The conference theme is Building Information Modelling – Vision, Strategy & Implementation and will explore the usage of BIM as a vital tool in construction projects where project managers and architects deploy 3D modeling of architectural, structural, mechanical, and other key building systems instead of traditional 2D drawings.

The two-day conference has been organized by the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) of Stanford University, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Projacs International, in conjunction with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). It will investigate how BIM is capable of being utilized in the construction process as more than just a piece of software.

BIM covers geometry, spatial relationships, lighting analysis, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components. It can be used to showcase a building project’s entire life cycle, including the process of construction and facility operation.

Conference organizers see the event as an excellent opportunity for engineers, consultants, contractors, architects, owners and operators of construction projects to learn more about this vital industry tool. It will see about 200 delegates from around the Middle East converge on Abu Dhabi to interact and network with fellow professionals while hearing about the latest BIM developments from international speakers, including those from USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Finland and the MENA region.

During the conference there will also be an opportunity for delegates to inspect a variety of exhibitions and be involved in interactive discussions and demonstrations. Participants will receive an attendance certificate from CIFE at Stanford University.
Special guests to the conference will include CCC Chairman Said Khoury and H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, said it was a pleasure for the HCT to be working closely with HCT Foundation member CCC and its other partners to present the conference.

Dr Kamali added that the conference theme of Building Information Modelling was of vital importance to maintaining a strong and vibrant construction industry in the UAE.
Caption: H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan addresses the BIM conference delegates in Abu Dhabi.

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