Sunday, 26 April 2015

BIM for Retail - Tapping the Huge Potential in Gulf Countries


In addition to the proven time and cost efficiencies, there are a plethora of other benefits that BIM delivers. Building information modeling is widely adopted across the construction industry, and more specifically for development of retail facilities and commercial properties.

With BIM for retail design and development, developers get help during tender and bidding stages. Architects and contractors can collaborate to develop retail buildings and commercial facilities that are well designed, are aesthetically appealing and are also constructed for higher structural stability, quality and occupant comfort.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Are Construction Industry & Middle East Investors Ready to Handle Mega Projects?

With several new megaprojects for buildings and infrastructural facilities in the pipeline, Middle East is set to transform into a region with mega structures, skyscrapers and remarkable buildings sprawling across its skyline.


The region was in news recently as it was announced that Qatar will host the football world cup in 2022 and British architects ‘Foster and Partners’ will design a stadium with 80,000 seating capacity for the competition. This is a 45 billion dollar project that will be built in the city of Lusail, 15 kilometers from Doha. A huge structure and an entire new city will dawn from the desert to host the biggest football tournament.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BIM for the Building Lifecycle – Design, Construct and Operate


Building information modeling provides timely, accurate and relevant information for building design, construction and facility management. It supports facility owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors and developers, throughout all the phases involving planning, design, construction and operation.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

BIM Set To Transform UAE Real Estate Landscapes

The introduction of BIM is widely transforming the construction practices and project management in UAE and Middle East. UAE specifically leads in the adoption of BIM software as a design tool and construction management software. It boasts of and has unique and ever innovative buildings. One of the most populous and a metropolitan city in UAE is DUBAI.

DUBAI authorities have made the use of BIM (building information modeling) mandatory for all large-scale building design and construction projects. The decision is welcomed by contractors and developers, and will prove to be critical in improving the quality of buildings across the city.


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Evolving Market of BIM for Civil Engineers and Great Opportunities for Rail Infrastructure Projects in Middle East

BIM – Building information modeling is extensively used across the AEC industry for building design and construction projects. However, the adoption of BIM for civil engineers is has remained slow. The scenario is now fast changing, as BIM is used across several complex and large scale infrastructure developments, roadways and railway projects.

On March 17 to March 18, 2015, the largest rail exhibition and conference in Middle East will be held at Dubai International convention and exhibition center (DICEC). Over 50 billion USD worth of rail expansion projects are in the pipeline in Middle East. As a result, the spotlight at this event will be on ‘BIM solutions for Railways – by Autodesk, a world leader in 3D design and engineering software’.


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Monday, 20 April 2015

BIM for General Contractors - Deriving the Best Project Outcomes

General contractors are in charge of construction projects, and are responsible for day to day site surveys, cost estimations, project scheduling and monitoring, liaisons across multiple disciplines and applying for various permits and licenses.

Higher predictability and on time completion of projects remains a major concern for General contractors. As the general contractors have volley of tasks that are based on predictions and assumptions, these are the people who value higher predictability in a project. And this is precisely the reason why, BIM for general contractors is an ideal solution.


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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Why Implementing BIM for Construction is a Good Idea


The AEC industry is transitioning from the traditional paper based linear approach to BIM – a collaborative and technology expedited approach. Building information modeling brings people across all disciplines and all the involved stakeholders together throughout the entire building design, construction and maintenance stages.

Construction firms that are new to BIM can start using it, while those already using BIM can leverage its use and gain the best business benefits.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

BIM for Contractors – Dealing With Documentation Conflicts and Inconsistencies


What is BIM?

BIM is a digital representation of the construction process; it is all about the structured information that associates with the 3D geometry of a building.

Ideally, building information modeling should be introduced when the first sketches for a building/facility are produced. The BIM model will henceforth be the single source, to feed and procure any and every information pertaining to the building design and construction process.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Implementing BIM for Infrastructure – The Road Ahead..!!!

BIM for infrastructure also known as horizontal BIM, Heavy BIM or Civil information modeling, is called so while referring to BIM for non-building projects like infrastructure for dams, rail, road, highways and other such transit facilities, public parks, bridges, infrastructure for wastewater etc.

We are all aware of how today BIM has become the most talked about technology induced process across construction industry. While the approach towards BIM implementation for building and construction projects has remained affirmative, and its adoption rate is high and consistently growing in this vertical, it has still to gain a similar foothold for infrastructure projects.


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Equating Lean Construction with Cheap Construction – A Cardinal Sin

Over the years it has been established, that BIM is not merely a technology or tool, it actually promotes workflow and processes to enable better coordination and management of building before- during and after construction.

BIM percolates deep down under and across every stage and process of a construction project, and has far reaching benefits. Several failed BIM projects have been accounted to the thinking that BIM is only for visualization or because of lack of understanding that while measuring BIM benefits it is important to consider several aspects including clash detection, risk mitigation, project coordination, facility management and much more.


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Monday, 13 April 2015

I Don’t Need BIM For Clash Detection And Risk Mitigation..!!

I don’t need BIM for clash detection and risk analysis. Why should I invest a fortune when the benefits against it will only be in fringes?

I can very well use the conventional methods for finding and resolving the possibility of conflicts. We are only taking about possibilities after all.

Clashes during a construction project are unavoidable, however it is said that introducing BIM at an early stage; helps mitigate most of the possible conflicts and clashes. Further, BIM helps reduce the impact of a conflict and find quick resolution to clashes that might occur during the course of construction. Now why is it important to resolve clashes and mitigate risks?


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Embrace and Integrate LEAN BIM with Lean Thinking for LEAN designs…!!!

BIM, big data, data analytics, Business intelligence, mobility etc are some terms that have been highly used and abused. The latest to join the bandwagon is lean BIM. The mentality is that just because Lean is in, and everyone is adopting lean construction procedures let us also do it.


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Is BIM Overhyped?

A lot of hype is created around BIM. The technology is said to serve builders and developers across all phases of design, save time, save costs and save a whole lot of efforts. However, is BIM really as useful as it is touted to be – or - is it overhyped?

It’s all about the ‘I’ in BIM

Well! We might say that BIM is a hyped concept, because it is definitely not the ‘magic tool’ it is made to be, that can streamline your project and make everything right by itself.  If wrong information is fed into the model, it can have cascading effects over other construction phases and project is sure to go downhill.


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BIM for Healthcare – Promoting Facility Management, Safety And Green Design Through Technology

Building information modeling has emerged as the most popular tool for design, development and efficient construction of complex buildings. The cost advantages, time saving and more streamlined operations are the clear benefits BIM provides. For building health care facilities, where in addition to cost saving and scheduling it is also important to ensure that facility management becomes easy and higher levels of safety are implemented, BIM is a perfect fit.

Healthcare facilities are becoming bigger and more complex, and this provides developers with ample reasons to use BIM for design and construction of healthcare facilities.


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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Virtual To Actual, Black Art Of Laser scanning for BIM – Over Hyped or Aptly Described?

When laser survey and point cloud modeling first arrived there was a sense of awe and wonder. As built structures were scanned and converted into 3D models so easily. Today as scanners and related software have become more advanced, and the BIM authoring tools have also evolved – 3D Laser scanning to accurate Revit and BIM is transforming the way building owners and designers gather the construction details and information about existing buildings and structures.


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Monday, 6 April 2015

7 Applications Of BIM for Facility Management

Using BIM for facility management; users can effectively explore, record and efficiently manage the information about spatial requirements, operations and maintenance of a facility. Facility mangers can, not only track the space related data and evolving requirements, but also manage inventory and lifecycle data, identify safety loopholes and henceforth enforce occupant safety measures, perform analysis of evolving needs versus the related costs and much more.


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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Construction Safety Planning Using BIM 4D

A construction site environment is dynamic; there are lot of machines, drilling equipments, cranes and other such heavy equipments used to carry out the construction activities.

Hence this place is very much prone to accidents and other safety hazards. To curb any mishaps and to create a safe working environment it is very important to enforce appropriate construction safety planning measures.


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Thursday, 2 April 2015

Scan To BIM – An Emerging Trend Transforming The AEC Industry

When the concept of virtual presentation first appeared across the landscapes of AEC sector, it was progressively accepted; however, at this stage it was limited to 3D modeling, animations, photo-realistic renderings, etc. for client presentations and marketing purposes.

Gradually, BIM – information rich intelligent 3D models entered the terrain and changed everything.



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