BIM Could Boost Qatar’s Position & Support UAEs Infrastructural Competitiveness Globally
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BIM Could Boost Qatar’s Position & Support UAEs Infrastructural Competitiveness Globally

Despite the impact of low oil prices on the global economy, Qatar continues to remain buoyant in completing ongoing major infrastructure projects around the country.

According to the US-Qatar Business Council, the Arabian Gulf country plans to spend over

Infrastructure is a strong backbone of any country, and Qatar has been attracting foreign investments in infra sector in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Though financial resources are flowing flawlessly from the Government and investors, Qatari Construction industry is juggling to meet Cost, Time, and Quality.

Just like construction industry across the world, postponements, clash, procurement, communication and contractual problems epitomize the Qatari construction industry and pose a threat to accomplishing the Qatar Vision 2030 goals (GSDP, 2008).

Qatar’s government agencies are indicating best practices in having government-backed megaprojects, such as museums, transportation and healthcare facilities using BIM across the whole building construction project timeline. It is like a wake-up call for general contractors, sub contractors, and MEP contractors and various architectural and construction firms across Qatar.

The typical “QATARIAN” approach of getting work done through cheap labor, has made it a little difficult for them to use advanced tools and technologies, and get experienced staff or architectural engineering design support partners to deliver appropriate BIM solutions. With Billions of dollars at stake, Qatar’s construction firms need a paradigm shift to embrace it for their infrastructure developments.

Qatarian construction is heavily under influence of a ‘BIM training being expensive” myth. I don’t deny the fact that it asks a lot for initial investment depending on the area implemented, but it does payoff gradually. Embracing BIM could fundamentally enhance working relations on undertakings. There is worth in embracing devices and methods that would upgrade community oriented preferences by experts working in the business. Be that as it may, the general procedure to execute an established BIM methodology would at first worsen current issues before it could deliver upgrades to the development process.

By embracing BIM tools and BIM processes it has become a lot quicker, smoother and more affordable for government agencies to plan, design, build and manage transportation infrastructure.

From foot bridges, highway and railway structures, essentially no bridge detailing job is too meek or too complex for the team of expert detailers. By combining detailing and modeling one can deliver 3D models; shop drawings; erection drawings; placement drawings; blocking diagrams; bills of material and so on for the smooth functioning of the project.

With BIM solutions now on mobile devices, enabling updates between off-site and on -site, there is a sharp shift in role of technology in construction industry. While, Qatar being the GCC’s fastest-growing construction and infrastructure market, with approximately around $200-billion worth of projects by 2021 according to a recent report, the country cannot afford to lag behind its competitors. Contractors embracing BIM across the project delivery would boost Qatar’s position as an infrastructural hub, while leading UAEs competitiveness on a global scale.

About the Author: Gaurang Trivedi is engineering consultant at TrueCADD. Besides, donning multiple hats, as a website manager and marketing in charge, he also oversees the editorial content, coordinating and managing the website, its news sections, blogs and social media promotions as well.