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iTech uses BIM bang-whizzery at Al Mafraq hospital

by CW Staff on Mar 22, 2012

Al Mafraq Hospital is being developed by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).
Al Mafraq Hospital is being developed by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).


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One company blazing a trail in the research and education arena of BIM is iTech Management Consultancy of Abu Dhabi. The consultancy not only offers BIM production services, but also implements project-specific design and construction management services, supported by custom software solutions.

“iTech’s goal is to provide customised, comprehensive, BIM-based project solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction industries,” explained Marc Durand, head of innovations and technology.

As an example, iTech recently clinched a contract with the Habtoor Leighton / Murray & Roberts (HLMR) JV to provide on-site BIM management and production services for the Al Mafraq Hospital project in Abu Dhabi for client Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA).

In conjunction with the HLMR design team, iTech developed a customised design-resolution process known as iCap, which controls a BIM-based design verification program to speed up design-conflict resolutions, explained Jeffrey Freund, head of business development at iTech.

“It was amazing to see how different specialists from different firms carried out their work in one distributed model. Sharing digital information is so much easier than sharing 2D drawings or documents. The model was presented from day one, and decisions were made at the most appropriate time, rather than at the last possible minute,” said Freund.

Jason Lowe, commercial director at the Habtoor Leighton Group, said: “iTech’s collaborative, technology approach to problem solving has enabled our team to identify and solve issues months in advance of construction activities.”

Durand elaborated on the main benefit of iCap as the “identification and resolution of design issues before sub-contractor tenders and shop drawing and construction processes, which reduce change orders greatly. There is a substantial reduction in the remedial work required on-site due to 3D co-ordination before construction.”