Healthy growth in MEP software modelling predicted

2012 to see growth in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE

Dr Jayant Deshpande says software modelling usage will increase by 20% to 30% in the GCC in 2012. Picture: Supplied
Dr Jayant Deshpande says software modelling usage will increase by 20% to 30% in the GCC in 2012. Picture: Supplied

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CAD and Autodesk use in the GCC’s MEP sector will rise between 20% and 30% over the next year, the director of CAD Services at Omnix International predicted on Sunday.

In an interview with MEP Middle East, Dr Jayant Deshpande said that at present, the main users of software modelling were multinational companies and Dubai based companies with international operations.

This situation is about to change, he predicted, pointing out that more and more users are becoming aware of the benefits offered by the technology.

“There’s still a lot of ground that needs to be covered, but right now we’re seeing that there are some companies who are Gulf based but are very advanced. These are the types of customers that are getting into the things (CAD and Autodesk). What we see right now is that a lot of people are going for it, it just depends on the availability of trained manpower and things like that,” he explained.

Furthermore, he said that he expected the strongest regional growth to come from countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman. He added that he didn’t see growth slowing down in the UAE either over the next year.

“In 2012, we’re growth of between 20% and 30%, depending on the region. There are some countries where we’re expecting more rapid growth and areas where challenges, in terms of projects in the country and the availability of our manpower, our offices and so on, exist,” Deshpande said.

“Basically it depends on our infrastructure and the new projects coming into the country, so different regions will have different growth percentages, but generally, (we think) it’ll be between 20% and 30%.”

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