Getting the best from BIM

Although BIM is gaining traction within the Gulf region, there remain sectors of the construction industry that view it with a degree of caution

Hady Amal, Corporate entrepreneur and expert in engineering software business development, Bentley Systems.
Hady Amal, Corporate entrepreneur and expert in engineering software business development, Bentley Systems.

While BIM is gaining traction within the Gulf region, some corporates and individuals in the industry continue to be intimidated by the system.

Hady Amal, corporate entrepreneur and expert in engineering software business development, Bentley Systems offered insights around the benefits of BIM and how to approach implementing the software.

“BIM offers tremendous business benefits to the design and construction industry, as well as to the owners of infrastructure assets. However, in order to realise them, it is essential that the scope of the project and the BIM execution plan be clearly defined.

“Whether you are an owner putting BIM in your tender documents or an AEC firm establishing your BIM team, you need to either have extensive experience and capabilities in BIM processes, or work with a technology partner who can define and execute a successful BIM plan,” he said.

“The know-how required goes far beyond an understanding of how to operate a BIM desktop application, as the ideal solution encompasses a common modeling environment, common project performance environment, and common asset performance environment fully supported by a common data environment.”

He continued that while there are many software vendors that offer a BIM solution, their level of knowledge and experience varies. He remarked: “There are a limited number of BIM experts with sufficient industry experience and knowledge to define and execute a comprehensive and successful BIM strategy.

“As a result, specialised BIM technology partners that can help bring infrastructure owners and AEC firms up to speed on BIM adoption are in high demand.”

He revealed that Bentley focuses on training to upskill organisations: “Through our BIM Advancement Academy, we work closely with organisations to help them make changes in their processes and standards and to adopt industry best practices for the execution of effective BIM strategies,” he explains.

BIM is gaining increased attention in Qatar, “and the country has an opportunity to adopt a unique BIM environment that can help build better-performing assets," Amal added.

He warned, however, that in order for this to happen, “there must be sufficient emphasis on the information management aspect of BIM – during construction and with the sustainability of asset information in mind. This is crucial to the owner-operators of these assets, whether they are government or privately owned”.

Amal pointed out that governments and other major owner-operators in the Middle East need to make sure that BIM adoption “doesn’t solely focus on the graphical or visualisation capabilities the system can provide.

“Rather, it should focus on enhanced business processes as well as technology and best practices that result in: better performing assets through an increased breadth of information modeling and better performing projects through increased breadth of information mobility,” he said. 

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