DLD overhauls building classification system
The smart portable computer units are used by trained staff on site and the system is 100% paperless, with real-time data entry and a 4G data connection
Dubai Land Department (DLD) is currently overhauling Dubai’s building classification system, led by its Technical Affairs Division.
The DLD’s Building Classification System (BCS) has so far enabled the surveying of 20,000 plots of land, and more than 120,000 units including apartments, offices, retail, schools, and public amenities. This was done via a smart online system built in-house for the BCS project.
The new system utilises tablet computers and is used by engineers and surveyors to gather and verifiy land and property data on site with various government databases.
This leads to the creation of a complete database of every single unit (apartment) in Dubai as well as a star rating for each building.
The ultimate aim of the project is to ensure a smoother user experience for the Ejari system as well a more detailed calculation method for rental and service charge increases as mandated by the law.
The project is monitored by Dubai Executive Council, with an aim to move the real estate sector towards a more transparent and reliable Dubai, in line with the Dubai Plan 2021.
DG of DLD HE Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, said “Our whole project team is extremely proud to see our technical developments and hard work bearing fruit. We are confident that the training programme our engineers have conducted, in tandem with system technicians, will guarantee delivery of the project’s core aims.”
The smart portable computer units are used by trained staff on site and the system is 100% paperless, with real-time data entry and a 4G data connection. The information gained is directly migrated on to the DLD database through the smart system. The building then receives a star rating out of five based on 60 carefully tailored requirements.
The building classification process starts with a building plot being assigned to an inspector via a GIS-expert administrator.
The inspector then visits the site on foot and conducts the survey of the building, going into every floor and taking pictures of the building.
The inspectors are trained to maintain and respect the privacy of the building occupants in line with the law and entry is restricted to the common areas of the building only. The inspection ends with a list of all the units and floors in the building as well as filling out the 60-point questionnaire.