Saudi: Technology driving the construction sector

Advanced construction technology is helping Saudi Arabia realise the country’s 2030 energy goals

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Saudi Arabia is realising the Saudi Vision 2030 energy goals with advanced offshore construction technology.

The Saudi Vision 2030 aims to increase oil and gas localisation from 40% to 75%, according to Zawya.

Supporting these energy goals, leading Middle East’s leading firms are driving investment in technology.

“Building Information Modelling is the biggest game-changer for constructing complex offshore projects on time and on budget,” Anwar Al Qwasmi, general manager for Saudi Arabia at global offshore construction technology company Trimble Solutions was quoted as saying.

The National Petroleum Construction Company, which recently was awarded four offshore contracts in the country, has used Trimble’s Tekla Structures building information modelling (BIM) software to model offshore projects across four dimensions in an open file format.

“Offshore players can visualise designs in real-time to avoid clashes, and optimise steel production and maintenance," he said. 

Demonstrating BIM’s value, the global BIM market is set to grow four-fold from $3bn in 2014 to $12 bn by 2022, citing a report by Transparency Market Research, said Zawya.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia demonstrates technology best practices in oil and gas construction, helping to increase productivity, enhance collaboration, and eliminate waste. As a result, offshore construction is now safer, and more sustainable and profitable,” added Qwasmi.

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