Saudi construction market to reach $96bn by 2025
Advanced construction technology, such as open-source 4D building information models (BIM), can help Saudi’s architects, engineers, and contractors
Advanced construction technology will be vital for delivering Saudi Vision 2030 mega-projects on time and on budget, experts announced ahead of The Big 5 Saudi Arabia.
The country’s construction market is set to more than double, reaching a record high of $96.5bn (SAR362bn) in 2025, from $45.3bn (SAR170bn) in 2016, according to a recent report by BMI Research.
Advanced construction technology, such as open-source 4D building information models (BIM), can help Saudi’s architects, engineers, and contractors to enhance collaboration, productivity, and costs, across the design, concrete and steel rebar installation, and facilities management.
Anwar Al Qwasmi, general manager for Saudi Arabia at global construction consultancy Trimble Solutions, said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for public-private partnerships to deliver infrastructure projects and economic growth.
“The Big 5 Saudi Arabia is essential for showing how the latest construction software can unite local and international players to deliver complex mega-projects on time and on budget.”
One of the leading Saudi BIM projects is the Abdullah Arif Intersection Bridge in the Holy Makkah Municipality.
Contractors used Trimble’s Tekla Structures to design its 340-metre span, with a superstructure arch that can be dismantled and re-erected for a planned third lane.
Additional innovative Saudi projects include the Dora Dora Food Processing Plant, the Ma’aden Mine and Refinery Project, Qassim University’s Sports Facilities Building, the Riyadh Metro Depots, Samba HQ, and the Titanium Sponge Plant in Yanbu.