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Details of Dubai Opera's Siemens BMS revealed

The day-to-day operations of the 2,000 spectator-capacity building are monitored and controlled by Siemens' Desigo CC platform and its Desigo SCADA Management System

Dubai Opera uses Siemens' building management platforms.
Dubai Opera uses Siemens' building management platforms.
Desigo CC and Desigo SCADA Management System are used for Dubai Opera. [Image: Siemens]
Desigo CC and Desigo SCADA Management System are used for Dubai Opera. [Image: Siemens]

Details about the workings of the building management system (BMS) installed in the recently opened Dubai Opera have been revealed by Siemens. 

The day-to-day operations of the 2,000 spectator-capacity building are monitored and controlled by Siemens’ Desigo CC building management platform and its Desigo SCADA Management System.

The system generates resource savings by integrating the management of energy, air conditioning, ventilation, and water consumption into a customised 3D graphical interface.

Desigo CC also integrates 14 additional subsystems, including access control, CCTV, lighting control, elevators and escalators, the emergency central battery system, and an uninterrupted power supply, giving operators total control over Dubai Opera’s performance.

Dubai Opera can switch between three modes – theatre, concert hall, and flat-floor, the latter entailing the hall's seating to be folded away and allow the space to be used as a banquet or event space. 

Siemens' systems are able to automatically switch the air-conditioning system's cooling logic between each mode for user comfort and energy efficiency. 

Remarking on Siemens' involvement with Dubai Opera, Koen Bogers, senior executive vice president for Siemens Middle East's building technologies division, said the architectural landmark's adoption of digital BMS tech is "a key part of Dubai's drive to become a truly smart city". 

He added: "The design of the building, the number of integrated systems and its use as a performance space presented some unique challenges for our team and technology, demanding a complex and highly customised solution.

"In a performance space like Dubai Opera it’s especially important that the building technology functions discreetly in the background, without compromising the audience experience or the integrity of the design." 

Global installations of Desigo CC have enabled reductions in operating costs of up to 20%, and when combined with other Siemens technologies such as Demand Flow for District Cooling, energy savings can reach up to 40%, the company asserted in a statement.

Siemens' Desigo building management technology has previously been deployed for developments such as Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Dubai's 3D-printed Office of the Future, and Doha's Tornado Tower. 

 

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