Built to inform

Sign up for the daily newsletters

No, Thank you

3D modelling is reshaping the Gulf's prefabrication sector

3D-modelling is the backbone of the prefabrication business, Off-Site Engineering's Patrick O'Callaghan tells Construction Week

3D printing is supporting prefabrication globally, Off-Site Engineering Solutions' Patrick O'Callaghan said [representational image].
3D printing is supporting prefabrication globally, Off-Site Engineering Solutions' Patrick O'Callaghan said [representational image].

3D-modelling techniques are changing the dynamics of the Middle East's – and the global – prefabrication sector, according to an expert.

Patrick O'Callaghan, chief executive officer of Off-Site Engineering Solutions, told Construction Week that the evolution of 3D technology is benefiting prefab manufacturers and users.

READ: Leaders UAE 2017 panel debates if 3D printing can change how we build

He explained: "The interesting thing about prefabrication is that it used to be much more aligned to the manufacturing industry than the construction industry.

"But nowadays, there is the common language of building information modelling (BIM) and other 3D systems that can simultaneously satisfy the manufacturing requirements of prefabrication systems, while also fitting into the overall project model." 

In fact, as O’Callaghan pointed out, 3D-modelling further de-risks the already low-risk application of prefabricated products in terms of timing, logistics, and commissioning: "3D-modelling is the backbone of the prefabrication business.

"Dubai’s BIM mandate was an excellent starting point, and I do expect additional incentives for greater utilisation of prefabrication to be announced." 

O'Callaghan's detailed views can be read in Construction Week #682, due to be published on 13 January, 2018.
 

Most popular

Awards

Construction industry conversations around digitisation must evolve
The Middle East construction industry’s approach to tech must evolve and focus on how can

Conferences

CW In Focus | Inside the Leaders in KSA Awards 2019 in Riyadh
Meet the winners in all 10 categories and learn more about Vision 2030 in this
CW In Focus | Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2019
A roundup of Construction Week's annual summit that was held in Dubai this September

Latest Issue

Construction Week - Issue 752
Oct 30, 2019