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Region’s top construction contractors adopt Tekla’s Building Information Modeling

United Arab Emirates: Sunday, October 03 - 2010 @ 11:48

Construction companies need to focus on business solutions that optimize performance, reduce waste, and more importantly offer the insight and agility needed to close the gap between strategy and execution across entire project cycles, according to industry experts.

In addition, with the construction industry now ready for the upturn, companies must adopt end-to-end business processes to meet changing market shifts.

Dr. Imad Al-Jamal, Vice Chairman, Higher Technical Consulting Committee UAE Contractors Association, said, “The construction industry in the Middle East, has seen phenomenal growth and slow down.”

“As the economy recovers and the construction industry gets ready for the upturn, main contractors and subcontractors who want to stay ahead of these advancements must adopt strategic solutions such as Tekla BIM to be successful,” added Al-Jamal.

Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has adopted Tekla’s BIM as one of its leading software packages for their projects due to Tekla’s strong regional base and ease of use that made it a favourite to main contractors and subcontractors alike.

“ACC has always pioneered the utilization of specialized computer technology for integrated project management assuring developers of the suitability of every element of the project in real time throughout the construction process by using several independent software packages,” commented Nassim J. El Murr, Contracts and Technical Manager, Arabian Construction Company (ACC), Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“After a thorough study of the available BIM software tools ACC was pleased to adopt Tekla as one of its leading software packages. We can now work on a 3D model which allows for better coordination and collaboration where the model can also be further detailed to any practical degree,” added El Murr.

“The value of a specialized BIM tool became apparent to facilitate challenging tasks into a simpler collaborative environment. It also allowed ACC engineers to re-study and re-coordinate the position of elements to avoid clashes in an easily modifiable virtual environment,” added El Murr.

Al Habtoor Leighton Group, Murray and Roberts, ED Zublin and ALEC all leaders in the construction industry have also adopted Tekla BIM for their ongoing projects and for future successes.

Underlining the increased benefits of BIM, Mr. Ron Brinkman, the technical manager for Murray and Roberts, commented that by using BIM, Murray and Roberts has been able to better manage the project cycles.

“Design coordination and early visualization of projects have helped us manage the scale of the projects. Construction managers and subcontractors can now fully recognize the scope of complexity of the project and manage their work schedule more effectively. BIM gives us a holistic picture of the project which is key in today’s challenging environment,” added Brinkman.

Tekla is reacting to the demands of the construction industry by driving innovation and delivering agile business solutions that streamline information flow. Tekla’s BIM models are data rich models available to all the project members to access.

This lowers cost and improves quality enhancing communication and reducing waste, which once again has a direct impact on the status of the project and whether it goes ahead or not.

Before the economic downturn any inefficiencies or wastage on a project was absorbed by adding these extra costs on the property value and the end user, however now the market needs to be efficient or otherwise the projects will stay on the shelves.

“With investments in the construction sector remaining positive across the Gulf, companies are now adopting BIM and Tekla is playing a central role in helping corporations realise the benefits of using industry best practices, such as Tekla BIM to effectively manage the life cycle of projects,” commented Abdelrahman Muneer, development manager, Tekla ME.

“There is a revolutionary change taking place in the construction sector, as BIM is increasingly demanded for use in all projects moving forward. Tekla are here to help the construction industry realise the benefits of implementing BIM technology across their projects,” added Muneer.

BIM is used in the construction industries to create, open and combine data-rich and highly constructible 3D structural models especially for large and complex structures, to navigate around them in real-time.

Tekla Structures encompasses specialized solutions for main contractors, steel detailers and fabricators, precast detailers and manufacturers, and structural engineers. Finland-based developer Tekla Corporation created Tekla Structures. Tekla is a Microsoft Registered Partner.

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