Around the world, BIM mandates are seeing increased take-up – the European Union recently encouraged BIM for publicly-funded construction and building projects by 2016, while Dubai Municipality recently mandated BIM for all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects for large and internationally-delivered projects and specialised buildings.
Qatar is the GCC’s fastest-growing construction and infrastructure market, with more than $200-billion worth of projects by 2021. Right now, across the Middle East and especially in Qatar, while there is strong awareness of BIM technology, organisation-wide adoption of the system has been lagging.
Existing and prospective strategies, procedures, technologies, standards, challenges and opportunities for adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by the Qatari construction industry and major consultants and project owners are considered as high level requirements to facilitate lifecycle information flow, reflecting the global construction trends.
Simply put, BIM is a design management and project planning tool. Used correctly and fully it has the capacity to minimise project delays and cost over-runs- major issues in Qatar and to maximise the on-site management for planning and executing construction or infrastructure projects. It enables all stakeholders to access relevant information to manage projects faster, with less unexpected costs and more sustainably. It can also fully manage the design process and ensure that the original designs and project specifications can be fully carried through the entire life-cycle of the project from designer to consultant to contractor and sub-contractors.
With Qatar witnessing its ongoing construction boom, the country must adopt a national approach towards developing BIM standards. A variety of international standards are available worldwide, and are used by different countries. Government may mandate its use on the major infrastructure projects. Dubai Municipality already led the way with this. BIM is being implemented on Lusail City, Qatar Rail projects and most Qatar Foundation projects.
Future BIM Implementation Qatar 2017 has been launched to support optimisation of BIM implementation to improve the management of complex construction and infrastructure projects, to address the growing use of BIM technologies in Qatar, to explore how utilising BIM can ensure that major architectural and engineering projects are delivered to design specifications, within the agreed timelines and on budget.
This industry leading regional event will provide a platform for the relevant government bodies, main consultants, project owners, developers, main contractors, sub-contractors, architects and designers, researchers and academics as well as BIM technology providers, with the objective of learning how to use and understand BIM as a new tool in construction, architectural, engineering projects to save time and money and what is the construction strategy for Qatar National Vision 2030.
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The conference was a collaboration of BIM Experts in various of the design and construction process- BIM Coordinator, EGIS/Qatar Rail
This event completely provides the ideas and techniques for BIM implementation- Project Engineer, Public Works Authority - Ashghal
This is an important event that gathers the industry professionals through raising very helpful topics- BIM Manager, Parsons
Success is in smart work- Lead Project Engineer, Qatar Foundation
Informative, reflects the current status of the industry- Research Associate, Qatar University
Good and beneficial, investigates excellent BIM expertise in the region- Sustainable Development Advisor, United National Development Program
Well organized, great for knowledge sharing- BIM Specialist, SC
Great presentations, excellent networking- Assistant Professor, Qatar University
Well organized- Deputy BIM Manager, Dar Al Handasah
Great insight to Qatar’s adoption of BIM- Architect & CEO, ASH Architects
A successful conference, better every year- BIM Manager, KEO
A good mix of academic and industry experienced speakers- BIM Manager, HLG
The easy way to understand the AEC market with BIM/VOC in Qatar is to come to ACM’s series of events on Future BIM implementation- Engineer, MTH
Good!- Project Manager, Public Works Authority - Ashghal
All presenters were very good- Professor, Teeside University
Excellent and keep it up- Senior Design Architect, Qatar Foundation
Way to go!- Design Engineer, PWA
Bravo! Very informative, professional presentations. Excellent BIM conference.- Design Engineer, Ashghal
I must say that the conference standard, quality of speakers and presentations were beyond par. Well done.- BIM Manager, Arab Engineering Bureau
Highly recommended! It is a very well organised and time efficient conference. I hope that this happens more often in Qatar. The conference has gathered industry leaders that have selflessly imparted their expertise to all attendees. The event is properly and professionally managed by ACM.- Senior Architect/BIM Team Leader, Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar
These guys are making really good conferences- Quantity Surveyor, Meegasmullage
Very good to give you an idea of BIM implementation. Very professional. We should have it in Dubai- Senior Architect, ADPI
Excellent. Keep up the good work . Very insightful event, well done ACM!- Senior Cost & Project Consultant, Gleeds
It is a very well organised event and I hope to be invited to all events under ACM- Architect coordinator, IMAR Trading and Contracting
Provided excellent opportunity for exchange of knowledge and ideas- Researcher, Qatar University
ACM definitely raise conferences to a 4th dimension!!!- Technical and Estimation Manager, IMAR Trading and Contracting
It’s an incredible event- Quantity Surveyor, Aljaber Engineering
An event that should not be missed. Excellent presentations- BIM Manager, KEO International Consultants
Very good. Come and join for gaining knowledge- Deputy Manager/BIM Coordinator, Shapoorji Pallonji Qatar
Always a pleasure to attend a professionally organised event- Business Development Director, Hochtief ViCon Qatar
It was a good chance to meet the industry leaders and learn about BIM implementation- Manager of Construction Supervision & Project Manager, James Cubitt Partners
The quality of presentations was very good- Senior Manager, AECOM
The conference overall is very good- Deputy General Manager, James Cubitt & Partners
Some of the presentations provided very interesting food for thought- Executive Quantity Surveyor, Gleeds
Innovative, smart and intelligent- Senior BIM Engineer, HL Group
A nice networking opportunity, learning and motivating event- Architect/BIM Specialist, Dar Al-Handasah
Informative and worth attending- Project Manager, Primary Health Care Corporation
ACM events did a great effort bringing the best people together- Architect Engineer, Ali & Sons
Great. I advise all field partners to attend- Infrastructure Department Manager, Engineering Consultants Group
Good conference- Senior Administrative Assistant Middle East, Atkins
It’s a unique conferences in the way it merges clients, consultants, architects, contractors and facility managers- Associate Professor in Engineering Project Management, Teeside University
A good opportunity. It turned out to be an excellent event- Project Manager, Facilities & Engineering, Primary Health Care Corporation
Well organised and I have learned more from this conference- Highway Technical Manager/BIM Manager, QD-SBG
Due to projects over-running and being under-planned, Qatar is investing in BIM technology:
3rd Annual Future BIM Implementation Qatar 2017 will once again be Powered by the annual Project Qatar exhibition. Project Qatar is a specialized exhibition targeting construction professionals and government officials in Qatar.
The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the art equipment available on the market. Project Qatar is now established as Qatar's most important exhibition for highlighting the latest products and services needed for Qatari's fast growing construction sector and has become a destination of choice for regional and international industry professionals.
The ACM Interface+ Format
The ACM Interface+ conference format is designed to optimise the valuable and finite time our busy delegations can dedicate to being out of the office while also enhancing their enjoyment of the ACM on-site experience. Specifically tailored to our region of operations here in the Middle East, the Interface+ format maximises networking opportunities, facilitating the building of profitable relationships within the context of a dynamic, efficient and relevant learning environment.
ACM conference days, using the Interface+ format, have an earlier start than conventional agendas and conclude with a late lunch. The conference sessions are regularly punctuated by refreshment and networking breaks to allow for unhurried face-to-face interaction between peers, colleagues and business prospects. The mid-afternoon conclusion of our formal conference agenda allows for government representatives and busy executives to adjourn earlier in the day, having still enjoyed a full and rich programme of content. Post-lunch, ACM will offer additional, optional learning and networking opportunities in the shape of workshops, product demonstrations, technology launches, site visits, pre-arranged 1-2-1 business meetings and hosted receptions.
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