‘Revolutionary’ BIM to drive MENA rail projects



Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology could be the engine behind the success of 16 major railway projects worth US$352 billion that are currently underway in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It could go a long way in ensuring that the project deadlines and sustainability expectations are met.
Experts say the cutting-edge technology can facilitate rail owners, engineering service providers, and contractors to access, integrate, and analyse information more holistically to increase productivity and improve the way they plan, build, and manage projects.
“Government entities in the MENA region are now investing heavily to develop transport infrastructure for the citizens and their economy. One particular mode of transport that they are looking to modernise is rail,” said Louay Dahmash, Head of Autodesk Middle East, which is participating in ‘Middle East Rail 2016’ that started in Dubai on Tuesday.
Besides mitigating the risk factors, BIM technology can bring down the cost of the overall project by adding the elements of accuracy and swiftness. Industry experts say that proper application of this technology in rail projects could bring down the estimated costs by 5 to 10 percent.
Across the world, BIM technology helps in materializing complex
railway projects.

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