Posted on November 08, 2015

Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) hosted the 5th Qatar BIM User Day on November 5 that aimed at providing an exchange platform in Qatar and the Middle East to help experts and researchers share their knowledge, discuss new technologies, and identify new potentials for BIM in the regional construction industry.

Themed “Building Information Modeling – Implementation and Management”, the event was organized in conjunction with HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar. It brought together over 300 local and international researchers and experts from the academia and industry sectors to network, exchange ideas, and discuss a wide range of topics related to BMI implementation and management. Attendees included CENG acting associate dean for Academic Affairs Dr Mohammed Samaka, CENG Civil and Architectural Engineering Department Head Dr Ramzi Taha, HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar Managing Director Mr Christophe Weber, and Teesside University (UK) Director of Technology Future Institute (TFI) ‪Prof Nashwan Dawood, as well as CENG faculty and staff.

Keynote speakers were MICT/ictQATAR Chair Professor at CENG Department of Computer Science and Engineering Prof Abdelaziz Bouras, assistant professor Dr Fodil Fadli and student Ms Nura Al Neama at CENG Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP), QU Research Fellow Dr Hichem Barki, Prof Nashwan Dawood, and from HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar -- BIM Implementation Manager Mr Robert Grys, Senior BIM Project Manager Gunnar Godawa, and Project Manager Dr Racha Chahrour, and many others.

They presented on a wide range of topics focused on “BIM introduction from a student’s perspective”, “BIM management process planning and implementation”, “BIM in use: Towards safer buildings and cities”, “The SC approach to project BIM collaboration”, “BIM process implementation and management on Qatar mega projects”, “Defining the role of the BIM Manager”, “BIM Interoperability Issues: Lessons learned from PLM”, and “Development of a whole lifecycle information flow approach enabled by BIM modeling protocols and technologies for Qatar Construction Industry”, among many others.  

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The program agenda also featured workshop sessions and presentations on case studies, best practice examples, research achievements and the current national and regional developments in BMI implementation and management. Dr Alammari said: “This event comes at a time where Qatar is excelling in developing its infrastructure and managing numerous mega projects. In this complex and busy environment, BIM is becoming one of the vital tools that clients are demanding to ensure smooth project delivery and minimize delays in projects completion.

“Organizing this annual event is a testimony of a successful partnership between the College, HOCHTIEF ViCon and Teesside University. The growing number of attendees this year and over the past years has shown that the demand for BIM services in Qatar and the region is increasing exponentially. CENG is embedding BIM in many of its students’ projects and will work with these partners to provide interested students with professional training and certification.”

Mr Weber said: “BIM is about people, processes, technology and policy. Without having teams capable to manage these four components, the potential of BIM remains untapped. The new generation of professionals need to be specifically trained on managing various BIM aspects at the project level. Universities and companies also need to play a big role in filling this gap on the BIM job market. The BIM User Days bring industry experts on one platform with young professionals and students for interaction.”

Prof Dawood said: “It has been a great journey for the past three years for all partners; Teesside University, Qatar University and HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar, to develop and nurture a BIM community in Doha for the benefit of Qatar’s construction industry. The impact of this collaboration is bearing fruit in terms of developing an efficient and effective construction industry.”