Posted on February 25, 2014

The fourth “BIM User Day” in the event’s non-profit series covering various as­pects of Building Information Modeling (BIM) took place at Qatar University (QU) in Doha, Qatar on February 24, 2014. The immense interest and growing number of attendees over the past two years have shown that the demand for BIM services in the region is increasing.

Following the success of four BIM User Days since 2012, the organizing partnership of Qatar University and HOCHTIEF ViCon, in collaboration with Teeside University UK, is well on the way to advancing an important platform for BIM knowledge transfer in Qatar and the Middle East.

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The 4th installment themed “BIM Policy: one industry, one language” addressed the development of common standards for BIM in contracts, manuals and guidelines from national level to project level.  As with the three previous events, topics focused on processes, people, technology, and policy; the four important components for the successful deployment of BIM.

Previous User Day themes explored the impact of BIM on existing business processes for design, construction and operation of construction facilities; BIM technologies to enhance efficiency and increase quality; and BIM education and certification. 

QU Associate professor of civil engineering and BIM User Day coordinator Dr. Saleh Mubarak said: “Qatar University is poised to play a pivotal role in supporting BIM education and research, and also in helping Qatar to keep up with the industry demand, and establish BIM standards and certification. In working alongside HOCHTIEF and Teeside University, we are continuing to engage students in BIM processes to prepare them to enter the relevant government, industry and private sectors”.

“BIM is an effective method for managing construction projects during their en­tire lifecycle, from the design phase to facility management. As organizers, we hope to empower the industry in Qatar to meet the future demands of Qatar’s growth”, said HOCHTIEF ViCon Qatar managing director Rene Schumann.

HOCHTIEF ViCon board member Christoph Weber said:”BIM related contracts in Qatar have come a long way over just a few months but there is still room for misunderstandings on the operational level, until the major players find a common language, and the industry clearly under­stands expectations”.

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The organizers see these BIM User Days as an invaluable opportunity to bring together regional experts and interested parties from all areas of the industry. The objective of the event, they say, is to increasingly involve students and young professionals not only to be prepared for the growing demand of BIM services in Qatar but also to be able to assist in developing the required industry standards in the region.

Speakers as well as participants were unanimous on the importance and the challenges of a “one language” approach which will require matching the expectations of industry and government with practical deliverability. BIM’s Building SMART initia­tive is committed to reviewing all major BIM guidelines in the future to fulfill the need for nation­al, associational and organizational standards to establish a common basis for BIM management and services.