Posted on December 12, 2019

Global Engineering firm Meinhardt Group announced significant expansion plans for its Qatar operations in a glittering ceremony last night.  The event was attended by industry captains including Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer, Chief Operating Officer of Hamad International Airport, developers, financiers and contractors.

The event was held in conjunction with Meinhardt Group’s year end global board meeting in Doha. Speaking at the event, Meinhardt Group CEO Omar Shahzad said: “We have been operating in Qatar for more than 20 years.  We are here today to reaffirm our continued commitment to Qatar and our desire to contribute to the continued development of Qatar by leveraging our local and international experience”.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am very excited to hear about Meinhardt’s significant expansion plans for its presence in Doha, Qatar. This is a reflection of the long-term relationship between Qatar and Meinhardt to continue the transformation of our physical space. I am confident that with the opening of the new Doha entities, Meinhardt Engineering Procurement Construction Management, Meinhardt BIM Studios and MGI Capital, Meinhardt will continue to offer its unrivalled design, engineering, project and construction services to the local market.”  

Meinhardt announced that it will be setting up three new specialist companies in Qatar comprising Meinhardt Engineering Procurement Construction Management (EPCM)1, Meinhardt BIM Studios (MBS)2 and MGI Capital(3) under the auspices of Qatar Financial Centre (QFC).  The expansion is also part of the Group’s global strategy to establish key hubs for specialist capabilities.

Meinhardt EPCM offers on-time delivery of projects through the integrated management of design, procurement, construction, cost management and general administration. As Qatar is rapidly expanding with the region, there is a growing demand for complex projects to be delivered on a fast-track basis. Meinhardt EPCM focuses on large scale and multi-site roll out of industrial, infrastructure and building projects.  The Group also specializes in new construction techniques, such as modular construction, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA)

MBS will undertake BIM Services for Meinhardt’s projects in Qatar and will also support Meinhardt Group’s international projects by operating as a Centre of Excellence (COE) for BIM Services. BIM has become critical for the facilitation of design, construction and facilities management of a project across the development life cycle. The use of BIM augments productivity by removing the elements of uncertainty and saves up to 25% in construction time and in costs.  BIM solutions together with IoTs and Artificial Intelligence, can be a powerful tool to digitally transform facilities management/operations and predictive maintenance.

MGI Capital is the advisory arm of Meinhardt Group that covers capacity building, commercial and technical advisory.  MGI Capital can work with project owners to provide feasibility studies, project financing strategies to help structure and fund bankable infrastructure and real estate projects.  MGI Capital will be a unique platform to offer a techno-commercial solution to clients in the Middle East.

“The new companies will help add to our portfolio of services offered in Qatar and will include project and construction management, advanced Building Information Modelling Solutions and front-end advisory services where capacity building, commercial and technical advisory services will be delivered. These three entities will meet the growing needs of clients who want to engage a firm that can offer a full range of services across a project’s life-cycle.  The new companies will employ a total of 250 highly qualified staff in Qatar by 2020” Omar Shahzad concluded.