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23 September 2014 03:35 pm

Qatar Infrastructure Projects to Benefit from Advanced Building Software Expertise

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Qatar’s ambitious plans to roll out more than USD 200 billion in infrastructure projects by 2022 will require advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, according to global industry specialist Tekla. With open BIM software contractors and project developers can produce reliable and detailed feasibility studies, ensuring a smoother communication during the whole workflow, from the design to design, build, and operate phases. By 2022, Qatar will invest more than USD 200 billion in infrastructure projects, including a metro system, hotels, and stadiums, according to the recent Deloitte report “Are you on the bench?: Insight into the Qatar construction market and opportunities for real estate developers”. As more projects in Qatar are completed using Tekla’s innovative BIM solution, Tekla, one of the world’s leading BIM companies, has opened an office in Qatar. Qatar’s innovative projects will be able to be completed efficiently by leveraging the advanced collaborative construction technology, thanks to a recent partnership between Trimble, Tekla’s parent company, and Gehry Technologies, the technology company created from the practice of world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. The under-construction National Museum of Qatar, designed by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel with interlocking discs resembling “desert rose” crystals, is a prominent example of Tekla and Gehry Technologies solving complex design challenges. Paul Wallett, Area Business Director, Tekla Middle East, said: “With Qatar’s construction plans ramping up, the country’s architects, engineers, and project developers will need to use the most advanced BIM software to customize plans, and provide a clear schedule of development. By leveraging the hands-on experience and knowledge of recently-acquired Gehry Technologies and their consulting services, we have broadened our capabilities and services to Qatar.” Gehry Technologies has enabled the delivery of global visionary projects on time, under budget, and without change orders. As a result, Qatar’s aim to benefit from Gehry Technologies’ BIM technology, GTeam software, and project delivery services to ensure efficient design that speeds up the design-build-operate process. Tekla technology has already been used in Qatar’s iconic projects, including the Museum of Islamic Art, and sporting facilities such as Khalifa International Stadium, the Lusail Multi-Purpose Sports Hall, and the Al Shaqab Equestrian Academy. Further demonstrating its support for Qatar’s sport sector, Tekla will exhibit and present at the 4th Coliseum ConfEx MENA conference, which will be held in Doha, Qatar from 2-3 November 2014. Coliseum ConfEx MENA bills itself as the leading conference for the design, delivery, operation and legacy of stadia and arenas. Tekla is well-known for stadium design, with 10 of the 12 stadiums at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, including the Arena Amazônia stadium in Manaus, Brazil, having been designed with Tekla software. The Amazon rainforest surrounding Manaus, and the straw baskets used by native peoples, inspired the German architects Gerkan, Mark und Partner (GMP) in Arena Amazônia’s complex design. Using Tekla’s BIM software, Arena Amazônia’s construction company Martifer Construções improved productivity by 20 percent and efficiency by 30 percent, while delivering on the construction deadlines. “We scored big in Brazil, and our BIM software enables Qatar’s developers to see their structures come to life, with a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics,” said Paul Wallett. “Users can create accurate, constructible models with photo-realistic 3D images, leading to iconic structures to boost Qatar’s standing on the world stage in 2022.” For more information on BIM and Tekla, visit Tekla’s website www.tekla.com.