MEED conference said BIM can help raise sustainability

Saudi Mega Projects

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) can radically improve the sustainability of buildings, but it is a methodology that that should be adopted for groups of buildings only, MEED’s Saudi Mega Projects’ sustainability, energy efficiency and clean energy day was told this afternoon.

“There are enormous benefits associated with adopting BIM,” said Mauro Nicoletti, chief executive of Milan’s INM Ingegneria and professor at the Polytechnic of Milan.

Royal Commission for Jubail’s director of engineering Ahmad Hassan said that the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu, which is also responsible for developing the Ras al-Khair mineral city, had adopted BIM as mandatory about four years ago.

“We have about 30 per cent of the BIM programme to complete,” he said. Hassan said that BIM is costly and takes time to adopt. It should only be applied to groups of buildings, he said.

Saudi Mega Projects is being held the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel on 8-10 December 2015. The strategic event partner is SABB; the gold sponsor is Conrac; the silver sponsor is Autodesk and the bronze sponsor is Pace. Viewpoint is lunch sponsor. The conference sponsors are Hill International; Aconex and Atheeb. Exhibitors are Sika, Salfo Engineering & Management Consultants, Arminox, PAL and Effat University.