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Omnix and Abu Dhabi Municipality collaborate to push mandate relating to infrastructure projects

The firm says it has successfully organised a total of five BIM education events, three in the UAE and one each in Bahrain and Oman

Omnix has announced that it has been collaborating with Abu Dhabi Municipality over the past few months, to conduct several online and in-person panel discussion and roundtables. The sessions were aimed at equipping AEC firms with deeper insights into making a smooth transition to BIM.

The move is said to be in response to a mandate by Abu Dhabi Municipality, which calls for BIM to be used across all infrastructure projects irrespective of size, stage or discipline. Autodesk also collaborated with Omnix and the Abu Dhabi authority on the sessions.

BIM collaboration software makes the construction process more accessible by putting models into the hands of the entire project team in a coordinated fashion to accelerate reviews and identify and resolve challenges earlier. This eliminates many inefficiencies in the planning phase, saving costs during the construction process. McKinsey found that 75% of companies that have adopted BIM reported positive returns on their investments, the statement from Omnix noted.

“We understand how important it is for us to educate customers on the upcoming BIM mandates. The events that Omnix has been conducting are not only facilitating this objective but are also playing a huge part in bringing together industry leaders and peers and enabling discussions around BIM software and how the city can benefit from it,” said Simran Bagga, Head of Engineering, Omnix International.

Omnix has made major inroads into educating customers by facilitating platforms, where they can interact with industry leaders and understand the importance of BIM. The company has helped organisations embark onto their digital transformation journeys, where all stakeholders ranging from designers to consultants, contractors and architects understand how their role will be transformed and the protocols they need to adhere to, the firm pointed out.

It added, it is necessary for all CAD users to learn and understand how they can leverage different Autodesk software solutions to round off the implementation process and close the loop.

Bagga concluded, “The BIM focused events that Omnix has conducted have been an eye opener on how customers are keen to learn about the implications of the BIM mandates. The open discussions have thrown up hours of valid material that have addressed relevant industry challenges especially in relation to the transition phase. Other areas of interest included qualification criteria as well as best practices. As a long-standing partner for Autodesk in the Middle East, we are committed to showcase how the specific BIM solutions will help improve productivity within the construction sector and support our customers with the right training and consultation through this transition across planning and execution.”

The City of Paris recently announced the completion of an international design competition to update the Notre-Dame de Paris’ surroundings. The competition was underpinned by BIM technology.

Digital construction tools to improve the design, delivery and management of projects will be the focus of Big Project Middle East’s Digital Construction Summit. The event is scheduled to take place in Dubai on 14 September at The Oberoi, and is free to attend for construction professionals.

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