Middle East to host nearly 300 skyscrapers
Dubai, November 25, 2013
Skyscraper construction is booming across the Middle East, with the region projected to have nearly 300 skyscrapers of at least 150 m tall by 2015, according to the recent study.
“The Middle East: 20 Years of Building Skyscrapers” from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) pointed out that the UAE will lead with as many as 192 building (66 per cent) of the total in 2015.
The majority of the skyscrapers will be in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, said the study.
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) software from Tekla Corporation, a software engineering corporation specialising in model-based software products for building, construction and infrastructure management, is driving the increasingly complex design and construction of many of these skyscrapers, according to an industry expert.
Risto Räty, executive vice president of Tekla, said: “The Middle East is seeing incredible growth in the number of skyscrapers, and to stand out architects are designing increasingly complex structures. Architects, engineers, and contractors are turning to BIM software to manage the entire construction workflow, saving time and money, enhancing communication, and reducing waste in order to deliver projects safely, on time, and on budget.”
The software interfaces with other solutions and manufacturing machinery, enhancing workflow and avoiding errors, he said.
BIM is also used to integrate different designs, provide analytics, generate documentation, and help identify and solve issues in the design phase before construction.
Tekla’s BIM software has been used in the construction of projects including the Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Capital Market Authority Headquarters (Riyadh), Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi, Samba Financial Group (Riyadh), Aldar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, the first spherical building in the Middle East; Elite Tower in Dubai, the world’s 21st tallest building and Middle East’s sixth-tallest; and Energya Steel for the Suez Steel Company’s headquarters in Egypt.
Paul Wallett, area business director-UAE, Tekla Middle East, said: “As architectural designs change rapidly in the Middle East, model-based software like BIM provides an intelligent way for changes to be visualised immediately. Our goal is for our customers to use BIM to reach high levels of productivity and quality, in order to remain competitive in their fields.” - TradeArabia News Service