Only 10% of ME construction professionals using BIM, says expert

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Around one tenth of the region’s construction professionals are using Building Information Modelling (BIM) software, according to specialist consultant BIMES.

Speaking to Middle East Architect, general manager BIMES ME, Daniel Pinheiro, said:  “I reckon the figure is around 10%, and that’s being optimistic.”

Pinheiro  suggested that the number of users that are properly utilising the 3D software could be even lower. “We see a lot of people that have BIM tools, such as Revit and Archicad, but they are not actually using them extensively.

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“They might use them for the conceptual design and then they carry on with the traditional 2D process.”

Diyane Koseoglu, sales manager for BIMES, said that that the number of BIM users in the Middle East is significantly lower than the US and Europe.

She added that a proper utilisation of BIM will significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of a  project delivery.

Dr Ahmed Elkady, associate director of NAGA Architects agreed. “Our office switched to BIM in 2008. We believe that the software has revolutionised the way that a team can work on a project,” he said.

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