Revealed: Dubai Municipality’s Updated BIM Mandate

Circular (207) is titled ‘Regarding the expansion of applying the (BIM) on buildings and facilities in the emirate of Dubai‘, and has been referenced 812/02/02/1/1509774.

The circular is dated 23 July, 2015, states Dubai Municipality’s intent to “expand the usage of it (BIM)”.

According to the circular, Dubai Municipality’s BIM mandate from 2013, issued through circular (196), has been succeeded by circular (207), as part of the civil body’s efforts “to follow up on the latest construction trends from all over the world, for all the benefits that come to all the parts involved in this, from project owners to consulting firms and contractors and government departments.”

BIM is being encouraged “because of how much it lowers the cost of construction projects and the time taken to finish them; and increases the level of coordination between the engineers working on designing and implementing the project, and their counterparts in the management and funding and manufacturing the project.”

Dubai Municipality’s 2013 mandate – circular (196) – pertained to the application of “the first stage of BIM in the construction and mechanical (parts) on buildings and the following facilities:

  1. Buildings that are above 40 floors.
  2. Building with area’s larger than 300 thousand square feet.
  3. Specialised buildings such as hospitals, universities, and all that is similar to that.
  4. All buildings requested on behalf of a foreign office.”

As the latest circular (207) continues, it is for those reasons, and the other benefits provided by BIM, that “it has been decided to expand the usage of it (the technology) to include the following:

First – Architectural and mechanical works for the following buildings:

  1. buildings that are above 20 floors.
  2. buildings and facilities and compounds with areas larger than 200 thousand square foot.
  3. buildings and special facilities like hospitals and universities and all that is similar to that.
  4. all governmental projects.
  5. all buildings and projects that are requested from a foreign office.”

The circular continues, adding the requirements of its previous circular, would continue to stay in effect:

“Second – For buildings and projects that were mentioned in the previous circular announcement, which is number (196) in year 2013(already mentioned above and they are):

  1. Buildings that are above 40 floors.
  2. Building with area’s larger than 300 thousand square feet.
  3. Specialised buildings such as hospitals, universities, and all that is similar to that.
  4. All buildings requested on behalf of a foreign office.

And this is starting from 1/6/2015 (1 June, 2015), and that the consulting and advisory offices are legally questionable and responsible on applying this.”

The circular, signed by Engineer Khalid Mohammed Saleh, director of buildings department at the Municipality, concludes saying the organisation is “hoping that all such offices would coordinate and work with what is mentioned above”.

Source: www.constructionweekonline.com/article-34893-revealed-dubai-municipalitys-updated-bim-mandate

 

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