GCC Mega Builds find success in the finer details
Dubai Media Office released a stunning video update on Expo 2020 Dubai, putting Middle East mega builds back in the spotlight. The video, available on twitter, shows development of the centrepiece Al Wasl Plaza, the Sustainability and Mobility pavilions, and the Dubai Metro expansion.
Considering what the project managers are going through right now, professional advisor Ramadurai Venket sheds light on how managing complications is the true essence of completing a mega build:
“Mega projects are in fact defined by their level of complexity, not only by their value. They involve substantial ground work, large labour force, longer duration, design challenges etc. Many factors could impact the progress and profits of a development so stakeholders are always managing risk in order to reach that deadline.”
Ramadurai will further explore the benefits of risk management in mega builds at The Big 5 Heavy later this month at Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will run from 26-28 March 2018.
The show will offer free talks on Project Management, Mining & Quarrying, as well as a Geotechnical and Foundations Summit, where visitors will gain CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.
Senior Quantity Surveyor at C-Quest division of KEO International Consultants, and speaker on BIM at The Big 5 Heavy, Nicky Dobreanu points out how BIM processes add a layer of unprecedented insight:
“Essentially, the use of BIM results in faster and more accurate delivery of projects. The large pools of data generated by BIM allow decision makers to enhance and better manage the design, construction, operation and maintenance factors of their built environment.”
Dobreanu also comments on regulatory framework accelerating GCC construction, endorsing UAE government for implementing explicit definitions on how project delivery should incorporate BIM.
Mining Section Head at Narjan Cement Company, Mohamed Saleh, reinforces that innovation in technology and regulation is a major growth driver at the core of our construction industry:
“Applying new technology and easy to enforce regulation encourages industry development, also taking into account the growing GCC construction activity, mining specifically is set to open new international markets for export instead of looking only at import as a solution.”
As well as a separate workshop series by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), mining, cement, and concrete solutions will be covered further throughout a range of technical seminars at The Big 5 Heavy.
“Large developments will continue to make headlines in 2018 with Makkah’s Grand Mosque expansion (USD 21.3 billion) to be complete later this year, as well as Subbiya Bridge in Kuwait – it is one of the longest causeways in the world at 36km,” comments event director for The Big 5 Heavy, Richard Pavitt.
“Aside from revealing what enables the GCC mega build culture, the Big 5 Heavy will offer a wealth of equipment from 300 exhibitors, representing 27 exhibiting countries. There will be a visually stunning outdoor demonstration area and ‘Grill & Chill’ spot where visitors can refresh and network,” he concludes.
The Big 5 Heavy is organized by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, is free to attend, and supported by Caltex (Lubricant Sponsor), the Deep Foundations Institute (Geotech Knowledge Partner), Total Foundations Solutions (Geotechnical Sponsor), Deewan (Concrete Equipment Sponsor), Hard Precast (Precast Sponsor), and Stevin Rock (Mining & Quarrying Sponsor).