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3D design vital for railways development through BIM for GCC infrastructure projects.

Steve Cockerell of Bentley, a US company specialising in design and construction software, was reported as saying, BIM can play a vital part from initial concept all the way to the operational stages of all rail infrastructure projects :

“The 3D technology is an increasing area of focus for the rail industry.  Some call it a revolution, but I prefer to call it an evolution.  The technology has now got to a stage where you can create an integrated model of the whole project.”

Cockerell said also that design and build companies in the Middle East are increasingly using BIM on rail transport developments.

He said : “Saudi Arabia is certainly using our projects on its rail infrastructure.  But I don’t consider BIM a product anymore.  It’s much more of a process and can be valuable throughout the entire lifespan of a project, from concept through to reality.  Data is created all the way through and can be processed in such a way that it is available for all parties.”

He added : “There seems to be a great appetite for rail-related projects in the Middle East.  The success of the Dubai Metro has shown that and now the city has the tram.  And added to that, rail is probably one of the most appropriate areas for BIM usage.  And it is not just about the technology.  It is about how the best use can be made of the information obtained.”

Source : designMENA 1 April 2015   http://www.designmena.com/

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