Autodesk helps Kuwaiti estate agent go digital

The real estate division of Kuwait Finance House can now instantly match house-hunters to available properties with the click of a mouse.

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By  Rob Corder Published  October 2, 2000

Kuwait Finance House, the country’s largest Islamic financial institution, is digitising its entire archive of hard copy maps and tabular data using Autodesk MapGuide and AutoCAD map.

The real estate department of the KFH will then be able to match house hunters to available properties instantly without trawling through paper-based maps and reports.

"By using Autodesk MapGuide we were able to provide the end users with a simple and easy to use interface for the real estate database" commented Hala Hammad, project development manager for National Computer Services, which is managing the rollout.

"By automating the system, everything becomes much simpler and therefore easier for both the client and the agent." commented Mr. Mohamed Zekrallah, real estate department manager, Kuwait Finance House. "Thus making Kuwait Finance House an easier and more pleasurable company to do business with" he continued.

The system is designed to link regional areas with full data on available properties to include statistics, price and even multimedia files. A client can give the real estate agent a profile of what they are looking for, i.e. budget, number of rooms, area … etc and the agent will be able to immediately bring up data on available properties that suit the client’s needs.

The implementation of this project is only phase one. National Computer Services have guaranteed that the project will be fully internet ready and phase two of the project will place all of the data on the internet, allowing clients to access information from any PC in their own time. Customers will be able to enter their own queries and retrieve the information corresponding to their requirements.

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