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Amana Contracting adopts Autodesk BIM software

Building information modeling tools allow single integrated digital design

Amana Contracting adopts Autodesk BIM software
The BIM software has allowed Amana’s architects to link a project's structural and architectural models.

Design software company Autodesk Inc this week announced that Dubai-based Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings has implemented Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) into its engineering practice. Autodesk claimed that by adopting the technology, Amana has accelerated its drawing production time by over a month.

Amana had been using AutoCAD software successfully for many years, but needed to speed up design while maintaining accuracy, productivity and quality of final documentation. Through Autodesk partner Omnix International, Amana has adopted a range of Autodesk BIM software products, including Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure. The products help create project information, floor plans, elevations, sections, quantity takeoffs, area calculations and schedules, and much of the work is automated. The software allows architects, structural engineers and builders to work from a single integrated digital model that contains all project-relevant information.

“Amana's decision to shift from AutoCAD to Autodesk BIM has already produced positive results for us,” said William Bsaibes, green initiative manager, LEED AP BD+C, Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings.

“To date, we have seen an improvement in our productivity as we have saved four to six weeks from our drawing production. The new solution has also allowed our Quantity Surveying department to finalise quantities faster and with more accuracy. The use of BIM technology gives us a competitive edge by producing high-quality documentation, shorter production cycles and an improved approach to servicing our clients.”

Autodesk said that the BIM software has also allowed Amana’s architects to link a project's structural model to the architectural model, thus directly seeing the structural components on the drawings, resulting in a tighter integration between structure and architecture departments.

“We are pleased with the successful results of our BIM software implementation for Amana,” said Dr Jayant Deshpande, director, CAE, Omnix International.

“We are also confident that its stakeholders, partners and customers will benefit from the Autodesk BIM platform advantages of efficiency, accuracy and quick results delivery,”

Amana expects that its operations and development for projects in the United Arab Emirates will be strengthened by BIM, given the demands for sustainable construction and Estidama (Pearl Rating) guidelines. Amana is currently training and involving more of its staff in the use of Autodesk BIM technology, as well as planning to roll out the solutions across its Gulf Cooperation Council branch offices.

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