The USD 220 million Abu Dhabi Fairmont Hotel, located in the prime breakwater district with extensive beach frontage, included a five-star
resort, apartments, soccer field and grandstand, retail outlets, and ancillary buildings. The built-up area totaled approximately 1.9 million
square feet, with two towers rising more than 38 stories. Bentley i-model technology reduced the planned 30-month project duration by 1,000
man-days and cut delivery costs by 30 percent.
Arabtec Construction’s BIM department developed and stored a total of 1,240 i-models. All of the engineering data and information in
the i-models was also extracted and stored in a SQL database accessible by different departments and site teams. This allowed 4D and
5D integration to simulate different construction scenarios, identify possible hazards, and improve site management from tender through
construction stages. Auto-generated i-models are estimated to have reduced operations costs by 30 percent.
Arabtec Construction LLC | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fairmont Hotel FINALIST
This project transformed the way the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) documents construction projects – from a paper-based
system to a fully electronic system using Project Wise. With approximately 400 trunkline construction projects, the department needed
to virtually connect the MDOT staff involved with the construction process to the project stakeholders, including contractors, suppliers,
construction managers, inspectors, and auditors.
After using Project Wise in design for more than 11 years, MDOT tested its application to construction with four pilot projects totaling USD
130 million in infrastructure. Implemented at minimal cost, this project eliminated paper by mandating electronic submittal and storage of
construction documents. Using electronic documents cut 30-day approval times to an average of three days. In addition to a projected savings
of 6. 7 million pieces of paper per year, annual statewide savings in mail-related costs alone were estimated at USD 7. 45 million.
Michigan Department of Transportation | Michigan, United States
Project Wise: A Change in Construction
Special Recognition Award Winner Advancing Information Technology
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