In the wake of rapid urbanisation, issues with existing infrastructure and ever increasing awareness about resource exhaustion, countries in the Middle East have focussed their attention on becoming ‘smart’ to overcome obstacles and enable optimum utilisation of the available resources. Over the last year the optimism within the GCC construction market has risen considerably as USD 70 billion worth of construction projects were completed in 2013 with this number predicted to rise. However, 96% respondents of Pinsent Masons sixth annual GCC Construction Survey claim that the cost of capital for projects was either as expensive (43%) or more expensive (53%) than it was in 2012.
The 2014 GeoBIM Infrastructure Middle East aims to address ever increasing cost factor and ROI. It will showcase how technical and strategic planning can help address the said issue and create smart infrastructure. The event will provide an ideal information gathering and sharing platform for those looking to deploy BIM + geospatial technologies (viz. GIS, GNSS, Ground Penetration Radar, Aerial Photogrammetry, Satellite Imagery, Airborne LiDAR, Mobile Laser Scanning, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Total Station, Machine Control, etc.) and solutions to plan, design, build and operate the future cities of Middle East. The Forum will bring together representatives from the municipalities, urban planning agencies, construction and consulting firms, universities/research institutes and technology providers who are involved with the creation of smart cities. The Forum also seeks to address decision makers from the region and world over about the success and future strategies in this direction in order to prove a guiding path for the development of future smart infrastructure in the region.
The 2014 GeoBIM Infrastructure Middle East will showcase case studies on successful smart infrastructure projects in the Middle East region while bringing to the fore the kind of challenges faced by the sector and deliberate on the best available solutions aimed at helping the stakeholders to gain better and more actionable information related to the entire lifecycle of a smart infrastructure project.