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It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to invite you to the last BIM User Group meeting of the Spring Season 2017.
We agreed in the last meeting, due to the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, that we would have the meeting one week earlier. Due to timing problems at the Canadian University we will have the meeting, not on Monday, but Tuesday, 23rd May 2017 at 6:30pm.
Our sole presentation of the day will be:
Mark Klever: From Auckland to Dubai - Experiences of an Architect with BIM
Mark Klever is the Head of Design at Pandre Special Architects, Dubai
Mark has over 20 years experience on award winning projects from the Pacific Rim to the Subcontinent and the Middle East.
With more than 10 years in the region, Mark has cemented his curiosity of cross-cultural exchange through the medium of Architecture and the Built Environment.
He has designed signature projects in the UAE for the royal family.
I look forward to seeing you next week.
It is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to the April meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group.
Due to the Islamic Holiday of The Night of Israa and Meraaj on the 24th we will have the meeting this coming Monday, 17th April, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Red Theater of the Canadian University Dubai.
Our speakers this time will be:
Marwan Abu Ebeid of Turner International, speaking on: Lean Construction and Building Information Modeling
Mohannad Altabbal of BIMES, speaking on: Project Life Cycle Documentation utilizing ArchiCAD and BIMx
Marwan Abu Ebeid is a Sr. BIM Manager for Turner International Middle East (TiME) He provides operational support for BIM practice for TiME staff throughout the UAE projects and Middle East. Marwan has 16 years of progressive experience in Construction Management where he served as Construction Manager and BIM Manager in UAE. He holds Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in and Master’s Degree in Construction Project Management from UK in 2010. He is a PhD Candidate and guest lecturer at Heriot Watt University, a speaker in various international conferences in Middle East and is a member of Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB) – UK.
Mohannad Altabbal is a licensed architect with 10 years of experience in the field of BIM. He worked in different countries in the region and helped implementing BIM in several firms. During his career he trained, implemented, lectured and practiced BIM in architecture and construction. He currently works as a General Manager of BIM Engineering Solutions and involved in large projects in BIM with major developers and contractors in the region, where he advices the high level management on the way to approach BIM in a practical and solution centered way. He has lectured extensively on BIM in the UAE and throughout the Middle East.
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Senior VDC - 4D BIM and planning engineer, Arabtec Construction Company, LLC, Dubai, UAE
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it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the next meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group, this coming Monday, 27th February, at 6:30pm in the Red Theater of the Canadian University. In case you are new or have trouble finding the venue, kindly ask the concierge in the entrance hall for directions. For directions to CUD kindly refer to the attached JPEG file.
This time we have two presentations:
Pavithran KV will talk about: Investigating Barriers and Workflows for BIM Implementation by the Dubai Construction Industry
Pavithran is the BIM & Design Director at Brookfield Multiplex (BM), a Canadian-Australian Construction Consortium. He has more than 28 years of international experience in the UK, UAE, and India in leading design and BIM teams on various projects. He has been managing the BIM department at BM since 2008. He holds a Master in BIM Management from Middlesex University in the UK.
Brad Freeman will talk about: BIM enabled Robotic Layout total station hardware to extend the BIM workflow to the field, and achieve installation of Civil works and MEP services as per the design requirements with enhanced efficiency as well as accuracy.
Mr. Brad Freeman is talking on behalf of Trimble.
I would like to use this opportunity to invite you for the first meeting of 2017 of the Emirates BIM User Group. We’ll meet on Monday, January 30th at 6:30 pm in the Red Theater (main lecture hall) of the Canadian University Dubai (directions below).
We have two presentations lined up:
Winn Gomez is the BIM Manager at Oger International Abu Dhabi. Winn started working with BIM processes and software in 2004 and has led BIM training and implementation workshops across the Middle East since 2006. With a strong background in Architecture, Engineering and Project Management, he oversees the use of BIM on OIAD’s projects. He is currently leading the implementation of BIM on Louvre Abu Dhabi.
The presentation will focus on
1. uses of BIM for construction
2. the constraints of using a Design BIM for construction
3. overview of the BIM system for all stakeholders
4. Level of detail and
5. an overview of BIM for Facility Management
Florian Techel is a faculty at the Canadian University Dubai. He has been working with 3D design since 1988 and a precursor to BIM since 1993. He has taught 1000s of students in BIM, participated in numerous conferences and hosts the monthly meetings of the Emirates BIM User Group.
The title of his presentation is: Consequences of the use of BIM
It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the November meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group on Monday, 28. November 2016 at 6:30pm in the Red Theater of the Canadian University Dubai. Please find directions to CUD in the attached file.
This time there will be two presentations:
Muhammad Jabakhanji will talk about COBie and BIM for Rails
Tarek Al Masri and Ahmed Reyad will talk about Location Based Scheduling in 4D Analysis
Here are the short bios of the presenters:
Muhammad Jabakhanji is the head of VDC + BIM at ALPIN Ltd., Masdar City.
Tareq AL-Masri is the lead sales for Trimble Navigation GC/CM division in the Middle East and Africa, and successfully engage with key players in the construction industry.
Ahmed Reyad Bio is the Regional Solutions Engineer for Trimble's GC/CM division in MENA.
See you next Monday,
Sept 26th @ American University in Dubai (note new venue)
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Dear UAE BIMers,
You are invited to the October meeting of the UAE BIM User Group on Monday, 26th September at 6:00pm at the American University of Dubai. Please note the new venue location and time for this event. To register for the event please follow the link below.
The UAE BIM User Group is the place where you can hear from industry experts on the latest BIM technical discussions, be inspired by informative presentations and network with your industry peers. Refreshments will be served following the presentations.
This month's meeting will be presented by Autodesk and will shed the light on the BIM 360 family of products and is your opportunity to learn more about the Autodesk cloud offerings for the AEC industry. These cloud tools will be showcased with industry leaders case studies
The agenda for the evening is:
• BIM 360 Overview - Autodesk, Salim El Ferkh and Vijay Raina
• Collaboration for Revit & BIM 360 Team - Case Study -SSH, Eion Nield , BIM Manager
• BIM 360 Glue - Case Study - NAGA Architects, Alejandro Silva, BIM Manager
• BIM 360 Field - Demo - Autodesk, Vijay Raina
Date: September 26, 2016 (Monday)
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Venue: American University in Dubai
Building A Ground Floor Rotunda
Please register on the link below.
Register Here: http://autode.sk/UAEBIM360
Find out more about BIM 360 on: www.bim360.com
Share your thoughts with Autodesk on Twitter #BIM360Arabia
it is my distinct pleasure and privilege to invite you to the Opening Meeting of the Fall Season of the UAE BIM User Group this coming Monday, 29. August at 6:30pm at the Canadian University Dubai.
Please note that due to a Start-of-Schoolyear function the Red Theater at CUD is blocked next Monday evening. Consequently we will meet in room B2-10. When entering CUD through the front door turn left and walk the corridor to the very end. Exit the building and enter the next one immediately thereafter. Walk up one floor and look for room B2-10.
We have two presentations lined up:
Laura Smagin, Digital Information Manager - BIM Specialist, ATKINS:
"Taking a journey into BIM and Beyond"
Laura Smagin began in New Zealand in 1988. Has worked for various design practices in Sydney. She self-taught AutoCAD and later BIM helping several large practices through their transitions to BIM. In 2011 she relocated to Singapore and 2014 to Doha to take leadership positions in BIM in each of these locales.
Christopher Tebb, BIM Practice Lead, Mott McDonald:
"Setting the right Digital Strategy for Project Delivery"
Chris is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over nine years’ experience in transportation and built environment projects in the Middle East and the UK, working on projects for Highways England in the UK as well as notable major projects in the UAE such as Mafraq-Ghweifat Highway Upgrade and Jumeirah Golf Estates. Chris is currently the BIM Practice Leader for the Middle East Unit of Mott MacDonald, Middle East.
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The BIG 5 wants to extend its BIM contents, and the author can be YOU!
I had the pleasure (as did Mohannad and Florian, also members of this group) to attend the GRAPHISOFT Key Client Conference in Budapest from last Sunday to Tuesday. And boy, was it BIMming good!!!!
Suffice to say that the very Mr. MacLeamy was explaining the MacLeamy curve, and that we have seen other curves, by UK BIM Task Force member David Philp, or Kajima's own Yajima-san, on contractor's understanding of the BIM curve, or the curve on the BIM path from AutoCAD via Revit to ARCHICAD by the Brazilian starchitect. Of course, the ARCHICAD 20 premiere live stream was the highlight of the first day. In the second day plenary session, we learned how the Fiumicino airport in Italy is being built by ARCHICAD openBIM power, combining and coordinating BIM content from anything, as is the largerst project in Australia, the Liverpool retail empire in Mexico (interestingly, another ex Revit enterprise) and why AEDAS Singapore is becoming a serious ARCHICAD afficionado.
Events like these, whichever island of the worldwide BIM archipelago you come from, just reinforce your resolve and inspire you for new achivements!
May the BIM be with us!
I represent HOCHTIEF INDIA PVT LTD an engineering service provider operating from Chennai in India for projects globally. One of the major services is in BIM. For the past 10 years we are doing various services globally and the presence in ME Market is also significant.
is there a possibility to attend the next scheduled meeting? please do let me know.
this is to let you know that there will be no meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group on May 30th. We were not able to rally any speaker for that date and the organising body also has trouble with that date.
That concludes the Fall 2015/Spring 2016 season. The first meeting after the summer will be on August 29th at the Canadian University. I would like to use this opportunity to solicit potential speakers for that event. Kindly send me an email at
containing a brief bio of yourself and the topic that you would like to cover in your 30-45min presentation.
I look forward to seeing you at the end of August,
Canadian University Dubai is a leading teaching and research university in the UAE offering undergraduate and graduate programs at its Sheikh Zayed Road campus
It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to invite you to the upcoming UAE BIM User Group, this coming Monday, 25th April 2016, at 6:30pm at the Canadian University.
There will be two presentations:
Phil Jones, B+H Architects: “Coordinating projects worldwide thanks to BIM”
Phillip joined B+H in 2011 (http://www.bharchitects.com/en/) and has more than 27 years of experience managing international, complex and large-scale projects. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa for over 25 years. H worked on the Doha City Centre Expansion, as well as the Dubai Marina Community Master Plan and Flagship Six Tower Mixed Use Development (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia).
He was recognized with the Architecture and Global Urban Design Award in 2005 for his work on Dubai Marina while with another firm. He was also one of the authors of the City of Toronto’s initial Tall Building Design Guidelines.
Florian Techel, Canadian University Dubai: “Why BIM?”
Florian is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture + Interior Design. Teaching in the UAE since 1999 he joined the Canadian University in 2009. As first chair of Architecture + Interior Design he has influential in the development of the school. He is interested in sustainable architecture and Building Information Modeling, his particular research interest is in the transition of a market place to BIM.
Florian has been teaching BIM since the early 1990s. He has lectured extensively on the subject, including the repeated presentations at the UAE Society of Engineers.
It is my distinct pleasure and privilege to invite you to the March meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group, this coming Monday, 28th March 2016 at 6:30pm in the Red Theater of the Canadian University Dubai.
There will be two presentations:
Arsen Safaryan: BIM from an Owner’s Perspective
Mieczyslaw (Mitch) Boryslawski: BIM for Facilities Management
Arsen Safaryan is the Process Manager, BIM VDC at Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. He is leading BIM implementation internally on the organizational level and externally by engaging with the supply chain to deliver the Burj 2020 District project for DMCC. He has over a decade of industry experience, most recently as a BIM implementation specialist in the UAE. He specializes in leveraging BIM-centric processes on multibillion dollar projects from initiation, design, construction to operations and maintenance. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Aided Design from National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia and is an associate of the AIA.
Mitch Boryslawski is the Executive Director and co-founder of EcoDomus, the first company taking BIM to FM and the life cycle process. EcoDomus is an information technology firm focusing on improving the ways commercial buildings are designed, built, managed and retrofitted using BIM.Mitch holds a B.Sc. in Building Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a frequent speaker around the world on digital architecture and BIM, has been involved in international architectural competitions for the last 30 years, and has won several awards including the 2005 “Digie” Award for the Best Use of Automation-Architectural Design. His 3D digital work on the “Greening of the White House” is permanently on display at the Old Executive Office Building, Washington D.C.
I look forward to see you next Monday at CUD at the address below,
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I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to the upcoming regular February meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group, this coming Monday, 22nd February at 6:30pm in the Red Theater (main lecture hall) of the Canadian University Dubai.
There will be two presentations:
Tamer Elgohary (ASGC): “4D Simulation and Project Control”
Paul Oakley (BRE): “BIM Object requirements to deliver structured information”
It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the following presentation, this coming Monday, 15th February at 6:30pm in the Red Theater of the Canadian University Dubai.
Dr. Bilal Succar: “BIM performance assessment and improvement, covering BIM capability/maturity within organisations and BIM competency of individuals.”
With BIM appearing as the talk of the town, this presentation appears of particular interest.
Dr. Bilal Succar is a strategic BIM consultant and researcher with extensive experience in BIM performance assessment and improvement. He participated in a number of industry-wide initiatives in Australia. He is the founding director of BIMexcellence.com, an online assessment and learning platform, and has conducted many corporate and public workshops in Australia, NZ, US, UK, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Brazil. Dr. Succar participated in a number of industry-wide initiatives in Australia and regularly shares his thoughts through international forums and his blog, BIMThinkspace.com.
I look forward to seeing you at this lecture,
It is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the first meeting of 2016 on coming Monday, January 18th, at 6:30pm, in room D2-07 at the Canadian University Dubai. For CUD’s location kindly refer to the attached location map. After entering the the Canadian University, keep to the right and walk down the hallway to the end. Exit the building and enter the next one. This is “Block D”. Either take the stairs or the elevator to the 1st Floor and look for Room D2-07.
The agenda for the meeting will be:
2. Daniel Bulyovcsity / Ismail Hassan (Architectural Corner): Modelling and coordinating MEP with ArchiCAD
Daniel Bulyovcsity is an Architect five years working experience. He has experience throughout Europe and the Middle East. He has worked primarily on industrial warehouses, condominiums and family houses. The scale of projects increased in Dubai.
Mohammed Ismail Hassan has 9 years of experience in Mechanical Designing / Drafting in various MEP HVAC system projects in Oman, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and India. He currently works as an MEP Designer / modeller at Architectural Corner Consultants.
3. Grant Crow (Mace International): BIM Measurement & 5D Software
Grant Crow has 25 years’ experience in the construction industry as a cost Planner / Estimator and quantity surveyor working for both main contractors and leading cost consultant firms in New Zealand, Australia and UAE. Grant has a vast amount of experience in cost planning and estimating of large hotel, residential, commercial, retail and industrial projects. He is currently Cost Planning manager heading up the Pre-Contracts department of Mace International in Dubai.
4. Various Topics
It would be much appreciated if you could assist my colleague who is completing a MSc in BIM Management and undertaking the write-up of his Thesis. As part of this process he is collecting data with regard his chosen subject which is: Investigation Into Maturity Management in BIM: A model for construction delivery. Your expertise and experience would be of great value to this research. I would appreciate if you could spend the 5-10 minutes required to fill out the questionnaire provided in the link below:
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the November meeting of the Emirates BIM User Group will be this coming Monday, 23rd at 6:30pm in room D3-07 of the Canadian University Dubai.
After entering the University, head down the right corridor, exit the building and enter the next building: Block D. Take the elevator up to the 2nd floor and find room D3-07.
1. John Paul Dela Rosa, Civil and Structural Engineer:
Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) / Synchronized structural workflows for office or field
Bentley’s Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) allows you to confidently synchronize your structural data, manage design changes, and share models on desktop or iPad.
ISM enables interoperability allowing design change management, revision history, and visualization of your shared structural information among different specialized applications on the desktop. ISM coordinates, changes, and synchronizes data from multiple applications. It efficiently review structural models, drawings, and information. It proficiently track revisions and compare differences between model versions.
John Paul Dela Rosa has more than 10 years of actual practice in structural engineering on several projects in Saudia Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE.
He is currently the Regional Account Manager for Structural and Offshore Applications with Bentley Systems in Dubai.
2. Laura Murray, BRE Academy's Commercial Manager:
BRE Academy - Introducing a BIM International Education Pathway
Laura has a long history in working in the sustainability sector. Prior to joining BRE Academy in October 2014, she spent 9 years at IES Ltd, developers of building performance analysis software for the design of sustainable buildings. She has earned a number of achievements in the sustainable building market, including the successful management of several European Commission FP7 projects.
3. Current Happenings in the Regional Market
Next BIM User Group meeting on Monday, 19. October at 7:00pm in room C3-07 at the Canadian University Dubai. Due to the current nature of this presentation this is an out-of the order event deviating from the last-Monday-of-the-month schedule.
BuildingSMART, Implementation of OpenBIM and ISO 19650.
Paul Oakley reports from the recent BuildingSMART Standards Summit in Singapore.
RIBA Chartered Architect Paul Oakley is Director of Oakley CAD Services Ltd and has 20 years’ extensive AEC industry experience prior to starting his own Consultancy which includes working for many years as Architect / CAD Manager at both Local Authority and International Practices.
Through his company Paul provides CAD / BIM services to a wide client base of AEC companies. Services include BIM / CAD Management, Standards, Implementation, Training, Support and software development. As a specialist in Autodesk Software, Paul has presented at conferences speaking on BIM, Implementation, Standards, Revit, AutoCAD Architecture and enhancing productivity through process.
Presentation will be followed by an open discussion.
The next EBUG meeting will be held tomorrow, Monday, 28. September, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in room D3-07, at the Canadian University Dubai (CUD).
CUD is located behind the Shangri-La hotel, close to Interchange #1 of Sheikh Zayed Road (see map below).
Sorry for the late invitation.
Topics for tomorrow:
1. Thoughts about the introduction of BIM at a large scale (Florian Techel, CUD)
2. Do's and Dont's in the use of BIM (Mohannad Tabbal, BIM)
3. General Discussion, plan for the rest of the year
how can i know what did i do in revit last time i opened?
Below is the DropBox link to the Pavithran KV's presentation, probably the best and definitely the most talked about last season. Thanks to Mr. Pavithran, enjoy!
The season opener yesterday evening was great! Over 40 people, excellent presentations and discussion. Special thanks to the Abu Dhabi BIMmers who came!