Stretching four kilometers along the historic Dubai Creek in the United Arab Emirates, the 1,600-acre Dubai Festival City is being developed by Al-Futtaim Group as an integrated urban development project. It includes a shopping center with more than 500 retail outlets and restaurants, highrise residential and office towers, office parks, residential areas, schools, an 18-hole international golf course, and associated golf club, three major international hotels, a major convention center, and urban landscaping with canals, waterfalls, pools, fountains, and creek promenades.

Dubai Festival City is expected to revitalize downtown Dubai. Approximately, 14,000 people are currently employed on the Dubai Festival City site, with that number expected to double by the end of the year. By the time this planned community is completed in 2012, an estimated 1.2 million people will live, work, shop, and vacation in this "city within a city."

With more than a dozen project management teams and 100 consulting and contracting firms, the 10-year Dubai Festival City mixeduse project requires intense and astute oversight in order to remain on schedule. The project—one of the largest private developments underway in the world—has 15 project management teams working in parallel. A detailed management structure has been established encompassing five divisions: development; design and construction; marketing and leasing; finance; and human resources. Additionally, special-purpose companies are being established to operate the facilities upon completion.

Celebrating Revitalization

Bentley's Project Wise collaboration system has helped the project teams coordinate the vast quantities of correspondence and other documentation generated by a project of this magnitude. Hundreds of retail, residential, educational, and infrastructure projects have required solid communication and dissemination of ideas among the dozens of architects, engineers, and contractors on the job.

"The core Project Wise product—with some project-specific workflow customizations and configurations—helped Dubai Festival City and its design teams meet the demanding schedules of the design and construction program," explained Robert David, design and construction director for Dubai Festival City. "Without ProjectWise, it would have been significantly more difficult to meet that challenge."

During the construction phase of Dubai Festival City, ProjectWise was initially used as a document management system to control the movement of documents between approximately 200 project stakeholders. It was able to handle an extensive volume of data inhouse, while providing this data to the global stakeholders.

The movement of these documents and the collaborative nature of the workflow that accompanied this movement were largely controlled by a mixture of complex spreadsheets, access databases, and paper forms. The project team recognized that significant benefits could be obtained if some of these construction workflows were added to the ProjectWise environment.

Following a series of Bentleyhosted workshops, a customized software functional specification was produced and priced. The cost of the customization—dubbed the ProjectWise Construction Module by project leaders—was compared with a number of ASP solutions. The results of this exercise proved that the cost of the ProjectWise Construction Module—including the associated wide area network, local area network, and hardware upgrades—was still considerably less than that of the most competitive ASP solution.

The cost was not the only benefit. The module matched the workflow of the construction process far better than any of the other options considered. Moreover, because it was generic, it could be reused on future projects.

Since Dubai Festival City's stakeholders are located around the world, the construction module has been deployed as a standalone Web application that employs ProjectWise for storing various database objects. The application has been developed to reuse existing ProjectWise database objects and, within the construction module, create and manage RFIs, document and drawing submittals, material submittals, and nonconformance reports.

The infrastructure consultants made extensive use of 3D modeling and visualization techniques to design the 16 kilometers of roads and bridges within the Dubai Festival City boundary. This infrastructure data was exported into numerous data formats for the architecture and other design consultants to produce both individual building and sitewide visualization.

Proactive Processes

Since the implementation of ProjectWise, the project team has managed nearly 1 million documents and drawings—a task that would have been cumbersome without an effective document management plan. "We have notices that by utilizing ProjectWise and the construction module, users spend less time creating and managing the inefficient paper-driven processes, where documents can be misplaced or held up by individuals," said David. "The resulting efficiency gains, transparency, accountability, and audit ability of the system have provided Dubai Festival City and its stakeholders with the ability to become more proactive in their primary functions, rather than spending much of their time chasing papers."

David estimates ProjectWise's return on investment at 21 to 1, with a 5 percent improvement in overall project time savings. "Our managed environment means that we are truly able to 'work as one,'" said David. "On a project of this magnitude, this is a great achievement, with benefits that will reverberate across the entire lifecycle of the project."

Al-Futtaim Group implemented ProjectWise in late 2004 and has been pleased with its efficiency ever since. In fact, it is expected that the ProjectWise collaboration system will become the backbone of all Dubai Festival City operational functions, allowing the project's building financial management, infrastructure management, GIS departments, and command-andcontrol centers to make use of the system's federated content management solutions, including its servers for caching data in multiple locations, for managing and automating plotting and publishing, and for connecting with enterprise systems. "Our intention is to effectively manage all project data throughout the entire lifecycle of Dubai Festival City," said David. "Bentley's products enabled this vision to become a reality."
Trimble's software solution for motor grader, compactor & paver
Trimble, a global leader in construction technology, unveiled its platform-based software solution to assist contractors in improving the efficiency of their on-site equipment/fleet, especially motor graders, compactors, and pavers

Read more ...

Construction Technology For Speed, Efficiency, Resilience and Durability
Disruptive technology is reshaping construction practices from design and planning to project execution and facility management. The integration of cutting-edge technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), 3D printing, robotics

Read more ...

Reliance ReRouteTM Turns Plastic Waste Into Road Construction Material
Roads constructed using waste plastic have higher durability, more resistance to deformation and to water induced damage, and improved stability and strength. ReRouteTM is an initiative for End-of-Life Multilayered Waste Plastics for Road Construction

Read more ...

Tech-Enabled Startups Redefining India’s Construction Industry
In the vast landscape of India’s construction industry, a new wave of disruption is sweeping through, powered by the innovative prowess of tech-enabled startups. These visionary companies have set their sights on transforming the way buildings are designed

Read more ...

Buildo.Market: Construction Materials Marketplace Using VR & Catalogs
The idea behind Buildo.Market is to provide a one-stop solution for construction-related materials and services in India, driven by the changing customer purchasing behavior during the pandemic. Previously, people hesitated to select materials without

Read more ...

Elixia's Technology Delivers Logistics Efficiency, Saves Time & Money
An efficient logistics system is an interplay of technology, infrastructure, and manpower and we are currently lagging in all these factors. The logistics sector is the backbone of economic growth; its efficiency has a direct influence on the growth of other

Read more ...

Find Skilled CE Operators, Manage Equipment & Cut Costs: EQUIP9™ App
EQUIP9™ - the first global start-up in the heavy equipment- aims to connect every entity in this industry and simplify the complex construction business with its app-based digital solutions. Find certified operators, manage equipment, and cut costs

Read more ...

Onsite Construction Management Software: Smooth Project Operations
In around 2 years, over 100,000 construction businesses in India have transitioned from their traditional methods to adopting Onsite, a tech-enabled startup that is disrupting the country’s construction industry by providing a range of benefits such

Read more ...

PACE Robotics' Modular Wall Finishing Robot: Save Time, Cut Costs
Robots offer a remarkable advantage, being able to accomplish tasks with a speed ten times faster than traditional methods, while also reducing costs by threefold. Moreover, they guarantee consistent quality, eliminate physically demanding

Read more ...

Powerplay Cloud-Based Construction Management Platform
With a rising level of digital literacy, numerous startups are developing cutting-edge solutions to address the challenges faced by the construction industry in India. Powerplay is a cloud-based construction management platform that helps construction

Read more ...

TappetBox's Data Capture Solutions Streamline Construction Workflow
TappetBox was born out of the realization that the construction industry lacks modern frameworks for data capturing and maintenance, particularly in equipment monitoring and management. TappetBox App helps construction companies collect, track & manage

Read more ...

Prabh Paul - Tracecost
Surging demand for prompt project delivery is driving global infrastructure towards automation, but India’s industry lags behind in adopting automated processes. Tracecost offers an innovative solution to address this gap, providing remarkable benefits

Read more ...

Roadmap for Innovation & Digital Tech Transformation in the Construction Sector
In recent times, companies, including construction firms, have become more enthusiastic about adopting disruptive new tech tools and embracing digital transformation. Despite various challenges, the accelerated digital evolution aided by investments

Read more ...

Harnessing the Potential of 3D Printing with Geopolymer Technology
The amalgamation of geopolymer technology with 3D printing gives birth to a method of construction that is both sustainable and efficient; it marries the speed and flexibility of 3D printing with the environmental and structural benefits of geopolymer

Read more ...

How Construction Industry is Using Technology to Become More Sustainable
Global warming and climate change are among the biggest challenges of our generation today. Almost 40 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are from the construction sector, as per UN’s 2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

Read more ...

Cusmat: Offering Immersive Learning Techniques
Cusmat’s Metaverse-based training and upskilling tools for technicians and operators in Mining, Logistics & Manufacturing industries are making training and recruitment more efficient, faster, and cost-effective. Cusmat is providing virtual reality or augmented

Read more ...

Driving Efficiency & Productivity with Smart Construction
As construction projects become more complex, construction companies must infuse agility into their operations to avert time and cost overruns by tapping into the benefits of advanced technology solutions like Building Information Modeling

Read more ...

Technology Boosting Jobsite Connectivity
While jobsite connectivity is making sure that information is transferring to the right individuals at the right moment so that they can do their jobs more effectively, however, executing jobsite connectivity is a completely different matter as every

Read more ...

Robots in Construction
Adopting Robots in construction can help maintain productivity at a time when fewer people are pursuing a career in the industry: GlobalData. The construction industry’s lack of digitalization and new technologies mean that companies will struggle to

Read more ...

Predictive Analytics is at the heart of Digital Transformation in the Energy Industry
Senthilkumar Pandi, a Digital Data Management expert, explains how Predictive Analytics enable the Energy Industry to prevent costly and unexpected downtimes, and suggests how to choose the right solution.Though digitalization has been

Read more ...