Saudi Arabia’s construction market is set to more than double to US$96.52bn in 2025, from US$45.33bn in 2016, according to a recent report by BMI Research.
Experts say that advanced construction technology, such as open-source 4D Building Information Models (BIM) will be essential to help the Kingdom achieve Saudi Vision 2030 mega-projects on time and on budget.
Architects, engineers, and contractors will also need to learn how to enhance collaboration, productivity, and costs, across the design, concrete and steel rebar installation, and facilities management.
“Saudi Vision 2030 calls for public-private partnerships to deliver infrastructure projects and economic growth. The Big 5 Saudi Arabia is essential for showing how the latest construction software can unite local and international players to deliver complex mega-projects on time and on budget,” said Anwar Al Qwasmi, from global construction consultancy Trimble Solutions, ahead of The Big 5 Saudi Arabia.
One of the leading Saudi BIM projects is the Abdullah Arif Intersection Bridge in the Holy Makkah Municipality where contractors used Trimble’s Tekla Structures to design its 340-metre span, with a superstructure arch that can be dismantled and re-erected for a planned third lane.