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Enabling a step change in efficiency for Dubai’s transport authority

Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority (RTA) identified BIM as key to improving the way public transport infrastructure is procured, executed, operated and maintained.

We were appointed to create the framework to facilitate this change, driven by the organisation’s asset management department.

ClientGovernment of Dubai, Roads & Transport Authority (RTA)
ExpertiseBIM consultancy

Our approach looked beyond models as simply a 3D representation of an asset and instead focused on layering BIM into the RTA’s existing business processes, optimising them to deliver business goals through positive behavioural change. The outcome was better information management that meets international best practice, and greater efficiency for the long term.

Delivered across three phases, our commission began with in-depth study of the organisation to establish its baseline and to assess the size and complexity of the skills gap that had to be bridged. Interviews, online surveys and focus groups painted a picture of BIM understanding within the organisation and through the supply chain.

This allowed us to develop a BIM roadmap with a phased task schedule to raise the capabilities of the team and the supply chain over the medium term. The BIM strategy was implemented across capital delivery, with pilot projects enabling the development of cost-effective solutions that could be rolled out across all work streams.

Finally, we set in motion some of the mechanics needed to drive BIM across the business, including demonstration of two ‘proof of concept’ projects using as-built data from live assets.

Our training and education plan will inform future skills development, and our legal review of existing commercial documents enabled us to create an elevated legal framework for future BIM projects.

BIM is now becoming an integral component of all construction projects throughout the region, and this award is to congratulate the consultant that has driven this agenda more than anyone else. Mott MacDonald not only represents BIM implementation on projects, but has also helped educate the community on the importance of BIM as a mindset, rather than a technology.

Judges at Future Cities BIM Awards in 2016

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