BIM City: How Archid Studio Can Assist Dubai in Digitising Its Built Environment

by Kostas Burr
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5 min read
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May 1, 2024

Since January 1, 2024, Dubai Municipality has taken a significant stride toward digitalising its built environment by stipulating that planning applications for a wide array of projects must be submitted in the form of a 3D Building Information Model (BIM). This development is particularly fortunate for us at Archid Studio, as BIM lies at the heart of our expertise. From the very beginning, our company has been dedicated to introducing the most advanced digital technologies and solutions for design, engineering, and consulting. The Municipality's announcement is not only welcome news for our market, but it also signifies a broader, more thrilling narrative. Dubai's authorities are pushing the Emirate towards the digital frontier and its promising opportunities and advantages.

Today’s digital built environment can be conceptualised as a number of technologies capable of generating digital representations of cities or buildings, subsequently integrating them with a map. These technologies include Building Information Modeling (BIM), Digital Twin solutions (DT), and GeoSpatial Systems (GIS), among others. Each plays a crucial role in its respective domain: BIM in architecture and construction, GIS in mapping and data analysis. Already, they are reshaping how we design, construct, and govern cities. Yet, the transformative potential of digitalisation in urban environments remains largely untapped.

The most intriguing developments are unfolding at the intersections of these technologies. The widespread adoption of BIM lays the groundwork for Dubai to pioneer unprecedented solutions in the near future. The synergy of BIM and GIS, for instance, will enable the city to develop a cadastral map enriched with comprehensive 3D models, containing detailed information about buildings and their ongoing operations. Such a map will serve as an asset registry, offering unparalleled transparency for market participants and investors, thereby reshaping the dynamics of the entire market.

Another compelling application of a city-scale BIM database is the realisation of a digital twin solution. Already, municipal authorities view digital twins as indispensable tools for achieving net-zero emissions, sustainable objectives, and optimized project management and delivery through the integration of AI, smart data analytics, geospatial technologies, and information management systems. It is evident that the path toward a sustainable future necessitates a digital infrastructure that encompasses not only the physical construction of buildings but also their holistic digital representations.

At Archid Studio, we are deeply engaged in the repertoire of digital transformation initiatives. We are enthusiastic about contributing to this transformative journey, leveraging our expertise to help shape Dubai's digital future.

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