BIM Outsourcing helps Construction Companies & Building Contractors to Thrive in Global Market


Although the concept of Building Information Modeling originated from architectural design, the constructors/contractors have a very important seat at the table as well. The process isn’t new in the industry, yet it is still evolving in a manner where BIM professionals make it functional for better profitability and also make them global competitors. According to a report from McGraw Hill, only 25% of the companies have adopted BIM for their projects.

Of the various reasons responsible for low adoption, one of the prominent one is to the smaller size of construction companies and contractors with limited financial resources. This hinders their growth and ability to compete on higher levels as their capability is outright rejected and undermined as compared to the BIM users. However, Outsourcing BIM services, productivity and quality of work can be enhanced - easily.

BIM helps with electronic data, to easily coordinate and collaborate

BIM assists contractors in analyzing the piece of information pertaining to a building and clubbing it with scheduling, finances and bidding the best for the project. Thus, the electronic data in the form of BIM model, allows the contractors to streamline the activities for projects, which otherwise would take up a huge time and resources. To put it in one statement, BIM enables a contractor in coming out with the best possible outcomes right from the design stage and all the way to construction and even post-construction.

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CAD Conversion is the New Exploration for Oil and Gas Sector Equipment Designs



Baker Hughes Inc. on 3rd June 2016 reported an increment in oil rig count by 4 for the first time since August 2015; then again a rise of 9 on 8th July. The latest number for the operational rig count in the USA by the oil and gas exploration giant is at 624 as on 19th December 2016 seeing an increase of 27 in the past four weeks. One of the reasons this giant is able to expand and invest is due to the fact that design engineers have been able to enhance the existing designs to generate better returns. The problem today is, that the engineers prefer to use digitized designs, while the equipment used in oil and gas exploration have been designed even before the concept of digital designs was prevalent. As a result, most of them have outlived their paper based drawings and/or are existent in degraded paper form. 3D CAD conversion of these 2D paper drawings is the most efficient way out.

Converting the oil and gas industry legacy of paper documents to digital CAD documents


Oil and gas industry has cutting edge maintenance of following the legacy of paper documents alongside adapting the upcoming technology for enhanced exploration. Perhaps the reason to this is O&G industry has survived a time span of incredible technological advances keeping its principles intact, and embraced the innovations with upgradations.

Today is the case of young engineers, who have developed a close association with CAD software and relies heavily on virtual design tools for every major decision. Their mindset has changed and come to accept the fact that, ‘Those paper based documents are only too good to be stored. Making money through them is impossible today.’

Making money, and as cited above, deploying increasing number of operational rigs every month comes from innovations and design changes in small parts, as small as a drill bit or wellhead. CAD conversion of existing drawings essentially converts these drawings into editable CAD field and allows easy and accurate design amendments as per the optimization needed. Sean Gillis, product development manager at Drilformance comments that, “Drilling success begins at the bit. We seek to consistently deliver best in class penetrations.” This delivering best in class comes from what we call design amendments.

For example, to achieve high penetration rates, the PDC cutter angle profile has to be relatively aggressive, which traditionally was considered to be inapt for build sections as stability was of prime importance. Although, today with 3D CAD conversion, followed by simulations, optimization and automated manufacturing, delivers an understanding to the entire design and manufacturing team. It allows achieving outputs for every proposed design parameters, by changing the designs efficiently within short time.

By adopting CAD conversions and hence 3D solid modeling for the designs, engineers are empowered to have better design communication, management, automation through drawing tools and macros, simulations, and finally improved production efficiency. Rigorous kinematic and dynamic performance motion of the components, such as drill bits or spindle can be studied accurately, minimizing the need of prototyping tests. It manages the data and design documents needed for entire product lifecycle management.

Conclusion


Oil and gas is by far the richest industry giving high returns, but the risks involved in terms of health, safety and environment (HSE) are high. Thus, design engineers pay a significant importance to innovative designs for finding and taking efficiencies of design and material, cost consciousness to make their systems compete in marketplace and above all safety, durability and reliability on top to minimize business and environment risks. 3D CAD conversion for paper drawings can easily cater to all these needs and delivers a cost effective solution in today’s ever-evolving and increasingly multifaceted global energy industry.

Building Construction Projects May Fail in 2016



The first quarter of year 2016 is about to get over, and people in the building industry are already worried. Many of them have sensed that their building projects might go unexpectedly wrong, causing further delays, costly revisions, or may get into unwarranted legal issues. Let’s understand and accept the fact that building contractors, architects and other across the AEC fraternity are late, timelines are not met and people are spending time arguing why things should be different.

Similarities, differences, beliefs and attitudes towards BIM have started surfacing, big time. What has surfaced is a very complex picture, with several stages of BIM development in various countries. The effects and impact of governmental policies such as the BIM mandate in UK are emerging and are hard to be overlooked at.

Architectural design firms are collaborating with both their partners and experts across UK, USA, Europe, Australia and Middle-East, and have started facing methodological challenges. Apart from the difference in language (associated challenges of reliability and grace in wording); there are national differences in understanding what BIM is? These differences are deep rooted with various construction practices and regulatory frameworks.

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Adopting Green Building Practices Beneficial to Hospitality industry of GCC Countries in this time of Recession & Economic Uncertainty

Over the past two years, a combination of factors ranging from a highly volatile crude market, to a tense geopolitical situation, has led to a general slowdown in the economy in the GCC countries. This slowdown has had its repercussions on many industries, among them, hospitality. According to Smith Travel Research - a leading market research agency in the industry, “the market penetration index has gone south from +11.1 percent in 2014 to -7.8 percent in the year ended 2015 and the revenue growth index, a key benchmark to assess the health of the business, has moved from +6.3 percent in 2014 to -8 percent in 2015.

Against this scenario of a substantially reduced demand and over-supply, is the projected addition of about 18,000 hotel rooms in Riyadh & Jeddah alone – over 50 percent of them 5 star developments, as a part of the expansion plans for major international hotel chains. One might wonder how this bodes for the industry in the times ahead. The industry is optimistic for 2016 and the years ahead, basing their optimism on the fact that a low debt, coupled with substantial foreign reserves, and a diverse investment scenario is going to help the economy bounce back, stronger than before.