Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a workflow process based around the architecture, engineering, & construction of buildings & other infrastructural projects. It is used for modeling & optimizing projects to ensure that appropriate information is being created in a suitable 3D format & timely decisions are being taken throughout the design, construction, & operation of building assets.
The UAE is witnessing rapidly increasing construction activities, with the government taking several initiatives for promoting the use of technologies like Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Reality (VR), etc., in the construction industry.
The UAE Building Information Modeling Software Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 22.5% during the forecast period, i.e., 2022-27. The market witnessed a modest growth during 2017-19, primarily attributed to the rise in government mandates for BIM usage across Dubai and the expansion of the construction industry in the UAE. Earlier the priority of the UAE government was on the capital expenditures & the delivery phase. However, the government's focus is now shifting toward the operational phase of construction buildings, which would provide more benefits by maintaining & assessing the performance of buildings at an early stage. Various government plans have helped the BIM technology penetrate the UAE's construction sector.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2017-20|
|Base Year: 2021|
|Forecast Period: 2022-27|
|Key Companies Profiled||Autodesk Inc., Nametschek Group, Bentley Systems Incorporated, Trimble Inc., Dassault Systems, RIB Group, Asite, Aveva Group plc, Hexagon, Archidata Inc.|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
Key Trends in the Market
Integration of VR Technology into BIM Solutions for Easy Examination of Large Scale 3D Models.
With Virtual Reality (VR), BIM solutions could manage to recover, present information, and increase efficiency on communication and problem-solving in a collaborative project. They would also help reduce expenditures due to the construction of realistic models and avoid errors on-site that cause material wastes. VR devices allow users to visualize a virtual world and interact with the virtual space & its components.
Virtual Reality allows visualization & interaction with the virtual world, and BIM helps create & manipulate the design data. Also, the Virtual Reality software allows construction companies to advance their building designs by enabling them to visualize the building model using 3D scanning in the virtual environment. Hence, the link between these two capacities would provide a better experience for the construction industry in the future. Following this perspective, commercial software companies have been extensively developing advanced BIM + VR products. Using BIM technology in construction projects has immense potential to improve the design process by allowing all team members to collaborate accurately & efficiently. Construction companies implementing BIM solutions consider several options while operating VR-based solutions for elaborating 3D models. These tools include accessible head-mounted displays like Oculus Rift, HTC VIVE, Samsung Gear VR, Cardboard (Google VR), Microsoft HoloLens, etc., which enable AEC project stakeholders to enjoy the 3D experience of construction models.
Impact of Covid-19 on the UAE Building Information Modeling Software market
The Covid-19 pandemic negatively influenced the BIM Market in the UAE, primarily due to the pause in international trades, prolonged lockdowns, & reduced construction activities. Since the construction sector is the lifeline of the nation's economy, the UAE government took many significant initiatives to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. It included the announcement of the Planning & Development Stimulus Initiative, the introduction of virtual inspection of construction sites by Zoom or Microsoft Teams, etc.
Besides, the stringent restrictions amidst the crisis forced the government to change the existing laws associated with construction activities and opt for more convenient options like BIM, integration of VR, etc. Through the execution of BIM, team members can coordinate & communicate on a suitable information platform and effectively handle situations like information asymmetry, inadequate supervision, etc. Moreover, amidst the crisis, the burgeoning adoption of remote working mechanisms and increasing digitalization across prominent industry verticals have also contributed to the overall market growth in 2020.