Dubai BIM Mandate (Circular 207)

Dubai Municipality

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Dubai Municipality released a circular updating its mandate regarding the usage of BIM systems across construction projects in the Emirate. Circular (207) is titled “Regarding the expansion of applying the (BIM) on buildings and facilities in the emirate of Dubai”. The circular is dated 23 July, 2015, and states Dubai Municipality’s intent to expand the usage of BIM. According to the circular, Dubai Municipality’s BIM mandate from 2013, issued through circular (196), has been succeeded by circular (207), as part of the civil body’s efforts “to follow up on the latest construction trends from all over the world, for all the benefits that come to all the parts involved in this, from project owners to consulting firms and contractors and government departments. BIM is being encouraged because of how much it lowers the cost of construction projects and the time taken to finish them; and increases the level of coordination between the engineers working on designing and implementing the project, and their counterparts in the management and funding and manufacturing the project.
The latest circular aims to expand the usage of it (the technology) to include the following as part of the BIM mandate:
BIM Should be applied to the architectural and mechanical works for the following buildings:
– buildings that are above 20 floors.
– buildings and facilities and compounds with areas larger than 200 thousand square foot.
– buildings and special facilities like hospitals and universities and all that is similar to that.
– all governmental projects.
– all buildings and projects that are requested from a foreign office.
The circular also repeats the requirements of its previous circular, which would continue to stay in effect:
BIM should be applied to:
– Buildings that are above 40 floors.
– Building with area’s larger than 300 thousand square feet.
– Specialised buildings such as hospitals, universities, and all that is similar to that.
– All buildings requested on behalf of a foreign office.


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