Autodesk to help construct Qatar railway network
Autodesk will provide Building Information Modelling implementation, consultancy and advisory services to Qatar Rail towards the construction of a modern integrated railway network in the country.
The agreement was formalised at a signing ceremony in Doha attended by Saad Ahmed Al Muhannadi, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Rail and Callan Carpenter, Vice President of Global Services, Autodesk.
Qatar Rail is responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the entire rail network and systems within Qatar. Its scope of work is driven directly from the Qatar National Vision as the country aims to sustain its development and provide a high standard of living for its people by 2030.
Qatar Rail chose Autodesk’s BIM solutions and expertise as part of its commitment to employ world-class technologies as it acts on its vision to deliver many high-profile and technologically groundbreaking railway infrastructure projects. Autodesk’s consulting team will support Qatar Rail on the implementation of BIM technologies and practices to help decrease the overall time and costs of railway projects by minimising rework and miscommunication, providing more actionable insight into projects, and helping accelerate decision-making earlier into the project lifecycle.
Over the next three years, Qatar Rail will employ several services offered by Autodesk starting with the company’s expertise on BIM standards, quality control and integration across organisations.
Autodesk will also implement a technology platform within Qatar Rail to train, support and collaborate with the company’s assigned staff for the railway project. Additionally, Autodesk will outline specific BIM standards and processes for the railway project that will serve as the foundation for BIM requirements and as a starting point for BIM implementations for future contracts.
“A rigorous BIM process implementation has the potential to deliver tremendous benefits to the owner/operators of national infrastructure projects like Qatar Rail, from the design phase, through construction, commissioning and ongoing operations. Autodesk is very pleased to be Qatar Rail’s chosen partner for achieving these benefits. Qatar’s adoption of BIM demonstrates its commitment to the very best technology when it comes to implementing their national vision for Qatar 2030,” said Callan Carpenter, Vice President Global Services, Autodesk.