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Big 5 Global: Revolutionizing Construction with AI and BIM

Big 5 Global: Revolutionizing Construction with AI and BIM
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Discussions during the Big 5 Global Exhibition and Shebara Hotel’s sustainable design in the Red Sea offer insights into the intersection of AI, BIM, and innovative architecture.

December 6, 2023—In line with the Big 5 Global exhibition in Dubai, the Future Technology Summit provided visitors with a realm of innovation where companies showcased their latest achievements and advanced technologies that push the boundaries of what is possible in construction. As a platform for industry experts, researchers, and enthusiasts, the summit encompassed a range of industries, including construction, renewable energy, environmental conservation, and artificial intelligence. Each sector presents its unique blend of innovations, highlighting the transformative power of technologies such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence to address global challenges and enhance human well-being. 

During a presentation on AI applications in the construction industry, Parham Mousavi emphasized the significance of concentrating on essential data and utilizing AI-driven dashboards for efficient project monitoring. As the COO of Premier Financial Construction Software, Mousavi highlighted the global interest in integrating AI into daily life for productivity enhancement. He concluded by underlining the transformative potential of harnessing artificial intelligence in the construction sector.

AI-integrated BIM for Digital Construction of Shebara Hotel

Red Sea Global has set to open its newest luxury hotel brand in the Red Sea area in the summer of 2024. Among other projects, the Shebara Hotel sits within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2023. The group has moved from the first phase of construction, nearing the end of the second and soon to transition into the third phase. With 10,000 users and 30,000 models in the group’s data environment, working with an AI-integrated BIM system has become a crucial part of the construction phase.

Shebara Hotel designed by Killa Design. Courtesy of Red Sea Global.

“We are already opening the project with all standard digital handovers. Our models are rich in information, enabling spot estimation not only on the asset level but also infrastructure-wide, including street lighting, EV chargers, and mobility,” said Mohamed Abdel Wahab Abdel Rahman, Acting Director of BIM – Digital Delivery at Red Sea Global, spoke on the topic of BIM-driven digital construction for smart cities.

He stressed that the project depends on BIM technology standards which allows architects, engineers, real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers, and other construction professionals to plan, design, and construct a structure or building within one 3D model.

“Everything is aligned with our BIM models, GIS, and collaboration with our operators to ensure smooth functionality. We are expanding, building our in-house team, and seeking the right people.”

The project’s location in the middle of the desert, according to Rahman, makes it necessary to consider every detail. Using technology, they incorporate infraworks, drone surveying, and GIS surveying. Now, they’ve reached a point where much of the construction stage has been completed using drone surveys.

Stainless Steel Pearls, Levitating Orbs, and a Solar Farm 

Situated on Sheybarah Island within The Red Sea destination, the Shebara Hotel boasts a distinctive architectural design by Killa Design that harmoniously integrates with its natural surroundings. The resort features 73 keys, including overwater and beach villas, offering guests a choice of accommodation immersed in the beauty of the island. Accessible by a scenic 45-minute boat ride or a swift 20-minute seaplane journey, the Shebara Hotel provides a captivating entry point to The Red Sea destination.

One noteworthy architectural highlight is the arrangement of stainless steel villas resembling a string of pearls, elegantly positioned on the southern approach. This unique design includes a central reception building, strategically situated within a natural break in the coral reef. This not only creates a visually stunning arrival experience for guests arriving by sea or seaplane but also underscores the resort’s commitment to sustainability by working in harmony with the surrounding environment. The thoughtful placement of these structures contributes to a dramatic seascape, adding to the overall allure of the Shebara Hotel.

Shebara Hotel designed by Killa Design. Courtesy of Red Sea Global.
Shebara Hotel designed by Killa Design. Courtesy of Red Sea Global.

The Shebara’s architectural vision extends beyond mere aesthetics, with a focus on reflecting and interacting with nature. The stainless steel villas, strategically designed to mirror the changing colors and surface patterns of the ocean and sky throughout the day, create a visual spectacle. Additionally, the overwater orbs, cantilevered above the water, produce a striking effect reminiscent of levitating pearls. This commitment to innovative architecture seamlessly blending with nature is encapsulated in the words of Shaun Killa, the Design Director and Founder of Killa Design, who emphasizes the resort’s ability to gracefully integrate modern luxury with the inherent beauty of its environment.

Sustainability is a core feature of Shebara’s architecture, as evidenced by its dedicated solar farm boasting over 11,000 PV panels, providing power day and night. The resort’s commitment to eco-friendly practices aligns with the broader sustainable initiatives in The Red Sea destination. This architectural prowess, combined with environmental consciousness, positions Shebara as not only a luxurious retreat but also a beacon of innovative and sustainable design within the burgeoning landscape of Saudi Arabia’s evolving tourism sector.

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