Technology is everywhere around us right now, but naturally a lot of times it can get hard to get used to. We know how technology is making our lives easier when it comes to our everyday activities, the construction industry is no different; we simply need to realize why the technology is there.
At Trimble (NASDAQ; TRMB), we applaud the players in the industry who are willing to make the shift towards digitalization in construction. It is organizations like these, who are changing the perception of the industry from ‘can we use?’ to, ‘HOW we can use,’ technology in more of our projects.
A great example of such an organization is UAE’s FAM Holding Group, which is determined to integrate technology into their workflows, not just in the office, but at their project sites as well.
In a conversation with FAM Holding Group’s Chairman, Dr. Faisal Ali Mousa, he mentioned that they are on a path to improve their operating efficiency and to expand their global presence, which will only be possible if they are willing to broaden their horizons through integrating technology and BIM into their project workflows.
“Soon there will be no room for traditional developments anymore as the market is evolving and it demands distinctiveness from the rest; which is why we have made it our mission to have a USP in all our projects,”
He mentioned with a few examples of unique projects that they have planned, which are yet to be officially announced. “Such extraordinary projects were impossible even to envision before, but now, with the advanced tools that are available, it is simply a matter of how and where to utilize these tools for a successful and profitable project delivery.”
Trimble Inc.’s Middle East team visited Dr. Faisal and his staff in their offices to congratulate them on their advancement towards digitalization through incorporating the technology provider’s collaboration tool, ‘Trimble Connect’ into their business to improve their project communications, in a way that the information between the office and the field, and vice versa, is pin-point.
Since they have started using Trimble Connect for their operations for almost a year, they have witnessed a radical improvement in their communication between teams which has helped them improve their efficiency, reduce waste and errors, which has, in turn, increased their profitability.
Switching to a cloud-based collaboration platform like Trimble Connect was a strategic decision as FAM Holding is one of the biggest developers in the Region with 7 sister companies under its umbrella; FAM Contracting, FAM Properties, FAM Property Development, etc., covering almost the entire project lifecycle, from construction to facility management.
“Imagine the huge amount of shared data between these companies and departments, with more than 12 large projects running at the same time. At this point, It became a necessity to have more structured information exchange between departments, and the decision of implementing BIM in FAM holding was the only logical way.”
Eng. Billel Dridi, BIM Manager - FAM Holding
Eng. Billel Dridi continued “We realized that a lot of time and money was being wasted due to lack of structured information exchange, which can easily be avoided. Now that we are planning to expand our business with multiple unique projects in the pipeline, we need to implement Building Information Modelling into the core of our projects. After a lot of research and testing of various solutions, our clear choice for a collaboration software was Trimble Connect.”
As a result, Trimble Connect is not only being used by the engineers in the office for seamless exchange of data and communication but also rolled out to the extended departments like procurement, for precise quantities, specifications, etc., as well as the legal department to keep track of the work progress.
Eng. Billel Dridi’s webinar demonstration on how they have integrated Trimble Connect throughout the organization's workflow - WATCH HERE
“This is nothing but the first step towards adopting BIM and technology for FAM Holding as they plan to increase their usage of the software, and are also exploring other areas where various technologies can impact their project workflows for the better.”
Paul Wallett, Regional Director, Trimble India and the Middle East
Paul was also present at the 'meet and greet' to hand over the certificate of recognition to Dr. Faisal and his team.
“Trimble enables developers and contractors to deliver unique projects with more control and more predictability by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of tools and solutions that allows every person, phase, and process to work together seamlessly, optimizing the entire design, build and operate lifecycle. We are curious to see where this road to digitalization leads FAM Holding Group, and at the same time, excited to be a part of the journey.”
About Trimble Construction
Trimble is developing technology, software, and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble's innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases, and processes. Trimble's Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence.
About FAM Holding Group
FAM Holding is a conglomerate of business solutions across a number of industries having diversified investments in the region. Since their founding in early 2006, they have been moving forward aggressively on many fronts to capitalize on solid growth opportunities and to improve their operating efficiency. FAM Holding, with a rich heritage, strong convictions, and fair business principles is ideally positioned to leverage its strengths and make optimum use of resources to become one of the most sought-after business houses in the region. The long-term aim is to create a broad range of innovative industries that will generate a steady flow of new ideas and technologies and advances.