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Saudi Arabian developer becomes first in world to earn BIM Project Kitemark

by Liam Turner
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Saudi Arabia-based The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has become the first asset owner in the world to be awarded the BIM Project Kitemark.

TRSDC, the developer behind the ambitious Red Sea Project, received the accreditation for its digital project delivery and adoption of BIM aligned to ISO19650, awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

The ISO 19650 is the series of international standards for the effective management of information throughout the delivery and operational phase of construction.

TRSDC was awarded the BIM Project Kitemark for its excellence in information management, which enables it to embed best practice throughout the organisation.

Commenting on the achievement, TRSDC chief executive John Pagano said: “This certification is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates how serious we are about setting new standards throughout the design, construction,. and operations of our destinations.

“This way of working is an increasingly important part of the global design and construction marketplace, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge with other projects around the world.”

BSI conducted a thorough audit on TRSDC’s approach to digital project delivery. 

Susan Taylor Martin, BSI chief executive, added: “We are delighted to have worked with The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) on its adoption of International Standards and specifically it’s market-leading BIM implementation.

“This achievement of the BIM Project Kitemark by TRSDC represents an important milestone as the world’s first BIM Project Kitemark to be achieved by an asset owner.”

TRSDC has used BIM since it was established in 2018, since which time the company has been developing its digital project delivery services.

TRSDC says using BIM has helped it to create a shared environment that allows international teams to continue working at pace, even with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The use of digital techniques has meant data-driven decisions can be made in days as opposed to weeks.

BIM is a core part of TRSDC’s pioneering ‘model first’ environment, and the company has been working closely with project partners with the aim of increasing BIM capability and boosting the impact on the Saudi market for future digitally enabled projects.

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