Dubai Municipality introduced new updates to the ‘Engineering Excellence Initiative’, including the addition of the ‘Owner Opinion’ standard.
The inclusion of the new standard allows owners to evaluate engineering consulting offices and contracting companies working on their projects and meet the standards for distinguished projects of architectural artistic value and the standard for the use of Information Modeling systems. Construction (BIM) as a key condition for engineering offices to obtain a five-star rating. Through this measure, the Municipality aims to improve trust between the project owner and the consultant or contractor and increase competitiveness among companies specialized in the fields of building and construction, thus raising the quality of construction projects in the entire emirate.
Eng. Mariam Al Muhairi, Executive Director of Building Permits and Regulation Agency, Dubai Municipalitystated that recent updates to the Engineering Excellence Initiative reflects the Municipality’s commitment to establishing a smart, sustainable and world-class construction sector and raising the quality of construction in Dubai, elevating its position, attractiveness and global competitiveness. The initiative will help offer integrated and proactive services to clients, change conventional practices in the field of engineering and raise the culture of professional excellence among professionals.
Eng. Al-Muhairi saying:
“One of the key objectives of the initiative is to provide consultants and contractors with data on potential project owners and help them choose the right consultant and contractor for their projects, as well as encourage the latter to improve the quality of their work. Additionally, the initiative empowers and engages clients, both owners and developers, in the evaluation system with an electronic questionnaire shared through the Dubai BPS smartphone application in a way that reflects their past experiences and interactions with those offices and companies”.
Besides, Eng. Al-Muhairi He noted that the evaluation procedures can be completed through a set of criteria, such as compliance with laws, building regulations and other laws required to practice the engineering profession, the quality of the presentation of transactions, the dedication to the supervision of the construction site and the absence of technical complaints in the registry.
The updates included standards for distinguished projects of artistic architectural value, such as projects that harness the potential of modern construction technologies, including building systems integrated with 3D printing along with the standard for using BIM systems, which will help the office of engineering to secure a five-star rating. Additionally, the initiative helps project owners select the ideal consultant and contractor for their projects, further reducing the rate of construction disputes and raising the quality of construction implementation.
Dubai Municipality initially launched the Engineering Excellence Initiative in 2017, with the intention of evaluating engineering offices, contracting companies and construction materials suppliers operating in the Emirate solely through the Municipality. The initiative also evaluates their compliance with various laws, systems and regulations linked to the exercise of engineering professions, based on their qualification process, construction licenses and supervision in works from the construction period to completion, and honor and encourages those with high evaluation results. .
News source: Dubai Press Office