WME have allocated a full time design team to Atlantis to work on multiple portfolios across the development. Kenneth Heney is leading the engineering of these portfolios and working closely with the client in delivering the vision of these refurbishments, extensions and new builds.

Dubai waterpark Atlantis Aquaventure has announced plans to add a third tower, set to open in summer 2020.

The addition will help the park become “one of the biggest waterparks in the world”, it said in a statement.

The new 34-metre tall ‘Trident Tower’ will introduce 12 new slides to Aquaventure, which currently has more than 20 rides and rivers spread across 17 hectares at Palm Jumeirah.

Some of the new rides planned include the world’s longest ProSlide MammothBLAST, a 449-metre water coaster which will see rafts go through winding channels with back-to-back curves, drops and uphill climbs, as well as the Middle East’s first-ever ProSlide Dueling PIPElineBLAST/FlyingSAUCER 20 hybrid ride – a high-speed ride, and a RallyRACER 32 ride.

Also planned is an updated version of the Leap of Faith slide, which will have two slides rather than one – each dropping more than 34 metres down.

A new kids’ area will also be added with highlights including four mini versions of classic adult rides.

Tim Kelly, executive vice president and managing director, Atlantis The Palm and The Royal Atlantis, said: “We have carefully curated each attraction to ensure that we deliver first-of-its-kind ride technology for children, families and thrill-seekers alike.”

Aquaventure currently uses 18 million litres of fresh water for its waterslides, a 2.3-kilometer river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white-water chargers. It also features Dolphin Bay, a dolphin conservation and education habitat, and Sea Lion Point.

Aquaventure’s expansion project in 2020 comes even as Atlantis prepares to launch The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Q3 2020.

Located adjacent to Atlantis The Palm on the crescent, the new property will extend the footprint of the resort to help the overall site include a 2.3 km stretch of private beach, 35 restaurants and bars and one international beach and nightclub.

Atlantis, The Palm, which opened in September 2008, is the first entertainment resort destination in the region featuring a variety of marine and entertainment attractions.

Source: Gulf Business

At WME, our BIM portfolio includes malls, hospitals, mix-used high-rise towers, etc. We are also working on various Expo 2020 Pavilion projects where our aim is to deliver smart and intelligent 3D models where Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data can be used throughout the project life cycle, from conceptual design through to operation and legacy.

“Identifying BIM goals and uses through quality design”

With a goal of quality design, reducing construction costs and eliminating field conflicts with less RFI’s onsite; 3D Coordination, Design Review and Drawing Production are the key BIM uses that are identified and deployed on almost every project that we deliver.

We use Digital Design Review processes, which helps to minimise the use of paper and with 3D review processes, it gives our engineers the strong understanding of how building/facility systems integrate with one another within the design phase itself. We’ve also developed in-house co-ordination processes, including a clash detection matrix, which facilitates Architects & Engineers to work together and prioritise elements from different trades in a sequential manner for clash resolution. This enables the project team to reduce any design conflicts between different trades and improve quality.

“Precision modelling of the finished product”

The WME BIM Team develops the LOD 300/350 models leveraging the virtual experience and optimising services coordination. This enables our design team to visualise potential constructability and accessibility issues in the design phase itself and before the project goes to site. This helps in reducing the number of RFI’s during construction.

LOD 300 models developed by WME can be easily further developed to LOD 400 and LOD 500 construction models. Our design documentation is enhanced with more information using 3D detailed views which helps increase project quality, productivity, efficiency and communication among all stakeholders at all stages of the project.

“The value and benefits of BIM are clear”

The value and benefits of BIM are clear for all involved. We see a clear demand for BIM services in the market but still it’s unclear what is expected by clients in terms of BIM. Employer Information Requirements (EIR’s) are not detailed enough or sometimes absent. Lack of understanding of BIM on the part of other stakeholders also sometimes creates a hurdle in the implementation of BIM as an actual use. In such scenarios, we at WME try to overcome these hurdles by conducting awareness about the technology and processes to the client project team.

“Not just limited to M”

BIM will not be just limited to “M” in the future. Modelling will become secondary to the importance of Information, or “I”, in the models which will be used throughout the project life cycle. It will not just be limited to design/construction phase. Instead of paper prints, hand held devices will be most commonly used on the job site with direct access to models. In the years to come, the BIM model-based information created will be used as a valuable resource for owners and operators, providing an efficient bank of information to control operation and maintenance tasks and all the relevant information about building service components.

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