Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings Increases Speed to Market with Autodesk BIM Software

  Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings Increases Speed to Market with Autodesk
  BIM Software

Design-Build Contractor Adopts BIM to Enhance Competitive Edge by Producing
High-Quality Documentation and Improving Customer Service

Business Wire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- February 12, 2013

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced that Amana Contracting & Steel
Buildings (Amana) has fully implemented building information modeling (BIM)
into its engineering practice. Amana is a leader in designing, constructing
and commissioning commercial and industrial buildings in the Middle East,
Africa and South East Asia. By adopting Autodesk BIM technology, Amana has
accelerated its drawing production time by over a month.

Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)

Autodesk Building Design Suite 2013 (Photo: Business Wire)

The company had been using AutoCAD software successfully for many years, but
needed to speed up design while maintaining the accuracy, productivity and
quality of final documentation. Working closely with Autodesk partner Omnix
International, Amana has adopted Autodesk BIM software products, including
Autodesk Revit Architecture, Autodesk Revit MEP and Autodesk Revit Structure.
This BIM technology helps create essential project information, accurate floor
plans, elevations, sections, quantity takeoffs, area calculations and
schedules – and much of the work is automated. The software allows architects,
structural engineers and builders to work from a single integrated digital
model that contains all information essential to the project.

“Amana's decision to shift from AutoCAD to Autodesk BIM has already produced
positive results for us,” said William Bsaibes, Green Initiative Manager -
LEED AP BD+C, Amana Contracting & Steel Buildings. “To date, we have seen an
improvement in our productivity as we have saved four to six weeks from our
drawing production. The new solution has also allowed our Quantity Surveying
department to finalize quantities faster and with more accuracy. The use of
BIM technology gives us a competitive edge by producing high-quality
documentation, shorter production cycles and an improved approach to servicing
our clients.”

Autodesk BIM software has allowed Amana’s architects to link a project's
structural model into the architectural model, thus directly seeing the
structural components on the drawings - resulting in a tighter integration
between structure and architecture departments. The use of BIM technology has
allowed Amana to make better-informed decisions and also create stronger ties
with its clients.

“We are pleased with the successful results of our BIM software implementation
for Amana. We are also confident that its stakeholders, partners and customers
will benefit from the Autodesk BIM platform advantages of efficiency, accuracy
and quick results delivery,” said Dr. Jayant Deshpande, Director - CAE, Omnix

Amana expects that its operations and development for projects in the United
Arab Emirates will be strengthened by BIM, given the demands for sustainable
construction and Estidama (Pearl Rating) guidelines. Amana is currently
training and involving more of its staff in the use of Autodesk BIM
technology, as well as planning to rollout the solutions across its Gulf
Cooperation Council branch offices.

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