The Red Sea Development Company wins BIM Kitemark for digital project delivery

    10 Oct 2021

    The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has become the first asset owner in the world to achieve the prestigious BIM Project Kitemark for its digital project delivery and adoption of building information modeling (BIM) aligned to ISO 19650, awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI), Arab News reports.

    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, enabling the company to embed best practices throughout its organization.

    “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,” said John Pagano, CEO of TRSDC.

    BSI, the business improvement company which produces technical standards on a wide range of services and supplies certification and standards-related services to businesses, conducted a thorough audit on TRSDC’s approach to digital project delivery.

    Susan Taylor Martin, chief executive at BSI, said: “We are delighted to have worked with The Red Sea Development Company on its adoption of international standards and specifically its 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. Our congratulations to TRSDC for this achievement in demonstrating excellence in digital transformation and sustainability. We look forward to continuing to work with them on future projects, supporting TRSDC to achieve its objectives and aspirations and build resilience.”

    TRSDC has used BIM since the inception of the company in 2018 and has been developing its digital project delivery services ever since. Using BIM helped TRSDC create a shared environment that allows international teams to continue working at pace despite challenging COVID-impacted environments. The use of digital techniques has meant better quality data-driven decisions can be made in days rather than weeks.

    BIM is a core part of TRSDC’s pioneering “model first” environment, and the company has been working closely with project partners, building BIM capability, to impact the Saudi market for future digitally enabled projects positively. Other benefits include minimizing waste by using design for manufacture and assembly techniques and using modern construction methods, such as off-site construction, which has improved speed and quality of construction, reduced safety risks, and improved environmental performance.


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