Smart Structural Design Solutions for Iconic Buildings in Dubai and Other Polycentric Cities

Mohamad Fikre Haj Husein
Structural Engineer
WSP, Sharjah

Polycentric cities are built around iconic projects that are fully integrated into the urban landscape. In recent years, the scale and complexity of these buildings has grown enormously, thus the need for innovative structural design solutions is inevitable. The efficiency of the structural design process can be greatly improved by utilising smart tools related to three main areas of modelling, design and coordination.
Using smart tools, truly global design teams can communicate effectively and design processes can be automated. Not only do these smart tools increase the accuracy of the final design, but they also allow design revisions to be implemented in a faster manner. We will present the Royal Atlantis in Dubai and other complex WSP projects where smart tools were utilised. We have created tools that enhanced coordination between design teams. The use of centralised multidisciplinary BIM model files and smart inhouse analysis and design software addins has helped improve the efficiency of delivering these iconic projects.
Ensuring proper coordination of design throughout the stages of a complex project can be challenging. However, this can be tackled using BIM Track and Virtual Reality. This presentation will describe how the implementation of these smart tools has increased the design efficiency, improved coordination and resulted in more cost-effective designs for some of the most iconic projects in polycentric cities such as Dubai and other complex WSP projects.