October, 2016


EDGE, an Architecture Firm from Dubai, who recently have been appointed to design a 13 Sq. kilometer Mega Masterplan in KSA, see an opportunity in Cairo’s growth in Residential Development. Based on the report ‘’Cairo Market Overview 2016’’ by Colliers International, increasing population and under-supply in the residential market will drive the demand for both: Upper-Scale Development driven by investors and affordable mid-scale housing driven by end-user.

EDGE Architects understand that in a price-sensitive market the most crucial aspect of the development is an efficient process from feasibility analysis, through design until completion. For this reason, architects suggest the use of a BIM-only approach at every stage of the development.

BIM – Building Information Modeling is the future of Building Design, Construction and Facility Management. If BIM is used effectively as a transformation tool, it would improve Egypt’s build infrastructure, the experience and give a noteworthy boost to the economy.

Ivar Krasinski, EDGE Founding Partner and Design Director says “The process is everything. A well-designed process allows the making of the right decisions consistently. On the other hand, a poorly-designed process results in missed opportunities which are not even noticed by the architect.

Therefore, it is crucial to design the process prior conceiving the project. We live in an exciting age where fantastic innovations occur several times a day. The impact of hardware and software on design outcomes is well-known to anyone who has participated in architectural projects in the last 20 years. What is often missed, however, is a hierarchy of decisions pre-arranged to ensure the optimal outcome for any given stage of the project. ‘’

Today we continue to have many Building Design consultants working in CAD and other 2D platforms. Information relating to areas, quantities, and cost is done manually, taking a lot of time and is not error free. As this information is not readily available in real time, quite often the project costs exceed the budget, making the project unfeasible.

BIM approach is a process where 3D model gets developed in the complete and corresponding database. Change of single element can identify impact, challenges and opportunities in the project. It provides accurate financial data in real-life while the model gets developed. The correct deployment of the process will not only shorten the project lifecycle but will in most situations safe money, time and minimize errors.

Investors and Developers would benefit greatly time and money wise by simply appointing a consultant who effectively integrates BIM in their services.

Ivar Krasinski will be presenting a’ ’SAVE MONEY, IMPROVE QUALITY. REAL EXAMPLES OF BIM DESIGN PROCESS’’ at the Housing and Residential Development Egypt conference, taking place at the InterContinental Citystars Hotel in Cairo on 24th of October 2016.