Efficiency can often be found in simplicity. And on paper prefabrication appears a simple concept.
It is part of the reason why market forecasters predict a 7.2% boom in the UAE prefabricated building and structural steel market through to 2024.
Reduced project time scales, minimised HSE incidents, and net cost savings close to 7% are all driving forces surrounding the push for prefabrication to be more widely implemented in the UAE and across the remainder of the GCC.
The method also has the backing of the UAE’s leadership, with the Construction Index encouraging its adoption.
From an MEP contractor perspective, the news should come as music to the ears.
Often discrepancies regarding design are “kicked down the road” by those on site prior to the MEP professionals.
This can sometimes leave a nasty web to untangle for the electricians, plumbers, and engineers arriving to flesh out a project with all its vital systems.
Prefabrication, married to other modern day building tools such as BIM, can help eliminate a huge number of potential conflicts that may arise due to lack of communication or amendments to structure specification.
We’ve spoken to Bashar Sharqawi, division manager at MACS, and Bahaa Badawiyeh, deputy managing director of MACS’ parent company Menasco, for their views on this evolving market segment.
The more prefabrication is spoken about and championed by MEP contractors and consultants alike, the sooner the industry can move into a more efficient realm.