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Midfield Terminal Abu Dhabi

Date. 2014
Location. Abu Dhabi, UAE
Type. Airport
Size. 700,000 sqm.
Client. Fluor

Architect. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Main Contractor. Habtoor Leighton Group-Hochtieff Joint Venture (bidding)


Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Complex is integral to the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan. The X-shaped building enables the terminal to extend from 39 to 49 gates which would ultimately process around 50 million travellers each year. The roof of the piers along the X is ‘pulled down’ on the facade to protect the building and its habitants from the sun. The Departure Hall, a 50-meter-high made almost column-free through the use of long span leaning arches.

BIM Scope of Work

  • Provide pre-construction tender phase support services
  • Construction schedule simulation
  • Analyze impact of value engineering schemes
  • Coordinate baggage handling system
  • Design studies of the roof shape and panelization system

BIM Value Delivered

  • Improved quality of the technical submission of the tender bid
  • Optimised the construction schedule and highlighted potential risks through 4D simulations
  • Used BIM model to analyze projected construction savings of various value engineering options
  • Design of the baggage handling system refined in the BIM
  • Design irregularities discovered and resolved through the BIM model