Autodesk Converge explores digitized construction in Saudi Arabia

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According to experts, American software company Autodesk will be a boon for the Kingdom’s upcoming ‘giga projects’ including the planned smart city NEOM. (Photo/Supplied)
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Autodesk Regional Manager Mohammad Saleh during the conference in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 October 2019

Autodesk Converge explores digitized construction in Saudi Arabia

  • The conference showcases how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life

RIYADH: The Autodesk Converge conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday explored many promising new directions for digitized construction in the Kingdom.

American software company Autodesk showcased emerging technologies including generative design, augmented and virtual reality (VR), robotics and additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing), with presentations from the Red Sea Development Company, Dar Group, and Falconviz.

The conference showcased how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life and discussed the value of building information modeling (BIM) in the Gulf region, and reasons why some companies have been slow to adopt it.

The products and strategies discussed at the conference, experts suggested, could be utilized in many of the Kingdom’s upcoming “giga-projects,” including its planned smart city, NEOM.

Neil Brooker, a senior technical manager at Autodesk covering the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, told Arab News that the company is committed to “taking our customers to the next level of design and extending that into manufacturing and construction as well.”

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• The company is committed to ‘taking our customers to the next level of design and extending that into manufacturing and construction as well.’

• Autodesk announced the signing of a letter of intent with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in line with the Vision 2030.

“The world is changing rapidly, and more people are living in cities,” he explained. “So we need to create buildings, infrastructure, but we have to build them with a real responsibility and sensitivity toward the environment.”

Autodesk also announced the signing of a letter of intent with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), in line with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program. Under the agreement, Autodesk and TVTC will collaborate on the development and implementation of industry standards and best practices and create awareness around latest technologies.

Mohammad Saleh, regional manager at Autodesk, expressed his happiness at being able to get involved in the Kingdom’s development.

“Saudi Arabia is on a bold and energetic path to deliver best-in-class projects. In the recent past, it has showcased several milestones to position the Kingdom as a global hub for future technology and we are delighted to be part of this journey by empowering the imaginative minds of the Kingdom,” he said.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.