Wajdi Mereb is an engineer, architect and innovator who has more than 17 years of experience in digital transformation, assets management, and BIM (Building Information Modeling). Wajdi is the former Digital Transformation & BIM Manager at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in Dubai. During his tenure there, Wajdi was awarded the ‘Innovator of the Year’ in the AEC Excellence Awards 2020 and the ‘Individual Achievement Award’ from the Institute of Asset Management (IAM) Global Awards 2019 in London.
Currently, Wajdi is the Senior Manager- Engineering Digitalisation- BIM & Digital Twins at one of the reputable governmental entities since 2021, where he manages all aspects of Project Design- BIM throughout all the RIBA stages ensuring project goals are understood and delivered, and milestones are met.
1. Please start by telling us a little bit about your background
2. Could you share with us about your earlier career path and your motivations or inspiration?
3. About BIM
4. The challenges of Digital Twins and BIM
5. The future of Smart Cities and Smart Transportation
Wajdi Mereb Biography
Wajdi Mereb is a BSc. in Architectural Engineering and an MSc. in Engineering Management. He is also having a MSc. in Management and MBA from the University of Sheffield/ U.K. with distinction.
Wajdi Mereb’s major highlight was his role as the Digital Transformation & BIM Manager at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), in Dubai between 2015 and 2021. There, he helped integrate the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies with its ecosystem to improve transportation in the city. He represented RTA in the Dubai Digital Transformation Team in the construction sector and managed the UAE Building Smart chapter. In this regard, he also managed RTA’s internal project: Assets management digitisation and the Digital Twin technology.
Wajdi also led the successful BIM implementation in multi-billion strategic projects: “Metro Route 2020 project” valued at $3 billion value that was an integral part of Dubai’s proposal of UAE winning the EXPO 2021.
As a policy expert, he authored and monitored the corporate BIM Policies for Vendors & Employees at RTA. He also led RTA to be the 1st entity in the globe obtaining ISO 19650 & UK BIM Level 2 certificates, and represented RTA in launching the compliance Kite-marks for OPEX phase “PAS 1192-3” & Security minded BIM “PAS 1192-5” in partnership with BSI.
Wajdi has served many multi-billions projects varying in size & scope utilising various BIM authoring software including Autodesk Revit & Navis-works, Synchro, Bentley AECOsim Triforma and CDE platforms like Project-wise, BIM 360, & Aconex.
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