n 2016, it was announced that two of the leading names in Italy’s construction industry were coming together in the UAE to bring a raft of architectural, manufacturing, engineering, project management and building solutions to the region. Three years on from that announcement, the Cimolai Rimond Middle East joint venture has gone from strength to strength, offering complete turnkey construction solutions based on the latest advancements in building information modelling (BIM) technology. Not only has the company been an enthusiastic advocate for using technology within the regional industry, it has also highlighted what can be achieved through its adoption and use with its expanding portfolio of high-profile projects. Among the most prestigious and important of
Technology advocate Rimond has been a long-term advocate for the use of technology on construction projects across its portfolio.
18.5m UAE pavilion Expo 2015 project value, in euros
these projects are the Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions and structures that the company is building. In December 2017, Cimolai Rimond was awarded the contact to provide steelwork for the intricate domed trellis of the Al Wasl Plaza. Once finished, the structure will weigh 2,265t and enclose a space of about 724,000m3, marking out the plaza as one of the must-visit attractions at the event. In addition, the Italian-owned joint venture has been tasked with carrying out the enabling and foundation works for New Zealand’s $34.8m pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be a spiral-shaped building architecturally inspired by the country’s Maori heritage.
Internationally, both partners have been associated with challenging and internationally known projects covering the full breadth of market segments, including hospitality, healthcare, education, exhibition centres and country pavilions at previous expos. One of those projects was the acclaimed UAE Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan, which was then broken down and shipped to Masdar City, where it has now been reassembled and turned into a showpiece structure at the sustainable city. As the contractor for that project back in Milan, and having overseen its disassembly, shipment and reassembly in Abu Dhabi, Rimond has been involved with the UAE for many years, having long operated an independent officer in the country prior to the joint venture. Operating as a multi-faceted construction company with expertise that spans architectural design, general contracting, engineering and project/ construction management, Rimond is the driving force behind the Cimolai Rimond joint venture. With its specialisation in leveraging technology in new and exciting ways, the company has delivered a high level of architectural, engineering and construction performance to its customers. With Expo 2020 Dubai looming and the company ramping up operations in the region, Big Project ME sat down with Giuseppe Chiaranda, director of the Rimond Group, to
We are focusing more on special projects where we can add value with our experience of handling complex geometrics and models. Whenever there are these kinds of opportunities, that’s where we want to place ourselves” September 2019 | MEConstructionNews.com