Case Studies

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Grand Egyptian Museum


Published by:
Company: Besix
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Year of the project: 2012
Published: 02/03/2018
Budget: 810 Million €

The Grand Egyptian Museum is the largest archaeological museum in the world and an architectural icon. Our role was to develop and manage the complete technical production process of the project using BIM. The BIM process include:

  • Design Validation

  • Logging, reporting and resolving RFI’s

  • Model-based trade coordination

  • Builder Works and Coordination drawings

  • Full trade shop drawings

  • BOQ Extraction

At the foot of the pyramids

Exhibition galleries, storage centre, conference centre with 3D cinema, but also retail outlets, restaurants, and ancillary buildings: the new home of the royal mummies and other treasures of ancient Egypt is vast. So as not to disfigure the Giza Plateau, it has been built a small distance away, downhill from the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. If its size and the complexity of its design match those of the pyramids, so too did the challenges associated with its construction.

Folded cover slab

Among the peculiarities dreamed up by the architects, a huge folded cover slab: an elegant 33,000 m² articulated structure, consisting of cascading panels with not one identical square metre. Its dimensions, its complexity and its slopes represented a triple challenge for engineers. A way had to be found to produce these extraordinarily complex concrete structures with an extreme level of precision, so as to ensure the perfect alignment of the underside of the roof and its suspended ceilings.


The right balance

Forming the 14,630 m³ of concrete into the desired shape called for the use of complex formwork, supported by reinforced beams and slabs structures. The concrete itself was the subject of specific research. Lafarge, the French company cement and aggregates company, spent months testing different mixtures of white concrete to achieve the best compromise between functionality and a surface quality that will withstand the enormous stress level.


Type of Work
  • Building
  • 14630 m2
How was the BIM Experience in the project?
Reality Simulation: Does it help to get an idea of the final product?
Waste reduction, labor costs and deviations
Greater control of the construction process
Improves collaboration between agents
Conflict resolution and clash detection
Correction and error handling
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