National Museum of Qatar

Paris, France & Doha, Qatar




Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) is a striking composition of intersecting double-curved disks that collectively refer to billowing Bedouin tents or a mineral formation found in Qatar known as the “desert rose.”

The 430,000 SF five-story facility includes: 107,500 SF of exhibition spaces, a 220-seat auditorium, a 70-seat cafeteria, TV studio, two cafes, a restaurant, a museum shop, as well as staff facilities with offices, laboratories, and collection processing & storage areas. NMoQ is surrounded by an extensive landscaped park and integrates the “Old Palace,” a heritage structure and former home to the museum, into its program.

Called “the most complex building in the world” by a senior director at ARUP, NMoQ demonstrates Qatar’s commitment to deliver ambitious, world-class cultural projects by leveraging innovative tools, like 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM), and associated processes & collaborative team-structures.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, et al


430,000 SF

Qatar Museums Authority, ASTAD Project Management, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, HILL International, ARUP



Trimble Consulting provided accelerated 3D design authoring and high-fidelity 2D design documentation, helped manage risks associated with complex geometry and a demanding schedule, and deployed a system for global BIM development across more than 150 persons from 25 companies.


In 2009 Trimble Consulting’s (TC) Paris office was retained by the project architect, Ateliers Jean Nouvel (AJN), to assist with NMoQ’s detailed design & construction documentation. Using advanced 3D modeling tactics, TC accelerated AJN’s authoring of design alternatives, enabled the rapid evaluation of those alternatives against project budget constraints, and coordinated multidisciplinary 3D design inputs from AJN’s consultants to develop a federated and data-rich “Design BIM.” The Company furthermore assisted AJN extract data and 2D & 3D visualizations from the Design BIM to document the project faster and at a higher fidelity than conventionally possible. TC’s design mission was later extended and moved to Doha, Qatar where the Company augmented AJN’s construction administration staff.

On the basis of its strong contributions to the project during design, Trimble Consulting’s Middle East office was engaged to assist with detailed engineering & construction by the Owner’s Representative, ASTAD Project Management, and the main contractor, Hyundai Engineering & Construction (HDEC). The Company was also retained by four of HDEC’s subcontractors.

TC’s mission during construction is to enable the project team to deliver NMoQ on time & in-budget by: 1) collaboratively defining, designing, and implementing BIM-centric processes, standards, and team & data structures; 2) furnishing enabling technology, custom scripting, and systems integration; and 3) supporting the team’s operation of the NMoQ project delivery system through executive leadership, staff augmentation, and coaching.

Specifically, this entails the coordination of a 1TB multidisciplinary fabrication level-of-detail 3D “Construction BIM” authored in multiple-platforms and consisting of more than 150,000 files, from which the shop drawings are extracted. The detailed engineering is developed & coordinated per a programme fine-tuned & reissued weekly to respond to changing construction site demands.

Fluid data exchange by a global team of more than 150 persons at more than 25 companies is accomplished via TC’s collaboration platform, GTeam. Customized NMoQ workflows integrated with project controls systems track & render intelligence on design tasks like “clashes”, RFI’s, and comments by ASTAD & HILL fluidly from within the BIM coordination environment, TC’s Digital Project. The team continuously leverages data, visualizations, and simulations from the BIM to refine its construction schedule and actual versus planned site progress is substantiated using the BIM.

Finally, the Construction BIM is updated using site observations, as-built surveys, and hi-definition laser scans and augmented with data to produce an “As-Built BIM” which will be used for facility Operations & Maintenance by the Qatar Museums Authority.