Qatar has a budget of $68bn to transform and modernise its infrastructure, split across around 900 projects. Those projects are managed by a single organisation – the Public Works Authority, or Ashghal.
The organisation is responsible for the design, construction and operations & maintenance, with the programme covering, schools, health centres, government buildings, roads, bridges, drainage, sewerage, and public areas.
To manage the projects and ensure accurate data, meet deadlines and control costs, Ashghal has relied heavily on digital technology to reduce silos and automate various aspects of the projects.
Those projects include the Expressway Programme, a network of about 50 highways schemes that covers around 800km of road, and includes 300 bridges and underpasses roads and around 200 multilevel intersections.
“[It] is considered to be the backbone of Qatar’s future,” said Joseph Khoury, Head of Global Accounts, Middle East, Oracle Construction and Engineering.