Delivering a unique high-tech interactive aviation centre in the Middle East

We have delivered General Electric (GE)’s unique aviation engineering centre in Dubai, which seeks to help fast-growing airlines in the Middle East to dramatically cut costs, increase efficiencies and reduce risk.

The GE Middle East Aviation Technology Center, based at Dubai International Airport Free Zone, will be an innovation hub for major airlines based in the region. We provided project and cost management expertise to plan, design and build the US$7m software laboratory and offices in just 11 months.

The 2,000m² centre will be home to data scientists and software developers, and boasts video walls, interactive touch screens and tables, 3D printing and even a life-size acrylic aircraft engine. The hub brings together industrial engineering with sensors, software applications and big data analytics to help airlines, for example, design individual flight paths for every plane, learn how much fuel is needed for each flight and schedule maintenance when needed.

It will also leverage GE’s software platform, Predix. Developers will use Predix to build apps that can ingest data from jet engines such as heat and vibrations, analyse it in real-time, and then use it to adjust operations in an effort to increase productivity, maximise performance and minimise time on the ground.

We have worked closely with GE on previous successful projects in the United Arab Emirates, including the GE Ecomagination Innovation Center in Masdar City, as well as in other countries around the globe.

Michael Whitworth, Project Manager, said:
“We were delighted to be involved in such a rare and unique commission, which involved high-tech innovative design.

“Dubai International Airport is already the world’s largest airport hub in terms of international passenger traffic, and with its unique atmospheric conditions, there was a real need for dedicated analytics in the region.

“The new technology centre will offer huge benefits for global airlines in diagnostic services and fleet monitoring, as well as testing reliability and operational procedures.”

Samer Aljabari, Executive Director of the GE Middle East Aviation Technology Center, added:
 “This project was very different to any other due to the vast extent of software and audio visual equipment required to meet the operational needs of the engineering and aviation team. We needed a consultancy we could trust to deliver such a complex fit out.

“This new technology centre will support our customers’ operations using state-of-the-art data analytics, and we hope will act as a blueprint for future GE software facilities in other parts of the world.”