2018 Trending Stories: Construction Leaders Magazine

The Best of 2018: Breaking Norms, Building Solutions

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Here are the most popular and trending stories of Construction Leaders Magazine this year. 

It is truly admirable how the construction industry continues to open up its gates to innovative ideas and embraces changes to respond to global challenges. Big companies never fail to provide solutions by upgrading their corporate practices and investing in new technologies. The year 2018 didn’t come as easy as expected but the key players in the field have coped up with the setbacks and difficulties that arose.

Large steps had been taken amid the risks and economic breakdowns that occurred but the courage and determination of construction leaders have toppled down the hindrances in making this year a notable period in the history of the construction industry. As more and more companies are leaning toward digitization, green revolution, sustainability, and intensified leadership values, the industry will absolutely receive more favor and respect.

To celebrate the success of the construction industry this year, we will give you the run-down of the construction leaders who have made a positive impact and inspired millions of engineers around the world with their leadership stories. We take pride as this generation nests outstanding individuals who committed their heart, spirit, and mind in uplifting the industry that is the backbone of our planet.

For the February issue of Construction Leaders magazine, we had Gary Adams, President of Parsons Middle East and Africa, who is dedicated to building a brave new age of transportation that is safe, fast, and affordable, and convenient. Meanwhile, the third month of the year unfolded the story of Dr. Shetha Alzubaidi, CEO of Brookson Project Management of Al Fahim Avenue Group, who serves as an inspiration for women engineers and devoted herself in creating sustainable cities.

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In April, we are very fortunate to have David King, Managing Director of Manlift, a leading supplier of aerial work platforms (AWP) for sales and rental, as the cover of Construction Leaders magazine. His revolutionary ideas and leadership style have paved way for the company to experience exponential growth despite being young. On the other hand, Samer Halabi, Regional Managing Director of Kone Middle East and Africa, has moved the company to establish a very strong business with a number of prestigious installations in the Middle East for the elevator and escalator industry.

Construction Leaders magazine June issue is all about women empowerment as Dr. Maria Catalina Cabral, the first-ever woman national President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineer (PICE) shared an amazing story about her journey from a young student aspiring to be a civil engineer to becoming a woman succeeding in a profession dominated by men. The month after, another woman made it to the front cover as Kristina Swallow, the President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) talked about her views on women’s roles in the civil engineering industry and ASCE’s leadership as an authoritative source for codes and standards that protect the public.

The months of August and September introduced two amazing construction leaders from the West and the East. They are Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Dr. Osamu Kusakabe, the Chair of Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC). Professor Mair specialized principally in underground construction, providing advice on numerous projects worldwide. Meanwhile, Dr. Kusakabe is focusing on Asian sustainability to meet the demands of rapid urbanization.

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As the year nears its end, we dedicated our October front cover story for Josine Heijmans, the Portfolio Director of the Big 5, wherein she discussed the achievements of the event in upholding new technology to support the construction market’s professionals and leaders with great productivity and affordable solutions to their projects. For November, we tackled the cement and concrete innovations that are eyed as solutions to climate change.

If this year could be extended, we know that there will be so much more innovations and sustainable projects that will be created. However, in a 365-day period, these construction leaders have offered more than enough to the industry and the projects they will carry out in the future will surely be worth anticipating.

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Robert Bagatsing
Managing Editor and Founder of GineersNow based in Dubai and Manila. Survived marketing at Harvard, Management at AIM and proud Bedan.


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