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Driving Innovation In Engineering and Construction

Known for its famous projects such as the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, Arcadis is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm located in the Middle East.

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The construction industry has gone a long way already. With today’s modern technology, it’s no longer about constructing a simple building anymore. Nowadays, several companies compete in building better smart cities, using 3D printing to turn plastic bottles into sturdy structures and designing skyscrapers that hang from an asteroid. The evolution of the construction industry has taken men to great heights and the world has yet to see the next big “new” thing.

In this month’s issue, GineersNow: Construction Leaders features Arcadis. Known for its famous projects such as the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, the Atlantis Hotel on The Palm Dubai and the Museum of Islamic Arts, the company is the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm located in the Middle East. Learn more about how using drones has helped Arcadis drive innovation to its engineering and construction.

We have also included special features about new technologies which make construction faster and easier. Find out more about the world’s largest entertainment city that will be built on Saudi, the durability of polymer modified binders in asphalt pavements and the world’s largest e-waste recycling plant that will be built in Dubai. Learn more about the need of construction sites to adopt mobile technology and what major issues the industry is facing this year.

As part of our commitment to help engineers all over the globe to become better leaders in their field, we have included in this issue our best engineering leadership articles. From making engineers happier at work to finding out why they quit their jobs or haven’t fulfilled their potentials, we want our readers to be the best at their work and in every other aspects in their lives. 

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So sit back and learn something new in this industry today. Keep up with the latest trends on the Construction Industry with GineersNow: Construction Leaders. 

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  1. Innovation is difficult in that it is expensive in dollar terms. I have been trying for some years to build two prototype machines that will extract thermal energy from air and water and convert it into electrical energy. There are plenty of people that will finance this, but they require me to surrender the patent rights and other rights to them. Something I am not prepared to do. I would not gain financially at all. So there it stands. I do not have enough money to build and patent them on my own.

  2. BIM, sensors, and smart construction technology will transform the way we design, construct and manage assets. With the rise of the digital economy and the need to move towards the digital era, embracing the technology that is already available to us in this industry will enable innovations to move from concept to reality.

    Dr. Bernd Pütter
    Senior Vice President; Head of Corporate Communications
    HOCHTIEF Aktiengesellschaft
    Corporate Headquarters
    Opernplatz 2
    45128 Essen
    Tel.: +49 201 824-2610
    Fax: +49 201 824-92634

  3. Standards and regulations that are highly prescriptive can stifle innovation. There has been little incentive or reward for exceeding or diverting from standards, encouraging the same tried-and-tested solutions to be re-used to meet requirements and prohibiting advances in technology from being driven forward, especially when not supported in regulated industries.
    Tara McAdam Kassal
    Corporate Vice President, Global Brand Strategy

  4. It is important we evolve and as a group of businesses lead change in our sector by incorporating innovation in our solutions.
    Engr. Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi
    Program Director, Jacobs
    Sr VP, PMI-KSA
    Past Chairman, SAICSC-ACS

  5. We have got to think of ways of accelerating innovations from the initial ideas to the delivery of the innovation in the market and we all have a role to play.
    James Roberts
    Turnover and Commissioning Lead Engineer
    Fluor Arabia Limited

  6. Construction innovation is becoming essential for transformation of the Middle East industry, delivering value throughout the supply chain and delighting the end customer with the final outcome.

    Vimalan Govindarajan
    Safety Supervisor
    Fluor Corporation

  7. The manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and technological sectors all boast reputations as leaders of innovation. The construction industry is lagging behind. Why is this?
    Daniel Campos
    Project Engineering Manager
    WorleyParsons Qatar

  8. In the beginning, there was mud. The earliest human dwellings were constructed of nothing more than mud-and-straw bricks baked in the sun. Then last year, Dubai went on a 3D Printed Building. Qatar has also been in the forefront of construction technology. We are now building the future.
    Nasser Ali Al-Mawlawi
    Public Works Authority (ASHGHAL) Qatar

  9. Technology is improving the construction industry in the office, through equipment and materials, on the jobsite and even with personal protective equipment.

    Peter Commins
    Kier Group

  10. The social construction of technology is one approach among several constructivist ways of studying science and technology that emerged in the 1980s. Today, technology should solve environmental problems have been considered as a serious situation in the construction.

    Boucher Chris
    FM Engineering Manager
    Carillion Alawi – Oman

  11. New technologies, such as telematics, have been growing in the construction industry for years leading to better performing systems and decreased downtime.
    David Pichanick
    GM – Earthmoving
    Liebherr Group

  12. The Internet of Things and Lean Construction go together like peas and carrots, a marriage made in heaven. For those of you that have not jumped on this high-speed train called technology, you will be seeing nothing but taillights as the world passes right by you!

    Craig Kittle
    Director – HSE, Quality, & Operational Excellence
    Terex Corporation

  13. I am a huge fan of Gineersnow. Thank you for publishing SKF in your magazine. Awesome!!!
    Machinery, cars, airplane engines, even household products – anywhere there are parts that rotate, our solutions can be found! As the world moves swiftly into an age of digitalisation, so are we. With sensorised bearings, condition monitoring and connected factories – SKF offers exciting opportunities.

    Lorenzo Perez
    Service Engineer, SKF Reliability System
    SKF Singapore

  14. Pretty cool stuff. We would like to share our content.

    Malcolm Early
    Vice President Marketing
    Skyjack Inc

  15. For most engineering & construction firms, the dramatic shifts in contracting and competition are not what they had hoped for as they emerge from a period of infrastructure neglect and reduced activity in oil development.

    Joseph Van den Berg

  16. Technology is changing the construction industry in ways that favor big firms. Here in the Middle East, smaller firms suffer because they are unable to compete with larger firms the employ advance tech.

    Abdulqader Al-Harthi
    Project Engineer
    AECOM Arabia

  17. The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming every facet of the building – how we inhabit them, how we manage them, and even how we build them. There is a vast ecosystem around today’s buildings, and no part of the ecosystem is untouched.
    Building information modeling (BIM) is a process that provides an intelligent, 3D model of a building. Typically, BIM is used to model a building’s structure and systems during design and construction, so that changes to one set of plans can be updated simultaneously in all other impacted plans. Taken a step further, however, BIM can also become a catalyst for smart buildings projects.

    Jacqi Levy
    Content Marketing Strategist

  18. Today’s green buildings are being engineered to do things like shut down unnecessary systems automatically when the building is unoccupied, or open and close louvers automatically to let in optimal levels of natural light. In a previous post, I talk about 3 examples of the IoT in green buildings, but these are just some of the cool ways that the construction industry is learning to be more sustainable with help from the IoT.

    Muhammad Haredi
    Digital Content Marketing Manager “Conversation”​
    IBM Egypt

  19. Nearly everyone I know has a smart phone, and more and more people are adopting tablets, particularly for construction field operations. With web-based software, these mobile devices are capable of running complete versions of a company’s enterprise software, resulting in real-time information flowing freely from the field to the office and a true collaborative environment.

    Abdelrahman Albadareen
    Civil Engineer
    Contraco W.L.L. Qatar

  20. For equipment used by workers, whether power drills or articulated earth-movers, the IoT means construction hours can be logged automatically. Limits can be monitored, so as to prevent worker fatigue and possible accidents. Wearable computing in the form of wristbands can also monitor driver health and alertness. Action can be taken if the limits are in danger of being exceeded.

    Robin James Mauleon
    Qatar Health Safety Environment
    Medgulf Construction Co WLL

  21. Given the rapid development of emerging construction opportunities, owners should demand faster projects, lower costs and better buildings.

    Mohannad Abu Zaitoun
    MEP Manager

  22. More and more design firms are adopting 5D Macro BIM at the earliest stages of design. These models show owners how early design concepts affect cost, schedule and constructability, allowing them to evaluate
    large-scale options and make informed decisions.

    Enrique Philip
    Head of Sales EMEA, SketchUp

  23. Buyers are increasingly turning to the Internet to purchase used equipment. In 2016, auction giant Ritchie Bros. sold approximately $2.1 billion of equipment, trucks and other assets to online buyers at Richie Bros auctions and through EquipmentOne (the company’s online equipment marketplace). This represents a 10% increase compared to 2015, and is the highest amount ever sold online in one year. Sales to online buyers represented 49% of sales for Ritchie Bros. in 2016.

    Shyamala Narayanaswamy
    Director of Engineering
    Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne

  24. In June 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released final regulations on the commercial use of drones. With clear benefits for the construction industry, the industry is poised for growth. The Department of Transportation expects the industry to generate 100,000 jobs and $82 billion for the U.S. economy in the next 10 years.

    Dealers like RDO Equipment and its RDO Integrated Controls division are not letting the opportunity pass them by.

    Dennis Howard
    Vice President at RDO Equipment Co.

  25. Your magazine are all over Linkedin. I was curious why so many people in Qatar are sharing this magazine.

    Noor Al-kuwari
    Interior Design Manager
    ASTAD Project Management

  26. It seems a daunting thought that this drone technology could be implemented on a widespread basis, but if it brings benefits to the industry then maybe we will start to see them introduced over the course of the next few years!

    Dr. Kenneth J Klein
    Director of Flight Operations HBK Holding
    HBK Contracting Company W.L.L

  27. As technology advances, the truck is becoming a part of the broader Internet of Things logistics ecosystem that could transform trucking and the logistics industry.

    Hussein Abadi
    CEO -Global Motors Centre Limited

  28. Construction engineers are in love with with Drones. They are safer, faster and easy to use.

    Sheryl Ferguson-Shepherd
    Staffing Manager

  29. For builders, the case for return on investment is straightforward. Drones are cheaper to fly than manned aircraft and faster than human surveyors, and they collect data far more frequently than either, letting construction workers track a site’s progress with a degree of accuracy previously unknown in the industry.

    Adam Chougle
    Operations Manager
    Redco International Trading & Contracting w.l.l. Qatar

  30. As the auspicious month of Ramadan starts, may the crescent-shaped moon brighten your path toward enlightenment and may Allah bless you with peace and grace. Wishing all the engineers a Happy Ramadan!

    Rami Almahmoud
    Senior Project Manager
    Urbacon Contracting & Trading

  31. Construction industry is ripe for disruption.

    Yasser Darwish
    General Manager at HOCHTIEF Solutions AGHochtief Construction Management Middle East GMBH

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