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Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, President of ICE

10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers 4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

AUGUST 2018 ISSUE NO. 016


Contents The Big 5 and Dubai South Business Park launch free seminar for construction firms

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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

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Civil Engineers Can Transform Lives Around The World

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How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

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KONE listed as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Forbes

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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

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10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers

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Sky High Ambition: Work Starts on Quest Liverpool City Centre

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The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering

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How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

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Narada Completes the first phase of FM Energy Storage Power Station in Germany

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job

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Enstoa Enhances Digital Facilities with designtech Acquisition

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Immensa Technology Labs in Collaboration With Consolidated Contractor’s Company Revives Concrete Casting Techniques With 3D Printing

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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves Bluebeam Acquires Project Atlas’ Groundbreaking SaaS Solution for the Construction Industry

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers

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10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers

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Middle East Stone Expo to host record number of stone suppliers as show doubles in size for 2018

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IncrediBuild Opens China Office to Accommodate Local Growth


Those Who Forged Our Civilization Anyone can build a house and call it home, but only a few people can engineer and lead a society of great advancement and sophistication. Civil engineers have helped shape the world in which we live. Ironically, many people are not familiar of what they do in the real world. In this feature, we will attempt to give a glimpse on the various roles that they play in securing a better future not only for our children but also for our planet.

EDITOR’S NOTE

For centuries, civil engineers have been instrumental in transforming people’s lives and the society at large. Their work has been pivotal to the core of any civilized nation in the modern world. They are the people behind almost any structure that we see in the physical world – from buildings, to subways, and even water canals – they are the ones who made our world, in their own way, a better place to live in. With the bicentenary of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), it takes pride in its long history of raising public awareness of all the ways that civil engineering directly impacts people’s lives. This issue will give you a sneak peek of their Invisible Superheroes exhibition, a rare opportunity for young people and families to virtually experience the world of civil engineering. As far as sustainability is concerned, civil engineers are also expected to have their say. There is no limit to their ambitions in responding to the needs of the society, and so in this issue is the great unveiling of ICE’s efforts in providing a platform to elevate the level of discussions among leaders in the field and in channeling their commitment to take up global challenges. On the other hand, as a bonus for this month’s release, we are to give you a peek featuring different facets of the life of an engineer—starring hard facts in the professional work environment, life hacks and useful leadership guide. In contrary to what most people think, engineers around the globe also face massive layoffs from the workforce of various industries. Finding a new job may not be as easy as it seems, but here, we present you solutions that will definitely increase your chances to survive your first week in a new engineering job. Truth be told, no matter how promising a new job can be, you will always encounter inconvenient truths especially in engineering careers. The profession is not perfect per se but definitely it is worthy of your investment. Here you will also read that with the right people around you coupled with perseverance and strong determination, all will fall into its proper place. But again, there is no formula to success. Still, cheers to you, engineer!

Robert Bagatsing Editor


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The Big 5 and Dubai South Business Park launch free seminar for construction firms Dubai South, the 145 sq km urban city development emerging in the emirate of Dubai, in partnership with The Big 5, Middle East’s leading construction event, announces the launch of the “How to Do Business in the UAE” Seminar on November 28, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Exhibitors and visitors participating at The Big 5 this year will be able to take part to the seminar for free. The “How to Do Business in the UAE” Seminar will provide international companies information on navigating the complex regulatory framework to set up a business and win work in the UAE’s booming construction market. It will also share key insights into laws and effective business practices even for established businesses within the UAE. Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director of The Big 5 says: “Over the past four decades, The Big 5 has been a prime gateway for international firms into the United Arab Emirates’ burgeoning construction market.

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“We are extremely glad to continue supporting the development of the construction industry while facilitating business and trade in the UAE. The free seminar in partnership with Dubai South will provide terrific value and business intelligence to companies participating at The Big 5 this year.” Shoaib Alrahimi, VP Business Park, says: “Dubai South Business Park is honored to be part of The Big 5 show, hosting the “How to Do Business in the UAE” Seminar to offer valuable information for participants and educate them about how to set up their business in the UAE and what Dubai South can offer as best investment opportunities”. Launched in 2006, Dubai South is a selfsustaining development that integrates global trade, business, and logistics within a smart Free Zone environment. Projected to host a population of approximately one million, Dubai South is expected to create 500,000 jobs. Dubai South’s Business Park offers versatile office spaces suited to almost every organization – from start-ups to SMEs and multinationals. From ready-to-move-in, high quality finished offices to open plan office space, it ensures that Construction Leaders • August 2018

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companies can relocate quickly and focus single-mindedly on expanding their operations. Beyond the Al Maktoum International Airport - which will become the world’s largest airport once completed – Dubai South also hosts key events such as Expo 2020 and the Dubai Airshow. Alrahimi adds: “Dubai South is fast becoming a leading global hub for trade, aviation, logistics and commerce. It is an unrivalled gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia – the fastest growing markets in the world.” According to a recent report, in the Gulf region one in two construction developments takes place in the United Arab Emirates. The country is currently home to more than 11,800 active projects, with a value that nears USD 800 billion. 10

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Over 2,500 exhibitors from around the globe will participate at The Big 5 this year for four days of business, networking and learning opportunities. Expected to welcome over 60,000 visitors from the GCC region and beyond, the event will feature a rich education agenda with high-level summits and practical workshops. Under the theme “Shaping the future of construction”, the 39th edition of The Big 5 will introduce the brand new Live Innovation Zone, where demonstrations will feature some of the newest and most innovative products available, and the Start-up City, gathering the next construction tech disruptors. Know more about The Big 5 (26-29 November 2018, Dubai World Trade Centre) by visiting www.thebig5.ae.


Civil Engineers Can Transform Lives Around The World At its heart, civil engineering seeks to provide solutions to people’s needs and enable them to live better, healthier and safer lives. For centuries, civil engineers have enabled social and economic progress, helping to shape the world in which we live. They provide many of the things we need and take for granted every day, such as clean water and transport. They design and build flood defences, ensure stable energy supplies and provide the foundations for 12

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development throughout the world. Through this vital work, they directly transform people’s lives and safeguard the future for their families. I believe this is the key to attracting more people into the profession and growing future civil engineering leaders. Many of today’s professionals will tell you that they became civil engineers because they wanted to make a positive difference in the world. Many young


people, from all backgrounds, will identify with this sentiment. If they understood civil engineering on these terms, a career in civil engineering might have broader appeal. However, the unfortunate truth is that civil engineering is not widely understood. Our research in the UK – a country with a rich engineering heritage – has found that more than half of all adults and more than two-thirds of young people have no idea what a civil engineer does. More than 60% of both adults and young people cannot identify a single civil engineering project.

Therefore, it is vital to promote the positive work that civil engineers do and the contribution we make to society. By raising awareness of the diversity of civil engineering projects and the range of creative and rewarding roles that bring these projects to life, we can increase the diversity of people who might consider civil engineering as a career. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is celebrating a rare milestone in 2018 – its bicentenary. We have used this unique opportunity to reach out to the wider world, focusing our celebrations on raising public awareness of all the ways that civil engineering Construction Leaders • August 2018

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directly impacts people’s lives. Our intention is to spark the imaginations of young people and encourage them to consider civil engineering as a way to help shape the world. At our One Great George Street headquarters in London, we are hosting the Invisible Superheroes exhibition, designed to appeal particularly to children, young people and their families. The exhibition uses state-of-the-art technology – from augmented reality to virtual tours – to bring to life projects that span the globe and demonstrate the real world benefits of civil engineering. Real-life engineers, both past and present, appear throughout the exhibition as their cartoon superhero alter-egos, keeping the world running and society safe. Joseph Bazalgette is reimagined as Captain Sanitation, whose ground-breaking sewer system saved thousands of lives in Victorian England in real life by preventing the spread of cholera through 14

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unclean water. Today, 80% of illnesses in the developing world are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Modern-day civil engineers are continuing the fight to improve people’s quality of life, including Metro Man, Parthajit Patra, who helped deliver the Guwhati water supply project in India. Some of the exhibition projects also feature in our 200 People and Projects initiative. Over the course of 2018, we are unveiling 200 inspirational and world-changing projects from around the globe and the people behind them. These include projects as wide-ranging as water infrastructure in the Middle East, Hong Kong International Airport, and the London Underground. The projects are being published throughout the year on the What Is Civil Engineering? pages of the ICE website, which provides comprehensive advice and guidance for those hoping to pursue a career in civil engineering. With written profiles and video content, the 200 projects join a growing library


of case studies to provide inspiration for the next generation of budding civil engineers. The need for imaginative, creative and passionate civil engineers has never been greater given the scale of the challenges we encounter in the world today. And there has never been a more important time to showcase the scale of civil engineering’s impact, delivering a better quality of life for people all around the world. We face a changing climate that brings more extreme weather events and a global population that continues to grow exponentially. Billions of people live in slum accommodation and go every day without clean water and sanitation. Nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger while one in eight people live in extreme poverty. In the 21st century, this is simply unacceptable. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were created and adopted to

try to address these social needs and promote prosperity for all while protecting the planet. These are the same goals that civil engineers should be, and are, working towards and we should not limit the scale of our ambitions. Our work can give people the water and sanitation services they so badly need. We can take action on waste and carbon emissions. We can build infrastructure that leads to better health, education and employment outcomes. Civil engineers are ideally placed to answer these global challenges and the work we do can truly make a difference. This is why ICE, working with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, is convening the Global Engineering Congress in London in October. We are bringing together the world’s civil engineering organisations for the first time in a generation, gathering the most able engineers from over 150 countries across the world. Construction Leaders • August 2018

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Uniting in an ambitious, combined and coordinated effort, civil engineers will tackle the five UN SDGs where we can make the most impact: clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; and climate action. Together, they will meet to determine how the global engineering profession can make the delivery of the UN SDGs a reality and improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

at the World Bank; Danielle Gaillard Picher, Director of Policy and Programmes at the World Water Council; and Michèle Blom, Director General at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands. An extensive programme of roundtable discussions and workshops will tackle topics including how digital innovation can enable sustainability, and how infrastructure can unlock the growth potential of developing countries.

Senior leaders due to address the Congress and share their expertise include Hartwig Schaefer, Vice President – Global Themes

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build a practical plan that allows the global engineering profession collectively to turn words into action. ICE has a duty to lead this global debate. In 1818, three young engineers met in a London coffee house and founded ICE as the world’s first professional engineering body. Since then, we have grown to over 90,000 members in more than 150 countries around the world and gained a Royal Charter, which outlines our commitment to promoting civil engineering around the world. We take this responsibility seriously. By supporting the role

of civil engineering in meeting the UN SDGs, we are staying true to our mission to help civil engineers and engineering technicians to excel at what they do. Civil engineers have always excelled at problem-solving, using their passion and imagination to tackle the issues of the day. The problems we face today are not small. The challenges for the world are direct challenges for our profession and unprecedented challenges require unprecedented action.

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Professor Lord Robert Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, President of ICE Robert was appointed Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Cambridge University in 1998, following 27 years in industry. In 1983, he founded the Geotechnical Consulting Group, an international consulting company based in London. Throughout his career, he has specialised principally in underground construction, providing advice on numerous projects world-wide. Recent international projects have included railway tunnels in the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Singapore and Warsaw, and motorway tunnels in Turkey. In the UK, he has been closely involved with the design and construction of the Jubilee Line Extension for London Underground, and with the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1) and Crossrail projects. Robert is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (its Senior Vice-President 20082011), and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was awarded the CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours list for services to engineering. More recently, he became Chairman of the newly formed Science Advisory Council of the UK Department for Transport. In r 2015 he was appointed to the UK House of Lords as an independent crossbencher, and is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.


Top 10 accomplishments of ICE • Reached its bicentenary in 2018 •

Pioneered the profession of civil engineering – prior to ICE’s founding, most engineers worked only in the armed forces

Gained a Royal Charter in 1828, which gave ICE its status as the leading institution for the civil engineering profession

• Became home to many of history’s greatest engineers, including Thomas Telford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel •

ICE’s library is home to one of the world’s largest collection of civil engineering materials, including an extensive image library and historical archives dating back over 200 years

• ICE has become a trusted voice on infrastructure to government and industry • Grown to over 92,000 members in more than 150 countries • Supporting all our members to become qualified and to continue their professional development •

Attracting new entrants to the profession, including more young women and underrepresented sections of society

Bringing together the world’s civil engineering organisations for the first time in a generation at the Global Engineering Congress in October 2018


KONE listed as one of the world’s most innovative companies by Forbes KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has once again been ranked as one of the world’s most innovative companies in 2018, by business magazine Forbes. It is the eighth annual list of its kind, which demonstrates creative disruption and innovation. This year, KONE ranked 59th making it the 7th most innovative company in Europe. KONE is also the only elevator and escalator company featured on the list. “We are proud to have been recognized for our innovation approach by Forbes. At KONE, technological disruption and changing customer expectations provide us great opportunities to add value for customers in new ways and differentiate from the competition,” says Henrik Ehrnrooth, KONE President and CEO. “We also recognize that as urbanization continues to generate new needs for buildings and infrastructure, I am excited at the potential ahead for KONE to continue developing completely new experiences together with our customers.” 24

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Some of KONE’s recent breakthrough innovations include KONE 24/7 Connected Services which uses cutting edge technologies to bring safety, transparency and predictability to services for elevators and escalators, predicting faults before they happen and monitoring equipment in real time. Earlier this year, the company also introduced a new digital platform to create integrated and tailored solutions for its customers and transform the people flow experience in buildings and cities. The company’s innovative KONE UltraRope® elevator hoisting technology eliminates disadvantages of much heavier traditional steel ropes, and enables elevator travel heights of up to 1,000 meters. The rating is based on an innovation premium: the difference between companies’ market capitalization and the net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.


10 Inconvenient Truths About Our Engineering Careers The truth hurts especially about our engineering careers. Sometimes it is just too inconvenient.

The truth hurts. Sometimes it is just inconvenient. This transcends to our engineering careers as well which are filled with misconceptions. Whether or not we accept them, they are there to speak of the realities of life – they are the truth, after all. Most budding engineers think that the profession is as easy as how older engineers make it appear. But those who are already at the top of their engineering professions will agree with me on the following inconvenient truths: 1. Almost every engineer started from the bottom. It doesn’t matter if you think you deserve to be at the top, we all start at the lowest rank. 2. It’s not enough that you have passed the licensure or professional exam. There’s more to engineering than knowing them all in theory. 3. Engineering is and will always be incorporated in your life that day you started working as one. There is no escape. 4. Professional growth as an engineer might be uncomfortable at times. You need to overcome such discomfort. 5. You don’t always get everything you want in just one job. There will always be a tradeoff. 6. If you really want to become successful as an engineer, you need to have sustained effort and deliberate action. Dreams don’t come to you, you chase after them. 7. It usually takes 3 to 6 months before you can get the job as an engineer. Job search doesn’t happen overnight. 8. Once you find yourself jumping into a lot of jobs already, you might have the problem, not the job. 9. Invest in yourself and in your career. If you can’t do that, why would any company do? 10. Engineering success is a formula that involves a lot of people in it. You can’t achieve the success you want all by yourself.

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The Five Stages of Layoff in Engineering Layoffs suck, everyone knows it. Whether you’ve been through it before, or you’ve been fortunate enough to steer your own career destiny. Right now, the oil and gas industry is going through an unprecedented period of layoffs. Between November 2014 and June 2016, an estimated 350,000 oilfield jobs have been lost worldwide.

vice presidents, and higher ups first announce that a layoff is coming, you feel vindicated. You tell yourself: ‘I knew it. The company has been overstaffed. There’s not enough work for everyone. I’ve been saying it for months now. These bosses have had their heads up their asses. I called it before everyone else.’ You were right! And it feels good to be right!

Whenever layoffs take place, the workforce on the chopping block goes through a wide range of emotions. Depending on individual circumstances, some of these emotions may resonate more than others. The Kübler-Ross model describes The Five Stages of Grief that one experiences after tragedy. As an engineer having gone through three rounds of layoffs in the last year and a half, I’ve created the Oil & Gas Firing Model, or The Five Stages of Layoff.

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After the high of vindication wears off, the last positive thoughts disappear. Now you’re pissed. The downward spiral of anger takes over your thoughts: If you knew things were this bad, why didn’t the company foresee any of this? How could the higher ups not have prepared for this downside? It is the oil and gas industry for God’s sake! Why are they so shortsided and ignorant? If they fire me, I’ll throw a bigger temper tantrum than my 2-year-old as they escort me kicking and screaming out of here.


You’re not ready for change. You’ve spent so much time here, and sadly, it feels like it’s all for naught…

5. Acceptance

3. Fear Once your anger subsides, you begin to think more rationally. Your feelings of anger are quickly replaced by pangs of fear. You become afraid. Afraid for your livelihood, your career prospects, your paycheck, your family, your kids and loved ones. You realize all the little things you take for granted in your daily life. You imagine all the things you won’t be able to afford if you’re laid off. You run different scenarios and options through your mind, and none of them seem as good as your current situation. What will you do if the office grim reaper knocks on your door? Your life as you know it is OVER! You picture yourself begging on the street corner or living in your van, never able to find work again.

to lose their potency. Maybe things won’t be that bad if you lose your job. You’ll be ok. This isn’t the end of the world. Life will go on, right? Wait, what are you feeling now? Sadness? There is a gray cloud following you around your cubicle. This sucks. You can’t believe that this is actually happening. What about all your work friends? Will they still be your friends if one or all of you are laid off? What about your awesome 401k and health plan you’ve had for so long? You’re going to miss all the perks that you’ve taken for granted. So much is going to change.

All stages of emotion end in acceptance, and layoffs are no different. You will be ok. Life will go on. There’s a chance life might even get better! Whatever thoughts manifest in your mind will become your reality. If you keep your head up, think positive thoughts, and make the most of your contacts and circumstances, new opportunities will present themselves. Although your company really screwed the pooch, take this moment as a learning experience. Put yourself in a new situation that’s even better than before. Start your own business like you’ve always wanted, travel the world, or make contact with an old friend who needs someone with just your skill set. Again, life WILL go on and you WILL be ok. You are more powerful than you know. Trust that above all else.

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How to Survive the First Week of Your New Engineering Job

New jobs can be a pain especially if you’re still easing in. Here are some tips on how you can survive your first week at your new workplace. Whether it’s your first, second, or sixth job, easing in can be quite painful and overwhelming. While the job can still be the same, your workplace, coworkers, and even your boss would definitely be different. Before you know it, a whole stack of new projects would also come your way, and you’re tasked to complete it with as little training as possible. Switching careers, from planning to designing, or from designing to product management, all has its own overwhelming factors. They suddenly expect you to create a blueprint or a draft of a new project without so much as a how-to or even a training manual to get you by. If you get buried in all of your tasks, you won’t last very long. Having the right mindset to overcome all these obstacles would allow you to survive, and even last long in your chosen field.

Discomfort can be a good thing You may have already been used to your previous job. You knew how to fix everything. But sometimes, this sense of easiness that your tasks provides is your own bane. Doing easy things over and over will get you bored in the long run. Now let’s move on to your new job. You don’t know what you’re doing, and you’re probably all over the place. But this kind of challenge is exactly what you need to move forward in your career. No one grows doing easy things. Everyone needs a little hardship every now and then.

Learn to accept help In your previous job, you may not have needed help in finishing your tasks. But now that you’re someplace new, it’s okay to ask for a bit of help. Avoid doing things without asking. If your coworkers or your manager seem irritated by your questions, ask them to point you to a resource you could study yourself. It’s not going to be hard all the time You have to accept that your first steps would be hard. It’s like getting your first scratches while learning how to ride a bike. After a while, you’ll gradually master what you’re doing, and soon enough, you’ll be breezing through everything.

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What To Do the Night Before Starting Your New Engineering Job It’s always important to prepare for a special day, even if it’s your first day in your engineering job.

The morning of your first day could be overwhelming as you try to become a sponge and soak everything you learn throughout the whole day. So help yourself by preparing what you can ahead of time. Here are some tips you should do the night before starting your new engineering job.

Pick out your favorite outfit.

or a granola bar and a few candies to keep you alert throughout the day.

Be prepared for your office pitch You’ll be meeting with a lot of people for the first day, so be prepared with more than just “it’s so nice to meet you.” Think of a couple of conversations starters to avoid awkward first meetings.

While others may prefer to buy a new outfit, I think it’s better to go in with your favorite appropriate outfit instead. Why? Imagine this. You’ll be dealing with a lot of new things for that day–which could be stressful and overwhelming. So, while you want to look sharp in your new shoes and clothes, it’s better to wear something your body is comfortably familiar with. The last thing you want is to be limping because of blisters from your new shoes as you walk behind your supervisor when he/she tours you around the company grounds.

Plan to get to work EARLY

Don’t pack a lunch

Before going to bed the night before your first day, take a few minutes to remember why you accepted this job. Whatever your motivation it may be, take note why you took this job in the first place. So when things get too stressful and overwhelming, you can return to this reason and remind yourself why you’re doing this.

The first day is all about getting to know your officemates. Go grab a bite outside with your new officemates so you could get to know them. Chances are, your boss could also treat you out for your first day. You could pack some small snacks though, like an apple, a sandwich,

You read that right. Don’t get to your office on time, get there extra early! Half an hour early will be best. This is a smart move for a few reasons. First, this could give you a buffer if the train could be running in late. Second, this will give you the chance to collect yourself and be totally calm and cool on your first day.

Remember why you took the job

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Immensa Technology Labs in Collaboration With Consolidated Contractor’s Company Revives Concrete Casting Techniques With 3D Printing Immensa Technology Labs, the UAE’s leading Additive Manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) company, in collaboration with global leader in the construction industry, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), has released the result of a world-first joint effort to recover a series of concrete casting techniques with the aid of largeformat 3D printing. The ‘Sensorial Adaptive Concrete Screen’ was developed with NOWlab, the Innovation Department of Berlinbased BigRep. The sensor-embedded screen is made from 3D printed formwork, activated by the simple touch of a hand on the outer surface of the concrete wall, and then turns on and off the functional 3D-printed hexagonal light fixtures in the grid. Consolidated Contractors Company Manager M.I.S. & Business Processes Re-engineering, Aref Boualwan, said digitization of the construction industry was crucial to meet needs globally. “The age of construction and engineering is dramatically changing - and we are ready at the forefront, working with leading organizations to seize opportunities that will truly transform our industry and society in coming years. The sensors in the screen are remarkable - activated by the touch of a hand, allowing effectively any piece of concrete to become a switch. Architects now have direct control of the development of their designs - this functionalization of a concrete surface is the first of its kind. The potential impact of this technology is limitless - and we are truly proud to present these worldfirst results with Immensa.” 30

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Quick Tips For Engineers Who Want To Advance Their Careers Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

There are some people who never even consider taking the next step, or even switching out of a career path that they hate. Here are some quick tips every engineer could use to get where they really want to be.

Plan your daily activities

Most of the time, your current job isn’t where you’d exactly want to be. But taking the next step in your career is not the easiest thing to do. That’s why a lot of engineers struggle with what they have now, scared to move forward since it might mean the end of what they have today. It’s like living inside your comfort zone. Once you get used to living comfortably, you tend to not take any risks, even if it means climbing the career ladder. 32

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You can ask yourself some quick questions to see where you’d want to be career-wise. This is a simple exercise for you to envision what kind of role you’d want to be playing, and if it would mean you having to sacrifice what you have right now. Try to think how your day would be, what your activities for the day would entail, what kind of work would you be doing, where would you be working, and what kind of people would be working with you. Image training related to your future goals can help you visualize what next steps you need to take.


Use a ‘Happiness Rating’ When you’re burned out, it might not just be due to you working long hours. If you’re truly doing what you like, then it wouldn’t be a burden. Take a look at what you’re doing now and place happiness ratings on them. This could be a simple scale of 1 to 10 or a ranking of 1 to 5 stars, it’s your rating chart. Rate the activities that you’re doing, people you encounter, and even your work. This might sound crazily childish, but it might be help you get in tune with what you really want.

Don’t tolerate what you don’t like

a 5 to 10 year timeline, whichever is to your liking. Having a more realistic timeline would enable you to create specific and attainable goals rather than goals that are blown out of proportions.

Create a long term plan The best advice you can get when switching careers or advancing through your career path is by making a plan. See your goal, write steps on how you’d get there. Create milestones that you need to take and a timeline to go along with it. Preparation is the key factor to any decision for your future.

If you’re unhappy with something, something needs to be done. If your job entails talking to different clients yet you yourself don’t like talking, then your next career choice would be impacted. It’s like your taste in food; if you simply don’t like broccoli, don’t force yourself to wolf it down. Take note of the things in your current situation that may not be up your alley. You’ll find it easier to focus on your next career path.

Think ahead, just not too far It’s great to plan for the future, but don’t think that your next step would mean that you’d have to do it ‘forever’. Try to structure your plans in

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Middle East Stone Expo to host record number of stone suppliers as show doubles in size for 2018

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The Middle East’s premiere expo for pairing international stone suppliers with the region’s biggest construction projects is back for 2018 – and is promising the biggest ever dedicated event of its kind.

Yan Wang, Middle East Stone event director, said: “Dubai and the UAE lead the way in terms of the stone trade in the region, which makes Dubai the perfect host city for our show.

Middle East Stone – which takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, September 4th to 6th – has almost doubled exhibitor numbers for 2018, with more than 400 global providers of stone, marble and ceramics coming together to procure and supply the stone-based materials that will be at the heart of hundreds of newbuilds across the Gulf.

“Building on the legacies of our first three exhibitions, Middle East Stone 2018 is aiming to transform the route into this surging market for stone suppliers from around the world who are keen to strike as the region gears up for what will be perhaps the biggest decade in its history in regards to urban growth and infrastructure advancement.

Expanding to take up in excess of 16,000sqm of space, the exhibition will welcome its largest ever pool of international pavilions from the likes of Turkey, Italy, Brazil, Iran, Portugal and China as the UAE cements its position as the Middle East & Africa’s leading import and export hub for stone.

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days of CPD-certified workshops and talks at its ever popular Stone Conference. The Live Product Demonstration, an interactive display of the most innovative products and technologies in the stone and fit-out industry, will give visitors the opportunity to get a first-hand experience of the products and services reshaping the construction and stone industry too. Big name firms already confirmed to be exhibiting their unique stone catalogues include SMG, Sun Italia, Rathath Marble, Aseel Marble and Sabta Granite.

world, but it will offer insight, technologies and networking solutions that won’t be found at any other show in the region.” According to market analysts BNC, the GCC currently accounts for 20% of the global stone market. Economically, that is said to be worth in excess of US$5 billion-a-year and is expected to account for 19.6 billion metric tons of stone by 2020. Across the region, urban construction accounts for 80% of all stone usage, being at the heart of residential, commercial, hospitality and infrastructural developments. As of last year, BNC estimated there to be 20,885 active construction projects taking place in the GCC – with the UAE and Saudi Arabia constituting for approximately 70% of that. Middle East Stone has grown year upon year, with 2017’s exhibition welcoming 253 exhibitors from 26 countries. Of last year’s 20,000+ participants, 80% – or four in every five – had a buying capacity in excess of US$100,000. Along with its stone procuring opportunities, Middle East Stone will once again host three-

Osama Ezzit, owner of Saudi-based OEA Design Build and who attended last year’s Middle East Stone, explained why he would be returning for 2018. He said: “I had a very productive visit at the show and met with existing and new potential suppliers, both local and international, for our projects in Saudi, Egypt and the UAE.” Mohammad Hashim Khan of Global Landmark General Contracting and Transportation echoed that view, saying: “Middle East Stone is an amazing show. I got the chance to meet many suppliers and manufacturers of stone and marble products from across the globe all under one roof. I highly recommend a visit.” Event director Yan Wang added: “Every area of our show will have nearly doubled in size for 2018; from our exhibitor numbers through to the physical size of the exhibition. It’s an impossible to miss opportunity for suppliers to get your stone in the hands of those who need it, and for buyers to get the materials they need to build projects of all scales and sizes.” To register to attend Middle East Stone 2018, visit www.middleeaststone.com

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Ways to Keep Your Best Engineering Employees Engaged

Here are some helpful tips you could use to keep your best employees geared up for better work. your game when it comes to giving them a new task or project. Ignore this issue any longer and you might be faced with the risk of your best engineers migrating to better and more challenging opportunities. There’s no cookiecutter approach when it comes to motivating through challenge, but here are some helpful tips you could use to keep them geared up for better work.

Time constraints There are a lot of challenges when it comes to handling your top-performing employees. In the engineering industry, it’s very easy for your ‘veterans’ to be the best at what they do, to the point that none of their work is a challenge anymore. If this is the case for your best workers, you may want to consider upping up

An easy way to get more ideas to come in is to ask your employees how they could handle a project in different time constraints. If there are no projects that are hard enough for your A-team to handle, try creating constraints to keep them challenged. Ask them what they would do to finish a 12-month project in 9 months or less and what they would do


differently to achieve it. You can also ask them how things would still run smoothly even if they’re going to be away for a specific time period. Simple time-based issues like these could bring about new ideas for your workers to think of

Budget If your team is really at the top of their game, they would know how money revolves around your business. Keep them engaged by asking them how they would achieve the simplest and cheapest solution to any problems they may encounter. Ask your managers how they would get the best team if they only have 75% of their current budget. Again, the point is to keep them engaged and thinking.

Expertise This is simple, if they can change how a project would flow with their expertise, you wouldn’t

know unless you ask. Ask your key players what they would do if they were the CEO, how would they run things with their expertise. For your managers, ask them how they would manage a team of entirely new people and how they would still be able to finish a quality project.

Sell their ideas Even if you know how good your people are, test them by having them ‘sell’ their ideas to you or your board. It’s easy to say “yes” when you already know what the employee is capable of. But let them convince you by asking different questions like: how would you convince a 10-year old about your idea, or how would you explain it to someone who doesn’t speak english? Keeping their brains moving keeps them challenged and for hard workers, motivated to continue working at your company.


How Engineers Can Manage the Feeling of Being Overwhelmed

The demands of our life in this modern work increases; our time doesn’t. anywhere no matter how fast or how hard you try.

This scenario can overwhelm you. So here are some ways that can help you be on top of your game. These may help you be more in control of your life rather that your tasks taking control of you.

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Organize your commitments for the day by mapping out a plan. This will give you an overview on how you’re going to handle your tasks throughout the day/week more efficiently. This will also give you an idea on how you’re going to decide whether you’re going to accept a new task that is given to you so you know if you’re actually biting in more than you can chew.


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who can, then you always know how much time you need to finish a task, If not, you can still be efficient by scheduling your time throughout the day. Create milestones you set along the way.

Find out what uses up your time Let’s face it, we can’t be productive 100% of the time. We face daily distractions that can eat away your time. These include, email, meetings, office chatter, and the ultimate distraction nowadays–social media. While these distractions can be useful to give you time to unwind and refocus, too much of it can cause you more problems than the relaxation it’s supposed to do.

Prioritize by urgency Not all tasks are urgent. You need to differentiate which tasks are important from which ones are urgent. Urgent matters are those that need immediate attention, so in the schedule you’ve created, always set a buffer. If the task is neither urgent nor important, you need to question yourself why you are doing this.

It’s time to pay more attention to your time Not everyone can operate on an efficient internal clock. If you’re one of the employees

Learn self-control and keep these distractions to a minimum.

Know when to say no. There’s nothing wrong with offering some help to someone. But if it’s adding more “food” to a full plate, then maybe it’s time to say no. Above everything i’ve mentioned, taking care of yourself should be your number one priority when it comes to your career. How can you give your best at work if you, yourself, are not at your best. Hopefully, these tips can help minimize the stress you experience at work.


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What Engineers Say Versus What Engineers Mean (Part 1)

There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. Engineers are also liars. There’s no denying that. Although not necessarily compulsive liars, engineers at times have to do the necessary evil of lying and make their way out of it without ever proven wrong. It’s an inherent skill to survive from engineering school to the profession, and doesn’t really affect the credibility of the engineer when the lies are concealed just right. There is a fine line between what engineers say and what engineers mean. This line separates the truth and the cover-up. Most of the time, it just works. Here are some of those laughable lines that engineers say but don’t actually mean it: What Engineers Say: Developed after years of intensive research. What Engineers Mean: It was discovered by accident. It is understandable that in a field like 42

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engineering, where there is so much theory to study, we resort to trial and error method. Often, it just works in our favor that manually having to execute the step by step method. What Engineer Say: The design will be finalized in the next reporting period. What Engineers Mean: We haven’t started this job yet, but we’ve got to say something. It says it all: the lack of time to finish the project or even the design is hard labor. It isn’t done overnight. What Engineers Say: A number of different approaches are being tried. What Engineers Mean: We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re moving. As said, there are infinite number of ways to solve an engineering project problem only to try each one of them – which also yields infinite tries of who knows where.


What Engineers Say: Project slightly behind schedule due to unforeseen difficulties. What Engineers Mean: We are working on something else. Engineers have a multitude to do and it’s really a matter of priority. Each project will be given attention until further notice. What Engineers Say: Close project coordination. What Engineers Mean: We should have asked someone else or let’s spread the responsibility for this.

Yeah, the point-it-to-others approach always works. Pin others to do the job even when they have no clue about the project. What Engineers Say: Major technical breakthrough. What Engineers Mean: Back to the drawing board. This excuse perhaps has an underlying pain that engineers have to start on a new concept again for the project to work. A ‘major technical breakthrough’ means engineers have to convene and crack heads to produce another output.

What Engineers Say: Customer satisfaction is believed to be assured. What Engineers Mean: We were so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all from us. Giving the customer some assurance gives a feeling of security that the project is leading somewhere, when it is really not. What Engineers Say: Preliminary operation tests were inconclusive.

When engineers in a team fail, this is the perfect alibi. When there’s no work done yet despite of no excuses, something must be wrong with the its members. What Engineers Say: Extensive report is being prepared on a fresh approach to the problem. What Engineers Mean: We just hired three guys, we’ll let them kick it around for a while. Construction Leaders • August 2018

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What Engineers Mean: The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.

What Engineers Mean: We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.

The initial tests are always a disappointment. Something will explode and the whole system will be trashed. Engineers have to start again.

There will be projects that are still pursued that are no longer significant. When it’s finally realized, time and resources have already been wasted that engineers can no longer take back. Ouch.

What Engineers Say: Tests were extremely gratifying. What Engineers Mean: It works and boy are we surprised. It comes to a point that the trial and error method works that engineers are surprised themselves. It wasn’t the expected method of output but it just worked. What Engineers Say: The entire concept will have to be abandoned. What Engineers Mean: The only guy who understood the thing quit. When the guy who is solely responsible of the project quits, engineers start from scratch. It pays to contribute to the project, or at least know something about it so the project won’t fall out just because only one knows the darn thing and quits. What Engineers Say: Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficulties. 44

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Sky High Ambition: Work Starts on Quest Liverpool City Centre Quest Apartment Hotels, Australasia’s largest and fastest growing apartment hotel operator today starts work on its first UK site in Liverpool city centre.

Cllr. Gary Millar and Quest Director of UK Development, Andrew Weisz were on site to mark the occasion. The £10m Quest investment will create 200 job opportunities for the area during construction and further 25 part-time and full-time positions once it opens its doors to the public next summer. Quest Liverpool City Centre is located on Church Street along one of the city’s biggest retail strips and adjacent to the landmark Liverpool ONE complex. Quest will be working alongside the developer, Vabeld and Graham Construction to convert the second, third and fourth floors of the 1980s commercial office building. It will also construct additional levels five and six, creating 100 serviced apartments, reception, conference room, gym and back-of-house facilities. Significantly, the project will commence just a week after The Prime Minister called Liverpool ‘the gateway to global trade’ and paid tribute to the critical role the City plays in the Northern Powerhouse project. Established by entrepreneur Paul Constantinou 30 years ago in Melbourne, the 165 strong Quest Apartment Hotels portfolio has made its name by offering a ‘home away from home’ to extended stay business travellers in key cities, regional towns and suburban locations across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. With 27 properties currently in the pipeline and 12 under construction in its home markets - the brand plans to apply its successful model to open ten properties across the UK in the next five years. Andrew Weisz, Director of UK Development at Quest Apartment Hotels says, “It is great to be 46

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creating opportunities at the heart of such a vibrant and dynamic city - now and in the future. We’ve got ambitious, long-term plans here in the UK and Liverpool is an integral part of our plans.” Cllr. Gary Millar says, “To welcome global commitment to Liverpool during International Business Festival, highlights that the city region is open for investment and trade. It’s no longer just about Europe - we’re seeing international interest from our friends in the Commonwealth and we’re delighted that a tried and tested company like Quest, Australasia’s largest apartment hotel operator, has chosen Liverpool as the site for their first UK development.”


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Narada Completes the first phase of FM Energy Storage Power Station in Germany In 2017, Narada signed a contract with Upside Germany to build the FM energy storage station with a total capacity of more than 50MW and participated in PCR in Germany. The energy storage station will be completed at the end of June after nearly a year of preparation and commissioning.

The battery energy storage system has better economic and social benefits compared with conventional thermal power generators because of its high tuning efficiency, fast response, lower cost, and environmental protection.

Upside is a leading provider of new energy technology solutions in Europe. Its main business involves project development and asset management in the fields of battery energy storage and photovoltaics, and currently has more than 290MW of energy storage projects that have been developed and under development.

Narada uses advanced energy storage battery technology with a fast responding energy conversion system to build a frequencymodulated energy storage plant with a total capacity of more than 50MW in 2 years and participates in a frequency-modulation market service (PCR) in Germany with a total investment of approximately 42 Million euros.

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Enstoa Enhances Digital Facilities with designtech Acquisition Enstoa, Inc., the leading systems integrator for capital projects worldwide, today announced its acquisition of designtech, the UK’s leading computational BIM consultancy. The acquisition will enhance Enstoa’s BIM offerings and support its further expansion into the EMEA market. designtech, based in London, supports complex capital projects with a range of building design solutions and computational and algorithmic processes. Leveraging advancing technology, designtech enables businesses to cut down on costly inefficiencies and errors through design simulation, automation and sophisticated engineering data management. “designtech was built to address the deep inefficiencies in the design and construction industry,” said designtech Director David Flynn. “Enstoa has the same philosophy for tackling these problems and together we see an opportunity to deliver a more cohesive and integrated solution to our clients around the world. We both share ideals and want to focus on the targeted use of data for planning, construction, and asset management of the built environment.” “So much analysis of the value of built assets 50

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happens during the design stage when the owner has already outlined their brief,” said Flynn. “Combining our approach with Enstoa’s deep industry knowledge and access, owners will be able to optimize commercial and design decisions earlier allowing them to maximize value and reduce waste.” Enstoa, founded in 2007 on a vision of taking an evidence-based approach to capital projects, is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the world and the only global professional services firm specializing in capital projects improvement. “Organizations today with strategic physical and built assets need a fully integrated data platform from planning and design through construction and asset management,” said Enstoa CEO Jordan Cram. “Enstoa is now poised to meet these requirements head-on with designtech’s BIM capabilities and our deep competency in cost, scheduling, procurement, and resource management.” Cram continued, “This acquisition provides Enstoa the ability to leverage functional design and engineering expertise and technical product prowess in BIM automation tools.”


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4 Reasons Why Engineers Should Take Their Vacation Leaves Most of the time, you think that you can’t leave your work and end up not using your vacation leaves. Here’s a few reasons to convince you otherwise. Human beings need rest, that’s why engineers should take their vacation leaves when they have a chance. We’ve heard an insane amount of excuses regarding employees not taking a vacation from work. Most of the time however, the excuses are not really logical. We’re here to help convince you that taking a leave is not the worst thing to do, it might even be what you need the most right now.

You deserve it The typical excuse: “guilt”. You may have heard about people not taking their vacations due to the fact that they’re too guilty to get paid on leave. If you’re one of the people who think like this, there’s a simple answer for this. Each company gives you a specific amount of

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vacation leaves, it’s yours to take, and if you don’t take it, the money they allocate for your leaves just goes back to them. In the end, it’s like you’re actually paying them not to send you on vacation.

Use it or lose it In most cases, vacation leaves are usually not paid back, at least not entirely. Avoid thinking that you should be saving your paid timeoffs for scenarios that have a fat chance of happening. You’re not a squirrel saving food for a rainy day. It’s either you use the leaves now and enjoy yourself, or end up not using them later and losing them forever. It’s healthy to save some for expected events, but if you’re not expecting anything them, why save them?


Taking time off of work Work is good, it gives you money, but don’t think you can’t take vacation leaves because there’s a huge amount of it to be done. Think back on yourself. Do you have bad management skills or is there just too much of work to tackle? If your answer is the former, take the time off, you’ll have more time to think about how you can boost productivity during off time. However, if you answered the latter, you need to talk to your manager. Everyone deserves a time off. If for some reason a leave can’t be done due to the amount of work present, there’s something definitely wrong with your work environment.

Stop thinking that vacations are expensive Most people think that vacations are not worth it. Yeah you get paid to be off from work, but the money you’d have to spend to go on vacation might be even more than what you get. This is not always true. There are a lot of ways to get your vacation expenses cheaper like finding a place where you can stay with friends, or planning a smaller scale trip. If all else fails, staycations are also a good way to spend your quality time.

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Bluebeam Acquires Project Atlas’ Groundbreaking SaaS Solution for the Construction Industry Powerful visualisation solution “maps” the built world across the entire project lifecycle

Bluebeam, Inc., leading developer of innovative technology solutions for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, announced today that is has acquired substantially all of the assets of privately held Project Atlas, LLC. Founded in 2017 by construction industry veterans Todd Wynne and Joe Williams, Project Atlas created a digital mapping engine that uses geo-location instead of traditional folder structures to organise and visualise 2D plans and construction data. This location-based orientation allows design and construction professionals to create and search a seamless digital map of their project that contains plans, people, material, site photos and drone imagery, all within highly detailed, zoomable layers. “Bluebeam was founded on the idea that powerful AEC solutions should also be easy to use, capable of delivering the right information at the right time while improving the ability of all project partners to collaborate throughout the lifecycle of an entire project,” says Bluebeam CEO Jon Elliott. “We are incredibly excited to add Project Atlas to our portfolio of solutions to continue delivering on this promise. Project Atlas provides users an entirely new way to 54

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visually organise and unify location-based documents and data. This location-based methodology dramatically reduces the time it takes to find critical plans and information, empowering owners, architects, engineers, contractors and specialty contractors to access data in an immediately understandable way that will be especially beneficial in the field.” “The combination of Bluebeam’s project efficiency and collaboration tools coupled with Project Atlas’ ability to organise project information by location delivers the best set of complementary productivity tools the industry has ever seen,” said Joe Williams, Project Atlas co-founder and Bluebeam VP of Product Management, Project Atlas. “It’s this combination of visualisation, collaboration and project documentation that our industry needs to make those last-minute decisions in the field, which are often the most critical and expensive decisions in a project,” adds Project Atlas co-founder and Bluebeam VP of Business Development and Partnerships Todd Wynne. “By working collaboratively using a visual map of a project, customers can understand projects in a familiar context and break down the barriers that often keep information from getting to the people who need it most.”


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10 Quotes for the Unmotivated Engineers Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate young engineers.

Engineers: The world of engineering is so vast that we can safely say that almost everything in our technological world today is a product of engineering, from the environment,


Bill Gates “To be a good professional engineer, always start to study late for exams. Because it teaches you how to manage time and tackle emergencies.” Theodore von Karman “Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.” Steve Jobs “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs

Elbert Hubbard “One machine can do the work of 50 ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” Peter Drucker “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” Henry Stott “Engineering is the art of organizing and directing men and controlling the forces and materials of nature for the benefit of the human race.” Satya Nadella “Our industry does not respect tradition – it only respects innovation.”

Elon Musk telecommunications, transportation, to manufacturing, security and even the medical field. Engineering has been so much a part of everyday life that many wellknown people involved in the world of engineering have a lot to say about this field. Here are some awesome quotes that will inspire and motivate all the young engineers out there.

Nikola Tesla “Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” Elon Musk “The path to the CEO’s office should not be through the CFO’s office and it should not be through the marketing department. It needs to be through engineering and design.” Thomas J. Watson “The way to succeed is to double your failure rate.”


IncrediBuild Opens China Office to Accommodate Local Growth customer service, business development, sales and on-prem availability. “It is another manifestation for strengthening the technology and business relations and a proof for the big potential of economic cooperation between Israel and southwest China which can also serve as the gate to the big Chinese Market.” said Amir Lati, the first Consul General of Israel in Chengdu. Following a surge in local demand, IncrediBuild Software, the leading development acceleration solution provider, has announced it will open an office in Chengdu, China. The new office marks IncrediBuild’s second expansion into Asia, following the successful launch of its Japanese branch in 2016. IncrediBuild’s platform empowers over 150,000 global users to release faster, by accelerating compilations, testing and any other development process. The company’s customers in China include the country’s largest telecom organizations and gaming companies. As the Chinese software development market, and game development market in particular, continue to expand, so does the need for a shorter time to market. IncrediBuild’s awardwinning technology is specifically tailored for these challenges, by allowing teams to achieve faster development cycles and subsequently adopt Continuous Integration and Delivery practices. With the Chengdu office, IncrediBuild takes a major step in establishing a local infrastructure to specifically support its growing Chinese customer base and provide customized 58

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Yair Albin, the Commercial Consul at the Consulate added: “We are pleased to see IncrediBuild’s brand of Israeli innovation adopted into the advanced Chinese market. I am positive that in the near future we will see more headquarters here as we see more Israeli companies seeking opportunity and cooperation in this fast-developing region.” “We’re excited to supply our Chinese customers’ demand for the competitive advantage that comes with shorter development cycles.” said Eyal Maor, IncrediBuild’s CEO. “Our Chengdu office is just the kickoff in IncrediBuild’s long-term commitment to accelerating the Chinese software Industry.”


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Construction Leaders magazine August 2018 featuring Institution of Civil Engineers  

This month, GineersNow Construction Leaders magazine is featuring the President of ICE, Professor Lord Robert Mair.

Construction Leaders magazine August 2018 featuring Institution of Civil Engineers  

This month, GineersNow Construction Leaders magazine is featuring the President of ICE, Professor Lord Robert Mair.

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