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Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral DPWH Undersecretary

PICE’s First Woman National President

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JUNE 2018 ISSUE NO. 014


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In this month’s cover story for Construction Leaders, we are featuring Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral, a female leader in the Philippines who is breaking stereotypes in the country’s civil engineering community today. She’s currently an undersecretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assigned to handle the Planning & Public Private Partnership and the first female National President of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).

EDITOR’S NOTE

In this exclusive special feature of Dr. Cabral, learn more about her journey from a young student aspiring to be a civil engineer to becoming a woman succeeding in a profession dominated by men. This special feature also gives the spotlight on the several infrastructure projects of DPWH and the community extension program of PICE. We have also included several construction features on the magazine such as the following: • • • • •

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We prepared helpful articles for engineers who want to get more work done without working overtime. Forget about extending work hours to beat the deadline. Learn how you can do your work in the least amount of time. Find out how you can optimize your schedule for maximum productivity! Read about our special feature on gaining credibility with little to no experience as well! Lastly, find out whether engineers should adapt the 3-hour work day or now. So go ahead, scroll through our pages and read the latest stories that put the spotlight on the construction industry. Get updated with the news and be informed with our inspiring stories that are slowly changing the way we live today. Enjoy this month’s GineersNow: Construction Leaders.

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Contents LOVSUNS Tunneling for the Future

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Are You an Engineer with Leadership Aspirations? Six Reasons Why Executive and Professional Education Could Be Your Secret Weapon

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Dr. Maria Catalina E. Cabral: Breaking Stereotypes in the Philippines’ Civil Engineering Community Through PICE and the DPWH

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Next Generation Formwork from Delmon and ULMA

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Advanced HVAC Solutions Put Users First

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Engineers Develop the Most Ecological Way to Demolish a Skyscraper

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Solar in Construction To Help Achieve MENA Sustainability Goals

Autodesk Invites Makers-Of-Tomorrow to Build More, Better, with Less at Autodesk University Middle East

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How Engineers Can Gain Credibility With Little to No Experience

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50 Mastic by Ply Gem SolarDefense Reflective Technology™ with Enriched Color Science Formulation and No Fade, No Distortion Promise Shields Against Sun Damage and Reflective Light for Unmatched Siding Resilience Saint-Gobain’s First Multi Comfort House in the Middle East Breaks Ground at Masdar City

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Immensa Technology Labs Provides Inventory Digitisation Solution for Consolidated Contracting Company

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Mammoet Contracted for Kuwait’s $4.3bn Airport Construction Project

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Should Engineers Adapt the 3-Hour Work Day?

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Why The Middle East’s Largest Construction Event Shakes Up in 2018

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Atlas Copco Launches ZR 90-160 VSD+ Air Compressor With Up To 35% Less Energy Consumption

AUS Joins International Tiny House Movement, 42 Creating A Small Living Space With Big Potential

Binghatti Developers Wins the Developer of the Year Award at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards

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How Engineers Can Get More Done Without Extending Work Hours

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How Engineers Can Optimize Their Schedule For Maximum Productivity

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What You Need to Know About MEWPs

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How Engineers Can Do More In Less Time

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LOVSUNS Tunneling for the Future High Quality TBM Solutions from Canada made in China Lovat was founded in 1972 and has been a renowned TBM manufacturer for over four decades. Over 45 years of development the company became one of the leading manufacturers of TBMs especially in the mixed and soft ground TBM technology. In 2008 Lovat was sold to Caterpillar. After that acquisition the new company was called “Caterpillar Tunnelling Canada Corp.”. In May 2013 a phased withdrawal from the business was announced and Caterpillar Tunneling reached out to different potential buyers. After negotiation, the parent company LNSS (Liaoning Censcience Industry Co. Ltd.) purchased the assets of Caterpillar Tunnelling at the end of September 2014 and all assets were closed between Caterpillar Tunnelling and LNSS. After the acquisition, LNSS set up 8

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LOVSUNS Tunneling Canada which is based in Toronto. In that sense, LOVSUNS is a 100 % owned overseas subsidiary of LNSS based in Canada.

High demand for high quality TBM solutions One of the main reasons to buy the company first of all was, to satisfy the ever increasing local demand for high quality TBM solutions on the Chinese market. Furthermore, to continue servicing Lovat customers around the world by leveraging the acquired advanced technology, management skills, sales experience expertise, as well as expanding into international markets by supplying highly competitive China-built, Lovat-quality TBMs and services. Many of


the ex-Lovat experienced engineers and technicians have joined LOVSUNS and are still working in the company.

TBMs built with Lovat technology are used in Chinese city metro projects as well as international markets.

Chinese Market still growing

Expansion of Chinese companies

China still is the single largest TBM market worldwide. Today, after acquisition of the Lovat TBM technology, LNSS TBMs are involved in many mega-city metro projects. LNSS is one of the top TBM suppliers in China. The other local TBM manufacturers are all stateowned enterprises coming from railway and other heavy industry sectors. Being the only private business, LNSS/Lovsuns has become a formidable player in highly competitive Chinese and international markets.

The fundamental reason for the Chinese companies to look for overseas involvements is the continuous economic growth of China – the fastest growing economy in the world for the last 15 to 20 years. China has reached a stage where it needs to upgrade many technologies in order to meet the fast-increasing local demand. China needs also advanced technology for its own market’s needs. With the business expansion in China and the growing capabilities of the companies there, they reach a certain stage of development in their own countries they would expand to other overseas markets – naturally, just like any western companies. That could be a reason why the Chinese companies with adequate accumulation of all kinds of resources and capabilities look at the possibilities of acquiring well-established companies in other countries, in order to gain the best technology and push on their development both in domestic and international markets.

Infrastructure projects increasing worldwide Apparently, the main markets are in developing countries where local governments are launching ambitious mid to long term plans to build more and more infrastructure projects. “China and India are the biggest markets, and Turkey definitely is an exciting market as well, where we have witnessed rapid expansion of public transit systems and we already sold 10 TBMs since establishment of LOVSUNS in this promising market in less than 3 years. This is a clear proof of market reception after Lovat/Caterpillar Tunneling assets acquisition. In addition, we are following closely potential projects in other active markets”, Hongyu Xue explains.

Synergy is the key word The synergy between both companies is very important for the success. Even before the acquisition, LNSS already had a massive factory in China producing TBMs. And now, after the acquisition, the LNSS group have a remarkable manufacturing capacity in China. The former Lovat technology and the experienced engineers, technicians and operators are still working for LOVSUNS today. This kind of synergy between China and Canada is going to create a big value because every global customer is looking for costeffective and high quality TBMs. The LNSS strategy is focussed on two points: The first one is safety of operation and the second one is productivity. Today tens of LNSS/LOVSUNS

LOVSUNS as a 100 % Chinese owned company, legally possesses the Lovat technology and enjoys a remarkable manufacturing capacity from the parent Chinese facilities. The TBM was not invented in China and this technology was used in China many years before the Chinese companies started to build TBMs themselves around 2008/2009 – not such a long time ago. At the beginning, there was a lack of technology in China. But technology will always go to the hottest market with the maximum economic benefit. That’s why leading foreign brands came to China and benefited from the big wave of infrastructure expansions. Though foreign TBM companies are still active in China, Chinese TBM companies, like LNSS, are increasingly taking the leading role on this market. Any lack of technology on the other hand is a business opportunity. When China has purchased the technologies and can produce a good amount of quality TBM products, this would benefit, at the end of the day, global customers. A result of the centralisation in the group was the facility closure in Toronto. When LNSS Construction Leaders • June 2018

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purchased the assets of Caterpillar Tunnelling in 2014, including the Toronto factory, which was the facility of Lovat for more than 40 years, LNSS already had a big factory in China. From day one, this was the main TBM facility for LNSS and LOVSUNS. Now LOVSUNS in Toronto mainly is focussed on TBM design and engineering, procurement of key components, the international sales, services and product support. By shifting the Toronto TBM production function to the main China facilities, LOVSUNS and LNSS can further enhance the overall competitiveness, so that any new or refurbished TBM can be delivered to the global clients faster on more competitive terms.

Bright future

LOVSUNS started to receive inquiries and orders from North American and European clients for new TBM and refurbishment solutions. There is a need for those clients of a continuous support for their Lovat machines. Flexible solutions were worked out for this situation. Parallel LOVSUNS is launching plans to further strengthen the role as an overseas centre of excellence based in Toronto. The recent sales record of one double shield TBM in US and eight EPB metro size TBMs in Turkey is a sound proof of the success of such synergy between Canada and China.

Projects in Turkey and Northern America

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“From a global perspective”, Hongyu Xue believes, “this China/Canada synergy will allow us to grow faster both on China and overseas markets. We will continue to innovate, to broaden and improve our product line – EPB, rock and slurry TBMs and other machines for special applications. We bought Lovat technology, a legacy renowned for the robustness and reliability. We work hard to become the most specialized TBM manufacturer and service provider to help our global clients succeed in breaking through tunnels with unique challenges.”

The first China-Built TBM of the North American market, the TBM for the Blacksnake Creek Stormwater Separation Improvement Project in St. Joseph, Missouri (USA), reached the factory acceptance just some weeks ago in March 2018. And for the Metro project in Istanbul (Turkey), the job site celebrated also in March 2018 the first breakthrough.


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Are You an Engineer with Leadership Aspirations? Six Reasons Why Executive and Professional Education Could Be Your Secret Weapon Those who are successful in reaching the highest echelons of the engineering profession are often those who have allocated time and energy to their ongoing education. Rising to the top of one’s organization or industry is no easy feat. With an increasingly competitive workforce of ambitious contenders in the engineering sector, it comes as no surprise that navigating the ranks of middle management and then executive roles take hard work and commitment. Indeed, there are instances in which hard work and dedication alone are not enough to secure a top position. Those who are successful in reaching the highest echelons of the engineering profession are often those who have allocated time and energy to their ongoing education. Here, Dr. Ilias Visvikis, Director of the Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) at American University of Sharjah, sets out six reasons why a commitment to 12

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continuous learning can be the defining factor when it comes to standing out in a tightly held engineering workforce. 1. Undertaking a professional or executive education program keeps you up-to-date with the latest developments in your industry or profession. This is especially important for engineers, where rapid changes in technology mean that skills and knowledge to be renewed on an ongoing basis. Failing to keep up can lead to falling behind from a technical perspective, and becoming sidelined by new recruits possessing more recent education and training. 2. However, becoming a leader in the engineering sector relies on more than technical skills alone. You can be the very best


competitive among a group in a foreign country that you would not have otherwise had a good chance of succeeding in. 6. One of the most under-rated benefits of executive and professional education to a person’s career is the sense of confidence it gives them – confidence that is absolutely essential when it comes to convincing their employers that they are up to the task of leadership, and essential to effectively leading their team once they have won their new position.

Dr. Ilias Visvikis

engineer from a technical standpoint, but this far from assures your progression into higher management. Leaders need leadership skills, and often these are not the skills you learn during your degree. A professional or executive education program can help you gain confidence in new areas, such as communication and influencing skills, financial know-how, management ability, and a whole host of other capabilities that are essential to gaining – and maintaining – a leadership role. 3. One of the best ways you can secure your long-term career prospects is by developing an extensive professional network, full of other like-minded professionals. Joining an executive or professional education program is a great way to build your network, and establish meaningful relationships with people who one day could be the key to getting your dream job. 4. Importantly, completing professional and executive education programs evidence to future employers your commitment to your career progression. It shows you take your career seriously, verifying to those on interview panels that you have the drive and ambition to learn the skills and acquire the knowledge you need to move into a leadership position. 5. Executive and professional education courses also afford you the opportunity to broaden the geographical location in which you are seeking a promotion. Having a course under your belt from an institution that is known and respected internationally can help you break into a new overseas market, and make you

Of course, professional and executive education is not just beneficial to those undertaking it. Evidence shows that organizations that invest in ongoing training and development for their future leaders reap the rewards in the long-term. Organizations with a strong culture of investing in their people have higher rates of employee engagement and retention, with increased productivity and profitability. For engineering firms, identifying future leaders and then devoting the necessary time and energy to developing their leadership talent is one of the best ways to retain talent and build an effective succession plan. We have worked with a number of engineers and organizations with large engineering workforces, and have seen first-hand the positive impact such training and education has at an organization-wide level. If you have management or leadership aspirations, do not neglect your ongoing learning and development. The sooner you make a commitment to undertaking high quality, and well recognized professional and executive education, the sooner you will start to see your career take flight. CEPE offers custom programs and open enrollment courses, all designed to give participants the knowledge, skills and selfassurance to foster new ways of thinking, better ways of doing business and opportunities to secure the success of their organizations for years to come. CEPE has special expertise in the engineering sector, drawing on the knowledge and experience of faculty in the university’s College of Engineering. To find out more about CEPE, and the programs it offers for engineering professionals and organizations employing engineers, visit www.aus.edu/CEPE.

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When Maria Catalina, or Cathy as she is fondly called, was a little girl, her mother used to take her in the then Bureau of Public Works, the Philippine government’s engineering and construction arm. As a widow with a brood of three children growing up, her mother could not afford hiring someone to look after them while working. So she had no option but to bring her children to work. Fortunately, her bosses understood her plight. Cathy is grateful

to God for loaning her Mommy Linda, and although she knows that her pain is over and she is at rest, her children, her siblings and grandchildren miss her all the same. It was then that Cathy’s fascination for the craft of civil engineering grew. At a tender age, she was exposed to the environment where engineers do their work - from planning to implementing government infrastructure Construction Leaders • June 2018

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projects. She felt the satisfaction the employees derive from doing something for the country. From then on she aspired to become a civil engineer. As a student, it was not far different from the usual college life, and she was not the only woman working her way in the engineering field. For her, the real battle began when she was already preparing for the actual world. Not all women who graduated in the same course became successful engineers. Perhaps, it was a blessing that God made some provisions to grant her dream come true. It was never easy. It was not a walk in the park. Yet through her perseverance she triumphantly endured and surpassed numerous challenges being a lady engineer. The challenge was that from time to time she had to prove herself worthy of her stature. She had held several positions from an Engineering Aide, an entrylevel Civil Engineer, Senior Civil Engineer, Division Chief, Project Manager, Assistant Project Director, Project Director, Service Director, Assistant Secretary, up to her current post as an Undersecretary. All possible positions a government civil engineer has to go through before reaching the top, name it and she has experienced it. Yet one thing she learned throughout her years in public service is that no matter how big or small a position, it is vital in the efficiency of an agency. So she told herself to neither quit nor feel tired

because she knows that her work makes a difference in the lives of others. Being a female leader is equally a challenge to her as it is a victory. She is a living example that a woman can succeed in a profession mostly dominated by men. Engr. Cabral is pleased that time and again, her agency, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has always recognized the equal role of women in governance. It is not to say that DPWH favors women more than men, but rather, gender equality is leveling the playing field as to give men and women similar positions and receive the same treatment, considering their differences in strength. She has made it both her personal and professional advocacy to actively involve herself in the good practices of gender mainstreaming and other gender and development related activities. Engr. Cabral encourages all female aspiring leaders to become an advocate of change and to never fear to walk the talk of women empowerment. She believes that women should strive for equality, strive for recognition, and strive to fight for their endeavors, especially now that the barbaric time has ended and the modern time is more supportive of women. Breaking the stereotype in the engineering profession is no easy feat and perhaps, it was one of the major challenges she braved.


People are usually resistant when they see that things are deviating from what they were used to. As a woman who pursued the realm of change, there are positive and negative consequences that she had to face. Remarkably, the positive consequence is that Filipino culture respects women. However, though women are highly respected in their societies, in the past they were ideally confined to the role of a home builder – someone who is just left at home to tend to the children, while men are often expected to be the house builder – someone who works to make ends meet for the family. But the times have changed and more women are now emerging to excel in their respective fields, even in the professions that were once dominated by men.

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The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) is a professional organization of civil engineers duly accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission in the Philippines. Its mission is to “advance the welfare of its members and the development and prestige of the civil engineering profession and to be a dynamic force in nation building.” PICE has been active in facilitating Continuing Professional Development by staging various conventions and technical conferences that enrich the knowledge and technical knowhow of its members and promote camaraderie within the organization. But apart from upgrading the competencies of its members, PICE has also been keen in nation-building through its Community Extension Program, Housing Program, Project Green Engineering Philippines, Disaster Management Program, Gender Development Program, among others.


Under her helm as the PICE’s 1st female National President, the organization continues to expand with new chapters, here and abroad. As of this date, PICE has a total of 99 local professional chapters and 11 international professional chapters for its 87,298 members. On November 28, 2017, PICE became the first and the only Accredited Professional Organization in the country to be certified under ISO 9001:2015 Standards. She also led the successful staging of the 43rd PICE National Convention, in which a significant increase in the number of attendees has been seen with a total of 12, 846 delegates. This is 85% or 5,910 higher than the 6, 936 delegates in the 2016 National Convention. The said event is the first national convention that used a full online registration system, attendance monitoring system and certificate verification.

In October 2017, the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to facilitate the enhancement of the efforts of each organization to better serve the public and engineering profession in its own country. Another achievement the organization has accomplished under her tutelage is the PICE Community Extension Program, in which a total of 20 patients with cleft lip and palate condition where successfully operated under the Summer Smile 2017 charity program. The organization has also extended its helping hands to the Internally Displaced Persons affected by the armed conflict in Marawi City through the provision of ₱1.7 million cash assistance. PICE also continued the agreement of helping their countrymen at Tacloban on a housing Construction Leaders • June 2018

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program, which they called Tacloban PICE Village. As of June 2017, twenty-two (22) units were already turned over to the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda while the remaining 10 units are under planning stage. As part of their climate change adaptation program, PICE has constructed a total of 41 rainwater collectors in public schools across the 20

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country under the Project Green Engineering Philippines. And lastly, in her term, the PICE Total Net Worth for CY 2017 increased by 163% or ₱92.51 million from ₱56.61 million in 2016 to ₱149.13 million in 2017. Engr. Cabral believes that being a person of


Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH): DPWH’s mission is to “provide and manage quality infrastructure facilities and services responsive to the needs of the Filipino people in the pursuit of national development objectives.” It is one of the leading agencies tasked to manage the infrastructure development in the country. As Undersecretary of DPWH, she is assigned to handle the Planning & Public Private Partnership (PPP) services of the Department. In terms of planning, she oversees the preparation of the Department’s Annual Infrastructure Budget for presentation and approval of the Congress. On the other hand, for the Public-Private Partnership service, she oversees the reviewing, negotiating, and monitoring of proposed projects that will be funded, constructed or maintained by the Private Sector, most of which are big-ticket projects that will have huge benefits in the lives of Filipinos. At the peak of her career, she became the first female rank-and-file employee who has attained the rank of an Undersecretary in the DPWH. She is also the current chairperson of the Performance Governance System (PGS) Committee and led the Department in the attainment of the Proficiency Stage on the PGS pathway. Lastly, as a staunch advocate of women empowerment, she is the Chairperson of the DPWH Committee on Gender and Development (GAD) that has devised and strictly implemented a set of tools known as the GAD Toolkit, which promotes gender responsiveness in the development and implementation of road infrastructure projects in the Department. Under her watch, the Department was among the Top 4 most Gender-Responsive Government Agencies named by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for their GADtimpala program.

PICE will not only widen one’s horizon in the civil engineering field, it also gives one the opportunity to meet the key players in the industry that can further widen his/her network.

Engr. Cabral believes that everything happens for a reason and that every opportunity afforded to someone entails a higher responsibility. It all started with a childhood dream and never did she imagine that she will someday reach the pedestal. She is a woman with many faces: a daughter, a mother, a lowly employee, a female leader and a public servant. Yet at the end of the day, she is just an instrument to serve for a higher purpose.

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DPWH MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS: As Undersecretary for Public-Private Partnership in the Department, several bigticket projects in the country have been implemented including: •

NAIA Expressway (Completed) 14.85 km – 4 lane elevated expressway from the end point of NAIA Expressway Phase I to PAGCOR Entertainment City.

Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, TPLEX (Ongoing) 89.31-km expressway from Tarlac City to Rosario, La Union.

• Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Ongoing) * 45.29 km – four lane expressway with 8 interchanges and 12,207 lm bridges (inclusive of 4,618 lm viaduct) •

NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project (Detailed Engineering Design on-going) 8 km- four lane expressway from C3 Road in Caloocan City to PUP, Sta. Mesa, Manila and will connect to common alignment of Skyway Stage 3.

DPWH ATTAINMENT OF PROFICIENCY STAGE IN PERFORMANCE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM (PGS): The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has attained its Proficiency Stage on the Performance Governance System (PGS) pathway on November 27, 2017. During the Public Revalida, DPWH Chairperson for PGS Committee, Undersecretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, presented the DPWH vision or long term direction and governance reform accomplishments in achieving sustainable development before a panel of governance advocates both from the government and private sectors and the public audience.


Conferred as PGS Proficient, DPWH was also handed the Silver Governance Trailblazer Award by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) during its participation at Dream Philippines Fair, an annual event that presents significant advancements in public sector governance, held recently at Bayanihan Center – Unilab Compound, Pasig City. DPWH AS GENDER-RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT AGENCY: DPWH was hailed as Top 4 most GenderResponsive Government Agencies named by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for their GADtimpala program. On July 14, 2014, the Department has received a citation from the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) for being chosen as one (1) of the four (4) top gender responsive agencies in the Search for the Most Outstanding Gender Responsive Agency under GADtimpala 2013. The award aims to recognize the outstanding achievement and/or performance of government agencies in upholding the rights of women and maximizing the implementation of gender- responsive programs. The execution of DPWH gender equality actions at the planning, design, reconstruction, construction and maintenance stages is guided by “Toolkit for Making Road Infrastructure Projects Gender Responsive.” PLANNING PROCESS To enable DPWH to have an efficient planning, objective programming and project selection, the agency is continuously enhancing and innovating its planning process through the use of Advanced Planning Tools and Systems such as Road and Bridge Information Applications (RBIA); Bridge Management System (BMS); Pavement Management System (PMS), Multi Year Programming and Scheduling Application (MYPS), among others.


ABOUT PICE PICE has 99 local professional chapters and 11 international professional chapters with a total of 87,298 members. Moreover, PICE has total of 12,679 student members and 1,903 associate members (non licensed civil engineering graduates).

1ST WOMAN PICE NATIONAL PRESIDENT

• The 2017 PICE National Officers and Board of Directors inducted last January 14, 2017 at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City with Hon. Aquilino Pimentel III. • The 2018 PICE National Officers and Board of Directors inducted last January 13, 2018 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel with Hon. Teofilo S. Pilando Jr., Chairman, Professional Regulation Commission.

ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFICATION (Quality Management System)

43rd PICE National Convention Opening Ceremony, MOA Arena, November 28, 2017

• PICE is the first and the only Accredited Professional Organization in the country which is ISO 9001:2015 certified. • The ISO 9001:2015 certificate was officially awarded to the PICE by TUV Rheinland Philippines during the PICE 43rd National Convention on November 28, 2017 at the


Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. And to maintain its certification, PICE will continuously assess its quality management systems and processes and undergo follow-up audits annually.

43RD PICE NATIONAL CONVENTION • 1st National Convention of a Professional Organization held at Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. • A total of 12,846 delegates have attended the 3-day National Convention held last November 28-30, 2017 with a theme “Build! Build! Build! for a Smart, Strong and Sustainable Societies”. • The 12,846 delegates is 85% or 5,910 higher than the 6,936 delegates in the 2016 National Convention.

1st Full Online Registration System • Delegates can complete the registration to any event in less than 5 minutes, anytime 24/7 using any mobile or desktop device. • All payments go directly to PICE’s payment gateway that links to PICE’s bank accounts with no human intervention.

• The system has full integration with PICE’s cloud accounting system that can issue BIR authorized official receipts online.

1st On-Line Attendance Monitoring System

• Upon registration, all delegates will receive their own ID with their name and unique QR code and Official receipt in less than 5 minutes in their own email account. • The attendance checkers then use any mobile android device to check the attendance by scanning the QR codes in the ID’s. And uploads it to individual CPD database.

1st Full On-line Certificate Verification

• At the close of the event, the system automatically generates and emails the certificate of participation with the participants name and the total hours of attendance and unique QR code for each delegate. • PRC can verify attendance and contents of the certificates by scanning the QR codes in the certificates using any mobile android devices.


Betty Modelo 75 years old beneficiary Tacloban PICE Village

PICE COMMUNITY EXTENSION PROGRAM Summer Smile 2017

In May 2017, the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers in partnership with College of the Holy Spirit  Tarlac Batch 78, Rotary Club of Metro Tarlac, Philippine Band of Mercy, Provincial Government of Tarlac and the Tarlac Provincial Hospital conducted a Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Mission (Summer Smile 2017) in Tarlac Provincial Hospital, wherein 20 patients with cleft lip and palate condition where successfully operated. Marawi Support

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care of internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the raging Marawi City armed conflict. This is in response to the call of President Duterte to rebuild Marawi after six weeks of intense gunfight and air strikes against the invasion that already affected hundreds of thousands of IDPs. The donation is part of the members’ collective commitment to the PICE’s vision and mission that is above all social responsibility and to be a key player and a dynamic force in nation building. To likewise respond to the call of service, the PICE Davao City Chapter on its part acted with promptness of adding P200 thousand more to the fund for assistance to IDPs of Marawi. PICE Housing Program

Tacloban PICE Village In November 2013, the Philippines was struck


Abegail Siador, 2 years old Summer Smile 2017 Beneficiary Victoria, Tarlac

by typhoon Haiyan which was regarded as one of the strongest typhoons to ever make landfall particularly, the Province of Leyte. Haiyan or Super Typhoon “Yolanda” affected 1.47 Million families and damaged over 1.1 million houses and recorded fatalities of 6,300 persons.

Adaptation Programs to address adverse effects of climate change. The top beneficiaries for this project are public schools without access to potable water facilities. As of to date, 41 Rainwater Collectors have been installed in Public Schools across the country.

As part of the organization’s commitment to sustain its social responsibility, PICE built and turned over twenty-two (22) housing units to the families affected by Typhoon Yolanda while, the ten (10) housing units is under planning stage.

PICE TOTAL NET WORTH

Project Green Engineering Philippines Rainwater Collectors

The construction of Rainwater Collection System is one of PICE’s Climate Change

As of 2017, PICE Total (Current and Non Current) Assets, which includes Cash & Cash Equivalent, Receivables, Inventories, Property & Equipment, Investment Properties, Construction-in-Progress, Deferred Tax Assets and other assets, reached P162.12 Million. While, the PICE Total Net Worth increased by 163% or P92.51 Million, from P56.6 Million in 2016 to P149.13 Million in 2017.

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Next Generation Formwork from Delmon and ULMA Delmon Scaffolding LLC, distributers of ULMA Formwork, are delighted to announce the launch of the next generation of slab forming equipment, which is now available throughout our branch network in the Middle East. Delmon Scaffolding LLC, distributers of ULMA Formwork, are delighted to announce the launch of the next generation of slab forming equipment, which is now available throughout our branch network in the Middle East. Known for their innovation, ULMA have released this latest system called ONADEK, which has been developed to combine all of the advantages and efficiencies of a modular system, but with the flexibility of a loose H20 based system. Already successful in Europe and South America, the systems unique design offers a number of features which make slab forming safer, faster and more efficient to use than 30

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any conventional system previously available. Experience to date has shown that the contractors using ONADEK for slab formwork achieve higher productivity with less labour, faster construction cycles with less waste, and ultimately reduce the cost of casting insitu slabs. The system characteristics and features give it a number of clear advantages over conventional systems: Early striking is made possible by the ONADEK drophead system, however unlike the many conventional panel systems on the market,


ONADEK uses ordinary shuttering plywood which is also recovered and re-used. ONADEK uses purpose made beams which are lightweight and can be assembled or stripped from underneath because of the unique ‘hingelike action’. This reduces the exposure of site personnel to fall from height and provides a controlled safe method of stripping the slab, which does not damage the equipment. ONADEK is characterized by high assembly speeds and rapid cycles. The system uses lightweight proprietary components that are designed for quick assembly with a minimum of tools and the grid is based on the standard plywood size to reduce need for cutting. The components are all hot-dip galvanized, which combined with the systems innovative assembling and stripping system contribute to the longevity of ONADEK components. They will literally last a lifetime compared to the relatively short life cycle of H20 timber based systems. The revolutionary design allows maximum flexibility: beams can be overlapped, system is compatible with H20 in certain circumstances

and in many cases can be used with the clients existing props (although we always recommend ULMA props due to their high quality, durability and reliability). The arrival of ONADEK in an example of the commitment of Delmon and ULMA to providing the latest technology to their clients across the gulf. “We’re delighted that Delmon customers are benefiting from this latest advance in formwork technology provided by ULMA” commented Frank Abbott from Delmon. “This system has a unique set of features which make it more efficient than anything else available on the market. It represents a giant step forward in terms of development and reinforces ULMA as the world’s most innovative formwork manufacturer”. Delmon Scaffolding LLC, part of Delmon Group of Companies, is distributer for ULMA formworks and is one of the largest and most trusted temporary works equipment suppliers in the region. To find out more about Delmon please visit our website www.delmongroup.net or email your inquiry to sales@delmongroup. net.

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Advanced HVAC Solutions Put Users First Intuitive Interfaces Combine with Powerful Components to Increase Comfort and Convenience for Building Occupants Upholding the phrase “The customer is always right” has long been a priority for business owners. This phrase is now truer than ever as the digital age has empowered every consumer to review their experience at every shop, café and restaurant. If these positive or negative reviews go viral, they have the ability to make or break a business. The increased power of consumers to shape their own destiny raises standards for business owners as they compete to increase satisfaction and performance. Now this culture of improved customer service is spreading to other industries including with landlords and building managers. It should come as little surprise that climate control is one of the key factors determining tenant satisfaction. There is a feeling of relief that comes with escaping inclement weather that anyone who has stepped into a warm room on a chilly day can instantly relate to. The same can be said for cooling off in the middle of the summer, a feeling that is difficult to describe but easy to understand. Most of us are lucky enough to live and work in climate controlled environments, but a quick reflection on the importance of these systems serves to remind us all how much we rely on climate control solutions in our everyday lives. 32

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To most users, the ideal climate control system offers comfort, reliability and intuitive control at the same time. While the performance of LG’s inverter-powered HVAC solutions is well known, many are unaware that the entire system was designed from the ground up to prioritize end users. This puts the full potential of the MULTI V 5 fully in the user’s control, allowing them to modify any environment for maximum comfort quickly and easily. This is possible in part due to the innovative Dual Sensing Control which allows LG’s advanced Ultimate Inverter Compressor to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. Harnessing the full potential of this advanced hardware results in stable temperature control that can be rapidly fine-tuned to meet the exact specifications of each individual user. At the same time, Dual Sensing Control manages and maintains to offer optimal user comfort based on both temperature and humidity. The full impact of Dual Sensing Control is enhanced through a range of other advanced features designed to offer benefits such as auto dust removal, delayed defrost, partial defrost and smart oil management. These all work in tandem


temperature within a set range. This precise control can be further extended to expand the temperature range whenever the room is unoccupied. Instead of turning the system completely off, this refined control prevents room temperature from becoming too high or too low, guaranteeing a comfortable indoor environment the moment the room is reoccupied.

with other advanced components to boost performance. The MULTI V 5 stands alone in its ability to provide continuous heating operation that creates a comfortable, stable indoor environment. Consumers worldwide have repeatedly indicated their preference for solutions that offer consistent climate control without interruption, leading to increased interest in the LG MULTI V 5. However, all of this performance means very little without the proper control interface. Many advanced solutions are unable to reconcile the complexity of their systems with the straightforward and intuitive control schemes that allow users to experience their full range of benefits. In contrast, the MULTI V 5 boasts a new standard individual control interface that offers simplified control inputs through a large 4.3-inch full color LCD screen. This control also features a seamless touch button and a simplified user-friendly interface which provides up to the minute climate and air quality updates. Using the latest in ergonomic design principles, both the control panel and its operational interface make operating the advanced HVAC system easier than ever before. The advanced Auto Changeover feature can be used to manage room temperature by automatically alternating between heating and cooling modes to keep room

This same control also provides easy access to relevant indoor data and also allowing users to check system cleanliness as well as monitor energy consumption in real time. This vastly improves energy management, with the accumulated running time report helping users evaluate operational patterns and discover the factors behind energy waste. This is just one more example of how the MULTI V 5 prioritizes the user experience. When not in use, the screen can be used to display the latest operational figures, ensuring that users are always up to date on the finer working of their climate control solutions. The improved consumer power of recent years can be traced to both increased connectivity and easier access to information. The MULTI V 5’s control panel places both of these at the user’s fingertips, ushering in a new era in usercentric solutions. With restaurants and retailers catering to them, consumers have never been better cared for than they are today. While many keep note of lackluster service, they know that it is equally important to reward the firms and individuals that go above and beyond to put customers first. Treating the customer with respect takes a massive commitment, down to even the smallest details like climate management. LG has always been dedicated to customer service, and the MULTI V 5 is a testament to its technical leadership. Its impressive combination of cutting-edge technology and intuitive controls allows the MULTI V 5 to deliver the climate control that today’s user’s demand. By prioritizing end users and placing an emphasis on accessible performance, LG is redefining customer service in an industry that typically deals in B2B transactions. Read more at: https://gineersnow.com/ industries/hvac-r/dvanced-hvac-solutions-putusers-first-lg Construction Leaders • June 2018

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Engineers Develop the Most Ecological Way to Demolish a Skyscraper There’s a convincing case that this might just work. Traditional techniques when engineers come to demolish high-rise buildings can be categorized into three: implosion, or the inward violent bursting that allows the sequential elimination of structure supports; high-reach arm, or the demolition using a telescopic boom and a primary tool like crushers, shears, and hammers; and the crane and ball, which is a method wherein a wrecking ball is either dropped onto or swing into the structure. A great issue with these methods is that they are not at all sustainable. Once the structures turn into rubbles, they are already practically useless. They also leave remarkable environmental effects which include dust and noise. Moreover, they could be unsafe. To stay away from these negative impacts, a new demolition system for high-rise buildings is now being used in Japan. Called the Taisei’s Ecological Reproduction System or TECOREP, 34

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it is an unorthodox solution that is an elegant form of reverse engineering, successfully used in one 40-storey hotel in Tokyo. When an onlooker at the street observes at how this system works over time, the building appears to be disassembled per floor. It doesn’t necessarily demolish the structure as what traditional systems do, but disintegrates it instead to reuse intact components and materials. On the outside that’s what it is, but much of the work is on the inside of the system. It starts from the top going down to the base. One crane assembles suspended scaffoldings so there will be no debris that will hit the ground. Openings on the slab are made for the temporary columns that hold the entire system to the building.


Another crane, placed on the ceiling, cuts and removes the building elements which can still be used, both structural and non-structural. They include the walls, concrete slab, columns, and beams. The process is repeated as the TECOREP is automatically jacked down to each level. An off-site control room monitors all the activities. Not only does this system preserve members of the building, the power generated by that release of potential energy serves to generate electricity for the deconstruction efforts. Perhaps its greatest downsides are cost and time. Compared to conventional demolition systems, this is uneconomical. It also takes a lot of time before it is accomplished. Nonetheless, the rewards are great – the utility of usable building elements and the preservation of the environment. Japan is not the only one that has used this demolition system, but TECOREP is special to the country because it connects to their culture. The country is known to have politeness and public respect embedded in their values, which is emulated by this rather deferential abolishing of high-rise buildings. Construction Leaders • June 2018

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Solar in Construction To Help Achieve MENA Sustainability Goals

The construction sector across MENA countries can expect to see an increase in Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) components as the region strives to achieve decarbonisation targets. The construction sector across MENA countries can expect to see an increase in Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) components as the region strives to achieve decarbonisation targets.

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“Over the course of 2018 there will be further innovations in energy and storage technologies along with new regulatory frameworks to boost the solar industry,” comments Gurmeet Kaur, Marketing and Communications Manager at Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA).


Reporting that buildings account for 40% or more of the energy consumed in cities, the latest ‘BIPV in the MENA Region’ report from MESIA and The Big 5 Solar coins BIPV as a vital clean energy industry.

“We are confident the BIPV market will soon see many changes in regulation, and that BIPV technology will be fully rolled out to help the MENA region succeed in its decarbonisation strategy.”

BIPV components can be designed in a multitude of ways, be it solar facades, solar windows, or even solar roofs which can then be installed in car parks, bus stations, stadiums and even homes.

MESIA return to The Big 5 Solar this year as Knowledge Partner for the event. They encourage the gathering of solar professionals in the MENA and provide the community with up to date intelligence.

“Aside from helping to save on electricity costs, and increasing overall efficiency, BIPV can truly add a unique visual elegance and architectural beauty to a building,” appraises Anoop Babu, MENA Regional Manager of Architectural Solar Association (ASA).

The Big 5 Solar will showcase BIPV solutions alongside the largest construction event in the Middle East, The Big 5 from 26-29 November 2018 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

A contributor to the report, Anoop highlights that BIPV in the MENA region will be defined by upcoming challenges such as the need for country specific regulations and product testing protocols. He reveals that the ASA have been in talks with major decision makers to develop approaches toward these challenges and forecasts that a positive outcome will come:

In addition, BIPV will be featured as a CPD (continuing professional development) certified topic aon the education agenda at The Big 5 Solar 2018. BIPV projects in the MENA include: Dubai Frame with 1,200m2 PV glass; the Makkah Royal Clock with 233 solar panels on its dome; and Dubai Electricity Authority HQ with 10,000m2 of BIPV solutions.

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Should Engineers Adapt the 3-Hour Work Day? There’s a convincing case that this might just work. In 2016, a survey was conducted among 1,989 UK office workers and found that the average employee works for about 3 hours – or 2 hours and 53 minutes, to be more precise. And the rest of the time, as discovered, the workers just read the news, browse social media, eat food, socialize about non-work topics, take smoke breaks, and even search for new jobs. This study is supported by many others – one research concluded that people can only concentrate for about 20 minutes at a time, another said that people struggled to stay on task for more than 10 seconds – to say that an eight-hour workday may be five hours too long. Anders Ericsson, an expert on the psychology of work, believes so. “If you’re pushing people well beyond that time they can really concentrate maximally, you’re very likely to get them to acquire some bad habits,” he told Business Insider in 2016. In his career, Ericsson discovered that “practice makes perfect” indeed works, but if people engage in a certain kind of practice known as “deliberate practice.” This means that people do not need so many hours to focus on their craft, and even experts only 38

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spend a few hours to improve their skills, and then they stop. While a three-hour work day makes this convincing case, another alternative, which is also shorter in terms of workweek, is already being explored by companies. From 40 work hours in a week, technology education company Treehouse has made it to 32. That’s broken down into four eight-hour days instead of the usual five. Ryan Carson, the CEO of the company, revealed that he saw his employees become happier and more productive after he implemented the 32-hour work week way back in 2006. He believes that forcing people to work 40 hours per week is “nearly inhumane,” as mentioned in his interview with the Atlantic in 2015. “It’s not about more family time, or more play time, or less work time — it’s about living a more balanced total life,” he said. “We basically take ridiculously good care of people because we think it’s the right thing to do.” Will this shortened work hours be in favor for engineers given the nature of the job and the demand to deliver? What do you think?


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Why The Middle East’s Largest Construction Event Shakes Up in 2018 Under the theme “Shaping the future of construction”, organisers of The Big 5 reworked the event focusing on innovation. Dubai is rolling out its plan to be 10 years ahead of any other city and become the happiest in the world. How will the construction community respond to the Government’s call?

“The Big 5, turning 40 next year, has decided to fully embrace the vision of the Dubai Future Foundation and its Dubai 10X initiative to put Dubai 10 years ahead of any other city,” Heijmans announces.

“Developing a city that leads and sets the example for the rest of the world also means rethinking its built environment,” says Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Event Director at dmg events.

The show has helped to bring much of the building materials and technologies that developed Dubai, the UAE and the broader Gulf Region over the past four decades. In 2018, Middle East’s largest event dedicated to construction turns to the future.

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Under the theme “Shaping the future of construction”, organisers of The Big 5 reworked the event focusing on innovation. Their goal is to respond to the Government’s call and help the industry address the challenges of today and tomorrow by presenting and promoting innovative solutions across all stages of the construction lifecycle.


The exhibition, attracting to Dubai thousands of companies and construction professionals from around the globe every year in November, is introducing features and co-located events to provide a brand new platform to move the building industry forward. The Innovation Corner and the Start-Up District – bringing together the brightest ideas, minds and initiatives in construction. Women in Construction by The Big 5 – an initiative to shed light on, and empower women in the industry. The Urban Design & Landscaping Expo – a new event on landscaping, infrastructure and urban development. The HVAC-R Expo – a dedicated exhibition for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration sector, with a focus on energy efficient and innovative solutions.

The Big 5 Solar – showcasing solar solutions for construction. The third edition of the Excellence in Construction Summit – the Big 5’s high-level summit that explores current and future trends in construction. The Big 5 Innovation in Precast Summit – a two-day event dedicated to innovative and efficient precast solutions. Increased international participation – with more countries displaying what is new and best in the global construction sector. The 39th edition of The Big 5 will take place from 26 to 29 November 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. In 2017, the event welcomed over 65,000 participants and more than 2,600 exhibitors from 64 countries.

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AUS Joins International Tiny House Movement, Creating A Small Living Space With Big Potential Faculty and students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) have unveiled a “Tiny House� on campus, showcasing the latest research in sustainable and environmentally friendly construction.


Faculty and students at American University of Sharjah (AUS) have unveiled a “Tiny House” on campus, showcasing the latest research in sustainable and environmentally friendly construction. A team of undergraduate students, professors and alumni from the university have worked together over the past 12 months to design and build the Tiny House, which will serve as a laboratory for AUS students and researchers, and as a platform for future innovation, sustainability and entrepreneurship. The project is a first for AUS, but it follows a much wider global Tiny House campaign. The movement began in the United States in the 1990s in an attempt to combat the rising cost of housing and the adverse environmental impacts caused by over-sized housing. Despite the number of people per household declining in the USA over recent decades, house sizes have increased dramatically. The cost of housing relative to average incomes has also risen significantly, isolating many Americans from the dream of home ownership. The Tiny House movement serves as a backlash to these trends, demonstrating that sustainable and comfortable home ownership can be achieved. At just 194 square feet (18 m2), the AUS Tiny House uses substantially less resources than typical houses in developed countries. The house has also been outfitted with a number of innovations that keep water and energy use to a minimum and reduce its overall carbon footprint, including light-weight panel walls (low cement content with high insulation and fire resistance values), sensor faucets, and grey water reuse. Future plans include solar power on a movable shade, geo-thermal cooling, and a composting toilet. The project has also served as an excellent learning opportunity for AUS students, who have been closely involved in overcoming many of the practical challenges encountered during the construction. Dr. Robert J. Houghtalen, Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at AUS, says: “Civil engineering students often produce

designs and reports for their senior projects; they rarely build what they design. When our students constructed the Tiny House, they saw how easily design mistakes can be made as contractors try to assemble a structure from building plans. In addition, the students felt a sense of accomplishment by promoting small-space, low-cost, sustainable living as a solution to the world’s housing challenges.” Tiny Houses such as the one built at AUS offer enormous potential globally, as urbanization rates increase and housing space comes at a premium in many of the world’s cities. Tiny Houses offer the opportunity of home ownership to people who would not otherwise have any prospects of living in a space that is theirs, including recent university graduates and aging retirees. In developing countries, Tiny Houses also offer a path out of homelessness and poverty, providing living space that is not only cheap to build, but also relatively inexpensive to run. A graduate of the AUS College of Engineering, Hasan Mahmoud, who now works as a Project Manager at SAF Panels Dubai, was instrumental to the project, providing many of the environmentally-friendly materials, and offering his knowledge and expertise throughout the design and build. He placed his support behind the project for several reasons, saying; “My undergraduate experience at the College of Engineering has set me up for a great career, and I was therefore keen to give back to the university, and help current engineering students at AUS who are passionate about the environment. The Tiny House is a great way for students to put their textbook knowledge to the test in a practical way. But this project is not only about helping students to learn, it will also help to generate more sustainable building practices – something that we need to be more mindful of as engineers”. The Tiny House will remain in the AUS outdoor lab, with students from across the university using it as a space to test new ideas and innovations, shaping what sustainably driven living of the future may look like.


What You Need to Know About MEWPs If there is only one safest way to work at height, it has to be MEWP. MEWPs or mobile elevating work platforms are commonly called as aerial work platforms. They come in various types and models including boom lifts, scissor lifts, vertical lifts, spider lifts and special MEWP models. But regardless of which one of them will be used, they are guaranteed to provide a safe and efficient solution for working at height. Built for construction and general operations, aerial work platforms have electrical, hydraulic and mechanical components as well as multiple in-built safety systems. Such features are designed to ensure that they uphold the singlemost important factor in working at height in any application: safety. Why MEWPs? Multiple industry sectors, trades persons and workers trust MEWPs and pick them as their first choice because of the platforms’ predominant characteristics of providing safety and efficiency when working at height. In fact, MEWPs are the safest method for working at height, a claim backed by data and statistics gathered worldwide. Other than safety, their maneuverability and efficiency are among the best selling points of MEWPs. Anyone who works at height would agree that a safe, easily moved and efficient platform is the most recommended for use.

Moreover, MEWPs can be rented and purchased and can be provided with alternative power sources, reach and height variations, options to support workers perform specific tasks, alternative platform capacities and platform sizes. Flexibility in their systems is an added value. Dubbed as the largest specialist in the area of working safely and efficiently at heights, Manlift already mastered the ins and outs of MEWPs. As an open-secret commitment, the company invests in its people, quality and innovation to be able to deliver one hundred percent of the time. Part of this effort is the support to the customers by holding trainings for MEWP operators. Manlift has formulated the world’s most recognized training modules which are focused on safety and efficiency for users of MEWPs. Manlift’s MEWP training is certified by IPAF or International Powered Access Federation as well as the ISO, both of which set the highest standards in the industry. People who are under training are taken care of by qualified IPAF instructors in a state-of-the-art training facility. There are dedicated course programs that tailor learning for operators to specific MEWP groupings. After these programs, the graduates are already qualified to man MEWPs in the industry as they are a product of a widelyrecognized and high-standard MEWP training.


How Engineers Can Do More In Less Time

Get things done in the least amount of time possible

Studies show that most people are unproductive at work. And when you’re an engineer trying to get to the top, that can be a very dangerous trap to fall in. But if there’s just so much to do in so little time, how do you handle it without the burnout? Well luckily, Science has given us a few ways to help: Some people are more energized in the morning, some in the afternoon, and some at night. Try to find out where you stand in the spectrum. If you tend to wake up early and do fine with the standard work hour, you’re likely to be a morning person. If you’re tired during the first half and get into full work mode on the second half, you’re an afternoon person. If you’re eternally exhausted throughout the workday but tend to stay up at night, you’re most likely a night owl. Find out when you’re at your peak and try to adjust your work schedule to it.

Get enough sleep

Research has shown that sleep allows the body to rest and repair itself for the grind the following day. So despite our culture’s tendency to pull all-nighters, just sleep in and set that work aside for tomorrow. Your body will thank you for it.

Take a break

Our bodies aren’t exactly designed to keep working and working for 8 hours straight. We get tired for a reason. Remember, Productivity is about excelling at the tasks that generate the highest value, not doing the most number of tasks. Our body can only focus for 90-120 minutes at a time. To help you through this, you need to take the “basic rest-activity cycle”, where after every 1-2 hours you take a 15-20 minute break throughout the day. It gives you enough time to rest and refocus and still get stuff done.

Get an office plant

Yes, I know, this is a bit odd. But science says it helps. Apparently, houseplants in the office helps workers become 15% more productive. Maybe it’s the fresh air and reconnection to nature where we belong.

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Autodesk Invites Makers-Of-Tomorrow to Build More, Better, with Less at Autodesk University Middle East Autodesk University (AU) Middle East returned for its sixth edition, welcoming over 500 architects, designers, engineers and the next generation of digital transformers from around the world to experience the Future of Making Things. Autodesk University (AU) Middle East returned for its sixth edition, welcoming over 500 architects, designers, engineers and the next generation of digital transformers from around the world to experience the Future of Making Things. The two-day all access event which kicked off on Monday, 7th May was hosted at the Zayed University Convention Centre in Academic City, Dubai, UAE. This year, AU Middle East is focusing on the Future of Making Things, driven by its overarching philosophy of ‘building more, better, with less’. Throughout the event, attendees saw how their peers are using emerging technologies like generative design, 46

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augmented and virtual reality, robotics and additive manufacturing, and received insights into new advances in cloud technology like Fusion 360 and BIM 360. “As we step into the new age of the fourth industrial revolution, it is critically important to understand the tremendous manifold challenges that we face today, and how latest technologies are disrupting the way we make things,” said Louay Dahmash, Head of Autodesk Middle East, as he welcomed all those present at AU Middle East 2018. “Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, virtual reality and 3D printing will herald a new era of making things. At Autodesk, our goal is to help


people to thrive in this new era, and this is our driving impetus for pioneering new paradigms across industries.” Citing the example of the Gulf region and the UAE, in particular, Dahmash added, “With UAE Vision 2021, Dubai 3D Printing Strategy, and other visionary ambitions, there is tremendous potential to create global standards and templates for the world to emulate. Throughout AU Middle East, our goal is to inspire the regional design and make community via insightful keynotes, interactive exhibits, specialized industry classes and premium networking opportunities.” Talking about Dubai’s focal position as the driver for change in the region, Lynelle Cameron, Vice President of Sustainability at Autodesk shared her vision for the Future of Making Things, and how Autodesk will help customers build more, better, with less negative impact on the world. “The Middle East has embraced sustainability as vital to its future success, and is showing the world how technology can help unify industries and drive growth in sustainable developments, spurring economies and job creation. The region, particularly here in Dubai, is aware of the environmental challenges ahead, and the need for a more sustainable construction industry. With leading examples like the Dubai government’s BIM mandate, we can look forward to significant adoption of technology in construction, reducing waste and improving efficiency in many areas,” said Cameron. Continuing on the topic of innovations, engineering firms behind upcoming Museum of

the Future and Kuwait’s ambitious International Children’s Hospital, BuroHappold and SSH respectively, lent insights into how Building Information Modelling (BIM), VR, and cloud computing have helped manifest complex and ground-breaking designs into reality. Speaking on the second day of AU Middle East was Tatjana Dzambazova, Artificial Intelligence Strategist at Office of CTO Autodesk. As one of the few pioneering women in her field of expertise, she addressed the many questions that AU attendees have on the role of AI in revolutionising the manufacturing and construction industries in the region, particularly in regard to the UAE’s announcement to use AI in all federal road projects and how that will radically transform the way infrastructure projects are carried out in the UAE. Attendees also had the opportunity to explore the Autodesk Gallery to observe stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe that gave an in-depth look as to how Autodesk has helped talented individuals imagine, design, and make a better world. In addition, Autodesk showcased how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life all while exploring insights in the Gulf region on the value of BIM, and what factors are holding back entities from adopting it. “What we see happening today in the construction industry is a transformation into one that is more creative, inclusive and sustainable. This should fill all of us with a sense of optimism about taking the steps in the right direction. Let’s together aim to build more, better, with less,” added Mr. Dahmash. Construction Leaders • June 2018

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How Engineers Can Gain Credibility With Little to No Experience It’s been the dilemma of fresh engineering graduates or newly licensed engineers to get work but having no work experience at all. Here is what you can do. We are pretty sure you have come across an internet meme about a young man in a job interview which essentially tells that the company is looking for someone aged 21 to 25 with 30 years of experience. A funny one, but this reflects a reality that graduates experience today. It’s been the dilemma of fresh engineering graduates or newly licensed engineers to get work but having no work experience at all. Lucky for some they had good internships, which could be their edge in landing jobs later. But how about those who have zero experience to put in their resumes? Of course engineering companies want to hire those with an employment background. It’s a risk for them to take in engineers who have 48

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not proven themselves yet or whose potentials have not been tapped. If you are one of those engineers who have just been in the field and looking for experience, note that you only need to have the credibility for at least one company to be interested about you. Want to get that opportunity? Show to them that you are worthy of their trust as an employee. So now the questions begs: how could you gain that credibility? According to an initiative at Brandeis University’s Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership, there are five activities that you can do as a young professional to overcome that experience deficit:


Leverage your research skills

Communicate proactively

Know which specific knowledge and skills are now required in the fields and build your area of expertise around it. Having a grasp of engineering trends and industry technology will give you an advantage that you could put in your resume or mention during the job interview.

During the job interview, your job is to convince that you are the right engineer for the vacant job. One of the most important skills that you need in this regard is your communication skills. You have to sell yourself and prove to the hiring manager that there is no other better engineer than you for the job.

Identify and embrace your specific Build a network of close contribution relationships What are your strengths as an engineer anyway? Which areas are you good at? Work on that and seek for resources that might help in you that aspect. This will be your starting point as you find work.

Volunteer willingly Because you do not have work experience just yet, you should be willing to volunteer. And that could mean that you will not be paid. But do it anyway for it shows your power of grit and determination.

You should have done this way before – even as an engineering student – so that you could ask those very important people in your field if they could be placed as character references in your resume. Hiring managers contact them and ask about you. If you have a close and good working relationship with them, you should be able to get the job because that is how to cement your credibility.

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Mastic by Ply Gem SolarDefense Reflective Technology™ with Enriched Color Science Formulation and No Fade, No Distortion Promise Shields Against Sun Damage and Reflective Light for Unmatched Siding Resilience Underscoring its commitment to innovation, Ply Gem®, the leading North American building products manufacturer, introduces the recently enhanced SolarDefense Reflective Technology™ used to boost siding performance. Available exclusively on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, the industry leader in siding color science, SolarDefense provides superior protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, while increasing curb appeal. This vinyl protection technology is an advancement to the existing patent-pending formulation that shields the darkest vinyl siding colors from the sun with advanced light-reflecting properties and a strong heat-resistant base layer. SolarDefense is backed by the industry’s only No Fade, No Distortion Promise and accompanying limited lifetime warranty*. With SolarDefense, remodelers can win in their markets by providing homeowners the best in vinyl siding technology and colors backed by the best warranty available. The new siding technology utilizes a proprietary formula with three protective layers. The top layer is designed to resist color fading and oxidation, while allowing specific two-way light transmission. The second layer is designed to aid in reflecting and scattering specific light rays to keep the siding cooler 50

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when exposed to the sun. An improved core layer has been reformulated to withstand higher temperatures, helping safeguard against thermal distortion. Coinciding with the redesigned technology, five bold new colors have also been added to the SolarDefense portfolio, rounding out the offering with 10 rich, designer-inspired hues in dark blue, brown, red and gray shades. “The launch of Ply Gem SolarDefense is prime example of our continued commitment to innovation,” said Delaina Lee, director, customer engagement, Ply Gem Siding Group. “We already offer the industry’s only No Fade, No Distortion Promise, and we continue to build on the strength of that promise through constant research and development efforts. With SolarDefense, professional home remodeling contractors can stay well ahead of the siding technology life cycle and provide homeowners with low-maintenance, beautiful options on the exterior of their homes for decades.” SolarDefense and other Mastic vinyl siding is available through a vast network of distributors. For more information and to find a distribution location in your area, visit www. plygem.com or call 888-9PLYGEM.


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Saint-Gobain’s First Multi Comfort House in the Middle East Breaks Ground at Masdar City French multinational Saint-Gobain has broken ground on its first Multi Comfort House in the Middle East at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community. In the presence of HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saint-Gobain, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), conducted today’s foundation stone laying ceremony. The Multi Comfort House at Masdar City is one of 30 similar projects around the world. It is the first in the Middle East and a hot region anywhere in the world. 52

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On completion at the end of next year, it will demonstrate Saint-Gobain’s patented technology aimed at improving health and well-being by optimizing the human experience within the built environment. According to the Multi-Comfort philosophy, homes that are more comfortable make for happier and more productive people, and are more sustainable as a result. A world leader in the habitat and construction sector, Saint-Gobain will further increase its UAE presence through the Multi Comfort House, as well as raise awareness of its innovative solutions addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.


A “greenprint” for sustainable urban development, Saint-Gobain considered Masdar City the natural location to highlight its expertise in comfortable and sustainable home living. “It is a privilege to receive the chairman and CEO of one of France’s most prestigious companies at Masdar City, and to partner with Saint-Gobain in realizing its first Multi-Comfort House in the Middle East,” said Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi. “Our towns and cities consume around two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 per cent of global carbon emissions. At the same time, the way our homes and offices are designed impacts our health, well-being and quality of life significantly.” “Saint-Gobain’s Multi-Comfort philosophy reinforces our own concept of sustainable urban development, which is based on the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability,” added Al Ramahi. “It also complements the Eco-Villa prototype opened at Masdar City last year, conceived as a template for affordable and highly energyand water-efficient residential villas in the UAE. We look forward to further collaboration with Saint-Gobain in commercial sustainable real estate as we continue on our journey to realize the world’s most sustainable urban community here at Masdar City.”

“The UAE is a reference in construction development,”’ said Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and CEO of SaintGobain, one of the world’s top 100 industrial groups. “It is building excellence, represented through Masdar City, is a role model for all, and Saint-Gobain is proud to be part of it.” He added: “Feeling good in a building is about having the perfect amount of light, the proper level of sound, the ideal temperature and a constant supply of fresh air. It is about design and technology, beauty and safety, efficiency and sustainability. This is precisely what SaintGobain can provide and demonstrate through this state-of-the-art Multi Comfort House to be constructed at Masdar City.”

Saint-Gobain will build the 400-square-metre Multi Comfort House on a 2,200-squaremetre site next to the Masdar City Eco-Villa. On completion, it will serve as both a Multi Comfort “experience centre” and an office for Saint-Gobain employees, while also providing training in the company’s products and solutions. It will be fully adapted to the UAE climate. The German architecture and engineering consultancy Obermeyer will design and supervise construction of the project, expected to open by the end of 2019. Saint-Gobain first developed the concept of Multi Comfort construction in 2004. It covers the four dimensions of light, air quality, temperature and acoustics within the home, as well as tertiary buildings such as shops, offices and public buildings.

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Immensa Technology Labs Provides Inventory Digitisation Solution for Consolidated Contracting Company

Immensa Technology Labs (Immensa), the UAE’s leading Additive Manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) company, is providing its game-changing ‘Inventory Digitisation’ solution to one of the world’s largest construction companies —the Consolidated Contracting Company (CCC). With Immensa’s solution, CCC is exploring ways to create a digital inventory of its spare parts and components, meaning the company will ultimately minimize import and stock physical parts but can instead produce some on demand from a ‘Virtual Warehouse’. Eng. Aref Boualwan said “if we can get to a point over the next few years whereby a small percentage of our inventory can be digitized the impact will be significant.” Eng Boualwan, who is overseeing some of CCC’s President Initiatives within disruptive technology implementation, 54

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added “what encouraged us to embrace inventory digitization is simplifying the supply chain and the ability to reproduce items in remote areas when and where it is most needed. Also, Immensa’s solution has significant environmental benefits as it ultimately reduce the need to transport products across the world. Ultimately, this contributes to reducing the industry’s carbon footprint and cuts waste by producing only the exact number of parts that are needed in close proximity to where they will be used.” Fahmi Al-Shawwa, CEO of Immensa Technology Labs, commented: “We are delighted to be working with CCC, one of the most respected names in the construction world, to revolutionise the way the industry operates. Today, it is estimated that the world sits on inventories worth more than USD $10 trillion at any single point, but if only 5% of that inventory was converted

to digital format, USD $500 billion worth of products would immediately have a much shorter supply chain that reduces transport, logistics, inventory, and storage costs. At Immensa, we believe that supply chains and logistics can be handled virtually, and that 3D printing technology will transform the traditional supply chain as well as the logistics and warehousing industries. We are pleased to be demonstrating the potential of this approach and explore its potential with CCC.” Through Immensa’s ‘Inventory Digitisation’ solution, parts and components that were traditionally stored in numerous physical warehouses will be converted into a digital format and stored in ‘Virtual Warehouses’. Parts will only be produced when required using 3D printing and other propriety processes that reduce the need for companies to carry inventories. Immensa Technology Labs is at the forefront of applying additive manufacturing services on a mechanical and industrial level in the region and one of a few companies globally that is offering full ‘Inventory Digitisation’ and ‘Virtual Warehousing’ services to companies. The company was established in 2016 to provide comprehensive solutions whereby AM can add real value.


Mammoet Contracted for Kuwait’s $4.3bn Airport Construction Project Global heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet has been contracted by Turkish construction company Limak Insaat to carry out the transportation and installation works for the new $4.3bn terminal construction project at Kuwait International Airport. Limak Insaat are constructing the terminal on behalf of the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works. The state-of-the-art terminal will significantly increase the capacity of the airport and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf. Replacing the existing terminal, this world class building will increase passenger capacity to 25 million per year. Designed to provide the highest level of passenger comfort, the terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising of three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometers and all extend from a 25-meter-high central space. Mammoet will install all precast sections of the terminal’s main structure, which consists of 804 concrete elements each weighing between 200 and 360 tonnes. To complete the project, Mammoet will deploy nine crawler cranes ranging in capacity from 600 to 1600 tonnes and 72 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT.). “We are very pleased that Limak Insaat have selected Mammoet as their heavy lifting partner and are proud to be involved in such

a prestigious project that contributes to the development of the country’s economy,” said Martijn Kuipers, Managing Director Mammoet Middle East and Africa. “Early involvement of a heavy lifting specialist is key on projects of such a large scale. On this project we were able to offer our engineering input and advice on the selection of the right equipment to increase the overall efficiency of the project. Our client was able to fine tune and adapt the initial strategy to optimize the entire construction approach,” said Mammoet’s Project Manager Andrew Hefft.

Mammoet

Mammoet helps clients improve construction efficiency and optimize the uptime of plants and installations. For that purpose, Mammoet offers solutions for lifting, transporting, installing and decommissioning large and heavy structures in the petrochemical, offshore, power, and civil industries. We believe our business is about time: uptime, turnaround time and time to market. To our customers, time is the currency that matters most. That’s why we strive to bring their deadlines forward. It’s an integrated daily effort, shared by everyone at Mammoet, in every aspect of our services: creative engineering, careful planning and safe delivery. For more information, visit www.mammoet.com. Construction Leaders • June 2018

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Atlas Copco Launches ZR 90-160 VSD+ Air Compressor With Up To 35% Less Energy Consumption lubricated bearings for a long maintenance-free lifetime. Moreover, all service parts are grouped together for ease of access for a minimal service time.” All components in the compressor element, such as the rotor profiles, smart inlet (patent pending) and rotor coating, have been redesigned for maximum efficiency and durability. The design and sealing of the venting chamber ensure physical separation between the oil and air circuits, eliminating any possibility of oil entering the compressed air chamber and thus guaranteeing Class 0 oil-free air.

The latest oil-free rotary screw air compressor from Atlas Copco, the ZR 90-160 VSD+, delivers up to 35% energy savings for a fast return on investment. Ideal for applications in the food & beverage, electronics, automotive, textile and pharmaceutical industries, the watercooled ZR 90-160 VSD+ is equipped with two high-efficiency permanent magnet motors, state-of-the-art compressor elements, a new cooler design and an improved monitoring system. This plug-and-play compressor is housed in a compact, soundproof enclosure. It’s the latest air compressor in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio. The drive design of the ZR 90-160 VSD+ incorporates Atlas Copco’s most sophisticated Variable Speed Drive (VSD) technology: NEOS drives combined with permanent magnet motors. The dual motor concept with a smart control algorithm allows both elements to be run at different speeds, which optimizes efficiency. “By adjusting output to match actual needs, the ZR 90-160 VSD+ significantly cuts energy consumption, costs and environmental impact,” says Jeroen Hoen, Product Manager Oil-free compressors. “The internal IP66 water-cooled permanent magnet motors, designed for classleading efficiency and high reliability, contain oil56

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The redesigned cooler incorporates a highly efficient water separator. Parallel water flow optimizes cooling of the motor, element and the cooler itself. Enlarged stainless steel surface coolers improve cooling efficiency and ensure top performance over a long lifetime. The NEOS drive communicates directly with the new, user-friendly Elektronikon® Mk5 Touch Controller to optimize system pressure and maximize energy efficiency. Mk5 Touch includes warning indications, maintenance scheduling and online visualization of the machine’s condition. The data monitoring program SMARTLINK is integrated as standard. This remote monitoring system provides analysis of the whole compressed air system on how you can reduce energy cost and plan your preventive maintenance. The ZR 90-160 VSD+ works together with the Atlas Copco’s new Optimizer 4.0 central controller. It enables a compressed air system to be optimized through selection of the most efficient combination of air compressors while assuring supply of required pressure and having balanced running hours. Air dryers can also be monitored through Optimizer 4.0. With the highly intuitive user interface, the end-user can view the performance and energy consumption of each machine as well as of the whole system. Optimizer 4.0 can also be monitored through a customer’s PC. The ZR 90-160 VSD+ can be included in a Total Responsibility Plan, in which Atlas Copco takes care of all compressor maintenance, upgrades, repairs and possible breakdowns.


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Binghatti Developers Wins the Developer of the Year Award at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards Dubai-based Binghatti has taken the spotlight at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards by winning the Developer of the Year award category.

2018 MENA Green Building Awards during an Awards Gala Dinner which took place at Roda Al Murooj Downtown Dubai on the 9th of May 2018.

Supported by World Green Building Council and several regional Green Building Councils, the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards celebrated achievements, success stories and best practices across the region. The Awards Program’s ultimate goal is to help establish a regional model for the built environment that is world-class and replicable.

Sharing his thoughts on the prestigious award, Muhammad BinGhatti, CEO and Head of Architecture at Binghatti Developers said: “I am humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious Award at the MENA Green Building Awards. Our buildings’ designs suit the regional harsh climate in a sustainable way, as they are an excellent example of designs which are achieving sustainability through simple costeffective designs and construction methods”.

The Annual MENA Green Building Awards identifies, recognizes and highlights organizations for innovative and outstanding sustainable building principles and practices in the MENA region. They are designed to facilitate greater understanding of the contributions from the construction sector to sustainable development, and lead to exchange of ideas and good practice in sustainability in the MENA region. Numerous organizations, including public and private sector enterprises, associations, consultants and practitioners, who can clearly demonstrate innovation and a high level of excellence in sustainable principles and practices, have been awarded prizes at the

The Real Estate development arm of Binghatti Holding operates throughout the UAE with an investment value constituting over AED 3 Billion across a portfolio exceeding 30 projects. The company currently operates in several areas throughout Dubai including Business Bay, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Al Jadaf, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Village Circle, Liwan, and Dubai Land Residence Complex, in addition to a mega commercial project in Abu Dhabi covering an area of 1 million square feet. The company possesses bold plans for expansion in the coming years, specifically focusing on the growth of its RealEstate portfolio in diverse areas of Dubai.


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How Engineers Can Get More Done Without Extending Work Hours

Don’t want to work overtime? Do these instead. As an engineer, we all know how busy we can get. There’s just so many that needs to be done in so little time. Sure, we’re used to it ever since the first year of engineering school, but working in the engineering industry is a different world. In these moments, it’s tempting to work overtime. We know it isn’t good for our mental and physical health, but what can we do? Well, a lot, actually. Most of the time, the reason why we can’t get things done on time is are simple mistakes we’ve been doing all our lives. Well then, what are these mistakes, and how do we fix them? Well, here are 8 ways to make sure you can get more things done on time:

#1 Organize and plan everything Make sure every project, every venture, and every task is well thought out and planned for ahead of time. This’ll keep the flow of the task going whilst making sure you don’t run into problems that’ll slow you down. #2 Work with what you’re good at. Ask help for things you aren’t Working with things you’re good at is no problem at all. With the things you aren’t good at, however, you don’t have to struggle through it by yourself. Know what you can or cannot do, and ask for help from an expert at the task and learn how they do it.


What are your top priorities in this job? Which tasks are the ones you love to do? What do you want to contribute to the company? Make the tasks that answer these questions the top of your priority list, then it won’t even seem like you’re working at all.

lures us in by telling us “we can save that job for later” and provide us the temporary relief of not having to deal with it. That is, until it’s almost the deadline and we have to rush it in a day. There are several ways to combat procrastination, with one of the most effective being the 5-minute rule. You can easily find these methods by googling them.

#4 Build networks with people

#7 Turn technology from an enemy to a friend

If you want to be able to get help when you need it, you’d need a network of people you know. So build healthy business relationships with everyone. You never know when they could lend you a hand.

Sure, technology can be a major distraction, but it can also be the most helpful thing you could ever have. Use technology to automate things that take a lot of time. Use t to remind you of the tasks you need to do and their deadlines. Use it as a mode of communication with your boss or coworkers. Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, after all.

#3 Do what you love and love what you do

#5 Stop getting distracted This is easier said than done, but it’s one of the most vital parts of getting things done. If you keep on getting distracted by social media, coworkers chatting, or even other tasks you’d want to do at the same time as your current task, you’re never going to get it finished on time. So try to find a way to keep yourself focused on the single task at hand. #6 Don’t procrastinate Procrastination is the productivity killer. It

#8 Set your priorities This is not just about listing in which order to do the tasks at, but also about time management. De-prioritize everything that isn’t urgent, even if others insist it is. Make sure each task can be done in the amount of time you set it to be, otherwise leave it for another day and do another task that takes less time. This things are the main key to getting tasks done on time.


How Engineers Can Optimize Their Schedule For Maximum Productivity Here are some tips for improving your schedule and increase your productivity at work. More often than not, we engineers have a lot of tasks on our to do list every day and it can be overwhelming. In the process, many find it a struggle to finish their tasks, or sometimes have a hard time to just get them started. The best solution for this is to have an effective routine that allows you to get a lot more tasks done in less time. Here are some tips for improving your schedule and increase your productivity at work: Plan Your Day In Advance Before you start any of your tasks for the day, spare some time to write down your to-do list for the day and what you need to accomplish. Plan out your schedule with the most important tasks as priority. You could also write your list at the end of each day in advance for the next work day. This will allow you to have organized thoughts and will allow you to get more things done.

Focus on the Important Tasks Sometimes with so much urgent or emergency matters throughout the day, we tend to overlook the big tasks that we are supposed to finish. Urgent matters are inevitable, so try to make it a point to set a number of big tasks you have to finish everyday. Try focusing on getting three big tasks done everyday. Write these goals at the top of your list and schedule your day around them. When you are working on these big tasks, avoid distractions. Don’t let anyone interrupt you while you are working on the big 3. Do the task you hate the most first We all have tasks that we hate, and we would do anything we can to avoid it. Unfortunately, these tasks will come one way or the other, so when it does–do it first. Do the task you hate the most first so that the rest of your tasks will seem easier in comparison. You’ll be able to focus better on your other tasks because you won’t be thinking about that certain task that you hate. Take Breaks Working hard is good, but don’t let it get the best of you. No one is perfectly productive 24/7. Remind yourself that you are still human and need to take a break. Let your brain rest so that you can go back to your work refreshed and ready to get your tasks done


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