It is time for holiday and holiday means a huge post-holiday stress for most of the employees so as I am on holiday too lets share a chart vocation vs stress.
this is a global question; Which One Is Better; 4 Way Stop Vs Roundabout
I can write lots of thing through the experiments and researches to determine which one is better but there is a fact that Americans are fan of 4 way stop and English are definitely on roundabout side. but lets watch the Mythbusters episode trying to find out the answer… “Which One Is Better; 4 Way Stop Vs Roundabout ”
Personally I still feel more relax with 4 way stops than roundabouts which the NY Times article “Roundabouts: Efficient or Annoying?” which can be read at here shows that some are thinking like me.
Last, for low density roads it seems like roundabouts are better (of course with the countries people tend to obey the traffic rules) however depending on the actual traffic flows a 4 way intersection with intelligent traffic lights could be quicker overall for medium or high density roads.
Gulf is famous for its remarkable construction projects so get commercial and discuss about Gulf Construction Overview 2014. It seems like it will be another impressive year for Gulf Region but for Dubai my expectation is so high for next year that Dubai recently working on projects (FEED Phase) for Expo 2014.
Gulf Construction Overview 2014 Report is prepared by The MEED projects which is database covers over 12,000+ projects across 52 sectors and sub-sectors with over 17,000 key contacts in 18 countries within the MENA region. Meed projects also preparing a country-by-country assessment/report of the construction projects sector specific for the MENA.
For detailed report you can visit MEED Projects website from here. I can say that it is a desirable source for the ones who/which is tendering/looking jobs in GCC. Also I would like to have a full copy too 🙂
Lets go through the highlights of the Report;
- It is also one of the most challenging. Contractors must battle with each other to win work in a competitive environment where price is all important. They must deal with high temperatures, aggressive ground conditions, a multitude of import and visa requirements, projects where the scope can evolve daily, and a complex permitting landscape. ( My Note: Permitting is one of the major challenges for Infrastructure)
- According to MEED Insight’s GCC Construction report, there has been close to $575bn in construction contracts awarded in GCC countries since 2005. A total of $221bn is currently under execution.
- According to MEED Insight GCC Construction 2014 report, the region has a strong forward pipeline of projects with $420bn-worth of construction projects in the tender evaluation, design or study stages. Most immediately there is some $83bn-worth of projects in the tender stages. The largest segment of this is road
and street work in Qatar and Saudi Arabia along with infrastructure for Saudi Arabian education projects.
- In terms of known planned and un-awarded projects, Saudi Arabia remains the largest market thanks mainly to its huge housing, education, healthcare and railway plans. The UAE is the second-largest market, a position it is expected to consolidate as it continues to announce a raft of new real estate schemes. Such has been the acceleration in announced projects in the federation over the past six months, it is feasible to expect that the UAE may well overtake Saudi Arabia in terms of future construction project values. Qatar is in third spot thanks to its ambitious project plans, including the express way and local roads programmes,
mega-real estate projects such as Lusail and Msheireb, and tunneling schemes on its metro network. The other three GCC states remain relatively small in comparison.
I should admit that I am a bit obsessed with speed humps, especially as a civil engineer how to build speed humps which I see a lot of speed humps which are just built without any projection nor calculation; some too short, some too high and some with so short intervals that I saw three speed humps built side by side which you feel you are on the off road and etc.; But in total making me annoying.
So I tried to gather various sources together and prepare a reference; here is how to build speed humps by specifications and standards; Read More
Lets talk about the ancient world and especially “Engineering in the Ancient World” through a book named as same as the topic which I have read recently which have enlightened me about some topics especially hydraulic engineering.
Especially the topic “Water supplies and engineering” was my favorite as it answered many questions in my mind about engineering in ancient times. For example the explanation of how they bored water tunnels from different locations and connecting each nearly without any Read More
For years I am working with international projects with multinational teams/companies. Some of the projects I stepped into from the scratch and realized that the companies have issues in a new market/country as to build up team, collaboration with local laws – legislation and also codes, specifications, standards and etc.
Besides that presently in construction sector if you are at the client part, it will be needed for a technical consultant for sure. What I observed is; as the consulting business start to boom in the industry there started to be established lots of new consultancy firms but lots of them do not have a background for specializing the field of the business. As a result; reliable consultant is a must for my point of view and hard to locate in the market especially in 3rd world countries…
For the foreign companies which have project(s) in Turkey it is more critical to make the right choice that would affect all the project’s success so I wanted to share the List of Turkish Technical Consultancy Companies as below.
The list is generated due to the Association of Turkish Consulting Engineers and Architects (ATCEA) web site which seems the most reliable source.
Andrew Rogers is a leading contemporary artist. For the latest installment of his five-continent “Rhythms of Life” art project’s “Time and Space” part, he picked central Turkey due to its natural beauty and long history of settlement by many civilizations also the surreal natural formations of Turkey’s Cappadocia region, where soft volcanic rocks have eroded over the eons into fanciful cones and spires should be one of the main reasons for his choice too.
Through comprising 13 major stone structures 230 local residents worked over four years to help him assemble the massive stylized forms inspired by aspects of the area’s history and culture
It is located in a 2.5km (1.5mile) expanse of the magnificent Karadag Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey. Sculptures are also visible from space too but you don’t need to go that far, you can attend a hot-air balloon tour which is a popular way to see the region.
Also Cappadocia is a world heritage and very famous with the civilization built by the carved into rocks including houses, churches and even streets carved into rocks in three valleys all can be seen today.
As per National Geographic Magazine; “This rocky landscape is honeycombed with networks of ancient underground settlements and outstanding examples of Byzantine art.”
Below you can watch a clip from a 52 min documentary about the creation of the World’s Largest Contemporary Land Art Landscape in Turkey – “Time and Space”.
Let’s pause on the Contract Management & FIDIC for a while and “get our hands in dirt”; talk about Top Down Construction Method. The time I have worked in Moscow, I had chance to see/work on a project within top down construction method on site. As per my observations Russian construction industry is well aware of this methodology and it is also known as Hi-Tech Method.
Within the EPC/Turnkey Based projects FIDIC Silver Book will be your guide.
As my last two projects were EPC based and the last one is PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Infrastructure-Highway project within a multinational joint venture private partnership side on the other hand and if you have in the same kind of project (These days most of the Gulf projects based on PPP) you will see that your project is differentiated between sides of the projects like as below.
PPP —> PVT – Authority —> PVT – EPC Contractor –> EPC Contractor – Subcontractors ( Design & Execution)
That kind of structures could be really tough as a result of different needs of the parties in the different phases of the project and for this kind of situations New FIDIC DBO (aka FIDIC Gold Book) could be your solution.
FIDIC DBO Similarities with other FIDIC Contracts
After a short break, lets continue with the FIDIC Guidelines. I got mails requesting the rainbow books for share.
Newbies of FIDIC, for a general overview please refer my previous post titled; FIDIC.
Our first Book is FIDIC Red Book, Conditions of Contract for Construction for Building and Engineering Works Designed by the Employer.
Below you can read FIDIC Red Book full version’s copy.