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Picture of a Solar Future …

I am a huge supporter  and fan of Solar Energy.  Couple of days ago when I was on a site visit at a remote area, I saw this house with a solar panel on top which made me think that it is a picture of solar future.  It is in Ruvu area in Tanzania where there is no road, no power no group of inhabitant even. The house was even far away from the dirt road where I need to stop the truck and go near by them.

Moreover when I reach nearer I saw that this house was a Masai house. Masai’s are ethnic group who are known as living at the wilderness areas such as game reserves and remote forests. And mostly they are far away from the modern technology nor does not have any interest.

I had a small chat with them with my limited Swahili. I have learnt that they are using it for lighting the house in the nights. in the world not much of power supply source would be used to supply individual power/energy/etc.

I believe that solar power will be the future of the energy which is a blink of an eye distance.

f jobs, f world

Our F Jobs

how do you fill the “f jobs” ? before continue reading please note it.

when I was surfing on the internet I have seen the image. When I read the bottom part of it, the idea of this article sparkled.

The world is shaping how we are looking on it. I am working for a long time and as a civil engineer working on a project base, I have worked with a variety of people.

There are people who are working in a job that they do not like but simply they have to. But the problem is mostly not about the job the problem is about how we are looking… When I talk with the people who are not happy with their jobs I can clearly realize that they are concentrating on the negative parts of their job, classically a bad manager, hard working conditions, and etc.

But I have another idea that if you change your point of view and try to look the things differently or care in other ways, your f job will become a fantastic one. This is the magic.

I can give you an example of myself; I have worked in risky parts of the world; like Afghanistan (Kandahar Airfield) while the war was going on with cruel Taliban. But when I start to tell about my job at there most people are thinking and saying that you seem like you have enjoyed it so much. The fact is after a while I have realised that I am concentrating on the god parts of my job. And believe me, if I concentrate on rocket attacks, working overtime and over time and like quad-tasking, poor internet connection, and many negative things, this duty/job would be a definite f job, not a fantastic experience.

Let’s go with your noted answer if you read f jobs as fantastic then you are good to go but if you are reading it as the other way I think you need to re-think your approach…


Dubai Media City

Rents continue to drop in the UAE

These days one of the hot topics we are discussing about  in the UAE is the rents continue to drop in the UAE. As an expat living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when somebody asks my advice about Emirates, the first topic is definitely “Rents”.  Yearly rent for a studio was  around 15.000 USD in 2015. So it is a topic to talk…

As an expat living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) when somebody asks my advice about Emirates, the first topic is definitely “Rents”.  Yearly rent for a studio was  around 15.000 USD in 2015. So it is a topic to talk…

Two years before when the rent increase law(rent cap) which was limiting the rent increases have been taken on hold and the rents hiked all of a sudden more than 15% in some properties in Abu Dhabi and other emirates as well. Everybody was thinking that the rents will continue to hike.

But the sudden decrease in the oil prices showed its effect and rents started to drop (some says maturing :))  at the end of 2015.

But I was not expecting the rent drops would continue in 2016 but to settle down.

First, The news article referring a report “Rents continue to drop as property market matures” at Big 5 website confirms me;

The report, issued by Core UAE, the real estate consultancy affiliated with Savills, compares rental declines in apartments which have been in the range of 5-6 percent in areas such as DIFC Downtown, Dubai Marina and JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence). Meanwhile, villas have seen declines of 3-12 percent since the beginning of 2015.

Secondly, yesterday a friend of mine, living in the newer part of the city called Reem Island happily told me that; the owner has decreased the rent around 1%. Which makes me write about the topic.

On the other hand, developers continue their projects but you can see a slow down in the new developments which is not good news for me as a construction professional.

India Real Estate Outlook – H1, 2014

Previous days I have seen the report about India Real Estate Outlook – H1, 2014 which have been prepared by Knight Frank India and want to share it with you but due to my busy schedule I just have time.

As a former expat worked in India. I have interest and expectations from India for the future. Even though India have its own dynamics, way of working and many many more …

Lets talk about the Report:
It was the election year and it effected as slow economic growth, inflation, etc. so:
Construction market was less stable.
As a result of elections, market did not want to launch new projects.
The extreme demand will continue in India in my opinion.
As a result of the elections market will gain power again.
And also as far as my observations and discussions with Indians the new President “Modi” has already a positive psychological expectations for the future.

for Knight Frank India web site click Here :
For the the report click Here :

Cloud Based Data Preservation System for Construction Sites

NAS Drive for Construction Flowchart
NAS Drive for Construction Flowchart

The real topic is Cloud  Based Data Preservation System for small and medium size construction sites also I should admit that I have leaded this system to be set-up at my previous job with our IT Guy(s). System have served very well with a short learning curve and absolutely no data have been lost.
This is the introduction report for the system for Higher Management so there is no how-to on technology detailed it is brief summary.
If you want to learn more I will try to reply your questions;

Computers are part of our work environment. But in the world an issue is getting importance day by day; Data preservation and data management. At this article it is gonna be challenge and try to resolve the data preservation and management with basics of cloud storage
The general definition of cloud storage is; “Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored in virtual pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties.” For our article cloud storage is networking your storage both with Site offices and main office and also with headquarters of SOMA.
In over all the world at site offices especially in road construction internet connection would be problem and unstable internet connection with the effect of online users at the same time effects data transition from/to the main office negative.So for the local data storage devices and synchronization between sites we can work on webular datas as local data or vice-verse.
The main advantage of the Cloud storage is providing users with immediate access to a broad range of resources infrastructure of other branch organization via a web service and use the data like local in a budget solution.
Network-attached storage (NAS)
NAS is file-level computer data storage connected to a computer network providing data access to heterogeneous clients. NAS not only operates as a file server, but is specialized for this task either by its hardware, software, or configuration of those elements. NAS is often made as a computer appliance – a specialized computer built from the ground up for storing and serving files – rather than simply a general purpose computer being used for the role.
The NAS drive that will be selected shall have Raid property and has minimum two hard drives backing up each other simultaneously and the capacity depends on the targeted documentation system.
Network Connected computers with Internet Connection
In general all departments computers are attached to the central network as well as NAS drives for all the places. The sync. Directories shall be selected from the selected computers and sync. Settings will be done by IT personnel.
Also at the general view the NAS drives will be connected with each other and transmit data with each other.
System shall be designed as individual clouds. Site branch offices and Main site office will have its own NAS drive that is pre-programmed by the IT technician(s) of company based on the flowchart above.
For the Main HQ even if it is figured as a NAS drive is attached to the network it can be on a server manner or another way that IT Department rely on.

Gulf Construction Overview 2014

value of projects in GCC
Value of Projects in GCC

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.

Top construction projects awarded in GCC in 2014
Top Construction Projects Awarded in GCC / 2014

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.

Construction projects out to tender by type and value
Construction Projects out to Tender by Type and Value

List of Turkish Technical Consultancy Companies

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.

World’s Largest Contemporary Land Art Landscape in Turkey

Andrew Rogers Art
“The Gift” sculpture

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.

Cappadocia and hot-air balloons
Cappadocia and hot-air balloons

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”.