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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

How to Build Speed Humps

Speed Hump construction

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

Engineering in the Ancient World

Engineering in the Ancient World Book Cover1Lets 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

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”.

Top Down Construction

Top Down Construction Sample Pic

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.

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FIDIC Silver Book & FIDIC Gold Book

FIDIC SIlver Book & FIDIC Gold Book

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

FIDIC DBO adopts the same format of existing FIDIC contracts (RED,Yellow, Silver, White Books) and further retains the style and most of the common definitions, paragraphs and structures that make FIDIC unique.
It’s function is found in clause 9 entitled ‘Design – Build’ which specially provides for necessary elements to administrate the design and build component.
New definitions specific to DBO projects have been included in the new form.
As an example; the definition of the ‘License Agreement’ to regulate the operation component of the agreement and corresponding authority of the Contractor. Another noteworthy definition is that of ‘Cost plus Profit’, although FIDIC provides for such a definition, we suspect that in its practical application, we would define parties amending such definitions to account for project specific definitions and exhaustive itemisation of the costs component to avoid doubt or miscommunication deficiencies.  Read More

FIDIC Red Book

Red Book

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.

You can also buy FIDIC Red Book directly from FIDIC web site Read More

Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics

London Olympic Stadium

Olympic Games 2012 – London ended yesterday after the closing ceremony. There were many discussions on medals, countries, etc.

But another issue was the engineering highlights from the London Olympics and of course the civil engineering side of the games; Phases through design, plan & built, how they will manage, what is the plans after all.

I noticed an article on the “Scientific American” web site that tries to summarize London Olympic Games Buildings. As they mentioned within the slideshow, I want to repeat the question; “hosting the Olympic Games changes a city–even a metropolis as big and ancient as London”
My answer is yes it will change for London.

Finally, as a citizen of a long runner Olympic Games Host Nominee country we should have our lessons learned from London Olympics on our behalf. About 10 years ago we built an Olympic Stadium in Istanbul – Turkey but as a result of many mistakes(engineering[wind control], location, transportation, etc.) it is still idle after some disappointing efforts.

For A Tour of Engineering Highlights from the London Olympics [Slide Show] please click here. http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=tour-engineering-highlights-london-olympics

FIDIC

FIDIC's Logo

As it is mentioned in the title of the Blog I am a civil engineer and working for International Construction Project Management Firm. As a result of this FIDIC is one of my topics that needed to be worked/ studied on.
I created a FIDIC starter guide who wants to learn general information about FIDIC on the Q-A (Questions and Answers) basis.

What is FIDIC?
FIDIC is the acronym for International Federation of Consulting Engineers and as it is exactly written in French; “FĂ©dĂ©ration Internationale Des IngĂ©nieurs-Conseils”

or about sservices and historical backgound of FIDIC, refer Wikipedia page.

Who are the FIDIC Members?
Its members are national associations of consulting engineers.
Why FIDIC?
All contracts contain risks for Contracting Authorities/ Employers and Contractors – There is no risk-free contract and FIDIC attempts to rationalize and allocate responsibilities for main risks.
A key requirement is for the Contract Parties to fully understand the FIDIC General and Particular Conditions of Contract that set out their Responsibilities and Risks within a Project
Every risk given to the other party has its cost, no Party assumes a risk for free. Read More