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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