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Construction Contractors & Engineers in Saudi Arabia: Protect Your Innovation

by Ahmad Saleh & Daniel Goodwin

When a technology is a novel and inventive process, machine or composition (“invention”), contractors and
engineering consultants in the construction industry in Saudi Arabia should ask.
‘Is this invention valuable to my business?’ If the answer is ‘Yes’, then they should consider seeking patent
protection to protect their rights. (

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Green Routine

By M. Vasanth Kumar

The construction industry is often criticised for neglecting environmental issues in favour of profit.

While the industry as a whole is actively pursuing the building of green building projects, the flip side is that not all companies who are accredited to Green Building Council membership nor all LEED-accredited professionals follow or encourage others to follow eco-friendly practices in their day-to-day tasks. (Read more..)

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BIM boosted by municipality mandate

by Stuart Matthews

A recent circular form Dubai Municipality has mandated the use of BIM for some construction projects, according to Paul Wallett of Tekla.

Effective from December, the full details of the circular’s impact on the construction industry in the emirate are still be analysed. (Read more..)

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First-hand advice from the FIDIC contract drafters – tailored for the Middle East

FIDIC’s 5th Middle Eastern Contract Users’ conference is your annual opportunity to get best practice contract advice and updates on the contract amendments directly from the very people who drafted them!

Samer Skaik, the Founder & Principal of Construction Management Guide, will once again be sharing his regional expertise at the event and will be joined by 18 other world-class experts. (Read more..)

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CMGuide Partners with The Big 5

CMGuide has partnered with the largest and longest running international building and construction show in Dubai! The Big 5 has 60,000+ participants and will take over Dubai World Trade Center this November! (Read more..)

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Jordan eyes renewable energy

By Katie Liszka

JORDAN is highly dependent on imported energy in the form of natural gas and fuel oil. In 2011, 97 per cent of its energy was imported. The kingdom has also suffered as a result of problems with the supply of gas from Egypt. In addition to its dependency on imported energy, Jordan also projects a high growth in energy demand. Hence, the country has set itself ambitious targets in relation to the introduction of renewables into its energy mix, which will account for at least 10 per cent of the total supply by 2020. There are also a number of individual targets, such as approximately 1,200 MW (megawatts) for wind power and 600 MW for solar.

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FIDIC Asia-Pacific Contract Users – take a look at these 6 great reasons to attend

FIDIC’s 5th Asia-Pacific Contract Users’ conference is taking place on 11th & 12th June in Malaysia (workshops on 10th & 13th June).

If you’re involved in this region then you won’t want to miss out! Take a look a look at these 6 great reasons to attend:
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Two states bid for sustainability lead

By Arvin Daeizadeth

Leadership in sustainability can only be seen in two countries, the UAE (Abu Dhabi) and Qatar. These are the only two states that have mandated sustainability ratings for new buildings – Estidama and QSAS.

One of Alpin’s current projects is the Msherieb Downtown Doha project, a massive redevelopment set in the heart of Doha. Comprised of more than 90 buildings, most are set to be LEED Gold. (Read more..)

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5D BIM Could Radically Enhance Costing Process

By Marc Howe
The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) could radically enhance the costing process following its expansion beyond quantities calculation and specifications data to other core areas of project management.

While BIM has thus far focused primarily on the use of digital representations of the physical and functional traits of a facility to guide both the design and construction processes, the next generation of BIM adds even greater functionality by providing advanced tools for estimating costs throughout a project’s life cycle. (Read more..)

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BIM raises liability and copyright issues


Building information modelling (BIM) is being used increasingly across the construction industry as a tool to reduce costs and encourage good communication and coordination between project participants. It has been used in the US for several years and its use is now spreading across the globe. For example, it has been used by GHD architects on the Palm Jebel Ali project in Dubai, UAE. (Read more..)

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