Musanada reaches halfway mark in $26.5M UAE project | ACI now accepting applications for MENA fellowship | Commentary: Concrete evolves by embracing performance
22 September 2020
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Linesight forecasts moderate growth in the Middle East's construction industry next year as the region recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. The UAE and Saudi Arabia will likely have the fastest growth as major projects are still underway in both kingdoms.
Full Story: Construction Business News (Dubai) (16 Sep.) 
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Musanada has reached a milestone in the construction of its $26.5 million infrastructure project in the UAE. The company is halfway finished with the development built in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority.
Full Story: Construction Week Online (United Arab Emirates) (21 Sep.) 
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ACI News
Applications are now being accepted from students for its Middle East & North Africa Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The newly expanded and renamed fellowship is now open to graduate students currently attending an institution in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordon, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, in addition to previously eligible students studying in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The winning student will receive $10,000 USD in educational support, full funding to attend three upcoming ACI Conventions, and more.
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Technology & Trends
Prescriptive specifications for concrete tap a vast array of institutional knowledge, but they don't always achieve their intended purpose, according to advocates of performance requirements. "How we specify materials has to make room for what we are still learning if we hope to enable the future that we want," writes Matthew Jetmore, central region general manager at Lauren Concrete.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (16 Sep.) 
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In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a mile-high skyscraper, made possible by a "taproot" foundation and two design principles known as "tenuity" and "continuity." Today, it may be possible to build such a structure, and Mike Colagrossi, founder of the Alchemist City newsletter, examines the three key challenges presented by wind sway, elevators and construction materials.
Full Story: Big Think (14 Sep.) 
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Andrew McCloskey, chief technology officer and executive vice president at AVEVA, writes that digital twins can make construction more efficient. "Construction companies that succeed in realizing the potential savings from effective intelligent master data management will reap the transformative benefits of Digital Twin technology and have a lot to gain through unlocking the boundaries of creativity without the burden of risk," he writes.
Full Story: Construction Business News (Dubai) (15 Sep.) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
Cement plants can set themselves up for success in 2030 by embracing digitization and sustainability and by prioritizing value over volume, McKinsey analysts write. Plants will also need to ensure agile operations by making changes to organizational structure, processes and partnerships, they write.
Full Story: McKinsey (16 Sep.) 
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