Category: insights

The future of the BIM interface, part 3: optimizing construction

. In previous posts, we defined the importance of selecting the optimal BIM interface and discussed several applications useful to pre-design and design development. In this post we review several of the established and more recent BIM interface applications that can help optimize bidding, procurement, construction, final handoff, and post-occupancy.   Optimizing bidding and pre-construction…

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Pragmatic Sustainability for Desert Climates

. In the second of our four-part series, we explore the critical issues as they contribute to Sustainable design in the Middle East, and specifically within Saudi Arabia. In particular, we examine notions of the cultural appropriateness of the meaning of Sustainability.   By: Marcus Leyland – Chief Architect   In the first preceding part…

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Value-Driven Maintenance: A Roadmap for Implementation

. In preceding posts, we explored the broad reasoning behind building O&M and the three principal approaches. In part 3, we map out practical implementation of O&M plans.   Deferred building maintenance is a worrying trend because the cost can be as much as 30 times that of early intervention. With budgets squeezed, it may…

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Contemporary Workspace Design: An Open and Shut Case

. Attracting and retaining innovative talent is a major consideration for employers today, adding to long-standing challenges for office designers. Increasingly, concerns of maximizing square footage and productivity are augmented by considerations of employee wellness and promoting flexibility and creative collaboration. Technology giants like Google have gone all in on the workplace-as-playground, but some employee-centric…

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Inside the Hotel Rooms and Apartments at the new Radisson Blu

. The guest rooms of the new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence offer an upscale hospitality experience combining contemporary global style with touches of the Middle East.   Inside the new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, guests can enjoy world-class sophistication and comfort with a hint of local flavor. The 110 elegantly designed rooms and…

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Sustainable Design in the Arab Peninsula: Culture and Technology

. In the first of our four-part series exploring Sustainable design in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region, we look at the origin of the idea and how it evolved to become relevant to the unique nature of the Kingdom.   By: Marcus Leyland – Chief Architect   Almost 50 years since the…

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Failure is Not an Option: Three Approaches to O&M

. In our first post in this series, we made the case for comprehensive operations and maintenance planning. In part two, we delve deeper into O&M by identifying five principal objectives and three different approaches.   So you’re convinced: developing a comprehensive building operations and maintenance (O&M) plan is worth it [see our first post…

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Inside The Hotel Rooms And Apartments At The Hilton Riyadh

. Serene, spacious and luxuriously appointed, the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences feature custom-designed rooms and apartments for today’s discerning clientele.   Inside the award-winning Hilton Riyadh, guests and residents enjoy access to the finest in upscale hospitality and contemporary living. The development’s 645 luxury hotel rooms and 221 graciously furnished apartments reflect a full-service…

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The future of the BIM interface, part 1: connecting computers, software and people

. In previous posts on the topic of BIM, we described the broad principles of Building Information Modeling, how it is intended to function, and how Omrania has successfully implemented BIM technology. In this post we discuss the question of the interface and its future potential to streamline design and construction performance.   Underlying the…

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Benefits and Challenges of Transition to BIM

. Omrania’s transition to BIM was as much a business decision as a technical one, with benefits and challenges on both fronts.   As mentioned in our last post that presented an overview on Building Information Modeling (BIM), it became clear to us before 2006 that BIM was going to change the Architecture, Engineering, and…

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Designing with Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in mind

. Though often neglected until a building is nearly complete, O&M factors should be considered from the start of the design process and incorporated into the program, budget, and technical design of each project. Ultimately, for both architects and owners, successful O&M comes to define the legacy of a building as much as the quality…

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