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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Robert Maillart’s Ingenious Concrete Creations

. Few have mastered the art of structural concrete as completely as Robert Maillart (1872-1940). This visionary Swiss civil engineer was responsible for numerous breakthroughs in the early 20th century that pushed reinforced concrete to its limits. To him, concrete structural design was truly an art rooted in the quest for economy.   Maillart is…

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Machu Picchu’s Remarkable Water Supply and Drainage Systems

. Water is key to civilizations past and present. Built atop a mountain without the aid of metal tools or wheels, the city of Machu Picchu is a testament to Incan ingenuity. The city’s builders captured and regulated the flow of a spring through a system of conduits and fountains, adding drainage and flood-prevention measures.…

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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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Kingdom Centre inspires dramatic photos during Riyadh Season

. During the 70-day public festival known as Riyadh Season, amateur and professional photographers turned their lenses on the life and culture of Riyadh, including popular architectural landmarks like the Kingdom Centre. Omrania is honored to contribute to the built environment of this growing metropolis.   Riyadh Season has been a great celebration of the…

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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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Winners of 2019 Omrania | CSBE Award Honored at Ceremony and Exhibition

. The twelfth cycle of the Award program united students, professors, architects, and members of the public to celebrate the next generation of great design.   The 2019 twelfth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design once again drew hundreds of competitive submissions from dozens of universities in multiple countries across…

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Omrania Founder Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Landscape Architecture and Design

. Managing Director Basem Al-Shihabi was honored at the First Landscape Middle East Awards Ceremonyhosted by Landscape Middle East Magazine.   On 25 November2019, Mr. Shihabi received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented byLandscape Middle East Magazine at a ceremony atthe Ritz Carlton DIFC Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to the event’s organizers, the…

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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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