Urban Water Systems: The Great Sewer of Ancient Rome

. Constructed in Rome over two thousand years ago, the Cloaca Maxima (literally “greatest drain”) is one of the oldest large infrastructural projects in the Eternal City, predating its famed aqueducts and paved roads.   Built from massive blocks of volcanic rock and limestone, the monumental vaulted tunnel is large enough for a person to…

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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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China’s Ancient Canal that Continues to Amaze

. Not many engineering feats can rival China’s Grand Canal. Stretching over 1,770 kilometers from Hangzhou to Beijing, this waterway shockingly holds the title for both the world’s oldest and the world’s longest canal. For much of its 2,500-year history it was China’s central economic artery, helping to unify the vast country. It was here…

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Omrania to Open Second Office in Riyadh

. To accommodate continuing growth across the company’s design team, Omrania is opening additional office space for its engineering division.   The company is putting the final touches on its new 966-square-meter penthouse office space, a necessity for corporate expansion and employee comfort. Conveniently located just 450 meters west of the company’s existing headquarters office…

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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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Omrania Hosts It’s 2019 Iftar

  The Omrania ‘family’ of directors, colleagues, and staff came together at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya to share a banquet in observance of Ramadan and a celebration of teamwork.   Approximately 250 members and guests attended Omrania’s annual corporate Iftar and dinner party on the evening of Tuesday, 21 May 2019. It was an…

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Radisson Blu opens in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter

. Blending cosmopolitan style and contemporary luxury with locally inspired art and design details, the Radisson Blu also represents a climate-appropriate sustainable design strategy.   The new Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence has officially opened in in Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter, a lush precinct that is home to over 80 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. With…

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Managing Director Basem Al-Shihabi Speaks at Raza Launch Event

. Omrania’s founder offered remarks on the Saudi real estate sector and the importance of placemaking as part of an invited panel discussion.   On Wednesday, 1 May 2019, Basem Al-Shihabi, Managing Director of Omrania, participated in a ceremony and panel discussion to celebrate the launch of Raza, the real estate management arm of Saudi…

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Across Architecture: I.M. Pei

. Over a career spanning more than 50 years, architect I.M. Pei has contributed to global architecture culture with a series of bold yet restrained modernist buildings that, at their best, productively engage their local context.   As practicing architects, we like to pay our respects to the masters of our field, even if our…

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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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