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Head to the future news (edition 8-6)

1.A three-step strategy to recover

The Construction Leadership Council in UK argues that within two years construction could bounce back from the Covid-19 lockdown as a more professional, productive and profitable industry.

But chiefs also warn the Government that failure to stimulate demand risks construction sliding into a perilous longer-term recession that further erodes the skills base leaving the industry smaller and weaker.

This would impact on its ability to decarbonize the UK and deliver the strategic infrastructure needed to grow the economy.

Three-phase plan

Restart (first 3 months): increase output, maximize employment and minimize disruption due to disputes.

Reset (3-13 months): drive demand, fresh approach to compensate for loss of productivity due to safe working regime, strengthen capability in supply chain

Reinvent (12-24 months): transform the industry by adopting digital and manufacturing technologies, deliver better value, collaboration and partnership

Source: Construction Enquirer 


2. Update: How optimistic are you about your company’s growth prospects?

The image below shows the overall feeling of optimism trough time. The green line represents the “very optimistic” or “optimistic” answers to the question:

“How optimistic are you about your company’s growth prospects?”

Source: Global Data


3. Dubai: 100% back to work on June 14th

Under the directives of The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 100% of government employees will resume work at offices from 14 June.

According to Dubai Media Office, the decision was approved by the government as it continues its “gradual return to normal life”.

The Dubai Government’s Human Resources Department issued that certain employees will still be allowed to work from home, and stressed that a strict compliance to precautionary measures was a necessity.

On a Tweet, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated “Our investments in the future paid off sooner than expected. It is reassuring to know we’re heading in the right direction. Now, we’re encouraged to redouble efforts, to accelerate our digital transformation for Dubai to become a model smart city, forever exceeding expectations.”

Source: Constructionweekonline 


4. A 34.700 Km Project


At 37,000km long, 2Africa will be one of the world’s largest subsea cable projects and will interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), and 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa.

The system is expected to go live in 2023/4, delivering more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables serving Africa today, with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps on key parts of the system.

2Africa will deliver much needed internet capacity and reliability across large parts of Africa, supplement the fast-growing capacity demand in the Middle East and underpin the further growth of 4G, 5G and fixed broadband access for hundreds of millions of people.

In countries where the 2Africa cable will land, service providers will obtain capacity in carrier-neutral data centres or open-access cable landing stations on a fair and equitable basis. This will support healthy internet ecosystem development by facilitating greatly improved accessibility for businesses and consumers alike.

Source: Subtelforum

5. Biggest project are now in Morocco

Renewable energy and water supplies are the top priority for the next years, as two big projects are now to be executed:

Morocco is set to commence the construction of the world’s largest seawater desalination plant in 2021, at the Southern Coastal City of Agadir. The US $301m Douira Sea Water Desalination plant is expected to have a treatment capacity of 75 million cubic meters of water per year. Abengoa, a Spanish company has been chosen by the Moroccan National Electricity and Drinking water Office (ONEE) to construct this new desalination plant.

Morocco is set to construct tallest wind tower in the African continent, measuring 144 metres high.

Construction of the tower will use 80m3 of concrete and 10 tonnes of steel, as compared to the 500m3 of concrete and 60 tonnes of steel used by ‘gravitational’ designs. Works will begin this summer, with the remainder of the installation taking place “at the end of this year and the beginning of the next.

To-date the tallest wind turbine in Africa is in South Africa, a 115-meter tower installed by Siemens Gamesa. The world’s record-holder is currently a 178-metre tower installed in Germany.

Morocco, which is on track to become a world leader in renewable energies. Currently, it is importing over 90% of its fuel needs and spends 10-12% of its gross domestic product on energy imports. The North African country plans to generate 42% of its energy from renewables by 2020, with one-third coming from solar, wind and hydropower.

Source Construction review online



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