BIREM by Osaka University can inspect bridges remotely


Researchers from Osaka University Japan have recently developed a crawling robot that can perform inspection to bridges remotely. With its magnetic wheels, BIREM or Bridge Inspecting Robot Equipping Robots can crawl walls at a speed of 7.6 in. per second.
BIREM has been equipped with multitude of sensors and cameras that makes it, beside wall climbing, able to identify structural issues such as cracks, corrosion and other deterioration signs.

The Talest Tower in Beirut to See the Light in 2014

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The 50 stories tower in heart of Beirut when finish in 2014 will be the tallest building in Lebanon. With a height of 193m, “Sama Beirut” is officially the tallest tower leaving the formal tallest building in the second place with 40m less height.

Design by: ERGA group
Contractor: MAN Enterprise
Architect: Elie Gebrayel
Owner: Antonios Projects
Plot Area: 5000m2

Grand Central Station - 100th Anniversary

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Grand Central Station has been dedicated as Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by ASCE on its 100th anniversary. It has been opened in New York City in February 2, 1913. It is the largest train station in the world by number of platforms, it has 44 platforms with 67 tracks along them.

For more information about this, check the ASCE page
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Dyson Airblade, Brilliant Idea of Hand Dryer

This is smart idea for drying your hand without hot air as used in the conventional models. With speed of 400 mph, this machine assure you dry hands in no time.

Check Dyson web site here.

Update: This is another video for the new revolutionary Dyson hand dryer


Small Project: Mancave

Back in October 2011 I’ve posted here a review about the Live Interior 3D software, showed some of its potential capabilities and features. I’ve used it in a small household project to design a man cave and suite in our basement in the end of 2011. Below are some 3D perspectives of the interior design I made and also some pictures after project completion.





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Sheikh Jaber Bridge, Kuwait

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A joint venture of Kuwait-based Combined Group (CGC) and Hyundai Engineering and Construction won a $2.6 b contract for Sheikh Jaber Bridge to link Subiyah area and Shuwaikh port in Kuwait. The 37.5 km bridge project will commence within three months and expected to complete in five years. When completed, the project would be the longest offshore bridge in the world.

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GCC Has Over $1.7 tn Worth of Construction Projects, $700 bn on Hold!


Below are some facts about GCC projects in terms of dollars:

  • Total value of construction projects in the Gulf = $1.7 US trillion
  • Total value of projects under construction = $489.4 US billion
  • Total value of projects in the tendering stage = $80.5 US billion
  • Total value of projects in the design phase = $125.1 US billion
  • Total value of projects in the preliminary design phase = $265.2 US billion
  • $723.6 Billion worth of construction projects are on hold in the 4 major countries UAE, KSA, Kuwait and Qatar

“Despite the economic slowdown caused by the global financial crisis in 2008-09, the Gulf region still remains one of the largest construction markets in the world, after China, where several large-scale projects are still on track,” said Ben D’Souza, chief operating officer of BNC Network.


$7 Billions Metro Project in Kuwait, is it Still Dream?

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The metro project may see the light soon as per Kuwait officials, this mega project has been in a preparation stage for a very long time and finally we may see the light at the end of the tunnel. The latest good news coming from the Partnership Technical Bureau (PTB) saying that the feasibility study has been approved by the Finance Ministry and the project is pushed ahead for further stages. The feasibility study has been prepared by an advisory team of three major firms known internationally (Ernst Young, Ashurst and Atkins). The project will involve the development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a full metro network that would be developed over five stages. The initial cost of the project is estimated around $7 billion and there is no further information about the time frame and the commencement date.

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I have some concerns about the way such project would be handled by public sector, I know that there will be several PPP contracts for construction, infrastructure and operation packages, which require a very professional project management team to manage the whole project deliverables and construction packages. It would be risky if the Ministry of Communication has established or will establish a major role managing the project. This king of sophisticated mega project needs very skilled and experienced team from the early development phase until the project finish.

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In addition, the authorities should consider the local people behavior when they design the whole system, starting from the routes to the stations locations and the cabins interiors. Furthermore, they should implement some of the transportation management plans to encourage local people to commute from residential areas where they live and returning back home. The major reason behind such transportation network is to reduce the congestion in the major highways in the peak times, and this would not be achieved unless the driver knows that driving to Kuwait City for instant would cost him a lot for parking and tolls.