F

I
R
E
C
O
D
E

A
N
A
L
Y
S
I
S
MIDDLE EAST
NEWS UPDATE |

04
COMMENT |

16
ANALYSIS |

18
INTERVIEW |

28
PRODUCTS |

46
THE LAST WORD |

48
An ITP Business Publication | April 2011 Vol. 6 Issue 4 Essential information for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals An ITP Business Publication | January 2012 Vol. 7 Issue 1
MEP AWARD
WINNERS
Celebrate the projects and companies that make MEP tick
ALSO: STANISLAS LACROIX ON TAKING OVER ALDES
RISING SON
BURAK KIZILHAN’S PLANS
FOR AE ARMA-ELEKTROPANC
THE YEAR AHEAD
THE EXPERTS CAST
THEIR EYE OVER 2012
2011 CC Best O&M District Cooling service provider
2011 CC Best O&M Chiller Service Provider
2010 GCC MEP Service Provider of the Year
2010 MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year
2008 MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year
2007 MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 1 www.constructionweekonline.com
JANUARY 2012 VOLUME 7 ISSUE 01
CONTENTS
04 NEWS
SMAC joint venture bids for Abu
Dhabi terminal contract
10 NEWS UPDATE
Etisalat and Pacific Control tie up
to cut the UAE’s carbon footprint
16 COMMENT
Gavin Davids on how everyone’s a winner
in MEP in 2011
18 NEWS ANALYSIS
Big money spinners for the HVAC indus-
try and how district cooling is failing
44-47 PRODUCT FOCUS
Checking out the latest MEP related
products to hit the market
48 THE LAST WORD
Stanislas Lacroix on his plans for Aldes
after taking it over from his father
BIG INTERVIEW
MEP Middle East talks to AE Arma-Elek-
tropanc about their expansion plans
THE YEAR OF COMPETITION
MEP experts give us their thoughts on
what lies ahead for the industry in 2012
28
40
22
32
SITE VISIT
MEP Middle East is taken on a tour of the Rixos Palm Jumeirah as it scrambles to hit
its January 1, 2012 deadline
AWARD WINNERS
MEP Middle East celebrates the achievements of the MEP industry at a gala banquet
at the Address Marina in Dubai
www.constructionweekonline.com
Published by and © 2012 ITP Business Publishing, a member of the
ITP Publishing Group Ltd. Registered in the B.V.I. under Company
Registration number 1402846
BPA Worldwide Audited. Average Qualified Circulation 5,046 (January - June 2011)
Registered at Dubai Media City
PO Box 500024, Dubai, UAE
Tel: 00 971 4 444 3000 Fax: 00 971 4 444 3030 Web: www.itp.com
Offices in Dubai, Manama, Mumbai & London
ITP BUSINESS PUBLISHING
CEO Walid Akawi
Managing Director Neil Davies
Managing Director ITP Business Karam Awad
Deputy Managing Director Matthew Southwell
Editorial Director David Ingham
EDITORIAL
Senior Group Editor Stuart Matthews
Deputy Editor Gavin Davids
Tel: +971 4 444 3262 e-mail: gavin.davids@itp.com
ADVERTISING
Sales Director: Construction Yazan Rahman
Tel: +971 4 444 3351 e-mail: yazan.rahman@itp.com
Advertising Director: Construction Andrew Parkes
Tel: +971 4 444 3570 e-mail: andrew.parkes@itp.com
Sales Manager Zaid Hadi
Tel: +971 4 444 3779 e-mail: zaid.hadi@itp.com
STUDIO
Group Art Editor Dan Prescott
PHOTOGRAPHY
Chief Photographer Jovana Obradovic
Senior Photographers Efraim Evidor, Isidora Bojovic
Staff Photographers George Dipin, Juliet Dunne, Lester Ali, Lyubov Galushko, Mosh Lafuente,
Murrindie Frew, Ruel Pableo, Ruel Pableo, Rajesh Raghav, Shruti Jagdesh, Stanislav Kuzmin,
Verko Ignjatovic
PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION
Group Production & Distribution Director Kyle Smith
Deputy Production Manager Matthew Grant
Production Coordinator Devaprakash V A
Managing Picture Editor Patrick Littlejohn
Image Retoucher Emmalyn Robles
Distribution Manager Karima Ashwell
Distribution Executive Nada Al Alami
CIRCULATION
Head of Circulation & Database Gaurav Gulati
MARKETING
Head of Marketing Daniel Fewtrell
Events Manager Michelle Meyrick
ITP DIGITAL
Director Peter Conmy
ITP GROUP
Chairman Andrew Neil
Managing Director Robert Serafin
Finance Director Toby Jay Spencer-Davies
Board of Directors K.M. Jamieson, Mike Bayman,
Walid Akawi, Neil Davies, Rob Corder, Mary Serafin
Circulation Customer Service Tel: +971 4 444 3459
Subscribe online at www.itp.com/subscriptions
Certain images in this issue are availiable for purchase.
Please contact itpimages@itp.com for further details or visit www.itpimages.com
Printed by Atlas Printing Press L.L.C. Dubai
The publishers regret that they cannot accept liability for error or omissions contained in this publication, however caused.
The opinions and views contained in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. Readers are advised to
seek specialist advice before acting on information contained in this publication which is provided for general use and may
not be appropriate for the reader’s particular circumstances. The ownership of trademarks is acknowledged. No part
of this publication or any part of the contents thereof may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in
any form without the permission of the publishers in writing. An exemption is hereby granted for extracts used for the
purpose of fair review.
H
V
A
C
A
N
A
L
Y
S
IS
MIDDLE EAST
NEWS UPDATE | 04
COMMENT | 16
ANALYSIS | 18
INTERVIEW | 28
PRODUCTS | 46
THE LAST WORD | 48
AnITPBusinessPublication | April 2011 Vol. 6 Issue4 Essential informationfor mechanical, electrical, plumbingandHVACprofessionals AnITPBusinessPublication | December 2011 Vol. 6 Issue12
SUSTAINABILITY
MATTERS
Bill Jolly on bringing MEP around to sustainability benefits
ALSO: ALESSA’S ABDULLAH ABDUL-KAREEM ON 2012
SMOKE
AND WATER
HOW FIRE
ENGINEERING
SYSTEMS
SAVE LIVES
BOILING
POINT
THE CHALLENGE
FACING SOLAR
POWERED WATER
HEATERS
HOT AND
STEAMY
INVESTIGATING
SIDRA’S HOT
WATER SYSTEMS
Are you looking for a highly efficient solution for your project?
We have the high performance double-pack for you.
The efficiency double-pack: The gas conden-
sing boiler Vitocrossal 300 and the Stiftung
Warentest Germany awarded Vitosol 200-F
solar flat collector. The advantages of this
double-pack combination: Highly efficient,
environment friendly solution to reduce
fossil fuel consumption and lower operation
cost. High energy saving and CO
2
reduction
with low investment.
Check us out at www.viessmann.com.
Domestic boilers,
DHW cylinders
and calorifiers
Wall mounted
boilers
Solar
collectors
Heat
Pumps
Commercial
boilers
Viessmann Middle East FZE
SAIF Zone PO Box 120841, Sharjah UAE
phone +971-6-557 87 56 · fax +971-6-557 87 65
e-mail: info-me@viessmann.com
Individual solutions with efficient systems
for all fuel types and applications.
NEWS UPDATE
4 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
JOINT VENTURE
A joint-venture between
AE Arma-Elektropanc,
Habtoor Leighton Spe-
con, Cobra (part of
Spain’s ACS Group)
and Mapco has submit-
ted a tender for all MEP
and related services on
the Midfield Terminal
Building project in the
capital, Abu Dhabi.
The joint venture,
known as SMAC, has a
combined workforce of
around 10,000 people
and a number of years
of experience in the air-
port industry.
“This collaboration
provides the highest
calibre of professionals
for added value servic-
es to ensure best indus-
try practices are ad-
opted and implemented
during construction,”
a spokesperson from
SMAC said in a state-
ment announcing the
joint venture.
and close-out processes,
which will be in conjunc-
tion with experienced in-
dustry professionals.
The MEP works for
the Midfield Terminal
project includes the sup-
ply and installation of
standby generators, LV
distribution, small power
and lighting electrical
systems, medium voltage
power distribution sys-
tems, earthing and bond-
ing systems, lightening
protection systems, fire
alarm and suppression
systems, fire fighting sys-
tems, a HVAC plant and
related systems.
Four company venture hopes industry relevant experience will lead to successful bid
The SMAC joint venture will have a combined workforce of 10,000 people for the Midfield Terminal.
The joint venture’s
tender will also see it
bid to work on building
management systems,
domestic water servic-
es, including storage
treatment and distribu-
tion, drainage systems
and the containment
for/integration of spe-
cialist ELV services.
“We expect the
contract to be awarded
in 2012 sometime and
believe that with this
joint venture, we will
have a good chance,”
a source closely
connected to the bid
told MEP Middle East.
workforce of the joint
venture
10,000
SMAC joint venture bids for Abu
Dhabi’s Midfield MEP contract
FAIR SHARE PROFIT AND PAYOUT
MIDDLE EAST SPECIALISED CABLES COMPANY
This publically listed Saudi Arabian company is a manufacturer of industrial,
instrumentation and process control cables that measure up to the highest industry
standards. The manufacturer is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.
TABREED
Year to Date figures
(September 30, 2011 YTD)
$35.3m
Net profit YTD
$193.8m
Chilled water
revenues
$229.2m
Group revenue YTD
The SMAC JV will also
be supported by Atkins
and GHESA Internation-
al to provide engineering
and design services, Ar-
ma-Elektropanc added.
If the bid is successful,
the two companies will
also overview the Test-
ing and Commissioning
20%
10%
0%
-10%
-20%
-30
-40
2011 Mar MAY Jul Sep Nov
www.constructionweekonline.com
NEWS UPDATE
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 5
DSK aims to deliver the university project by 2015, Tabari says. The total value of purchase orders for December is $293.3m.
INVESTMENT
CONTRACT
Drake & Scull Kuwait (DSK) has won a $54.45m MEP
contract for the College of Art at the Sabah Al Salem
University in Kuwait, the company has announced.
The contract will see the Kuwaiti subsidiary of Drake
& Scull International (DSI) adopt specific design poli-
cies and apply proven technologies and systems from
previous educational projects for the project, CEO Khal-
doun Tabari said.
“We intend to mobilise on-site shortly, and expect to
deliver the project in March 2015,” confirmed Tabari.
“DSI has a reputable experience in the educational
development industry, and is specialised in integrated
MEP services for schools and universities’ facilities.”
Since its inception in 2004, DSK has been involved in
a number of Kuwait’s top engineering projects.
Honeywell has announced an expansion of its Iraqi investment with the opening of a
full-service office in Basra. This is its second office to open in Iraq since 2010.
With a larger presence in the country than any of its competitors, Honeywell will use
its new office to deliver leading-edge automation and control solutions, equipment and
services. The new facility will also support the company’s training and sales capabili-
ties throughout the country.
Iraq’s hydrocarbon industry is undergoing significant change and growth in the midst
of reconstruction.
Honeywell technology is instrumental in providing the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and as-
sociated entities with optimal control of its production, efficiency and profitability.
CABLES
Saudi Cable Company said it has secured orders from
two of Korea’s biggest construction firms, taking its to-
tal order values for December to more than $266.6m.
The Jeddah supplier of copper cables has claimed
a $16.79m order from Doosan Company, a diversified
firm covering construction and engineering among
other sectors, and a $14.93m order from Hyundai En-
gineering, both mandates will be supplied at the start
of next year.
It added that the total value of purchase orders this
month is around $293.3m, “with better rates than those
prevailing in the earlier months”. The company did not
disclose the origin or customers making the other or-
ders, but added that this includes clients in Russia, Italy
and England.
Saudi Cable Company manufactures and markets
of electrical power and telecommunications cables of
varying voltages and supplies services for power and
telecom projects including design, engineering, instal-
lation and finance.
The deals end a profitable year for the company,
having made a $7.46m profit for the first nine months
against a $25.85m loss in the same period last year.
Honeywell plans Iraqi expansion
DSK wins $54.45m
Kuwait MEP contract
Saudi Cable Co signs
major Korean deals
MEP contract win at the Sabah Al Salem
University
$54.45M
COPPER
NICKEL
STEEL
METALS PRICES
Source: London Metal
Exchange, prices per tonne
$7268
20 December
$7448
30 November
$540
30 November
$520
30 November
$18345
20 December
$16980
30 November
NEWS UPDATE
6 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
UAE FIRE SAFETY LEADS THE WORLD - FIRE SYSTEMS EXPERT
The UAE is leading the world when
it comes to designing fire life and
safety systems in high-rise buildings,
a Dubai based fire engineering expert
has said.
Ordinarily, when fires break out
on a certain floor, the lift shafts and
stairwells in the building serve as
pressurised chambers that help to
contain the flames and smoke on
that level, allowing people to exit the
building safely, Graeme Stewart, an
associate with Ramboll’s Building
Services division, told MEP Middle
East. This is standard NFPA proce-
dure, he added.
“However, the pressurisation code
in Dubai in particular, doesn’t quite
follow NFPA. We’ve got what’s known
as a ‘sandwich effect’ on floors, where
we actually do extract smoke from the
floor where the fire is taking place,”
he explained.
“From the floor above and the floor
below, we positively and negatively
pressurise the air. That doesn’t take
place in most other countries; it’s
kind of specific to the UAE.”
“What it does is whenever the fire
is taking place, you extract the air,
and because you’re pressurising the
above and below floors, you’re not
allowing smoke or the fire to spread,
you contain the fire within one level,”
Stewart said.
“It is a good way to do it,” he added.
LIGHTING
Phillips will discontinue the production
of its 75-watt incandescent lamps as of
January next year in a drive to continue its
efforts to phase out the inefficient bulbs.
The lamps will be replaced with energy
efficient alternatives like compact fluores-
cent lamps (CFL), energy saving halogens
and LED bulbs. CFL’s themselves are up
to five times more efficient as they need
around five times less energy to generate
the same amount of light when compared
with traditional incandescent bulbs which
waste 90% of energy as heat.
Phillips phases
out inefficient
bulbs
Dubai company completes
Saudi data centre project
DATA CENTRE
APC by Schneider Electric, the Dubai headquartered power
and cooling services provider, has completed the successful
installation of a data centre for Future Systems in the King-
dom of Saudi Arabia.
A provider of IT solutions and systems, broadband inter-
net, data communications and integrated network services to
the GCC market, Future System’s Riyadh office was supplied
with APC’s InfraStruXure architecture. Work on the project
began earlier this year.
“We primarily service all types of business customers with
a complete portfolio of internet services, all of which flow
through our data centre.
“We cannot afford to have any outages, as these have a di-
rect impact on our customer base and revenue; we stand to
lose millions a year,” said Ayman Al Jehane, managing direc-
tor of Future Systems.
“InfraStrucXure’s modular design offers scalability, mak-
ing capital expenditure more attractive. The infrastructure
empowers data centre managers to investigate ways to im-
prove efficiency, reduce costs and carbon footprints,” Al Je-
hane, added.
“Our ultimate aim is to help organisations plan and manage
their data centre infrastructure to significantly reduce their
capex through scalable pay-as-you-grow options.
“Additionally, the adoption of in-row cooling and hot aisle
containment that offers higher energy efficiency helps bring
down operational expenditures,” said Jeff De Sousa, VP, APC
by Schneider Electric - Saudi Arabia.
Installation began earlier this year, has boosted energy efficiency
Outbreaks of fire
The InfraStrucXure system will
reduce power consumption.
Year the retrofit of the
data centre began
2011
XARTO® Swirl Diffusers
TROX have created a swirl diffuser that matches
unparalleled aerodynamic performance with an
aesthetically pleasing face plate design.
Advantages
Ϯ Ten design variants for even the most demanding
aesthetic requirements
Ϯ Bespoke face plate designs are possible
Ϯ High volume ǫow rates at comparably low sound
power levels
Ϯ Excellent comfort level as a result of low air
velocities and low temperature differences in the
occupied zone
Ϯ Available for demonstration today in the
TROX Middle East ǫow studio
www.trox.ae
E-Mail: info@trox.ae
Tel.: +971 4 341 7448
Technology meets Design
NEWS UPDATE
8 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
High investment costs will hamper uptake
of district cooling, Saudi company says
District Cooling won’t
replace HVAC, Aleesa
managing director says
SOLAR
The cost of electricity in the GCC is hold-
ing back the uptake of solar powered wa-
ter heating systems in the region, the area
manager of Ariston Thermo Middle East
told MEP Middle East.
As electricity rates in the Middle East are
among the lowest in the world, there are no
incentives for end users to install energy
saving water heating technology, Emanuele
Stano said.
“Here in the Middle East, people are
still not massive users of solar thermal
technology. This is normal as it will take
time to introduce the technology. The cost
of electricity is still extremely low here in
the region. If you put down numbers, it’s
still not economically convenient to install.”
HVAC
District cooling does not pose a notable threat to traditional HVAC
in the region, according to Abdullah M. Abdul-Kareem, the MD of
HVAC manufacturer Alessa.
The Saudi Arabian HVAC manufacturer and contractor has reg-
istered a growth of around 20% over the year, with its retail and con-
tracting arms growing by about 15% and 30% respectively.
Given the rate of growth and the introduction of new energy-saving
HVAC technologies, Abdul-Kareem said he remained unconcerned
about the challenge district cooling represented to his industry.
“Dubai was the first to adopt this kind of technology, and it’s al-
ready been implemented. [But] other GCC countries are still in a
study stage and looking at some of the benefits and obstacles of that
type of technology,” he said.
“The technology itself requires heavy investment at the start; the
savings come through the better usage of this type of air-condition-
ing. Plus the savings will only happen for the contractors who are
building the houses, the
skyscrapers, the malls and
the large commercial build-
ings, so they don’t have
to worry about installing
central units or local split
units,” he added.
“It is a new technology
and it has its advantages
and disadvantages. But it
still requires more study in
order to see the real obsta-
cles,” Abdul-Kareem said. District cooling doesn’t worry Abdul-Kareem.
GCC electricity
killing solar
water tech
“Estidama is
trying to achieve
more than just
transformation,
and the supply
chain is key to
this.”
Medina Works MD
RYM BAOUENDI on
sustainability prog-
ress in Abu Dhabi
2012 CALENDAR
EVENTS
AWARDS
MAY 2012
Super Talls Saudi Arabia
Date: March 2012
Venue: TBC
MAY 2012
MEP Middle East Forum, Qatar
Date: May 2012
Venue: TBC
SEPTEMBER
Construction Week Awards Qatar
Date: September 2012
Place: TBA
NOVEMBER
Construction Week KSA Awards
Date: November 2012
Place: TBA
DECEMBER
Construction Week Awards
Date: December 2012
Place: TBC
MEP Middle East Awards
Date: December 2012
Place: TBC
GCC residents are not massive users of solar tech.
“Neither the utility
companies, nor the
various Federal or
Local Governments
have put any plan
(in place) to use ex-
cess district cooling
capacity.”
DC Pro Engineering’s
GEORGE BEBARI
highlights an issue
with district cooling
planning.
“There seems to
be a stigma that,
if you’re provid-
ing a sustainable
solution, then it’s
much more ex-
pensive.”
BILL JOLLY, head
of MEP at KEO
International
Consultants on
implementing
sustainabil-
ity in the
GCC
“We’re convinced
that the day
will come when
people will be
obliged to use
solar water tech-
nology.”
SERGE RAvEYRE, sales
manager of Atlantic
International, on the
adoption of energy
efficient water
heaters
APRIL 2012
World Cup Qatar
Date: April 2012
Venue: TBC
No incentive to switch to
energy saving devices
CORRECTION:
Page 14 of December’s issue of
MEP Middle East stated incorrectly
that Geberit was a German pipe and
bathroom fittings manufacturer.
This is incorrect and should read
as a ‘Swiss’ pipe and bathroom fittings
manufacturer.
MEP Middle East apologises for
the error.
www.constructionweekonline.com
NEWS UPDATE
JANUARY 2012 | MEP Middle East 9
SECTOR: Education/Tourism
PROJECT: Sheikh Zayed Desert
Learning Centre
VALUE: Unspecified
MAIN CONTRACTOR :
Ed. Züblin AG
STATUS CONSTRUCTION:
Currently under construction although
the structure of the project is now
complete. The scheduled delivery
date is August 2012. The building
will contain a wealth of energy
saving measures intended to cut
consumption by 40%. The roof will
be covered in photovoltaic panels,
which aim to generate 236mWh/year
and shave 17% off energy usage.
SOURCE:
Construction Week/Middle East
Architect
The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a cross between a museum and a sci-
ence centre. A tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed, it is the first building to achieve a
FIVE PEARL RATING AT THE DESIGN STAGE BY ESTIDAMA.
B
I
G
P
IC
T
U
R
E
www.ecotherm.com
ABRAJ AL BAIT TOWERS AND
MECCA ROYAL CLOCK HOTEL TOWER
BURJ KHALIFA, DUBAI SHORELINE APARTMENTS, DUBAI
Boiler Steam Electric Solar
3D-Design & Visualization
Energy & space saving
Remote control systems
High-quality stainless steel
Specifcation support
Compact design
Skid mounted units
Hygienic hot water
SIDRA HOSPITAL, DOHA
Turnkey Hot Water & Steam Systems
ECOTHERM Middle East FZCO, P.O. Box 299350, Dubai - U.A.E., info@ecotherm.com, Tel. +971 4 4226944, Fax. +971 4 4226943
Visit our new website
A
u
s
t
r
i
a
ECOTHERM Kuwait W.L.L. , 1st Floor, Kiwan Complex, Tunis Street, Hawalli, Kuwait, kuwait@ecotherm.com, Tel. +965 2 2646797, Fax. +965 2 2646798
H W
ECOTHERM Ìnternational Support Center, Monarch Offce Tower Level 19, One Sheihk Zayed Road, P.O.Box 333840, Dubai - U.A.E., Tel. +971 4 7050467, Fax. +971 4 7050301
www.ecotherm.com
NEWS UPDATE
10 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
TECHNOLOGY
Etisalat and Pacific Con-
trol have launched a joint
venture which will help
reduce the UAE’s carbon
footprint by increasing
the energy efficiency of
its buildings.
The first phase of the
project has witnessed a
large number of govern-
ment entities signing up
for the initiative, which
is being rolled out across
the country by the Minis-
try of Water and Environ-
ment, UAE.
“UAE has a significant
carbon footprint, due to
unabated energy con-
sumption that is creat-
ing immense ecological,
social and environmental
pressure,” said Abdulla
Ebrahim Al Ahmed, se-
nior vice president, Busi-
ness Solutions at Etisalat,
during the launch of the
new programme.
“The Emirates Energy
Star programme will le-
verage on Machine to Ma-
chine based technologies,
to effectively help reduce
the carbon footprint of the
country through efficient
energy consumption man-
agement,” he added.
Machine to machine
communication is a rela-
tively new technology that
allows both wireless and
wired systems to commu-
nicate with other devices
of the same ability. M2M,
as it is also known, uses a
device such as a sensor
or metre to capture tem-
peratures or other such
relevant information.
could see a major reduc-
tion in energy usage, due
to the effectiveness of the
technology in being able
to cut down the building’s
energy consumption.
“If your building isn’t
new and if it hasn’t got
modern building man-
agement systems or con-
nectivity within it, we can
go to the devices that
consume the maximum
energy. Normally that’s
the heating or cooling
systems, mainly chillers
in our part of the world.
Approximately 70% of
the energy consumed
within a building is by its
cooling system,” Rahulan
explained at the launch.
“We’re able to address
the device at a local level
by being able to put low
cost software installa-
tions on top of the chiller,
thus being able to talk to
it in real time. This is the
whole revolution that is
taking place, machine to
machine,” Rahulan added.
“Machine to machine
communication is a whole
new philosophy where
everything in the world
that relates to inanimate
objects, whether run
by power or electricity,
would begin communicat-
ing with each other. This
huge database would then
enable us to make them
perform on demand.”
“So there’s no prereq-
uisite, any building of a
particular size, that has a
value proposition in terms
of saving energy, could be
addressed,” he said.
Etisalat and Pacific Controls
to cut UAE carbon footprint
Project uses wireless and wired systems communication to cut down energy usage
The joint venture says that it aims to cut down energy usuage in buildings all across the country.
We’re able to address the device at a local
level by being able to put low cost software
installations on top of the chiller, thus being able
to talk to it in real time. “ Dilip Rahulan
This is then relayed
through a network and
into a software pro-
gramme, which then
translates the captured
information into an alert
in a command centre.
Etisalat clients,
whether they are build-
ing owners, contractors,
real-estate companies or
government entities, can
collaborate with Etisalat
and Pacific Controls to
leverage the resources of
the EES programme.
Using Etisalat networks
and Pacific Controls com-
mand control centre, the
initiative will be able to
reduce end user utility
consumption and service
costs, increase the ef-
ficiency of their existing
assets and have the capa-
bility to remotely manage
them in real time.
In addition, the pro-
gramme will help build-
ing owners with an initial
audit that will identify
potential Energy Conser-
vation Measures. The
programme would then
design ECMs for indi-
vidual buildings; establish
minimum costs; calculate
the maximum energy
savings and finally, imple-
ment the project param-
eters as a contractor.
It will also provide on-
going monitoring and
identification of project
performance after project
completion; along with
carrying out measure-
ment and verification of
carbon footprint of build-
ings in real time.
Rahulan said that the
initiative was a viable in-
troduction to the UAE
market because it was
able to be installed on any
building, as long as the in-
frastructure was already
in place.
Older buildings in the
UAE will also be able to
benefit from this joint en-
ergy saving initiative.
Rahulan said that by
installing the Emirates
Energy Star programme
in buildings, end users
ENGINEERING ADVANTAGE Pressurisation & Water Quality Balancing & Control Thermostatic Control
TA Hydronics gives
you the right answers
on every level
Pressurisation & Water Quality
Balancing & Control
Thermostatic Control
Three leading hydronics companies have joined forces to make sure
you have the solutions you need to optimise efficiency and comfort.
Pneumatex, TA and Heimeier are now one exceptional company called
TA Hydronics. This means we now provide you with everything you need
to optimise hydronic distribution in buildings of all sizes and can help to
increase HVAC system efficiency by up to 30%.
Find out how one company can help you meet every hydronic challenge
at: www.tahydronics.com
TA Hydronics
Office 2107, Jafza View 19
PO Box 262611, Jafza, Dubai, U.A.E
Tel +971 (0) 4 8864500
Fax +971 (0) 4 8864600
www.tahydronics.com
NEWS UPDATE
12 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
ELEVATORS
The Toshiba Elevator
and Building Systems
Corporation (TLEC) has
announced the launch of
a UAE-based subsidiary,
through which it hopes to
tap into the Middle East-
ern market.
At present the corpo-
ration’s UAE business is
handled by the Dubai-
based Dhaher Al Muhairi
Company (DMCO).
However, Toshiba said
that it had reached an
agreement with its share-
holders on 28 November
about establishing a new
company through the in-
crease of DMCO’s capital.
The new company’s name
was also officially estab-
lished as Toshiba Eleva-
tor Middle East.
“Toshiba Elevators
has been aggressive in
the market for the past
four years. In spite of the
market recessiion period,
we were able to maintain
a decent share in the
market,” said Mohamed
Iqbal, managing director
of Middle Eastern opera-
tions, TLEC.
Hydra Commercial
Investments is the third
partner in the new busi-
ness. It is part of the Royal
Group of Companies and
its group chairman is
Sheikh Thanoon Bin Za-
yed Al Nahyan.
DMCO has been
TELC’s distributor since
1999, and has handled
sales, installations and
maintenance of its eleva-
tor products in the UAE.
Toshiba Elevator’s president, Mr Shinichiro Akiba, at the launch of the new UAE based subsidary.
nine of the 19 towers. The
total number of elevator
units contracted is over
100. Most of them are
high-speed elevators of
up to 6m/s.” he explained.
He added that the
company currently has
a ‘respectable market
share’, and that it aims to
become one of the market
front runners over the
next year.
Following the estab-
lishment of the new com-
pany in the UAE, TELC
plans to expand further
into the GCC and the
Middle East, using the
Dubai office as a regional
headquarters.
As a prelude to this
plan taking effect, the
Japanese company has
begun securing proj-
ects in Oman and Saudi
Arabia. It is also in an
advanced stage of finalis-
ing projects in Qatar and
neighbouring countries.
There are currently
around 300 staff present
in the UAE, with engi-
neering and administra-
tive personnel account-
ing for 62 of them.
In addition to these
staff members, the com-
pany has brought in two
full time staff members
from their head offices to
handle the engineering
and design departments.
Iqbal added that the
Japanese company will
look at sending down
staff members to work on
selected projects depend-
ing on the requirements
laid out by clients.
“The elevators are
completed in all towers
and they are being hand-
ed over in stages. The ex-
pected completion date of
the handover process will
be in another couple of
months,” Iqbal explained.
It is currently working
on executing similar tow-
er projects in the City of
Lights, Reem Island and
other parts of Abu Dhabi,
totalling around $27.4m.
“In City of Lights,
works are going on in
Toshiba Elevators announc-
es launch of UAE subsidary
Company will team up with Dubai’s DMCO and Hydra Commercial Investments
The Dubai based com-
pany has carried out a
number of projects in the
emirate for clients such
as Nakheel, and has com-
pleted 420 sets of eleva-
tors in Dubai alone.
In addition, DMCO has
also completed a mega-
project worth approxi-
mately $29.9m, which
involved 14 towers with
60 high-speed gearless el-
evators in Marina Square.
value of recently completed mega-project in
Marina Square, Abu Dhabi
$29.9M
In City of Lights, works are going on in nine
of the 19 towers. The total number of elevator units
contracted is over 100. Most of them are high-
speed elevators of up to 6m/s. “ Mohamed Iqbal
ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
14 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
TransGulf optimistic about
booking contracts in 2012
Dubai owned company calls 2011 ‘a learning curve peroid on how to do business in Qatar’
“The market has
strong supplier
domination in deci-
sion making on pro-
jects procurement.”
- TransGulf
Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical
started its journey in Doha in the middle of
2010, with much efort expended in ironing
out an agreement with a with an influential
local Qatari partner. It was established as a
legal entity by October 2010.
It was fortunate for the company that also
same time it had a tender to bid for by July/
Aug 2010 which was being followed against
all competition of MEP Contractors in Doha.
The company took a bold decision by middle
of October in taking its first MEP sub contract
from a well-known multinational Main Con-
tractor WCT from Malaysia.
This contract was close to 300 million QR
for MEP works for a prestigious government
project. (Project name confidential due to a
directive from government).
After a prolonged process of taking approval
from various authorities, the company settled
down to take on the project in hand by April
2011.
The company called this period a learning
curve of how to do business in Qatar and was
able, due to this experience, get awarded an-
other project from Amana Qatar Contracting
for the Q-Tel Technical and Customer Care
Building for about 100 million QR.
This project again was against stif competi-
tion in the market.
The company then quickly had to the shift
it’s operation on Engineering and Procure-
ment as being done from Dubai, the TGIEM
parent company Trans Gulf Dubai and
partially being done in Doha and partially in
Dubai resulting in much quicker response on
the project.
The challenge the company faced on mul-
tiple fronts, starting from Business Practices,
was in Doha being diferent from Dubai.
Where, many a time, it realised there was a
cultural factor to be recognised in dealing with
people.
The other challenge is building a workforce
in Doha for executing projects. It is quite
dif cult with the visa procedures and the lead
time to get engineers and workers legal status
to live in Doha. This becomes more of a task if
there is a project on hand.
Lastly the market has strong supplier
domination in decision making on projects
procurement. It takes a while to understand
and then be able to deliver the engineering and
procurement part of the project efectively.
Fortunately for TGIEM we have gone
through this learning process and in 2012 are
looking forward to booking further contracts
to deliver the MEP part of projects in time, at
the right quality, within a competitive price.
TGIEM was established in Qatar in 2010.
WHY DO COMPANIES
PERFECT FITTING?
TRY TO PRODUCE THE
ZZZMJVSHHGğWFRP
WHEN ONE
ALREADY EXISTS.
It’s easy to claim to be the best but its far more
difficult to consistently prove it .
In a wide array of industries, Speedfit push-fit
Fittings lead the market. With billions in use around
the world, there are a lot of connections out there
to give us the confidence to boldly make that claim.
The Fastest and Most Reliable
Push-Fit Plumbing System in the World.
50 years of innovation
AVAILABLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
in partnership with
THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE Al Quoz 4, Street 22, Unit 24, Off Umm Suqeim Road, Behind Marina Exotic Home Interiors
UFIX General Trading LLC
PO Box 334354
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 38 07 335
+971 4 38 07 339
enquiries@ufix-me.com
www.ufix-me.com
Tel :
Fax:
His Highness Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Private Office
John Guest
16 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
COMMENT
will local MEP
companies step up?
2012
Gavin Davids says that the outlook for 2012 shows a shift
in priorities for the MEP industry in the Middle East
T
he end of 2011 saw the fifth edition of the MEP Awards
being held at the Address Marina in Dubai. The event
brings down the curtain for the year and celebrates the
people, projects and companies that made a difference to
the MEP industry.
As per usual, there were a few disgruntled nominees, upset that
their projects didn’t win the top prize. At the risk of sounding sadis-
tic, I’m actually quite pleased to see a reaction like that. After all,
seeing such raw emotion on display means that these are individu-
als who care deeply about what they do and how they contribute
towards MEP.
That such passion abounds can only help serve the interests of
the industry in the long run. I hope
this means that we’re in line for a
stellar line up of nominations at the
end of this year, replete with pro-
jects that aim to make a significant
difference to how the industry ap-
proaches challenging MEP related
situations onsite.
It’s easy to underestimate how
much these awards mean to the
winners. Sure, it’s easy to get a bit
jaded and claim that they’re nothing more than an ego boost, but
try telling that to the winner who said to me after he’d picked up his
award: “It’s a big achievement for us to be recognized by the indus-
try. It shows that we’re now one of the established, that we’re rec-
ognised by our peers, that we’re a company that is going places.”
You really can’t argue with that.
As we closed the door on 2011, thoughts turn towards the year
ahead. Although 2011 ended on something of a high note, with the
industry registering slight overall growth, most companies will be
quite upfront in telling you that that it was something of a struggle
to get to where they are.
So then, what does 2012 have in store for us? Talking to a few ex-
perts who have their ear to the ground, the prevalent feeling seems
to be one of cautious optimism, as companies who were focused
on consolidating their assets last year are now looking to achieve
sustained growth, rather attempt those grandiose schemes and ex-
travagant projects.
As Khaldoun Tabari muses, the most
likely scenario is that while the construction
industry in the GCC will continue to grow at
a steady rate, the strongest acceleration will
come from the government sector, where
funding for public infrastructure will continue
to receive strong support from regional lead-
ers, as they strive to meet promises made.
However, where we’re likely to see the most
impressive growth is within the transporta-
tion sector. With the Etihad Rail and other
assorted railway projects finally beginning to
gather steam, the
likelihood of MEP
contractors getting
a slice of the pie is
a major possibility.
As David Crow-
der, who knows
better than most
says, “the pros-
pects for the trans-
port sector really
are excellent, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the
major markets for our design services, not
only for next year, but well into the future.”
Where ever the growth in the industry
comes from, what is certain is that we’re go-
ing to see a definite increase in competition
in the industry. MEP contractors, consultants
and suppliers will be muscling into the mar-
ket, looking to grab a slice of the pie.
It’s up to the local, established companies
here to stand their ground and raise the bar
on these newcomers. 2012 is the year of com-
petition, of that there is no doubt. But the
great thing about compeitition is that it brings
out the best in people. So everyone’s a winner.
Gavin Davids is deputy editor of MEP.
Everyone’s a winner
2012 is the year of
competition, of that there’s no
doubt. But the great thing about
competition is that it brings out
the best in people.“
NEWS ANALYSIS
18 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
FIRE GUTS
SHARJAH
HIGH-RISE
APARTMENT
BLOCK
Six people required
hospital treatment
after a fire gutted 17
floors of a 33-storey
residential building
in the Al Nahda area
of Sharjah earlier
this month.
Fire alarms
throughout the Al
Aneeqah Tower
sounded as the
blaze broke out
at 12:50am. The
high-rise was
successfully
evacuated by rescue
services before it
grew out of control.
Those airlifted to
hospital included
two Jordanian
men suffering from
smoke inhalation
and a Palestinian
mother and her
three children.
No other
casualties were
reported by the
authorities.
The Director
General of Sharjah
Civil Defence,
Brigadier Abdullah
MEP Middle East talks to experts about the impact the
UAE’s Fire and Life Safety Code will have on MEP
A
spate of fires breaking out in high-rise residential tow-
ers and labour camps in the last year has resulted in
dozens of deaths and severe injuries.
Investigations into these tragedies have revealed a
uniform picture of neglect and unawareness on the behalf of
builders, who claimed that they were unaware of the requisite
fire safety norms that they should have been using.
Stung by the accusations, the UAE’s Civil Defence leapt into ac-
tion and introduced a universal fire and life safety code in July 2011.
Also known as NFPA – 101, the Fire and Life Safety Code is
the first standardised piece of legislation to be introduced in the
UAE, in fact in the whole GCC. Its introduction has been warmly
welcomed by the region’s MEP industry professionals as they
finally have coherent directions to follow.
As the code itself states, the ‘need for a modern, up-to-date
fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property
from fire, explosion, handling or use of hazardous materials,
and the use and occupancy of buildings and materials.’
“The Code addresses those constructions, protection and oc-
cupancy features necessary to minimise danger to life from the
ef fects of fire, including smoke, heat and toxic gases created
during a fire,” it states.
NFPA – 101 aims to help minimise the threat posed by fire
to life and property through providing clear guidelines to fire
safety engineers and consultants to ensure that when they de-
sign a system it keeps regulations proven to work ef fectively.
It also establishes minimum criteria for the designs of egress
facilities to allow prompt escape of occupants from buildings or,
where desirable, into safe areas within buildings.
NFPA-101 recognises that life safety “is more than a matter
of egress”. It also addresses protective features and systems,
building services, operating features, maintenance activities
and other provisions “in recognition of the fact that achieving
an acceptable degree of life safety depends on additional safe-
guards to provide adequate egress time or protection for people
exposed to fire”.
Although there have been previous incarnations introduced
into the market, for far too long they remained fragmented and
contradictory, with the likes of Abu Dhabi following one set
of regulations, while Dubai went separely
along its own path.
The resulting chaos left fire systems en-
gineers clueless as they attempted to mud-
dle through the mire, while trying to satisfy
their clients’ needs and requirements.
As Peterson Melegrito, a fire engineer
with Ramboll Middle East says, the new
code unifies all the facets of fire engineer-
ing into one simple, homogenous body of
work that provides a clear picture to those
designing protection systems for buildings.
“Before it used to be that Abu Dhabi had
its own code while Dubai operated under its
own code, [now] the regulations are more
along the lines of Dubai’s previous regula-
tions. In Abu Dhabi, they used two separate
pump sets for high-rise buildings, but the
new regulations mean that they have to use
only one pump set for both the sprinklers
and the stand by system, [...] more in line
with what Dubai did previously,” he said.
Regulation Fire
STANDARDISED
REGULATIONS
The Fire and Life Safety code
will provide clear guidelines
to contractors and designers.
www.constructionweekonline.com
NEWS ANALYSIS
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 19
Other countries consider lift shafts as
sealed elements where the risk of smoke
rising from one floor to the next is minimal.
They use lift shafts and stairwells in a build-
ing as pressurised chambers that contain
the fire to the level the fire breaks out on,
says Graeme Stewart, an associate at Ram-
boll’s Building Services division.
The method described conforms to
standard NFPA procedure, however, the
UAE has taken that one step further.
“The pressurisation code in Dubai in par-
ticular, doesn’t quite follow NFPA,” says
Stewart. We’ve got what’s known as a ‘sand-
wich ef fect’ on floors, where we actually ex-
tract smoke from the floor where the fire is
taking place.”
“From the floor above and the floor be-
low, we positively and negatively pressurise
the air (using the ventilation system). That
doesn’t happen in most countries, it’s spe-
cific to the UAE,” he adds.
JULY 2011 – THE
MONTH NFPA – 101
CAME INTO BEING
900
Estimated
number
of injuries
caused
annually on
a global level
by high rise
fires
60
Estimated
annual
number
of civilian
deaths
caused by
high rise fires
globally
15,000
Estimated annual
number of high
rise structure fires
globally
Source: Facilities Management
Estimated
costs in
property loss
caused by
high-rise fires
globally
$250
m
The Code addresses
those constructions,
protection and occupancy
features necessary to
minimise danger to life from
the effects of fire, including
smoke, heat and toxic gases
created during a fire.“
NFPA 101
A significant step forwards has been the
introduction of a local regulation to help
combat smoke build-up in the case of a fire.
NEWS ANALYSIS
20 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
Saeed Al Suwaid,
was unable to
comment on the
cause of the fire
when contacted by
MEP Middle East.
However, reports
from a senior official
from the Sharjah
Civil Defence quoted
in the Khaleej
Times indicate the
initial investigation
showed that the fire
started as a result
of an electrical
short circuit in an
apartment on the
eighth floor.
Evacuated families
have reportedly
been housed in
Sharjah hotels until
an investigation
into the fire is fully
completed and the
insurance company
finalises its report.
Saeed Awad,
the owner of
the building,
told the local
daily newspaper,
Khaleej Times :
“We have provided
all the affected
tenants with hotel
accommodation.
This building was
recently constructed
and is properly
insured. I am
surprised as to
how quickly the fire
spread throughout
the building.”
The fire was put
out within one hour
of it starting through
a joint effort of ten
teams made up of
firefighters from
the Sharjah Civil
Defence and their
Dubai counterparts.
A helicopter was
also called to help
douse the flames
and assist with the
evacuation effort.
The fire was the
latest in a spate
of blazes that
has affected UAE
residences recently.
“When you extract the air, because you’re pressurising the
above and below floors, you’re not allowing smoke or the fire to
spread, you contain the fire to within one level.”
While this could be considered overkill in other parts of the
world, Stewart says that this considered approach was indicative
of how serious the UAE is taking fire protection. He added that
it highlighted how important a purpose the new code served, as
it provided a clear path for fire engineers to take.
Lee Andrews, director of Business and Engineering at Blue
Diamond Emirates Insulation Contracting, agrees with the sen-
timent expressed by Stewart.
“The code is a fully in-depth archived piece of literature that
has a combination of relevant legislation and international
standards. [In addition], this code has its own unprecedented
standards,” he says.
“The main point is that all the information is collaborated to-
gether, making this the source to revert to for understanding
and reference of current codes international standards,” An-
drews adds.
However, he warns that the introduction of the code means
that local fire engineering contractors and consultants will have
to step up their game to ensure that they’re up to speed with the
new regulations.
“Many of the fire professionals, including main contractors,
will have to have through ongoing training for the purpose of
fully understanding and implementing fire stop systems under
the new building codes of practice.
“Compliance is the key and the understanding of these items
for installation and methodology will have to be revamped,”
adds Andrews.
Terming it a ‘constant battle’, Andrews says that organisations
and fire professionals need to undergo constant rigorous train-
ing and keep abreast of all the changes in the industry.
“We attend seminars around the world with internationally ac-
credited associations all so that we can be fully coherent with
such codes. I believe other firms will have to follow the same
steps as this will be compulsory to comply with the standards
set (by the UAE government),” he adds.
As a whole, experts have found that the new codes are largely
in line with existing international standards, but there remains
a need to modify them to fit to local environmental conditions.
“These new codes comprise of existing standards and comply
with both ‘new builds’ and local legislations. The important bit
is to recognise the existing international standards as well [i.e.:
UL, British Standards, ASTM (American specifications) and
EN (European Standards)] and filter the dif ferentials. This new
code does that quite well,” Andrews says.
While the code is currently where it needs to be, he and Stew-
art both point out that when it comes to pre-existing buildings,
there will be some issues implementing the
new standards.
“There is a huge focus on fire-safety now-
adays and there’s always going to be revi-
sions of tried and tested methods through-
out the industry.”
“[However], with constant evaluation
and revision, we can purposely improve the
standard and well-being of fire safety solu-
tions,”
“My only concerns personally, centre on
pre-existing builds where we need to tackle
[the problems] with the same means,” An-
drews adds.
However, he expressed optimism that the
introduction of standardisation would help
create awareness throughout the industry
and would, in the long term, prove to be
the catalyst for increased standardisation
throughout the MEP world.
“As long as we know about the poten-
tial problems, we can do something about
them. Especially in the MEP sector, where
we work with big names and are aware that
it can be a dif ficult situation to find solu-
tions (late on in a project),” he says.
“Hence we welcome the introduction of
standardisation as a main source to revert
to with clients and consultants who are also
aware of the same codes,” he concludes hope-
fully, optimistic about what the development
of this code could mean for the industry.
CONSIDERED APPROACH
Graeme Stewart says that the UAE is showing that it is taking
a considered approach towards fire safety.
The code is a fully in-depth archived
piece of literature that has a combination
of relevant legislation and international
standards. [In addition], this code has its
own unprecedented standards“ Lee Andrews
www.constructionweekonline.com
SITE VISIT
www.constructionweekonline.com
SITE VISIT
MEP Middle East is taken on a tour of the Rixos Palm
Jumeirah as it gears up for its January 1, 2012 opening.
Gavin Davids reports
Turkish
DELIGHT
22 MEP Middle East | January 2012
www.constructionweekonline.com
SITE VISIT
www.constructionweekonline.com
SITE VISIT
he Palm Jumeirah is an archi-
tectural wonder, and fittingly, it
is home to many iconic luxury
hotels. From the Atlantis Palm
that dominates its skyline, to the
Fairmont Palm Hotel and the Taj
Exotica Hotel and Resort, it is
covered with high-quality, high-
cost playgrounds for the rich and famous.
Tucked away at the very end of the Palm’s
crescent however, is a hotel that is set to take
on these giants of the hospitality world. Part
of the Turkish luxury hotel group, the Rixos
Palm Jumeirah is a 234 room five star proper-
ty that is home to a traditional Turkish ‘ham-
mam’ or bath, a luxury spa, four restaurants,
meeting rooms and a private beach.
The launch of this hotel is a statement of
intent for the Turkish hospitality group, who
intend to use it as a platform to break into the
UAE market and then into the wider GCC re-
gion as a whole.
The mechanical, electrical and plumbing
work for this luxurious Rixos Palm Jumeirah
is being carried out by the Turkish MEP gi-
ant, AE Arma-Elektropanç.
After the sup, just over six months ago, the
contractor was given the near impossible task
of completing the project by January 1, 2012,
in line with the main contractor, Sembol Con-
struction Company’s scheduled completion
date.
However, Burak Kizilhan, the business de-
velopment manager for the contractor, says
that despite the extremely short time frame,
his team pulled together and managed to get
the job done on time, with about 98% of the
MEP work completed by December.
T
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 23
“I keep dropping emails saying I’m going
to get it open for January 1 and I’m confident
that we’re going to do so,” he asserts. “All
our projects have always made deadline and
we’ll make deadline for this one as well,” adds
Kizilhan bullishly.
“We are confident of doing so; we’re work-
ing so hard, seven days a week, with all the
materials on site and around 800 labourers.”
Normally for a project of this size, no more
than 250 to 300 labourers would be required
to complete it, provided the time-frame given
would accommodate the work that needed to
be done, says Mokhles Islam, a mechanical
coordinator for AE Arma-Elektropanç , and a
supervisor on the project.
That was not an option for this project,
Kizilhan says, as AE Arma-Elektropanç was
brought in at a very advanced stage of devel-
opment to complete the project.
“Usually you can handle this kind of pro-
ject with 300 to 250 skilled people and manual
labour, but we were in a situation where we
assigned around 800 people (to get the job
done). This included the required supervi-
sion teams and so on, but we managed to
increase our productivity to three times the
normal amount,” Islam explains.
Size of the workforce needed to finish
the project on deadline
800
The five star luxury hotel and resort is scheduled to open on January 1, 2012, a six month deadline for the contractor.
24 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
SITE VISIT SITE VISIT
Finally, they were also required to install
a building management system that would
help regulate and control all the equipment,
both on a project-wide scale and on an indi-
vidual scale in each hotel room. There are 14
of these control stations installed in 14 differ-
ent locations across the entire project site, ac-
cording to the project specifications.
While Islam says that one of the biggest
challenges the team faced on the project was
meeting the deadline, it had also faced diffi-
culties in installing the correct equipment at
the site.
Because the hotel was surrounded on
three sides by the waters of the Gulf, the risk
of corrosion was higher than would normally
be the case. This meant that MEP materials
that had to be installed, especially electrical
cables and the like, had to measure up to ma-
rine standards before it could be used.
Although the situation wasn’t ideal, Kizil-
han says that the MEP contractor’s specialist
experience in working on luxury hotels, high-
end shopping malls and high-rise accommo-
dation came in handy for the project.
“All the projects we have completed are
five star and we’ve even done one seven star
one in Turkey. (Luxury hotels) and high-rise
buildings are our hallmarks.”
The project footprint, which neighbours
Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum’s Palace
and Sofouh Road, has an indoor area cover-
ing only 30% of the total available land. The
remaining 70% is dedicated towards gardens
and a beach promenade area.
As MEP contractors for the project, AE
Arma-Elektropanç was responsible for the
supply and installation of a number of facets
for the project. In terms of mechanical work,
the company had to install heating and cool-
All our projects have
always made deadline and
we’ll make deadline for
this one as well.“
Burak Kizilhan
ing systems and fire fighting systems, along
with ventilation and plumbing system work.
For electrical, AE Arma-Elektropanç was
required to install a medium voltage system
and a set of transformers.
In addition, they had to install generators
that could handle a variety of functions such
as a low voltage distribution system, lighting,
small power, weak current systems such as
public address and fire alarm systems.
There are eight 1,200kW low voltage panels at the Palm Rixos Jumeirah, bringing the total power up to 9212kW, says Mokhles Islam, mechanical coordinator for the project.
Detailed understanding of the challenges and specific requirements of the
Middle East market has helped to develop products that fulfil the specific
requirements of the Middle East. Environmental and service conditions have been
taken into consideration to develop two of our most successful products in this
market.
With its ultrasonic measuring principle and integrated communication, our Water
and Energy meters are the ideal metering solution for smart metering systems for
the Middle East.
Engineered in Germany, Supported Locally by our team of professional engineers.
For further information, please contact us:
Diehl Middle East FZE
P.O.Box 261507
Jebel Ali Freezone
Dubai - U.A.E.
Phone: +971 4 8 84 92 -37
Fax: +971 4 8 84 92 -39
www.diehl-metering.com
SHARKY HYDRUS
Ultrasonic compact energy meter Ultrasonic water meter
26 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
A further complication came from the fact
that the hotel operator had to be involved
in the final stages of installation as the pro-
ject needed to measure up to the operator’s
luxury standards.
“We have to consider all these require-
ments, the project itself and the hotel opera-
tor’s requirements. In addition, we also have
to follow DEWA regulations as well,” he adds.
What stood the company in good stead,
Kizilhan says, is that it was able to draw upon
its experience working on other Palm Jumei-
rah projects, such as the Shoreline Apart-
ments, when it came to installing and choos-
ing the right equipment for the site.
Finally, when it comes to installing the cor-
rect safety devices, Islam says that a lot of
thought and consideration went into making
sure the right equipment was put into place
for the hotel, as they couldn’t be too careful
with what they were doing.
“For fire handling, we have a fire alarm
system, a fire fighting system and a smoke
management system also. For the fire alarm
systems, we have three main panels for the
building and we have detectors in each room,
bathroom and even inside the walls and corri-
dors. In addition to that, we have a voice evacu-
ation speaker system that directly comes from
the building’s control centre,” he explains.
“In case of a fire, if a sprinkler gets used, if
there’s an actual fire, a signal is given to the
fire alarm system. In the same way, if a detec-
tor sets off an alarm, all the emergency doors
will be opened automatically, providing imme-
diate evacuation routes for hotel guests.”
All the affected floors will get an evacuation
message, followed by the floors above and
below them getting a warning a minute later.
If the fire persists, within five minutes, the
whole building can be evacuated, Islam says.
In addition, a smoke management system
has been installed which has dedicated fire
ducts extracting the smoke from rooms and
corridors to allow residents to exit the build-
ing quickly and safely, he adds.
All in all, Kizilhan says, despite the chal-
lenges and the short delivery time frame, he
is proud of the success AE Arma-Elektropanç
has made of the project, delivering it on time
and under budget to a satisfied client.
º The total power is 9212kw
º 8 nos of 12OOkw lV panels
º 2 nos of 1OOOkVA generators
º O8O mm2 x 8 phase, 11 drums of caole coming from transformer to each NDB
º 2 nos of generators are feeding all essential loads using 2 nos of generator panels (1OOOAmpj
and 4 nos of AT8 (8OOAmpj
º Fire Alarm. 8 main panels for seaside ouilding, main ouilding and other areas
º Central Batter]. 8 main panels (ZB8 2O CEA0j
º BN8. 14 nos of control station in 14 different locations which controlling all the equipment
º Fire fghting s]stem (sprinkler & hose reelj feeding o] 1 set of electrical, diesel & joke] pumps
º All electrical rooms has oeen provided o] FN 2OO s]stem
º 488 nos of ducted t]pe FCU, 14 nos of FAHU, 8 nos of dx t]pe split unit have oeen provided
º 4 nos of plate heat exchanger and 4 nos of chilled water pumps have oeen provided
STATISTICS FOR THE RIXOS PALM JUMEIRAH
“It’s about doing the installation according to
the operators themselves. Since it’s a five star
hotel, the operator has to be involved in the last
stage of the installation, the finishing and some
design changes and so on,” Islam says.
For a project of this size, Kizilhan says that normally a workforce of around 250 to 300 is needed, they had 800.
Since it’s a five star
hotel, the operator has
to be involved in the last
stage of the installation,
the finishing and some
design changes and so
on.“ Nokhles lslam
SITE VISIT
MEP MIDDLE EAST AWARDS 2011
www.hyderconsulting.com
Alastair Mitchell, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Hyder Consulting
Congratulations to Tony Myrie for winning Project Manager of
the Year and Alastair Mitchell for GCC Engineer of the Year at
the MEP Middle East Awards 2011.
Tony Myrie, Head of Mechanical Engineering, Hyder Consulting
SON
THE BIG INTERVIEW
28 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
MEP Middle East talks to Burak Kizilhan, business
development manager of AE Arma-Elektropanç, the
Turkish MEP contractor with big ambitions for the
GCC and Levant region. Gavin Davids reports
Rising
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 29 www.constructionweekonline.com
O
ver the last two decades
Dubai has capitalised on
the yearlong sunshine and
pleasant winter weather that
is prevalent throughout the
Gulf region to promote itself
as a tourism destination to
the Western world, garner-
ing rave reviews for its beach-
es, shopping and luxury living.
As the influx of tourists grew, the other
members of the GCC cottoned on to the oppor-
tunities that the emirate recognised years ago.
Slowly but steadily, the likes of Qatar, Bahrain,
Oman, Abu Dhabi and even Saudi Arabia re-
alised that while it was all well and good to
capitalise on the oil reserves they possessed,
the need to establish an alternative source of
economic income was vital.
Thus we’ve seen an exponential growth in
leisure and luxury holiday attractions through-
out the region, attracting more and more tour-
ists from all over the world.
However, with the rise in holiday travellers
comes the obvious and necessary need to
build accommodation to house them in com-
fort and even extravagant luxury. As a result,
we’ve seen the mushrooming growth of hotels
all over the Gulf.
Ranging from small bed and breakfast op-
erations to sprawling seven star resorts that
embrace decadence and luxury, the hospital-
ity industry has become one of the most viable
sources of income for the Arabian Peninsula.
But as work on building these holiday nir-
vanas continues apace, the need for MEP sys-
tems that measure up to the highest standards
across the world becomes vital. After all, who
wants a holiday that’s ruined by fluctuating
plumbing and inconsistent building services?
This is where a company like AE Arma-Ele-
ktropanç comes into its own. Founded in 2001
after a merger between Arma Engineering and
Elektropanç Electrical Industry and Trade
Corporation, the Turkish owned company has
grown to become one of the largest MEP con-
tractors in the region.
It has overseen the installation of MEP
works in projects spread across three conti-
nents: Europe, Asia and Africa. With around
24 projects spread across various countries,
the contractor has worked on a vast array of
projects, but has been especially active in the
GCC region.
the size of AE Arma-Elektropanç’s
global MEP market
$4bn
It entered the UAE in 2004 with its first pro-
ject, the Shoreline residential apartments on
the famous Palm Jumeirah. Since then it has
worked on projects such as the electrical and
electronical system installation at the Gold and
Silver Towers for Dubai Metal and Commodi-
ties Centre at Jumeirah Lakes Tower district.
Looking further afield, the contractor re-
cently completed the MEP works for what was
at the time, Europe’s tallest building: the Capi-
tal City mixed-use development in Moscow.
Capitalising on the success of this project
and the experience they gained from it, the
Arma-Elektropanç team bid for and won the
contract for the Mercury City Towers, a high-
rise project that will stand at 380m, making it
the tallest building in Europe.
However, despite this success working on
high-rise towers, Burak Kizilhan, the business
development manager for the company, said
that he felt that the company’s future lay in
being a specialist MEP contractor for hotels,
shopping malls and luxury residences.
Kizilhan is the man entrusted with the task
of developing and building the contractor’s
presence in the region. The Turkish born,
British educated electrical and electronics
engineer, is the son of the president of the
company and has helped oversee and develop
MEP projects such as the Bab Al Qasr Hotel
and Apartments in Abu Dhabi and the just
completed Rixos Palm Jumeirah.
Speaking on the grounds of the latter site,
he lays out his company’s plans for the com-
ing year and explains how he intends plot its
strengthening presence in the region.
“We have a lot of projects going on in Abu
Dhabi and Dubai, at the moment we have 24
ongoing projects across three continents. (Out
of those), we’ve got five projects ongoing in
the UAE, so you can say that the UAE makes
up about 25% of our overall business,” he says.
“For the last three months, we’ve prepared
$4bn worth of tenders and we’re waiting to get
a decision (from the clients). We’re looking at
winning around 8% to 10% of that for next year.
That’s equivalent to around $272m.”
Kizilhan adds that with Qatar and Saudi
Arabia’s construction market booming, he
expects to see AE Arma-Elektropanç pushing
strongly into these markets.
“We already have an office in Qatar, but for
Saudi Arabia, we’re looking at opening next
year, maybe in the third or fourth quarter.”
“Right now we’re looking for country man-
agers and at the senior management level. Our
company procedure is that we hire the country
manager first, and he’s responsible for every-
thing under AE,” he says as he lays out a clear
strategy for his company’s success.
With Lebanon, it’s quite a difficult market. We’ve
done a 50-50 partnership with a well known Lebanese
family, you may know them, the Hariri family, through
their company, Radiant Contracting.“
THE BIG INTERVIEW
The sprawling City of Capitals project in Moscow helped put AE Arma-Elektropanc gain recognition in Europe.
THE BIG INTERVIEW
30 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
THE BIG INTERVIEW
“Everything is ready, all the partners are
ready, but it’s a difficult market and we have to
be strong to enter it,” Kizilhan explains.
However, what holds them back from pro-
gressing in the Kingdom is a combination of
events, he feels.
“First of all, its manpower, that’s the most
difficult part for us. We’ve been looking for
a country manager for the last four or five
months, but nobody is willing to go there. Ac-
tually, it’s not so bad once you go there, (but
combating the perception is hard).”
“The second thing is that there are only two
or three companies that distribute projects,
which makes things difficult for even the main
contractors. None of our other markets are
like this, and if you consider us as sub-contrac-
tors, it’s going to get even more difficult.”
“But we have to enter this market, there are
a lot of jobs there and we have to get into it,”
he asserts.
What is likely to stand the company in good
stead as they attempt to conquer the King-
dom is its flexibility when it comes to starting
up a new operation in a different country.
Drawing upon the experience garnered
from its work around the world, Arma-Elek-
tropanç’s adapts its business strategy to suit
its market. When they entered Dubai, Kizil-
han says that they went with a local partner,
similar to their entry into Qatar. However
when it came to starting operations in Mos-
cow, they were more than comfortable begin-
ning from scratch.
While Saudi Arabia remains a target, the
immediate focus for Kizilhan is the new AE
operation he’s overseeing in Beirut, Lebanon.
“With Lebanon, it’s quite a difficult mar-
ket. We’ve done a 50-50 partnership with a
well known Lebanese family, you may know
them, the Hariri family, through their com-
pany, Radiant Contracting. We made a joint
venture between them and our headquarters,
AE Turkey.”
Although the Mediterranean country isn’t
normally one that springs to mind when one
thinks of a booming MEP market, Kizilhan is
adamant that it has huge potential. As a re-
sult, he is determined to steal a march on his
rivals and set up shop there before the rest of
the competition arrives.
value of the contract wins the Turkish
contractor hopes to pick up in the UAE
during 2012
$272m
The massive Bab Al Qasr development was AE Arma-Elektropanc’s official entry for the 2011 MEP Middle East awards.
Bab Al Qasr development sees Turkish firm feted for its MEP work
AE Arma-Elektropanç, the Turkish MEP contractor, was short-listed for the Overall GCC Project of
the Year at the 2011 MEP Middle East Awards. The contractor submitted the Bab Al Qasr mixed
use development as its nomination for the prestigious award.
The massive twin tower project covers an area of 16.8ha and its structure contains four base-
ment levels and 32 additional floors, with the towers joined by a four storey bridge. The first tower
will contain a five star hotel that contains 408 rooms and leisure amenities.
The second tower will contain apartments and a retail plaza with its own leisure equivalents.
The podium under the towers will hold a number of shops and food outlets.
AE Arma-Elektropanç will be handling MEP operations and installations on site, with the con-
tractor looking to complete the whole project by the end of next year.
“We will supply and install all MEP elements to the buildings,” said Burak Kizilhan.
“This includes medium voltage systems, transformers, generators, low voltage distribution
systems, weak current systems and lighting. On the mechanical side there is all the heating and
cooling, firefighting equipment, plumbing and building management systems,” he added.
According to estimates, the entire MEP project will be worth around $54.45m, Kizilhan said.
In addition, the company will work on the buildings HVAC system, including all ventilation,
plumbing and sanitation systems.
Storm rainwater systems will also be installed, while fire and life safety systems and equipment
will be taken care of by the Turkish contractor.
Other areas covered will be the filtration and chemical dosing systems and an LPG supply
system that will run to all related areas and commercial kitchens.
Kizilhan added that the contractor had been on-site at the Bab Al Qasr for as long as Nurol, the
main contractor for the project, had been involved.
The main contractor was mobilised in October 2010, when it completed the shoring work on the
site in preparation for the main construction work.
“For us, the MEP contractor should always work day to day together with the contractor,” he
said, in explanation as to why they decided to take part in the project at such an early stage.
At present, most of the long lead major MEP equipment has been procured and received at site,
though he added that the remaining balance of equipment would be in place by the end of 2011.
AE ARMA ELEKTROPANÇ SHORTLISTS FOR PROJECT
OF YEAR
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 31 www.constructionweekonline.com
The Rixos Palm Jumeirah continues the trend for the MEP contractor as it looks to focus on high-end luxury hotels and shopping malls.
We have a lot of projects going on in Abu Dhabi and
Dubai, at the moment we have 24 ongoing projects across
three continents. (Out of that), we’ve got five projects
ongoing in the UAE, so you can say that the UAE makes up
about 25% of our overall business.“
THE BIG INTERVIEW
While he harbours hopes for success in
Lebanon, he also sees 2012 as a year of op-
portunity in the Middle East.
“For the next 12 months, I hope to see Qa-
tar boom after the first six months, after June
or July. Abu Dhabi is also doing well, with a
lot of projects pending which are finally go-
ing to be decided. There are a couple of pro-
jects that we’ve been short-listed for, so we
see next year as being good for MEP and for
the construction industry as a whole.”
With the Bab Al Qasr project in Abu Dhabi
scheduled to be handed over by the third
quarter of 2012 and more than 856 villas set
to be delivered in Dubai at around the same
time, Kizilhan certainly has enough to keep
him occupied for the year.
However, he hopes to add a true mega-pro-
ject to the mix by the end of next year, with
a joint venture tender between AE Arma-Ele-
ktropanç, Al Habtoor Specon, Spain’s Cobra
(part of the ACS Group) and Mapco aiming
to snare a $1bn MEP contract for the Mid-
field Terminal Building in Abu Dhabi airport.
Although reluctant to discuss it, Kizilhan
did confirm that the tender would see the
joint venture supply and install standby gen-
erators, low-voltage distribution, small power
and lighting electrical systems, medium volt-
age power distribution systems, earthing
and bonding systems, lightening protection
systems, fire alarm and suppression systems
and finally an HVAC plant and other related
systems, amongst others.
So with all that lined up, it’s no wonder that
he’s feeling optimistic about the future, de-
spite the conditions in Europe.
“I should think positively for next year,”
Kizilhan says, “Hopefully Qatar will boom
and we’ll get a lot projects in Qatar, UAE and
Lebanon as well, so hopefully Europe won’t
be a problem like it was in 2011,” he con-
cludes, true to his word, optimistically.
“If you go to Beirut you’ll see that there’s
a lot of construction going on, and all of it is
for A+ type buildings. MEP work for them is
around 25% to 30% of construction, so there
are a lot of jobs for us while there are not a
lot of competitors like there are in other mar-
kets,” he explains, betraying a sense of excite-
ment at the opportunity ahead.
By using the connections that the Hariri
family offers, Kizilhan says that there’s a
good opportunity for the contractor to expand
throughout the Levant region, with Jordan
and Syria in his sights, though he concedes
that it may take a while given the current po-
litical situation there.
“There were a lot of projects in the Levant
area, but now everything has stopped. We
were so close (to winning) some projects in
Syria, but for now we don’t have any projects
there,” he adds.
However, the narrow miss because of the
Arab Spring is not enough to dissuade him
about his plans for the future of what could be
his company one day.
MEP AWARDS 2011
32 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
T
he latest edition of the MEP
Middle East Awards was held
on December 14, 2011 at The
Address in Dubai Marina.
The MEP Middle East
awards are a celebration of the
achievements of the industry
over the last year and is meant
Rounding up the winners of another stellar year in the MEP industry
to acknowledge those professionals who
made them possible.
More than 250 guests turned out to see
dozens of MEP contractors, consultants and
suppliers take part in the awards ceremony.
The judging process consisted of four ex-
perts voting independently of each other.
Their recommendations were then collated
to find an ultimate winner for each of the 12
categories being judged.
The judges were: George Bebari, CEO of
DC Pro Engineering, Thomas Orr, manag-
ing director of Trox Middle East, Murali Ser-
pakkam, general manager of MEP, Al Fut-
taim Engineering and Stelios Thrasyvoulou,
finance director of Al Habtoor Specon.
MEP AWARDS
2011 Winners
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 33 www.constructionweekonline.com
MEP AWARDS 2011
OVERALL GCC PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Al Muneera City by Drake and Scull
Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residential Apartments by AE Arma-Elektropanç
Doha International Airport by Arabian MEP Contracting
Etihad Towers by Voltas
State Guest Reception Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport by RED Engineering
WINNER
Etihad Towers by Voltas
T
he $149m Etihad Towers project was inaugurated on December 4, 2011. The twin
tower mixed used development is built opposite the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu
Dhabi, on an area of over a half a million square metres.
The brief was to provide high quality MEP services that would measure up to
the luxurious standards set out by the developer. With a five star hotel and a series
of luxurious residential apartments to provide for, this meant that Voltas had to incorporate
HVAC systems, car park ventilation, high-voltage networks, building management systems,
closed circuit TV, water supply and sewage drainage, all as unobtrusively as possible.
Given the massive size of the project, Voltas introduced sustainable measures to help cut
down costs on the project. For instance, approximately $8.6m was shaved off the total contract
by Voltas convincing the client not to install a dedicated chiller on site.
In addition, by installing systems that utilised natural gas for heating water, utility costs
were reduced by 33%. Energy management systems were also installed to help intelligently
control the air cooling in floors by monitoring occupancy in the area.
MEP CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
ALEC
Arabian MEP Contracting
Al Sabbah Electro-Mechanical Contracting
Drake & Scull
ETA
Mercury
Voltas
WINNER
Voltas
A
part of the $90bn TATA Group, Voltas Limited has over 50 years of experience in the
MEP industry, with around three decades in the UAE alone. Since its inception, it has
operated in regions as diverse as India, the GCC and Singapore.
The company has gained a solid reputation as one that will follow all due processes
on a project, exhibiting a thoroughness on issues that other contractors may regard
as being unimportant.
“Voltas demonstrated an impressive list of projects and a consistent quality approach to
them,” the judges say, when asked why they nominated the Indian contractor for the top prize.
They added that by maintaining such high standards, Voltas was, by extension, pushing the
industry forwards.
With key projects in hand, Voltas seems set to continue the pattern of growth that has seen
it expand throughout the region over the last 10 years.
Quality control was very strict, the designs and specifications
were ranging from the US to Australia, so you’re combining all
these continents’ requirements, the best of all the continents.“
- A R Sureshkumar, project director for Etihad Towers
n
u
to
es
te
ms,
ut
act
sts
ntly
ns
A R Sureshkumar
(l) and Gopal
Sharma, senior
manager, with
the award.
Shaukat Ali Mir, CEO of Voltas with the award.
MEP AWARDS 2011
34 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
SHORTLIST
Al Shirawi US Chillers
Arabian MEP Contracting
Mercury Middle East
Rental Solutions and Services
Viessmann Middle East
WINNER
Mercury Middle East
E
stablished in 2004 as a subsidiary to Ireland’s Mercury Engineering, the Middle East-
ern branch of the international MEP contractor has made steady progress to become
a major player in the regional MEP market.
Over the last 12 months, the company has delivered a number of major projects to its
clients in Qatar and the rest of the GCC. One of its most prominent recent projects is
the Doha Showcase Stadium, which was instrumental in Qatar winning its bid to host the 2022
FIFA World Cup.
The contractor recently signed on to work on a project with Brookefield Multiplex in Doha.
MEP CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Atkins
Buro Happold
CKR Consulting
DC Pro Engineering
Hyder Consulting
KEO International Consultants
RED Engineering
WINNER
Atkins
O
ver the course of 2012 Atkins has secured and begun delivered delivery on some of
the most challenging, time-critical and high-profile projects in the GCC.
These include a range of transportation infrastructure projects such as the 1,200km
Etihad Rail project and the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. In addi-
tion, it has expanded its multidisciplinary design expertise to countries such as India,
Azerbaijan, Russia and Angola.
GCC ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Alistair Mitchell from Hyder Consulting
Bill Jolly from KEO International Consulting
David Crowder from Atkins
Iain MacDougall from RED Engineering
Dr Robert Cooke from Buro Happold
Mahmoud Hassan Mehany from Molden Technical and Consulting Projects
Sayed Rohin from KEO International Consultants
WINNER
Alistair Mitchell from Hyder Consulting
A
listair Mitchell has been involved in the MEP industry for more than 22 years, work-
ing on both building services design and installation supervision and management.
Over the last two decades, he has strived to impart his knowledge to the engineers
and site staff he has worked with and has been instrumental in developing’s Hyder’s
brand across the Middle East. He has delivered numerous major projects, including
the Burj Khalifa, the Tashkent International Airport and Heathrow Terminal 5 in London.
of
m
i-
a,
-
e
ts
s
2
TTHHE YEAR
Eamon Sweetman
claims the Specialist
MEP Contractor of the
Year award.
Alistair Mitchell
nabs the award for
Engineer of the Year.
Atkins’s
work on
transportation
infrastructure
won it
Consultancy of
the Year.
SPECIALIST MEP CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
MEP AWARDS 2011
36 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
SHORTLIST
CKR Consulting
DC Pro Engineering
RED Engineering
WINNER
CKR Consulting
E
ver since it opened its doors in Dubai 10 years ago, CKR Consulting has focused on
forging long-term relationships with its clients, not matter how large or small they are.
This approach has seen it snap up luxury resorts such as the Madinat Jumeirah
Resort, the One and Only on the Palm and the St Regis on Saadiyat Island, to various
retail showrooms in Dubai, Kuwait and Muscat.
The South African owned consultancy has been in operation for more than 30 years and of-
fers the full gamut of MEP services, right from concept to completion.
Next up in 2012, the consultancy hopes to win a bid to supply high end security over IP and
triple play (Voice, Data and TV) over an IP system for a large ‘integrated’ township. CKR is cur-
rently presenting a proposal for the project.
PROJECT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Dean Pillay of CKR Consulting
Tippu Sultan of ALEC
Tony Myrie of Hyder Consulting
WINNER
Tony Myrie
A
s a 33 year veteran of the MEP industry, Tony Myrie has demonstrated the skills
and qualities necessary for a Project Manager to succeed in a high pressure envi-
ronment such as the GCC.
As the MEP Project Manager for Education City in Qatar, he is required to
interact on a daily basis with different project manager, discipline engineers and
signature architects across 13 individual packages.
This provides a showcase for his leadership and organisational skills, as well as his ability
to influence multiple teams to deliver MEP on time for this massive project.
Despite having grown up in poverty in Jamica, Myrie dedicated himself to academic suc-
cess and worked for the Government of Jamaica before joining Hyder.
SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Co-generation systems for the Ajman Hotel Project by Jain Sustainable Engineering Solu-
tions
Nine ADEC Sustainable Schools by KEO International Consultants
Fujairah Mixed Used Development by RED Engineering
WINNER:
Nine ADEC Sustainable Schools by KEO International Consultants
A
passionate advocate for sustainability in the Middle East’s MEP industry, Bill Jolly
was the man behind this massive undertaking by KEO International Consultants.
Recipient of the coveted three Pearls rating by Estidama, the project successfully
saved as much as 2.4m kgs of CO2 per year across the nine schools.
Working to a tight budget, KEO successfully delivered the project design on time
with high quality and construction activities at the various sites are now progressing well, Jolly
says.
Set to be advertised globally as a flagship project for the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the
project is set to benefit both ADEC and the external environment.
SPECIALIST MEP CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR
y
y
e
y
e
n
.
h
s
f-
d
r-
R OOFF THE YEAR
CKR’s work on
luxury resorts
helped win it the
award.
KEO’s work to promote
sustainability won it the
judge’s acclaim.
Tony Myrie is
MEP’s Project
Manager of
the Year.
ILITYPROJE
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 37 www.constructionweekonline.com
MEP AWARDS 2011
INNOVATION
OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Combined Diffuser by Aldes Middle East
Al Bustan Complex by DC Pro Engineering
Bioclimatic Design for Hotels by RED
Engineering
Temporary District Cooling Plants by
Rental Solutions and Services
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Combined Diffuser by Aldes Middle East
WINNER
Bioclimatic Design for Hotels by RED
Engineering
SHORTLIST
Drake and Scull International
ETA
Mercury Middle East
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Mercury Middle East
WINNER
Drake and Scull International
SUPPLIER
OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Aldes Middle East
Al Otaishan Group for Safety
Faisal Jassim
Leminar Air Conditioning Company
Radiant Engineering
Rental Solutions and Services
Viessmann Middle East
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Leminar Air Conditioning Company
WINNER
Viessmann Middle East
YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
SHORTLIST
Charl Burger of CKR Consulting
Michael Slessor of Buro Happold
Raied Bitar of KEO International Consulting
Ray Choi of RED Engineering
Ross McDonald of RED Engineering
WINNER
Michael Slessor of Buro Happold
S
ince coming to Dubai two and a half years ago, Michael Slessor has quietly begun to
carve out a niche for himself in the MEP industry. The product of a University of Cam-
bridge education, the 25 year old has crammed in an impressive amount of experience
in such a short career.
He has worked on a number of significant projects, including media zones, airport
terminals, laboratories and master plans. However, arguably his most significant body of work
has come in developing the Estidama Pearl Rating System for the Abu Dhabi government.
HEALTH
AND SAFETY
INITIATIVE
OF THE YEAR
o
m-
e
rt
k
SUPPLIER INNOVATION HEALTH
Michael Slessor’s work with
the Abu Dhabi government and
Estidama won him the award.
R Praveen Kumar holds the
Supplier of the Year award.
Mick Cairns holds the award for
Innovation of the Year.
Wael Salah Mostafa
with the HSI award.
MEP AWARDS 2011
38 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com www.constructionweekonline.com 38 MEPMiddleEast | Januar
in the Middle East
Taking Fire stopping to a new level

Blue Diamond Group of companies
GCC & Middle East
Po Box 25468 Dubai United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 4 340 3700 Fax: +971 4 340 5122
Email: bluedbc@eim.ae
Qatar Tel :+974 44 127093 Fax: +974 44 178210
2012 PREVIEW
40 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
Given that 2011 ended on some-
thing of a high note for the MEP
industry with nascent signs of
growing cropping up throughout
the region, it seems only fair that
we should look ahead to 2012 with
some optimism and a sense that
better things lie ahead of us.
With that in mind, MEP Middle
East spoke to three of the biggest
names in the industry: Khaldoun
Tabari from Drake and Scull In-
ternational, David Crowder from
2012: THE YEAR
OF COMPETITION
MEP Middle East talks to three of the foremost MEP experts in
the region about expectations in the industry and how the lessons
from 2011 can help growth in the coming year
Drake and Scull: A regional MEP giant that has delivered high quality
MEP engineering to since the 1960’s.
Atkins Middle East and India: Regional subsidary of the engineering
giant, it has been in operation since 1979.
Ramboll Middle East: The regional arm of the Dutch engineering and
consultancy company with more than 10,000 experts worldwide.
Khaldoun Tabari Vice chairman and
CEO, Drake and Scull International
David Crowder MEP head of
department, Atkins Middle East
and India
Adrian Palmer Executive director,
Ramboll Middle East
Atkins Middle East and Adrian
Palmer from Ramboll Middle East.
All three gave us their expec-
tations for the industry over the
coming year and highlighted the
sectors of the industry that they
felt would offer the best promise
for growth.
As a whole, 2011 seems to
have been a largely positive
year for the MEP industry. Did
it live up to your expectations?
Khaldoun Tabari: 2011 was a
challenging year for the regional
construction industry. We had to
contend with changing macro-eco-
nomics, shifting political winds
and fierce competition.
However, we are satisfied with
our solid performance across all
our subsidiaries for the first nine
months of the year despite a chal-
lenging macro-environment.
The first nine months showed
revenues of $607.13m, a solid in-
crease from the total revenues
of the fiscal year, 2010, which re-
ceived $503.67m.
These results reflected our
operating capability, portfolio
strength and financial flexibility.
Our initial target was to achieve
a 25% top line growth for 2011 and
we’re delighted to have exceeded
our expectations.
MEET OUR
PANEL OF
EXPERTS
- DSI expects to post $81.6m
revenues by 2011 year end
- Plans to grow business by
20% to 25% over coming year
- Atkins made $123.28m in
revenue for the six months to
September
- Staff figures up by 8.1%
since 2010
- Ramboll posted gross
revenue of $616m in H1 of
2011 for entire group
- Currently has over 1,000
employees in UK and MidEast
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 41 www.constructionweekonline.com
2012 PREVIEW
David Crowder: 2011 has ex-
ceeded our expectations. In the
transportation sector, we were
awarded some major projects, in-
cluding the MEP design for Jed-
dah Airport and Etihad Rail.
This has allowed us to maintain
staffing levels despite the tough
economic climate.
The market was extremely
competitive, but our performance
figures have been good thanks to
our success in securing such a di-
versity of work across the region.
Adrian Palmer: Yes, it did live
up to our expectations, in that it
was very challenging! We had a
disappointing first half of the year,
but from the second half onwards,
there has been a significant im-
provement.
What lessons did you take
from the year just past? How
will it influence your business
strategy in 2012?
Khaldoun Tabari: The most
important lesson to learn was that
the vulnerability of businesses to
unforeseen events has never been
more evident. Our businesses
must therefore learn to swiftly
adapt and devise more ways to
move forward.
Uncertainty is becoming a pre-
dominant trend in the life-cycle of
a business. Therefore risk man-
agement has become crucial to
the survival of companies, espe-
cially in the construction industry,
where the required operating capi-
tal needed to maintain a business
is quite substantial.
The most effective way to con-
trol external risk, as we at Drake
and Scull have tried to implement,
is to diversify through countries
and product offerings which help
to mitigate exposure.
We have realised that one of the
key solutions is the need to remain
responsive to local markets, while
at the same time achieving re-
gional efficiency through integrat-
ing and coordinating operations
across all markets and allowing
for the transfer of knowledge from
one operation to another.
In 2012, we will continue to do
what we do best and diversification
will remain pivotal to the continu-
ity of our business as we proceed
to implement our growth plans.
David Crowder: We’ve worked
hard to improve efficiency across
the board. This includes our own
efficiency as designers and also
the efficiencies that we can offer
our clients.
Our fully coordinated BIM de-
signs save waste and re-work for
contractors who are on site and en-
able faster build rates with lower
installed costs.
We see utilising this as the best
way to achieve value for our clients
while also maintaining the high
standards that we have set in re-
cent years.
Adrian Palmer: One of the
most important lessons we’ve
learnt over the course of the year
is to continue to focus on getting
the business basics right. As an
MEP consultant, you have a few
set tasks; you have to add value for
your client; you have to help build
resilience in the market and aim to
expand geographically.
We have set growth targets for
2012, and we intend to achieve
these targets through geographi-
cal and market diversification.
We also aim to extend our geo-
graphical and market diversifi-
cation, while also extending our
client base, which will be in con-
junction with robust management
of business risk.
With that in mind, what are
your expectations for 2012,
for both yourselves and the
industry as a whole?
Khaldoun Tabari: We look
ahead to 2012 with cautious opti-
mism in light of the world’s eco-
nomic volatility. We see sustained
growth in the region as govern-
ment spending on infrastructure
developments remains a strategic
priority for them.
We are well poised to capital-
ise on this. Based on our secured
$1.82bn backlog, we expect that
next year we will be growing by ap-
proximately 20% to 25% compared
to 2011 levels.
The transportation sector of the MEP industry will be a major market in 2012, Crowder says. Tabari says companies should look at 2012 with ‘cautious optimism’.
We expect the transportation market
to remain strong in 2012. We see Saudi
Arabia and Qatar as major growth markets
for our design services, not only for next
year, but well into the future “ David Crowder
2012 PREVIEW
42 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
However, optimising operating
costs and efficiency as well as bal-
ance sheet management remains
on top of the list.
We expect the construction in-
dustry’s real growth to accelerate
over the coming year. On top of
this, greater government spend-
ing should continue into 2012 as
the regional governments carry
out their sizeable social and infra-
structure development plans.
It’s difficult to estimate accurate
numbers for particular growth
in the MEP industry, but we defi-
nitely see heightened activities in
this field as general construction
activities across all sectors are ex-
pected to pick up.
David Crowder: We expect
the transportation market to re-
main strong in 2012. We see Saudi
Arabia and Qatar as major growth
markets for our design services,
not only for next year, but well into
the future.
Rather than set targets, we’re
taking a more balanced view for
2012. We already have an MEP
team large enough to take on the
biggest projects in the region.
This puts us in the position of
having a strong, established and
very talented team of more than 60
specialists. So while we may see
growth, we already have a great
deal of capability and will look to
build on this in a measured and re-
sponsible manner.
I think the prospects for the
property sectors are stable, but for
transport, they really are excellent.
Adrian Palmer: I think 2012
will be another challenging year
with external risks. However, if
these are managed successfully,
the Middle East market has a num-
ber of significant opportunities.
However, 2012 has the potential
to be a very strong year as there
seems to be a strong demand for
refurbishing and fit out. Prospects
are good, in my opinion.
What are the biggest chal-
lenges you anticipate for the
coming year?
Khaldoun Tabari: Maintaining
sustained levels of profitability is
a key challenge for contractors in
2012. Competition is rendering
lower profit margins and therefore
our primary focus for the year is
controlling costs and efficiently
allocating resources to optimise
our expense base, while ensuring
growth in market share.
We believe that the investment
made in 2011, all other things be-
ing equal, will yield robust finan-
cial results in 2012, as we continue
to implement our own growth
strategy plans.
David Crowder: I think re-
cruiting the right calibre of staff
will be a major issue for all MEP
businesses because of the scale of
activity across our core markets.
We’re fortunate in that respect
because we already have a large
and highly skilled team.
But we’re also investing heavily
in developing and nurturing our
young engineers because they rep-
resent the future of the business.
Adrian Palmer: I think we’re
going to see the continuation of a
very competitive market place.
MEP companies will be fo-
cused on maintaining their core
strengths.
In regards to us, we’ll focus on
continuing the development and
embedding of BIM, maintaining
and developing our strong client
relationships and providing added
value to them.
Another challenge we’ll also
have to look seriously at will be to
develop our operational flexibility
and efficiency properly over the
coming year.
The vulnerability of businesses to
unforeseen events has never been more
evident. Our businesses must therefore
learn to swiftly adapt and devise more ways
to move forward.“ Khaldoun Tabari
We’re going to see the continuation
of a very competitive market place. MEP
companies will be focused on maintaining
their core strengths“ Adrian Palmer
Qatar will be one of two major markets for MEP companies over the coming year.
PRODUCTS
44 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
WANT TO FEATURE YOUR PRODUCT HERE? Email: gavin.davids@itp.com
BUYER’S
GUIDE
New products come on
to the market at a great
rate. While many shout
about their innovation or
competitive pricing, it can
be difficult to spot the true
merit of a product without
the right information. MEP
offers a few top tips that
are always worth keeping
in mind when purchase
orders are on the way.
TOP TIPS
1. FOCUS
Know what you are looking
for and exactly what you
need it to do
2. RESEARCH
Get suppliers to provide
detailed product
information based on your
specific requirements
3. PRICE VERSUS...
Is price the most important
factor?
4. ...QUALITY
Or will quality matter more
in the long run?
5. IS IT NEEDED?
Is the product something
the project really needs?
Could it be done without or
bought at a later stage?
6. SUSTAINABILITY
Does this product need to
be ‘green’?
7. STANDARDS
Does the product need to
conform to any specific
standards?
8. SHIPPING
Will the product make it to
site on time, or is there an
order backlog?
9. LIABILITY
How long will your
company be liable for the
product’s performance?
10. SORTED
Will this purchasing
decision sort the job or will
it come back to haunt you?
Product focus
MEP Middle East reviews the latest gadgets, essential kit and serious
product innovations making an impact in the GCC construction market.
Let us know if there is something you would like to see on these pages.
TROX TECHNIK DESIGNER SWIRL
DIFFUSERS – XARTO
TROX TECHNIK is proud to launch the new designer swirl diffuser
– XARTO. TROX have applied themselves to the task of combining
function and design in an effective way. The XARTO diffuser faceplate
has 10 configuration variations which now provide interior design
consultants and building owners with a large selection of refined designs
so that every creative or architectural concept can be realised. Specific
faceplate design requirements can also be engineered for a bespoke air
diffusion solution.
TROX have utilized three dimensionally profiled ABS plastic blades
behind the steel faceplate to create an efficient swirl, which in
JG SPEEDFIT PUSH FIT PLUMBING
SYSTEM
JG SPEEDFIT is a Push Fit System for all plumbing and
heating systems. Simply pushing a pipe into a fitting
produces a permanent leak proof connection. The fittings
can be disconnected and used again without the need
for replacement parts. The low insertion easy to install.
The installation is greatly enhanced by the clean, all
white appearance of pipe and fittings. Speedfit Fitting are
suitable for both Copper, Pex and polybuthene pipes. The
Speedfit system has a 25 year guarantee.
R410A REFRIGERANT
R410A REFRIGERANT is an environmentally friendly and highly efficient
refrigerant used for Direct Expansion Equipment. This introduction was
no small feat as the introduction of an equipment range based on a new
refrigerant is fraught with challenges including providing training to all
staff, understanding the equipment, being able to commission it correctly
and have the capability to maintain it.
Leminair’s push for the R410A refrigerant has seen it gain acceptance in
the Middle East market, despite the presence of the more established R22
refrigerant. So successful has the campaign been that the refrigerant is
now regarded as one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly
refrigerants amongst end users.
www.constructionweekonline.com
PRODUCTS
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 45
7 QUESTIONS
TO ASK
1. If my order
quantities increase,
will I receive a better
price?
2. When will the
order be delivered
to site?
3. Has the product
been used or tested
in the GCC?
4. What guarantees
are in place for the
product?
5. What after-sales
support is available?
6. Will we recieve
any installation
advice or
assistance?
7. Can the product
be customised to
suit our specific
requirements?
TROX TECHNIK EASYLAB TCU3
TROX TECHNIK has launched the latest version of its market leading
LabControl System – the EasyLab TCU3. This fully integrated plug-
and-play system has adaptable control methodologies for all laboratory
applications. This system can be combined with TROX available air flow
control and distribution products to deliver a complete LabControl system
solution. The EasyLab system has been developed specifically to ensure
ease of installation, commissioning, and monitoring, and can be supplied
in modular format to ensure the client pays only for the components
required for their specific solution. TROX Middle East has an operational
demonstration unit available on request for presentations.
LUTRON RANGE OF WIRELESS ENERGY EFFICIENT
LIGHT CONTROLS
Lighting can account for the majority of a building’s total energy consumption. With
many building spaces remaining unoccupied between 40% and 70% of the day, lights
can become unnecessarily costly as well as increasing the carbon footprint of the
business. Lutron wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors automate the switching and
dimming of lights, saving energy, money and time.
Radio Powr Savr (RPS) sensors by Lutron can be installed in as little as 15
minutes and communicate with compatible Lutron dimmers, switches and light
control systems. Using Clear Connect™ Radio Frequency (RF) Technology for
communication with wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors, daylight sensors, and
wireless controllers ensures smooth and consistent performance.
KESSEL SEPARATORS
KESSEL separators ensure that wastewater pipes from commercial
buildings remain blockage free by removing greases and food sludge
from wastewater streams. This upstream solution also critically
reduces the load on the district water treatment plants. The extensive
Kessel range has safe hygienic solutions for all users from small
restaurants to major catering companies preparing up to 200,000 meals
per day. Models can also range from basic manual operation to fully
automated custom solutions.
In addition to grease separators, Kessel also offers oil/fuel Coalescence
Separators. These units provide essential separation where oil and fuel
can enter the drainage system. Material of construction is polyethylene
TROX TECHNIK ABS SWIRL DIFFUSERS –
AIRNAMIC
TROX TECHNIK has launched the new ABS swirl diffuser – AIRNAMIC.
TROX AIRNAMIC swirl diffusers are the result of extensive development
work with progressive materials and advanced production techniques.
The use of the ABS plastic technology enables the development and the
production of three-dimensionally profiled blades (with optimum swirl
generation), thus enabling high volume flow rates and low sound power
levels. Low air velocities and low temperature differences in the occupied
zone provide excellent comfort levels even at these higher volume flow rates.
TROX Middle East currently has the AIRNAMIC installed in their flow
studio, and it can be demonstrated on request.
TAKE A LOOK
Aubin Academy Series:
Revit MEP 2011
This is the ideal book to
help readers successfully
use Revit MEP. It is a
concise manual focused
squarely on the rationale
and practicality of the
Revit MEP process. It
emphasises the process of
creating projects in MEP,
rather than being a series
of independent commands
and tools.
PRODUCTS
46 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
APEX MODULAR WIRING SYSTEMS
Apex has established itself as a supplier for electrical wiring
products in the UK market, with over 50 PFI and ProCure21
schemes totalling over 2 million m
2
. Projects for the company
include the Royal London Hospital and Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Modular wiring systems are growing in popularity in the Middle
East, with mechanical and electrical specifiers are now looking
seriously at the benefits of the modular approach. Most modular
electrical wiring systems work on a radial circuit as opposed to the
ring main common to most installations. Fewer cable lengths are
required and less copper is needed because the radial installation
runs only one way.
RONIS INTERLOCK SYSTEMS
The RONIS range of interlock systems are designed specifically to
ensure the safety of users and materials during work on medium- and
high-voltage machines and electrical installations. The range offers a
number of locks that can be adapted to any hazardous component by
requiring manipulation in a specific order and tailored to company’s
specific needs. Designed for maximum safety, the RONIS product
range includes locking isolator controls, access locks and locking
systems for circuit-breaker switches, inverters and transformers.
Each hazardous component is protected by one or more locks, each
of which can only be opened with its own specific key.
MOBILE
TECH
Mobile devices are
becoming a ubiquitous
tool in many industries.
MEP takes a look at
some of the latest
mobile applications that
may help to make an
engineer’s working life a
little bit easier
7 TOP APPS
1. ENGINEERING
CALC
This Agilent Technologies
app is pitched at engineers
and students who need a
reference tool for electrical
and RF engineering.
2. CIVIL
ENGINEERING
FORMULATOR
Multieducator’s
engineering app collects
together 100 important
formulas for engineers.
3. UNIT
CONVERTER PRO
Concrete Software’s
massive conversion tool
helps sort all those mixed
measures.
4. AIR PRESSURE
Gas Liquids Engineering
has created an app to
calculate height above sea
level based on air pressure
measures.
5. POWERONE
SCIENTIFIC
CALCULATOR
PowerOne combines
an algebraic and RPN
calculator with spreadsheet
templates.
6. OHM’S LAW
A quick and simple Ohm’s
Law calculator from
Christopher Pflepsen.
7. MECHANICAL
ENGINEER
Another app from
Multieducator that collects
together more than 300
important mechanical
engineering formulas.
CIMBERIO MONOLINK VALVE
FOR FAN COIL UNIT
The Monolink is a preassembled and factory tested valve for fan
coil units. Marketed in this region by NAFFCO Flow Control, the
Monolink acts as a strainer, by-pass valve, balancing valve and drain
cock all-in-one. It requires no requirement of assembly at site. The
valve reduces the number of connections from the traditional 22
joints to just six connections, making installation easier and faster.
This results in cost saving and is ideal areas where there are space
constraints. The Monolink also has a condensation proof casing
which helps it avoid insulation problems, making servicing very
easy. It has a five year factory warranty.
CIMBERIO PRESSURE INDEPENDENT
CONTROL VALVE
The Pressure Independent Control Valve is an eco-friendly
product from Cimberio that is marketed in the region by
NAFFCO Flow Control. The valve is designed for the automatic
balancing of heating and cooling systems, regardless of
fluctuating pressure conditions in the system. Due to its
design, this valve is able to perform the important functions
of regulation, control and modulation. Its manufacturer says it
helps reduce costs and improve energy savings. In addition, its
compact valve construction means it does not require inlet and
outlet straight pipelines to stabilise the flow.
www.constructionweekonline.com
PRODUCTS
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 47
MADE IN CHINA
14.7%
YOY INCREASE RATE FOR
MANUFACTURE OF ELECTRIC
MACHINERY FROM JANUARY
TO NOVEMBER
11.6%
YOY INCREASE RATE FOR
MANUFACTURE OF
ELECTRIC MACHINERY
IN NOVEMBER
TYCO VALVES & CONTROLS
Tyco’s Sapag Monovar pressure control valve is pushing the boundaries
of control valve design and engineering. With excellent cavitations
characteristics which make it suitable for high pressure drop applications,
the value is able to control a high pressure differential in relation to its inlet
pressure. Very accurate flow and pressure regulation capabilities ensure
the valve is well suited to industrial water applications in water distribution,
hydro-power stations and process industries. Engineering for improved
reliability and endurance, the valve ensures that users can take advantage
of predictable performance, while its multi-jet design also reduces the
destructive effects of cavitations and extends the lifecycle of the product.
WEG FREQUENCY INVERTERS AND
SOFT STARTERS
WEG is a supplier of electric motors and related control
equipment. It currently supplies inverter drive systems and
soft starters to a Spanish consortium that is working on the
Tlemcem-Honaine desalination plant in Algeria, one of the
largest in the world. The WEG equipment can be integrated
into electrical control panels and will allow plants to increase
efficiency, save energy and improve equipment reliability. The
company specialises in both high efficiency motors and units
developed for specific industry applications.
Tel. +971 4 238 1555
e-mail info@bluetruck.ae www.bluetruck.ae
Fax. +971 4 238 2325
The market leader in mass door-to-door
ĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶĂŶĚĐŽŶƚƌŽůůĞĚďƵůŬĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶ
of magazines within the UAE.
dĂŝůŽƌŵĂĚĞĚŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶƐŽůƵƟŽŶƐƚŽƐƵŝƚLJŽƵƌ
requirements.
ŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶϭϬϬйĐŽŶƚƌŽůůĞĚďLJůƵĞdƌƵĐŬ
ĞŵƉůŽLJĞĞƐ;ŶŽĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůŵĂŶĂŐĞŵĞŶƚŽƌ
distributors).
ŽŵƉƌĞŚĞŶƐŝǀĞŝŶͲŚŽƵƐĞĂƵĚŝƚĂŶĚƌĞƉŽƌƟŶŐ
ƐƚƌƵĐƚƵƌĞ͕ǁĞĂůƐŽǁĞůĐŽŵĞĞdžƚĞƌŶĂůĂƵĚŝƚƐĨƌŽŵ
ƚŚĞĐŽŵƉĂŶLJŽĨLJŽƵƌĐŚŽŝĐĞ͘
ĨƵůůƐŽůƵƟŽŶƐƉĂĐŬĂŐĞ͕ŝŶĐůƵĚŝŶŐĞƐŝŐŶ͕
WŚŽƚŽŐƌĂƉŚLJ͕WƌŝŶƟŶŐΘŝƐƚƌŝďƵƟŽŶ͘
AssoĐiate
member
ȾAward winning
ĐŽŵƉĂŶLJ
THE LAST WORD
48 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.constructionweekonline.com
What will your expansion strat-
egy be in these countries?
There is no model which has been
defined to expand in these coun-
tries; it’s always a case by case situ-
ation. We’re always evaluating what
the potential is and what the current
situation is.
You would not treat Qatar, with
a population of around two million,
the same as you would treat Saudi
Arabia, a country with a population
of around 30 million.
The aim at the end is to be pres-
ent in the market, whether it is
through a 100% owned company, a
joint venture or a distribution agent.
It’s under evaluation in all countries
and it can change all the time.
The first approach can be an
exclusive relationship with a dis-
tributor, which can then become a
partner in a joint venture, which can
finally become an industrial part-
ner and we may manufacture some
products together.
This has been done in some
other countries already, so we don’t
discount an potential situation.
What is the major challenge
that crops up when operating as
a manufacturer in the GCC?
We’re in an environment where a
worker will stay for four, five or six
years in a row. He will then decide
to go back to India, Pakistan or Ban-
gladesh and stay there for a year
and decide whether he’ll come back
to you or not.
Instead of suffering through this
rotation, we’re now organising the
company to manage the movement
of people. We’ve put in place a per-
manent training programme on all
aspects and I can say that we’re now
a permanent school covering all as-
pects of our production.
From the assembly part to the
cutting and the way we’re selling
the product, it’s all a repetition of
what we’re doing.
MEP Middle East talks to Stanislas
Lacroix, the new CEO of Aldes, about
how the family owned company plans
to tackle 2012, while dealing with the
challenges ahead
MARKET
Potential
What was the most positive
GCC market for Aldes in this
year just gone?
For us, with the projects we’ve been
involved in, Dubai was the market
for 2011. As far as the UAE is con-
cerned, one year Dubai does very
well for us, and then it’s a bit dull.
Then Abu Dhabi does very well, it
depends on the year.
This year, for us, Abu Dhabi was
down but Dubai was extremely hot.
Next year, we estimate that Dubai
will be slightly down and Abu Dhabi
will be up.
It’s not a question of market
potential; it’s about the execution
phases that are inside the regional
construction market.
Abu Dhabi is probably the place
that you want to be in, it is growing
at the moment, [but only] if you’re
at the design or early execution for
the main structure.
If you’re at the second or third
step, the finalisation of the building,
then for us, Dubai was the market
to be in over the course of 2011.
For sure, this trend will change
in 2012 as Dubai will go down sig-
nificantly in the middle or end of the
first quarter, while Abu Dhabi will
rise from that time.
What are targets are you setting
for the year ahead?
For 2012, we work to be more pro-
ficient and efficient internationally.
Not only here in the GCC, but also
in Europe, where we have quite dif-
ferent challenges to face. Macro-ec-
onomically speaking, we really have
to be ‘on the market’.
Basically, that means that we
have to be as clear as possible in
our objectives and help the compa-
ny team to understand the situation
we’re in and ensure that they’re on
the right track.
With the downturn, we’ve been
forced to go to the export market
as well, where the growth is pull-
ing the industry, especially in Saudi
Arabia and Qatar. These are two
regions where we are now starting
to invest and develop ourselves in a
serious manner.
It’s not a question of market
potential; it’s about the execution phases
inside the construction market.“
THE KSA MARKET SIZE FORCES A
CHANGE IN ALDES’ STRATEGY
30M
Stanislas Lacroix has
recently taken over his
family’s company.
TbRKEY ª CYFRbS ª RbSSíAh FEBERATí0h ª AZERBAíJAh ª bhíTEB ARAB EMíRATES ª 0ATAR ª LEBAh0h ª ALßERíA
www.arma-elektropanc.com
www.lacebook.com/armaelektroµanc ª www.twitter.com/armaelektroµanc ª www.linkedin.com/comµany/ae·arma·elektroµanc
AE ARMA-ELEKTROPANÇ
Main Contractor: AL FATTAN MRCB CONSTRUCTION CO.
Rixos Palm Jumeirah Hotel
is ready for the new year!
We have handed over our
second 5 star hotel in
Jumeirah Palm Island.
Power your BTU Metering
– with MULTICAL
®
602
With the new MULTICAL
®
BTU meter you get a staggering
choice of communication technologies. Whether manual or
automatic, mains powered or battery operated, wired or wire-
less, MULTICAL
®
602 is the best mean for accurate and powerful
data communication.

Experience prolonged battery lifetime, high-power radio commu-
nication and long term stability and let MULTICAL
®
602 power
your communication.
Kamstrup Middle East FZC · P.O. Box 500 468 · Dubai · United Arab Emirates · Tel: +971 4 453 7337 · dubai@kamstrup.com · www.kamstrup.com

2011 2011 2010 2010 2008 2007

CC Best O&M District Cooling service provider CC Best O&M Chiller Service Provider GCC MEP Service Provider of the Year MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year MEP Specialist Contractor of the Year

JANUARY 2012 VOLUME 7 ISSUE 01

CONTENTS
04 NEWS 16
SMAC joint venture bids for Abu Dhabi terminal contract Gavin Davids on how everyone’s a winner in MEP in 2011

COMMENT

44-47 PRODUCT FOCUS

Checking out the latest MEP related products to hit the market

10

Etisalat and Pacific Control tie up to cut the UAE’s carbon footprint

NEWS UPDATE

18

Big money spinners for the HVAC industry and how district cooling is failing

NEWS ANALYSIS

48

Stanislas Lacroix on his plans for Aldes after taking it over from his father

THE LAST WORD

28

22

SITE VISIT

MEP Middle East is taken on a tour of the Rixos Palm Jumeirah as it scrambles to hit its January 1, 2012 deadline

32
MEP Middle East talks to AE Arma-Elektropanc about their expansion plans

BIG INTERVIEW

40

THE YEAR OF COMPETITION

MEP experts give us their thoughts on what lies ahead for the industry in 2012
www.constructionweekonline.com

AWARD WINNERS

MEP Middle East celebrates the achievements of the MEP industry at a gala banquet at the Address Marina in Dubai
January 2012 | MEP Middle East 1

Registered at Dubai Media City PO Box 500024, Dubai, UAE Tel: 00 971 4 444 3000 Fax: 00 971 4 444 3030 Web: www.itp.com Offices in Dubai, Manama, Mumbai & London ITP BUSINESS PUBLISHING CEO Walid Akawi Managing Director Neil Davies Managing Director ITP Business Karam Awad Deputy Managing Director Matthew Southwell Editorial Director David Ingham EDITORIAL Senior Group Editor Stuart Matthews Deputy Editor Gavin Davids Tel: +971 4 444 3262 e-mail: gavin.davids@itp.com ADVERTISING Sales Director: Construction Yazan Rahman Tel: +971 4 444 3351 e-mail: yazan.rahman@itp.com Advertising Director: Construction Andrew Parkes Tel: +971 4 444 3570 e-mail: andrew.parkes@itp.com Sales Manager Zaid Hadi Tel: +971 4 444 3779 e-mail: zaid.hadi@itp.com STUDIO Group Art Editor Dan Prescott PHOTOGRAPHY Chief Photographer Jovana Obradovic Senior Photographers Efraim Evidor, Isidora Bojovic Staff Photographers George Dipin, Juliet Dunne, Lester Ali, Lyubov Galushko, Mosh Lafuente, Murrindie Frew, Ruel Pableo, Ruel Pableo, Rajesh Raghav, Shruti Jagdesh, Stanislav Kuzmin, Verko Ignjatovic PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION Group Production & Distribution Director Kyle Smith Deputy Production Manager Matthew Grant Production Coordinator Devaprakash V A Managing Picture Editor Patrick Littlejohn Image Retoucher Emmalyn Robles Distribution Manager Karima Ashwell Distribution Executive Nada Al Alami CIRCULATION Head of Circulation & Database Gaurav Gulati MARKETING Head of Marketing Daniel Fewtrell Events Manager Michelle Meyrick ITP DIGITAL Director Peter Conmy ITP GROUP Chairman Andrew Neil Managing Director Robert Serafin Finance Director Toby Jay Spencer-Davies Board of Directors K.M. Jamieson, Mike Bayman, Walid Akawi, Neil Davies, Rob Corder, Mary Serafin Circulation Customer Service Tel: +971 4 444 3459 Subscribe online at www.itp.com/subscriptions Certain images in this issue are availiable for purchase. Please contact itpimages@itp.com for further details or visit www.itpimages.com Printed by Atlas Printing Press L.L.C. Dubai
The publishers regret that they cannot accept liability for error or omissions contained in this publication, however caused. The opinions and views contained in this publication are not necessarily those of the publishers. Readers are advised to seek specialist advice before acting on information contained in this publication which is provided for general use and may not be appropriate for the reader’s particular circumstances. The ownership of trademarks is acknowledged. No part of this publication or any part of the contents thereof may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form without the permission of the publishers in writing. An exemption is hereby granted for extracts used for the purpose of fair review.

MIDDLE EAST

NEWS UPDATE | 04 COMMENT | 16 ANALYSIS | 18 INTERVIEW | 28 PRODUCTS | 46 THE LAST WORD | 48
An ITPAn ITP Business Publication | April 2011Vol. 66Issue 12 Business Publication | December 2011 Vol. Issue 4

Essential information for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals

THE CHALLENGE FACING SOLAR POWERED WATER HEATERS

BOILING POINT

SMOKE AND WATER
HOW FIRE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SAVE LIVES

INVESTIGATING SIDRA’S HOT WATER SYSTEMS

HOT AND STEAMY

SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS
Bill Jolly on bringing MEP around to sustainability benefits
ALSO: ALESSA’S ABDULLAH ABDUL-KAREEM ON 2012

CS I L VAYS HANA

BPA Worldwide Audited. Average Qualified Circulation 5,046 (January - June 2011)

Published by and © 2012 ITP Business Publishing, a member of the ITP Publishing Group Ltd. Registered in the B.V.I. under Company Registration number 1402846

www.constructionweekonline.com

Are you looking for a highly efficient solution for your project? We have the high performance double-pack for you.

The efficiency double-pack: The gas condensing boiler Vitocrossal 300 and the Stiftung Warentest Germany awarded Vitosol 200-F solar flat collector. The advantages of this double-pack combination: Highly efficient, environment friendly solution to reduce fossil fuel consumption and lower operation cost. High energy saving and CO2 reduction with low investment. Check us out at www.viessmann.com.

Individual solutions with efficient systems for all fuel types and applications.

Viessmann Middle East FZE SAIF Zone PO Box 120841, Sharjah UAE phone +971-6-557 87 56 · fax +971-6-557 87 65 e-mail: info-me@viessmann.com

Domestic boilers, DHW cylinders and calorifiers

Wall mounted boilers

Solar collectors

Heat Pumps

Commercial boilers

and lighting electrical for added value servic.al to provide engineering dustry professionals. “This collaboration The SMAC joint venture will have a combined workforce of 10. project includes the sup.3m Group revenue YTD Net profit YTD This publically listed Saudi Arabian company is a manufacturer of industrial. ing and Commissioning distribution. a HVAC plant and joint venture.power distribution systems. Cobra (part of Spain’s ACS Group) and Mapco has submitted a tender for all MEP and related services on the Midfield Terminal Building project in the capital. a spokesperson from If the bid is successful.000 workforce of the joint venture The joint venture’s tender will also see it bid to work on building management systems. we will have a good chance.” ma-Elektropanc added. 2011 YTD) 4 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. “We expect the contract to be awarded in 2012 sometime and believe that with this joint venture.” a source closely connected to the bid told MEP Middle East. 20% 10% 0% $193. instrumentation and process control cables that measure up to the highest industry standards. has a combined workforce of around 10. medium voltage es to ensure best indus. LV tems.the two companies will ply and installation of systems. PROFIT AND PAYOUT FAIR SHARE MIDDLE EAST SPECIALISED CABLES COMPANY $229.systems. The manufacturer is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified. Habtoor Leighton Specon. provides the highest calibre of professionals The SMAC JV will also and close-out processes. fi re during construction.000 people and a number of years of experience in the airport industry. fi re fi ghting sysment announcing the also overview the Test.com .and GHESA Internation. The joint venture. domestic water services. The MEP works for ing systems. lightening opted and implemented and design services.be supported by Atkins which will be in conjunc.000 people for the Midfield Terminal. 10.2m $35. Arthe Midfield Terminal protection systems.constructionweekonline. including storage treatment and distribution.8m TABREED -10% -20% -30 -40 2011 Mar MAY Jul Sep Nov Chilled water revenues Year to Date figures (September 30. Abu Dhabi.standby generators. drainage systems and the containment for/integration of specialist ELV services.alarm and suppression SMAC said in a state. earthing and bondtry practices are ad. known as SMAC.NEWS UPDATE SMAC joint venture bids for Abu Dhabi’s Midfield MEP contract Four company venture hopes industry relevant experience will lead to successful bid JOINT VENTURE A joint-venture between AE Arma-Elektropanc.tion with experienced in. small power related systems.

equipment and services. This is its second office to open in Iraq since 2010. DSK has been involved in a number of Kuwait’s top engineering projects.com $18345 20 December $16980 30 November Source: London Metal Exchange. The contract will see the Kuwaiti subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) adopt specific design policies and apply proven technologies and systems from previous educational projects for the project. The Jeddah supplier of copper cables has claimed a $16. installation and finance. prices per tonne January 2012 | MEP Middle East 5 . STEEL $540 30 November $520 30 November NICKEL INVESTMENT Honeywell plans Iraqi expansion Honeywell has announced an expansion of its Iraqi investment with the opening of a full-service office in Basra.3m. Iraq’s hydrocarbon industry is undergoing significant change and growth in the midst of reconstruction.93m order from Hyundai Engineering. It added that the total value of purchase orders this month is around $293. the company has announced.” Since its inception in 2004.6m. DSK wins $54.45m MEP contract for the College of Art at the Sabah Al Salem University in Kuwait. Tabari says. The deals end a profitable year for the company.” confirmed Tabari. “We intend to mobilise on-site shortly. engineering. Honeywell will use its new office to deliver leading-edge automation and control solutions. CEO Khaldoun Tabari said. taking its total order values for December to more than $266.3m.45m Kuwait MEP contract CONTRACT Saudi Cable Co signs major Korean deals CABLES $7268 20 December $7448 30 November Drake & Scull Kuwait (DSK) has won a $54. both mandates will be supplied at the start of next year. Saudi Cable Company manufactures and markets of electrical power and telecommunications cables of varying voltages and supplies services for power and telecom projects including design. $54. “with better rates than those prevailing in the earlier months”. and expect to deliver the project in March 2015. With a larger presence in the country than any of its competitors. www. a diversified firm covering construction and engineering among other sectors.NEWS UPDATE METALS PRICES COPPER DSK aims to deliver the university project by 2015. and is specialised in integrated MEP services for schools and universities’ facilities. “DSI has a reputable experience in the educational development industry. but added that this includes clients in Russia.constructionweekonline.45M MEP contract win at the Sabah Al Salem University Saudi Cable Company said it has secured orders from two of Korea’s biggest construction firms.85m loss in the same period last year.46m profit for the first nine months against a $25. The total value of purchase orders for December is $293. Italy and England. The company did not disclose the origin or customers making the other orders. and a $14.79m order from Doosan Company. The new facility will also support the company’s training and sales capabilities throughout the country. efficiency and profitability. Honeywell technology is instrumental in providing the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and associated entities with optimal control of its production. having made a $7.

Saudi Arabia. has completed the successful installation of a data centre for Future Systems in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. the lift shafts and stairwells in the building serve as pressurised chambers that help to contain the flames and smoke on that level. and because you’re pressurising the above and below floors.FIRE SYSTEMS EXPERT The UAE is leading the world when it comes to designing fire life and safety systems in high-rise buildings. added. told MEP Middle East. This is standard NFPA procedure.” he added. “From the floor above and the floor below. allowing people to exit the building safely. Work on the project began earlier this year. “Additionally. you contain the fire within one level. a Dubai based fire engineering expert has said.com . he added. A provider of IT solutions and systems. we stand to lose millions a year.” Al Jehane. “We primarily service all types of business customers with a complete portfolio of internet services. the Dubai headquartered power and cooling services provider. energy saving halogens and LED bulbs. 2011 Year the retrofit of the data centre began UAE FIRE SAFETY LEADS THE WORLD . as these have a direct impact on our customer base and revenue. we positively and negatively pressurise the air. “Our ultimate aim is to help organisations plan and manage their data centre infrastructure to significantly reduce their capex through scalable pay-as-you-grow options. the pressurisation code in Dubai in particular. where we actually do extract smoke from the floor where the fire is taking place. reduce costs and carbon footprints.” “What it does is whenever the fire is taking place.” said Jeff De Sousa. APC by Schneider Electric. it’s kind of specific to the UAE. Graeme Stewart. an associate with Ramboll’s Building Services division.” Stewart said. The infrastructure empowers data centre managers to investigate ways to improve efficiency. The lamps will be replaced with energy efficient alternatives like compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). doesn’t quite follow NFPA. Ordinarily.constructionweekonline.” said Ayman Al Jehane. when fires break out on a certain floor. has boosted energy efficiency bulbs LIGHTING DATA CENTRE Phillips will discontinue the production of its 75-watt incandescent lamps as of January next year in a drive to continue its efforts to phase out the inefficient bulbs.NEWS UPDATE Phillips phases Dubai company completes out inefficient Saudi data centre project Installation began earlier this year. That doesn’t take place in most other countries. data communications and integrated network services to the GCC market. The InfraStrucXure system will reduce power consumption. making capital expenditure more attractive. all of which flow through our data centre. you extract the air. Outbreaks of fire 6 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. “We cannot afford to have any outages. “However. “It is a good way to do it. We’ve got what’s known as a ‘sandwich effect’ on floors. APC by Schneider Electric .” he explained. Future System’s Riyadh office was supplied with APC’s InfraStruXure architecture. CFL’s themselves are up to five times more efficient as they need around five times less energy to generate the same amount of light when compared with traditional incandescent bulbs which waste 90% of energy as heat. managing director of Future Systems. “InfraStrucXure’s modular design offers scalability. VP. the adoption of in-row cooling and hot aisle containment that offers higher energy efficiency helps bring down operational expenditures. you’re not allowing smoke or the fire to spread. broadband internet.

ae Tel.ae E-Mail: info@trox. Advantages Ten design variants for even the most demanding aesthetic requirements Bespoke face plate designs are possible High volume ow rates at comparably low sound power levels Excellent comfort level as a result of low air velocities and low temperature differences in the occupied zone Available for demonstration today in the TROX Middle East ow studio www.: +971 4 341 7448 .Technology meets Design XARTO® Swirl Diffusers TROX have created a swirl diffuser that matches unparalleled aerodynamic performance with an aesthetically pleasing face plate design.trox.

” DC Pro Engineering’s GEORGE BEBARI highlights an issue with district cooling planning. Plus the savings will only happen for the contractors who are building the houses.” “Estidama is trying to achieve more than just transformation. “Dubai was the first to adopt this kind of technology. 8 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.” Medina Works MD RYM BAOUENDI on sustainability progress in Abu Dhabi “There seems to be a stigma that.” BILL JOLLY. Given the rate of growth and the introduction of new energy-saving HVAC technologies. with its retail and contracting arms growing by about 15% and 30% respectively. if you’re providing a sustainable solution. If you put down numbers. people are still not massive users of solar thermal technology.NEWS UPDATE 2012 CALENDAR EVENTS MAY 2012 Super Talls Saudi Arabia Date: March 2012 Venue: TBC District Cooling won’t replace HVAC. “It is a new technology and it has its advantages and disadvantages. according to Abdullah M. This is incorrect and should read as a ‘Swiss’ pipe and bathroom fittings manufacturer.constructionweekonline.” he said. the MD of HVAC manufacturer Alessa. The cost of electricity is still extremely low here in the region. the malls and the large commercial buildings. “The technology itself requires heavy investment at the start.” he added. on the adoption of energy efficient water heaters “Neither the utility companies. then it’s much more expensive. Emanuele Stano said. and it’s already been implemented. Saudi company says GCC residents are not massive users of solar tech. This is normal as it will take time to introduce the technology. GCC electricity killing solar water tech No incentive to switch to energy saving devices SOLAR The cost of electricity in the GCC is holding back the uptake of solar powered water heating systems in the region. head of MEP at KEO International Consultants on implementing sustainability in the GCC “We’re convinced that the day will come when people will be obliged to use solar water technology.” SERGE RAvEYRE. there are no incentives for end users to install energy saving water heating technology. nor the various Federal or Local Governments have put any plan (in place) to use excess district cooling capacity. so they don’t have to worry about installing central units or local split units. MEP Middle East apologises for the error.com . As electricity rates in the Middle East are among the lowest in the world. the skyscrapers. But it still requires more study in order to see the real obstacles. it’s still not economically convenient to install. “Here in the Middle East. Abdul-Kareem said he remained unconcerned about the challenge district cooling represented to his industry. The Saudi Arabian HVAC manufacturer and contractor has registered a growth of around 20% over the year. HVAC APRIL 2012 World Cup Qatar Date: April 2012 Venue: TBC MAY 2012 MEP Middle East Forum. the area manager of Ariston Thermo Middle East told MEP Middle East. District cooling doesn’t worry Abdul-Kareem. and the supply chain is key to this. District cooling does not pose a notable threat to traditional HVAC in the region. Abdul-Kareem. [But] other GCC countries are still in a study stage and looking at some of the benefits and obstacles of that type of technology.” Abdul-Kareem said. sales manager of Atlantic International. Aleesa managing director says High investment costs will hamper uptake of district cooling. Qatar Date: May 2012 Venue: TBC AWARDS SEPTEMBER Construction Week Awards Qatar Date: September 2012 Place: TBA NOVEMBER Construction Week KSA Awards Date: November 2012 Place: TBA DECEMBER Construction Week Awards Date: December 2012 Place: TBC MEP Middle East Awards Date: December 2012 Place: TBC CORRECTION: Page 14 of December’s issue of MEP Middle East stated incorrectly that Geberit was a German pipe and bathroom fittings manufacturer. the savings come through the better usage of this type of air-conditioning.

P. A tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed. 1st Floor.U.NEWS UPDATE BIG ICTURE P SECTOR: Education/Tourism PROJECT: Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre VALUE: Unspecified MAIN CONTRACTOR : Ed. The roof will be covered in photovoltaic panels. it is the first building to achieve a FIVE PEARL R ATING AT THE DESIGN STAGE BY ESTIDAMA. The scheduled delivery date is August 2012.O. The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is a cross between a museum and a science centre.com SOURCE: Construction Week/Middle East Architect Turnkey Hot Water & Steam Systems H W Electric 3D-Design & Visualization Energy & space saving Boiler Skid mounted units Hygienic hot water Steam Compact design Solar Remote control systems High-quality stainless steel ABRAJ AL BAIT TOWERS AND MECCA ROYAL CLOCK HOTEL TOWER BURJ KHALIFA. DOHA SHORELINE APARTMENTS.com. +965 2 2646797.ecotherm. which aim to generate 236mWh/year and shave 17% off energy usage. info@ecotherm.L. . Fax. Box 299350. +971 4 4226943 ECOTHERM Kuwait W.A.E.com. Visit our new website www.constructionweekonline.L.. Kiwan Complex. Fax. +971 4 4226944.ecotherm. Dubai . DUBAI ECOTHERM Middle East FZCO. Tunis Street. Züblin AG STATUS CONSTRUCTION: Currently under construction although the structure of the project is now complete. The building will contain a wealth of energy saving measures intended to cut consumption by 40%.com JANUARY 2012 | MEP Middle East 9 Au st ria . Kuwait. DUBAI SIDRA HOSPITAL. Tel. +965 2 2646798 ECOTHERM www. Tel. kuwait@ecotherm. Hawalli.com www.

Normally that’s the heating or cooling systems. “The Emirates Energy Star programme will leverage on Machine to Machine based technologies. to effectively help reduce the carbon footprint of the country through efficient energy consumption management. Rahulan said that by installing the Emirates Energy Star programme in buildings. during the launch of the new programme. the initiative will be able to reduce end user utility consumption and service costs.” said Abdulla Ebrahim Al Ahmed. uses a device such as a sensor or metre to capture temperatures or other such relevant information. we can go to the devices that consume the maximum energy. This huge database would then enable us to make them perform on demand. senior vice president. would begin communicating with each other. the programme will help building owners with an initial audit that will identify potential Energy Conservation Measures. The programme would then design ECMs for individual buildings. can collaborate with Etisalat and Pacific Controls to leverage the resources of the EES programme. calculate the maximum energy savings and finally. as long as the infrastructure was already in place. whether they are building owners. Approximately 70% of the energy consumed within a building is by its cooling system. Machine to machine communication is a relatively new technology that allows both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same ability. whether run by power or electricity. end users could see a major reduction in energy usage. contractors. social and environmental pressure. could be addressed.NEWS UPDATE Etisalat and Pacific Controls to cut UAE carbon footprint Project uses wireless and wired systems communication to cut down energy usage TECHNOLOGY Etisalat and Pacific Control have launched a joint venture which will help reduce the UAE’s carbon footprint by increasing the energy efficiency of its buildings. increase the efficiency of their existing assets and have the capability to remotely manage them in real time. Etisalat clients. We’re able to address the device at a local level by being able to put low cost software installations on top of the chiller.” “So there’s no prerequisite. machine to machine. www. “UAE has a significant carbon footprint.” he added. This is the whole revolution that is taking place.” Rahulan added. along with carrying out measurement and verification of carbon footprint of buildings in real time. 10 MEP Middle East | January 2012 The joint venture says that it aims to cut down energy usuage in buildings all across the country. “Machine to machine communication is a whole new philosophy where everything in the world that relates to inanimate objects. Older buildings in the UAE will also be able to benefit from this joint energy saving initiative. due to unabated energy consumption that is creating immense ecological. The first phase of the project has witnessed a large number of government entities signing up for the initiative. “ Dilip Rahulan This is then relayed through a network and into a software programme. thus being able to talk to it in real time. M2M. implement the project parameters as a contractor.constructionweekonline. real-estate companies or government entities. Rahulan said that the initiative was a viable introduction to the UAE market because it was able to be installed on any building. as it is also known.” he said.com . Using Etisalat networks and Pacific Controls command control centre. mainly chillers in our part of the world. “If your building isn’t new and if it hasn’t got modern building management systems or connectivity within it. that has a value proposition in terms of saving energy. In addition. which then translates the captured information into an alert in a command centre. “We’re able to address the device at a local level by being able to put low cost software installations on top of the chiller.” Rahulan explained at the launch. UAE. It will also provide ongoing monitoring and identification of project performance after project completion. due to the effectiveness of the technology in being able to cut down the building’s energy consumption. which is being rolled out across the country by the Ministry of Water and Environment. establish minimum costs. any building of a particular size. Business Solutions at Etisalat. thus being able to talk to it in real time.

TA and Heimeier are now one exceptional company called TA Hydronics. This means we now provide you with everything you need to optimise hydronic distribution in buildings of all sizes and can help to increase HVAC system efficiency by up to 30%. Pneumatex. Jafza View 19 PO Box 262611.TA Hydronics gives you the right answers on every level Pressurisation & Water Quality Balancing & Control Thermostatic Control Pressurisation & Water Quality Balancing & Control Thermostatic Control ENGINEERING ADVANTAGE TA Hydronics Office 2107.com Three leading hydronics companies have joined forces to make sure you have the solutions you need to optimise efficiency and comfort. Jafza. U.tahydronics.E Tel +971 (0) 4 8864500 Fax +971 (0) 4 8864600 www. Dubai.tahydronics. Find out how one company can help you meet every hydronic challenge at: www.A.com .

with engineering and administrative personnel accounting for 62 of them. www. Most of them are high-speed elevators of up to 6m/s.” said Mohamed Iqbal. Reem Island and other parts of Abu Dhabi. In spite of the market recessiion period. and has completed 420 sets of elevators in Dubai alone. The total number of elevator units contracted is over 100. 12 MEP Middle East | January 2012 Toshiba Elevator’s president. The new company’s name was also officially established as Toshiba Elevator Middle East.9m.9M value of recently completed mega-project in Marina Square. and has handled sales. The total number of elevator units contracted is over 100. There are currently around 300 staff present in the UAE. TELC plans to expand further into the GCC and the Middle East. “Toshiba Elevators has been aggressive in the market for the past four years. using the Dubai office as a regional headquarters. It is also in an advanced stage of finalising projects in Qatar and neighbouring countries. and that it aims to become one of the market front runners over the next year. works are going on in nine of the 19 towers. It is part of the Royal Group of Companies and its group chairman is Sheikh Thanoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. “In City of Lights. He added that the company currently has a ‘respectable market share’. DMCO has been TELC’s distributor since 1999. Toshiba said that it had reached an agreement with its shareholders on 28 November about establishing a new company through the increase of DMCO’s capital. “The elevators are completed in all towers and they are being handed over in stages. Mr Shinichiro Akiba. At present the corporation’s UAE business is handled by the Dubaibased Dhaher Al Muhairi Company (DMCO). totalling around $27. In addition to these staff members. through which it hopes to tap into the Middle Eastern market. In addition.constructionweekonline. which involved 14 towers with 60 high-speed gearless elevators in Marina Square. DMCO has also completed a megaproject worth approximately $29.” Iqbal explained. Hydra Commercial Investments is the third partner in the new business. Most of them are highspeed elevators of up to 6m/s. The expected completion date of the handover process will be in another couple of months.” he explained.NEWS UPDATE Toshiba Elevators announces launch of UAE subsidary Company will team up with Dubai’s DMCO and Hydra Commercial Investments ELEVATORS The Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corporation (TLEC) has announced the launch of a UAE-based subsidiary.4m. As a prelude to this plan taking effect. “ Mohamed Iqbal The Dubai based company has carried out a number of projects in the emirate for clients such as Nakheel. TLEC. the Japanese company has begun securing projects in Oman and Saudi Arabia. It is currently working on executing similar tower projects in the City of Lights. works are going on in $29. at the launch of the new UAE based subsidary. Following the establishment of the new company in the UAE. managing director of Middle Eastern operations. we were able to maintain a decent share in the market. the company has brought in two full time staff members from their head offices to handle the engineering and design departments.com . Abu Dhabi nine of the 19 towers. installations and maintenance of its elevator products in the UAE. In City of Lights. However. Iqbal added that the Japanese company will look at sending down staff members to work on selected projects depending on the requirements laid out by clients.

.

This contract was close to 300 million QR for MEP works for a prestigious government project. The company took a bold decision by middle of October in taking its first MEP sub contract from a well-known multinational Main Contractor WCT from Malaysia. Where.com .” . The challenge the company faced on multiple fronts. It was fortunate for the company that also same time it had a tender to bid for by July/ Aug 2010 which was being followed against all competition of MEP Contractors in Doha. at the right quality. Lastly the market has strong supplier domination in decision making on projects procurement.constructionweekonline. the TGIEM parent company Trans Gulf Dubai and partially being done in Doha and partially in Dubai resulting in much quicker response on the project.ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE TransGulf optimistic about booking contracts in 2012 Dubai owned company calls 2011 ‘a learning curve peroid on how to do business in Qatar’ Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical started its journey in Doha in the middle of 2010. Fortunately for TGIEM we have gone through this learning process and in 2012 are looking forward to booking further contracts to deliver the MEP part of projects in time. get awarded another project from Amana Qatar Contracting for the Q-Tel Technical and Customer Care Building for about 100 million QR. “The market has strong supplier domination in decision making on projects procurement. This becomes more of a task if there is a project on hand. the company settled down to take on the project in hand by April 2011. (Project name confidential due to a directive from government). it realised there was a cultural factor to be recognised in dealing with people. within a competitive price. The company then quickly had to the shift it’s operation on Engineering and Procurement as being done from Dubai. was in Doha being different from Dubai. It was established as a legal entity by October 2010. It is quite difficult with the visa procedures and the lead time to get engineers and workers legal status to live in Doha. It takes a while to understand and then be able to deliver the engineering and procurement part of the project effectively. After a prolonged process of taking approval from various authorities. This project again was against stiff competition in the market.TransGulf TGIEM was established in Qatar in 2010. many a time. due to this experience. with much effort expended in ironing out an agreement with a with an influential local Qatari partner. 14 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. starting from Business Practices. The company called this period a learning curve of how to do business in Qatar and was able. The other challenge is building a workforce in Doha for executing projects.

THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE T e l : +971 4 38 07 335 UFIX General Trading LLC Fax: +971 4 38 07 339 PO Box 334354 enquiries@ufix-me.com Dubai www. It’s easy to claim to be the best but its far more difficult to consistently prove it . Speedfit push-fit Fittings lead the market. 50 years of innovation John Guest The Fastest and Most Reliable Push-Fit Plumbing System in the World. Street 22.com United Arab Emirates Al Quoz 4. Off Umm Suqeim Road. Behind Marina Exotic Home Interiors in partnership with His Highness Sheikh Saqer Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Private Office . With billions in use around the world. there are a lot of connections out there to give us the confidence to boldly make that claim. In a wide array of industries. Unit 24.AVAILABLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHY DO COMPANIES TRY TO PRODUCE THE PERFECT FITTING? WHEN ONE ALREADY EXISTS.ufix-me.

It shows that we’re now one of the established.COMMENT Everyone’s a winner Gavin Davids says that the outlook for 2012 shows a shift in priorities for the MEP industry in the Middle East T 2012 will local MEP companies step up? 16 MEP Middle East | January 2012 he end of 2011 saw the fifth edition of the MEP Awards being held at the Address Marina in Dubai. As David Crowder. rather attempt those grandiose schemes and extravagant projects. At the risk of sounding sadistic. the most likely scenario is that while the construction industry in the GCC will continue to grow at a steady rate. But the great thing about compeitition is that it brings out the best in people. what is certain is that we’re going to see a definite increase in competition in the industry. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the major markets for our design services. most companies will be quite upfront in telling you that that it was something of a struggle to get to where they are. But the great thing about competition is that it brings out the best in people. replete with projects that aim to make a significant difference to how the industry approaches challenging MEP related situations onsite.“ As Khaldoun Tabari muses. It’s easy to underestimate how much these awards mean to the winners. established companies here to stand their ground and raise the bar on these newcomers. the prevalent feeling seems to be one of cautious optimism.” Where ever the growth in the industry comes from. where we’re likely to see the most impressive growth is within the transportation sector. With the Etihad Rail and other assorted railway projects finally beginning to gather steam. but well into the future. that we’re a company that is going places. That such passion abounds can only help serve the interests of the industry in the long run. So then. consultants and suppliers will be muscling into the market. what does 2012 have in store for us? Talking to a few experts who have their ear to the ground.constructionweekonline.com . As we closed the door on 2011. of that there’s no doubt. I’m actually quite pleased to see a reaction like that. who knows better than most says. 2012 is the year of competition. The event brings down the curtain for the year and celebrates the people. It’s up to the local. looking to grab a slice of the pie.” You really can’t argue with that. not only for next year. 2012 is the year of competition. Gavin Davids is deputy editor of MEP. As per usual. that we’re recognised by our peers. with the industry registering slight overall growth. as companies who were focused on consolidating their assets last year are now looking to achieve sustained growth. there were a few disgruntled nominees. but try telling that to the winner who said to me after he’d picked up his award: “It’s a big achievement for us to be recognized by the industry. the strongest acceleration will come from the government sector. of that there is no doubt. thoughts turn towards the year ahead. www. Although 2011 ended on something of a high note. projects and companies that made a difference to the MEP industry. Sure. as they strive to meet promises made. where funding for public infrastructure will continue to receive strong support from regional leaders. I hope this means that we’re in line for a stellar line up of nominations at the end of this year. After all. So everyone’s a winner. the likelihood of MEP contractors getting a slice of the pie is a major possibility. MEP contractors. However. seeing such raw emotion on display means that these are individuals who care deeply about what they do and how they contribute towards MEP. “the prospects for the transport sector really are excellent. upset that their projects didn’t win the top prize. it’s easy to get a bit jaded and claim that they’re nothing more than an ego boost.

.

The Director General of Sharjah Civil Defence. Those airlifted to hospital included two Jordanian men suffering from smoke inhalation and a Palestinian mother and her three children.. homogenous body of work that provides a clear picture to those designing protection systems for buildings. but the new regulations mean that they have to use only one pump set for both the sprinklers and the stand by system. into safe areas within buildings. Although there have been previous incarnations introduced into the market. [.com 18 MEP Middle East | January 2012 . where desirable. for far too long they remained fragmented and contradictor y. while tr ying to satisfy their clients’ needs and requirements. The high-rise was successfully evacuated by rescue services before it grew out of control. heat and toxic gases created during a fire. The resulting chaos left fire systems engineers clueless as they attempted to muddle through the mire. maintenance activities and other provisions “in recognition of the fact that achieving an acceptable degree of life safety depends on additional safeguards to provide adequate egress time or protection for people exposed to fire”. Brigadier Abdullah spate of fires breaking out in high-rise residential towers and labour camps in the last year has resulted in dozens of deaths and severe injuries. Also known as NFPA – 101. Fire alarms throughout the Al Aneeqah Tower sounded as the blaze broke out at 12:50am. the Fire and Life Safety Code is the first standardised piece of legislation to be introduced in the UAE. As the code itself states. while Dubai went separely along its own path.” he said.. a fire engineer with Ramboll Middle East says. [now] the regulations are more along the lines of Dubai’s previous regulations. operating features. including smoke. It also addresses protective features and systems. Regulation Fire MEP Middle East talks to experts about the impact the UAE’s Fire and Life Safety Code will have on MEP FIRE GUTS SHARJAH HIGH-RISE APARTMENT BLOCK Six people required hospital treatment after a fire gutted 17 floors of a 33-storey residential building in the Al Nahda area of Sharjah earlier this month. It also establishes minimum criteria for the designs of egress facilities to allow prompt escape of occupants from buildings or.NEWS ANALYSIS STANDARDISED REGULATIONS The Fire and Life Safety code will provide clear guidelines to contractors and designers.’ “The Code addresses those constructions. Its introduction has been warmly welcomed by the region’s MEP industr y professionals as they finally have coherent directions to follow. Stung by the accusations. the UAE’s Civil Defence leapt into action and introduced a universal fire and life safety code in July 2011. in fact in the whole GCC. and the use and occupancy of buildings and materials. the new code unifies all the facets of fire engineering into one simple. they used two separate pump sets for high-rise buildings. protection and occupancy features necessar y to minimise danger to life from the effects of fire.” it states. As Peterson Melegrito. No other casualties were reported by the authorities. NFPA – 101 aims to help minimise the threat posed by fire to life and property through providing clear guidelines to fire safety engineers and consultants to ensure that when they design a system it keeps regulations proven to work effectively. “Before it used to be that Abu Dhabi had its own code while Dubai operated under its own code. the ‘need for a modern. who claimed that they were unaware of the requisite fire safety norms that they should have been using. with the likes of Abu Dhabi following one set A of regulations. up-to-date fire code addressing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire.] more in line with what Dubai did previously. explosion. building ser vices. www. In Abu Dhabi.constructionweekonline. Investigations into these tragedies have revealed a uniform picture of neglect and unawareness on the behalf of builders. handling or use of hazardous materials. NFPA-101 recognises that life safety “is more than a matter of egress”.

com Other countries consider lift shafts as sealed elements where the risk of smoke rising from one floor to the next is minimal. including smoke. 900 Estimated number of injuries caused annually on a global level by high rise fires $250 m Source: Facilities Management Estimated costs in property loss caused by high-rise fires globally January 2012 | MEP Middle East 19 . we positively and negatively pressurise the air (using the ventilation system). heat and toxic gases created during a fire.” says Stewart. doesn’t quite follow NFPA. That doesn’t happen in most countries. protection and occupancy features necessary to minimise danger to life from the effects of fire.“ NFPA 101 A significant step for wards has been the introduction of a local regulation to help combat smoke build-up in the case of a fire. an associate at Ramboll’s Building Ser vices division. We’ve got what’s known as a ‘sandwich effect’ on floors. www.” he adds.” “From the floor above and the floor below.constructionweekonline.NEWS ANALYSIS JULY 2011 – THE MONTH NFPA – 101 CAME INTO BEING 15. They use lift shafts and stair wells in a building as pressurised chambers that contain the fire to the level the fire breaks out on. where we actually extract smoke from the floor where the fire is taking place. says Graeme Stewart. however. it’s specific to the UAE.000 Estimated annual number of high rise structure fires globally 60 Estimated annual number of civilian deaths caused by high rise fires globally The Code addresses those constructions. the UAE has taken that one step further. The method described conforms to standard NFPA procedure. “The pressurisation code in Dubai in particular.

CONSIDERED APPROACH Graeme Stewart says that the UAE is showing that it is taking a considered approach towards fire safety. optimistic about what the development of this code could mean for the industry. making this the source to revert to for understanding and reference of current codes international standards. prove to be the catalyst for increased standardisation throughout the MEP world. we can do something about them. Khaleej Times : “We have provided all the affected tenants with hotel accommodation. we can purposely improve the standard and well-being of fire safety solutions. [In addition]. [In addition]. Lee Andrews. will have to have through ongoing training for the purpose of fully understanding and implementing fire stop systems under the new building codes of practice.” While this could be considered overkill in other parts of the world. because you’re pressurising the above and below floors. ASTM (American specifications) and EN (European Standards)] and filter the differentials.com 20 MEP Middle East | January 2012 . Andrews says that organisations and fire professionals need to undergo constant rigorous training and keep abreast of all the changes in the industr y.” “My only concerns personally. “As long as we know about the potential problems. However.” he adds. Especially in the MEP sector. “The code is a fully in-depth archived piece of literature that has a combination of relevant legislation and international standards. he and Stewart both point out that when it comes to pre-existing buildings. there will be some issues implementing the new standards. “The main point is that all the information is collaborated together. centre on pre-existing builds where we need to tackle [the problems] with the same means.e. Stewart says that this considered approach was indicative of how serious the UAE is taking fire protection.” Andrews says.” Andrews adds. this code has its own unprecedented standards“ Lee Andrews “Many of the fire professionals. this code has its own unprecedented standards. He added that it highlighted how important a purpose the new code ser ved.NEWS ANALYSIS “When you extract the air. director of Business and Engineering at Blue Diamond Emirates Insulation Contracting. “Hence we welcome the introduction of standardisation as a main source to revert to with clients and consultants who are also aware of the same codes.constructionweekonline. www. The fire was the latest in a spate of blazes that has affected UAE residences recently. However. reports from a senior official from the Sharjah Civil Defence quoted in the Khaleej Times indicate the initial investigation showed that the fire started as a result of an electrical short circuit in an apartment on the eighth floor. Terming it a ‘constant battle’. agrees with the sentiment expressed by Stewart.” he says. While the code is currently where it needs to be.” Andrews adds. the owner of the building. “There is a huge focus on fire-safety nowadays and there’s always going to be revisions of tried and tested methods throughout the industr y. This building was recently constructed and is properly insured. he warns that the introduction of the code means that local fire engineering contractors and consultants will have to step up their game to ensure that they’re up to speed with the new regulations. British Standards. I believe other firms will have to follow the same steps as this will be compulsor y to comply with the standards set (by the UAE government). “We attend seminars around the world with internationally accredited associations all so that we can be fully coherent with such codes. experts have found that the new codes are largely in line with existing international standards. Evacuated families have reportedly been housed in Sharjah hotels until an investigation into the fire is fully completed and the insurance company finalises its report.: UL. This new code does that quite well. Saeed Awad. The code is a fully in-depth archived piece of literature that has a combination of relevant legislation and international standards. “Compliance is the key and the understanding of these items for installation and methodology will have to be revamped. I am surprised as to how quickly the fire spread throughout the building. with constant evaluation and revision. Saeed Al Suwaid. but there remains a need to modify them to fit to local environmental conditions. as it provided a clear path for fire engineers to take. The important bit is to recognise the existing international standards as well [i. As a whole.” adds Andrews. you contain the fire to within one level. including main contractors.” he concludes hopefully. in the long term. he expressed optimism that the introduction of standardisation would help create awareness throughout the industr y and would. you’re not allowing smoke or the fire to spread. “These new codes comprise of existing standards and comply with both ‘new builds’ and local legislations. A helicopter was also called to help douse the flames and assist with the evacuation effort. told the local daily newspaper. was unable to comment on the cause of the fire when contacted by MEP Middle East.” The fire was put out within one hour of it starting through a joint effort of ten teams made up of firefighters from the Sharjah Civil Defence and their Dubai counterparts.” he says. where we work with big names and are aware that it can be a difficult situation to find solutions (late on in a project). However.” “[However].

.

SITE VISIT MEP Middle East is taken on a tour of the Rixos Palm Jumeirah as it gears up for its January 1. 2012 opening.constructionweekonline. Gavin Davids reports Turkish DELIGHT 22 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.com .

a luxury spa.SITE VISIT T he Palm Jumeirah is an architectural wonder. and fittingly. but we were in a situation where we assigned around 800 people (to get the job done).” Islam explains. as AE Arma-Elektropanç was brought in at a very advanced stage of development to complete the project.constructionweekonline. Burak Kizilhan. Kizilhan says.” adds Kizilhan bullishly. who intend to use it as a platform to break into the UAE market and then into the wider GCC region as a whole. the Rixos Palm Jumeirah is a 234 room five star property that is home to a traditional Turkish ‘hammam’ or bath. seven days a week. “Usually you can handle this kind of project with 300 to 250 skilled people and manual labour. Sembol Construction Company’s scheduled completion date. The five star luxury hotel and resort is scheduled to open on January 1. AE Arma-Elektropanç. with all the materials on site and around 800 labourers. After the sup. “All our projects have always made deadline and we’ll make deadline for this one as well. www. says Mokhles Islam. highcost playgrounds for the rich and famous. we’re working so hard. meeting rooms and a private beach. just over six months ago.” he asserts. This included the required supervision teams and so on. 800 Size of the workforce needed to finish the project on deadline “I keep dropping emails saying I’m going to get it open for January 1 and I’m confident that we’re going to do so. 2012. to the Fairmont Palm Hotel and the Taj Exotica Hotel and Resort. four restaurants. From the Atlantis Palm that dominates its skyline. it is home to many iconic luxury hotels. The mechanical. no more than 250 to 300 labourers would be required to complete it. electrical and plumbing work for this luxurious Rixos Palm Jumeirah is being carried out by the Turkish MEP giant. with about 98% of the MEP work completed by December. provided the time-frame given would accommodate the work that needed to be done. is a hotel that is set to take on these giants of the hospitality world. a mechanical coordinator for AE Arma-Elektropanç . the business development manager for the contractor. in line with the main contractor. his team pulled together and managed to get the job done on time. it is covered with high-quality. says that despite the extremely short time frame. The launch of this hotel is a statement of intent for the Turkish hospitality group. but we managed to increase our productivity to three times the normal amount. Tucked away at the very end of the Palm’s crescent however. “We are confident of doing so. 2012.” Normally for a project of this size. and a supervisor on the project. However. the contractor was given the near impossible task of completing the project by January 1. That was not an option for this project.com January 2012 | MEP Middle East 23 . a six month deadline for the contractor. Part of the Turkish luxury hotel group.

they were also required to install a building management system that would help regulate and control all the equipment.“ Burak Kizilhan ing systems and fire fighting systems. In terms of mechanical work. For electrical. There are 14 of these control stations installed in 14 different locations across the entire project site.200kW low voltage panels at the Palm Rixos Jumeirah. AE Arma-Elektropanç was required to install a medium voltage system and a set of transformers. Although the situation wasn’t ideal. AE Arma-Elektropanç was responsible for the supply and installation of a number of facets for the project. Finally. mechanical coordinator for the project. “All the projects we have completed are five star and we’ve even done one seven star one in Turkey. according to the project specifications. small power. had to measure up to marine standards before it could be used. This meant that MEP materials that had to be installed.com . www. bringing the total power up to 9212kW. As MEP contractors for the project. Kizilhan says that the MEP contractor’s specialist experience in working on luxury hotels. says Mokhles Islam. Because the hotel was surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Gulf.constructionweekonline. While Islam says that one of the biggest challenges the team faced on the project was meeting the deadline. highend shopping malls and high-rise accommodation came in handy for the project. both on a project-wide scale and on an individual scale in each hotel room. along with ventilation and plumbing system work. the risk of corrosion was higher than would normally be the case. it had also faced difficulties in installing the correct equipment at the site. the company had to install heating and cool24 MEP Middle East | January 2012 All our projects have always made deadline and we’ll make deadline for this one as well. has an indoor area covering only 30% of the total available land. which neighbours Sheikh Mohammad Al Maktoum’s Palace and Sofouh Road. they had to install generators that could handle a variety of functions such as a low voltage distribution system. weak current systems such as public address and fire alarm systems. (Luxury hotels) and high-rise buildings are our hallmarks. In addition. lighting. especially electrical cables and the like.SITE VISIT There are eight 1. The remaining 70% is dedicated towards gardens and a beach promenade area.” The project footprint.

Phone: +971 4 8 84 92 -37 Fax: +971 4 8 84 92 -39 www.A.com . For further information. our Water and Energy meters are the ideal metering solution for smart metering systems for the Middle East. Engineered in Germany.SHARKY Ultrasonic compact energy meter HYDRUS Ultrasonic water meter Detailed understanding of the challenges and specific requirements of the Middle East market has helped to develop products that fulfil the specific requirements of the Middle East.U. Environmental and service conditions have been taken into consideration to develop two of our most successful products in this market. Supported Locally by our team of professional engineers.diehl-metering. please contact us: Diehl Middle East FZE P.E. With its ultrasonic measuring principle and integrated communication.O.Box 261507 Jebel Ali Freezone Dubai .

What stood the company in good stead. the whole building can be evacuated. if a detector sets off an alarm. we have a voice evacuation speaker system that directly comes from the building’s control centre. For the fire alarm systems.constructionweekonline. the finishing and some design changes and so on. Kizilhan says. In addition to that. Since it’s a five star hotel. the operator has to be involved in the last stage of the installation. delivering it on time and under budget to a satisfied client. a smoke management system has been installed which has dedicated fire ducts extracting the smoke from rooms and corridors to allow residents to exit the building quickly and safely. we also have to follow DEWA regulations as well. we have three main panels for the building and we have detectors in each room. Finally. we have a fire alarm system. as they couldn’t be too careful with what they were doing. “It’s about doing the installation according to the operators themselves. he adds. All in all. when it comes to installing the correct safety devices. Kizilhan says that normally a workforce of around 250 to 300 is needed. bathroom and even inside the walls and corridors. In the same way. providing immediate evacuation routes for hotel guests. In addition. a signal is given to the fire alarm system. the operator has to be involved in the last stage of the installation. a fire fighting system and a smoke management system also. he is proud of the success AE Arma-Elektropanç has made of the project. the project itself and the hotel operator’s requirements. In addition. followed by the floors above and below them getting a warning a minute later. “In case of a fire.com For a project of this size. such as the Shoreline Apartments. when it came to installing and choosing the right equipment for the site. if a sprinkler gets used. A further complication came from the fact that the hotel operator had to be involved in the final stages of installation as the project needed to measure up to the operator’s luxury standards. STATISTICS FOR THE RIXOS PALM JUMEIRAH 26 MEP Middle East | January 2012 . Islam says.” Islam says. they had 800.SITE VISIT Since it’s a five star hotel. www.” he explains. the finishing and some design changes and so on. is that it was able to draw upon its experience working on other Palm Jumeirah projects. If the fire persists. within five minutes. “For fire handling.” he adds.“ “We have to consider all these requirements.” All the affected floors will get an evacuation message. Kizilhan says. Islam says that a lot of thought and consideration went into making sure the right equipment was put into place for the hotel. despite the challenges and the short delivery time frame. if there’s an actual fire. all the emergency doors will be opened automatically.

MEP MIDDLE EAST AWARDS 2011 Congratulations to Tony Myrie for winning Project Manager of the Year and Alastair Mitchell for GCC Engineer of the Year at the MEP Middle East Awards 2011. Principal Mechanical Engineer. Head of Mechanical Engineering.com . Tony Myrie.hyderconsulting. Hyder Consulting Alastair Mitchell. Hyder Consulting www.

the Turkish MEP contractor with big ambitions for the GCC and Levant region.constructionweekonline. Gavin Davids reports www. business development manager of AE Arma-Elektropanç.com 28 MEP Middle East | January 2012 .THE BIG INTERVIEW Rising SON MEP Middle East talks to Burak Kizilhan.

Abu Dhabi and even Saudi Arabia realised that while it was all well and good to capitalise on the oil reserves they possessed. Asia and Africa. despite this success working on high-rise towers. Kizilhan is the man entrusted with the task of developing and building the contractor’s presence in the region. Since then it has worked on projects such as the electrical and electronical system installation at the Gold and Silver Towers for Dubai Metal and Commodities Centre at Jumeirah Lakes Tower district. That’s equivalent to around $272m. We’ve done a 50-50 partnership with a well known Lebanese family. we’ve prepared $4bn worth of tenders and we’re waiting to get a decision (from the clients). With around 24 projects spread across various countries. Radiant Contracting. Thus we’ve seen an exponential growth in leisure and luxury holiday attractions throughout the region. we’ve got five projects ongoing in the UAE. But as work on building these holiday nirvanas continues apace. with the rise in holiday travellers comes the obvious and necessary need to build accommodation to house them in comfort and even extravagant luxury. January 2012 | MEP Middle East 29 $4bn the size of AE Arma-Elektropanç’s global MEP market www. Slowly but steadily. Oman. maybe in the third or fourth quarter.” “Right now we’re looking for country managers and at the senior management level. It has overseen the installation of MEP works in projects spread across three continents: Europe. British educated electrical and electronics engineer. through their company. “We have a lot of projects going on in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. the likes of Qatar. the need to establish an alternative source of economic income was vital. garnering rave reviews for its beaches. “For the last three months. Founded in 2001 after a merger between Arma Engineering and Elektropanç Electrical Industry and Trade Corporation. the need for MEP systems that measure up to the highest standards across the world becomes vital.” Kizilhan adds that with Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s construction market booming. said that he felt that the company’s future lay in being a specialist MEP contractor for hotels. “ It entered the UAE in 2004 with its first project. making it the tallest building in Europe. shopping and luxury living. Capitalising on the success of this project and the experience they gained from it. “We already have an office in Qatar. the Arma-Elektropanç team bid for and won the contract for the Mercury City Towers. With Lebanon.THE BIG INTERVIEW O ver the last two decades Dubai has capitalised on the yearlong sunshine and pleasant winter weather that is prevalent throughout the Gulf region to promote itself as a tourism destination to the Western world. at the moment we have 24 ongoing projects across three continents. you may know them. but for Saudi Arabia. he lays out his company’s plans for the coming year and explains how he intends plot its strengthening presence in the region. the business development manager for the company. is the son of the president of the company and has helped oversee and develop MEP projects such as the Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Apartments in Abu Dhabi and the just completed Rixos Palm Jumeirah. Our company procedure is that we hire the country manager first. After all. the Turkish owned company has grown to become one of the largest MEP contractors in the region. the contractor recently completed the MEP works for what was at the time.” he says. We’re looking at winning around 8% to 10% of that for next year. the other members of the GCC cottoned on to the opportunities that the emirate recognised years ago. As the influx of tourists grew. As a result.constructionweekonline. it’s quite a difficult market. the Shoreline residential apartments on the famous Palm Jumeirah. the Hariri family. he expects to see AE Arma-Elektropanç pushing strongly into these markets. However. The Turkish born. Europe’s tallest building: the Capital City mixed-use development in Moscow.com . The sprawling City of Capitals project in Moscow helped put AE Arma-Elektropanc gain recognition in Europe. Looking further afield. so you can say that the UAE makes up about 25% of our overall business. we’re looking at opening next year. attracting more and more tourists from all over the world. we’ve seen the mushrooming growth of hotels all over the Gulf. (Out of those). Ranging from small bed and breakfast operations to sprawling seven star resorts that embrace decadence and luxury. but has been especially active in the GCC region. a highrise project that will stand at 380m. shopping malls and luxury residences. the hospitality industry has become one of the most viable sources of income for the Arabian Peninsula. and he’s responsible for everything under AE. who wants a holiday that’s ruined by fluctuating plumbing and inconsistent building services? This is where a company like AE Arma-Elektropanç comes into its own. Speaking on the grounds of the latter site. Bahrain. However. Burak Kizilhan.” he says as he lays out a clear strategy for his company’s success. the contractor has worked on a vast array of projects.

the Hariri family. the immediate focus for Kizilhan is the new AE operation he’s overseeing in Beirut.” said Burak Kizilhan. what holds them back from progressing in the Kingdom is a combination of events. that’s the most difficult part for us. had been involved. firefighting equipment.8ha and its structure contains four basement levels and 32 additional floors. they were more than comfortable beginning from scratch. when it completed the shoring work on the site in preparation for the main construction work. “We will supply and install all MEP elements to the buildings. Arma-Elektropanç’s adapts its business strategy to suit its market.” Kizilhan explains. which makes things difficult for even the main contractors. “First of all. The main contractor was mobilised in October 2010.45m. Lebanon. he feels. The podium under the towers will hold a number of shops and food outlets. Radiant Contracting. www. low voltage distribution systems. with the contractor looking to complete the whole project by the end of next year. The second tower will contain apartments and a retail plaza with its own leisure equivalents. Kizilhan said. (but combating the perception is hard). On the mechanical side there is all the heating and cooling. with the towers joined by a four storey bridge. while fire and life safety systems and equipment will be taken care of by the Turkish contractor.” “The second thing is that there are only two or three companies that distribute projects. generators.” he added. you may know them. transformers. While Saudi Arabia remains a target. the entire MEP project will be worth around $54. Kizilhan added that the contractor had been on-site at the Bab Al Qasr for as long as Nurol. but it’s a difficult market and we have to be strong to enter it. “For us. the main contractor for the project. What is likely to stand the company in good stead as they attempt to conquer the Kingdom is its flexibility when it comes to starting up a new operation in a different country. We made a joint venture between them and our headquarters.com The massive Bab Al Qasr development was AE Arma-Elektropanc’s official entry for the 2011 MEP Middle East awards.constructionweekonline. all the partners are ready. the MEP contractor should always work day to day together with the contractor. it’s not so bad once you go there. the company will work on the buildings HVAC system. though he added that the remaining balance of equipment would be in place by the end of 2011. and if you consider us as sub-contractors. it’s quite a difficult market. The massive twin tower project covers an area of 16. Drawing upon the experience garnered from its work around the world. The contractor submitted the Bab Al Qasr mixed use development as its nomination for the prestigious award. Actually. was short-listed for the Overall GCC Project of the Year at the 2011 MEP Middle East Awards. the Turkish MEP contractor.” he asserts. plumbing and sanitation systems. through their company. Kizilhan says that they went with a local partner.THE BIG INTERVIEW $272m value of the contract wins the Turkish contractor hopes to pick up in the UAE during 2012 “Everything is ready. We’ve been looking for a country manager for the last four or five months.” Although the Mediterranean country isn’t normally one that springs to mind when one thinks of a booming MEP market. However. Other areas covered will be the filtration and chemical dosing systems and an LPG supply system that will run to all related areas and commercial kitchens. AE ARMA ELEKTROPANÇ SHORTLISTS FOR PROJECT OF YEAR Bab Al Qasr development sees Turkish firm feted for its MEP work AE Arma-Elektropanç. he is determined to steal a march on his rivals and set up shop there before the rest of the competition arrives. in explanation as to why they decided to take part in the project at such an early stage. As a result. “This includes medium voltage systems. The first tower will contain a five star hotel that contains 408 rooms and leisure amenities. its manpower. When they entered Dubai. We’ve done a 50-50 partnership with a well known Lebanese family. most of the long lead major MEP equipment has been procured and received at site. AE Turkey. At present. “With Lebanon. Storm rainwater systems will also be installed. there are a lot of jobs there and we have to get into it. plumbing and building management systems. Kizilhan is adamant that it has huge potential. but nobody is willing to go there. None of our other markets are like this. According to estimates. weak current systems and lighting. including all ventilation. it’s going to get even more difficult. AE Arma-Elektropanç will be handling MEP operations and installations on site.” “But we have to enter this market.” he said. 30 MEP Middle East | January 2012 . However when it came to starting operations in Moscow. In addition. similar to their entry into Qatar.

but for now we don’t have any projects there.THE BIG INTERVIEW The Rixos Palm Jumeirah continues the trend for the MEP contractor as it looks to focus on high-end luxury hotels and shopping malls. optimistically. We were so close (to winning) some projects in Syria. with a joint venture tender between AE Arma-Elektropanç.” Kizilhan says. he also sees 2012 as a year of opportunity in the Middle East. Although reluctant to discuss it. Kizilhan certainly has enough to keep him occupied for the year. Al Habtoor Specon. small power and lighting electrical systems. betraying a sense of excitement at the opportunity ahead. so hopefully Europe won’t be a problem like it was in 2011. so there are a lot of jobs for us while there are not a lot of competitors like there are in other markets.constructionweekonline. we’ve got five projects ongoing in the UAE. However. There are a couple of projects that we’ve been short-listed for. with a lot of projects pending which are finally going to be decided.” he concludes. Kizilhan did confirm that the tender would see the joint venture supply and install standby generators. and all of it is for A+ type buildings. So with all that lined up. it’s no wonder that he’s feeling optimistic about the future. MEP work for them is around 25% to 30% of construction. the narrow miss because of the Arab Spring is not enough to dissuade him about his plans for the future of what could be his company one day. earthing and bonding systems. However. after June or July.” he explains. “If you go to Beirut you’ll see that there’s a lot of construction going on. “Hopefully Qatar will boom and we’ll get a lot projects in Qatar. (Out of that). We have a lot of projects going on in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.” With the Bab Al Qasr project in Abu Dhabi scheduled to be handed over by the third quarter of 2012 and more than 856 villas set to be delivered in Dubai at around the same time. medium voltage power distribution systems. I hope to see Qatar boom after the first six months. “For the next 12 months. so we see next year as being good for MEP and for the construction industry as a whole. By using the connections that the Hariri family offers. true to his word. January 2012 | MEP Middle East 31 www. but now everything has stopped. low-voltage distribution. “There were a lot of projects in the Levant area. lightening protection systems.” he adds. Spain’s Cobra (part of the ACS Group) and Mapco aiming to snare a $1bn MEP contract for the Midfield Terminal Building in Abu Dhabi airport. “I should think positively for next year. so you can say that the UAE makes up about 25% of our overall business. UAE and Lebanon as well. he hopes to add a true mega-project to the mix by the end of next year. amongst others. Abu Dhabi is also doing well. Kizilhan says that there’s a good opportunity for the contractor to expand throughout the Levant region.“ While he harbours hopes for success in Lebanon. at the moment we have 24 ongoing projects across three continents. fire alarm and suppression systems and finally an HVAC plant and other related systems. with Jordan and Syria in his sights. though he concedes that it may take a while given the current political situation there.com . despite the conditions in Europe.

Their recommendations were then collated 32 MEP Middle East | January 2012 T he latest edition of the MEP Middle East Awards was held on December 14. general manager of MEP.com . The MEP Middle East awards are a celebration of the achievements of the industry over the last year and is meant to find an ultimate winner for each of the 12 categories being judged.constructionweekonline. CEO of DC Pro Engineering. consultants and suppliers take part in the awards ceremony. www. Thomas Orr.MEP AWARDS 2011 MEP AWARDS Rounding up the winners of another stellar year in the MEP industry 2011 Winners to acknowledge those professionals who made them possible. The judges were: George Bebari. Al Futtaim Engineering and Stelios Thrasyvoulou. finance director of Al Habtoor Specon. More than 250 guests turned out to see dozens of MEP contractors. managing director of Trox Middle East. The judging process consisted of four experts voting independently of each other. Murali Serpakkam. 2011 at The Address in Dubai Marina.

Voltas Limited has over 50 years of experience in the MEP industry. With a five star hotel and a series te of luxurious residential apartments to provide for. by extension. car park ventilation. part of the $90bn TATA Group.“ . building management systems. Voltas introduced sustainable measures to help cut act down costs on the project. water supply and sewage drainage. The company has gained a solid reputation as one that will follow all due processes on a project. it has operated in regions as diverse as India. They added that by maintaining such high standards. senior manager. 2011. T ns Quality control was very strict. The twin n u tower mixed used development is built opposite the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. MEP CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST ALEC Arabian MEP Contracting Al Sabbah Electro-Mechanical Contracting Drake & Scull ETA Mercury Voltas WINNER Voltas A as with Shaukat Ali Mir. on an area of over a half a million square metres. with around three decades in the UAE alone. CEO of Volt the award.constructionweekonline. Voltas was. exhibiting a thoroughness on issues that other contractors may regard as being unimportant. so you’re combining all these continents’ requirements.com . the GCC and Singapore. approximately $8. With key projects in hand. sts In addition. closed circuit TV.” the judges say. utility costs ntly were reduced by 33%. January 2012 | MEP Middle East 33 www.MEP AWARDS 2011 OVERALL GCC PROJECT OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Al Muneera City by Drake and Scull Bab Al Qasr Hotel and Residential Apartments by AE Arma-Elektropanç Doha International Airport by Arabian MEP Contracting Etihad Towers by Voltas State Guest Reception Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport by RED Engineering WINNER Etihad Towers by Voltas he $149m Etihad Towers project was inaugurated on December 4.A R Sureshkumar. by installing systems that utilised natural gas for heating water. Energy management systems were also installed to help intelligently control the air cooling in floors by monitoring occupancy in the area. For instance. The brief was to provide high quality MEP services that would measure up to es the luxurious standards set out by the developer. this meant that Voltas had to incorporate ms. HVAC systems. the best of all the continents. “Voltas demonstrated an impressive list of projects and a consistent quality approach to them. project director for Etihad Towers A R Sureshkumar (l) and Gopal Sharma. when asked why they nominated the Indian contractor for the top prize. with the award. Voltas seems set to continue the pattern of growth that has seen it expand throughout the region over the last 10 years. pushing the industry forwards. the designs and specifications were ranging from the US to Australia. ut Given the massive size of the project. all as unobtrusively as possible. Since its inception. high-voltage networks.6m was shaved off the total contract by Voltas convincing the client not to install a dedicated chiller on site.

constructionweekonline. the company has delivered a number of major projects to its s clients in Qatar and the rest of the GCC. time-critical and high-profile projects in the GCC. ts Over the last 12 months. it has expanded its multidisciplinary design expertise to countries such as India. A MEP CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Atkins Buro Happold CKR Consulting DC Pro Engineering Hyder Consulting KEO International Consultants RED Engineering WINNER Atkins O ver the course of 2012 Atkins has secured and begun delivered delivery on some of the most challenging. GCC ENGINEER OF THE YEAR THE SHORTLIST Alistair Mitchell from Hyder Consulting Bill Jolly from KEO International Consulting David Crowder from Atkins Iain MacDougall from RED Engineering Dr Robert Cooke from Buro Happold Mahmoud Hassan Mehany from Molden Technical and Consulting Projects Sayed Rohin from KEO International Consultants WINNER Alistair Mitchell from Hyder Consulting listair Mitchell has been involved in the MEP industry for more than 22 years.com . including the Burj Khalifa. working on both building services design and installation supervision and management. 34 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www.200km iEtihad Rail project and the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. the Tashkent International Airport and Heathrow Terminal 5 in London. m These include a range of transportation infrastructure projects such as the 1. which was instrumental in Qatar winning its bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The contractor recently signed on to work on a project with Brookefield Multiplex in Doha. In addia. Eamon Sweetman claims the Specialist MEP Contractor of the Year award. Azerbaijan.MEP AWARDS 2011 SPECIALIST MEP CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Al Shirawi US Chillers Arabian MEP Contracting Mercury Middle East Rental Solutions and Services Viessmann Middle East WINNER Mercury Middle East E stablished in 2004 as a subsidiary to Ireland’s Mercury Engineering. he has strived to impart his knowledge to the engineers and site staff he has worked with and has been instrumental in developing’s Hyder’s brand across the Middle East. Russia and Angola. Atkins’s work on transportation infrastructure won it Consultancy of the Year. Over the last two decades. One of its most prominent recent projects is 2 the Doha Showcase Stadium. Alistair Mitchell nabs the award for Engineer of the Year. He has delivered numerous major projects. tion. the Middle Easte ern branch of the international MEP contractor has made steady progress to become a major player in the regional MEP market.

.

h This approach has seen it snap up luxury resorts such as the Madinat Jumeirah s Resort. forging long-term relationships with its clients. discipline engineers and signature architects across 13 individual packages. e Set to be advertised globally as a flagship project for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. PROJECT MANAGER OF THE YEAR R OF SHORTLIST Dean Pillay of CKR Consulting Tippu Sultan of ALEC Tony Myrie of Hyder Consulting WINNER Tony Myrie A s a 33 year veteran of the MEP industry. Despite having grown up in poverty in Jamica. fThe South African owned consultancy has been in operation for more than 30 years and offers the full gamut of MEP services. Tony Myrie is MEP’s Project Manager of the Year. d Next up in 2012. Myrie dedicated himself to academic success and worked for the Government of Jamaica before joining Hyder.MEP AWARDS 2011 SPECIALIST MEP CONSULTANT OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST CKR Consulting DC Pro Engineering RED Engineering WINNER CKR Consulting E ver since it opened its doors in Dubai 10 years ago. to various retail showrooms in Dubai. CKR’s work on luxury resorts helped win it the award. the project successfully saved as much as 2. the consultancy hopes to win a bid to supply high end security over IP and rtriple play (Voice. y Recipient of the coveted three Pearls rating by Estidama. KEO’s work to promote sustainability won it the judge’s acclaim. KEO successfully delivered the project design on time y with high quality and construction activities at the various sites are now progressing well. Tony Myrie has demonstrated the skills and qualities necessary for a Project Manager to succeed in a high pressure environment such as the GCC. As the MEP Project Manager for Education City in Qatar. the One and Only on the Palm and the St Regis on Saadiyat Island. the project is set to benefit both ADEC and the external environment. right from concept to completion. e Working to a tight budget. as well as his ability to influence multiple teams to deliver MEP on time for this massive project. Data and TV) over an IP system for a large ‘integrated’ township. This provides a showcase for his leadership and organisational skills. SUSTAINABILITY PROJE ILITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Co-generation systems for the Ajman Hotel Project by Jain Sustainable Engineering Solutions Nine ADEC Sustainable Schools by KEO International Consultants Fujairah Mixed Used Development by RED Engineering WINNER: Nine ADEC Sustainable Schools by KEO International Consultants A passionate advocate for sustainability in the Middle East’s MEP industry. not matter how large or small they are.constructionweekonline. 36 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. CKR Consulting has focused on n . CKR is currently presenting a proposal for the project.com . he is required to interact on a daily basis with different project manager. Bill Jolly y was the man behind this massive undertaking by KEO International Consultants.4m kgs of CO2 per year across the nine schools. Jolly says. Kuwait and Muscat.

arguably his most significant body of work has come in developing the Estidama Pearl Rating System for the Abu Dhabi government.MEP AWARDS 2011 YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Charl Burger of CKR Consulting Michael Slessor of Buro Happold Raied Bitar of KEO International Consulting Ray Choi of RED Engineering Ross McDonald of RED Engineering WINNER Michael Slessor of Buro Happold S ince coming to Dubai two and a half years ago.constructionweekonline. Michael Slessor has quietly begun to o mcarve out a niche for himself in the MEP industry. However. rt He has worked on a number of significant projects. the 25 year old has crammed in an impressive amount of experience in such a short career. The product of a University of Came bridge education. airport k terminals. Supplier of the Year awa rd for Mick Cairns holds the awa Innovation of the Year. Estidama won him the awa the R Praveen Kumar holds rd. including media zones. with Michael Slessor’s work Abu Dhabi government and the rd. laboratories and master plans.com INNOVATION OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Combined Diffuser by Aldes Middle East Al Bustan Complex by DC Pro Engineering Bioclimatic Design for Hotels by RED Engineering Temporary District Cooling Plants by Rental Solutions and Services HIGHLY COMMENDED Combined Diffuser by Aldes Middle East WINNER Bioclimatic Design for Hotels by RED Engineering HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Drake and Scull International ETA Mercury Middle East HIGHLY COMMENDED Mercury Middle East WINNER Drake and Scull International January 2012 | MEP Middle East 37 . Wael Salah Mostafa with the HSI award. SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST Aldes Middle East Al Otaishan Group for Safety Faisal Jassim Leminar Air Conditioning Company Radiant Engineering Rental Solutions and Services Viessmann Middle East HIGHLY COMMENDED Leminar Air Conditioning Company WINNER Viessmann Middle East www.

MEP AWARDS 2011 38 MEP Middle East | Januar 2012 January www.constructionweekonline.com .

ae .in the Middle East Taking Fire stopping to a new level Blue Diamond Group of companies GCC & Middle East Po Box 25468 Dubai United Arab Emirates Tel +971 4 340 3700 Fax: +971 4 340 5122 Qatar Tel :+974 44 127093 Fax: +974 44 178210 Email: bluedbc@eim.

Atkins Middle East and India .000 experts worldwide. However.13m. Ramboll Middle East: The regional arm of the Dutch engineering and consultancy company with more than 10.28m in revenue for the six months to September .000 employees in UK and MidEast Given that 2011 ended on something of a high note for the MEP industry with nascent signs of growing cropping up throughout the region. a solid increase from the total revenues of the fiscal year. Did it live up to your expectations? Khaldoun Tabari: 2011 was a challenging year for the regional construction industry. 2011 seems to have been a largely positive year for the MEP industry. it has been in operation since 1979. As a whole. 40 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. All three gave us their expectations for the industry over the coming year and highlighted the sectors of the industry that they felt would offer the best promise for growth. The first nine months showed revenues of $607. David Crowder from Atkins Middle East and Adrian Palmer from Ramboll Middle East.Staff figures up by 8.DSI expects to post $81.com .2012 PREVIEW MEET OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS 2012: THE YEAR OF COMPETITION Khaldoun Tabari Vice chairman and CEO. shifting political winds and fierce competition. We had to contend with changing macro-economics. which received $503. 2010. it seems only fair that we should look ahead to 2012 with some optimism and a sense that better things lie ahead of us. Our initial target was to achieve a 25% top line growth for 2011 and we’re delighted to have exceeded our expectations. These results reflected our operating capability. Adrian Palmer Executive director.6m revenues by 2011 year end . Ramboll Middle East .Ramboll posted gross revenue of $616m in H1 of 2011 for entire group .constructionweekonline. MEP Middle East spoke to three of the biggest names in the industry: Khaldoun Tabari from Drake and Scull International. Drake and Scull International .Plans to grow business by 20% to 25% over coming year MEP Middle East talks to three of the foremost MEP experts in the region about expectations in the industry and how the lessons from 2011 can help growth in the coming year David Crowder MEP head of department.Currently has over 1. portfolio strength and financial flexibility.1% since 2010 Drake and Scull: A regional MEP giant that has delivered high quality MEP engineering to since the 1960’s.67m. we are satisfied with our solid performance across all our subsidiaries for the first nine months of the year despite a challenging macro-environment.Atkins made $123. Atkins Middle East and India: Regional subsidary of the engineering giant. With that in mind.

Adrian Palmer: One of the most important lessons we’ve learnt over the course of the year is to continue to focus on getting the business basics right. where the required operating capital needed to maintain a business is quite substantial. As an MEP consultant. we were awarded some major projects. We have set growth targets for 2012. which will be in conjunction with robust management of business risk. it did live up to our expectations. Our fully coordinated BIM designs save waste and re-work for contractors who are on site and enable faster build rates with lower installed costs. and we intend to achieve these targets through geographical and market diversification. as we at Drake and Scull have tried to implement.82bn backlog. In the transportation sector. in that it was very challenging! We had a disappointing first half of the year. gional efficiency through integrating and coordinating operations across all markets and allowing for the transfer of knowledge from one operation to another. This includes our own efficiency as designers and also the efficiencies that we can offer our clients. is to diversify through countries and product offerings which help to mitigate exposure. but our performance figures have been good thanks to our success in securing such a diversity of work across the region. for both yourselves and the industry as a whole? Khaldoun Tabari: We look ahead to 2012 with cautious optimism in light of the world’s economic volatility. David Crowder: We’ve worked Adrian Palmer: Yes. We have realised that one of the key solutions is the need to remain responsive to local markets. In 2012. January 2012 | MEP Middle East 41 What lessons did you take from the year just past? How will it influence your business strategy in 2012? Khaldoun Tabari: The most important lesson to learn was that the vulnerability of businesses to unforeseen events has never been more evident. we expect that next year we will be growing by approximately 20% to 25% compared to 2011 levels. We see Saudi Arabia and Qatar as major growth markets for our design services. you have to add value for your client. but well into the future “ David Crowder the survival of companies. Tabari says companies should look at 2012 with ‘cautious optimism’ . you have a few set tasks. Crowder says.constructionweekonline. We see sustained growth in the region as government spending on infrastructure developments remains a strategic priority for them. but from the second half onwards. what are your expectations for 2012. Uncertainty is becoming a predominant trend in the life-cycle of a business. including the MEP design for Jeddah Airport and Etihad Rail. there has been a significant improvement. We also aim to extend our geographical and market diversification. especially in the construction industry. Therefore risk management has become crucial to www. you have to help build resilience in the market and aim to expand geographically. David Crowder: 2011 has exceeded our expectations.com . while also extending our client base. We are well poised to capitalise on this. We see utilising this as the best way to achieve value for our clients while also maintaining the high standards that we have set in recent years.2012 PREVIEW The transportation sector of the MEP industry will be a major market in 2012. we will continue to do what we do best and diversification will remain pivotal to the continuity of our business as we proceed to implement our growth plans. while at the same time achieving rehard to improve efficiency across the board. We expect the transportation market to remain strong in 2012. This has allowed us to maintain staffing levels despite the tough economic climate. Our businesses must therefore learn to swiftly adapt and devise more ways to move forward. The most effective way to control external risk. With that in mind. The market was extremely competitive. Based on our secured $1. not only for next year.

Our businesses must therefore learn to swiftly adapt and devise more ways to move forward. established and very talented team of more than 60 specialists. not only for next year.“ Khaldoun Tabari 42 MEP Middle East | January 2012 . Rather than set targets. I think the prospects for the property sectors are stable. We already have an MEP team large enough to take on the biggest projects in the region. This puts us in the position of having a strong. Another challenge we’ll also have to look seriously at will be to develop our operational flexibility and efficiency properly over the coming year. MEP companies will be focused on maintaining their core strengths. if these are managed successfully. We expect the construction industry’s real growth to accelerate over the coming year. It’s difficult to estimate accurate numbers for particular growth in the MEP industry. Adrian Palmer: I think we’re going to see the continuation of a very competitive market place. we already have a great deal of capability and will look to build on this in a measured and responsible manner. www.com Adrian Palmer: I think 2012 The vulnerability of businesses to unforeseen events has never been more evident. the Middle East market has a number of significant opportunities. but well into the future. But we’re also investing heavily in developing and nurturing our young engineers because they represent the future of the business. However. On top of this. We’re going to see the continuation of a very competitive market place. Prospects are good. while ensuring growth in market share. we’re taking a more balanced view for 2012. maintaining and developing our strong client relationships and providing added value to them. we’ll focus on continuing the development and embedding of BIM. We see Saudi Arabia and Qatar as major growth markets for our design services. In regards to us. What are the biggest challenges you anticipate for the coming year? Khaldoun Tabari: Maintaining sustained levels of profitability is a key challenge for contractors in 2012. However. David Crowder: We expect the transportation market to remain strong in 2012. Competition is rendering lower profit margins and therefore our primary focus for the year is controlling costs and efficiently allocating resources to optimise our expense base. but for transport. greater government spending should continue into 2012 as the regional governments carry out their sizeable social and infrastructure development plans. However. they really are excellent. MEP companies will be focused on maintaining their core strengths“ Adrian Palmer will be another challenging year with external risks. optimising operating costs and efficiency as well as balance sheet management remains on top of the list. will yield robust financial results in 2012. David Crowder: I think recruiting the right calibre of staff will be a major issue for all MEP businesses because of the scale of activity across our core markets. but we definitely see heightened activities in this field as general construction activities across all sectors are expected to pick up. We’re fortunate in that respect because we already have a large and highly skilled team.constructionweekonline. We believe that the investment made in 2011. as we continue to implement our own growth strategy plans. in my opinion. all other things being equal.2012 PREVIEW Qatar will be one of two major markets for MEP companies over the coming year. 2012 has the potential to be a very strong year as there seems to be a strong demand for refurbishing and fit out. So while we may see growth.

.

which in 44 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. .PRODUCTS BUYER’S GUIDE New products come on to the market at a great rate. Product focus MEP Middle East reviews the latest gadgets. all white appearance of pipe and fittings. RESEARCH Get suppliers to provide detailed product information based on your specific requirements 3. TROX have utilized three dimensionally profiled ABS plastic blades behind the steel faceplate to create an efficient swirl. despite the presence of the more established R22 refrigerant. The XARTO diffuser faceplate has 10 configuration variations which now provide interior design consultants and building owners with a large selection of refined designs so that every creative or architectural concept can be realised. essential kit and serious product innovations making an impact in the GCC construction market.davids@itp. Speedfit Fitting are suitable for both Copper. FOCUS Know what you are looking for and exactly what you need it to do 2. IS IT NEEDED? Is the product something the project really needs? Could it be done without or bought at a later stage? 6. Pex and polybuthene pipes. So successful has the campaign been that the refrigerant is now regarded as one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerants amongst end users. The fittings can be disconnected and used again without the need for replacement parts. being able to commission it correctly and have the capability to maintain it. SUSTAINABILITY Does this product need to be ‘green’? 7. The installation is greatly enhanced by the clean. LIABILITY How long will your company be liable for the product’s performance? 10. R410A REFRIGERANT R410A REFRIGERANT is an environmentally friendly and highly efficient refrigerant used for Direct Expansion Equipment.com .. Is price the most important factor? 4. Leminair’s push for the R410A refrigerant has seen it gain acceptance in the Middle East market. While many shout about their innovation or competitive pricing. TROX TECHNIK DESIGNER SWIRL DIFFUSERS – XARTO TROX TECHNIK is proud to launch the new designer swirl diffuser – XARTO. PRICE VERSUS. The low insertion easy to install. Simply pushing a pipe into a fitting produces a permanent leak proof connection.com TOP TIPS 1. SORTED Will this purchasing decision sort the job or will it come back to haunt you? JG SPEEDFIT PUSH FIT PLUMBING SYSTEM JG SPEEDFIT is a Push Fit System for all plumbing and heating systems. STANDARDS Does the product need to conform to any specific standards? 8. Let us know if there is something you would like to see on these pages.. MEP offers a few top tips that are always worth keeping in mind when purchase orders are on the way. Specific faceplate design requirements can also be engineered for a bespoke air diffusion solution. it can be difficult to spot the true merit of a product without the right information. SHIPPING Will the product make it to site on time. This introduction was no small feat as the introduction of an equipment range based on a new refrigerant is fraught with challenges including providing training to all staff. WANT TO FEATURE YOUR PRODUCT HERE? Email: gavin.. TROX have applied themselves to the task of combining function and design in an effective way. The Speedfit system has a 25 year guarantee.QUALITY Or will quality matter more in the long run? 5. understanding the equipment. or is there an order backlog? 9..constructionweekonline.

Kessel also offers oil/fuel Coalescence Separators. rather than being a series of independent commands and tools. Will we recieve any installation advice or assistance? 7. The use of the ABS plastic technology enables the development and the production of three-dimensionally profiled blades (with optimum swirl generation). Low air velocities and low temperature differences in the occupied zone provide excellent comfort levels even at these higher volume flow rates. Has the product been used or tested in the GCC? 4.PRODUCTS TROX TECHNIK ABS SWIRL DIFFUSERS – AIRNAMIC TROX TECHNIK has launched the new ABS swirl diffuser – AIRNAMIC. When will the order be delivered to site? 3. TROX Middle East has an operational demonstration unit available on request for presentations. Models can also range from basic manual operation to fully automated custom solutions. Material of construction is polyethylene www. With many building spaces remaining unoccupied between 40% and 70% of the day. It emphasises the process of creating projects in MEP. Lutron wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors automate the switching and dimming of lights. If my order quantities increase. Aubin Academy Series: Revit MEP 2011 This is the ideal book to help readers successfully use Revit MEP. and wireless controllers ensures smooth and consistent performance. This fully integrated plugand-play system has adaptable control methodologies for all laboratory applications. 1. These units provide essential separation where oil and fuel can enter the drainage system.000 meals per day. 7 QUESTIONS TO ASK TROX TECHNIK EASYLAB TCU3 TROX TECHNIK has launched the latest version of its market leading LabControl System – the EasyLab TCU3. and monitoring. It is a concise manual focused squarely on the rationale and practicality of the Revit MEP process. will I receive a better price? 2. What after-sales support is available? 6. TAKE A LOOK LUTRON RANGE OF WIRELESS ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT CONTROLS Lighting can account for the majority of a building’s total energy consumption. This upstream solution also critically reduces the load on the district water treatment plants. daylight sensors. switches and light control systems. The extensive Kessel range has safe hygienic solutions for all users from small restaurants to major catering companies preparing up to 200. saving energy. In addition to grease separators. This system can be combined with TROX available air flow control and distribution products to deliver a complete LabControl system solution. lights can become unnecessarily costly as well as increasing the carbon footprint of the business. TROX Middle East currently has the AIRNAMIC installed in their flow studio. The EasyLab system has been developed specifically to ensure ease of installation. and can be supplied in modular format to ensure the client pays only for the components required for their specific solution.com January 2012 | MEP Middle East 45 . and it can be demonstrated on request. thus enabling high volume flow rates and low sound power levels. Using Clear Connect™ Radio Frequency (RF) Technology for communication with wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors. TROX AIRNAMIC swirl diffusers are the result of extensive development work with progressive materials and advanced production techniques. What guarantees are in place for the product? 5. commissioning.constructionweekonline. Can the product be customised to suit our specific requirements? KESSEL SEPARATORS KESSEL separators ensure that wastewater pipes from commercial buildings remain blockage free by removing greases and food sludge from wastewater streams. Radio Powr Savr (RPS) sensors by Lutron can be installed in as little as 15 minutes and communicate with compatible Lutron dimmers. money and time.

In addition. 7. Fewer cable lengths are required and less copper is needed because the radial installation runs only one way. MEP takes a look at some of the latest mobile applications that may help to make an engineer’s working life a little bit easier APEX MODULAR WIRING SYSTEMS Apex has established itself as a supplier for electrical wiring products in the UK market. 2. making installation easier and faster. 3. regardless of fluctuating pressure conditions in the system. This results in cost saving and is ideal areas where there are space constraints.and high-voltage machines and electrical installations.PRODUCTS MOBILE TECH Mobile devices are becoming a ubiquitous tool in many industries. OHM’S LAW A quick and simple Ohm’s Law calculator from Christopher Pflepsen. CIMBERIO MONOLINK VALVE FOR FAN COIL UNIT The Monolink is a preassembled and factory tested valve for fan coil units. The valve reduces the number of connections from the traditional 22 joints to just six connections. access locks and locking systems for circuit-breaker switches. the Monolink acts as a strainer. Designed for maximum safety. UNIT CONVERTER PRO Concrete Software’s massive conversion tool helps sort all those mixed measures. Due to its design. this valve is able to perform the important functions of regulation. AIR PRESSURE Gas Liquids Engineering has created an app to calculate height above sea level based on air pressure measures. its compact valve construction means it does not require inlet and outlet straight pipelines to stabilise the flow. ENGINEERING CALC This Agilent Technologies app is pitched at engineers and students who need a reference tool for electrical and RF engineering. inverters and transformers. Projects for the company include the Royal London Hospital and Bar tholomew’s Hospital. with over 50 PFI and ProCure21 schemes totalling over 2 million m 2. The range offers a number of locks that can be adapted to any hazardous component by requiring manipulation in a specific order and tailored to company’s specific needs. Each hazardous component is protected by one or more locks. 46 MEP Middle East | January 2012 www. with mechanical and electrical specifiers are now looking seriously at the benefits of the modular approach. CIVIL ENGINEERING FORMULATOR Multieducator’s engineering app collects together 100 important formulas for engineers. 4.constructionweekonline. 6. It has a five year factory warranty. Its manufacturer says it helps reduce costs and improve energy savings. It requires no requirement of assembly at site. the RONIS product range includes locking isolator controls. Modular wiring systems are growing in popularity in the Middle East. each of which can only be opened with its own specific key. balancing valve and drain cock all-in-one. Most modular electrical wiring systems work on a radial circuit as opposed to the ring main common to most installations. RONIS INTERLOCK SYSTEMS The RONIS range of interlock systems are designed specifically to ensure the safety of users and materials during work on medium. POWERONE SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR PowerOne combines an algebraic and RPN calculator with spreadsheet templates. 5. by-pass valve. The Monolink also has a condensation proof casing which helps it avoid insulation problems. making servicing very easy.com . MECHANICAL ENGINEER Another app from Multieducator that collects together more than 300 important mechanical engineering formulas. CIMBERIO PRESSURE INDEPENDENT CONTROL VALVE The Pressure Independent Control Valve is an eco-friendly product from Cimberio that is marketed in the region by NAFFCO Flow Control. 7 TOP APPS 1. Marketed in this region by NAFFCO Flow Control. The valve is designed for the automatic balancing of heating and cooling systems. control and modulation.

PRODUCTS TYCO VALVES & CONTROLS Tyco’s Sapag Monovar pressure control valve is pushing the boundaries of control valve design and engineering. hydro-power stations and process industries. +971 4 238 1555 e-mail info@bluetruck. one of the largest in the world. Tel. Engineering for improved reliability and endurance.6% YOY INCREASE RATE FOR MANUFACTURE OF ELECTRIC MACHINERY IN NOVEMBER WEG FREQUENCY INVERTERS AND SOFT STARTERS WEG is a supplier of electric motors and related control equipment. save energy and improve equipment reliability. requirements. With excellent cavitations characteristics which make it suitable for high pressure drop applications. It currently supplies inverter drive systems and soft starters to a Spanish consortium that is working on the Tlemcem-Honaine desalination plant in Algeria.com January 2012 | MEP Middle East 47 . The WEG equipment can be integrated into electrical control panels and will allow plants to increase efficiency. YOY INCREASE RATE FOR MANUFACTURE OF ELECTRIC MACHINERY FROM JANUARY TO NOVEMBER 14. +971 4 238 2325 www. the value is able to control a high pressure differential in relation to its inlet pressure.bluetruck.constructionweekonline. while its multi-jet design also reduces the destructive effects of cavitations and extends the lifecycle of the product. distributors). Very accurate flow and pressure regulation capabilities ensure the valve is well suited to industrial water applications in water distribution.7% The market leader in mass door-to-door of magazines within the UAE. the valve ensures that users can take advantage of predictable performance. The company specialises in both high efficiency motors and units developed for specific industry applications. MADE IN CHINA 11.ae Fax.ae Asso iate member Award winning www.

we estimate that Dubai will be slightly down and Abu Dhabi will be up. which can finally become an industrial partner and we may manufacture some products together. Dubai was the market for 2011. We’re always evaluating what the potential is and what the current situation is. You would not treat Qatar. with the projects we’ve been involved in.“ What will your expansion strategy be in these countries? There is no model which has been defined to expand in these countries. He will then decide to go back to India. where the growth is pulling the industry. this trend will change in 2012 as Dubai will go down significantly in the middle or end of the first quarter. These are two regions where we are now starting to invest and develop ourselves in a serious manner. about how the family owned company plans to tackle 2012. whether it is through a 100% owned company. for us. which can then become a partner in a joint venture. it’s about the execution phases inside the construction market. For sure. We’ve put in place a permanent training programme on all aspects and I can say that we’re now a permanent school covering all aspects of our production. it’s all a repetition of what we’re doing. a joint venture or a distribution agent. one year Dubai does very well for us. Not only here in the GCC. we work to be more proficient and efficient internationally. and then it’s a bit dull.com THE KSA MARKET SIZE FORCES A CHANGE IN ALDES’ STRATEGY 48 MEP Middle East | January 2012 30M . What are targets are you setting for the year ahead? For 2012. where we have quite different challenges to face. From the assembly part to the cutting and the way we’re selling the product. while Abu Dhabi will rise from that time. but also in Europe. As far as the UAE is concerned. It’s not a question of market potential. we’ve been forced to go to the export market as well. we really have to be ‘on the market’. Abu Dhabi was down but Dubai was extremely hot. we’re now organising the company to manage the movement of people. then for us. that means that we have to be as clear as possible in our objectives and help the company team to understand the situation we’re in and ensure that they’re on the right track. it’s about the execution phases that are inside the regional construction market. it depends on the year. Instead of suffering through this rotation. This has been done in some other countries already. The first approach can be an exclusive relationship with a distributor. Basically.THE LAST WORD MARKET Potential MEP Middle East talks to Stanislas Lacroix. It’s not a question of market potential. Pakistan or Bangladesh and stay there for a year and decide whether he’ll come back to you or not. It’s under evaluation in all countries and it can change all the time. five or six years in a row. it’s always a case by case situation. The aim at the end is to be present in the market. Stanislas Lacroix has recently taken over his family’s company. the finalisation of the building. the same as you would treat Saudi Arabia. Next year. Macro-economically speaking. Dubai was the market to be in over the course of 2011. With the downturn. while dealing with the challenges ahead What was the most positive GCC market for Aldes in this year just gone? For us. www. Abu Dhabi is probably the place that you want to be in. [but only] if you’re at the design or early execution for the main structure. so we don’t discount an potential situation. especially in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. a country with a population of around 30 million. What is the major challenge that crops up when operating as a manufacturer in the GCC? We’re in an environment where a worker will stay for four. Then Abu Dhabi does very well. If you’re at the second or third step. it is growing at the moment. the new CEO of Aldes. This year. with a population of around two million.constructionweekonline.

AE ARMA-ELEKTROPANÇ www. Main Contractor: AL FATTAN MRCB CONSTRUCTION CO.Rixos Palm Jumeirah Hotel is ready for the new year! We have handed over our second 5 star hotel in Jumeirah Palm Island.arma-elektropanc.com .

Box 500 468 · Dubai · United Arab Emirates · Tel: +971 4 453 7337 · dubai@kamstrup. MULTICAL® 602 is the best mean for accurate and powerful data communication. wired or wireless. Kamstrup Middle East FZC · P.com .O. high-power radio communication and long term stability and let MULTICAL® 602 power your communication.Power your BTU Metering – with MULTICAL® 602 With the new MULTICAL® BTU meter you get a staggering choice of communication technologies. mains powered or battery operated. Experience prolonged battery lifetime.com · www.kamstrup. Whether manual or automatic.