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The Importance of Communication in the Construction Industry:
Construction projects follow a chain of communication from one person to the next, from one party to another party. For example, between the architect providing drawings to the contractor and the type of approval that is required in selecting and applying the final coat of paint to a building, there is a very long chain of processes and tasks that need to be clear and precise in order to make these types of decisions quick and accurate. Different people in various roles carry out these types of processes, hence the importance of good communication. If there are any miscommunications or incorrect briefings in the chains of communication between the contractor to subcontractors, architect to the builders, etc. then projects, tasks and activities stand the chance of being completed incorrectly. Why You Need Clear Communication in Construction Projects Maintaining a strong chain of communication in construction will enhance each stage of the construction lifecycle. Below are some of the core reasons why you should focus on a solid communication strategy. Strengthens Relationships Communication helps to strengthen and build relationships in construction projects. Good relationships are key for any successful business operation. This helps to build stronger trust and transparency between all the stakeholders involved. Better Team Management Team management becomes much stronger with good communication. A good project manager should be able to clearly communicate the desired daily and weekly activities to the team. This helps to form a clear roadmap for reaching the desired goal. Strong communication skills from the site team to management will mean that there is a better understanding of the state of the project and the direction it needs to take. It will allow management to implement proactive and protective measures in-lieu of correctivemeasures if anything should happen on site. This is crucial as it leads to more accurate and efficient projects. The better the communication is, the more confident the team becomes. Having a more open and transparent system in place allows the team to understand exactly what they need to do. When challenges arise, open communication allows for the sharing of solutions. This means that teams can solve problems quicker. Ultimately, this leads to a team that is better equipped for the job and happier to take on the workload. Improved Collaboration and Feedback With good communication channels, you also enhance collaboration and creative innovation. Team members can share ideas and experiences for others to learn from. This helps to inspire stronger ideas and better collaboration on finding the best solutions for projects. Communication leads to feedback. Feedback loops allow you to track performance and understand where there is success and where there are issues and concerns. Being able to communicate the strengths and downfalls of a project is one of the best ways to learn. By doing so, you can improve your strategies and tactics for future projects. Ultimately, transparency and strong communication results in a better outcome. Results are best achieved through good communication systems. They keep everyone involved on the same page, updated, and aware of deadlines and goals.
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Wahib Medanat
Office Support
July 18, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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July 14, 2022 Training Material
How to Apply for a Job as a Fresh Graduate Engineer: 1- Always Update Your Resume: Your resume is a dynamic snapshot of your skills, experience, and professional objectives. It is important to keep it fresh. If you've learned a new software program, completed an educational course, or attended an applicable seminar during the time you've been searching for a job, be sure to add it to your resume. 2- Network with Colleagues, Family, and Friends: In job searching, "who you know" is truly important. Your business colleagues, family, and friends together know a lot of people. Make sure they all know you are looking for a job and ask for their help, especially referrals to others who may help. Do they have any business contacts that you could connect with to seek advice or gain a referral? Stay in touch with them every few weeks — out of sight is usually out of mind.
3- Tap into Your Alumni Association: Alumni are a good source of potential job opportunities and typically will go out of their way to help their fellow alumni. Stay active online and join your local chapter. Face-to-face interaction at Chapter meetings is a good way to network. Many alumni form social networking groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Join the groups and be visible. Introduce yourself to the group and state your job objectives and ask for help.
4- Work Part Time/Volunteer: What have you been doing since graduation? That question inevitably comes up during an interview. And while searching for a job is a job itself, it's better to demonstrate that you are active doing other things in addition to seeking a job. Take a part-time job. Even if it isn't in a related field of interest, it shows that you are energetic. And since you most likely have college loans to start repaying, no one would question the need to generate at least some income. Volunteering for charitable causes is also a good way to demonstrate your drive and enthusiasm. It is also another great way to meet new people and expand your network.5- Identify Companies of Interest: Don't rely on a job falling in your lap. While you may be lucky enough to find an interesting job posting at a company you'd like to work for, it's more than likely that you'll have to proactively find a job opening at one of your companies of interest. There are many online resources to help you search, like monster.com and job-hunt.org. Use their tools to help you make a list of companies you would like to work for. Search social networking sites, like LinkedIn, for contacts within these organizations. Alert them to your interests and career objectives. Many will be willing to help or refer you to someone else who might help, and once again, you've expanded your network.
6- Expand Your Opportunities: Unfortunately, you might not be able to land your dream job the first time around. Expand your opportunities by searching companies and positions in adjacent industries. You might also consider contract or temporary opportunities. These will strengthen your experience and sometimes lead to full time positions at the end of the contract.
7- Don't Get Discouraged: Easier said than done, but prepare yourself that the job hunt will be a long and often tedious process. Set weekly objectives — i.e. number of applications sent, phone calls, company searches, etc. — and once you've accomplished your goals, take some time for yourself.
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Wahib Medanat
Office Support
July 13, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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July 04, 2022 Training Material
Why and When Construction Equipment Should Be Upgraded:
No Construction work can be done efficiently and on high standards without the existence of good equipment, add to this that they add to the labors’ productivity and ensure the project’s smooth delivery.
And here is why construction equipment should be Updated every while and then:
1. Increasing Labor’s Safety:
Despite decreasing Labor’s injuries, construction companies must remain vigilant about Labors safety as a site contains many hazards. Therefore, anything a company can do to improve labors’ safety is a must-do and upgrading equipment will assist in this.
It's tempting to buy older equipment to save on expenses. However, this could end up driving up the cost more as the equipment is more likely to malfunction, causing numerous unplanned for expenses. If someone gets injured, it could lead to an expensive lawsuit.
2. Increasing Project Capacity:
Swapping aging equipment for newer models means your construction equipment will be able to handle bigger jobs. As a result, the project could finish ahead of schedule. Or rather, it may finish on time whereas the old equipment could cause a missed deadline. Newer equipment will be more durable, more efficient, and simpler to operate.
3. Increasing Profits:
Rather than looking at upgrading equipment as an expenditure, view it as an investment that will pay off in the long run. Newer equipment will be easier and cheaper to maintain. As previously stated, upgraded construction equipment will be able to achieve more in less time. Every hour shaved is money saved.
Outdated construction equipment is less efficient in using fuel, which increases your costs. It's slower and requires more upkeep. The older it is, the more care it will need. It could reach the point that maintenance will not suffice and it needs to undergo repairs.Newer equipment improves the quality of work. It’s more likely to execute the tasks exactly as expected. Older equipment that fails will cause delays. Delays often involve penalties.
4. Increasing Uptime:
While upgrading to new equipment involves a large initial investment, it will yield a faster return on investment. Not only does the new equipment increase the chances of getting the work done correctly, but also, it's more likely to last for the duration of the project. Newer equipment allows you to scale and keep up with demand.
Outdated and old construction equipment can break down multiple times on a project. You may not be able to get a licensed technician to come to the jobsite quickly enough. Besides, it may not be possible to repair it on the jobsite or it may not be repairable at all. In either case, it will require renting a replacement. Between the price of repairs and renting a backup, the costs add up.
5. Increasing Employee Morale:
Employees that are challenged and get the opportunity to work with new equipment are happier employees. They're more likely to work harder and more efficiently. You take away the burden of dealing with outdated construction equipment. They're not constantly having to fiddle with it, maintain it, fix it, and whatever else ails the equipment.
The best equipment doesn't work alone. It needs people to operate it. The most skilled construction workers will want to work with current equipment and technologies. Thus, having updated equipment can help you land the best talent.
The Right Time to Upgrade the Construction Equipment:
Asset management software will help identify construction equipment that needs to be upgraded.
1. The equipment can't handle its tasks;
If the equipment doesn't have the capability to perform its tasks as required, then it's going to cause your profits to leak. Consider renting a new model to take it for a test run. See how it performs. Does it save time? Cut repair costs?
2. Maintenance is Becoming a Regular Occurrence:
Equipment that regularly breaks down is going to eat up time and money. Consider how much it delays the project when it's broken. Lost workdays and missed deadlines can quickly grow expensive. Equipment that requires more maintenance can also be an increased safety risk.
3. Can't Handle Big Jobs:
Older equipment tends to have a limit on how much it can handle. Newer equipment has the horsepower and strength to manage larger capacity tasks faster.
4. It's getting harder to find replacement parts:
Construction equipment manufacturers can only have so much inventory available for older equipment. They want to stock up on parts for newer equipment. To make room for newer equipment replacement parts means sacrificing shelf space for older parts.
5. Fuel Costs are Higher than Necessary:
Homeowners replace the air conditioner filter a few times a year. The reason for this is that the dirtier the filter, the harder the air conditioning needs to work in putting out coldair. The harder it works; the more energy it uses up. The more energy it uses, the higher the electric bill.
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Wahib Medanat
G.M. W.M. consultant Engineers
July 3, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Electrical Works:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works.
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Electrical Department
Office Support
June 17, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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How to be Successful in Your Civil Engineering Career:
1. You must begin building your career in civil engineering the day you start your first job after graduation, and if you were working in the field while studying that would be an extra trait. Your personal reputation is the keystone on which your entire career will be built, and the skills you sharpen throughout your career are the ones to distinguish you and your work in the engineering industry.
2. You must understand that you will be judged not only on what you know but on what you can do without other people’s assistance. This makes it essential to give your best efforts to your early assignments, regardless of how trivial they may appear.
3. Doing an exceptional job on a minor assignment is the best way to be recognized and assigned more important, challenging, and satisfying work since executives are continually searching for competent people to move up into more responsible positions.
4. Be smart and track your task from A to Z: Make sure to ask as many questions as you can to make sure you can understand and deliver your task on time, and don’t always rely on others to get you what you want and answer you on the spot. You should seek the information you want and work your brain.
5. Look for visibility: look for opportunities that make you shine, and that by always be prepared while also taking initiatives (i.e. presentations, taking leadership roles when possible, or through discussing ideas that are based on full understanding of the matters).
6. Read, read and read: Make sure to be always updated with new technologies and information in the civil field, and keep an open mind to reading and learning. In another words, depend more on your personal knowledge and seek after the information you don’t know. In engineering, as other fields, knowledge is key, and is one of the ways to distinguish yourself since an early age.
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Structural Department
Office Support
June 10, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction (Things to Expect and be Ready for):
1. Hazards: Construction projects will expose labors to specific risks. So it’s the engineer and the safety officer responsibility to acknowledge these hazards in order to prevent them from happening and protect the labors. Hazards can also delay projects, and may sometimes stop the project altogether. Therefore, you can mitigate hazard impacts by addressing the possible risks during project planning.
What to do exactly? First of all, you have to assess the risks and make sure that everyone follows proper strict safety guidelines onsite. Then, you’ll need to provide a plan in action to get rid of materials from the construction site. And finally, you should have an active insurance policy to protect your business and your workforce.
2. Task Dependency Oversight: If anything makes construction projects specific, it’s task dependencies. There is always a task that has to be completed before another task can be started. But what if you unintentionally make an oversight, and in the middle of the project, you have to stop because of such an oversight? This is why it’s important to have insight into all of your assets and resources.
3. Unexpected Project Changes: These happen so frequently that you should always budget them in. You may face increased construction costs, tension on the construction site, a damaged relationship with the client, or project delays. So, what is the most efficient way to navigate unexpected changes in your projects?
There are several, in fact. Leverage your experience and make several contingency plans for each possible scenario. Also, make sure to keep your documents updated and your information accurate. You must store your documents so that you can access them whenever you want.
4. Delays: Delays in construction projects have devastating consequences, such as increased costs, damaged relations, and losing clients. To prevent delays, you’ll need to establish clear rules and a detailed schedule, and make sure everyone understands his roles and responsibilities, not to forget the importance of the means of communication. But your first steps should be detailed planning and using an efficient project management.
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Office Support
Office Support
June 3, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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The Relation Between Mechanical and Architectural Shop Drawings:
1. General look at the drawings for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2. (Detailing): The relation between fire hose cabinets and wall tiling- the best ways to install cabinets to suit wall tiles installation.
3. Grouting: Explaining selecting the right grout color especially in cases where two types of wall tiles are applied.
4. Discussing steel doors’ shop drawings, taking into consideration applying them on the external walls, their openings and dimensions.
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Arc. & Mechanical Department
Office Support
May 27, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction Administration and Control:
Construction Administration includes communications, paper work, documentation, instructions to the Contractor, outgoing and incoming letters and other forms such as:
1. Submittals
2. RFIs
3. VOs
4. Time extensions
5. Claims and provisional sums.
- All mentioned above should be done each in its own form.
- Information and data should be put in logs so they can be easily tracked and documented, and to get back to them whenever required.
- An effective construction management relies on the ability to receive and manage data.
- Stored data can be used in solving problems, provide time lines, and as a reference when needed.
- Documentation is the first step of organizing work, so only by being organized construction management can be done effectively.
- Photographs and short clips are important in building an information management system.
- In terms of what is the best practices in construction today, we should focus on building an info-management software.
- Resident engineers are considered either inspectors or observers: (when playing the role of the inspector, that entitles reviewing work done by the Contractor, and when it comes to the role of the inspector, this includes providing approvals or acceptance.
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Quality Control Department
Office Support
May 20, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Quality Control (Further Procedures and Tips): * Construction quality control is a management system aimed at ensuring the final deliverable meets the standards and guidelines set by the client. That includes completing the project within the scope of work and avoiding disputes throughout the life cycle of the project. Quality is defined by the client, regulatory agencies and environmental and policy guidelines. All these quality assurance requirements and procedures are documented in a construction quality management plan. Why Construction Quality Control Matters * Your project isn’t a success if your client isn’t satisfied. Construction quality control is important because it improves client satisfaction. A happy client is one who will work with you again, and even give recommendations to others. More practically, doing quality work means less rework. Not needing to redo work that should have been done right the first time reduces costs. This is also a way to keep the morale of your crew high, which in turn means they’ll work more productively. * Have an Inspection Plan: Conduct a thorough inspection to see if completed work meets your quality acceptance criteria. Create an inspection plan to decide what is inspected and let the team know when it’s inspected. Also, there must be a person responsible for carrying out the inspection, whether that’s someone in your crew or a third party. * Create Quality Control Checklist: Prepare a quality control checklist to make the process of inspection thorough and less likely to overlook items. Be specific. The checklist should be shared with the crew for pre-task conversations on how to execute the work. A checklist ensures quality control is met and also communicates to the crew what’s essential in their tasks. * Correct Work: When a task doesn’t meet the standards of the quality management inspection, the work needs to be corrected. Mark the work that needs fixing (photograph it, if necessary), correct the problem and document the correction to verify that it now meets your quality standards. Tips: * Quality Control Manager: Choose someone to lead the effort—a quality control manager. The client needs to know who this person is and why they’re qualified for the position. The quality manager leads all quality management work, and is responsible for the day-to-day field operations. The construction quality control plan needs to define the quality manager’s responsibilities and how they work with the rest of the crew.
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Quality Control Department
Office Support
May 7, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Electrical Details:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other
engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings
in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and
architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their
coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and
how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works
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Electrical Department
Office Support
April 22, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction (Best Practices in The Post-Pandemic Era):
 From building hospitals in just a few days to donating lifesaving equipment, the
industry has played a critical role in responding to the crisis and in the recovery.
The industry represents 13 percent of global GDP, and unlocking currently
constrained labor availability could help drive recovery while addressing the most
pressing construction-related needs.
 But as mostly all other industries, construction has also suffered since sites were
shut down, difficulty in importing required materials, Safety and a long list of other
damages.
 Since we all are working the construction industry, and in the engineering field in
general, we noticed these pressing issues ourselves and they certainly affected the
project timeline, labors, and activities which stop for a while at the site as a result
of the lockdown.
 We are fortunate that humanity gained a expert way in dealing with such harsh
working conditions, and the best practices to get back on our feet as both
companies in specific, and industry in general, are:
- Accelerate rollout and adoption of digitization. There is no time to experiment
with the perfect road map. Organizations must instead enable well-proven remote
use cases. For contractors, this may mean scaling up remote collaboration at the
production stages using a digital model or urging for minimal manning at site
offices.
- Balancing performance and health is critical at any point in time—and it’s that
much more important in these turbulent times. Industry players must invest
proportionately in culture to erode not only risks related to remote work but also
apprehension across the workforce regarding job security and productivity.
Moreover, there is no better time to upskill the entire workforce and require
training on new tools and technologies and operating procedures. Many of these
activities can benefit employees by encouraging greater engagement among one
another.
- Resource allocation posed a significant challenge for construction. Therefore,
companies should establish a central monitoring function that can rapidly identify
and respond to resource-allocation needs across the portfolio. In addition to
systematic assessment of the parts of the portfolio that may be affected by COVID-
19, these capabilities can include real-time transparency on project process,
material inventory, subcontractors, services, and costs.
- Bolster supply-chain resilience. Most industry players have already reviewed
their supply chains for vulnerabilities due to the pandemic; they must now look at
options for fortification- such as building inventory, identifying backup
distribution channels, and recruiting direct labor to replace subcontractors. These
could lead to greater consolidation and vertical integration of the value chain not
only to minimize risk but also drive future productivity. Indeed, today’s
fragmented and multilevel contracting practices often hinder large-scale changes
in ways of working, rollout of digital tools, general investments, and R&D
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Office Support
April 16, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Technology in Construction:
1. Adopting Technology is essential in every aspect of our lives Today, since it
facilitates our daily activities and works. The construction field is not a stranger
when we consider technologies and their usage, since it is one of the biggest
beneficiaries of the computer technology, equipment and tools that technology
offers.
2. But, though very important, adopting technology moves slowly when we are
dealing with construction, and the main reason is the fear of investing in the
unknown, the new, or the not tried before technologies. Contractors thick twice,
if not thrice, when deciding to adopt certain technology in their works, but they
mostly reap benefits faster than sticking to old tools and methods.
3. The reason why technologies adoption in construction is a must are:
- It makes it easier for every person involved in the project to collaborate faster
and more effectively.
- It allows all parties involved to make the best decisions since they will be based
on real information and data.
- Technologies provide easier and faster solution to problems through tools and
equipment.
- Technologies, especially through computing system, can make accurate
calculation, help in documentation, and offer a wide range of programs that helps
in designing, planning, and the creating the necessary reports and presentations
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Office Support
April 9, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Managing Quality Control (Before and after Issues arise):
1. Understanding what completing a job means: This includes completing the
project with no defects, ensuring work requirements and conforming to the
Employer specifications.
2. Have an inspection plan: Conduct a thorough inspection to see if completed work
meets the quality acceptance criteria. A plan should be conducted to decide what
is inspected and when it should be inspected.
3. Preparing a quality control checklist is essential to make the process of inspection
thorough and less likely to overlook items. We should always be specific. The
checklist should be shared with co-workers, and exchanging ideas is also
important when it comes to how work should be executed.
4. When you discover a deficiency and fix it, this doesn’t mean that work is over.
We must review the reasons behind the defects and discuss with your team how
to avoid repeating them. The conclusion then should be shared with co-workers
to make sure the issues don’t show up elsewhere
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Office Support
Office Support
March 25, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Documentation in Construction (Planning Ahead):
1. Documentation is easily defined as the best tracking practice of every single detail
related directly to everything revolving around construction’s projects. Thus it should
be considered, prepared, and made into a bullet-proof plan before projects are started.
2. Preparing beforehand is considered every party’s safety net, since it preserves rights,
duties, and also help in tracking and solving issues that may emerge important during
the project period or even later in time.
3. It is really helpful to document project progress in a chronological way, including
minutes of meeting, on-site reports (photographs, videos, weather conditions and
progress reports), requests for information and responses, schedule updates and
applications and certifications for contractor payments.
4. According to the above, we should implement a user-friendly document management
system and ensure it is executed the correct way, and that’s by reading and
understanding the contract and specifications of the project before starting. This will
give a clear idea about what to track, where and when, and with time a whole data base
of work done and still under construction can be referred to any time, which will
facilitate other important issues as well, such as payments, managing materials, and
best way to execute designs and shop drawings
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Office Support
Office Support
March 11, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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How to be a Qualified Site Engineer:
The primary roles of a site engineer are to oversee and supervise construction projects, as well
as provide specialist advice in the planning, co-ordination and technical aspects of the project.
They manage material and human resources throughout and are responsible for site
security/health and safety.
In order to be a qualified site engineer, you should learn and sharpen the following skills:
1. Management skills: From the safety of the construction site, to the workforce, materials
and strict project timescales, site engineers manage a variety of different elements in
the execution of a project.
2. Problem solving: Unforeseen problems are likely to arise, so you need to be able to
quickly and effectively overcome difficulties to avoid missing deadlines.
3. Negotiation skills: Site engineers should be able to negotiate the best prices for
materials, important issues and problems at hand to reach a satisfying resolution.
4. Team work, communication and organization: Understanding the necessity of team
work is the first thing a site engineer must work on, since the lack of team work will
ensure total failure.
5. Writing and analytical skills: Site engineers are required to produce progress and other
reports and so they need to have competent written skills.
6. Minor but also necessary (Physical fit): Site inspections can be physically demanding
(climbing ladders, stairs, and taking tours inside or around the project area), so site
engineers need to be mobile and have a reasonable level of fitness
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Office Support
Office Support
March 2, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction Ethics:
Definition: Ethics are moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.
 Ethical behavior impacts the degree of trustworthiness and integrity of companies, along with the way they conduct business.
 Ethics of construction companies impact their ability to acquire and maintain clients.
Site Engineer Ethics:
1. Loyalty to the company.
2. Keeping a friendly relationship with the site neighborhood.
3. Professionalism in dealing with team mates and contractor staff.
4. Commitment to Owner’s protocols.
5. Documentation of any verbal instructions on site.
6. Resolving problems.
7. Reporting any errors happening on site to RE and project manager. The main office should be informed through “WhatsApp” groups.
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Training Directors/ Home Office Support:
1. Suhair Amarin- Project Director-Trainer
2. Natheer Amarin- Project Manager-Trainer
Home Office Support
January 21, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Administrative training session:
1- Filing letters by site engineers and fresh graduate engineers:
- A description was given to site engineers and fresh graduates regarding the approved way of filing letters directly received from the main office, and how they should follow a certain sequence, put in separate files and arranged according to the subject of the letter.
2- Fresh graduates should participate in following the process of answering letters at their sites, by reminding both site senior engineers and packages’ managers of the letters still pending to make sure they are answered within the period specified in the contract.
3- We stressed on certain issues concerning NCRs (Quality/ Health Safety and Environment Non-Conformance Reports), and explained how they fall under certain engineers’ responsibility in accordance with their specialty.
4- Speaking of RFIs (Request for Information), we pointed out that our site engineers and fresh graduates alike should pay attention to the sequence of the RFIs submitted directly by the Contractor, their reference number and the name of the school, since we are keen to avoid repetition in reference numbers and the relation between the context and the school mentioned in the RFI form.
5- Regarding photos taken at the sites, we reminded everyone to make sure they cover all works done on daily basis, and to pay more attention when receiving guests, (examples: Covering safety procedures each visitor must go through, following the course of the visit step by step and focusing their cameras on every detail discussed, while providing the main office with the main topics discussed throughout the visit).
6- About daily and weekly reports, we expressed how important it is to send them as early as possible since they go through a process that indulge choosing their photos, making sure they are following the same format, and editing sometimes.
7- Providing data required for the monthly report beforehand is also necessary, in order to review them and make sure they are up to date, following all construction work done monthly, and to avoid any possible mistakes in the information provided.
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Home Office Support:
1. Manar Bani Amer- Administrative Assistant
SKEP III Staff:
1. Ameera Al-Rawashdeh- Administrative Assistant
2. Yanal Abu Zieneh- Administrative Assistant
Home Office Support
January 14, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Implementation of Workshop Drawings on Site:
1- General look at the drawing for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2- Detailing such as:
2.1. Tiling:
- The minimum acceptable dimensions for cut pieces.
- Starting point of tiling.
- Decorative tiling frames and how to implement.
- Wall tile-distribution & color scheme.
2.2. Stone facades:
- Chiseling patterns and distribution.
Coordination of stone work with other elements such as door frames.
2.3. Detailed description of tiling works in different areas:
- Wet areas tiling.
- Corridors tiling.
- Areas of usage for rubber mats (why and where to use it).
- Floor drains (coordination between tiling work and mechanical work).
- Pointing grout between tiles (The proper way to ensure equal alignment and choosing grout colors that matches tiles).
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1. Suhair Amarin- Project Director
2. Batool Al-Rabadi- Architectural Engineer
Home Office Support
January 3, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Electrical Works:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works.
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Office Support
November 26, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Production of Visual Documentation Through Videos and Photography:
- Slump tests.
- Backfill compaction test.
- Site sand acceptability test.
- Delivered material dimension checking.
- Checking work elevations.
- Checking dimensions of work underway and finished work.
- Checking steel placement dimensions.
- Water line, wastewater line and tank waterproof testing.
- Roof waterproof membrane testing.
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Office Support
November 19, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Training Material
The Relation Between Architectural Shop Drawings and Other Features (Detailing):
1. General look at the drawings for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2. (Detailing): The relation between fire hose cabinets and wall tiling- the best ways to install cabinets to suit wall tiles installation.
3. Grouting: Explaining selecting the right grout color especially in cases where two types of wall tiles are applied.
4. Discussing steel doors’ shop drawings, taking into consideration applying them on the external walls, their openings and dimensions.
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Arc. Department
Office Support
November 12, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Implementation of Approved Workshop Drawings on Site:
1- General look to the drawing for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2- Detailing such as:
2.1. Tiling:
- The minimum acceptable dimensions for cut pieces.
- Starting point of tiling.
- Decorative tiling frames and how to implement.
- Wall tile-distribution & color scheme.
2.2. Stone facades:
- Chiseling patterns and distribution.
Coordination of stone work with other elements such as door frames.
2.3. Detailed description of tiling works in different areas:
- Wet areas tiling.
- Corridors tiling.
- Areas of usage for rubber mats (why and where to use it).
- Floor drains (coordination between tiling work and mechanical work).
- Pointing grout between tiles (The proper way to ensure equal alignment and choosing grout colors that matches tiles).
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Arc. Department
Office Support
November 5, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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1. General review of the quality control status in the project.
2. Stressing on the importance of the documentation of all observed remarks
through photos and insuring the status before and after in order to cover all cases.
3. It was agreed on to request the Contractors to call the approved laboratory to
conduct tests on all used materials and to provide the supervision staff with all
tests.
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Quality Control Department
Office Support
October 30, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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1. General review of the quality control status in the project.
2. Stressing on the importance of the documentation of all observed remarks
through photos and insuring the status before and after in order to cover all cases.
3. It was agreed on to request the Contractors to call the approved laboratory to conduct tests on all used materials and to provide the supervision staff with alltests.
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Quality Control Department
Office Support
October 22, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM
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1. The office team discussed the installation of mechanical cabinets and its relation with
the ceramic tiles at the walls of the corridors.
2. Medanat office team suggested that the Contractor must shift the installed water
cabinets in a manner that insures wall tiles are installed properly.
3. Mechanical cabinets in the toilets area and their location in relation to the door frames
and the effect on the wall tiling and cut-off pieces were discussed.
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Mechanical Department
Office Support
October 12, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM
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Wahib Medanat
July 18, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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The Importance of Communication in the Construction Industry:
Construction projects follow a chain of communication from one person to the next, from one party to another party. For example, between the architect providing drawings to the contractor and the type of approval that is required in selecting and applying the final coat of paint to a building, there is a very long chain of processes and tasks that need to be clear and precise in order to make these types of decisions quick and accurate. Different people in various roles carry out these types of processes, hence the importance of good communication. If there are any miscommunications or incorrect briefings in the chains of communication between the contractor to subcontractors, architect to the builders, etc. then projects, tasks and activities stand the chance of being completed incorrectly. Why You Need Clear Communication in Construction Projects Maintaining a strong chain of communication in construction will enhance each stage of the construction lifecycle. Below are some of the core reasons why you should focus on a solid communication strategy. Strengthens Relationships Communication helps to strengthen and build relationships in construction projects. Good relationships are key for any successful business operation. This helps to build stronger trust and transparency between all the stakeholders involved. Better Team Management Team management becomes much stronger with good communication. A good project manager should be able to clearly communicate the desired daily and weekly activities to the team. This helps to form a clear roadmap for reaching the desired goal. Strong communication skills from the site team to management will mean that there is a better understanding of the state of the project and the direction it needs to take. It will allow management to implement proactive and protective measures in-lieu of correctivemeasures if anything should happen on site. This is crucial as it leads to more accurate and efficient projects. The better the communication is, the more confident the team becomes. Having a more open and transparent system in place allows the team to understand exactly what they need to do. When challenges arise, open communication allows for the sharing of solutions. This means that teams can solve problems quicker. Ultimately, this leads to a team that is better equipped for the job and happier to take on the workload. Improved Collaboration and Feedback With good communication channels, you also enhance collaboration and creative innovation. Team members can share ideas and experiences for others to learn from. This helps to inspire stronger ideas and better collaboration on finding the best solutions for projects. Communication leads to feedback. Feedback loops allow you to track performance and understand where there is success and where there are issues and concerns. Being able to communicate the strengths and downfalls of a project is one of the best ways to learn. By doing so, you can improve your strategies and tactics for future projects. Ultimately, transparency and strong communication results in a better outcome. Results are best achieved through good communication systems. They keep everyone involved on the same page, updated, and aware of deadlines and goals.
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Wahib Medanat
July 13, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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July 14, 2022 Training Material
How to Apply for a Job as a Fresh Graduate Engineer: 1- Always Update Your Resume: Your resume is a dynamic snapshot of your skills, experience, and professional objectives. It is important to keep it fresh. If you've learned a new software program, completed an educational course, or attended an applicable seminar during the time you've been searching for a job, be sure to add it to your resume. 2- Network with Colleagues, Family, and Friends: In job searching, "who you know" is truly important. Your business colleagues, family, and friends together know a lot of people. Make sure they all know you are looking for a job and ask for their help, especially referrals to others who may help. Do they have any business contacts that you could connect with to seek advice or gain a referral? Stay in touch with them every few weeks — out of sight is usually out of mind.
3- Tap into Your Alumni Association: Alumni are a good source of potential job opportunities and typically will go out of their way to help their fellow alumni. Stay active online and join your local chapter. Face-to-face interaction at Chapter meetings is a good way to network. Many alumni form social networking groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Join the groups and be visible. Introduce yourself to the group and state your job objectives and ask for help.
4- Work Part Time/Volunteer: What have you been doing since graduation? That question inevitably comes up during an interview. And while searching for a job is a job itself, it's better to demonstrate that you are active doing other things in addition to seeking a job. Take a part-time job. Even if it isn't in a related field of interest, it shows that you are energetic. And since you most likely have college loans to start repaying, no one would question the need to generate at least some income. Volunteering for charitable causes is also a good way to demonstrate your drive and enthusiasm. It is also another great way to meet new people and expand your network.5- Identify Companies of Interest: Don't rely on a job falling in your lap. While you may be lucky enough to find an interesting job posting at a company you'd like to work for, it's more than likely that you'll have to proactively find a job opening at one of your companies of interest. There are many online resources to help you search, like monster.com and job-hunt.org. Use their tools to help you make a list of companies you would like to work for. Search social networking sites, like LinkedIn, for contacts within these organizations. Alert them to your interests and career objectives. Many will be willing to help or refer you to someone else who might help, and once again, you've expanded your network.
6- Expand Your Opportunities: Unfortunately, you might not be able to land your dream job the first time around. Expand your opportunities by searching companies and positions in adjacent industries. You might also consider contract or temporary opportunities. These will strengthen your experience and sometimes lead to full time positions at the end of the contract.
7- Don't Get Discouraged: Easier said than done, but prepare yourself that the job hunt will be a long and often tedious process. Set weekly objectives — i.e. number of applications sent, phone calls, company searches, etc. — and once you've accomplished your goals, take some time for yourself.
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Wahib Medanat
July 3, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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July 04, 2022 Training Material
Why and When Construction Equipment Should Be Upgraded:
No Construction work can be done efficiently and on high standards without the existence of good equipment, add to this that they add to the labors’ productivity and ensure the project’s smooth delivery.
And here is why construction equipment should be Updated every while and then:
1. Increasing Labor’s Safety:
Despite decreasing Labor’s injuries, construction companies must remain vigilant about Labors safety as a site contains many hazards. Therefore, anything a company can do to improve labors’ safety is a must-do and upgrading equipment will assist in this.
It's tempting to buy older equipment to save on expenses. However, this could end up driving up the cost more as the equipment is more likely to malfunction, causing numerous unplanned for expenses. If someone gets injured, it could lead to an expensive lawsuit.
2. Increasing Project Capacity:
Swapping aging equipment for newer models means your construction equipment will be able to handle bigger jobs. As a result, the project could finish ahead of schedule. Or rather, it may finish on time whereas the old equipment could cause a missed deadline. Newer equipment will be more durable, more efficient, and simpler to operate.
3. Increasing Profits:
Rather than looking at upgrading equipment as an expenditure, view it as an investment that will pay off in the long run. Newer equipment will be easier and cheaper to maintain. As previously stated, upgraded construction equipment will be able to achieve more in less time. Every hour shaved is money saved.
Outdated construction equipment is less efficient in using fuel, which increases your costs. It's slower and requires more upkeep. The older it is, the more care it will need. It could reach the point that maintenance will not suffice and it needs to undergo repairs.Newer equipment improves the quality of work. It’s more likely to execute the tasks exactly as expected. Older equipment that fails will cause delays. Delays often involve penalties.
4. Increasing Uptime:
While upgrading to new equipment involves a large initial investment, it will yield a faster return on investment. Not only does the new equipment increase the chances of getting the work done correctly, but also, it's more likely to last for the duration of the project. Newer equipment allows you to scale and keep up with demand.
Outdated and old construction equipment can break down multiple times on a project. You may not be able to get a licensed technician to come to the jobsite quickly enough. Besides, it may not be possible to repair it on the jobsite or it may not be repairable at all. In either case, it will require renting a replacement. Between the price of repairs and renting a backup, the costs add up.
5. Increasing Employee Morale:
Employees that are challenged and get the opportunity to work with new equipment are happier employees. They're more likely to work harder and more efficiently. You take away the burden of dealing with outdated construction equipment. They're not constantly having to fiddle with it, maintain it, fix it, and whatever else ails the equipment.
The best equipment doesn't work alone. It needs people to operate it. The most skilled construction workers will want to work with current equipment and technologies. Thus, having updated equipment can help you land the best talent.
The Right Time to Upgrade the Construction Equipment:
Asset management software will help identify construction equipment that needs to be upgraded.
1. The equipment can't handle its tasks;
If the equipment doesn't have the capability to perform its tasks as required, then it's going to cause your profits to leak. Consider renting a new model to take it for a test run. See how it performs. Does it save time? Cut repair costs?
2. Maintenance is Becoming a Regular Occurrence:
Equipment that regularly breaks down is going to eat up time and money. Consider how much it delays the project when it's broken. Lost workdays and missed deadlines can quickly grow expensive. Equipment that requires more maintenance can also be an increased safety risk.
3. Can't Handle Big Jobs:
Older equipment tends to have a limit on how much it can handle. Newer equipment has the horsepower and strength to manage larger capacity tasks faster.
4. It's getting harder to find replacement parts:
Construction equipment manufacturers can only have so much inventory available for older equipment. They want to stock up on parts for newer equipment. To make room for newer equipment replacement parts means sacrificing shelf space for older parts.
5. Fuel Costs are Higher than Necessary:
Homeowners replace the air conditioner filter a few times a year. The reason for this is that the dirtier the filter, the harder the air conditioning needs to work in putting out coldair. The harder it works; the more energy it uses up. The more energy it uses, the higher the electric bill.
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Electrical Department
June 17, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Electrical Works:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works.
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Structural Department
June 10, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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How to be Successful in Your Civil Engineering Career:
1. You must begin building your career in civil engineering the day you start your first job after graduation, and if you were working in the field while studying that would be an extra trait. Your personal reputation is the keystone on which your entire career will be built, and the skills you sharpen throughout your career are the ones to distinguish you and your work in the engineering industry.
2. You must understand that you will be judged not only on what you know but on what you can do without other people’s assistance. This makes it essential to give your best efforts to your early assignments, regardless of how trivial they may appear.
3. Doing an exceptional job on a minor assignment is the best way to be recognized and assigned more important, challenging, and satisfying work since executives are continually searching for competent people to move up into more responsible positions.
4. Be smart and track your task from A to Z: Make sure to ask as many questions as you can to make sure you can understand and deliver your task on time, and don’t always rely on others to get you what you want and answer you on the spot. You should seek the information you want and work your brain.
5. Look for visibility: look for opportunities that make you shine, and that by always be prepared while also taking initiatives (i.e. presentations, taking leadership roles when possible, or through discussing ideas that are based on full understanding of the matters).
6. Read, read and read: Make sure to be always updated with new technologies and information in the civil field, and keep an open mind to reading and learning. In another words, depend more on your personal knowledge and seek after the information you don’t know. In engineering, as other fields, knowledge is key, and is one of the ways to distinguish yourself since an early age.
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Office Support
June 3, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction (Things to Expect and be Ready for):
1. Hazards: Construction projects will expose labors to specific risks. So it’s the engineer and the safety officer responsibility to acknowledge these hazards in order to prevent them from happening and protect the labors. Hazards can also delay projects, and may sometimes stop the project altogether. Therefore, you can mitigate hazard impacts by addressing the possible risks during project planning.
What to do exactly? First of all, you have to assess the risks and make sure that everyone follows proper strict safety guidelines onsite. Then, you’ll need to provide a plan in action to get rid of materials from the construction site. And finally, you should have an active insurance policy to protect your business and your workforce.
2. Task Dependency Oversight: If anything makes construction projects specific, it’s task dependencies. There is always a task that has to be completed before another task can be started. But what if you unintentionally make an oversight, and in the middle of the project, you have to stop because of such an oversight? This is why it’s important to have insight into all of your assets and resources.
3. Unexpected Project Changes: These happen so frequently that you should always budget them in. You may face increased construction costs, tension on the construction site, a damaged relationship with the client, or project delays. So, what is the most efficient way to navigate unexpected changes in your projects?
There are several, in fact. Leverage your experience and make several contingency plans for each possible scenario. Also, make sure to keep your documents updated and your information accurate. You must store your documents so that you can access them whenever you want.
4. Delays: Delays in construction projects have devastating consequences, such as increased costs, damaged relations, and losing clients. To prevent delays, you’ll need to establish clear rules and a detailed schedule, and make sure everyone understands his roles and responsibilities, not to forget the importance of the means of communication. But your first steps should be detailed planning and using an efficient project management.
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Arc. & Mechanical Department
May 27, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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The Relation Between Mechanical and Architectural Shop Drawings:
1. General look at the drawings for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2. (Detailing): The relation between fire hose cabinets and wall tiling- the best ways to install cabinets to suit wall tiles installation.
3. Grouting: Explaining selecting the right grout color especially in cases where two types of wall tiles are applied.
4. Discussing steel doors’ shop drawings, taking into consideration applying them on the external walls, their openings and dimensions.
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Quality Control Department
May 20, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction Administration and Control:
Construction Administration includes communications, paper work, documentation, instructions to the Contractor, outgoing and incoming letters and other forms such as:
1. Submittals
2. RFIs
3. VOs
4. Time extensions
5. Claims and provisional sums.
- All mentioned above should be done each in its own form.
- Information and data should be put in logs so they can be easily tracked and documented, and to get back to them whenever required.
- An effective construction management relies on the ability to receive and manage data.
- Stored data can be used in solving problems, provide time lines, and as a reference when needed.
- Documentation is the first step of organizing work, so only by being organized construction management can be done effectively.
- Photographs and short clips are important in building an information management system.
- In terms of what is the best practices in construction today, we should focus on building an info-management software.
- Resident engineers are considered either inspectors or observers: (when playing the role of the inspector, that entitles reviewing work done by the Contractor, and when it comes to the role of the inspector, this includes providing approvals or acceptance.
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Quality Control Department
May 7, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Quality Control (Further Procedures and Tips): * Construction quality control is a management system aimed at ensuring the final deliverable meets the standards and guidelines set by the client. That includes completing the project within the scope of work and avoiding disputes throughout the life cycle of the project. Quality is defined by the client, regulatory agencies and environmental and policy guidelines. All these quality assurance requirements and procedures are documented in a construction quality management plan. Why Construction Quality Control Matters * Your project isn’t a success if your client isn’t satisfied. Construction quality control is important because it improves client satisfaction. A happy client is one who will work with you again, and even give recommendations to others. More practically, doing quality work means less rework. Not needing to redo work that should have been done right the first time reduces costs. This is also a way to keep the morale of your crew high, which in turn means they’ll work more productively. * Have an Inspection Plan: Conduct a thorough inspection to see if completed work meets your quality acceptance criteria. Create an inspection plan to decide what is inspected and let the team know when it’s inspected. Also, there must be a person responsible for carrying out the inspection, whether that’s someone in your crew or a third party. * Create Quality Control Checklist: Prepare a quality control checklist to make the process of inspection thorough and less likely to overlook items. Be specific. The checklist should be shared with the crew for pre-task conversations on how to execute the work. A checklist ensures quality control is met and also communicates to the crew what’s essential in their tasks. * Correct Work: When a task doesn’t meet the standards of the quality management inspection, the work needs to be corrected. Mark the work that needs fixing (photograph it, if necessary), correct the problem and document the correction to verify that it now meets your quality standards. Tips: * Quality Control Manager: Choose someone to lead the effort—a quality control manager. The client needs to know who this person is and why they’re qualified for the position. The quality manager leads all quality management work, and is responsible for the day-to-day field operations. The construction quality control plan needs to define the quality manager’s responsibilities and how they work with the rest of the crew.
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Electrical Department
April 22, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Electrical Details:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other
engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings
in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and
architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their
coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and
how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works
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April 16, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Construction (Best Practices in The Post-Pandemic Era):
 From building hospitals in just a few days to donating lifesaving equipment, the
industry has played a critical role in responding to the crisis and in the recovery.
The industry represents 13 percent of global GDP, and unlocking currently
constrained labor availability could help drive recovery while addressing the most
pressing construction-related needs.
 But as mostly all other industries, construction has also suffered since sites were
shut down, difficulty in importing required materials, Safety and a long list of other
damages.
 Since we all are working the construction industry, and in the engineering field in
general, we noticed these pressing issues ourselves and they certainly affected the
project timeline, labors, and activities which stop for a while at the site as a result
of the lockdown.
 We are fortunate that humanity gained a expert way in dealing with such harsh
working conditions, and the best practices to get back on our feet as both
companies in specific, and industry in general, are:
- Accelerate rollout and adoption of digitization. There is no time to experiment
with the perfect road map. Organizations must instead enable well-proven remote
use cases. For contractors, this may mean scaling up remote collaboration at the
production stages using a digital model or urging for minimal manning at site
offices.
- Balancing performance and health is critical at any point in time—and it’s that
much more important in these turbulent times. Industry players must invest
proportionately in culture to erode not only risks related to remote work but also
apprehension across the workforce regarding job security and productivity.
Moreover, there is no better time to upskill the entire workforce and require
training on new tools and technologies and operating procedures. Many of these
activities can benefit employees by encouraging greater engagement among one
another.
- Resource allocation posed a significant challenge for construction. Therefore,
companies should establish a central monitoring function that can rapidly identify
and respond to resource-allocation needs across the portfolio. In addition to
systematic assessment of the parts of the portfolio that may be affected by COVID-
19, these capabilities can include real-time transparency on project process,
material inventory, subcontractors, services, and costs.
- Bolster supply-chain resilience. Most industry players have already reviewed
their supply chains for vulnerabilities due to the pandemic; they must now look at
options for fortification- such as building inventory, identifying backup
distribution channels, and recruiting direct labor to replace subcontractors. These
could lead to greater consolidation and vertical integration of the value chain not
only to minimize risk but also drive future productivity. Indeed, today’s
fragmented and multilevel contracting practices often hinder large-scale changes
in ways of working, rollout of digital tools, general investments, and R&D
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April 9, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Technology in Construction:
1. Adopting Technology is essential in every aspect of our lives Today, since it
facilitates our daily activities and works. The construction field is not a stranger
when we consider technologies and their usage, since it is one of the biggest
beneficiaries of the computer technology, equipment and tools that technology
offers.
2. But, though very important, adopting technology moves slowly when we are
dealing with construction, and the main reason is the fear of investing in the
unknown, the new, or the not tried before technologies. Contractors thick twice,
if not thrice, when deciding to adopt certain technology in their works, but they
mostly reap benefits faster than sticking to old tools and methods.
3. The reason why technologies adoption in construction is a must are:
- It makes it easier for every person involved in the project to collaborate faster
and more effectively.
- It allows all parties involved to make the best decisions since they will be based
on real information and data.
- Technologies provide easier and faster solution to problems through tools and
equipment.
- Technologies, especially through computing system, can make accurate
calculation, help in documentation, and offer a wide range of programs that helps
in designing, planning, and the creating the necessary reports and presentations
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Office Support
March 25, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Managing Quality Control (Before and after Issues arise):
1. Understanding what completing a job means: This includes completing the
project with no defects, ensuring work requirements and conforming to the
Employer specifications.
2. Have an inspection plan: Conduct a thorough inspection to see if completed work
meets the quality acceptance criteria. A plan should be conducted to decide what
is inspected and when it should be inspected.
3. Preparing a quality control checklist is essential to make the process of inspection
thorough and less likely to overlook items. We should always be specific. The
checklist should be shared with co-workers, and exchanging ideas is also
important when it comes to how work should be executed.
4. When you discover a deficiency and fix it, this doesn’t mean that work is over.
We must review the reasons behind the defects and discuss with your team how
to avoid repeating them. The conclusion then should be shared with co-workers
to make sure the issues don’t show up elsewhere
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Office Support
March 11, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Documentation in Construction (Planning Ahead):
1. Documentation is easily defined as the best tracking practice of every single detail
related directly to everything revolving around construction’s projects. Thus it should
be considered, prepared, and made into a bullet-proof plan before projects are started.
2. Preparing beforehand is considered every party’s safety net, since it preserves rights,
duties, and also help in tracking and solving issues that may emerge important during
the project period or even later in time.
3. It is really helpful to document project progress in a chronological way, including
minutes of meeting, on-site reports (photographs, videos, weather conditions and
progress reports), requests for information and responses, schedule updates and
applications and certifications for contractor payments.
4. According to the above, we should implement a user-friendly document management
system and ensure it is executed the correct way, and that’s by reading and
understanding the contract and specifications of the project before starting. This will
give a clear idea about what to track, where and when, and with time a whole data base
of work done and still under construction can be referred to any time, which will
facilitate other important issues as well, such as payments, managing materials, and
best way to execute designs and shop drawings
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Office Support
March 2, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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How to be a Qualified Site Engineer:
The primary roles of a site engineer are to oversee and supervise construction projects, as well
as provide specialist advice in the planning, co-ordination and technical aspects of the project.
They manage material and human resources throughout and are responsible for site
security/health and safety.
In order to be a qualified site engineer, you should learn and sharpen the following skills:
1. Management skills: From the safety of the construction site, to the workforce, materials
and strict project timescales, site engineers manage a variety of different elements in
the execution of a project.
2. Problem solving: Unforeseen problems are likely to arise, so you need to be able to
quickly and effectively overcome difficulties to avoid missing deadlines.
3. Negotiation skills: Site engineers should be able to negotiate the best prices for
materials, important issues and problems at hand to reach a satisfying resolution.
4. Team work, communication and organization: Understanding the necessity of team
work is the first thing a site engineer must work on, since the lack of team work will
ensure total failure.
5. Writing and analytical skills: Site engineers are required to produce progress and other
reports and so they need to have competent written skills.
6. Minor but also necessary (Physical fit): Site inspections can be physically demanding
(climbing ladders, stairs, and taking tours inside or around the project area), so site
engineers need to be mobile and have a reasonable level of fitness
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Training Directors/ Home Office Support:
1. Suhair Amarin- Project Director-Trainer
2. Natheer Amarin- Project Manager-Trainer
January 21, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Construction Ethics:
Definition: Ethics are moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.
 Ethical behavior impacts the degree of trustworthiness and integrity of companies, along with the way they conduct business.
 Ethics of construction companies impact their ability to acquire and maintain clients.
Site Engineer Ethics:
1. Loyalty to the company.
2. Keeping a friendly relationship with the site neighborhood.
3. Professionalism in dealing with team mates and contractor staff.
4. Commitment to Owner’s protocols.
5. Documentation of any verbal instructions on site.
6. Resolving problems.
7. Reporting any errors happening on site to RE and project manager. The main office should be informed through “WhatsApp” groups.
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Home Office Support:
1. Manar Bani Amer- Administrative Assistant
SKEP III Staff:
1. Ameera Al-Rawashdeh- Administrative Assistant
2. Yanal Abu Zieneh- Administrative Assistant
January 14, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Administrative training session:
1- Filing letters by site engineers and fresh graduate engineers:
- A description was given to site engineers and fresh graduates regarding the approved way of filing letters directly received from the main office, and how they should follow a certain sequence, put in separate files and arranged according to the subject of the letter.
2- Fresh graduates should participate in following the process of answering letters at their sites, by reminding both site senior engineers and packages’ managers of the letters still pending to make sure they are answered within the period specified in the contract.
3- We stressed on certain issues concerning NCRs (Quality/ Health Safety and Environment Non-Conformance Reports), and explained how they fall under certain engineers’ responsibility in accordance with their specialty.
4- Speaking of RFIs (Request for Information), we pointed out that our site engineers and fresh graduates alike should pay attention to the sequence of the RFIs submitted directly by the Contractor, their reference number and the name of the school, since we are keen to avoid repetition in reference numbers and the relation between the context and the school mentioned in the RFI form.
5- Regarding photos taken at the sites, we reminded everyone to make sure they cover all works done on daily basis, and to pay more attention when receiving guests, (examples: Covering safety procedures each visitor must go through, following the course of the visit step by step and focusing their cameras on every detail discussed, while providing the main office with the main topics discussed throughout the visit).
6- About daily and weekly reports, we expressed how important it is to send them as early as possible since they go through a process that indulge choosing their photos, making sure they are following the same format, and editing sometimes.
7- Providing data required for the monthly report beforehand is also necessary, in order to review them and make sure they are up to date, following all construction work done monthly, and to avoid any possible mistakes in the information provided.
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1. Suhair Amarin- Project Director
2. Batool Al-Rabadi- Architectural Engineer
January 3, 2022 at 10:00:00 PM
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Home Office Support
Implementation of Workshop Drawings on Site:
1- General look at the drawing for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2- Detailing such as:
2.1. Tiling:
- The minimum acceptable dimensions for cut pieces.
- Starting point of tiling.
- Decorative tiling frames and how to implement.
- Wall tile-distribution & color scheme.
2.2. Stone facades:
- Chiseling patterns and distribution.
Coordination of stone work with other elements such as door frames.
2.3. Detailed description of tiling works in different areas:
- Wet areas tiling.
- Corridors tiling.
- Areas of usage for rubber mats (why and where to use it).
- Floor drains (coordination between tiling work and mechanical work).
- Pointing grout between tiles (The proper way to ensure equal alignment and choosing grout colors that matches tiles).
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November 26, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Office Support
Electrical Works:
1- General look at the drawings in regards to major changes/materials.
2- Clarifying the necessity of coordination between electrical works and all other engineering specialties, while stressing on the importance of coordination shop drawings in particular.
3- Explaining the reasons behind coordinating electrical work with furniture designs and architectural elevations.
4- Explaining the thermostat location and the acceptable heights.
5- Determine the appropriate heights for sockets and lighting switches, as well as their coordination with tiles work.
6- Describing the mechanisms of implementing Lighting and Fire Alarm Drawings, and how to ensure the paths are clear before executing the fine finish of plastering works.
7- Illustrating how to implement power and low current works.
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November 19, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Production of Visual Documentation Through Videos and Photography:
- Slump tests.
- Backfill compaction test.
- Site sand acceptability test.
- Delivered material dimension checking.
- Checking work elevations.
- Checking dimensions of work underway and finished work.
- Checking steel placement dimensions.
- Water line, wastewater line and tank waterproof testing.
- Roof waterproof membrane testing.
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Arc. Department
November 12, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Office Support
Training Material
The Relation Between Architectural Shop Drawings and Other Features (Detailing):
1. General look at the drawings for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2. (Detailing): The relation between fire hose cabinets and wall tiling- the best ways to install cabinets to suit wall tiles installation.
3. Grouting: Explaining selecting the right grout color especially in cases where two types of wall tiles are applied.
4. Discussing steel doors’ shop drawings, taking into consideration applying them on the external walls, their openings and dimensions.
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Arc. Department
November 5, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Office Support
Implementation of Approved Workshop Drawings on Site:
1- General look to the drawing for any major changes/material, plans elevations.
2- Detailing such as:
2.1. Tiling:
- The minimum acceptable dimensions for cut pieces.
- Starting point of tiling.
- Decorative tiling frames and how to implement.
- Wall tile-distribution & color scheme.
2.2. Stone facades:
- Chiseling patterns and distribution.
Coordination of stone work with other elements such as door frames.
2.3. Detailed description of tiling works in different areas:
- Wet areas tiling.
- Corridors tiling.
- Areas of usage for rubber mats (why and where to use it).
- Floor drains (coordination between tiling work and mechanical work).
- Pointing grout between tiles (The proper way to ensure equal alignment and choosing grout colors that matches tiles).
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Quality Control Department
October 30, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM
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Office Support
1. General review of the quality control status in the project.
2. Stressing on the importance of the documentation of all observed remarks
through photos and insuring the status before and after in order to cover all cases.
3. It was agreed on to request the Contractors to call the approved laboratory to
conduct tests on all used materials and to provide the supervision staff with all
tests.
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Quality Control Department
October 22, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM
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Office Support
1. General review of the quality control status in the project.
2. Stressing on the importance of the documentation of all observed remarks
through photos and insuring the status before and after in order to cover all cases.
3. It was agreed on to request the Contractors to call the approved laboratory to conduct tests on all used materials and to provide the supervision staff with alltests.
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Mechanical Department
October 12, 2021 at 9:00:00 PM
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Office Support
1. The office team discussed the installation of mechanical cabinets and its relation with
the ceramic tiles at the walls of the corridors.
2. Medanat office team suggested that the Contractor must shift the installed water
cabinets in a manner that insures wall tiles are installed properly.
3. Mechanical cabinets in the toilets area and their location in relation to the door frames
and the effect on the wall tiling and cut-off pieces were discussed.
July 18, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
Wahib Medanat
Office Support

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Wahib Medanat
July 18, 2022 at 9:00:00 PM
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Office Support
The Importance of Communication in the Construction Industry:
Construction projects follow a chain of communication from one person to the next, from one party to another party. For example, between the architect providing drawings to the contractor and the type of approval that is required in selecting and applying the final coat of paint to a building, there is a very long chain of processes and tasks that need to be clear and precise in order to make these types of decisions quick and accurate. Different people in various roles carry out these types of processes, hence the importance of good communication. If there are any miscommunications or incorrect briefings in the chains of communication between the contractor to subcontractors, architect to the builders, etc. then projects, tasks and activities stand the chance of being completed incorrectly. Why You Need Clear Communication in Construction Projects Maintaining a strong chain of communication in construction will enhance each stage of the construction lifecycle. Below are some of the core reasons why you should focus on a solid communication strategy. Strengthens Relationships Communication helps to strengthen and build relationships in construction projects. Good relationships are key for any successful business operation. This helps to build stronger trust and transparency between all the stakeholders involved. Better Team Management Team management becomes much stronger with good communication. A good project manager should be able to clearly communicate the desired daily and weekly activities to the team. This helps to form a clear roadmap for reaching the desired goal. Strong communication skills from the site team to management will mean that there is a better understanding of the state of the project and the direction it needs to take. It will allow management to implement proactive and protective measures in-lieu of correctivemeasures if anything should happen on site. This is crucial as it leads to more accurate and efficient projects. The better the communication is, the more confident the team becomes. Having a more open and transparent system in place allows the team to understand exactly what they need to do. When challenges arise, open communication allows for the sharing of solutions. This means that teams can solve problems quicker. Ultimately, this leads to a team that is better equipped for the job and happier to take on the workload. Improved Collaboration and Feedback With good communication channels, you also enhance collaboration and creative innovation. Team members can share ideas and experiences for others to learn from. This helps to inspire stronger ideas and better collaboration on finding the best solutions for projects. Communication leads to feedback. Feedback loops allow you to track performance and understand where there is success and where there are issues and concerns. Being able to communicate the strengths and downfalls of a project is one of the best ways to learn. By doing so, you can improve your strategies and tactics for future projects. Ultimately, transparency and strong communication results in a better outcome. Results are best achieved through good communication systems. They keep everyone involved on the same page, updated, and aware of deadlines and goals.
Competitions

In complementation to the training program to the site engineers and the fresh graduate engineers within (SKEP III) project whether supervision or construction engineers, it was beneficial to add the competitions into the program aiming of:

First: Studying the extent to which training programs increase the knowledge and efficiency of engineers.

Second: Providing an opportunity to the engineers to benefit from training programs to develop their knowledge and continuous efficiency.

Accordingly, two competitions were held since the beginning of the work in the project where “Trigon” contributed to preparing questions for both competitions, and foundations were established for the approval of the winners of these competitions so that the winner to achieve the following:

  1. Answering right of 70% of questions as a minimum.

  2. Getting the highest mark out of the applicants. In case of the two highest marks being equal or by one-mark difference, the first two applicants shall be considered winners of the competition.    

The winners shall be given certificates in addition to gifts from our office presented to them within a ceremony.

Based on the competition program, the results to date were as follows:

Competition 1
Nov 18, 2020
Based on the competition program, the results to date were as follows:
First competition titled “Health, Safety and Environment Quiz 1” was held on November 19, 2020 in participation of six site engineers and fresh graduate engineers from the supervision staff and Contractors staff.
The winner of the said competition was the site engineer of “Hay Al Iskan School” Eng. Islam Obaidat- supervision staff.
Eng. Islam was honored at a ceremony with the presence of Chief of Party at CMTO, Michael McGovern and HSE Engineer at CMTO, Odai Tawalbeh.
Site Engineer
Hay Al Iskan School
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Sep 18, 2021
Second competition titled “Health, Safety and Environment Quiz 2” was held on September 18, 2021 in participation of twenty-four site engineers including fresh graduate engineers from the supervision staff and Contractors staff.
The winners of the said competition were the site engineers of “Um Al-Dananir School” Eng. Sadam Baqaen and “Al-Khansa’ School” Eng. Qais Lataifeh- supervision staff.
The two engineers shall be honored in a special ceremony in our office shortly. We would like to share the quiz results with you.
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Um Al-Dananir School
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Al-Khansa’ School
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Competition 2
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October 20, 2021

The awards ceremony for our outstanding SKEP III engineers who get the highest marks in the Health, Safety and Environment Quiz 2. We were delighted to have all in our office, which had a good effect on our staff and a great incentive for them to exert more efforts in SKEP III Project and the MPWH upcoming USAID- funded projects.

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