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The World’s Largest Desalinated Water Reserve Is Under A Desert

The World’s Largest Desalinated Water Reserve Is Under A Desert

Abu Dhabi took a big, bold step to ensure water security for its residents. The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority unveiled the world’s largest reserve of artificially desalinated water at the 2018 International Water Summit. The reserve exists in an aquifer under the Liwa desert at the southern edge of the country, about 160 km away from the desalination plants located at the coast. It c... »

Carillion: Any Lessons For The South African Construction Industry?

Carillion: Any Lessons For The South African Construction Industry?

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DAY ZERO – A WORLD TITLE THE CITY OF CAPE DOES NOT WANT

DAY ZERO – A WORLD TITLE THE CITY OF CAPE DOES NOT WANT

Day Zero is the day the dams that supply the City of Cape Town will be at a crucial low. This crucial low means that dam storage will be at 13.5%. On this day the City will turn off most taps, leaving only vital services with access to water. Unless the city adopts widespread rationing, the city says, the taps “will be turned off” on April 22, 2018, because there will be no more water to deliver. ... »

How Hardhat Professionals Should Answer, “What Is Your Weakness?” During Job Interviews

How Hardhat Professionals Should Answer, “What Is Your Weakness?” During Job Interviews

When Hardhat Professionals look for jobs, a big part of the preparation is for the job interview. Once the CV is already placed, the next thing to be bothered about is which questions the hiring manager would ask you. Because your answers could make or break your chances of getting that engineering job. »

ASSET RECYCLING STRATEGY: A SOLUTION TO CLOSING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT GAPS?

ASSET RECYCLING STRATEGY: A SOLUTION TO CLOSING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT GAPS?

Short political cycles, short-term investment horizons, a lack of viable financing structures, inappropriate risk assessment frameworks and a lack of long-term vision mean that much-needed investment does not flow to infrastructure and development. This results in a US$1 trillion annual shortfall in infrastructure alone. According to the WEF report titled Recycling our Infrastructure for future ge... »

What Is The Role Of Built Environment Professionals In The Cape Town Water Crisis?

What Is The Role Of Built Environment Professionals In The Cape Town Water Crisis?

Sander Zweers a Business Development Manager from Royal Haskoning DHV was quoted in a recent article saying societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. He further notes that the WEF considers a water crisis one of the three highest risks to mankind in terms of impact, and a lack of water can lead to social unrest, a... »

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AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS OWN SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10  CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE CONTINENT

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS OWN SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE CONTINENT

According to the 2017 African Construction Trends Report African Governments  own the largest share of  large scale construction projects i.e. projects valued at $50m and above. Governments owns 72.9% of these projects followed by Private Domestic firms that own 12.5%.   Firms domiciled in the United States own seven of these projects, firms from the United Kingdom own six  and Chinese firms own 5... »

11 Lessons From Elon Musk That Can Be Applied To Your Career As A Hardhat Professional

11 Lessons From Elon Musk That Can Be Applied To Your Career As A Hardhat Professional

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LEARN THESE 2 HABITS YOU WANT TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER IN 2018

LEARN THESE 2 HABITS YOU WANT TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER IN 2018

It is the beginning of a new year and this is the best time to reflect on 2017 and evaluate what you’ve experienced; what failures you’ve had and what successes you’ve created. It’s time to become self-aware and accept what happened to you in 2017.   I recently read an article written by Nader Molwaee titled  “How to get ahead in your career in 2018” in the article he talks about the his career an... »