Oman’s blue gold
Since the 1970s, the Sultanate of Oman has rapidly evolved to a modern state as it has benefited from its oil reserves – leading to the increased wealth of the Omani people and a rise in tourism.
For a dry country with little rainfall, this has created an enormous increase in demand for water – making desalination of seawater and increased collection and reuse of treated wastewater more important than ever.
Growing affluence has seen Oman’s people becoming accustomed to having water supplied to their private households. At the same time, Oman’s government has been building green areas in major towns and cities that require irrigation. The million inhabitants of Oman’s capital Muscat and its suburbs – plus a growing number of tourists visiting the country – have dramatically accelerated the sultanate’s demand for water. It is forecast that this demand will rise an additional 70 percent by 2017.
One initiative to meet this demand is the Muscat Wastewater Scheme Project. Through this scheme, Oman’s wastewater services company, Haya Water, is seeking to connect 90 percent of Muscat’s population to the sewerage system by 2017. The Muscat scheme encompasses the construction of new sewerage infrastructure and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the expansion of existing treatement plants.
The largest of the wastewater treatment plants being built is a facility equipped to handle a maximum flow of 50,000 cubic metres water a day and is an upgrade of an existing installation in the Muscat district of Darsait.
think project! used for a further water project in the Middle East
Haya Water awarded the 70 million euro contract to a consortium consisting of Spain’s Cadagua and local company Galfar Engineering & Contracting. Both companies will be responsible for designing, building, operating and maintaining the plant. Consortium leader Cadagua selected the online project collaboration platform think project! for a project in the Middle East for the second time.
Architecture symbolising the future
Planning and consulting company Spacial Solutions commenced work in Rwanda almost four years ago.
Two large projects are to be realised: the Kigali Convention Complex in the capital comprising a congress centre, a 5-star hotel, an office park and a museum – as well as a business and resort hotel on the shores of Lake Kivu.
Spacial Solutions decided to use online collaboration platform think project! in both projects.
All project partners had access to the most current plans
In the Kigali Convention Complex, 55 project participants were already involved in the planning phase, including 13 subcontractors and 10 other partners involved in planning, such as the external construction manager who runs the project office in Kigali.
The greatest advantage of think project! is that it guarantees rapid, seamless exchange of project documents. Each of the 20 or so planning teams had access to the most current plans at all times.
- Hotel & Tourism
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- Building Construction
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- Spacial Solutions
A shining light in the desert sand
Like almost nowhere else on earth, Dubai has become synonymous with fantastic construction projects that have long since surpassed what was previously imaginable.
It's not just the determination for achieving new records that puts high demands on planning activities; it’s also the fact that in just a few years, Dubai has created something that was developed over centuries in other cities of the world – well-structured living spaces that have grown organically within the cityscape.
Dubai Crystal is a development project that aims to create an attractive living space for the people in Dubai. On an area of approximately 15 hectares, Arab project developer Dubai Properties has commissioned a modern, European-inspired quarter that still takes account of the cultural identity and heritage of the region. This balancing act is to be performed by German design architects and general contractors, Henn Architekten.
Henn Architekten takes advantage of support from an online collaboration platform in the planning and the execution phases. think project! is used intensively for communication within the planning team in Germany, for the coordination of local designers (e.g. local traffic planning experts) and for intensive collaboration with the building client. At the building client's request, the general contractor was also be integrated into the project platform. Clarification processes that are carried out by Dubai Properties in accordance with standard procedures are also mapped precisely in think project!, enabling requests for information and change requests/variations to be matched with the resulting decision papers.
Large construction project to advance Oman’s tourism infrastructure
The online project collaboration platform, think project!, supports project management for ‘The Wave, Muscat’, a 2.9 billion euro tourism and real estate project on the coast of Oman.
|Construction total: 2.9 billion euros|
|Residential real estate: 4,000 villas, apartments and townhouses|
|Hotels: Three 5-star hotels|
|Leisure facilities: 18-hole golf course and 300-berth marina|
‘The Wave, Muscat’ is the first real estate project in the Sultanate of Oman that not only creates residential and business spaces for locals, but also further expands the tourism infrastructure and enables foreigners to purchase real estate in Oman.
In a project of this size, it was extremely important to ensure efficient cooperation between the international project partners, so think project! was selected as the central collaboration platform.
Efficient communication processes
think project! assists ‘The Wave, Muscat’ project participants to control communication and the exchange of documents more efficiently. Structured workflows, including requests for information and requests for change or site instructions, reduce the coordination workload involved in project management.
Project documents, including correspondence and plans are also managed with the support of think project!. A history of document versions and all operations connected with each document is readily available — so not only are processes during the project more efficient, the end result will be seamless project documentation.