KPMG 2016 Global Construction Survey

I would like to share with you KPMG 2016 Global Construction Survey, which includes survey findings from over 200 senior executives that reaffirmed how technology is playing an integral part in helping the industry realize these goals through enhanced planning, design, tendering and construction.

We both know technology inevitably brings disruption in its wake, at a speed that is likely to increase exponentially in the coming years. The quicker we can collectively embrace the exciting potential of technology, the greater our combined contribution to business and society. However, not all executives are fully embracing technology. In fact, only 8% of respondents can be categorized as ‘cutting-edge visionaries’ while 69% are considered either ‘industry followers’ or ‘behind the curve’.

Additional Key Findings Include:

Data volume is rising – but the industry struggles to draw insights. Nearly 75% are not using advanced analytics for project related estimation and performance monitoring

Integrated, real-time project reporting is still a dream versus reality. Only 20% of respondents using a single, fully integrated project management information system (PMIS) across their enterprise

CMCS Portfolio, Program and Project Management Information System (P3MIS) solutions addressed most the technology aspects identified by the KPMG report. We are glad that organizations like Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Eagle Hills, Qatari Diar, SHUROOG, Union Properties, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Kuwait Ministry of Public Works, Amanat Makkah, European Investment Bank among many others have elected CMCS to set their P3MIS solutions.

CMCS will be glad to present you with our P3MIS solutions that are designed to provide you and your organization with an Integrated, real-time project reporting at “push a one button” to communicate project status swiftly and accurately in an accountable, transparent and governed format. We are introducing innovative Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor and report on project’s manpower, equipment and assets. We are partnering with Drone and Time Lapse camera operators to bring complete visualization to construction progress monitoring. In addition, we are improving our BIM offerings including 4D Scheduling, 5D Cost Estimation, 7D RFI communication and BIM Visualization. Further, we are growing our offerings for commercial real estate feasibility analysis, valuation, asset management, revenue management among others.

To download your copy of the KPMG report, please check this link

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and how we at CMCS can help you and your organization to become your market leader.

McKinsey Report on Imagining construction’s Digital Future

I would like to share with you McKinsey Report on Imagining construction’s Digital Future.

The report details the five trends will shape construction and capital projects which included

  1. Higher-definition surveying and geolocation
  2. Next-generation 5D building information modeling
  3. Digital collaboration and mobility
  4. The Internet of Things and Advanced Analysis
  5. Future-Proof Design and Construction

The report is available on

CMCS is pleased that today we are already offers items 2, 3 and 4 above. Nomitech CostOS is the only true 5D Cost Estimating solution available today that has no limit on the size of the BIM file that it can read for building the cost estimate plus many other features that made it the choice of all major organizations globally.

As for digital for collaboration and mobility, PMWeb PMIS is the solution that address in full what an engineering and construction site should have. We are glad that organizations like Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Eagle Hills, Qatari Diar, SHUROOG, Union Properties, UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Kuwait Ministry of Public Works, Amanat Makkah, European Investment Bank among many others have elected CMCS to set their P3MIS solutions.

Finally, our LITUM IoT address all the functions and features stated under The Internet of Things and Advanced Analysis and more. The LITUM IoT is not only capable of tracking personnel status and location, tracking equipment and vehicles and monitoring gas, dust, temperature and other environmental parameters but also track the physical document folders and boxes.

Hope you will find this report of value.

Neutralizing the project fraud threat in the construction industry

Bassam Al-Samman, CMCS Founder, Chairman and Group CEO article titled “Neutralizing the project fraud threat in the construction industry” was featured on UAE’s Al Bayan newspaper. To have details of the article, please check the link 

This article will be the first of many new articles that will be published by CMCS to bring awareness on the best practices in project management in particular as it relate to the latest trends in project management information systems, Big Data Analytics, Sustainability in Project Management among many others.

CMCS Introduces Adrega PI for Primavera P6

Adrega PI (Project Intelligence) gives you high quality project portfolio dashboard and spreadsheet reporting for Primavera P6.

Adrega 01With Adrega PI you can easily create:

  • High-quality Gantt charts
  • Reporting dashboards
  • Bundled Excel based S-Curve
  • Time phased reports
  • Histogram reports

all at the click of a mouse.

Why Adrega PI?

Reporting in Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project has some limitations that often lead organizations to look outside the tool for a solution. Many companies simply get by using ad-hoc reporting solutions that invariably include Microsoft Excel and a generous amount of manual configuration and formatting. Examples of common reporting limitations include:

  • Lack of flexibility
  • Challenges in licensing and distribution of project reports to all stakeholders
  • High-cost, complex integrated system that require considerable development
  • Global and project access rights
  • Lack of support for multi-cut-off dates (last Sunday of the month, second Friday of the month and bi-weekly)
  • Late schedule curves

These are examples of issues that contribute to making reporting of project performance and S-Curves along with various other report types in Primavera P6 a complicated and time-consuming process. As a result, project schedulers often resort to using two reporting tools, one to create S-Curves and performance reports and another to produce better quality Gantt charts. Adrega PI replaces all ad-hoc reporting tools with a single, centralized, role-based reporting solution.

What Does Adrega PI Mean to Your Organization?

Adrega PI works by importing Primavera P6 projects, which then allows you to:

  • Provide a range of reporting options that are not available within Primavera P6
  • Dramatically reduce the time spent creating reports
  • Improve the quality and consistency of reporting across projects
  • Build up a history of the project’s period-by-period progress in the Adrega PI database.
  • Users with different roles can have instant access to Adrega’s Reporting module without the need for reorganizing access rights in each Primavera P6 project
  • Provide clients and internal management with a wide range of reports

The benefit is that it is a centralized reporting solution available on a company wide basis through a web browser. For users to get the maximum benefit out of using Adrega PI reporting of historical performance or status data, the feature “Save Period Performance” in P6 can be used to save periodic project status, or Adrega PI will create the history based upon the Data Date with each new import of P6 data via the .XML file.

Supporting Earned Value Management

Adrega PI’s historical time phased capability augments your Primavera P6 investment with respect to earned value reporting. With time phase data, S-Curves and current period/cumulative reports at your fingertips, earned value reporting and trend analysis becomes much more feasible with Primavera P6.

A Wide Selection of Standard Report Types

Adrega provides as suite of 15 standard report types that include:

  • Gantt chart
  • Project/Activity, Resource, Capacity, Other Resource Types, Trend and Pie
  • Tabular reports Project/Activity Information, Project Performance, Time Phased Project and Resources

The Compare View Shows You What has Changed in Your Project

Adrega 02The “Compare View” in Adrega PI displays data for the project before it is updated (current) as well as what the project will look like once the changes for the new period have been merged.

The left pane of the “Compare View” displays status for the previous period while the right pane displays current status. This represents how the project will look when current status is merged with the previous period.

“Bundle Up” – Create Collections of Reports

Report Bundles is another feature that simplifies and speeds up the process of running the same reports against specific projects at each reporting period, without the need for project and report template selection at the time when the reports are run. With a single click, you can run a complete set of preconfigured Graphical and Tabular reports for a single project or a program of projects. Everything is pre-configured; no changes to column widths, modifications to headers and footers are required. Report bundles support an unlimited number of projects and associated reports. Finally, you can select PDF as the output format, which allows you to produce a PDF file with only one click.

Present All Reports to Customized Dashboards

Adrega 03Users can go directly to their personal Dashboard and view a pre-defined report set called a “Dashboard Report Bundle”. There is no need to save status or save the project, as access to the latest project information is automatic. Alternatively, you can open the Reporting Module and, with a few mouse clicks, run all preconfigured reports using predefined report bundles.

A Wise Investment Decision

Adrega PI is an affordable system that adds significant reporting capabilities to a Primavera P6 solution; and does so in a very elegant way.

Many organizations could save a lot of time, money and frustration by using Adrega PI with P6 and will certainly enjoy the additional features that simply are not available in Primavera P6.

For Additional Details on Adrega BI, please contact CMCS at

Shurooq Supports Sustainable Project Management Practices

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) is running a four-day training program on sustainable methods, undertaken by employees of the Authority and other government representatives such as Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Urban Planning and Bee’ah.

The ‘P848 Certified Green Project Manager Program’ – a Projects Integrating Sustainable Methods (PRiSM) Practitioner training course, which is registered with the International Project Manager Association – began on 15th March, 2015. The program aims to train, educate and develop individuals in project management and sustainability to improve the management and delivery of all types of projects. Over the four days participants learn how to weave sustainable methods into the fabric of their projects; the course will show how these changes can best be integrated into businesses to become normal embedded organizational practices.

The program adheres to project management standards based on ISO 215000 Guidance for Project Management. Leaning outcomes encompass topics including how to measure and report on projects using the GPM P5 Standard – Social, Economic & Environmental Sustainability, Project Process, and Products as measurable bottom lines and Performance Indicators – and various ISA Standards on Energy Management, Environmental Management, Quality Management, Social Responsibility and Asset Management.

The program is targeted at business leaders, experienced project, program and portfolio managers, business analysts, sustainability coordinators, CSR professionals and environmental managers. GPM Global, the worldwide provider of training courses, will provide all participants with a complimentary one-year membership and access to the member website.

HE Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), said: “We place real emphasis at Shurooq on the crucial importance of environmental sustainability, in the face of critical global issues such as global warming, pollution, the depletion of natural resources, and energy efficiency and conversation. The PRiSM course will give employees a Strong grounding in the techniques of project and sustainability management, to minimize pollution and wastage as a by-product of projects, and ensure this philosophy is implemented as the standard business practice across the whole organization”.

Al Sarkal added: “Education and training for employees is a top priority at Shurooq. We selected this program after a rigorous selection process because it closely aligns with our goals and principles. Our employees will benefit from the provision of training encompassing internationally recognized best practices administered by a world-class training provider”.

The training’s duration is for four days each encompass four to six modules on a diverse range of subjects related to sustainability. At the end of each day delegates carry out a practical project or assessment lasting approximately two hours based on what they have learned. The program concludes with participants taking the GPM-b or PRL exam for the GPM-b Certification.

Shurooq’s key mission is to provide facilities and incentives to help overcome obstacles facing investment activities in the emirate, evaluate investment-related infrastructure projects, and lay down the necessary plans to complete such projects.

In recognition of its overall accomplishments, Shurooq was named The Banking Awards 2013 – and 2014 FDI Agency of the Year in the MENA region, in the European’s Global Banking and Finance Award

Construction starts on US$150M Bahrain Heart Center

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has started construction of the AED550.95m ($149.9m) Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Specialist Heart Center in the Awali area, Bahrain.  The funding of the project comes under a grant pledged by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013 within the framework of the development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) program. 

The scheme, which is managed by the ADFD on behalf of the UAE government to meet the growing demand for specialist heart centers, includes the construction of an integrated advanced centre for diseases and heart surgeries, and other medical services. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of the ADFD, said: “The financing of this important and integrated center for diseases and heart surgeries, reflects keenness of the UAE on playing effective role in sustainable development in Bahrain through provision of better health services to citizens there.” He added that the project represents a “quantum shift” in diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases.  When completed the capacity of the heart center will be 150 beds. 

The ADFD manages the 10-year grant worth AED9.19bn (US$2.5bn), submitted by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013, within the framework of the GCC development program. The grant also targets vital and key sectors in Bahrain, including housing, water, health, and transport.

MENA Region to Invest US$755B in Energy Projects

Countries and companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are set to spend US$755B on energy projects over the next four years, according to a new report. The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) said its forecast was only slightly down on its 2014-2018 prediction that US$760B would be spent on projects.

The economic commentary said 31% of the total will be spent on oil projects, while 27% will be used for gas programs.  The remaining investment will be pushed towards power generation, as MENA states struggle to keep up with demand for electricity. Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia will invest the most money in energy projects over the last four years, with the Kingdom set to outlay around US$127B. However, this represents a fall from previous estimates, in part caused by the completion of a number of existing projects in the country, and the drive by Saudi Aramco to cut capital costs by 20%. The United Arab Emirates will also spend significant funds on projects, with US$116B to be spent. Iraq and Iran are predicted to spend US$80B and US$70B respectively on energy projects. 

The news comes despite a round of job cuts announced by US-based oil and gas services giant Halliburton. The company on Wednesday announced that it was to slash 6400 staff in a round of job cuts but didn’t announce where those cuts would be made.