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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 9<br />

N E W S<br />

NEXTracker<br />

Achieves<br />

Industry-First 20<br />

Gigawatts Solar<br />

Tracker Milestone<br />

11 Million People<br />

Employed <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Energy</strong><br />

Worldwide <strong>in</strong> 2018<br />

Azelio Offers its<br />

Technology to<br />

Increase Reliable<br />

<strong>Clean</strong> Power Supply<br />

28 32 36


E D I T O R ‘ S N O T E<br />

In <strong>the</strong> near future, it is<br />

expected that green <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>telligent build<strong>in</strong>gs will rise<br />

<strong>and</strong> take over <strong>the</strong> traditional<br />

cities. When this happens,<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong> (IoT)<br />

becomes our best friend.<br />

Everyth<strong>in</strong>g will be connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong> cloud, <strong>and</strong> we will form<br />

a world with an <strong>in</strong>terconnected<br />

network.<br />

This will give rise to plenty <strong>of</strong><br />

opportunities for all sectors <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry, most notably <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> renewable energy<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry. With IoT <strong>in</strong>tegrated<br />

with renewable energy,<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g is more flexible <strong>and</strong><br />

efficient. Users need not worry<br />

about manually controll<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir IoT appliances <strong>and</strong><br />

devices as anyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

connected to <strong>the</strong> network can<br />

be automatically set<br />

depend<strong>in</strong>g on <strong>the</strong> user<br />

preference. This will ultimately<br />

lead to more environmentdriven<br />

decisions <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

household <strong>and</strong> lesser energy<br />

consumption.<br />

Currently, IoT with renewable<br />

energy is mostly used <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>tegration <strong>of</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d <strong>and</strong> solar<br />

sources to batteries <strong>and</strong><br />

one-way power sources.<br />

Connect<strong>in</strong>g IoT to create<br />

two-way power systems, will<br />

elim<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>the</strong> restriction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

one-way systems <strong>and</strong> add<br />

better flexibility to <strong>the</strong> entire<br />

network. Mobile units such as<br />

electric cars are not limited to<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir batteries while on<br />

<strong>the</strong> road. Instead, <strong>the</strong>y can be<br />

IoT <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

connected to <strong>the</strong> IoT network<br />

<strong>and</strong> simultaneously charge<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir batteries while under <strong>the</strong><br />

sun.<br />

The <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong> can also<br />

be paired with o<strong>the</strong>r emerg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

technologies such as blockcha<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

AI-driven sensors, <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> likes. Blockcha<strong>in</strong>s can<br />

be used for better purchase<br />

<strong>and</strong> payment systems, while<br />

AI-driven sensors mark as<br />

significant players <strong>in</strong> various<br />

fields like agriculture <strong>and</strong><br />

manufactur<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

While many countries are still<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> potential use <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong>, it is not<br />

surpris<strong>in</strong>g that <strong>the</strong> near future<br />

holds a clear path for this<br />

technology <strong>and</strong> its effects to<br />

<strong>the</strong> improvement <strong>of</strong> both <strong>the</strong><br />

environment <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> overall<br />

system performance.<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

4


Regional Office: LG Electronics Gulf FZE, P.O Box 61445, Dubai. Tel: +971 4 279 9222, UAE, Mr. Amjad Abu Alika, Tel: +971 50 450 9808, email: amjad.abualika@lge.com; Fortune<br />

International Trad<strong>in</strong>g LLC, Mr. Wail Halbouni, Tel: +971 50 481 3570, email: fort<strong>in</strong>tl@emirates.net.ae; Ghantoot Trad<strong>in</strong>g, Mr. Nour Haboush, Tel: +971 50 109 4109, email:<br />

nour.h@ghantootgroup.ae; District Cool<strong>in</strong>g Company, Mr. Ahmed Henedi, Tel: +971 50 658 4832, email: ahmed@districtcool<strong>in</strong>gcompany.com; Al Yousuf Electronics, Mr. Moitra, Tel: +971<br />

50 457 6170, email: pmoitra@alyousuf.com; Bahra<strong>in</strong>, AJM Kooheji <strong>and</strong> Sons, Mr. Jayach<strong>and</strong>ran, Tel: +973 36888801, email: v.jayach<strong>and</strong>ran@ajmkooheji.com: Al Babta<strong>in</strong> Air Condition<strong>in</strong>g &<br />

Refrigeration Co., Mr. Naji Kataya, Tel: +965 5 051 5771, email: nkataya@albabta<strong>in</strong>group.com,kw; BLK, Mr. Imad Rhayel, Tel: +965 5 157 1229, email: irhayel@blk.com.kw; Oman, Oman<br />

Gulf Enterprise, Mr. Narender Kumar, Tel: +968 9 747 4505, email: narenderk@otegroup.com; Aspire Projects <strong>and</strong> Service, Mr. Vivek Wagh, Tel: +968 99357694, email:<br />

vivekwagh@aspireoman.com; Azerbaijan, NBC LLC., Mr. Elkhan Sadikhov, Tel: +994 50 216 3363, email: elkhan.sadikhov@nbc.com; Al-Con Maxiwell Group, Mr. Vagif Alexperov, Tel: +<br />

994 50 216 2092, email: maxiwellbaku@<strong>in</strong>box.ru; Armenia/Georgia, ARAY Gulf, Mr. Vilson Melikjanyan, Tel: +374 9 307 7755, email: vilson@aray.am; Yemen, Modern House<br />

Exhibition, Mr. Khaled Jabr, Tel: +967 71 172 0202, email: mail@mhe-yemen.com; Pakistan, Iceberg Industries (Lucky Goldstar), Mr. Imran Jamil Khan, Tel: +923 21 277 6100, email:<br />

ceo@iceberg<strong>in</strong>dustries.net


C O N T E N T S<br />

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N E W S<br />

Advantages <strong>of</strong> <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

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NEXTracker Achieves<br />

Industry-First 20 Gigawatts<br />

Solar Tracker Milestone<br />

32<br />

11 Million People<br />

Employed <strong>in</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

<strong>Energy</strong> Worldwide <strong>in</strong> 2018<br />

36<br />

Azelio Offers its<br />

Technology to Increase<br />

Reliable <strong>Clean</strong> Power<br />

Supply for Refugee<br />

Camps <strong>in</strong> Jordan<br />

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Ten Innovative Solutions <strong>of</strong><br />

Social Incubator Program <strong>in</strong><br />

ABU DHABI Rewarded AED 4.4<br />

Million Investment to Support<br />

People <strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

50<br />

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Applications for<br />

Centrifugal Chiller <strong>in</strong><br />

Philipp<strong>in</strong>e Build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

54<br />

TOSOT Aircon Br<strong>and</strong><br />

Took Center Stage at<br />

PHILCONSTRUCT<br />

M<strong>in</strong>danao<br />

56<br />

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38<br />

THE BIG 5: Driv<strong>in</strong>g Future<br />

Construction Strategies<br />

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What Can Augmented Reality<br />

Do for Oil <strong>and</strong> Gas Industries?<br />

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How RIDGID Ensures a <strong>Clean</strong><br />

Underground Dra<strong>in</strong>age System<br />

It’s no surprise that, unlike o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

countries, <strong>the</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>es only<br />

has two seasons: <strong>the</strong> dry season,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> sun’s up longer than<br />

usual <strong>and</strong> people are scrambl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> heat like eggs on a pan,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> cold, wet, ra<strong>in</strong>y season,<br />

when <strong>the</strong> skies turn to grey <strong>and</strong><br />

storms pass above <strong>and</strong> leave <strong>the</strong><br />

Philipp<strong>in</strong>es as fast as a wave that<br />

crashed ashore.<br />

Currently, this archipelagic<br />

country is experienc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> latter<br />

season as we enter <strong>the</strong> fourth<br />

quarter <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> year. Because <strong>of</strong><br />

this, <strong>the</strong> dra<strong>in</strong>age systems <strong>in</strong> our<br />

cities <strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r urbanizes locales<br />

have neared <strong>the</strong>ir peak <strong>in</strong> terms<br />

<strong>of</strong> usefulness <strong>and</strong> effectivity—<strong>the</strong><br />

overflow<strong>in</strong>g streets, coupled with<br />

<strong>the</strong> many bits <strong>and</strong> pieces <strong>of</strong> trash<br />

scattered across said streets, <strong>and</strong><br />

even <strong>the</strong> various gunk people <strong>in</strong><br />

homes, condos, <strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

flush down <strong>the</strong>ir dra<strong>in</strong>s <strong>and</strong><br />

loos (such as grease, hair, toilet<br />

paper, sanitary napk<strong>in</strong>s, food,<br />

<strong>and</strong> plastic, among countless<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs) have contributed to<br />

clogged pipes, overflow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

canals, <strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r related<br />

problems for our underground<br />

dra<strong>in</strong>age. On average, unclogg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a pipe or dra<strong>in</strong> may take about<br />

twelve hours or more—that’s half<br />

<strong>the</strong> day, flushed down <strong>the</strong> same<br />

dra<strong>in</strong>, just like that. To make<br />

12<br />

matters worse, if <strong>the</strong> tenants <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g or household don’t<br />

change how <strong>the</strong>y throw <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

waste products, <strong>the</strong> decongested<br />

pipe may be clogged aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> a<br />

month or less.<br />

Complications <strong>in</strong> sewage <strong>and</strong><br />

dra<strong>in</strong>s like those are not<br />

uncommon for highly urbanized<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>gs like Metro Manila, where<br />

each facility has its own <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

system <strong>of</strong> pipes that <strong>in</strong>terconnect<br />

to <strong>the</strong> greater, municipality-wide<br />

system. It may sound complex,<br />

(especially when one factors <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> fact that different structures<br />

have different pipe systems, from<br />

<strong>the</strong> most nuanced, somewhat<br />

unnoticeable facet, to an entirely,<br />

massively dissimilar network) but<br />

due to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>genious efforts from<br />

<strong>the</strong> company called RIDGID,<br />

<strong>the</strong>se difficulties have been made<br />

easier to solve.<br />

Specifically, RIDGID’s<br />

underground technology makes<br />

it possible to see, f<strong>in</strong>d, <strong>and</strong> solve<br />

clogs as if unclogg<strong>in</strong>g a bottle <strong>of</strong><br />

w<strong>in</strong>e. Without RIDGID’s tools, as<br />

stated above, it takes about twelve<br />

hours or more to clear <strong>the</strong><br />

pathway for congested pipes,<br />

whereas RIDGID can de-clog<br />

pipes <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>utes. Their<br />

FlexShaft Dra<strong>in</strong> <strong>Clean</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

Mach<strong>in</strong>es, SeeSnake® Cameras<br />

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congested dra<strong>in</strong>age systems<br />

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Philipp<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Direction: K<strong>in</strong>dly take note that<br />

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areas, dra<strong>in</strong>age facilities<br />

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<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g hotels, factories <strong>and</strong><br />

o<strong>the</strong>r related <strong>in</strong>dustries located <strong>in</strong><br />

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Firstly, <strong>the</strong>ir dra<strong>in</strong> decongestants<br />

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Secondly, <strong>the</strong>ir SeeSnake®<br />

Cameras are <strong>in</strong>strumental <strong>in</strong><br />

show<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> materials <strong>and</strong> debris<br />

that are actually contribut<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to <strong>the</strong> pipes <strong>and</strong> dra<strong>in</strong>s’ clogged<br />

states. To see <strong>the</strong> reason why a<br />

pipe is clogged <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> possible<br />

location <strong>the</strong> obstruction is tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

place is a bless<strong>in</strong>g RIDGID<br />

Mach<strong>in</strong>es can give its users,<br />

because how can you give a<br />

solution to an unknown<br />

problem? A big part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> hassle<br />

plumbers face when it comes to<br />

pipe ma<strong>in</strong>tenance is truly <strong>the</strong> fact<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y’re usually kept <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

dark. With <strong>the</strong>ir micro CA-300<br />

Inspection Camera, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

SeekTech L<strong>in</strong>e Locators <strong>and</strong><br />

more, plumbers <strong>and</strong> servicepeople<br />

can do a much f<strong>in</strong>er job <strong>in</strong><br />

terms <strong>of</strong> pipe ma<strong>in</strong>tenance.<br />

Lastly, users <strong>of</strong> RIDGID’s sectional<br />

mach<strong>in</strong>es will feel <strong>the</strong> raw power<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>stant act<strong>in</strong>g cable clutch<br />

that maximizes operator control.<br />

Their newest K-5208 Sectional<br />

Mach<strong>in</strong>e is <strong>the</strong> most powerful <strong>and</strong><br />

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efficient <strong>in</strong>-field clutch<br />

serviceability to m<strong>in</strong>imize down<br />

time when ma<strong>in</strong>tenance is needed.<br />

Its <strong>in</strong>novative fluid management<br />

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operation after us<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> mach<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Co Ban Kiat Hardware, Inc. is <strong>the</strong><br />

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mission <strong>of</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g our urban<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>gs more bearable <strong>and</strong><br />

enjoyable. They have safeguarded<br />

<strong>the</strong> state <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> metropolis’<br />

underground systems such that<br />

life above ground may sh<strong>in</strong>e<br />

brighter than usual. So, if you’re<br />

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Visit https://www.cbkhardware.<br />

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ph for more details!<br />

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Why Incorporate IoT <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Energy</strong><br />

The <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong> poses<br />

great potential <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> smooth<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegration <strong>of</strong> renewable<br />

energy sources <strong>in</strong> two-way<br />

power systems. Through IoT,<br />

w<strong>in</strong>d, solar, <strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r sources<br />

<strong>of</strong> renewable energy can be<br />

easily connected to on-site<br />

energy sources like batteries<br />

or electric vehicle charg<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

On top <strong>of</strong> all <strong>of</strong> that, IoT is <strong>the</strong><br />

first step to creat<strong>in</strong>g a more<br />

distributed, cleaner, <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>telligent<br />

electric grid. IoT<br />

establishes a connection<br />

to <strong>the</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> Cloud, which<br />

basically houses a networked<br />

ecosystem <strong>of</strong> two-way power<br />

sources. The future <strong>of</strong> IoT <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> renewable energy<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess is becom<strong>in</strong>g clearer<br />

by <strong>the</strong> year, <strong>and</strong> stakeholders<br />

<strong>and</strong> companies are expected<br />

to jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> revolution.<br />

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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

Empower<strong>in</strong>g Innovations<br />

Benefits <strong>of</strong> IoT<br />

With <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g usage<br />

<strong>of</strong> mobile apps <strong>and</strong><br />

smartphones, IoT is becom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

more <strong>of</strong> a trend now more than<br />

ever. This technology is<br />

cater<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> consumer<br />

electronics market, along with<br />

<strong>the</strong> B2B <strong>in</strong>dustry. By 2020,<br />

<strong>the</strong> value <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>Internet</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Th<strong>in</strong>gs</strong> is expected to reach<br />

an all-time high <strong>of</strong> $2000 B<br />

compared to its $300 B value<br />

today.<br />

The most common usage<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> technology is <strong>in</strong><br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g LED lamps, though<br />

more emerg<strong>in</strong>g systems <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> energy services are now<br />

experiment<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong><br />

IoT <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir operations. This<br />

is ma<strong>in</strong>ly due to <strong>the</strong> fact that<br />

<strong>the</strong> total cost <strong>of</strong> IoT hardware<br />

<strong>and</strong> s<strong>of</strong>tware is relatively<br />

lesser when compared to <strong>the</strong><br />

massive <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>and</strong> analytic<br />

opportunities brought by <strong>the</strong><br />

technology.<br />

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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

Increases<br />

Comfort<br />

Asides from improved<br />

efficiency <strong>and</strong> performance,<br />

what drives people to use IoT<br />

is its <strong>in</strong>creased comfort <strong>and</strong><br />

convenience. End-users will<br />

now be allowed to measure<br />

<strong>and</strong> check <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>stallation, as<br />

well as to adopt any change<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> current<br />

market requirement.<br />

This will also mean a huge<br />

step for <strong>the</strong> energy efficiency<br />

system <strong>in</strong>tegrators as <strong>the</strong>y<br />

will be able to determ<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

customer requirements for<br />

better <strong>in</strong>tegration. IoT poses<br />

as a major player <strong>in</strong> low-cost<br />

communication solutions,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegrat<strong>in</strong>g embedded<br />

systems to <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet. As a<br />

result, more players are<br />

enter<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> marketplace at a<br />

faster rate.<br />

The <strong>Renewable</strong> Industry with<br />

IoT Today<br />

On a national/global scale<br />

The renewable energy <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

has attracted countries across<br />

<strong>the</strong> globe to <strong>in</strong>vest <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

technology. Ch<strong>in</strong>a ranks <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

number one place, produc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

60% total annual solar cells.<br />

The United States <strong>of</strong> America,<br />

along with India, ranks on <strong>the</strong><br />

second <strong>and</strong> third place with<br />

notable volumes <strong>of</strong> renewable<br />

products as well. On <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

h<strong>and</strong>, <strong>in</strong> Europe, Denmark is<br />

expected to use renewable<br />

sources to power 70% <strong>of</strong> its<br />

energy consumption by 2022.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r parts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> globe<br />

are also study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

implement<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> technology<br />

one step at a time.<br />

IoT enters <strong>the</strong> equation by<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g billions <strong>of</strong> terabytes<br />

<strong>of</strong> data retrieved from <strong>the</strong><br />

various sensors connected to<br />

<strong>the</strong> network. This massive<br />

collection <strong>of</strong> data can be<br />

useful <strong>in</strong> a broad array <strong>of</strong><br />

applications, from ref<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

energy consumption plans to<br />

improv<strong>in</strong>g decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through data <strong>in</strong>sights.<br />

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On <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

level<br />

Numerous <strong>in</strong>dustries <strong>and</strong><br />

enterprises are adopt<strong>in</strong>g IoT<br />

technologies to promote <strong>the</strong><br />

clean energy revolution <strong>and</strong><br />

simultaneously decrease <strong>the</strong><br />

negative impact <strong>of</strong> old-school<br />

sources on <strong>the</strong> environment.<br />

Smart cities are now enabl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

better traffic light control to<br />

manage <strong>the</strong> roads more<br />

efficiently <strong>and</strong> eventually<br />

reduce air population <strong>and</strong> fuel<br />

consumption.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> agricultural sector, soil<br />

sensors are deployed <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

fields to spr<strong>in</strong>kle water where<br />

<strong>and</strong> when it is needed<br />

automatically. This maximizes<br />

<strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> water as farmers<br />

need not irrigate <strong>the</strong> fields too<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten.<br />

The same pr<strong>in</strong>ciple applies<br />

to <strong>the</strong> renewable energy<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry as well. Next-gen IoT,<br />

equipped with better Artificial<br />

Intelligence (AI) <strong>and</strong> mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g algorithms, can<br />

produce predictive models to<br />

simplify troubleshoot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

automate ma<strong>in</strong>tenance. Us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

IoT with blockcha<strong>in</strong>s can also<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduce a more advanced<br />

way <strong>of</strong> payments.<br />

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22<br />

IoT enters <strong>the</strong><br />

equation by<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

billions <strong>of</strong><br />

terabytes <strong>of</strong> data<br />

retrieved from<br />

<strong>the</strong> various<br />

sensors<br />

connected<br />

to <strong>the</strong> network.


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C O V E R S T O R Y<br />

On <strong>the</strong> consumer level<br />

The benefits <strong>of</strong> IoT paired with<br />

renewable energy is best felt<br />

at <strong>the</strong> granular level. Endusers<br />

get a more flexible<br />

control <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir household<br />

appliances <strong>and</strong> can control<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g with just a few<br />

clicks on <strong>the</strong>ir mobile apps.<br />

This will eventually<br />

reduce <strong>the</strong>ir overall power<br />

consumption s<strong>in</strong>ce <strong>the</strong>y<br />

are more aware <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

monthly utility bills. They can<br />

also customize <strong>the</strong>ir usage<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> data ga<strong>the</strong>red<br />

by <strong>the</strong> sensors <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

home <strong>and</strong> mov<strong>in</strong>g forward,<br />

make more sensible decisions<br />

regard<strong>in</strong>g energy<br />

consumption.<br />

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N E W S<br />

NEXTracker Achieves<br />

Industry-First 20 Gigawatts<br />

Solar Tracker Milestone<br />

NEXTracker Holds No. 1 Market Share Position<br />

for Four Consecutive Years<br />

relentless focus on creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

value through <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>and</strong><br />

customer service,” said Dan<br />

Shugar, CEO at NEXTracker.<br />

“For example, we have<br />

recently commercialized three<br />

new products <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

TrueCapture, a yield enhanc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

control system, a customized<br />

solution for First Solar’s new<br />

high-performance Series 6<br />

technology, <strong>and</strong> an optimized<br />

bifacial tracker. These NX<br />

Horizon platform enhancements<br />

pair well with our Digital O&M<br />

Asset Management system <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent row architecture,<br />

enabl<strong>in</strong>g extraord<strong>in</strong>arily<br />

competitive solar energy costs.”<br />

NEXTracker, a Flex company,<br />

announced its latest <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

milestone, 20 gigawatts (GW) <strong>of</strong><br />

its award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g smart solar<br />

trackers delivered <strong>and</strong> under<br />

active fulfillment globally. NEX-<br />

Tracker was named <strong>the</strong> No. 1<br />

supplier <strong>of</strong> photovoltaic (PV)<br />

tracker systems globally <strong>in</strong> 2018,<br />

a title it has held for four consecutive<br />

years, accord<strong>in</strong>g to IHS<br />

Markit <strong>and</strong> Wood McKenzie<br />

Power <strong>and</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong>s. To serve<br />

exp<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g customer dem<strong>and</strong>, <strong>the</strong><br />

Company has doubled its global<br />

manufactur<strong>in</strong>g capacity over <strong>the</strong><br />

past year to 300 megawatts per<br />

week.<br />

“Congratulations to NEXTracker<br />

on this significant achievement,”<br />

said Rajit N<strong>and</strong>a, chief<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>of</strong>ficer at ACWA<br />

Power International. “With a<br />

significant addressable market for<br />

solar trackers <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East<br />

& North Africa region, ACWA<br />

Power is pleased to have a trusted<br />

<strong>and</strong> reliable partner that<br />

collaborates on <strong>the</strong> front end <strong>of</strong><br />

projects with value eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> has shown to be a reliable<br />

partner <strong>in</strong> achiev<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

ambitious goals <strong>of</strong> localiz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

manufactur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> an important<br />

part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> solar PV value cha<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.”<br />

“We atta<strong>in</strong>ed lead market share<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> 20 GW milestone by<br />

“Silicon Ranch congratulates<br />

NEXTracker on this impressive<br />

milestone,” said David<br />

Vickerman, vice chairman &<br />

chief development <strong>of</strong>ficer at<br />

Silicon Ranch. “We selected<br />

NEXTracker <strong>and</strong> its True<br />

Capture yield enhancement<br />

s<strong>of</strong>tware because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s reputation to execute<br />

<strong>and</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>ue to deliver value<br />

over <strong>the</strong> project’s lifetime.”<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to IHS Markit, global<br />

shipments <strong>of</strong> s<strong>in</strong>gle-axis solar<br />

trackers <strong>in</strong>creased by over 40<br />

percent <strong>in</strong> 2018 <strong>and</strong> surpassed<br />

20 GW globally for <strong>the</strong> first time.<br />

This is compared to only 4 GW<br />

<strong>of</strong> global <strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> 2013, <strong>of</strong><br />

which 11 percent were tracker<br />

deployments <strong>in</strong> that year (with<br />

fixed tilt <strong>in</strong>stallations account<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for <strong>the</strong> rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g 89 percent).<br />

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N E W S<br />

11 Million People Employed <strong>in</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

<strong>Energy</strong> Worldwide <strong>in</strong> 2018<br />

More countries tapped <strong>in</strong>to <strong>the</strong> socio-economic ga<strong>in</strong>s <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> energy transition<br />

Eleven million people<br />

were employed <strong>in</strong><br />

renewable energy<br />

worldwide <strong>in</strong> 2018<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>the</strong> latest analysis<br />

by <strong>the</strong> International <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

<strong>Energy</strong> Agency (IRENA). This<br />

compares with 10.3 million <strong>in</strong><br />

2017 . As more <strong>and</strong> more<br />

countries manufacture, trade<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>stall renewable energy<br />

technologies, <strong>the</strong> latest<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Energy</strong> <strong>and</strong> Jobs –<br />

Annual Review f<strong>in</strong>ds that<br />

renewables jobs grew to <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

highest level despite slower<br />

growth <strong>in</strong> key renewable energy<br />

markets <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Ch<strong>in</strong>a.<br />

The diversification <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

renewable energy supply cha<strong>in</strong> is<br />

chang<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> sector’s geographic<br />

footpr<strong>in</strong>t. Until now, renewable<br />

energy <strong>in</strong>dustries have rema<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

relatively concentrated <strong>in</strong> a<br />

h<strong>and</strong>ful <strong>of</strong> major markets, such<br />

as Ch<strong>in</strong>a, <strong>the</strong> United States <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> European Union.<br />

Increas<strong>in</strong>gly, however, East <strong>and</strong><br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>ast Asian countries have<br />

emerged alongside Ch<strong>in</strong>a as key<br />

exporters <strong>of</strong> solar photovoltaic<br />

(PV) panels. Countries <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Malaysia, Thail<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> Viet Nam<br />

were responsible for a greater<br />

share <strong>of</strong> growth <strong>in</strong> renewables<br />

jobs last year, which allowed Asia<br />

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to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a 60 per cent share <strong>of</strong><br />

renewable energy jobs<br />

worldwide.<br />

“Beyond climate goals,<br />

governments are prioritis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

renewables as a driver <strong>of</strong><br />

low-carbon economic growth <strong>in</strong><br />

recognition <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> numerous<br />

employment opportunities<br />

created by <strong>the</strong> transition to<br />

renewables,” said Francesco La<br />

Camera, Director-General <strong>of</strong><br />

IRENA. “<strong>Renewable</strong>s deliver on<br />

all ma<strong>in</strong> pillars <strong>of</strong> susta<strong>in</strong>able<br />

development – environmental,<br />

economic <strong>and</strong> social. As <strong>the</strong><br />

global energy transformation<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>s momentum, this<br />

employment dimension<br />

re<strong>in</strong>forces <strong>the</strong> social aspect <strong>of</strong><br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able development <strong>and</strong><br />

provides yet ano<strong>the</strong>r reason for<br />

countries to commit to<br />

renewables.”<br />

Solar photovoltaic (PV) <strong>and</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> most dynamic <strong>of</strong> all<br />

renewable energy <strong>in</strong>dustries.<br />

Account<strong>in</strong>g for one-third <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

total renewable energy workflow,<br />

solar PV reta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>the</strong> top spot <strong>in</strong><br />

2018, ahead <strong>of</strong> liquid bi<strong>of</strong>uels,<br />

hydropower, <strong>and</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d power.<br />

Geographically, Asia hosts over<br />

three million PV jobs, nearly<br />

n<strong>in</strong>e-tenths <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> global total.<br />

Most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>dustry’s<br />

activity still occurs on l<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

is responsible for <strong>the</strong> bulk <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

sector’s 1.2 million jobs. Ch<strong>in</strong>a<br />

alone accounts for 44 per cent <strong>of</strong><br />

global w<strong>in</strong>d employment,<br />

followed by Germany <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

United States. Offshore w<strong>in</strong>d<br />

could be an especially attractive<br />

option for leverag<strong>in</strong>g domestic<br />

capacity <strong>and</strong> exploit<strong>in</strong>g synergies<br />

with <strong>the</strong> oil <strong>and</strong> gas <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> energy jobs<br />

highlights:<br />

• The solar PV <strong>in</strong>dustry reta<strong>in</strong>s<br />

<strong>the</strong> top spot, with a third <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

total renewable energy<br />

workforce. In 2018, PV<br />

employment exp<strong>and</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> India,<br />

Sou<strong>the</strong>ast Asia <strong>and</strong> Brazil, while<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>a, <strong>the</strong> United States, Japan<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> European Union lost<br />

jobs.<br />

• Ris<strong>in</strong>g output pushed bi<strong>of</strong>uel<br />

jobs up 6% to 2.1 million. Brazil,<br />

Colombia, <strong>and</strong> Sou<strong>the</strong>ast Asia<br />

have labour-<strong>in</strong>tensive supply<br />

cha<strong>in</strong>s where <strong>in</strong>formal work is<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent, whereas operations<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> United States <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

European Union are far more<br />

mechanised.<br />

• Employment <strong>in</strong> w<strong>in</strong>d power<br />

supports 1.2 million jobs.<br />

Onshore projects predom<strong>in</strong>ate,<br />

but <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fshore segment is<br />

ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g traction <strong>and</strong> could build<br />

on expertise <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>frastructure <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fshore oil <strong>and</strong> gas sector.<br />

• Hydropower has <strong>the</strong> largest<br />

<strong>in</strong>stalled capacity <strong>of</strong> all<br />

renewables but is now<br />

exp<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g slowly. The sector<br />

employs 2.1 million people<br />

directly, three quarters <strong>of</strong> whom<br />

are <strong>in</strong> operations <strong>and</strong><br />

ma<strong>in</strong>tenance.<br />

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Azelio Offers its Technology to Increase<br />

Reliable <strong>Clean</strong> Power Supply for Refugee<br />

Camps <strong>in</strong> Jordan<br />

Azelio has <strong>in</strong>vited UNHCR to explore <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s unique energy storage technology as<br />

a complement to <strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g solar photovoltaic<br />

power <strong>in</strong>stallations <strong>in</strong> refugee camps <strong>in</strong> Jordan.<br />

UNHCR aims for <strong>the</strong> refugee camps to be<br />

self-sufficient <strong>and</strong> is now look<strong>in</strong>g for solutions<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g reliable on-site clean power supply at all<br />

hours <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> day. As a first step, Azelio assessed <strong>the</strong><br />

refugee camp <strong>of</strong> Azraq <strong>and</strong> will present to<br />

UNHCR’s energy experts later this year a<br />

comprehensive feasibility study based on Azelio’s<br />

technology.<br />

“It is an honor for Azelio to help UNHCR analyze<br />

how to reach 100 % renewable energy supply for<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir refugee camps <strong>in</strong> remote areas. Giv<strong>in</strong>g access<br />

to affordable <strong>and</strong> clean energy is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> UN’s<br />

Susta<strong>in</strong>able Development Goals <strong>and</strong> Azelio is<br />

committed to participate <strong>in</strong> its achievement,” says<br />

Ralf Wiesenberg, Azelio’s VP <strong>of</strong> Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Development<br />

who visited <strong>the</strong> refugee camp <strong>in</strong> Jordan<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r with his colleague Youssef Benmakhlouf.<br />

Azraq refugee camp <strong>in</strong> Jordan is home to just over<br />

36 thous<strong>and</strong> refugees <strong>of</strong> which 60 % are children.<br />

The camp is divided <strong>in</strong> four villages with schools,<br />

health centers, police stations, marketplaces <strong>and</strong> a<br />

hospital to provide services for <strong>the</strong> whole refugee<br />

camp. This <strong>in</strong>frastructure requires a reliable supply<br />

<strong>of</strong> electricity to function <strong>and</strong> today’s solar<br />

photovoltaic <strong>in</strong>stallations cover approximately 70 %<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> total needs <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> camp. As UNHCR has <strong>the</strong><br />

ambition for <strong>the</strong> refugee camps to be self-sufficient,<br />

Azelio’s solution gives <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

complement <strong>the</strong> exist<strong>in</strong>g systems for clean power<br />

supply also dur<strong>in</strong>g night hours. A case study <strong>of</strong><br />

Azelio’s solution is be<strong>in</strong>g prepared <strong>and</strong> will be<br />

presented to UNHCR’s energy experts <strong>in</strong> Geneva<br />

later this year.<br />

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Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g its 40th<br />

anniversary this year,<br />

Middle East’s lead<strong>in</strong>g event for<br />

<strong>the</strong> construction <strong>in</strong>dustry has<br />

much <strong>in</strong> store to support<br />

construction companies through<br />

a shift<strong>in</strong>g economic l<strong>and</strong>scape,<br />

boost bus<strong>in</strong>ess, launch <strong>the</strong><br />

latest build<strong>in</strong>g solutions, educate<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry pr<strong>of</strong>essionals, <strong>and</strong> foster<br />

best practices champion<strong>in</strong>g<br />

technological <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Matt Denton, President at<br />

dmg events comments:<br />

“This 40-year milestone is a<br />

great testament to how our<br />

teams have effectively worked<br />

towards keep<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> show<br />

fresh <strong>and</strong> relevant for our<br />

stakeholders <strong>and</strong> attendees.<br />

Innovation <strong>and</strong> adaptability<br />

have always been at <strong>the</strong> core<br />

<strong>of</strong> our strategy as we transform<br />

each edition to keep up with<br />

<strong>the</strong> chang<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

environment <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

needs.”<br />

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For <strong>the</strong> first time, The Big 5<br />

2019 will cover <strong>the</strong> full<br />

construction cycle. This year, <strong>in</strong><br />

fact, <strong>the</strong> exhibition will run<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r with six co-located<br />

events allow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionals to source thous<strong>and</strong>s<br />

<strong>of</strong> products for every stage <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> construction projects, from<br />

<strong>in</strong>ception to completion. The Big<br />

5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete,<br />

HVAC R Expo, Middle East<br />

Stone, The Big 5 Solar, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Urban Design & L<strong>and</strong>scape Expo<br />

will all run alongside The Big 5 at<br />

<strong>the</strong> Dubai World Trade Centre,<br />

from 25 to 28 November.<br />

The show will also exp<strong>and</strong><br />

its product sectors’<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>troduction<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> br<strong>and</strong> new Offsite &<br />

Modular Construction sector.<br />

“With rapid <strong>and</strong> efficient<br />

construction delivery be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

high dem<strong>and</strong>, buyers require<br />

state-<strong>of</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-art <strong>of</strong>fsite <strong>and</strong><br />

modular construction solutions<br />

for residential, educational,<br />

healthcare as well as commercial<br />

applications,” Jos<strong>in</strong>e Heijmans,<br />

Portfolio Director at dmg events,<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s.<br />

Here, <strong>in</strong>dustry leaders like BK<br />

Gulf will be present<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

modular solutions <strong>of</strong><br />

pre-eng<strong>in</strong>eered mechanical,<br />

electrical, <strong>and</strong> plumb<strong>in</strong>g (MEP)<br />

units for <strong>the</strong> first time ever. A<br />

dedicated educational agenda,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Offsite & Modular Talks, will<br />

simultaneously shed light on<br />

advances <strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fsite <strong>and</strong><br />

modular construction, analys<strong>in</strong>g<br />

new challenges <strong>and</strong> opportunities<br />

for prefab <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>in</strong> an effort to drive<br />

<strong>in</strong>formed decision mak<strong>in</strong>g, The<br />

Big 5 will present <strong>the</strong> “Voice<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Construction Industry”,<br />

<strong>the</strong> largest research conducted<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> construction sector.<br />

Based on <strong>the</strong> responses <strong>of</strong><br />

nearly 6,000 <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

stakeholders from 136 countries,<br />

it will unveil current <strong>and</strong><br />

upcom<strong>in</strong>g trends, opportunities,<br />

<strong>and</strong> challenges faced by<br />

construction players. The<br />

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esearch will also <strong>of</strong>fer essential<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights on which markets are<br />

most promis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> why, <strong>and</strong><br />

how <strong>in</strong>dustry pr<strong>of</strong>essionals are<br />

prepar<strong>in</strong>g to harness bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

opportunities.<br />

Ms. Heijmans states:<br />

“We are extremely proud <strong>and</strong><br />

excited to be releas<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

unprecedented report at The<br />

Big 5 2019. We expect <strong>the</strong><br />

‘Voice <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Construction<br />

Industry’ to massively<br />

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support <strong>the</strong> decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

construction <strong>in</strong>dustry players<br />

for <strong>the</strong> next three years <strong>in</strong> a<br />

shift<strong>in</strong>g economic l<strong>and</strong>scape,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g exclusive <strong>in</strong>telligence<br />

that will help generate<br />

revenues, save money, <strong>and</strong><br />

shape future strategies.”<br />

The key f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> report<br />

will be announced at The Big<br />

5’s CEO Roundtable, a new<br />

forum ga<strong>the</strong>r<strong>in</strong>g top developers,<br />

contractors, consultants, <strong>and</strong><br />

government entities <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE.<br />

The <strong>in</strong>itiative, tak<strong>in</strong>g place a day<br />

before <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficial open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

exhibition, will facilitate<br />

communication across <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry provid<strong>in</strong>g a unique<br />

opportunity for key construction<br />

stakeholders to meet <strong>and</strong> discuss<br />

current challenges, trends, <strong>and</strong><br />

strategies <strong>in</strong> a closed door setup.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> backdrop <strong>of</strong> last year’s<br />

success, The Big 5 will br<strong>in</strong>g back<br />

its popular features dedicated<br />

to promot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novation <strong>and</strong><br />

technology <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> construction<br />

sector. The event will once aga<strong>in</strong><br />

host some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world’s most<br />

promis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dustry start-ups at<br />

its “Start-up City”, <strong>and</strong> will<br />

present <strong>the</strong> latest build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

solutions at <strong>the</strong> dedicated “Live<br />

Innovation Zone”.<br />

The second edition <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

FutureTech Construction<br />

Summit will run on<br />

November 25, with a br<strong>and</strong> new<br />

agenda focused on five trend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

topics: Artificial Intelligence,<br />

Digital Asset Management <strong>and</strong><br />

Digital Tw<strong>in</strong>s, Smart Home,<br />

Smart Build<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> IoT, BIM,<br />

<strong>and</strong> 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, VR, AR <strong>and</strong><br />

drones.<br />

The RTA Innovation <strong>in</strong> BIM<br />

Summit at The Big 5 Heavy<br />

will also return on November<br />

26. The summit will explore <strong>the</strong><br />

impact <strong>of</strong> BIM on <strong>the</strong> present<br />

<strong>and</strong> future <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>frastructure<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry with updates on AR,<br />

3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>dustrialized<br />

construction <strong>and</strong> data analytics.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, a wealth <strong>of</strong> solutions<br />

relat<strong>in</strong>g to 3D Pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, Drones<br />

<strong>and</strong> Surveillance, Site Mapp<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

Robotics, Thermal Imag<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>and</strong><br />

Virtual Reality Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>gs among<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs will be showcased <strong>in</strong> a new<br />

dedicated area at The Big 5 Heavy<br />

this year.


Beyond br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g to Dubai over<br />

20,000 <strong>in</strong>novative products,<br />

<strong>the</strong> seven events will also<br />

provide more than 220<br />

complimentary high-level<br />

summits, practical sem<strong>in</strong>ars,<br />

<strong>and</strong> CPD-certified workshops<br />

to foster collaboration, support<br />

best practices, <strong>and</strong> provide<br />

effective solutions to today’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry challenges.<br />

At The Big 5, visitors will be<br />

able to attend <strong>the</strong> FutureTech<br />

Construction Summit <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Women <strong>in</strong> Construction Forum<br />

& Awards, along with <strong>the</strong><br />

Architecture & Design Talks, <strong>the</strong><br />

BIM Talks, <strong>the</strong> Technology Talks,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Project Management Talks,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Offsite & Modular<br />

Construction Talks.<br />

This year, The Big 5 Heavy <strong>and</strong><br />

Middle East Concrete will <strong>of</strong>fer<br />

an extended education<br />

agenda <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ACI<br />

Concrete Summit, <strong>the</strong> RTA<br />

Innovation <strong>in</strong> BIM Summit, <strong>the</strong><br />

Geospatial <strong>Leaders</strong> Conference,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Geotechnical <strong>and</strong><br />

Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g Summit, <strong>the</strong> ACI<br />

Sem<strong>in</strong>ar Series, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Geotechnical <strong>and</strong> Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Workshops.<br />

The HVAC R Pioneers’ Summit<br />

will run alongside <strong>the</strong> HVAC R<br />

Talks at <strong>the</strong> HVAC R Expo, while<br />

<strong>the</strong> Solar Talks will once aga<strong>in</strong><br />

take place at The Big 5 Solar<br />

focus<strong>in</strong>g on solar energy <strong>in</strong> rental<br />

property, <strong>the</strong> future <strong>of</strong> smart<br />

grid technologies, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> role <strong>of</strong><br />

SME’s <strong>in</strong> driv<strong>in</strong>g a solar powered<br />

future.<br />

Moreover, Middle East Stone will<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer four days <strong>of</strong> Stone Design<br />

Sem<strong>in</strong>ars, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> Urban Design<br />

& L<strong>and</strong>scape Expo will launch<br />

<strong>the</strong> new Urban Design Talks, <strong>in</strong><br />

addition to <strong>the</strong> high level Urban<br />

Design & L<strong>and</strong>scape Summit that<br />

is return<strong>in</strong>g this year.<br />

The Big 5 is organised by dmg<br />

events <strong>and</strong> runs from 25 to 28<br />

November at <strong>the</strong> Dubai World<br />

Trade Centre from 11:00 to<br />

19:00 daily. The event is free<br />

to attend to all pre-registered<br />

visitors.<br />

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MIDDLE EAST NEWS<br />

Ten Innovative Solutions <strong>of</strong> Social Incubator<br />

Program <strong>in</strong> ABU DHABI Rewarded AED 4.4 Million<br />

Investment to Support People <strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

Ma’an announced<br />

today <strong>the</strong> ten<br />

w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g teams <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> first cycle <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Ma’an Social Incubator program.<br />

Ma’an is part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ‘Ghadan 21’<br />

accelerated development<br />

programme designed to spur<br />

diversity <strong>and</strong> growth <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi’s economy to make it one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> best places <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

to do bus<strong>in</strong>ess, <strong>in</strong>vest, live, work<br />

<strong>and</strong> visit.<br />

The w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g projects <strong>in</strong>clude a<br />

mobile app that helps convert<br />

text to sign language <strong>and</strong><br />

ano<strong>the</strong>r that helps people with<br />

visual impairments to navigate<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir surround<strong>in</strong>gs through<br />

sensors <strong>and</strong> visual recognition.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ners <strong>of</strong> this year’s<br />

edition, six teams were local,<br />

while four teams were<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational.<br />

The event this morn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

announc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> ten w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

projects was attended by His<br />

Excellency Sheikh Abdulla B<strong>in</strong><br />

Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman<br />

<strong>of</strong> Department <strong>of</strong> Health; His<br />

Excellency Dr. Mugheer Khamis<br />

Al Khaili, Chairman <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Department <strong>of</strong> Community<br />

Development; His Excellency<br />

Abdullah Abdulali Al Humaidan,<br />

Secretary General <strong>of</strong> Zayed<br />

Higher Organization for People<br />

<strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation; His<br />

Excellency Hamad Al Dhaheri,<br />

Director General <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Social<br />

Support Authority; <strong>and</strong> Her<br />

Excellency Salama Al Amimi,<br />

Director General, Authority <strong>of</strong><br />

Social Contribution - Ma’an.<br />

The Ma’an Social Incubator<br />

program is <strong>the</strong> first <strong>of</strong> its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> region, with each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ten<br />

teams eligible to receive fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up to AED 200,000 released at<br />

every successful milestone <strong>the</strong><br />

participant reaches, as well as<br />

support for liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> hous<strong>in</strong>g<br />

expenses for non-residents <strong>of</strong><br />

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Abu Dhabi.<br />

The program aims to support<br />

<strong>and</strong> develop <strong>in</strong>novative social<br />

concepts <strong>and</strong> start-up projects so<br />

<strong>the</strong>y may become social<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions or civil facilities with<br />

an active role <strong>in</strong> help<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

<strong>of</strong> determ<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong> fac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

challenges <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

communities, <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m<br />

solutions that improve <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

quality <strong>of</strong> life <strong>and</strong> achieve <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

ambitions.<br />

The Ma’an Social Incubator<br />

program also provides <strong>the</strong><br />

necessary <strong>and</strong> specialized<br />

support needed for <strong>the</strong>se projects<br />

to be susta<strong>in</strong>able, <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

guidance <strong>and</strong> tools needed for<br />

growth, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ancial <strong>and</strong><br />

moral support, as well as <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

space, bus<strong>in</strong>ess expertise <strong>and</strong><br />

access to possible <strong>in</strong>vestors.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce launch<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> program <strong>in</strong><br />

May earlier this year, 130<br />

ventures applied for <strong>the</strong> Ma’an<br />

Social Incubator program from<br />

as far afield as Brazil, Denmark,<br />

France, Nigeria <strong>and</strong> India.<br />

Later <strong>in</strong> August, a shortlist <strong>of</strong> 25<br />

nom<strong>in</strong>ated teams were <strong>in</strong>vited<br />

to pitch <strong>the</strong>ir solutions before<br />

a panel who came toge<strong>the</strong>r to<br />

decide on <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>al ten w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

teams.<br />

The teams will have <strong>the</strong><br />

opportunity to test <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

social start-up ideas <strong>and</strong> ga<strong>in</strong> an<br />

<strong>in</strong>-depth underst<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

market, <strong>in</strong> addition to attend<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

series <strong>of</strong> plenary workshops <strong>and</strong><br />

receiv<strong>in</strong>g mentor advice that will<br />

help <strong>the</strong>m develop <strong>the</strong>ir idea <strong>in</strong>to<br />

a product or service, beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> September <strong>and</strong> cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

16 weeks.<br />

Ma’an was established <strong>in</strong> February<br />

2019 by <strong>the</strong> Department<br />

<strong>of</strong> Community Development <strong>in</strong><br />

Abu Dhabi with <strong>the</strong> aim <strong>of</strong><br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g toge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong><br />

government, <strong>the</strong> private sector<br />

<strong>and</strong> civil society to support a<br />

culture <strong>of</strong> social contribution <strong>and</strong><br />

participation. The authority will<br />

deliver solutions for social<br />

challenges with four ma<strong>in</strong> pillars<br />

<strong>of</strong> work – a Social Investment<br />

Fund, a Social Incubator<br />

Program, Community<br />

Engagement Programs <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>troduction <strong>of</strong> a new type <strong>of</strong><br />

public contract<strong>in</strong>g, Social Impact<br />

Bonds.<br />

Ma’an seeks to re<strong>in</strong>force <strong>the</strong><br />

culture <strong>of</strong> giv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi,<br />

<strong>and</strong> establish <strong>the</strong> volunteer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

needs <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> community, aim<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to make us <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> currently<br />

available social volunteer<strong>in</strong>g opportunities<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>itiatives, as well<br />

as contribute by generat<strong>in</strong>g new<br />

opportunities.<br />

Her Excellency Ms. Salama Al<br />

Ameemi, Director General <strong>of</strong><br />

Ma’an said: “We are absolutely<br />

delighted with <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>credibly<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative ten solutions that<br />

have been awarded a place <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Ma’an Social Incubator<br />

program, <strong>and</strong> are now fully<br />

focused on help<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

entrepreneurs to make <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

dream become a reality.<br />

“These social start-ups will<br />

contribute towards establish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able social solutions for<br />

people <strong>of</strong> determ<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>and</strong><br />

rais<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir st<strong>and</strong>ard <strong>of</strong> liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Abu Dhabi <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong><br />

general, with an ambition for<br />

global impact <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> future. This<br />

is a hugely important phase <strong>in</strong><br />

our first <strong>in</strong>cubator program, <strong>and</strong><br />

we are very much look<strong>in</strong>g<br />

forward to work<strong>in</strong>g with <strong>the</strong><br />

committed <strong>and</strong> passionate<br />

people lead<strong>in</strong>g each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

start-ups, mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir concepts<br />

<strong>and</strong> projects a reality.”<br />

The program <strong>of</strong>fers unique <strong>and</strong><br />

valuable network<strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities for <strong>the</strong> teams to<br />

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uild relationships with<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals outside <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

program, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>vestors,<br />

third sector leaders, <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

figures, <strong>and</strong> decision makers <strong>in</strong><br />

specialized fields regionally <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally. Ma’an will also<br />

host ‘demo days’ to present <strong>the</strong><br />

concepts <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ten w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g team<br />

organised for review <strong>and</strong> evaluation,<br />

as well as to leverage fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from <strong>in</strong>vestors.<br />

The 10 successful start-ups are:<br />

1. Accessible Ad: Platform for<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation, expertise, tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>and</strong> support to ensure effective<br />

accessibility for People <strong>of</strong><br />

Determ<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi<br />

2. The Butterfly Foundation:<br />

Advocacy agency to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

support <strong>and</strong> empowerment <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

h<strong>and</strong>s <strong>of</strong> People <strong>of</strong><br />

Determ<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi<br />

3. The Camp: Inclusion-safe,<br />

seasonal, mobile sleepover camps<br />

for Children <strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

4. I Hear You: Mobile app that<br />

enables communication from text<br />

to sign language <strong>and</strong> vice versa<br />

5. Inclusive: Onl<strong>in</strong>e platform<br />

serv<strong>in</strong>g as an umbrella for all<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong>clusion-related <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE<br />

6. Key2Enable: Assistive<br />

technology empower<strong>in</strong>g People<br />

<strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation to use tablets,<br />

computers <strong>and</strong> smartphones with<br />

adapted hardware <strong>and</strong> accessories<br />

7. Martha Edu: Educational<br />

smart cards <strong>and</strong> mobile app to<br />

educate hear<strong>in</strong>g impaired<br />

children <strong>and</strong> parents on sign<strong>in</strong>g<br />

language<br />

8. Ioptyc by Nexart: Solution for<br />

people with visual impairment<br />

to navigate <strong>the</strong>ir surround<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

through <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> distance<br />

judg<strong>in</strong>g sensors & visual<br />

recognition technology<br />

9. RAB3I: Social venture <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

People <strong>of</strong> Determ<strong>in</strong>ation an<br />

opportunity to attend<br />

recreational activities with a<br />

(tra<strong>in</strong>ed) ’buddy’ who shares<br />

similar <strong>in</strong>terests<br />

10. Heroes <strong>of</strong> Hope: Social<br />

enterprise deliver<strong>in</strong>g equal<br />

opportunities for People <strong>of</strong><br />

Determ<strong>in</strong>ation, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

recreational activities, work<br />

opportunities, <strong>and</strong> sport<strong>in</strong>g<br />

events<br />

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ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

The Right Product<br />

Applications for Centrifugal<br />

Chiller <strong>in</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>e Build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

such as <strong>the</strong> TOSOT Water<br />

Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE<br />

Series.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> great th<strong>in</strong>gs about a<br />

water-cooled centrifugal chiller<br />

for facility-wide cool<strong>in</strong>g is <strong>the</strong><br />

overall effectiveness <strong>of</strong> its<br />

performance <strong>in</strong> most aspects,<br />

especially for build<strong>in</strong>gs with<br />

much larger cool<strong>in</strong>g loads.<br />

The Philipp<strong>in</strong>es is a tourist<br />

hotspot both figuratively <strong>and</strong><br />

literally. Foreigners from all over<br />

<strong>the</strong> world fly from all across <strong>the</strong><br />

globe to dip <strong>the</strong>ir toes <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

warm s<strong>and</strong>s <strong>of</strong> our beaches <strong>and</strong><br />

ba<strong>the</strong> under <strong>the</strong> tropic sun. But<br />

for most <strong>of</strong> us locals who are too<br />

accustomed to <strong>the</strong> heat, we f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

ourselves scuttl<strong>in</strong>g with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

cool conf<strong>in</strong>es <strong>of</strong> larger<br />

build<strong>in</strong>gs—ma<strong>in</strong>ly hotels,<br />

condos, malls, <strong>and</strong> for those old<br />

enough to enter, cas<strong>in</strong>os, to name<br />

few. Enter<strong>in</strong>g build<strong>in</strong>gs just to be<br />

swa<strong>the</strong>d by <strong>the</strong> cool air is so<br />

embedded <strong>in</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>e culture<br />

that we have a word for it:<br />

palamig. If not for top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>e technologies <strong>in</strong> facility-wide<br />

cool<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>the</strong>n this casual, cultural<br />

practice <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> word that comes<br />

with it would not even exist.<br />

It goes without say<strong>in</strong>g, but<br />

residential air condition<strong>in</strong>g<br />

systems are poles apart from<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir bigger cous<strong>in</strong>s found <strong>in</strong><br />

commercial build<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>dustrial facilities. On one h<strong>and</strong>,<br />

personalization <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> ability to<br />

cool any room <strong>of</strong> your choice is<br />

perfect for small families<br />

<strong>and</strong> groups found <strong>in</strong> smaller<br />

locations. However, <strong>the</strong>se<br />

larger build<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

numerous <strong>in</strong>dividuals who visit<br />

<strong>the</strong>se places on a daily basis<br />

dem<strong>and</strong> so much more. A<br />

constantly cooled place for all<br />

around, all time, holistic comfort<br />

is one such dem<strong>and</strong>. Facilities<br />

such as <strong>the</strong>se typically have<br />

cool<strong>in</strong>g loads that exceed 400<br />

refrigeration tons (TR) <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>refore require efficient<br />

water-cooled centrifugal chillers<br />

For <strong>in</strong>stance, water-cooled<br />

centrifugal chill<strong>in</strong>g systems have<br />

an efficient way <strong>of</strong> dissipat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

heat. As <strong>the</strong> name implies,<br />

water-cooled chillers use water<br />

evaporation to counter heat—a<br />

process that is less energy<strong>in</strong>tensive<br />

than blow<strong>in</strong>g air aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

a hot surface as with air-cooled<br />

chillers. Also, s<strong>in</strong>ce water has<br />

a higher heat capacity than air,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>herently easier to<br />

remove heat. The TOSOT Water<br />

Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE<br />

Series also boasts a capacity <strong>of</strong><br />

250 to 1,400 TR, which translates<br />

to 879 to about 4, 924 kW.<br />

Invent<strong>in</strong>g technology that emits<br />

less carbon <strong>and</strong> is friendly to <strong>the</strong><br />

environment is a ris<strong>in</strong>g trend <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>novation. There is a constant<br />

need to appease <strong>the</strong> needs <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> world without sacrific<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>iciency <strong>of</strong> performance.<br />

With that said, <strong>the</strong> TOSOT Water<br />

Cooled Centrifugal Chiller CVE<br />

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Series utilizes non-ozone<br />

deplet<strong>in</strong>g HFC-134A refrigerant,<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g a safe <strong>and</strong> eco-friendly<br />

choice without compromis<strong>in</strong>g<br />

efficiency, keep<strong>in</strong>g cool <strong>the</strong><br />

various <strong>in</strong>dustries where air<br />

conditioners are required, such<br />

as manufactur<strong>in</strong>g, warehous<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

food process<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> stor<strong>in</strong>g, etc.<br />

Usually <strong>in</strong>stalled with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>y are designed to<br />

cool, water-cooled chillers are<br />

not affected by outside wea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

conditions. Unlike <strong>the</strong>m,<br />

air-cooled centrifugal chillers are<br />

placed outside <strong>the</strong> facility,<br />

subject<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m to<br />

lifespan-shorten<strong>in</strong>g elements.<br />

This alone means that<br />

water-cooled centrifugal chillers<br />

are also sturdier <strong>and</strong> last longer<br />

than <strong>the</strong>ir air-cooled<br />

counterparts.<br />

While <strong>the</strong>y do have a higher<br />

<strong>in</strong>stallation <strong>and</strong> ma<strong>in</strong>tenance<br />

cost, <strong>the</strong> TOSOT Water Cooled<br />

Centrifugal Chiller CVE Series<br />

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utilizes solar energy to buttress<br />

those costs, <strong>and</strong> bears a huge<br />

capacity to make it a worthwhile<br />

purchase. It is also kitted with<br />

state-<strong>of</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-art technologies to<br />

ensure a highly competent<br />

cool<strong>in</strong>g experience for all, such<br />

as high-speed direct-drive<br />

two-stage impellers, a<br />

functional, all-condition<br />

“wideb<strong>and</strong>” pneumatic design,<br />

high-speed permanent magnet<br />

synchronous <strong>in</strong>verter motors,<br />

on-board s<strong>in</strong>e-wave <strong>in</strong>verters,<br />

low viscosity vane diffusers,<br />

two-stage compression enthalpy<br />

add<strong>in</strong>g technology, highefficiency<br />

heat exchangers, a<br />

wide <strong>and</strong> touchable screen to<br />

guarantee a smooth user<br />

experience, authority<br />

classification with passwords for<br />

much needed security measures,<br />

<strong>and</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t loan-on <strong>and</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t<br />

shut-down, among o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

hallmarks to make certa<strong>in</strong> that<br />

<strong>the</strong> Filip<strong>in</strong>os found <strong>in</strong> hotels,<br />

apartments, restaurants, <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

build<strong>in</strong>gs, shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls,<br />

<strong>the</strong>atres, gyms, workshops,<br />

hospitals <strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r places have<br />

utmost comfort <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> facilities.<br />

The Philipp<strong>in</strong>es be<strong>in</strong>g a warm<br />

temperature country is an<br />

understatement <strong>and</strong> more<br />

<strong>of</strong>ten than not, people take <strong>the</strong><br />

existence <strong>of</strong> perfectly cooled<br />

build<strong>in</strong>gs for granted—walk<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>side <strong>and</strong> lett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>ir sweat<br />

<strong>and</strong> clo<strong>the</strong>s dry thanks to <strong>the</strong><br />

provided air. But hopefully, <strong>the</strong><br />

next time we enter a build<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

greets us <strong>in</strong>stantly with a fresh,<br />

<strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g breeze <strong>of</strong> cold air, we can<br />

start th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about <strong>the</strong><br />

processes <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> actual mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

that allows us to feel that air.<br />

Because if it weren’t for<br />

systems such as <strong>the</strong> TOSOT<br />

Water Cooled Centrifugal Chiller<br />

CVE Series, <strong>the</strong> word palamig<br />

<strong>and</strong> all its culturally relevant<br />

variations would be limited to<br />

just fann<strong>in</strong>g ourselves with our<br />

h<strong>and</strong>s <strong>and</strong> paper.


ASIA PACIFIC NEWS<br />

TOSOT Aircon Br<strong>and</strong><br />

Took Center Stage at<br />

PHILCONSTRUCT M<strong>in</strong>danao<br />

was always built for bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

The event itself was attended<br />

by <strong>the</strong> giants <strong>and</strong> figureheads<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

construction <strong>in</strong>dustry, attracted<br />

hundreds <strong>of</strong> companies from<br />

more than 20 countries each<br />

year <strong>and</strong> gave <strong>the</strong>m a great<br />

deal <strong>of</strong> exposure, <strong>and</strong> gave its<br />

supporters <strong>the</strong> maximum<br />

return for <strong>the</strong>ir <strong>in</strong>vestments—<br />

truly, a bang for <strong>the</strong>ir buck<br />

deal.<br />

DAVAO, Philipp<strong>in</strong>es – SMX<br />

Convention Center Davao, SM<br />

Lanang Premier was <strong>the</strong> venue<br />

for one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> biggest<br />

construction <strong>and</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

conventions <strong>of</strong> all time with<br />

PHILCONSTRUCT M<strong>in</strong>danao.<br />

The event, which occurred on<br />

September 6 to 8, 2019, called<br />

<strong>in</strong> waves <strong>of</strong> attendees<br />

comprised <strong>of</strong> buyers,<br />

partners, contractors, <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

like. Needless to say, <strong>the</strong> convention<br />

was a success, <strong>and</strong> to<br />

say <strong>the</strong> event was big would<br />

be an understatement. The<br />

expected number <strong>of</strong><br />

attendees were met <strong>and</strong> many<br />

partnerships were built, pav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> way for a brighter future <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> construction <strong>in</strong>dustry. The<br />

event itself was red-letter <strong>and</strong><br />

many corporations bent on<br />

uphold<strong>in</strong>g product<br />

effectivity <strong>and</strong> efficiency<br />

without <strong>in</strong>fr<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g upon<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability showcased <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

life-improv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novations.<br />

Organized by <strong>the</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Construction Association, Inc.<br />

(PCA), <strong>the</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

organization <strong>in</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong><br />

construction whose members<br />

are responsible for over 70%<br />

<strong>of</strong> all construction projects <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> country.<br />

PHILCONSTRUCT M<strong>in</strong>danao<br />

TOSOT returned with an<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g array <strong>of</strong> top-<strong>of</strong><strong>the</strong>-l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

products. As <strong>the</strong><br />

lead<strong>in</strong>g manufacturer <strong>and</strong><br />

distributor <strong>of</strong> high-quality<br />

air-condition<strong>in</strong>g products<br />

<strong>and</strong> home appliances <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

Philipp<strong>in</strong>es, TOSOT received<br />

hundreds <strong>of</strong> trade visitors<br />

from mechanical eng<strong>in</strong>eers to<br />

CEOs <strong>of</strong> mult<strong>in</strong>ational<br />

companies that <strong>in</strong>quired about<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir high-tech products.<br />

Their chillers, cost effective<br />

<strong>and</strong> high-tech wall-mounted<br />

<strong>and</strong> floor-st<strong>and</strong><strong>in</strong>g air<br />

condition<strong>in</strong>g units, sleekly<br />

gorgeous kitchen<br />

appliances such as home<br />

<strong>in</strong>duction cookers <strong>and</strong> water<br />

dispensers, TMV5s, to name a<br />

few, were thoroughly exam<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

by many will<strong>in</strong>g purchasers.<br />

These wares <strong>and</strong> appliances<br />

are especially made more<br />

important, see<strong>in</strong>g as Davao is<br />

a 1st class highly urbanized<br />

city that is ever-progress<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Despite PHILCONSTRUCT<br />

M<strong>in</strong>danao be<strong>in</strong>g only 3 days<br />

long, TOSOT received countless<br />

delegations from various<br />

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eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g organizations,<br />

HVAC distributors, retailers,<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g owners, shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mall directors, facilities<br />

management pr<strong>of</strong>essionals,<br />

contractors <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

designers who showed strong<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> TOSOT’s air<br />

condition<strong>in</strong>g units <strong>and</strong> kitchen<br />

appliances.<br />

TOSOT exhibition st<strong>and</strong> won<br />

1st runner up <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> “Best<br />

Booth” category. TOSOT’s<br />

exhibition st<strong>and</strong> is one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

most stunn<strong>in</strong>g design <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

convention center. This is a<br />

commitment not only to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> best products <strong>in</strong><br />

M<strong>in</strong>danao, but also to give a<br />

better market<strong>in</strong>g experience<br />

when guests visit <strong>the</strong> booth.<br />

Those at TOSOT were able to<br />

close countless deals dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>the</strong> event amount<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

hundreds <strong>of</strong> thous<strong>and</strong>s <strong>of</strong><br />

pesos to fur<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong>ir goals <strong>of</strong><br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g more effective,<br />

efficient, products while<br />

champion<strong>in</strong>g susta<strong>in</strong>ably. With<br />

<strong>the</strong>se deals, <strong>the</strong>y can cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

to stay ahead <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> curve <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustry <strong>of</strong> technological<br />

appliances.<br />

For those who are <strong>in</strong>terested<br />

to see TOSOT aircon units,<br />

visit <strong>the</strong>ir showroom located<br />

at 2162 FB Harrison St., San<br />

Jose, Pasay City, Philipp<strong>in</strong>es<br />

or call +632-8330000 to book<br />

an appo<strong>in</strong>tment. You may also<br />

visit <strong>the</strong>ir website http://www.<br />

tosot.com.ph/ to get more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation about <strong>the</strong> best<br />

split type premium aircon <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Philipp<strong>in</strong>es.<br />

Follow TOSOT on Facebook,<br />

Instagram, <strong>and</strong> Twitter pages<br />

for more news <strong>and</strong> updates.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Five Ways To Improve<br />

New Office Security<br />

Are you read<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

concerned bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

owner? Do you have<br />

concerns about <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

security? What steps have you<br />

taken to make sure your<br />

workplace is protected? These<br />

are just some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> questions<br />

you will have to answer when<br />

sett<strong>in</strong>g up a new <strong>of</strong>fice. Keep <strong>in</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>d; every locality has its pros<br />

<strong>and</strong> cons. Therefore you must<br />

check <strong>the</strong> crim<strong>in</strong>al records <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

new place where you’re sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up your <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>in</strong>. There are many<br />

ways with which one can protect<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice from crim<strong>in</strong>al activities.<br />

However, it is important to act<br />

upon some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most concrete<br />

options.<br />

In this article we will navigate<br />

you through some ways with<br />

which you can improve <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

security <strong>in</strong> a new place. An <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

is a workstation which is<br />

<strong>in</strong>habited by many th<strong>in</strong>gs such as<br />

expensive assets, laptops,<br />

computers, electronic devices,<br />

expensive furniture <strong>and</strong> a lot<br />

more. Burglars can break <strong>in</strong>to<br />

such places easily. Therefore you<br />

must do someth<strong>in</strong>g that makes<br />

<strong>the</strong> employees feel safe.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ways to improve<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice security are:<br />

1. Incorporate an<br />

electrical gate<br />

Electrical gates have always been<br />

immensely important when it<br />

comes to magnify<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

security <strong>of</strong> a property. Ever heard<br />

<strong>of</strong> turnstile gates? They allow one<br />

person to enter at a time. You can<br />

get one such gate for your front<br />

entrance <strong>and</strong> a backdoor from<br />

Daosafe website. With such gates<br />

even <strong>the</strong> security guard won’t<br />

have to worry about a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

people flock<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> entrance<br />

<strong>and</strong> enter<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> even numbers.<br />

DaoSafe has a vast array <strong>of</strong><br />

designs <strong>and</strong> properties which can<br />

suffice for <strong>the</strong> security need <strong>of</strong><br />

a property. Therefore you must<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporate a protective gate as a<br />

first option.<br />

2. Install CCTV cameras<br />

CCTV cameras are very<br />

important <strong>in</strong> this day <strong>and</strong> age to<br />

protect people. Unfortunately<br />

many companies <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

underestimate <strong>the</strong>ir benefits<br />

which is why <strong>the</strong>y run <strong>in</strong> a lot <strong>of</strong><br />

troubles later on. CCTV<br />

cameras should be <strong>in</strong>stalled<br />

outside <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>side to<br />

know about <strong>the</strong> whereabouts <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> employees <strong>and</strong> all <strong>the</strong> visitors<br />

who are enter<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> premises<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g. Through CCTV<br />

camera, a company gets to know<br />

about any possible danger that<br />

<strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g might have from<br />

outside. CCTV cameras record<br />

24/7 footage <strong>and</strong> can be<br />

navigated <strong>in</strong> all positions.<br />

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FEATURE STORY<br />

3. Incorporate top-notch<br />

door locks<br />

Door locks play a very important<br />

role <strong>in</strong> protect<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g. However, not every<br />

room is go<strong>in</strong>g to have an<br />

electrical door lock. Some <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

discreet rooms <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice which<br />

house important documents will<br />

surely need to have concrete door<br />

locks. If you have <strong>the</strong> traditional<br />

door locks <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d, <strong>the</strong>y won’t<br />

help at all. Electrical door locks<br />

are pivotal <strong>in</strong> protect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong><br />

build<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> have a system which<br />

can be operated by <strong>the</strong> CEO <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> company. Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, if<br />

burglars or terrorists break <strong>in</strong>to<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice build<strong>in</strong>g, door locks<br />

can suddenly be activated to<br />

block entrance <strong>in</strong> all-important<br />

rooms.<br />

4. Good light<strong>in</strong>g is<br />

necessary<br />

Lights are not just a great<br />

renovation option but are equally<br />

important for ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

workplace morale. If you haven’t<br />

seen <strong>the</strong> modern LED lights, you<br />

must check <strong>the</strong>m onl<strong>in</strong>e to see<br />

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<strong>the</strong> different designs <strong>the</strong>y come<br />

<strong>in</strong>. The best th<strong>in</strong>g about such<br />

lights is that <strong>the</strong>y can be<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> exterior <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice. The<br />

modern styled LED lights come<br />

<strong>in</strong> a s<strong>in</strong>gle pallet which has so<br />

many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m encrusted <strong>in</strong> it. In<br />

this way, a small space can<br />

lighten up easily. For <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

security, such lights must be<br />

<strong>in</strong>stalled <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> lobby, back door<br />

entrance, front door entrance,<br />

accounts department, etc.<br />

5. Provide park<strong>in</strong>g space<br />

to employees<br />

The most important th<strong>in</strong>g which<br />

possibly could be stolen <strong>in</strong> case<br />

<strong>of</strong> no park<strong>in</strong>g provided by <strong>the</strong><br />

company is your employee’s<br />

vehicle. The best idea to improve<br />

security <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice for employees<br />

is to provide a park<strong>in</strong>g space. An<br />

ideal park<strong>in</strong>g lot will be able to<br />

provide relief to <strong>the</strong> employees<br />

with regards to <strong>the</strong>ir vehicle. If<br />

your <strong>of</strong>fice build<strong>in</strong>g is not<br />

spacious enough to provide a<br />

park<strong>in</strong>g station for <strong>the</strong><br />

employees, you must consider<br />

rent<strong>in</strong>g some space nearby for<br />

your employees. Some companies<br />

even have laws which provide<br />

complete coverage to <strong>the</strong><br />

employees <strong>in</strong> case <strong>the</strong>ir car gets<br />

stolen.<br />

Conclusion:<br />

Lastly, you must make sure that<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice build<strong>in</strong>g has been made<br />

out <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> f<strong>in</strong>est material. Even<br />

<strong>the</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dows need to be properly<br />

<strong>in</strong>sulated <strong>and</strong> well-built to<br />

protect <strong>the</strong> build<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

burglars break<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>. The<br />

protection <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> workspace is<br />

not just important for <strong>the</strong> assets<br />

it has but also for <strong>the</strong> people who<br />

work <strong>the</strong>re. Office security is a<br />

very topical th<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> world<br />

right now which is why people<br />

are com<strong>in</strong>g up with <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ideas every s<strong>in</strong>gle day. With<br />

much advancement <strong>in</strong><br />

technology, it is possible to track<br />

such people down, but it is better<br />

to devise strict security measures<br />

that prevent crim<strong>in</strong>al events from<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g place.


FEATURE STORY<br />

What Can Augmented Reality<br />

Do for Oil <strong>and</strong> Gas Industries?<br />

New technologies are proliferat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess world, <strong>and</strong> two <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

most excit<strong>in</strong>g are virtual reality <strong>and</strong> augmented reality. Virtual reality<br />

consists <strong>of</strong> environments that conta<strong>in</strong> sights <strong>and</strong> sounds <strong>and</strong> are<br />

completely computer generated <strong>and</strong> accessed through <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> VR<br />

helmets.<br />

The gam<strong>in</strong>g community <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>in</strong>dustries use VR.<br />

The fastest grow<strong>in</strong>g area <strong>of</strong> use for VR is <strong>in</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g simulations.<br />

What is Augmented Reality?<br />

Augmented reality is <strong>the</strong> mix<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> virtual reality <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> real world<br />

whereby sounds, images <strong>and</strong> text are overlayed via computers onto<br />

what we actually see around us. So virtual reality replaces <strong>the</strong> world<br />

around us, <strong>and</strong> augmented reality adds to <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

You can see augmented reality images us<strong>in</strong>g an app on a smartphone<br />

or o<strong>the</strong>r computer device or through some type <strong>of</strong> eyewear. We have<br />

seen this is high end movies <strong>and</strong> video games, <strong>and</strong> now augmented<br />

reality has begun to be used by <strong>in</strong>dustries for various purposes.<br />

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AR <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Oil <strong>and</strong> Gas Industries<br />

Oil <strong>and</strong> Gas augmented reality has proven to be an important tool for<br />

<strong>the</strong> oil <strong>and</strong> gas <strong>in</strong>dustry because it <strong>of</strong>fers companies a wide range <strong>of</strong><br />

benefits.<br />

OnSite Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> Instructions<br />

Oil <strong>and</strong> gas companies can use AR <strong>and</strong> wireless headsets to have top<br />

experts guide personnel though tasks. This allows <strong>the</strong> experts to not<br />

have to spend long hours travel<strong>in</strong>g to sites. Instead <strong>the</strong>y can stay <strong>in</strong><br />

one location, <strong>and</strong> apply <strong>the</strong>ir expertise <strong>and</strong> tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g to any number <strong>of</strong><br />

AR ready sites all around <strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Assessment <strong>of</strong> Underground Assets <strong>and</strong> Worksites<br />

An entire underground asset <strong>and</strong> worksite or any part <strong>of</strong> it can be<br />

overlayed on to an augmented reality program, <strong>and</strong> show up to <strong>the</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>ute status <strong>of</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs. Companies can see oil <strong>and</strong> gas reserves,<br />

pipel<strong>in</strong>es, construction areas, <strong>and</strong> all o<strong>the</strong>r elements <strong>of</strong> a project with<br />

a 3D visual representation. This allows for better utilization <strong>of</strong> people<br />

<strong>and</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r resources, m<strong>in</strong>imizes accidents <strong>and</strong> saves money for<br />

companies.<br />

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Replacement <strong>of</strong> Parts<br />

Oil <strong>and</strong> gas companies can use AR to assess <strong>and</strong><br />

even help replace worn broken parts. With an ability<br />

to get a 3D view <strong>of</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs, this can be doe accurately<br />

<strong>and</strong> efficiently. Newer AR programs will be able to<br />

anticipate wear <strong>and</strong> tear <strong>and</strong> tell companies when<br />

parts are likely to break caus<strong>in</strong>g disaster avoidance<br />

<strong>and</strong> more uptime for workers <strong>and</strong> sites.<br />

Today every large <strong>and</strong> middle size oil <strong>and</strong> gas<br />

company is utiliz<strong>in</strong>g AR <strong>and</strong> look<strong>in</strong>g to use it<br />

more. Currently hey are tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g staff on <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong><br />

wireless goggles that also have sound capabilities<br />

<strong>and</strong> connect<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>m with relevant departments to<br />

coord<strong>in</strong>ate efforts that improve efficiency <strong>and</strong> affect<br />

<strong>the</strong> bottom l<strong>in</strong>es. The results have been spectacular<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong> this volatile <strong>and</strong> price sensitive <strong>in</strong>dustry, this<br />

technology is help<strong>in</strong>g to control costs,<br />

As AR cont<strong>in</strong>ues to improve <strong>and</strong> <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> robotics<br />

<strong>in</strong>creases, companies envision a time when robots<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g AR will be do<strong>in</strong>g all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> difficult <strong>and</strong><br />

dangerous work for <strong>the</strong>ir companies.<br />

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