TECHNOLOGY
2016 – A year of changes within the AV world
AV design and integration for any construction project combines four basic but essential elements – the hardware, the software, the environment, and the content.
TECHNOLOGY
Qatar construction increasingly recognising the role of building acoustics
Regardless of all the challenges, the building acoustics market is continuously growing as the awareness and benefits of a good acoustic design are increasingly gaining attention. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Delivery time of formwork materials is as important as engineering
The load-bearing tower Staxo 40 and the large-area formwork Top 50 have been used for pedestrian bridges of Lusail.
LEGAL
Public Procurement Law: A step towards the progress of Qatar’s construction sector
The Public Procurement Law applies to all ministries, government bodies and public institutions and entities in Qatar, and may also apply to entities partially or wholly funded by the state pursuant to a resolution of the Council of Ministers. (Image Flickr/Francisco Anzola)
CONTRACTORS
Planning ahead for any challenges key to Al Sraiya Group’s success
“As a group, the performance of each of our business divisions has been very good. They have managed to add many new things to our respective businesses, which were of a great value for the market and for the business itself,” says Ahmad Nasser Sraiya Al Kaabi, chief operating officer, Al Sraiya Holding Group.
FINANCE
Project finance in an era of deficit budgets
The willingness of the government to continue financing major projects, despite their budget deficit implications, also shows the level of commitment that there is in Doha to infrastructure roll-out. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
HUMAN RESOURCES
5 recruitment trends we will see in Qatar in 2016
According to the February 2016 Middle East Job Index by Bayt.com, respondents living in Qatar claim that the construction industry (52 percent) is attracting and retaining the best talents in the country.
REAL ESTATE
Qatar’s real estate to remain stable in 2016, despite oil price dip
Qatar’s real estate is a predominantly rental market, since very few properties are open to expatriate investors. Among some high-end locations in Doha is 
West Bay, pictured here.
TECHNOLOGY
Smart Buildings: A sustainable alternative to Qatar’s conventional construction
In a digital world, buildings are becoming more connected and increasingly intelligent with software platforms that allow the convergence of systems to enhance productivity. (Image Getty Images)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Managing and preventing scope creep in construction projects
For project managers, rejecting a project creep often protects a project from going over budget or getting delayed. However, if the adjustments are coming from the clients, project managers need to logically convince them about the repercussions of implementing such changes. (Image Phocal Media)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Qatar needs to increase focus on the long-term serviceability of its infrastructure
“My vision for Amey is to leverage our global experience and place our comprehensive range of asset management and design professional services at the heart of the infrastructure here, which will help support the 2022 World Cup preparation and Qatar National Vision 2030,” says Richard Allen, business director, Qatar, Amey Consulting.
SUSTAINABILITY
Qatar releases a 225-page guidebook on recycled construction products
Recycled construction materials are often perceived to have low quality. Clearing the misunderstanding, Dr. Khaled Hassan of TRL said that construction waste generally contains clean excavation waste and concrete products that can be converted into quality aggregate.
2022 WORLD CUP
Can Qatar play it safe? Security concerns around stadiums for the 2022 World Cup
A general view of cranes and building works during the construction and refurbishment of the Khalifa International Stadium, Qatar.  (Image Getty Images)
LEGAL
VAT and its impact on construction companies
While the application of VAT is still more than a year away, construction companies in Qatar need to be prepared and aware of the changes it will bring to their business. Such a preparation involves training the engineers in tax calculation.
Projects
Role of construction in Qatar’s tourism sector
One of the future attractions for tourists is the National Museum of Qatar currently under construction in central Doha.
FINANCE
Project financing in Qatar: A case of evolution
In order to diversify project financing models in Qatar, the Ministry of Economy and Commerce is in the process of drafting the PPP law for Qatar. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
MEP
Sustainable MEP in Qatar – a matter of legislative change
Some advanced MEP technologies that can substantially reduce energy consumption are district cooling (DC), variable refrigerant flow, central AC technology, geothermal cooling, absorption chiller technology, solar photovoltaics, and solar water heating, etcetera. (Image Flickr/Rym DeCoster)
Projects
Qatar Rising: 10 landmark projects and why they matter
Among some prominent developments within Lusail City are Katara Towers, illustrated here, scheduled to open doors in 2018. (Image Katara Hospitality)
SUSTAINABILITY
The impetus is there for the Gulf’s construction industry to produce energy-efficient buildings
Insulation panels being installed during the construction of a facility in the Gulf region.
SUSTAINABILITY
Green infrastructure required to support Qatar’s sustainability agenda
In a major step towards a sustainable future, Qatar’s Ministry of Municipality and Environment has  announced its plans to invest QAR1.5 billion to develop 59 public parks in the country with development set to begin this year. Pictured here is Aspire Park located in Doha. (Image Flickr/Chris Bothwell)
LEGAL
Adjudication: An alternative dispute resolution tool for construction companies
Throughout the project, there should be a conscious effort by all parties to reduce the amount of unresolved differences or ongoing disputes among them.
CONTRACTORS
Civil contracting amid the oil price dip in Qatar
In the field of construction, the oil price decline will likely impact the timing of payments to contractors. Once delayed, payments usually tend to get further delayed. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
TECHNOLOGY
Q-BIM set up by BIM professionals and experts in Qatar
Where in the past, the requests for proposal for new work included vague references such as “delivery of the project must be in BIM”, we are beginning to see more explicit definitions of client and owner expectations. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
Projects
Tackling the issues in Qatar’s construction industry
Although challenges in the construction sector remain, the government of Qatar is working towards improvement with steps such as the Qatar Construction Specifications 2014 and the recent labour reforms. (Image Damon McDonald)
TECHNOLOGY
Construction technology companies witness positive response at Project Qatar 2016
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Projects
Greater enthusiasm from visitors speeds up the momentum on day three at Project Qatar
Project Qatar, which is seeing increasing footfalls on its third day, is a good opportunity for visitors to get a glimpse of all the latest technologies and solutions available in the market.
SUSTAINABILITY
Taiwan stands out at Project Qatar 2016 as it unveils new eco-friendly building products coupled with an exclusive product launch
A delegation of Taiwanese company officials and the Green Trade Project Office Taiwan are introducing attendees to Taiwan’s smart products suited for Qatar’s building and infrastructure.
Projects
Project Qatar 2016 sees successful opening on its first day
His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim Al Thani, Minister of Economy and Commerce, inaugurating Project Qatar 2016 – the 13th International Construction Technology and Building Materials Exhibition in Doha.
CONTRACTORS
Project Qatar opens today with an expectation to host over 35,000 professional visitors
Being held at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center this year, Project Qatar is expected to have a large number of products and equipment launches during all four days.
HUMAN RESOURCES
Your checklist to career success in 2016
For a successful career,  it helps to ensure that you are regularly present at the leading industry and career events, which fill the calendar year, as well as on-the-top regional online forums. (Image Project Qatar)
TECHNOLOGY
Planning for 3D laser scanning in the construction sector
For relatively less complex projects, such as those built for residential purposes, implementation of 3D laser scanning requires less effort while providing a high level of efficiency.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The lowest-priced bid may mean the highest input from the employer
“Most projects do not meet planned deadlines and budgets and the employer is not fully informed of risk and its potential impact, particularly at the time that proposed variations are being considered,” says Abdulaziz Al Mulla – Astad Project Management’s chief commercial officer.
LEGAL
Unincorporated joint ventures: What precautions need to be taken
While UJVs may appear a simple, hassle-free corporate structure, they are not without their complexities. (Image Flickr/드림포유)
FINANCE
Overcoming challenges in construction amid oil crisis
Just like other regional countries, Qatar’s construction sector has been impacted by the oil price dip, making it difficult for companies and contractors to perform due to a liquidity crunch in the market.
LEGAL
Direct claims may be subcontractors’ lifeline when the contractor won’t pay
In Qatar, the law enables subcontractors to secure monies payable by the employer to the main contractor, where the main contractor becomes insolvent or is unwilling or unable to pay. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
CONTRACTORS
The impact of a volatile oil market on construction contracts
A general view of cranes and building works during the construction and refurbishment of the Khalifa International Stadium – the venue for the 2022 World Cup final. While projects linked to the World Cup are scheduled to continue with the same pace, other less crucial projects are expected to see delays if the oil price dip continues. (Image Getty Images)
SUSTAINABILITY
Green buildings: Moving beyond financial benefits
While many of the new regulations, policies, standards and codes are being developed, Meshal Al Shamari, director, Qatar Green Building Council says it is better for companies – whether developers, consultants or material trading companies – to be ready for the new regime of regulations.
LEGAL
A look into Qatar Construction Specifications 2014
Section 1 of QCS 2014 deals with the welfare, safety and protection of workers. The regulation sets out the minimum requirements for the provision of welfare facilities, in addition to other minimum health
and safety requirements.
CONTRACTORS
Qatar’s logistics and warehouse infrastructure receives boost
New economic zones that are coming up closest to Hamad International Airport (HIA) and Hamad Port will help ease pressure on the country’s old port. (Image Getty Images)
TECHNOLOGY
The industry is not yet clear on what BIM is
With his structural and infrastructural design career exceeding 10 years, Naoras Khalil – BIM manager at Al Darwish Engineering – has more than six years of experience in using BIM.
CONTRACTORS
Disruption claims: Counting the cost
Disruption is a product of lost productivity of a construction project. This can be caused by many reasons, such as labour’s lower productivity. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
FITOUTS
Companies with legacy space will need to rethink their corporate real estate strategy
Learning about clients’ motivations and objectives is a powerful way of developing a workplace strategy and an interior design that is bespoke and right for that client, says Matthew Kobylar, director of Interior Design and Workplace Strategy at global boutique architecture and interiors firm Arney Fender Katsalidis.
SUSTAINABILITY
While the sun shines: Exploring solar opportunities for Qatar projects
By 2021, Qatar plans to generate at least two percent of its electricity via solar power. (Image Arabian Eye)
TECHNOLOGY
BIM in Qatar: The demand and supply scenario
BIM provides a virtual prototype through which the design may be refined and improved prior to the actual commencement of construction.
REAL ESTATE
Are Qatar’s residential rentals heading for a correction?
In The Pearl-Qatar, DTZ estimates that new supply of apartments is likely to increase by 30 to 40 percent in 2016 as up to 13 new towers in Porto Arabia and Viva Bahriya are near completion. (Image Foto Arabia)
LEGAL
Settling disputes in Qatar: The legal requirements
The settlement of disputes arising under a construction contract during the life of a project very often leads to an amendment to the original terms of the contract. (Image Rob Deutscher/Flickr)
EQUIPMENT
Qatar is a growing market for luxury transportation
Speaking with QCN, Mike Fritz, general manager, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, FAMCO, said that the company has a huge portfolio in some countries, especially in the United Arab Emirates, and gradually it will add more products to its portfolio in Qatar.
SAFETY
Evaluating the strength of fire-damaged buildings
Depending on the duration and intensity of temperature, fire cannot only damage the surface but also the steel rebar inside thereby affecting the durability and longevity of buildings for future use. Pictured in the site at a Turkish restaurant which caught fire after a gas explosion in Doha in 2014. (Image Arabian Eye/Reuters)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Partial operations at Hamad Port expected to improve Qatar’s position amid GCC construction doubt
A ship sprays water during a ceremony marking partial opening of the Hamad Port in Mesaieed, Qatar. (Image Arabian Eye/Reuters)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Streamlining offshore construction with a modular approach
A modular approach to offshore construction can save time and money by reusing designs for similar projects. Pictured here is a drilling platform under construction.
CONTRACTORS
Killer contract clauses: Avoiding the trap of contingent payment terms
A typical project would involve at least a dozen of subcontractors working under the main contractor, and the numbers could be even more in the case of mega projects. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
SUSTAINABILITY
Trash to treasure: Recycling construction waste in Qatar
Qatar has set up a target of recycling 38 percent of the country’s total solid waste by 2030, from the current figure of four percent.
HUMAN RESOURCES
Your guide to finding a job in Qatar
When looking for a job in Qatar, the length of a typical job search can last from three to six months. (Image Flickr/ kate hiscock)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Qatar – a country experiencing major civil engineering challenges and initiatives
Speaking with QCN, David Williams, lead director – Qatar, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, says that the challenges of cutting edge engineering are confronted every day in Qatar, and that’s what makes the market so exciting.
INFRASTRUCTURE
Qatar reviews its construction for preparedness during rain
Streets across Doha, especially the ones in Al Waab area, were adversely affected by the recent rainfall in Qatar. Pictured here is a flooded street with drainage works under way. (Image Steve Adcock Photography)
LEGAL
Know your rights: Key provisions of the Labour Laws in Qatar
In Qatar, there are about 1.4 million migrant workers, most of whom are linked to the construction sector. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
REAL ESTATE
Impacts of falling oil prices on Qatar’s real estate market
Recent redundancies in various oil and gas companies due to restructuring throughout the sector has created an increase in vacancy levels in the prime residential market over the last six months.(Image Mohamod Fasil/Flickr)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Qatar construction in 2015, 2016 and beyond
Based on its growth rate during 2014, BMI Research dubbed Qatar as the fastest growing construction market in the Gulf Cooperation Council. (Image FotoArabia)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Against the clock: Addressing delays in Qatar construction projects
To meet project deadlines, contractors in Qatar can get permit from the the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning allowing them to work 24/7 on crucial projects.
MEP
MEP requirements for the 2022 World Cup stadiums
In successfully delivering the 2022 World Cup, it is imperative for Qatar to abide by FIFA’s requirements for stadiums, which include both civil and MEP works. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
MATERIALS
The dynamics of resin flooring in Qatar have changed over the last few years
According to Vik Vithlani, business development manager of Flowcrete Middle East, resin flooring can be accommodated in a wide range of budgets due to its extensive list of options.
HUMAN RESOURCES
What are A-players in Qatar looking for?
HUMAN RESOURCES
From project-based visas to regional transfers: Solutions to address Qatar’s labour shortage
For main contractors in Qatar, there are a number of routes available to procure labour. These include applying for new visas to hire people, partnering with local companies, and/or awarding parts of the work to subcontractors. (Image Arabian Eye)
TECHNOLOGY
Perfecting acoustics in Qatar’s schools
One of the problems linked to schools' acoustics in Qatar is the external noise, mostly coming from construction projects underway in the vicinity. (Image Foto Arabia)
INFRASTRUCTURE
On the safe side: Road safety audits in Qatar
Considering their benefits, Road Safety Audits should be seen as part of the design process rather than an addition to it.
LEGAL
Is your claim time-barred?
Qatari law provides that it is unlawful for a party to exercise its rights if the interest to be achieved is disproportionate to the loss to be suffered by the other party (Article 63 of Civil Code). (Image Flickr/24oranges.nl)
TECHNOLOGY
Regional greenfield projects to double in next two to three years
Qatar is among the front-runners in the Middle East to adopt many smart city practices, which include not only building greenfield projects but also integrating city infrastructure with the information and communication technology. (Image Fotoarabia)
SAFETY
Avoiding onsite disasters through safety training
(Flickr/John Maddin)
2022 WORLD CUP
Qatari construction stakeholders eye 2022 World Cup deadline amidst oil crisis
Even during this period of turbulently fluctuating oil prices, Qatari stakeholders are resolute to deliver their projects in time for 2022. (Image Flickr/Alexandru Panoiu)
TECHNOLOGY
AV in the Gulf construction sector: Projects, trends and challenges
Among some of Qatar’s projects featuring advanced audio-visual technology is the Hamad International Airport. (Image Flickr/Jademattma)
2022 WORLD CUP
Ghost Towns: Will Qatar’s stadiums fall into disuse after 2022?
“Maintenance costs are far greater than initial construction costs on any given facility and that’s so much more true for stadiums.” – Andrew Seibel, vice president of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
MATERIALS
Consultants typically drive the material standards and quality in Qatar
George Xydas, director and partner of Drywall Qatar, says that as most of the building materials are imported to Qatar, all entry points into the country are overwhelmed with the sheer volume of products that need to be transported and delivered to construction sites.
REAL ESTATE
From local to global: Standardising Qatar’s property market
While still under consideration in Qatar, the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS) is receiving huge support in the United Arab Emirates, which was also the first government in the world to commit to adopt IPMS.
LEGAL
Barriers to accessing dispute resolution in construction contracts
The last few years have seen the development of escalation clauses in construction contracts in Qatar. There are now additional pre-conditions to referring a dispute to arbitration here. (Image Flickr/Lynn Lin)
TECHNOLOGY
Demonstrating extensions of time: Do We Need P6?
It is common to face delays in the construction of large-scale projects.  In Qatar, software such as P6 are increasingly being used to create extension of time documents in the event of delays.  (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
HVAC
2022 World Cup to change Qatar’s air-conditioning market
The Gulf Cooperation Council’s air-conditioning market is expected to increase by almost 3.5 percent. (Image Arabian Eye/Reuters)
MATERIALS
Growth of construction chemicals in Qatar reflects improving building standards
Broadly divided into three categories – construction system chemicals, admixture system chemicals and underground construction system chemicals – use of construction chemicals with primary building materials can significantly improve the quality of Qatar’s ongoing infrastructure projects such as airports, subways, tunnels, dams, highways, bridges, railway networks, and power plants, etcetera.
HUMAN RESOURCES
How to secure your job in a not-so-secure marketplace
77 percent of employers in the Gulf region, including Qatar, believe that online recruitment has facilitated their hiring processes. Another 69 percent say that first impressions matter a lot in a job interview.  (Image Flickr/Flazingo Photos)
SUSTAINABILITY
Four sustainable design philosophies Qatar needs today
Considering electricity is one of the key contributors towards hydrocarbons consumption in Qatar, curtailing it is on the government’s top agenda. With hot summer conditions and intense sunlight during the daytime, Qatar should consider incorporating built-in solar panels along the roofs of all developments.
HUMAN RESOURCES
A home away from home for Qatar’s migrant workers
Migrant workers walk back to their accommodation at Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work. (Image Getty Images)
INTERIORS
Green fit-outs do not appear to be high on the list of priorities in Qatar
Neil Robson, director and co-founder of Belle Harvey Interiors.
LEGAL
To pay or not to pay: Liquidated damages under Qatar Law
Qatar's Civil Code provides that the contractor will not be liable for liquidated damages if he establishes that the employer did not suffer any damage. (Image John Brawley/Flickr)
FINANCE
Prospects of public-private partnerships for Qatar’s infrastructure
With increasing demand for infrastructure development, governments in the GCC are looking to partner with the private sector for the skills and expertise to develop and execute projects, to bring efficiency in management of projects, and to provide employment for growing young populations. (Image Arabian Eye/Corbis)
REAL ESTATE
Qatar’s real estate registers impressive performance in H1
Qatar’s property market is currently driven by increased sales in the residential and developed land segments. (Image Damon McDonald)
INFRASTRUCTURE
Making Qatar’s road network sustainable for the future
Qatar's road network should be designed based on the urban area that it covers, taking into account its function that may be industrial, residential or touristic, etcetera.
TECHNOLOGY
Gulf cities are vying to be smarter, more sustainable, and better connected
Qatar is the second most competitive economy in the Middle East. To maintain this, Ghassan Bharghouth, the executive president of Schneider Electric in Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, says that the country must continue investment on education, research, foreign trade, infrastructure and hospitality as these industries can benefit from smart solutions. (Image Fotoarabia)
SUSTAINABILITY
The noise and nuisance of construction in Doha
Construction noise is an inevitable reality in Doha, where massive construction is currently in progress. Some of the most common means of construction noise mitigation include noise barriers, acoustic enclosures, use of excavated soil as embankments, and conduction of noisy activities during the daytime in residential areas.
HUMAN RESOURCES
Qatar construction: The next generation
Having spent almost three decades in the construction industry, Al Jolo sounds passionate about the future of Qatar and the kind of role young Qataris can play for the country’s construction sector. 
(Image Syed Ameen Kader)
HUMAN RESOURCES
Top 10 skills employers in Qatar are looking for
According to Bayt.com's recent survey results, 58 percent of construction employers in Qatar say engineering experience is the most important thing they look for.(Image Flazingo Photos/Flickr)
CONTRACTORS
Industry Views: A centralised grading system can and should be used in the private sector
HVAC
Qatar’s stadiums will need to be air-conditioned irrespective of the weather
The use of outdoor cooling is still not popular in Qatar, which, according to Mohamed Salem, is because of the inability of the traditional methods to work successfully in the open air. With advanced cooling solutions available now, the country can increase the overall attractiveness and useability of its open-air venues such as Katara’s Ampitheatre pictured here. (Image Isabell Schulz/Flickr)
LEGAL
Successful joint ventures: Avoiding internal disputes
A number of mega projects under construction in Qatar are operated through joint ventures. A successful joint venture often requires the partners to focus and agree on a few fundamental issues. (Image Joshua Davis/Flickr)
REAL ESTATE
Qatar’s Real Estate Development Law: A means toward an end
Among some of Qatar’s freehold properties open for foreign investors are the Zig Zag Towers located in The Pearl-Qatar, targeted towards the high-end residential market. (Image Damon McDonald/Flickr)
HUMAN RESOURCES
Implications of Qatar’s mandate for using AC in vehicles for transporting workers
Migrant workers wait for a bus in central Doha. Often, they travel long distance in non-AC vehicles to get to their workplaces in Qatar.
CONTRACTORS
Back-to-back contracts: Can they truly exist?
In a back-to-back contract, the rights, liabilities and interests of the contractor under the main contract are the same as rights, liabilities and interests of the subcontractor under the subcontract in relation to the subcontract’s scope.
REAL ESTATE
Project update: Rapid progress at The Pearl-Qatar
UDC’s current priority is to complete all 10 precincts of The Pearl-Qatar while at the same time remain focused to core businesses such as sales, retail, facilities management, district cooling and assets management.
CONTRACTORS
Qatar’s construction market is currently focused on everything ‘mega’
Al Sraiya Holding Group’s vice chairman, Rashid Sraiya Al Kaabi says that as a diversified group they offer a range of integrated services delivered through one brand name.
TECHNOLOGY
BIM: Shaping the future of Qatar construction
“Today, the requirement for BIM is being written into contracts more and more, and the take-up has been extraordinary. But the need continues in Qatar for real education in BIM best practices,” says Andy Glyde, Bentley’s sales director, project delivery, EMEA and Turkey.
LEGAL
Assignment of rights in Qatar’s construction projects
Employers, contractors and consultants enter into various construction contracts, which sometimes need to be assigned or transferred to a third party in terms of rights, obligations or both. (Image Corbis)
CONTRACTORS
Bid Shopping: An obstacle to fair market competition
Foundation works ongoing at Qatar's New Orbital Highway and Truck Route project. (Image Ashghal)
TECHNOLOGY

2016 – A year of changes within the AV world

AV design and integration for any construction project combines four basic but essential elements – the hardware, the software, the environment, and the content.

AV design and integration for any construction project combines four basic but essential elements – the hardware, the software, the environment, and the content.

As technology penetrates into every area of life, construction is no exception. With smart buildings gaining popularity in the region, the increased role of audiovisual (AV) solutions will be pivotal to the construction industry in Qatar just as anywhere else in the world, writes D.S. Krishnamurthy – general manager, Almoe AV Solutions, Qatar.

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The professional audiovisual (AV) industry, as we all know, has come into its own. Because of its pivotal role in delivery of modern information communications, it has become an integral part of virtually all major construction projects.

Fundamentally, AV design and integration for any construction project combines four basic but essential elements – the hardware, or the physical electronics that are connected together; the software, or programmes that are loaded into the electronics to perform various AV tasks; the environment, or the space and infrastructure within which the hardware and software work; and the content, which includes video, audio and data material created and presented using the software and hardware available.

Each one of these elements has specific and unique requirements that must be addressed during project design and implementation, and their ultimate interaction with one another will produce the desired solutions. Critical to successful project integration is the careful monitoring and balancing of the systems hardware, the software and the environments, with the nature of content presentation in mind. Proper integration will ensure that the human aspects of AV, that includes the ability to clearly see and hear the presentation, are fully and successfully solved.

Contemporary AV integration is really more about project management and procedure than it is about audio and video or design and construction.

On the other end of the spectrum, the mission of any AV equipment and services supplier is to create audiovisual environments that work – and work well. This is more difficult today than ever before, as AV is no longer an add-on to the building project. AV communications systems are increasingly a part of today’s building types, and are critical to the workflow and success of the environments. 

In pro-AV integration construction projects of today, people from different disciplines are involved – many of whom are unfamiliar with AV ‘techies’. In addition to AV consultants, integrators, manufacturers and technicians, an AV project also combines the skills of architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, building facility managers and a variety of specialty consultants. The AV professional should have direct involvement in all aspects of building design and construction, including space planning, sightlines, lighting, acoustics, electrical and mechanical systems. 

Quite simply, it means that the AV professional needs to relate to almost everyone who works on a construction project that involves an AV system.

In many ways, contemporary AV integration is really more about project management and procedure than it is about audio and video or design and construction. It is about ways in which a project is handled, and how each of the various professionals performs a critical role in the implementation of an AV system. Most, in fact, are there from start to finish and, despite their various job functions, are members of the same team.

Be it hotels, offices and business centres, airports, or schools, we believe every AV project demands critical consideration.  Every project is usually assigned a dedicated project team and project manager that work to meet project expectations and requirements. 

Challenges

When it comes to bids, it still happens too often that projects are awarded based on price. The results of this are all quite obvious to see: poorly executed systems, liquidated damages, an unhappy client, and a bad reputation – not just for the firm that submitted an undervalued bid, but also for the consultant and the industry in general. Weeding out low bidders starts with a Request for Proposal (RFP).  In this regard, fully engineered drawings have been proven to work: drawings created by project owner that show all of the power connections, connectors, back panels, counts for the linear footage of wire that is required, and so on – as much information as possible so that bidders are not required to do guesswork. All they have to do is literally go down the list and enter in a price. Such level of detail on the front end helps weed out low bidders. 

Furthermore, large projects necessitate hosting mandatory walkthroughs; the logic being that if you are willing to invest time and money to get on a plane and review the site, you are probably pretty serious about the project. And, if you do not show up, you are not going to qualify for the bid. In some cases, it helps to ask for a tour of one of the integrator’s previous projects.

The mission of any AV equipment and services supplier is to create audiovisual environments that work – and work well.

Looking into the future, we predict 2016 to be a year of big changes within the AV world, many of which are already happening. The AV market is a vast world – video and sound, hardware and software, and the trends will touch upon all these aspects. We expect the worlds of AV and IT to converge further, with AV becoming more IT centric.  We also see a growing trend for video walls, which is already the fastest growing sub-segment of AV. Lastly, we anticipate an upswing in the area of interactive displays.