Creating tall buildings with intent: design, sustainability and usability considerations

DUBAI, UAE, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Buildings are getting taller and these buildings are being constructed at an increasingly rapid pace. In this interview, world-renowned supertall buildings expert and Aurecon’s Buildings Director, Middle East and North Africa Buildings, Dr Andy Davids (http://www.aurecongroup.com), discusses the possibilities and opportunities involved in cutting down the construction time of tall buildings, the sustainability issues related to tall buildings, as well as staying true to their original design intent.

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Technology as well as innovative approaches to engineering solutions is allowing us to construct tall buildings quicker than ever before. What are the timelines involved in new tall building projects and what has been achieved so far?

It took around seven years to build the Burj Khalifa, an 830m skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I was the chief engineer on this project. One of the general challenges that we encountered was the need to find quicker ways to build tall buildings. Developers and clients can’t always wait years for a project to be completed. The design team has since come up with a holistic construction system for building a similar building in half the time. Being able to cut the construction time of a building as tall as the Burj Khalifa in half (or by a third) is a significant achievement. Since then, I have been involved in the design of many megastructures, constructed within mere months.

Modular systems are helping us to construct tall buildings more quickly, but doesn’t this take away from the individuality and beauty of the buildings?

If you look at existing 400 m and 500 m tall buildings, you will see that each one is individually handcrafted and they are each unique and beautiful in their own way. A good observation is that this could be the reason why they take so long to build – however, this is not necessarily true.

There’s a beautiful hotel in China called the T30 Hotel. The T30 was prefabricated and the 30-storey tower was erected by 200 Chinese workers in just 15 days. This hotel broke the Broad Group construction company’s own past record of building a 15-storey building in just one week. This was all possible because modular, prefabricated solutions were used. We are starting to extrapolate these principles to expedite the construction of even taller buildings. The goal isn’t to break records, but to deliver a high performing tall building within a shorter amount of time.

How are modular tall buildings being used at present?

The way that we’re currently using modular systems in tall buildings is primarily through modular floor systems and columns. The floor system is pre-engineered and pre-built, so the floor decking and beams are already in place when we start erecting a building. The columns are also pre-engineered and are brought to site in a cleverly orchestrated way so that the cranes can lift them into place in a relatively short space of time.

With the Shanghai Tower project, the developer wanted us to create a clever product (to build the tower) as opposed to simply designing the building as a one-off project. This led to a focus on creating a modular solution that could be replicated to build additional tall buildings at a quicker speed. This doesn’t mean that every building is going to look the same or even perform in the same way, but it gives us the ability to offer mass customisation to countries, cities and developers who need tall buildings within a shorter time frame than what we were able to deliver in the past. The mass production of modules that can be customised according to the needs of each individual client is now a popular means of construction.

How do engineers fill the gap between technology and architectural visions for tall buildings?

Buildings are not only becoming taller, but they’re becoming more majestic and are able to perform better in terms of energy efficiency and indoor comfort levels for occupants. We continue to produce what would have been unimaginable a decade ago thanks to world-class engineering solutions that were needed to construct the demanding and visionary buildings that architects have mapped out. Besides being more aesthetically pleasing, they’re also becoming more economical and easier to construct.

Design professionals, specifically architects, feel they are less constrained by technology than in the past – and rightfully so. As consulting engineers, it’s our job to use technical skills so that an architect or a client’s vision can be realised. Today, we’re able to build magnificently intricate tall buildings that tell a story thanks to the customised, handcrafted ideas of architects, which leads architects to dream and plan bigger. In turn, the pressure is put on engineers to find workable building solutions to bring the visions of architects to life.

Our ability to create extraordinary and inspirational projects can be attributed to the collaboration that goes on between our design teams and our willingness to cross traditional boundaries. Whether it’s unique geometric shapes, complex facades or extreme wind testing and analysis that needs to be done, the engineers on a project need to come up with a workable solution to get the job done. Engineers and architects work very closely right from the start of any supertall building project, so it’s a very dynamic and refreshing working environment to be in.

Do supertall buildings add value to cities, or are they the preserve of the well-off only?

Many of the existing tall buildings are upmarket residential buildings or luxury hotels and it’s true that most people won’t have a chance to live that way. The current and planned tall buildings, however, address a very real and important issue that many countries and cities face – the fact that we are running out of space to house people. This is a key driver of many planned projects.

In China, for example, a single square kilometre typically houses 50 000 people. These people are typically living in 3 to 4 storey buildings (blocks of flats) that cover approximately 50% of the land area. After you have laid the infrastructure such as roads, another 20% of the land space is accounted for. This leaves you with about 30% of the area for recreation, growing food, energy production and so forth. This is a serious concern because areas in China will eventually run out of land. So with this in mind, tall buildings not only address sustainability issues but in many cases an issue that could mean life or death to large segments of the population. Instead of looking at marginalisation and equality, tall buildings become part of a life and death argument.

If, for example, we can house the same 50 000 people in 10% of the land space thanks to tall buildings, then we are left with 90% of the area for recreation, food production, energy generation and infrastructure, which is an incredible improvement from the current situation. Housing the population of a growing city in these tall buildings is a big winner for all involved – developers, government as well as citizens – and it’s a driving force behind tall buildings.

Aurecon will continue to partner with clients and architects to create futuristic buildings that offer remarkable, innovative aesthetics. Whether the requirements are energy saving, tight timeframes or complex structures, our team is willing and ready.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Aurecon

Contact details

Ermis Marques

Property Industry Director

Ermis.Marques@aurecongroup.com

Jody Boshoff

Communications Manager

T: +27 12 427 2066 I F +27 86 606 0671 I M +27 83 275 2526

E: Jody.Boshoff@aurecongroup.com

About Aurecon

Aurecon (http://www.aurecongroup.com) provides engineering, management and specialist technical services for public and private

sector clients globally.

With an office network extending across 26 countries, Aurecon has been involved in projects in over 80 countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas, and employs around 7 500 people throughout 12 industry groups.

Please visit www.aurecongroup.com for further information.

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Francis DUFAY takes the reins of JUMIA in Côte d’Ivoire to lead the growth of e-commerce

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The e-commerce leader in Africa formalizes the appointment of Francis DUFAY at the head of its subsidiary in Côte d’Ivoire. This announcement follows the appointment of Fatoumata BA with whom Francis DUFAY led JUMIA Côte d’Ivoire since April 2014, to the position of Managing Director at JUMIA Nigeria (http://www.jumia.com.ng).

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Having arrived in April 2014 as Co-Managing Director, Francis DUFAY will be responsible for driving the expansion of the first e-commerce website in Côte d’Ivoire. The French born who took the reins of the startup in a context of consistent growth intends to consolidate this trend and to position JUMIA (https://www.jumia.ci) as a major player in retail. Best products, best prices and customer satisfaction constitute his leitmotivs.

Francis DUFAY cut his teeth at the consulting firm McKinsey & Company where he remained for four years. Specialist in e-commerce strategy for Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, he joined Africa Internet Group in 2014 within JUMIA Côte d’Ivoire.

Francis DUFAY holds a Master of Science from HEC Paris management school, a Master in Management of Cologne University and, an MBA from the Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.

This appointment marks a new phase of growth for JUMIA Côte d’Ivoire emphasized by several key themes: Extension of JUMIA’s presence inside the country with new branches, increasing of online assortments (furniture, appliances, mobile phone brands) offering a new service dedicated to companies and reinforcing relationships with local distributors.

“Everything we do has one goal: Always improve our service and satisfy our customers. It is the only way JUMIA will gain the confidence of the population and strengthen its position as the leading e-commerce destination in Côte d’Ivoire”, said Francis DUFAY after the official announcement of his appointment.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Jumia.

Media contact:

SHERYN TOIFL

HEAD OF PR & COMMUNICATIONS—JUMIA COTE D’IVOIRE

Email : sheryn.toifl@jumia.ci

WILFRIED ASSOUAN

PR ASSOCIATE—JUMIA COTE D’IVOIRE

Email : wilfried.assouan@jumia.ci

About JUMIA

JUMIA (https://www.jumia.ci) is Africa’s leading online shopping destination. Customers across the continent can shop amongst the widest assortment of high quality products at affordable prices – offering everything from fashion, consumer electronics, home appliances to beauty products. JUMIA was the first African company to win an award at the World Retail Awards 2013 in Paris as the “Best New Retail Launch” of the year.

About AIG

Africa Internet Group (http://africainternetgroup.com) introduces and accelerates the online shift in Africa – for its people and its culture. It is committed to running successful and vibrant internet companies which boost the evolution of African online culture. AIG is the parent group of 11 successful and fast-growing companies in more than 26 African countries, accounting for over 3500 staff. AIG cares about entrepreneurship and brings together all the key elements required to build great companies: team, concept, technology and capital. Its network of companies includes JUMIA, Kaymu, Hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Zando, Jovago, Lendico, Easy Taxi, Everjobs, and AIGExpress.

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Stranded Ethiopian Migrants Return Home from Djibouti, Yemen

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Since Friday (3/4), IOM has helped 159 stranded Ethiopian migrants to return home from Djibouti to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The returnees included 131 individuals stranded in Djibouti en route to Yemen and 28 people evacuated to Djibouti from Yemen by sea due to the ongoing conflict in that country. None had the means to return home to Ethiopia.

The group included five women – one of them pregnant – evacuated from Yemen, and 37 unaccompanied minors stranded in Djibouti.

Of the returnees, 131 travelled by road and the remainder by air. Prior to their departure, IOM provided accommodation at its transit centers in Djibouti and Addis Ababa. On arrival in Addis Ababa, IOM transferred the unaccompanied minors to a centre for family tracing and reunification.

Thousands of Ethiopians are currently believed to be stranded by the fighting in Yemen and in need of evacuation. IOM Ethiopia is working with the Ethiopian government and its offices in Yemen and Djibouti to evacuate the most vulnerable and provide post-arrival assistance.

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Access to Better Technology A Top Driver For Cloud Adoption

DUBAI, UAE, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An Oracle-sponsored (http://www.oracle.com) IDC study into Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption highlighted that along with cost savings, process efficiencies and productivity were the key benefits to businesses implementing the cloud technology.

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In-depth interviews were with CIOs and decision makers from 160 organisations with 500 employees or more, in Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. The study outlined how Oracle SaaS customers overcame concerns and inhibitions with regard to cloud adoption.

Access to better technology (58%) and faster deployment of additional IT resources (53%) were the top two drivers for SaaS adoption. Delivering more projects without recruiting additional headcount (51%) and standardization (50%) were the third and fourth key drivers. Other key reasons for adopting SaaS included access to better quality of IT skills (49%) and access to the latest software and techniques (48%).

The research showed that many companies in the region have a “SaaS also” attitude, meaning that when they need new or replacement applications for capability, capacity and functionality, they look at SaaS-solutions at the same time as looking at other on-premise software.

The investigation found that more than 60% of all companies across major verticals have adopted or are in the process of implementing cloud solutions.

69% of respondents felt that cloud offered significant tangible benefits, 55% believed that it offered value, but cost and availability of bandwidth inhibited adoption locally.

The study illustrated that 48% of companies are currently using SaaS technology with another 31 % planning to use in the next one or two years. 22% currently used Platform as a Service (PaaS) with a further 36 % planning on using it in the next 12 to 24 months.

Some concerns were raised through the study, particularly around security. While connectivity was highlighted as a key concern, for some organisations connectivity issues were solved with the use of SaaS. Organisations that did adopt SaaS invested in network optimisation and additional security solutions to ensure overall SaaS quality.

The study also focused on particular sectors including the banking industry. The results showed that 59% of all banks surveyed believed that cloud offered significant tangible benefits, with 52% of those surveyed currently using SaaS within their organisations.

64% of the banks expect the number of SaaS users within the organisation to increase over the next year and 38% of the banks have a “SaaS first” approach. Access to better technology & IT skills were the primary drivers for SaaS and workforce productivity was stated as being a major benefit experienced by 87% of the banks.

Dana Murugan, Senior Marketing Director for Oracle commented: “Modern cloud applications from Oracle help customers reimagine business, practices, and experiences. The best-of-breed Software as a Service (SaaS) applications in Oracle Cloud are integrated with social, mobile, and analytic capabilities to help deliver the experiences customers expect, the talent to succeed, and the performance the market demands.

“The results of the survey indicate that SaaS adoption is continuing to rise in [country] and we look forward to supporting our customers with the latest technology that will enable them to achieve business objectives.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Oracle Corporation.

Contact Info

Mohaned Lafi

Four Communications Group

oracle@fourcommunications.com

+971 55 985 3379

Peter Rae

Oracle

Peter.rae@oracle.com

+971 56 6865638

About Oracle

Oracle (http://www.oracle.com) engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Access to Better Technology A Top Driver For Cloud Adoption

DUBAI, UAE, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An Oracle-sponsored (http://www.oracle.com) IDC study into Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption highlighted that along with cost savings, process efficiencies and productivity were the key benefits to businesses implementing the cloud technology.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/oracle-1.png

In-depth interviews were with CIOs and decision makers from 160 organisations with 500 employees or more, in Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. The study outlined how Oracle SaaS customers overcame concerns and inhibitions with regard to cloud adoption.

Access to better technology (58%) and faster deployment of additional IT resources (53%) were the top two drivers for SaaS adoption. Delivering more projects without recruiting additional headcount (51%) and standardization (50%) were the third and fourth key drivers. Other key reasons for adopting SaaS included access to better quality of IT skills (49%) and access to the latest software and techniques (48%).

The research showed that many companies in the region have a “SaaS also” attitude, meaning that when they need new or replacement applications for capability, capacity and functionality, they look at SaaS-solutions at the same time as looking at other on-premise software.

The investigation found that more than 60% of all companies across major verticals have adopted or are in the process of implementing cloud solutions.

69% of respondents felt that cloud offered significant tangible benefits, 55% believed that it offered value, but cost and availability of bandwidth inhibited adoption locally.

The study illustrated that 48% of companies are currently using SaaS technology with another 31 % planning to use in the next one or two years. 22% currently used Platform as a Service (PaaS) with a further 36 % planning on using it in the next 12 to 24 months.

Some concerns were raised through the study, particularly around security. While connectivity was highlighted as a key concern, for some organisations connectivity issues were solved with the use of SaaS. Organisations that did adopt SaaS invested in network optimisation and additional security solutions to ensure overall SaaS quality.

The study also focused on particular sectors including the banking industry. The results showed that 59% of all banks surveyed believed that cloud offered significant tangible benefits, with 52% of those surveyed currently using SaaS within their organisations.

64% of the banks expect the number of SaaS users within the organisation to increase over the next year and 38% of the banks have a “SaaS first” approach. Access to better technology & IT skills were the primary drivers for SaaS and workforce productivity was stated as being a major benefit experienced by 87% of the banks.

Dana Murugan, Senior Marketing Director for Oracle commented: “Modern cloud applications from Oracle help customers reimagine business, practices, and experiences. The best-of-breed Software as a Service (SaaS) applications in Oracle Cloud are integrated with social, mobile, and analytic capabilities to help deliver the experiences customers expect, the talent to succeed, and the performance the market demands.

“The results of the survey indicate that SaaS adoption is continuing to rise in [country] and we look forward to supporting our customers with the latest technology that will enable them to achieve business objectives.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Oracle Corporation.

Contact Info

Mohaned Lafi

Four Communications Group

oracle@fourcommunications.com

+971 55 985 3379

Peter Rae

Oracle

Peter.rae@oracle.com

+971 56 6865638

About Oracle

Oracle (http://www.oracle.com) engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Aumento das medidas de segurança nas transações comerciais a nível internacional

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, April 7, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ —

• Os regulamentos não devem limitar o comércio, segundo a DHL

• O conhecimento é a chave para o sucesso de muitas empresas

Globalmente, a crescente preocupação com a segurança pública tem contribuído para a intensificação das medidas de segurança no transporte de mercadorias a nível internacional. As empresas que realizam transações comerciais a nível internacional devem estar informadas sobre as medidas de segurança em vigor, de modo a mitigar os riscos das suas operações e os riscos para os seus colaboradores.

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Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1689 (Oliver Facey, Vice-presidente de Operações da DHL Express da África Subsariana (ASS)

Esta é a opinião de Oliver Facey, Vice-presidente de Operações da DHL Express da África Subsariana (ASS) (http://www.dpdhl.com), que abordou o assunto após três países africanos, nomeadamente o Sudão, o Sudão do Sul e o Djibuti, anunciarem recentemente a sua integração na lista de países com nível vermelho, uma classificação que resulta na imposição de rigorosas medidas de segurança no transporte de mercadorias que passam as fronteiras destes países. Entre os países africanos atualmente classificados como países com nível vermelho incluem-se o Níger, a Nigéria, o Mali, a Somália e a Somalilândia.

Por todo o mundo, os países são classificados tendo em conta os respetivos perfis de risco para a segurança, sendo designados como países com nível vermelho, branco ou verde – esta classificação determina o nível de medidas de segurança aplicáveis nos países e inclui diversas restrições ao transporte de artigos, bem como o nível de controlo a que as embalagens têm de ser submetidas antes de receberem autorização de transporte para a UE e os EUA. Facey explica que um país com nível vermelho é considerado de alto risco devido a preocupações com potenciais ameaças à segurança nacional. Do mesmo modo, considera-se que um país com nível branco tem um determinado nível de risco, mas não um risco de segurança tão elevado como o dos países com nível vermelho; ao passo que os países com nível verde, como a França, apresentam um nível de risco de segurança mínimo.

Facey afirma que a natureza e o grau das medidas de segurança estão a mudar e que a sociedade, no geral, deve conhecer as respetivas implicações possíveis. “O mercado entre empresas e consumidores na AS/ASS está a crescer devido à emergência do comércio eletrónico e à crescente procura de bens de consumo. O crescente sucesso das PME também contribuiu para uma maior variedade e acessibilidade a produtos novos e competitivos. Atualmente, os bens estão apenas à distância de um clique e podem ser enviados e encomendados de qualquer parte do mundo.”

Facey explica que violações de segurança globais, como ameaças terroristas e o comércio de substâncias ilegais, contribuíram significativamente para que o transporte de mercadorias a nível mundial ficasse sujeito a uma série de regulamentos de segurança, em grande parte fomentados pela União Europeia (UE) e pelos Estados Unidos (EUA).

“Para realizar transações comerciais com a UE e com os EUA, os países com nível vermelho têm de cumprir os regulamentos e as condições estipulados. Contudo, existem alguns desafios em determinados países africanos com nível vermelho. Por exemplo, na Nigéria, uma determinada companhia aérea está em conformidade com os regulamentos, mas o aeroporto não – o que implica que a embalagem a ser transportada terá de ser redirecionada para ser submetida aos testes e autorizações de segurança necessários. Para superar estes desafios e ajudar as empresas e os habitantes locais a desenvolver a sua atividade comercial a nível internacional, a DHL Express investiu mais de 3 milhões de euros, nos últimos dois anos, para melhorar os processos de segurança em países selecionados da ASS.

Facey afirma que embora os regulamentos não devam limitar o comércio entre alguns países com nível vermelho e o resto do mundo, os consumidores e as empresas devem conhecer estes regulamentos e compreender que o transporte de alguns artigos é mais complicado do que o de outros.

“É necessário dedicar mais tempo ao planeamento, uma vez que determinados artigos têm de ser reencaminhados para outros países de modo a serem inspecionados e receberem autorização de transporte. No que diz respeito a oportunidades a nível mundial, o conhecimento é a chave para o sucesso de muitas empresas, nomeadamente no que diz respeito a saber que mercados visar, como comercializar os produtos, como identificar o público-alvo, que tipo de pagamentos aceitar e, acima de tudo, como expedir os produtos para todo o mundo. É importante ter um parceiro de confiança que o ajude, não só a cumprir os regulamentos, mas também através do fornecimento de soluções que assegurem que os seus produtos chegam ao destinatário correto”, conclui Facey.

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da Deutsche Post DHL.

Contacto para os meios de comunicação social:

Megan Collinicos. Diretora: Publicidade e Relações Públicas, África Subsariana

DHL Express

Tel.: +27 21 409 3613 Telemóvel: +27 76 411 8570

megan.collinicos@dhl.com

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DHL – A empresa de logística para o mundo

A DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com) é a marca líder mundial na indústria logística. A família de divisões da DHL oferece um portefólio de serviços de logística sem rival, desde a entrega nacional e internacional de encomendas, expresso internacional, transporte rodoviário, aéreo e marítimo até gestão de cadeias de abastecimento industrial. Com mais de 325 000 colaboradores em mais de 220 países e territórios por todo o mundo, ligamos pessoas e negócios de forma segura e fiável, permitindo fluxos comerciais globais. Com soluções especializadas para mercados e indústrias em expansão, incluindo comércio eletrónico, tecnologia, ciências da vida e saúde, energia, ramo automóvel e comércio a retalho, um compromisso assumido com a responsabilidade social corporativa e uma presença sem rival nos mercados em desenvolvimento, a DHL está decididamente posicionada como “A empresa de logística para o mundo”.

A DHL faz parte do Deutsche Post DHL Group. O grupo gerou receitas superiores a 56 mil milhões de euros em 2014.

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