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SNC-Lavalin launches framework for project delivery in GCC

DUBAI, November 25, 2020

The SNC-Lavalin Group, a global engineering and construction group, has launched a white paper entitled “New alliances: collaborative contracting in the GCC projects market” that provides a strategic framework to enhancing project delivery and efficiency in the GCC. 
The framework combines SNC-Lavalin’s market knowledge with its end-to-end services broadly including consulting, advisory, design, engineering, procurement, project and construction management, and operations & maintenance expertise under the SNC-Lavalin, Atkins, Atkins Acuity, and Faithful+Gould brands.
The white paper was launched at a live webinar in partnership with the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) that included a thought-provoking panel discussion and open Q&A with industry leaders across the region. 
The panelists who led the discussion were: Faisal Butt, Director, Project Delivery, The Red Sea Development Company; Raymond Hector, Director – Commercial Contracts, Aldar Properties; Paul Abbosh, Managing Director, GCC – excluding UAE&KSA, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group and Sean McQue, Operations Director, Alec.
Over the past two decades, the GCC has established a reputation for delivering ambitious megaprojects that push the boundaries of what can be achieved. With an estimated $2.9tn of major projects planned or underway at the end of 2020, there are abundant future project opportunities in the region. 
Despite the ambition to drive forward with development agendas, change is needed in the way that projects are delivered. 
An industry survey conducted by MEED in 2020 found that waste levels on construction projects in the region could be as high as 25-30 per cent. Much of the waste stems from a lack of collaboration and shared objectives between various stakeholders working on projects. 
In addition, the Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the challenges facing project delivery. Despite the challenges, this disruption of the pandemic provides an opportunity for the GCC projects industry to rethink its approach. Throughout 2020, the pandemic encouraged people and companies to collaborate in order to overcome the challenges of remote working and social distancing. 
In particular, the crisis has accelerated the adoption of new digital and online technologies. Many project client bodies have expressed a desire to work more closely with their construction suppliers to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their projects. However, overcoming habits established through years of working as contract adversaries may prove challenging.


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