International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics
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International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics (2 papers in press)
The Costs of Accidents in Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia Construction Industry by Tariq Umar Abstract: Considering the construction projects and the current status of occupational safety in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, this article attempts to estimate the costs of accidents in construction. The parameters used in these estimates include the values of the current projects in the three main countries including Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia; and the amount disbursed by the government organizations against injuries, disabilities, and deaths. The total costs of an accident in Oman are estimated at US$ 415,620 with an economic burden of US$ 205.73 Million/year. In Saudi Arabia, the costs of an accident are estimated at US$ 91,940, while the economic burden of the Saudi economy is estimated at US$ 261.11 Million/year. Similarly, the costs of an accident in the Qatari construction industry stand at US$ 205,526. The costs of an accident in these countries are quite higher than the costs in the USA, UK, AUS, and SA. Keywords: Health & Safety; Costs of Accident; Direct costs; Indirect costs; Construction industry; Qatar; Oman; Saudi Arabia.
BIM-Block Chain interface Framework for the Construction industry by MALLA VIJAYETA Abstract: The Construction industry contributes a noteworthy role in the economic development of a nation and the extensive usage of Building Information Modeling in Built Environment paved a podium for information exchange and digitization. However, owing to the constraint of sole mechanism and dearth of apprehension of truthful facts, the construction industry issues cannot be rooted out completely. Block chain technology is a contemporary regionalised record database management system which bore the backbone of the development of a Bitcoin system and has powerful performance on updating of data, information repository and security minded approach. This paper investigates the fundamental philosophies and usage of these two domains in the construction industry using literature survey. On amalgamation of these two domains, the author develops an interaction matrix throughout the Life Cycle of a Project which enables the management of data in a secure, transparent and appropriate decentralized common Information Technology environment. Keywords: Building Information Modeling; Block Chain; Ledger; Transaction; Data management; decentralization; networks; Interaction Matrix.