In-depth
Project
PROJECT UPDATE
The Palm Tower
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FEATURED INTERVIEW
Trojan's Estimation Manager
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HEAT SAFETY TIPS
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AL SAMHA VILLAS
AL SAMHA VILLAS
HEAT HACKS FOR PRODUCTIVITY
Sponsored by Al Ajban
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Contents

Your guide to this issue

A WORD FROM OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR ON CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES
 
IMPORTANCE OF WORKPLACE ETHICS WITH OUR DEPUTY GM AND HR MANAGER
 
PROJECT UPDATE
THE PALM TOWER
IN-DEPTH PROJECT
AL SAMHA VILLAS
FEATURED INTERVIEW
TROJAN'S ESTIMATION MANAGER
HEAT SAFETY TIPS
 
 
HOW THE 100 TYE CSR INITIATIVE IS CONTRIBUTING TO UAE'S YOUTH
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
HEALTH HACKS FOR PRODUCTIVITY
SPONSORED BY AL AJBAN
TROJAN HOLDING BUZZ
 
SOCIAL MEDIA CHATTER
 
 
 

A WORD FROM OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR ON CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGES

ENG. HAMAD AL AMERI

Managing Director

ADVANCEMENTS IN THE INDUSTRY ARE FORCING US TO ADJUST OUR BUSINESS MODELS.

 

We are in the middle of some truly exciting times in our industry, demand is ever-shifting and advancements in technology continues to blaze a trail. Like a business in any sector we find ourselves pivoting to meet these changing conditions; just like a grocery chain that changes to address current dietary needs, or a tech company diversifying to leverage advancements in software - we have to be agile to meet our industry’s needs.

As we stand currently, we plan to maintain our dominance in hospitality, housing and high-rise projects across Dubai, and Abu Dhabi; but will be doubling down on new verticals to increase our growth. Many of you will be integral to our success in this transformation; namely: our newly established presence in international markets: Belarus (after the success of Russia and Serbia); the opening of a new branch office in KSA, which will spearhead a focus in neighboring GCC countries as we diversity our portfolio offering from solely construction to invest in real estate and the lucrative education and technology sectors.

 

Emerging technology has been implemented at every stage of the project lifecycle: design, operations, handover, and maintenance. It is my vision to offer a ready-made product that we can sell to our clients, producing the most efficient and flexible design that can be modified. With this aim, our clients will be able to propose a budget to which we provide a list of options available based on pre-made designs. This will allow us to offer competitive prices, identify mistakes, and develop a product for our client's pre-designed stock. Furthermore, robotics and drones are technologies we anticipate will have greater use across the entire industry in years to come.

The application of these technologies to the construction industry has the potential to turn Abu Dhabi building material firms into global leaders and I can’t wait for Trojan to be at the helm of this evolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANCE OF WORKPLACE ETHICS WITH OUR GENERAL MANAGER

 

 

We’ve said it time and time again, our people are our greatest asset. And with that acknowledgement comes the importance of positive work ethic in our workplace. Over the years we have found that a key component in that culture of positivity is motivation. Motivation can be unlocked in many ways, but how we like to harness it at Trojan is by empowering our workforce through a healthy and stable business environment specifically developed to help build careers and nurture teamwork.

 

We do this through a mix of individual career plans, jobspecific training and promoting self-advancement. Together, this works to develop traits such as integrity, teamwork, respectfulness, dedication and accountability.

If you ever find yourself demotivated at work simply think to yourself: ‘how can I make today a better day?’ And sure enough, your mood will lift as you start to tick off those boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECT UPDATE

PALM TOWER

 

Set to be the crown in the jewel of the Palm Jumeriah development the Palm Tower, a 52-storey hotel and residential complex will see 432 residences and a 290-room five-star hotel reinvigorate the look and feel of the base of Palm Jumeirah. Complete with fully furnished studios, one, two & three-bedroom apartments, and world-class dining and leisure facilities; The Palm Tower will offer stunning views across Dubai and direct access to Nakheel Mall, once completed.

Trojan General Contracting and National Projects and Construction were awarded with the project that commenced on February 9, 2016. The forecasted completion date which is based on the updated program is December 5, 2020.

 

Some challenges faced during construction include the pool which at level 50 over 230 m from the ground level is one of the biggest infinity swimming pool that exists. The pool extends 6.7 m from the building foot print, which challenging to design and construct with such critical and complicated form work. In addition, the back propping extended 45 floors till Level 4 to transfer the massive reactions loads.

 

 

INTERVIEW WITH PROJECT DIRECTOR

ENG. EISSA AWAD ALLA

 

1. How important is it for a PD to be ‘proactive’?

This is very important because in my opinion, this is a government project and this project is building villas for the local people. This project is building infra and landscape and MEP.

2. What was the biggest or most challenging project you managed?

I faced in previous project the C15 project because C15 was received from another contractor from Malaysia or China and we received this project from the client to complete this project. The challenge for this that the MEP was not matching with the construction we have to solve it all the technical issue and coordinate with our subcontractor we have to coordinate with our consultant and client in spite of finding it unfair by many of our client and our consultant for this project, but Alhamdulillah we already sorted this problem and solved this challenge and handed over without any delay with good quality and now the tower has been occupied for more than one year and 5 or 6 months.

3. How do you resolve conflicts in your projects?

With our staff technical, construction and all subcontractors to coordinate and to get the best solution for each conflict.

4. How would you handle a situation in which you could not meet the contract deadlines?

We already put the target for us, put the target program how to achieve this project before time to maintain that a 100% will deliver the project on time. Also we coordinate with all head office department like commercial department, contracting department, planning department, accounts department to finalize the contract of the subcontractor, payment of all subcontractors on time.

5. How do you keep your team motivated?

We keep our team motivated by dividing our team in groups. This group should be tasked to create motivation between groups and others to get at the end the target of our project.

 

6. For the Al Samha project, how do you monitor and review the delegated responsibilities?

I delegated the technical issues with the technical team, planning issue and contracting with QS and with the planning, construction or operation with our operations team and we divided also for the operations some part of the operations at west and some part of the operations with east, some part to coordinate between infra and MEP, we have MEP coordinator, we also have another logistics coordinator to coordinate between our work and the subcontractor.

7. What kinds of projects interest you the most? Why?

For me personally, almost all the projects are important. I did before high-rise building like C15. C15 is 2 towers, one tower has 60 floors and one tower has 40 floors and Hydra Avenue 3 towers and Al Noor Tower and before we did Damac, Akoya by Damac project at Dubai and Golden Mile 3. For me all projects are important because from each project we will find new kind of work. High-rise building is different than horizontal building. Horizontal building is difficult for logistics, difficult to mix the control for the safety for the logistics for the quality. For the high-rise building also quality and almost high-rise building is done in a congested area at the heart of the city which is difficult also.

FEATURED INTERVIEW

TROJAN HOLDING'S ESTIMATION MANAGER

ENG. JAMAL AHMAD

 

1. What has been your biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?

As an Estimation Manager within a contracting company, my biggest challenge is to maintain the enthusiasm in my team and staff for their work, so that they go to home with positive energy during tight tender submission deadline.

2. Name the projects that you believe placed Trojan on the map.

I believe each project which we secured and delivered contributes to put Trojan on the map. However, it started with Nation Towers, 3000 Jebel Hafeet villas, 2000 Ain Fayda Villas and the Palm Tower.

3. What is your management style?

I am always open to new ideas from my team and believe in open discussion and recognize the skills of my team. I delegate the responsibilities to team members, this will help us to utilize the resources carefully in the tight competitive market.

 

4. In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team?

Effective leadership, trust, and good relationships are key for developing a good team.

5. What are your values as an Estimation Manager? How do you ensure these values are upheld by your employees?

Believe in your strength and always provide solutions to problems in a professional way.

6. Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.

Dealing with clients and consultants negligent attitude during the tendering process is really a challenge as this substantially adds on the risk component cost to the bid. Therefore, I use my experience and advice given by colleagues to keep the bid competitive.

7. If you could go back and give your younger self a valuable piece of advice, what would you say?

I am satisfied with myself as is, however I will advise my younger self to value the time and live without worrying.

1. DRESS FOR HOT CONDITIONS

Wear clothes that are:
• Light-colored (white, etc.)
• Loose- tting
• Lightweight
Wearing heavy protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase your risk, you may need more frequent breaks for rest and water.
Read more

2.DRINK WATER

  • Drink water every 15 minutes when working in hot conditions.
  • DO NOT wait until you are thirsty to drink water
  • AVOID caffeinated uids
Drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in hydrating whole fruits and vegetables to keep you going throughout the day.
Read more

3. TAKE BREAKS

  • Take frequent rest breaks in shaded, cooled or air- conditioned areas.
  • If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat exhaustion, speak up.
  • If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Especially during the hottest part of the day, opt for a light meal that will keep you from feeling hungry without weighing you down.

Read more

 

 

You Are At Risk If You
Work in hot and humid conditions
Do heavy physical labor
Don’t drink enough water

You can protect yourself and feel better as you work by dressing for hot conditions and taking frequent breaks for water and shade.

When it comes to working construction in the summer heat, the two most signi cant risks to be aware of are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:

  • Weakness and wet skin
  • Headache, dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting

SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE:

  • Confusion or fainting
  • May stop sweating – hot, dry skin
  • Convulsions or seizures

 

1. DRESS FOR HOT CONDITIONS

Wear clothes that are:
• Light-colored (white, etc.)
• Loose- tting
• Lightweight
Wearing heavy protective clothing or personal protective equipment may increase your risk, you may need more frequent breaks for rest and water.

2.DRINK WATER

  • Drink water every 15 minutes when working in hot conditions.
  • DO NOT wait until you are thirsty to drink water
  • AVOID caffeinated uids
Drink plenty of water and eat a diet rich in hydrating whole fruits and vegetables to keep you going throughout the day.

3. TAKE BREAKS

  • Take frequent rest breaks in shaded, cooled or air- conditioned areas.
  • If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat exhaustion, speak up.
  • If you see a co-worker with symptoms of heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Especially during the hottest part of the day, opt for a light meal that will keep you from feeling hungry without weighing you down.

You Are At Risk If You
Work in hot and humid conditions
Do heavy physical labor
Don’t drink enough water

You can protect yourself and feel better as you work by dressing for hot conditions and taking frequent breaks for water and shade.

When it comes to working construction in the summer heat, the two most signi cant risks to be aware of are heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:

  • Weakness and wet skin
  • Headache, dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting

SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE:

  • Confusion or fainting
  • May stop sweating – hot, dry skin
  • Convulsions or seizures

 

HOW THE 100 TYE CSR INITIATIVE IS CONTRIBUTING TO UAE'S YOUTH

“100 Trojan Young Engineers" is a successful CSR initiative launched by Trojan Holding which aims to host engineering students from different universities to spend one day with Trojan’s in house engineers. Students will be familiarized with engineering basics through day-to-day activities and gain an insight about post graduation work experience through a fruitful program at our construction sites and at university campus. An integral objective of Trojan’s CSR is supporting the UAE’s 2021 Vision through direct contributions to the Emirate’s social and human development and the creation of a sustainable, knowledge-based nation. This is in addition to educating, training and preparing young engineers who are shaping the future and building our country.

This CSR initiative is part of giving back to the community whereby Trojan Holding, with its vast international and local expertise provides a platform for students to apply their theoretical knowledge and excel in their practical life. In fact, Trojan aims to make an impact in the lives of these students through teaching them the essence of engineering to enhance the UAE residency lifestyle.

Participating students gained a practical understanding of the various planning costing, engineering and project management tasks that make up the profession of an engineer. They also interacted with office managers and directors as well as on-site project teams and learned the steps needed to reach a specific objective in the planning, development, or construction phase. Students who interned at Trojan also developed particular character skills, which serve as an added value in their future careers, such as critical thinking, teamwork, self-confidence and thinking out of the box.

PUBLICATIONS

 

ENG. HAMAD AL AMERI RANKS IN THE TOP 30 ON POWER HOUR 2019'S ANNUAL LIST

 

1

Try intermittent fasting - Intermittent fasting is a practice that involves giving up food for a specific period of time each day or week. It involves restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours in-between.

Research links intermittent fasting to benefits including: weight loss, improved markers of health, a reduced risk of chronic health conditions, and improved brain health.

2

Use breakfast to pump up your protein; ex: boiled eggs with avocados and toast.

3

Easy snacks to munch on include healthy foods like raw nuts (almond, cashew, etc.) and dark chocolate in the office.

4

The best way to drink your coffee is black. Coffee contains antioxidants that energises you, increases your metabolism, gives your mind clarity, and enhances your performance when consumed before a workout. Make sure you:

a. Don’t add creamer or sugar
b. Add coconut oil or vanilla for taste

5

Incorporate Rhodiola rosea into your daily routine. Rhodiola is a flowering plant most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity. Studies have shown adding Rhodiola into your regimen gives you the same energy as drinking a cup of coffee in the morning (available in Organic Foods and Café shop in UAE).

6

Add oregano oil and lemon essential oil to your water first thing in the morning (avoid this in case you have any gastric problems).

7

Spice up your food with rosemary, turmeric, cayenne pepper. Spices help enhance your energy levels, boost your immunity and memory.

8

Sniff a cinnamon stick or peppermint
Studies have shown that smelling them can make you focus better at work.

9

Exercise!
a. Sitting for 6 or 8 hours a day can actually undo the effects of a 1or 2 hour workout.

b. Ideal exercise: low level intensity training with occasional all out exercise; meaning move around a lot, lift heavy once a while, sprint once a week.

10

Make sure you get 7 – 9 hours of sleep per day. Recent studies revealed how lack of sleep may have profound consequences on our long-term health. It may lead to obesity, depression, chronic fatigue, inflammation, etc.

1

Try intermittent fasting - Intermittent fasting is a practice that involves giving up food for a specific period of time each day or week. It involves restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours and fasting for 16 hours in-between.

Research links intermittent fasting to benefits including: weight loss, improved markers of health, a reduced risk of chronic health conditions, and improved brain health.

2

Use breakfast to pump up your protein; ex: boiled eggs with avocados and toast.

3

Easy snacks to munch on include healthy foods like raw nuts (almond, cashew, etc.) and dark chocolate in the office.

4

The best way to drink your coffee is black. Coffee contains antioxidants that energises you, increases your metabolism, gives your mind clarity, and enhances your performance when consumed before a workout. Make sure you:

a. Don’t add creamer or sugar
b. Add coconut oil or vanilla for taste

5

Incorporate Rhodiola rosea into your daily routine. Rhodiola is a flowering plant most commonly used for increasing energy, endurance, strength, and mental capacity. Studies have shown adding Rhodiola into your regimen gives you the same energy as drinking a cup of coffee in the morning (available in Organic Foods and Café shop in UAE).

6

Add oregano oil and lemon essential oil to your water first thing in the morning (avoid this in case you have any gastric problems).

7

Spice up your food with rosemary, turmeric, cayenne pepper. Spices help enhance your energy levels, boost your immunity and memory.

8

Sniff a cinnamon stick or peppermint
Studies have shown that smelling them can make you focus better at work.

9

Exercise!
a. Sitting for 6 or 8 hours a day can actually undo the effects of a 1or 2 hour workout.

b. Ideal exercise: low level intensity training with occasional all out exercise; meaning move around a lot, lift heavy once a while, sprint once a week.

10

Make sure you get 7 – 9 hours of sleep per day. Recent studies revealed how lack of sleep may have profound consequences on our long-term health. It may lead to obesity, depression, chronic fatigue, inflammation, etc.

TROJAN HOLDING BUZZ

KIRUBAKARAN FAREWELL

On Thursday 23rd May we said a fond farewell to another legend of Trojan. Kirubakaran Kavirajan, a Software Engineer with 5 years tenure at Trojan, was joined by Trojan’s IT Department, colleagues and management to celebrate his time with the company. Kirubakaran’s colleagues shared a few words of encouragement:

“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to.” - Uthay

“Good friends never say goodbye, they simply say – see you soon Buddy.” - Osama

In an email to friends and colleagues, Kirubakaran followed-up by saying:

“The day has come now to send this note to all my friends who have been part of my life in Trojan so far. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support, guidance and encouragement.Thanks a lot for the memories you have shared with me and pardon me if I had hurt you by any chance."

We wish Kirubakaran all the best in his future endeavours and look forward to hearing about his successes in the near future.

 

 

HEAT STRESS CAMPAIGN EVENT

It only feels like yes terday that we launched last year’s Safety in Heat campaign – and here we are again, celebrating colleague safety during these scorching summer months. On July 11th, our most recent campaign was enacted to encourage a positive health and safety culture, helping to eliminate heat illness during hot weather.

During the event, which was attended by OSHAD, ADM, Aldar, Aecom and TGC senior management, Aldar and TGC distributed twenty-five AED 100 LuLu gift cards, stainless steel water bottles and Laban UP for laborers. As well as these gifts, the companies have spent the year developing new heat health and safety initiatives; including training and regular meetings to encourage laborers to share their thoughts on how to improve safety in the workplace.

To anyone working outdoors during the summer months, we encourage you to follow these health and safety tips: be aware of heat illness warning signs and notify a supervisor or medical professional if you or co-workers show signs; take Prolyte rehydration salts, drink cool drinking water; and stay in air-conditioned or shaded areas where possible.

 

AL NOOR TOWER ACHIEVES ESTIDAMA PEARL 1 CONSTRUCTION RATING

 

Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM) congratulated Trojan Team on achieving an Estidama 1 Pearl Construction Rating for the Al Noor Tower building project.

As the name implies in the Arabic language, Estidama, meaning sustainability, is a building design methodology for constructing and operating buildings and communities in a sustainable means. The program is a key element of the "Abu Dhabi Vision 2030" drive to build Abu Dhabi per innovative green standards. It consists of a collection of ideals that are imposed in an elective building code type of format. Within Estidama, however is a green building rating system called the Pearl Rating System that is utilized to evaluate sustainable building development practices in Abu Dhabi.

It is worth mentioning that the Estidama program is mandatory in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - whereby all buildings must achieve a minimum 1 Pearl Rating, and all government-funded buildings must achieve a minimum 2 Pearl Rating.

 

 

EID AL FITR MAAMOUL

GIVEAWAY

Trojan believes that a company is nothing without its employees. Therefore on June 2, 2019, to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, Trojan distributed assorted maamoul boxes amongst its employees.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan and is celebrated by Muslims around the world. On this occasion, maamoul, a traditional pastry or cookie usually filled with dates or nuts such as walnuts or pistachio, is served. Employees were thrilled and delighted to receive the maamoul boxes.