Large engineering works, public infrastructure projects, civil constructions with great economic impact, are one of my passions since I joined DOKA (2011). On this occasion, I highlight a very important bridge, both for the data of its construction, and for the benefits it will bring to the municipalities of both shores in the next thirty years. To remember all the details well, I turn to the information that Daily Record has published. By the way, the time-lapse recorded in the video is a great demonstration of the great work of construction professionals. In short, bridges are the best communication channels, complementing the digital channels. Next, the news of the Daily Record Continue reading New River Dee Crossing: Can a bridge generate £ 6 billion and 14,000 jobs for the local economy over the next 30 years?
UK, November 14, 2017.- You will agree with me on this assessment: “The British exit of the European Union is the most significant economic demerger between major economies since the Second World War and much about the forthcoming process of transitioning out of the EU has no precedent. But we know already that both the UK and the EU will be significantly changed by what is about to unfold”.
On March 29, 2019, at 13:00 GMT, UK will de facto leave the European Union, as announced by the Prime Minister, Theresa May. We will record the real effects of Brexit as of this date. For the time being, it is necessary to be informed and to the extent possible to anticipate the consequences.”.
UK, October 9, 2017. In the 21st century, in the fourth industrial revolution, the internet of things, there are still old problems that require modern solutions. For example. The wage gap between men and women has a very current reference to the report published on the subject on the BBC. I mention here an information published by The Guardian:
UK, September 10, 2017.- In the face of major events in major cities and western countries, citizens are seeking arguments. Public authorities, experts, politicians, and ultimately, people to rely on. Within these groups, business leaders are a voice to take into account, because they are involved only in the big issues of today. CEOs can influence opinion trends and must analyze their role. I have had the opportunity to read the following analysis on CEO activism written by Sebastian Reiche at IESE Business School:
Last July publish in this Blog a case of successful management like Apple. In August I bring a business case with less success: Uber. The technological giants carry out negotiations that appear in all business schools. Some are examples of management to study and draw positive conclusions when managing multinationals. However, business failures sometimes also serve to draw conclusions from what should not be done. Uber has a dubious reputation in many countries because he enters as “an elephant in a hardware store”. I say this with all due respect, of course. I read this information from the New York Times that seems to me the most fair to Uber’s business reality Continue reading Uber: From technological innovation to resignations and management scandals
UK, July 17, 2017.- Prizes awarded by the specialized press of an economic sector have a great prestige and reputation. They usually have a jury formed by great professionals very demanding in the selection of the winners. The company I work in, Doka UK, has received the Commercial Innovation of Year Award from Construction News magazine. Great news for all managers and employees of Doka UK because it means great support for the new business strategy since the end of 2015. Construction News has published the reasons for the Doka UK Award:
UK, July 15, 2017.- It´s very easy to select one example of good business management and one of bad business management. A glance by the economic press is enough to see daily news of the top executives of multinationals, and small and medium-sized companies.
UK, June 14, 2017.- The uncertainty generated by the negotiation of Brexit with the European Union has led to numerous studies, reports, assessments and projections on what will actually happen to the British economy, and in particular the construction sector in which I currently develop (Doka UK and Doka Ireland). For these reasons, I have had the opportunity to read the following analysis of Reuters and I think it may be interesting for professionals in any economic sector:
UK, May 10, 2017.- The first industrial revolution came about thanks to the steam engine. It happened to him the second revolution derived from the electrical energy. The third industrial revolution came with the computer age. And we are already living the fourth industrial revolution, 4.0, with the digital transformation of economic processes. This present looks like the future drawn a few years ago. However, it seems to accelerate, for example, in labor material. In the next decade, several professional profiles may disappear by robots or computer logarithms. Martin Boehm, Dean of IE Business School, anticipated:
UK, April 12, 2017.-His speeches speak for themselves:
UK, March 13, 2017.- Can they invade our privacy with a smartphone off and with a TV off?. It seems that we do believe the latest papers published by Wikileaks on the procedures of the CIA. Smart devices appear to use the battery to emit data, even if they are not turned on. That’s why I wonder if in the era of implementing internet in all the objectives of our personal and professional lives the best way to guarantee our privacy is to turn off the Internet … and now … remove the battery from the mobile. And this can not always be done, because on many smartphones and laptops the battery is soldered to the motherboard. The information read in The Guardian is as follows:
UK, January 13, 2017. Perhaps annual American film awards are not the first place where you will find a leadership lesson. Surely not. Universities, Business Schools, Bibliography of experts and the companies themselves, are more suitable places to find this knowledge. Nevertheless, in the last edition of the Golden Globes Awards that gives the press extrenajera to the American cinema happened this:
UK, December 17, 2016.- They say that the fourth industrial revolution is the one we are living thanks to the Internet. But on the verge of reaching 2017, I ask myself this question: Is the Internet a Universal Public Service or a Private Service ?. I refer to the Internet as a right more than we have the human beings that we live on Planet Earth. And this doubt arises when I read information like the following in The Guardian:
We all love to know what will be the evolution of construction in all countries the world over the next fifteen years. This is what has been proposed Global Construction Summit with these interesting thoughts a través de Global Construction 2030: … Continue reading Global Construction 2030: Key economic developments driving the construction Outlook
UK, October 27, 2016.- The Human Capital, the talent of the professionals working in a company is more crucial today. This situation has led me today to James Caan, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO Hamilton Bradshaw, and its recent analysis published in Business Zone. First we read his thesis:
UK, October 17, 2016.- The immediacy of information every day, connected in real time to numerous sources, networks, forums …. prevents us look at really interesting documents. Business concern us, they worry and keep our quest to find the latest keys.
However, today I will recommend the quiet reading analysis: “The Farmers Recipe For Strategic Business Growth”, written by Tito Philips Jnr. It describes itself as well: My name is Tito Philips Jnr, an unusual Nigerian that is MAD – Making A Difference. I’m the Chief Community Leader here and this is where we raise the bar of entrepreneurship. We are a TRIBE of Unusual Entrepreneurs, we are not your every day entrepreneurs who go into business to put food on the table and pay bills. For us, business is more than making ends meet [survival]. It is our means of doing what we love [passion], changing the world [purpose] and being financially rewarded for it [profit]™.
UK, October 11, 2016.- The vast majority of citizens took up a smartphone. No matter what brand, the manufacturer, the latest model, the latest innovation. It matters more what is done with a device connected to the Internet permanently. Undoubtedly, one of the great advances of mankind in the last 25 years. However, manufacturers of Smartphones have embarked on a mad race to produce the world’s best selling mobile. The great rivalry between iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) leads to other manufacturers to try to create amazing devices. The crisis of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a proof of this crazy race. I quote here an interesting report from the British news agencies, Reuters:
With this acquisition the company takes another big step toward Industry 4.0 and into the future of the international formwork group from Lower Austria
UK, September 19, 2016.- Headquartered in Venlo, Netherlands, since its foundation in 1979 the technology company B|A|S has concerned itself with researching and developing the materials used in the construction industry – particularly concrete. “For us this acquisition is a step forward in our business objective to meet the increasing demand not only for products but also for solutions in construction”, says Jens Günther, designated Chairman of the Executive Board. “That will necessitate a whole new approach to construction sites. And it will call current dogmas of the formwork industry into question, namely that innovation invariably has to mean more efficient formwork and nothing else.”
UK, 8 September 2016.- Professional management teams in business evolves. Maybe not so quickly that the technology but is tailored to the needs of each client. In this sense, I just read an interesting analysis of Margaret J.Wheatley happened to play here for their usefulness. I also recommend listening to the video Yves Morieux about the rules at work. I invite you to reflect and comment on your experience.
Investing in safety is profitable and indeed necessary. Safety is one of the fundamental human needs. In 1943 Abraham Maslow published his thesis:‘A Theory of Human Motivation’. He stated in a hierarchy of the human needs: as we keep satisfying our basic needs, we, human beings, keep developing new needs and higher levels of desires. After 73 years, this philosophy is still valid and relevant today and applies to oneself or to a group or even a Construction project. In the first stage, primary human needs consist of breathing, eating, resting and having sex. Once these primary needs are satisfied, … Continue reading The Profitability of Safety & Doka’s added value safety record in Construction — BLOG DOKA UK
UK, august 4, 2016.- Automatic climbing formwork SKE plus. The crane-independent climbing formwork for structures of any shape and height. For every type of structure, the modular design concept of the crane-independent Automatic climbing formwork SKE provides an economical solution for any type of structure, for steady progress irrespective of weather conditions and maximum safety for the entire construction crew.
More information: Doka formwork was used in Dubai to help construct the world’s tallest building Continue reading Constructing Tallest Building in The World – Burj Khalifa –
UK, July 15, 2016.- Ashley Simons of Doka reports: At three major London high-rise projects – No 1 Blackfriars, Highpoint and White Collar Factory – concrete-frame construction firm Dunne Group is using a new smart technology and service to increase its on-site productivity and at the same time deliver a quality concrete structure.
Why is it Great to work for Doka? Continue reading (Video) Why employees are the main ambassadors of a brand?
UK, June 9, 2016.- Ferrovial is one of the builders reference groups in Europe. In its Corporate Blog he has published an interesting analysis on the use of drone in construction. Its author is Jose Luis Sanchez Vargas, Head of Quality and Environment at the Department of Railways and Transport Ferrovial Agroman. He studied at the School of Engineering in Surveying, Geodesy and Cartography and the Technical School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Master in Environmental Management from the University of Santiago de Compostela. 1st Pilot License RPA in Ferrovial.
Britain, May 17, 2016.- Manchester’s population has increased by 20% in recent years, and the fastest growing segment is the youth of 25-35 years. The economies of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham is expected to grow over the next five years than Paris, Berlin or Tokyo. Manchester also builds new real estate projects to consider. A summary of the information published by the newspaper Manchester Evening News on 10 May:
Doka UK, 3 may 2016.- From April 11 to 17, Munich was again the centre of attention for the construction industry. About 580,000 people from 200 nations visited bauma 2016. 3,423 exhibitors from 58 countries displayed their products and abilities on the 605,000 m2 of trade fair grounds. And about 4,000 m² of that total gleamed brightly in Doka yellow.
Doka UK, April 5, 2016.- A one-of-a-kind cast-in-place structure is currently under way near Munich: the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitors Centre. The building’s cubature takes its cue from a narrow double star system. The architecture of the construction project is characterised by inclinations up to 23 degrees and demands the ultimate in artful engineering from contractor and formwork supplier.
It is best to read the full analysis In 1971 the fastest car in the world was the Ferrari Daytona, capable of 280kph (174mph). The world’s talles buildings were New York’s twit towers, at 415 metres (1,362 feet). In November that year Intel launched the first commercial microprocesador chip, the 4004, containing 2,300 tiny transistores, each the size of a red blood cell.
UK, Feb, 2, 2016.- I read a very interesting interview in the New York Times on the management of business leadership. This is an interview with Amit Singh, president of Google for Work, which concludes: “the difference between frontline managers and leaders. Leaders finda way to work together”. I was charming. Form teams of professionals in projects and attractive targets is a sensitive, complex responsibility. I bring my blog an fragment from this interview that has much to do with talent management teams of people.
Britain, January 7, 2016.- To start the year 2016 I recommend reading, slowly, an economic analysis in the british newspaper The Guardian. Here just I published an extract, but is best read in full on the website of this newspaper. Death or not capitalism is one of the most discussed topics in the last 25 years debate. This reflection will help you understand if we are at the birth of a new economic system:
Britain, December 03, 2015.- The birth of the second smartphone was in 2007 with the iPhone has marked the recent digital revolution. The enormous potential of this small device in our pocket 24 hours, Monday through Sunday, has changed our personal and professional lives. In this sense, I just read an interesting analysis of business and technology leaders in the Board & Leadership. I note your comment here for your main arguments:
Britain, November 13, 2015.- We suffer the greatest economic recession of the last hundred years. Each country has faced this economic cycle differently. I have carefully read the diagnosis published in The Guardian. And I have here because it provides data, charts and conclusions that serve for debate and reinforce strategies for the future. The thesis of this English newspaper, one of the most influential is that Britain, has faced this economic downturn better. I invite you to read their arguments: