Autodesk Converge explores digitized construction in Saudi Arabia

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According to experts, American software company Autodesk will be a boon for the Kingdom’s upcoming ‘giga projects’ including the planned smart city NEOM. (Photo/Supplied)
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Autodesk Regional Manager Mohammad Saleh during the conference in Riyadh. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 October 2019

Autodesk Converge explores digitized construction in Saudi Arabia

  • The conference showcases how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life

RIYADH: The Autodesk Converge conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Riyadh on Wednesday explored many promising new directions for digitized construction in the Kingdom.

American software company Autodesk showcased emerging technologies including generative design, augmented and virtual reality (VR), robotics and additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing), with presentations from the Red Sea Development Company, Dar Group, and Falconviz.

The conference showcased how VR and real-time technologies are bringing architectural designs to life and discussed the value of building information modeling (BIM) in the Gulf region, and reasons why some companies have been slow to adopt it.

The products and strategies discussed at the conference, experts suggested, could be utilized in many of the Kingdom’s upcoming “giga-projects,” including its planned smart city, NEOM.

Neil Brooker, a senior technical manager at Autodesk covering the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, told Arab News that the company is committed to “taking our customers to the next level of design and extending that into manufacturing and construction as well.”

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• The company is committed to ‘taking our customers to the next level of design and extending that into manufacturing and construction as well.’

• Autodesk announced the signing of a letter of intent with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in line with the Vision 2030.

“The world is changing rapidly, and more people are living in cities,” he explained. “So we need to create buildings, infrastructure, but we have to build them with a real responsibility and sensitivity toward the environment.”

Autodesk also announced the signing of a letter of intent with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), in line with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program. Under the agreement, Autodesk and TVTC will collaborate on the development and implementation of industry standards and best practices and create awareness around latest technologies.

Mohammad Saleh, regional manager at Autodesk, expressed his happiness at being able to get involved in the Kingdom’s development.

“Saudi Arabia is on a bold and energetic path to deliver best-in-class projects. In the recent past, it has showcased several milestones to position the Kingdom as a global hub for future technology and we are delighted to be part of this journey by empowering the imaginative minds of the Kingdom,” he said.


Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

Ahmed Al-Rajhi. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 24 November 2020

Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

  • A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has issued a decision to raise the minimum wage for Saudis registered in the Nitaqat program from SR3,000 ($800) to SR4,000.
A Saudi worker with a minimum salary of SR4,000 will be considered as one worker in the Saudization percentage of the Nitaqat program, which was introduced to promote localization of the workforce.
The program also aims to enhance jobs for Saudi nationals through aligning the quality of nationalization with a range of incentives given by the Human Resources Development Fund.
A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all.
Part-time Saudi employees will gain a company half point in the Nitaqat system. Flexible work system employees are calculated in the percentage of the Nitaqat program as one-third of a Saudi worker for the entity they work for, provided that they complete a total of 168 working hours and pay social insurance contributions.
The decision also applies to Saudi students residing in the Kingdom who regularly work part-time as flexible work system employees, or permanent part-time workers.