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The Middle East’s built environment is accelerating at a ground-breaking pace and is building its reputation as a region that offers fantastic opportunities in the construction industry, particularly for architecture professionals.
The Middle East has an outstanding cultural heritage and is in the midst of a dramatic transformation with projects such as Saudi Vision 2030 spearheading a new environment that is inclusive, diverse and vibrant.
Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is strengthening its presence and design and engineering services on projects in the Middle East, which are on a scale previously unseen in any other region.
We are following our global Net Zero Carbon route map and focusing on urban improvement, infrastructure, and related projects to meet the needs of the country’s growing mixed-use developments.
Here, we take a look at which roles within architecture are most in-demand in the Middle East.Landscape architectLandscape architects play a major role in producing innovative and picturesque environments for a region's residents.
Most importantly, all work must be planned with carbon emissions and the environment in mind, which is in line with the Middle East’s drive on sustainability.
The Middle East is experiencing a rapid influx of large projects, which offer a multitude of exciting opportunities for talented landscape architects.
The Red Sea Project, for example, received substantial green financing investment and is the first of its type to be executed in the region.
The Middle East’s focus on sustainability means that these large projects will require intricate external design, producing a spike in demand for landscape architecture skills.
Urban DesignerAs the Middle East continues its drive of building new and innovative infrastructure, architects and urban designers are tasked with finding solutions that will ensure liveability for current residents and future generations.
Considering the numerous mental and physical health impacts associated with urban living, urban designers are having more of an influence in the Middle East.
The Middle East is in the midst of a push on improving the quality of life of its residents, and with projects such as Saudi Arabia’s Quality of Life Program, urban designers are essential to its success.
One of the main features of urban design is that it impacts residents’ day-to-day lives, which is imperative for any country in the midst of a transformation.
For example, crowded streets, poorly designed roads, and lack of street lighting can contribute to more stress and negatively impact mental health.
However, a well-designed city with excellent transport and amenities can contribute to a positive lifestyle and have a substantial impact on the economy.
The weather in the Gulf region is another factor that is taken into consideration and the often harsh summer climate must shape the design of streets and leisure spaces.
Architect plannerThe Middle East is home to some of the most creative and prestigious architectural designs, including palaces, skyscrapers, and man-made islands.
The built environment is continuing to grow in the region, creating opportunities for both experienced and graduate architect planners to pursue long and successful careers using innovative technologies.
Architectural planning is essential to ensuring that the development of communities and infrastructure is efficient, with each stage of architecture meticulously thought out.
Architect planners oversee much of the design and development processes for the construction of city infrastructure and the Middle East is in need of skilled professionals in this area.
Find your next architecture job in the Middle East with SNC-LavalinAt SNC-Lavalin, we are always looking for the next talented pool of architects to contribute to our range of exciting projects.
With our broad range of expertise and our experience in multi-discipline, complex projects, Atkins is one of the strongest international construction consultancies in the region.
We are looking for ambitious individuals to join our diverse teams and help us continue driving innovation and creating efficiencies to win and deliver work in the Middle East.
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Here, we take a look at which roles within architecture are most in-demand in the Middle East.
It is estimated that 90%of leading businesses have invested in artificial intelligence (AI)technologies in some capacity.
However, less than 15% of these organisationsare currently deploying AI in their work setup. In the engineering sector, AIis one of the fastest-growing technologies.
While there has always been some concern that AI wouldeliminate some jobs, the current reality is that emerging technology is openingup a wealth of opportunities for engineering talent.
With this in mind, here are three ways AI is set to shapethe future of engineering : Specialist skills are desirableWith AI and robotics able to handle many low-level skills, this allowsspecialist engineers to shine with their expertise.
With this in mind,organisations are looking for engineering talent who have specific andspecialist skills that are hard to find.
For engineers looking to upskill, itcan be well worth training in a specialist area you are most fascinated by andusing this expertise to work alongside AI.
In the past, it was thought that AI would work to replacehumans in the workplace. What organisations are seeing is AI creating moreopportunities for experts and developing a highly-skilled workforce.
Furthermore, engineering roles now focus more on the value-adding activities,as automation and AI can now complete the foundational and repetitive tasks,making engineering careers much more dynamic and fulfilling.
In 2022 one of the most in-demand engineeringskills is machine learning.Training in this field can offer many advantages to engineers.
With engineershaving an incredible ability to solve complex problems, discovering how tointegrate AI into processes is already an in-demand skill.
Expanding opportunities with machine learningSNC-Lavalin has already reported on the exciting potential of machinelearning in the construction sector.
However, machine learning is set to bewidespread across every engineering sector.For example, in electrical engineering, machine learning isbeing put to use in terms of signal processing.
The machine learning ability todetect meaningful patterns can help engineers deliver the precise adjustmentsneeded, which can deliver lifesaving and life-changing capabilities.
In-car production, machine learning is being used toidentify and clear faults on the production line. Complex algorithms enablerobots to detect and identify any faults they witness and then offer thepredefined outcomes set to solve the problems on the production line withminimal human interaction.
The ability to detect,identify and resolve issues is something that has enormous potential across theengineering world. Already, we are seeing whole developments becoming 'smartcities' thanks to machine learning which aims to improve quality of lifethrough optimised emergency responses and automatic traffic safety.
If we consider that more and more regions worldwide willwant to adopt a 'smart city' approach, then the demand for AI-ready engineersis set to increase.
Big data potentialAnother in-demand skill for the next decade is data analysis. Big data is setto be a considerable part of the engineering sector, and there is now a growth in thenumber of data engineering roles, with a 50% year on year increase.
While there are AI systems in place that can help collateand make use of big data, it still requires the expertise to build and maintainthe big data environment that can drive huge operational changes and processes.
From data analysts to engineers, almost every big companyacross every sector will be looking at how to utilise their vast amounts ofdata and will need these vital skills to transform the data into valuable,accessible insights.
While big data is creating a demand for data engineers,there is a wider change across the engineering sector. Big data can be used tohelp improve cost control by identifying patterns of wastage and mapping outpast performance history.
Similarly, big data will play a part in improvinghealth and safety, where the data can provide insight into the risk potentialand even prevent accidents from occurring.
Logistics, asset management, wearable and on-the-jobtechnologies, resource planning and information modelling are all expected tochange and improve with the adoption of big data across firms.
While someengineers may be working alongside robots at a tangible AI level, others willbe utilising AI in their roles to build the industry's future.
Create your engineering futureSNC-Lavalin focuses on designing the future and drivingchange to build a better world. We're excited by the future of engineering and wantto inspire engineers on the endless directions your career can take.
Fromsustainability to AI, meeting today's challenges to predicting futurecomplexities, we're always looking for change-embracing engineers to join usand keep driving the industry forward.
If you're looking for ways to move your mechanicalengineering career forward, start by checking SNC-Lavalin's latest civilengineering vacancies.
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