Leaders UAE 2018 Preview: Document control can cut financial disputes

Establishing best practice for reducing financial disputes remains a challenge for the regional construction sector, a market expert told CW

Document control can help to mitigate the risk of financial disputes, a market expert told Construction Week [representational image].
Document control can help to mitigate the risk of financial disputes, a market expert told Construction Week [representational image].
Steve Dousie, Exactal.
Steve Dousie, Exactal.

Steve Dousie, managing director of Exactal’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa operation, discusses how document control can help contractors manage financial risks in the region. To learn more about the Construction Week: Leaders in Construction UAE Summit 2018 and how you can attend the exclusive conference in Dubai, click here.

What are the main challenges facing the construction industry in 2018?

Adopting new technologies and looking towards the future, but doing so in a sustainable way that meets budgetary restrictions, is one of the major market challenges. Another hurdle is to find better methods to guarantee the safety of the entire workforce without compromising on deadlines. Establishing best practice for reducing financial disputes is also a challenge, and can be mitigated by introducing industry standards for document control.   

What excites you most about the UAE construction industry in 2018?

Designers are not afraid to aim high with bold designs and advances unseen elsewhere in the world. The upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai looks set to be a fantastic showcase for what the city and the UAE are capable of. We anticipate a stronger tourism economy in the UAE going forward, which will have a positive effect on the construction projects that are greenlit. The peak of construction in the UAE may be some time away, but in the meantime, it will be a very exciting sector to be a part of.

What topics do you expect will be discussed at the CW: Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2018?

Some topics I expect to hear about are the current disputes and challenges abound in the industry, as well as the impact that the introduction of value-added tax (VAT) has had on the market. We expect that smart technologies and infrastructure will be discussed, and recommendations will be made on how to best implement new ideas without damaging budget forecasts. We also anticipate that economic diversification in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East will be discussed.

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Why is it important for Exactal, and for you, to support and attend the CW: Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2018?

Our business is relatively new to the Middle East, and we are excited by the prospect of connecting with high-level stakeholders in the region. CW: Leaders in Construction Summit UAE 2018 offers a unique and exciting format – it is not often that you are able to witness strategic debates on the future of the industry. We are confident that this gathering of the finest minds in construction will be a great learning experience for our team, and we look forward to demonstrating the value of our CostX platform to interested parties.

What are the latest developments that your company has unveiled this year, and what’s lined up for the future?

The latest version of our integrated estimating platform is CostX 6.7, which offers full support for native cloud storage of drawing files through Amazon S3, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. CostX 6.7 also introduces an auto-count feature that streamlines the counting of repetitive elements, among host of other features.

Our business is experiencing a period of growth, with staff numbers rising worldwide. With regard to the UAE, Exactal now has a dedicated office in Dubai. This will allow our team to provide timely local support to existing customers and new prospects that show an interest in our CostX platform. We plan on building a motivated team in the UAE to meet our ambitious growth projections. 

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