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The construction industry is still one of the least digitized industries, with continued reliance on intensive manual labor as the primary source of productivity
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Driven by the increase in complexity of construction projects and challenging market conditions, the construction sector is at a cusp of a new, dynamic age of engaging technological construction solutions. This new era will ultimately result in cost reductions, improved safety measures, time optimization, and enhanced quality standards.

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The Four Phases of the Industrial Revolution

We have frequently heard the term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” in the past few years. Below is the historical timeline for each Industrial revolution phase.

  • 1st Industrial Revolution
  • 2nd Industrial Revolution
  • 3rd Industrial Revolution
  • 4th Industrial Revolution

1st Industrial Revolution


From the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th, a transition from handheld production methods to machines through steam power and waterpower took place. The impact was clear on industries such as Textile manufacturing, iron, agriculture, and mining.

2nd Industrial Revolution


Technological advancements combined with a new energy source, such as Oil, led to the creation of the internal combustion engine at the end of the 19th century. Accordingly, the faster transfer of people resulted from the installations of extensive railroads and later the inventions of the automobile and the plane. In comparison, faster transfer of ideas was a result of telegraph networks. All this, combined with increasing electrification, allowed factories to develop the modern production line, resulting in mass production.

3rd Industrial Revolution


In the second half to late 20th century, with the invention of electronics, telecommunications, and computers, the Digital Revolution was born. Besides the impact of automation on all fields, the creation of the internet and mass communication led to Globalization.

4th Industrial Revolution


Building on the Third Industrial Revolution, combined with the breakthroughs in emerging technologies such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), 3D Printing, 5G, Autonomous driving, Additive Manufacturing, etc., the fourth was born. This revolution represents a fundamental change in every aspect of our lives and how we work. It is a turning point in humanity and how it develops, empowered by advancements that leverage what took place during the first, second, and third industrial revolutions.

Where is the Engineering & Construction industry from all the above?

While the E&C gained a lot from the advancements in the first and second industrial revolutions, the question remains how much this industry transformed itself with the third industrial revolution and where it stands from the fourth?

Many studies showed how productivity norms in other industries, such as manufacturing, have grown exponentially in the last 50 years. Meanwhile, productivity in construction has barely increased because the E&C industry is one of the least digitized. So, has the E&C industry missed the transformation other industries underwent during the Digital Revolution (the third industrial revolution)? To some extent, this is true.

The scene is different when it comes to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In the last few years, we have seen much hype in ConTech.

ConTech is a phrase coined to identify advanced construction technology; it is the technology used to innovate the way to plan, design, and build structures and the manufacture and installation of their components. A wide range of technologies was used as enablers for ConTech, starting with 3D Printing, Drones, Robotics, AI, IoT, Additive Manufacturing, etc.

Coupling the fact that most of these technologies have been maturing lately (or at least evolving rapidly) with the boom in entrepreneurship and Startups ecosystem, we are currently witnessing 100s if not 1000s of Startups specializing in ConTech!

How should construction corporates react to this fact?

CCC believes that this is an opportunity for advancement toward sustainable, resilient, and affordable construction. Therefore, we should embrace this revolution and play an active role in this transition. For this purpose, “CCC Startup” was created.

Building Business through Innovation

“CCC Startup” leverages CCC’s established presence, countless fields of operation, and the cross-disciplined subject matter experts to develop a robust collaboration and cooperation framework between CCC and the Startups world.

This collaborative approach will allow the startups to pilot their new technologies in different locations and live environments on a large scale. After successful pilots, we develop strategic partnerships with startups at various life cycle stages, thus bridging the gaps by offering the domain and market knowledge needed. Most importantly, we are continuously sourcing innovation into CCC construction methods and daily operations with this approach. We documented good practices in CCC official guidelines and procedures in many cases.

Success Stories

IoT (Internet of Things) technologies are wide-spreading in several industrial sectors. New systems are being developed for adoption in new fields of application, like safety and performance at work. In recent years, several projects and prototypes, and industrial solutions have been developed using IoT technologies, proving the added value to many Industries.

  • WakeCap
    The utilization of IoT technology to enhance safety and performance was always on CCC’s innovation roadmap. Hence came our investment into Dubai-based WakeCap to overcome the challenges in digitizing construction sites through a tracking device that integrates seamlessly into the hard hat of construction workers. WakeCap comprises an IoT-enabled helmet, which does not compromise its structural integrity. This battery-powered and wireless-mesh network connects the worksite securely. It scales up with the project and a dashboard monitoring system and the ability to be integrated into existing applications and project management software.

In close collaboration with German Technology Provider TESVOLT, The world’s first completely 100% 24-hour solar-powered portable cabin for the construction industry was engineered, installed, and commissioned at three different projects within CCC’s operation in the Gulf region. The solar-powered cabins with a battery storage system meet day and night energy demands, maintaining round-the-clock operation and room temperature of less than 25°C even during the hot summer months. Currently, CCC is replicating this successful project across extensive facilities worldwide.


In collaboration with Netherland-based startup, Cybe, “CCC Startup” oversaw, executed, and completed a mainstream 3D Printed House Prototype – The world’s first realistic approach to the real-life mass production of 3D Printed Houses with MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing) integration while printing. The Prototype took 3D Printing from an “abstract future vision” to real-life implementation as a mainstream solution.


Additive Manufacturing (AM) is becoming increasingly important. It plays an increasingly important role in the manufacturing industry and mainly being used in toolmaking and prototype construction. Early applications suggest that the use of AM technologies for construction can decrease labor costs, reduce material waste, and create customized complex geometries that are difficult to achieve using conventional construction techniques.


3D printing of civil materials and tools is a new strategy that can serve the construction industry by optimizing time and saving money. In this regard, CCC worked side by side with Immensa Labs and released the result of a world-first joint effort to recover a series of concrete casting techniques with large-format 3D printing. The “Sensorial Adaptive Concrete Column” was made from 3D printed formwork produced in Immensa Labs’ facilities. Also, CCC targeted a project due to the complex architectural designs implemented in its structure. The scope of work included the manufacture, supply, and assemble 3D Printed molds for GRC casting panels for the Bridge and three Tunnels. Including 3D printed root elements with MDF backing.


We worked with Immensa to evaluate the benefits that 3D printing could bring to CCC machines’ spare parts and successfully reverse engineered, 3D printed, and installed spare parts on some of CCC’s machinery fleet. The futuristic application of the “Just in Time” Inventory will reduce the size of inventory warehouses and avoid the risk of unexpected costs and downtime, especially in remote areas.


Drones technology has recently boomed in the construction industry, turning numbers into billions of dollars. CCC has been an early adopter and has become sure-footed in drone technology usage in construction, collaborating with Drones Startups.

  • Engineering & Surveying
    The construction industry mainly uses drones for Engineering, surveying, and inspection purposes. They are equipped with several sensors and can capture a great deal of aerial data in a short time. A drone is of added value tool for construction projects. It is significantly faster than the traditional surveying method and is pretty accurate. Drone usage in construction is cost-effective compared to conventional methods, as it minimizes manpower, saves time, improves communication, and documents every detail throughout the job site.
  • Progress Monitoring
    Progress monitoring for construction projects becomes easier, faster, and more precise by utilizing drones. It allows tracking of construction progress at regular time intervals from the same location. The project team can fly Drones to capture images or record videos, which will generate the weekly progress reports and reflect what has been constructed into progress percentage.
  • Cargo
    Cargo-lift cargo carrier drones have been making headlines. Their ability to carry air cargo in various conditions to remote locations represents a powerful use case. This type of aircraft could be a game-changer for the air cargo industry. However, it could make a real difference even in the Construction Industry by effortlessly delivering materials in the right place and at the right time.

CCC has successfully implemented, commissioned, and tested the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) video analytics technology to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in camps. We leverage artificial intelligence technology functionalities to the next level. We facilitate and improve project controls such as facial recognition used for time attendance, automated headcount, security measures, and seize/contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak in construction sites by monitoring employees’ temperature readings.


In collaboration with the open-source project C.U.R.A., CCC successfully converted a container into a portable Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) as part of its capacity-building efforts. C.U.R.A. proposes a quick-to-deploy solution to expand emergency facilities and ease the pressure on healthcare systems treating patients infected by the COVID-19 virus. C.U.R.A. aims to facilitate the work of medical staff in avoiding cross infection and hospital bottlenecks.

Through erecting C.U.R.A. containers, CCC aims to improve the efficiency of the existing design solutions of field hospitals, producing a compact I.C.U. Pod that is quick to deploy and safe to work in for medical professionals.


CCC wants to participate in this initiative by promoting a new revolutionary Reforestation method by using Drones. For this reason, CCC is on the run to collaborate with startups that uses precision drone technology to replant seedpods into deforested areas worldwide.


At the MEED Project Awards, CCC won several awards in a ceremony held in Dubai on December 16th, 2020. The awards celebrated the GCC’s dynamic projects industry and recognized the best projects demonstrating excellence across architecture, construction, and engineering.

The 2020 edition of the awards received over 130 entries from leading organizations, project owners, contractors, and consultants. Other organizations from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman were commended for their achievements across 19 unique categories for delivering outstanding projects, reiterating the efforts that the entire GCC is taking to develop infrastructure that is strategically vital to the growth of the region.

CCC was named the winner of one GCC Award and three National awards:

  • GCC Award
    • Innovation Medal 2020
      3D Printed Single Family House for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Housing, Saudi Arabia
  1. Innovation Medal, Saudi Arabia
    3D Printed Single Family House under the Building Technology Stimulus Initiative for the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Housing
  2. Innovation Medal, UAE
    Empowering EMAAR’s Opera Grand Tower Project with Innovative IoT Technology to improve Safety and Productivity
  3. Sustainability Medal, UAE
    Off-Grid Portable Cabin (Accommodation and Office Units)

It is worth mentioning that CCC has also won many awards in the innovations and startups field during the last few years.

  1. CCC won the IPLOCA New Technologies Award 2019 sponsored by BP for utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a smart construction helmet that connects workers at construction sites using mesh networks to improve safety and productivity.
  2. CCC was the winner of the IPLOCA Environmental Award 2018 in recognition of realizing significant achievements in minimizing environmental impacts. Specifically, for developing the Off-Grid portable power cabin, a 100% solar powered mobile cabin that can be used as part of site establishment activities to power communication and mobile equipment for offices and camps.