Sasa Popovic, director of structures at WME Engineering Consultants, talks to Construction Week about contemporary market conditions, and his team's support for the CW Awards 2017.

WME is a Silver Sponsor for the CW Awards 2017. 

The winners of this year’s event will be presented with their accolades during a gala dinner and awards ceremony at Rixos Premium Dubai on Wednesday, 6 December, 2017.

Why is it important that you support the CW Awards 2017?

The construction week recognises the best in our industry. We want our peers and clients to recognise that we support excellence within our industry in both our own company and in others.

It is events like this that allows us not only to review our status in the market, but challenge ourselves to be the best.

The event is also a great opportunity to network, meet colleagues, and debrief them on the year and the challenges both behind and ahead of us. 

What are the main challenges faced by the regional construction industry in 2017?

2017 has been a very competitive year, with construction costs dropping while clients expectations for perfection are increasing.

The UAE is now an established market and this is when true excellence is recognised and standards are challenged.  

Building information modelling (BIM) has been an amazing tool that has really come to bloom in 2017 – with clients acknowledging the importance of such evolving tools in our industry, it has become an active process that should make things easier going forward.

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