5. Dr Eng Sani Sener, TAV Group

TAV Group has once again seen a busy year under the leadership of president and chief executive officer, Dr Eng Sani Sener. Revenue in the last financial year reached $2.1bn (AED7.7bn), and the total value of TAV’s ongoing construction projects is estimated at $6.5bn (AED23.9bn).

In 2017-18, TAV has been involved numerous high-profile projects in the Middle East, particularly in its core market of aviation. In addition to the Emaar Square Package 3 (hotel and shopping mall), TAV has worked on the development of Muscat International Airport in Oman in a joint venture (JV) with CCC, and as the main contractor on an airport hotel project at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Ongoing projects in TAV’s portfolio include the Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi International Airport, as part of a TAV-CCC-Arabtec JV; Bahrain International Airport’s modernisation programme, in an Arabtec-TAV JV; and the Yanbu, Qassim, and Hail airports in Saudi Arabia, where TAV is the developer, contractor, and operator.

With a workforce of almost 50,000, TAV’s training and development budget for 2018 is $1m (AED3.7m). The company is also planning to invest more than $3m (AED11m) in technology this year. “More investment is planned to improve the digital resources available to staff and projects with the aim of improving productivity in 2018,” says Sener.

“TAV Construction is investing in technologies to expand information management implementations that combine all forms of information on the project, including for handover and the use of data beyond construction, during operations by the end-users.

“These investments include increased opportunities to automate reporting [functions] through real time dashboards, to significantly reduce the time and effort [required] to make information available to all parties, and to streamline decision-making, while increasing awareness on projects. Development, with the focus on expanding the use of digital information management systems – on site and beyond construction – [...] is aggressively planned for throughout 2018,” he tells Construction Week.