Monthly Archives for November 2012

Tea for two

Shenzhen, 29th November 2012 The last leg of my China trip has brought me to Shenzhen where we are meeting the creative team of our Hainan project. Crucial to any successful project team is the relationship of trust and respect … Continue reading

29. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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thrills and spills

Lingshui, Hainan, 28th November 2012 Presentation completed to clients satisfaction, done; driving at 160kmh in the clients Porsche to lunch, done; agreeing to all contractual terms and conditions, done; being offered a new job to quote, done. Getting the rest … Continue reading

29. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Planes, trains and automobiles

Lingshui, Hainan, 27th November 2012 This is one of those exciting days when you go to site for the first time. I think it is always a special moment in the life a project, the first time you set foot … Continue reading

27. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Resisting the economy

Singapore, 26th November 2012 It is interesting to see and understand how the economy impacts on our projects. I am sharing from my personal observation, not sure if it is representative across the board…with the economy under pressure in all corners … Continue reading

26. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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The lumen – candela ratio

Singapore, 23rd November 2012 You always learn or realise something new, even after 30 years in the business. Today as a new product range was introduced to me by one of my suppliers the issue of quality and performance came … Continue reading

23. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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When you leave it to suppliers

Singapore, 22nd November 2012 Overnight flights, specifically the shorter ones, regardless whether you fly business class, are still quite tiring, certainly if you have walked a site for 3 days in a row and dealt with emotional contractors :). Yes … Continue reading

22. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Mumbai style

Mumbai, 21st November 2012 With the Gangnam Style hit song blaring from a local radio station through my drivers’ speakers on my way to site this morning I was reflecting on my project and how the local (Mumbai) culture was … Continue reading

21. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Painting with light

Mumbai, 20th November 2012 Today painting with light got a whole new meaning for me… In Mumbai for the first stage commissioning of one of my hotel projects, I got some serious “lighting” shocks. Due to approval issues and budget … Continue reading

21. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Reference images

Singapore-Mumbai, 19th November 2012 Lighting is very much a visual thing. Showing a client lighting calculations does not really convey the actual mood and ambience of what is visually to be expected. Only a trained professional like ourselves can read … Continue reading

19. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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Value engineering…again!

Singapore, 16th November 2012 This is not the first time I have ranted about value engineering. Today was another frustrating day in staying calm and politely, and politically correctly, explaining to the client the value of doing a proper mock … Continue reading

16. November 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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