Saudi Arabia: The Jeddah Municipality plans to use GPS-based systems to monitor construction projects. The decision is aimed at benefiting engineers and architects, who deal with landlords on matters pertaining to building design.
In Jeddah, construction of high-rise buildings beyond the permitted height limit is one of the major violations. With the new system in place, the municipality plans to record the longitude and latitude of each construction site so that it can be monitored remotely. The municipality has now started to accept only electronic copies of land locations and proposed designs for buildings. The engineers and architects are being trained to use the new technology. The system will allow officials to keep an eye on the size of the project, how much land it covers and even the height of buildings. The system will ensure that the approval or rejection of building requests will be completed within three days. The municipality has used the new system to issue 3,044 building permits since June.
Source: Arab News