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Frame’s approach is to ensure tangible benefits are provided that give added value to the design process and ultimately savings to the client.

Such benefits include:

  • Reduction in construction costs.
  • Improvement of project schedules.
  • Optimisation of resources.

Where a project is eligible and the potential for savings has been identified, Frame enters into a commitment with the client to proceed under the basis of a mutual win/win (shared savings) arrangement. This provides the incentive for Frame to produce innovative solutions for the reduction of project costs.

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Value Engineering, also often called Value Planning, Value Analysis or Value Management, is a rational approach to engineering and construction and is based on the answers to three basic questions:

  • (a) What is its function?
  • (b) What is its cost?
  • (c) Can it be provided in an alternative way at a reduced cost?

(Cost being defined in terms of both money and time.)

In todays competitive marketplace, where time is all-important and fast track developments are the norm, it is often the case that there is not sufficient lead time to fully develop and optimise a detailed design. Competitive design fees can also preclude the use of non-productive design development. Limitations of time can also exacerbate such circumstances. As such, the involvement of Frame as an independent third party value engineering specialist can readily provide the impetus for a complete review of the proposed design and the identification of the inherent cost savings not previously considered due to project constraints.

Frame Value Engineering offers the opportunity to reduce costs by careful re-assessment of a facility or structure. This can lead to reconfiguring structural arrangements and re-sizing components to achieve savings due to changes/optimisation of size, material or construction technique.

In the case of complex structures, Frame will challenge traditional design constraints and evaluate the structural performance and consequences of such an approach by the re-analysis of components including 3-D non-linear stress analysis.

Knowledge and understanding of structural analysis and the design process has given Frame the ability to quickly investigate alternative structural systems and identify cost saving options.

Value Engineering provides the client with an additional decision making tool that can be used to optimise the overall cost of a project. Structural optimisation can provide considerable savings at the front-end of construction.


As a significant segment of its core business, FRAME has developed a long lasting relationship in the form of integrated Joint Ventures with some major “Signature” architects, mostly of French & Italian origins. Our local organization set up develops the activity then assists, coordinates and provides engineering related services in the aim to submit comprehensive, turn key proposals ranging from concept design, to development design till tender documentation and even site supervision of specific projects. Among these signature architects we are proud to introduce the portfolio of the following; all of them have a successful experience in the UAE on high quality projects for prestigious developers.


From Paris and Milan, who for instance has been selected to provide the master plan and concept designs for Abu Dhabi’s prominent companies for their most prestigious projects namely:

  • (a) a) Lulu Island ( master planning of 60 ha island offshore Abu Dhabi: runners up of the International competition by ms.Capital Investments)
  • (b) Concept design of n.2 high rise Towers along the Corniche for ms. International Capital Trading
  • Successful winners of the international competition for the Dar Eqamah mix use development at Bateen for m/s. ALDAR


From Italy and Dubai, is an integrated studio specialized in high technological content designs, technical & educational projects.

Designer of the prestigious Zayed Athletic Center in Fujairah a fully integrated sports academy & international events stadium for HH sheik Hamed al Sharqi.


François SPOERRY, designer and developer of PORT GRIMAUD has lived until his death in his marine village.

There he had settled his architecture studio, on the main place, explaining in situ to his clients his ideas in a very pragmatic way. Xavier BOHL contributes since 1984 to the genesis of a lot of international and local projects in assuming more and more important responsibilities.

After the Master’s death, and when his studio has been closed, he created his own, 16 rue de l’Octogone, with the will to stay in the heart of PORT GRIMAUD

His team integrates several of his ex-fellow workers, rallied in an architecture and urbanism company.The new studio, created in July 1999 is fit out with a classic computer equipment, with a will of an easy and organized communication.For Xavier BOHL, building is creating a new world, a modern architecture and urbanism adjusted to present-day life.

His inspirations are the happy success of the past, developing the local particularisms with human respect, and with joy, colours, in the spirit of François SPOERRY.


Mr. Nabih Sinno, is and architect and consultant who has established the CBA Group partnership in 1977, and formed a private consulting agency Nabih Sinno Consultant, s,a,r,l. in 2003.

Bachelor of Architecture, AUB 1970 and Master of Urban Planning and Design, Univ. of Leeds, 1974, he is the former Chairman of the Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut and Associate Professor in the same Department from 1986 to 2003.

Nominated for the “Agha Khan Award in Architecture”, 1997 Mr Sinno has undertaken a number of international competitions like the design of an urban development in the Holy city of Mecca to house 100,000 pilgrims in1998 and performed numerous research, among others, on the condition of housing in Lebanon and on light of the industry and planning in the country produced a document on the subject, 1998.

He has also conducted research on the vernacular Architecture of Kuwait and the region, 1996 and on the he state-of-the-art Building technology at MIT, 1995.

Mr Sinno is now extensively involved in the professional consultancy on design, design development, on a large number of projects of diversified nature.


FRAME's Project Management philosophy is to apply skills, knowledge, and experience to fully understand a project before it begins; challenge the design from the outset; proactively manage the construction effort and quickly resolve commercial and technical issues as they arise. The company can act as stand alone project managers or as part of an integrated team to co-ordinate and direct all phases of a project by providing a single structured link between the client, consultants, contractors and specialist suppliers. FRAME's skills and abilities can be provided at any stage of a project but are most effective in ensuring a client receives true value for money when employed from the outset of an enterprise. An informed, pragmatic approach delivered in an open manner allows even the most complex projects to be successfully delivered with a truly personal service.

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Frame Management International (FMI) applies its in-depth contracting experience and commercial awareness developed over many years of working in the Middle East and combines this with its value engineering expertise and construction knowledge to define and then deliver a client’s expectations.

The FMI view is that design, construction and project management are inextricably linked and that the complete integration of all technical and commercial disciplines must occur at the outset of a development. The production of a pragmatic procurement/contracting strategy in parallel with an efficient design ensures the nature and scope of the development are clearly defined and risk and reward determined.

One of the fundamental tasks of FMI as the project manager is to ensure that a detailed and effective project brief is prepared to reflect the client’s objectives. This is an interactive process involving the design team, the client organisation and consultants; all managed, co-ordinated and facilitated by the project manager.

Feasibility studies are the most crucial aspect of design development. Time and money expended at this stage will be repaid in the overall success of the project.

Similarly, applying effective value management from the earliest stages of the preparation of the design brief gives emphasis to providing value for money and in producing a facility that can be constructed and operated at the lowest possible cost without reducing either scope or specification. The FMI Total Project Management service is best utilised from the outset of a development, often before design consultants are appointed, so as to ensure that relevant technical and commercial guidelines are in place before an effective design is developed. It is essential that economy of materials and economy of effort are carefully considered when producing a cost-effective durable solution. Design definition is, in essence, the beginning of the optimisation process of any project. Simply put; a design solution must be based on suitable materials and method(s) of work to produce the required end results of form and function within the prescribed constraints of cost, time and available resources.

Architectural elegance and engineering efficiency are the visible signs of a successful project; but only part of the overall process. The assessment and determination of risk and reward; effective methods of project execution and control; logical proactive leadership and the constant monitoring of detail are the hidden foundations upon which the successful project rests. There are no short-cuts and a cheap solution is often an expensive mistake.

The relationship between ‘scope of change’ and ‘cost of change’ varies drastically with time and the progress of work. The critical crossover point occurs at the completion of the strategy stage and it’s at this point that FMI belief the brief and the design should be frozen; it is therefore critical to get the design right during the feasibility and strategy stages of the project.

The increasing complexity of today’s construction projects creates the need for project management professionals, trained and experienced in all phases of a project’s life-cycle. They must be able to think critically, problem solve and monitor and manage to ensure that undesirable end results such as functional limitations, overruns of cost and time, disputes and litigation are avoided to ensure a positive project outcome.

Most of today’s project management companies use advanced computerised tools and techniques that enable the management and co-ordination of poorly defined projects with little effect to the end result. Many of these companies, although able and skilled in the discipline aspects of management, are most deeply involved in the administrative facets of monitoring inadequate resources, unrealistic schedules and inefficient tasks. These often become the critical and all time consuming aspect of their role leaving little time to be involved in the fundamentally more important aspects of the project; such as challenging the design, analysing construction resources and efficiency, resolving technical issues and uncovering misconceptions and errors which all impact on the efficiency of the construction process.

Sadly, it is all too often true that the result of today’s project management is the historical recording of inefficiencies and lost opportunities and not the proactive leadership required of successful delivery.