Future Concrete Qatar 2014 kicks off in Doha
The sixth international Future Concrete conference organised by Advanced Construction and Technology Services (ACTS), a leading consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, kicks off on Tuesday (December 02) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar.
Co-sponsored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI), ASTM, and ASHGHAL, the Public Works Authority in the State of Qatar, the event will touch upon the latest in infrastructure and construction technologies and will revolve around structural health monitoring; innovative practices in repair, evaluation and protection of structures; concrete quality in fast track projects; and the intelligent use of construction materials in large-scale projects.
Qatar's construction industry value is forecast at approximately USD 32.3bn, representing a real value annual growth of 54%.
This highly-anticipated annual event, regarded as the centerpiece capability-building activity for the industry players, is being held at a crucial time when Qatar’s construction industry value is forecast at approximately USD 32.3bn in FY14/15, representing a real value annual growth of 54%. MEED estimates the total value of projects planned or underway in Qatar at USD 222bn.
Engr. Khaled Awad, Chairman of ACTS, said, “The Qatari construction market has witnessed buoyant real growth over the last 2-3 years. With several new large scale infrastructure projects being announced recently, and of course all the projects related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, we expect growth rates to remain elevated. Given this favorable scenario, the Future Concrete conference provides an ideal platform to discuss various industry issues, trends and opportunities, with the participation of eminent industry professionals from across the region and internationally.”
Future Concrete Qatar 2014 features an impressive line-up of speakers composed of experts from around the world. Among them are Dr. Mohammed Seif Al Kuwari, Undersecretary and Chairman of Qatar Standards; Dr. Khaled Hassan, Regional Manager at TRL, Qatar; Dr. Khaled Al Naas, Projects Control Manager for Dukhan Highway, CCC Qatar; Chadi Chahine, Middle East Technical and R&D Manager, Chryso; Marcel Paulitsch, Technical Manager at Ha-Be Middle East; Dr. Alessandro P. Fantilli, Professor at Politecnico di Torino, Italy; Peter Latham, Technical Manager of Readymix Qatar; Dr. Faris Malhas, Professor at Central Connecticut State University, USA; Dr. Hesham Marzouk, Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto Canada; Dr. Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Professor at University of Houston, USA; Ahmad Sabra, Branch Manager at ACTS, KSA; and Khaled El Emadi, Manager of Quality & Safety Department, ASHGHAL Qatar.
Among the topics that will be covered at the conference include: Delay and Disruption in the Construction of Mega Projects; Improving Aesthetics and Durability of Concrete with the Use of Innovative Chemicals; Online Live Monitoring of Concrete Placement Operations; Surface Protection for Manufactured Concrete Products; Eco-mechanical Performances of Concrete Made with Recycled Aggregates; Recycled Concrete: Opportunities in Qatar; and An Overview of Structural Health Monitoring Systems For Concrete Structures; among others.
The event is supported by Corrotech and CHRYSO as Partners; United Ready Mix, Al-Wataniya Concrete, and MAPEI as Platinum Sponsors; Qatar Alpha Beton, Beton, Hassanesco, Ramix Concrete Company, Qatar Beton, and Ha-Be as Gold Sponsors; Cortec and Unibeton as Silver Sponsors; and WhyQATAR as the Media Partner.