Qatar seeks to prolong life span of construction projects

 17 Nov 2015 - 16:14

Qatar seeks to prolong life span of construction projects
 

Doha: Dr Mohamed bin Saif Al Kuwari, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment for Laboratories and Standardization, has termed Qatar Construction Specifications (QCS) 2014 that was launched yesterday as a world achievement of which Qatar is so proud. 
These specifications are now available alongside those of American society for all through the interactive database of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), he said. 
On Monday, the Ministry of Environment organized a one-day Qatar Construction Specifications Conference 2014. Following the opening session, HE Minister of Environment Ahmed bin Amer Al Humaidi inaugurated the Qatar-US edition of ASTM.
In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) today, Dr Al Kuwari said that the ASTM's selection of QCS 2014 to be available on its interactive database is no accident as the Qatari specifications deserve that, pointing out that the CEO of ASTM stressed that Qatari standards were produced in a highly technical and professional manner and built on scientific research.
For these reasons, the QCS 2014 were highly lauded by companies, experts and engineers inside and outside Qatar, he said, pointing to its quality for construction projects in terms of sustainability and permanence.
Al Kuwari added that the QCS 2014 would extend the life of construction projects in Qatar by about 75 years instead of life span of 25 to 30 years.
"Qatar is witnessing an unprecedented construction boom and is investing billions in these projects. We aim to extend the life span of these projects, especially roads, concrete and infrastructure projects to reach 100 years," Al Kuwari added, revealing that they started contacts with international universities, including British ones to conduct joint scientific research to extend the life of installations in Qatar.

QNA