Program explores concrete technologies, key structural integrity issues
April 08, 2009
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, hosted (Wednesday, April 8th, 2009) host the “Seminar on Construction of Tall Buildings” of the ACI UAE Chapter, one of the world’s leading authorities on concrete technology.
ALHOSN and the non-profit ACI-UAE Chapter hope that the community-oriented event will raise more professional and public awareness on the proper construction of high-rises.
“Development must go hand-in-hand with responsibility, which is a guiding principle for our seminars. Engineers are construction practitioners in areas, such as Abu Dhabi, where property projects are proceeding at a rapid pace need to be more knowledgeable and concerned on the structural, technological and environmental aspects of developments, such as tall building construction. Through our technical seminars, we hope to promote world-class concrete technologies and construction techniques in the emirate and throughout the country,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Fellow of the ACI and President of the ACI-UAE Chapter.
The ACI-UAE Chapter’s local office is located at ALHOSN University, which is renowned for its leading Engineering academic programs including Civil Engineering, Architectural Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Software Engineering and Urban Planning academic programs and its encouragement of the entry of more women into the engineering field. ACI-UAE Chapter presently includes about 130 ACI International members living in the UAE. Established in 1904, ACI has been delivering quality educational programs in the concrete field and supporting industry with educational seminars internationally since 1969.
Among the distinguished industry figures presenting lectures in the event are Dr. Sami W. Tabsh, P.E., Technical Director - Structures, OTAK International; Eng. Mamdouh G. Hamouda, MACI, Engineering Manager, Al Habtoor Leighton Group; Dr. Ammar Yahia, PEng, MACI, Chair of Civil Engineering Department, ALHOSN University; and Mr. Christopher Stanley, Technical Director, Unibeton Ready Mix. The event was attended by distinguished Engineers and concrete practitioners in the UAE.
“It’s very important for engineers to learn and apply better processes and technologies. From a professional perspective, this facilitates technical advancement, while from the public point of view this translates to greater safety. Adopting industry-leading practices also provides a significant edge in today’s tight property markets,” added Elias Boutros Sayah, President, Sayah Engineering Consulting Bureau, and president of ASCE-UAE section, part of the American Society of Civil Engineering.
“The ACI seminar embodies our slogan of ‘Global knowledge with local vision.’ While we constantly strive to adopt the best global practices in activities such as high-rise concrete construction, we must also remember how these complement domestic development. We also believe that the public should be more aware of these issues as stakeholders in national growth,” concluded Dr. Ammar Yahia, ACI member and the Chair of Civil Engineering Dept. at ALHOSN University.
Abu Dhabi-based ALHOSN University offers 18 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in three faculties, many of which cater to engineering disciplines. Most of ALHOSN’s programs were developed by academicians from prestigious North American universities. The City Campus of ALHOSN includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, Library Building, Lectures Building and the Engineering Labs Building, all located in the center of Abu Dhabi. Construction plans for the main campus with state-of-the-art facilities designed according to the highest international standards is presently being finalized.