Concrete, the world’s most used man-made construction material, has been used for several features throughout history including architecture, infrastructure and more, due to its flexibility, durability and economy. Concrete is exclusive among the major construction materials since it is designed specifically for particular projects where locally available materials are mostly used.
GCC region’s current infrastructure flourishing is resulting in several Mega Construction Projects that are designed with strict specifications in order to attain longer service life. Therefore, implementing latest technologies and practices in the concrete industry became inevitable.
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), a U.S. based organization, and Grey Matters, an innovative professional entity based in UAE, are organizing the 7th International Concrete Technology Forum (ICTF) which will feature the latest advances, technical knowledge, recent regulatory changes and future trends in concrete technology. The conference will take place in Doha on the 20th of November in Grand Hyatt Hotel, and in Dubai on the 22nd and 23rd of November in Al Bustan Rotana Hotel.
This year, the Dubai Municipality is the strategic Partner of the conference in Dubai with reference to many projects and researches that have been initiated with Grey Matters and NRMCA. The “ASTM Standards” is the standard’s partner in Doha; moreover, the “ACI Kuwait Chapter”, “Iberoamerican Federation for Ready Mixed Concrete” and the “Concrete Sustainability Council” are endorsing both conferences.
Local, regional and international speakers will share topics like “Sustainability Initiatives in UAE and the Region”, “Redefining Concrete Construction. Connecting the Objectives of Dubai Municipality & the Construction Sector; Uniting Project Stakeholders”, “Advances in Admixture Technology” and “Precast Concrete”. The ICTF Dubai will feature a half day demonstration, where the delegates will visit a ready mix plant and watch a new product being used with fresh concrete. Moreover the ICTF Dubai will include a panel discussion deliberating local requirements of the Dubai Municipality for Green Concrete, their implementation, alternatives and concerns rising from different parties, and the results of the Dubai Municipality EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) research, that was introduced during last year’s conference and conducted in partnership with NRMCA and Grey Matters, will be shared.
Dubai Municipality, NRMCA and Grey Matters, will delightedly introduce for the first time the “Dubai Municipality Awards” for the Ready Mix Concrete and Precast companies in Dubai. Companies will be rewarded for several achievements including the performance in achieving the Dubai Central Laboratory certification under Dubai Municipality Standard Specification, DMS 026.
The 7th International Concrete Technology Forum delivers learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing, design, and construction. Attendees will receive up to 12 professional development hours (PDH’s). Researchers, authorities, academics, students, engineers, architects, contractors, concrete producers, public works officials, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals are invited to join the ICTF and be part of this networking platform. Moreover, the third batch of the NRMCA Certified Concrete Professionals Middle East (CCPfME) will graduate in both conferences.
Prepared by Sarah Zgheib