NRMCA and Grey Matters hosted the 9th International Concrete Technology Forum in the Middle East at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar on the 3rd of December 2017. The conference was a big success being sponsored by 11 companies where 155 personnel attended. For the second year in a row, â€śAl Khalij Cement Companyâ€ť was the partner of the event. Qatar Construction Specification endorsed the event. The International Concrete Technology Forum was also endorsed by the â€śConcrete Sustainability Councilâ€ť. The platinum sponsors were â€śQatar Betonâ€ť, â€śChrysoâ€ť and â€śDokaâ€ť; the gold sponsors were â€śUnited Readymixâ€ť, â€śHydronixâ€ť and â€śSimatecâ€ť; the silver sponsors were â€śCortecâ€ť, â€śKrytonâ€ť and â€śCiko Middle Eastâ€ť.
Local, Regional and International speakers shared the latest developments and technologies related to sustainability initiatives, new technologies, design, specifying, manufacturing and handling of concrete.
The upcoming amendments of â€śQatar Construction Specifications â€“ Section 05, Concreteâ€ť were declared and shared with the industry.
Moreover, the conference included a panel discussion where representatives of five different industries in particular within the construction industry in general constructively discussed different point of views and approaches related to acceptance and conformity of concrete. The panellists represented: ready-mixed concrete supplier, contractor, consultant, admixture supplier, and testing laboratory.
Also, a graduation ceremony took place for the 4th batch of NRMCA Certified Concrete Professional Middle East (CCPfME) .
Â The International Concrete Technology Forum is designed to provide networking and learning opportunities, where attendees received 6 professional development hours (PDHâ€™s).
Researchers, authorities, academics, engineers, architect, contractors, concrete producers, material suppliers and concrete industry professions attended the International Concrete Technology Forum and were part of this networking platform.
The 2018 Conference date will be announced during mid of January 2018.
Prepared by Sarah Zgheib