Engineers 'playing key role in improving standards'
Manama, February 12, 2013
The public depends on the expertise and creative thinking of engineers to design, build, operate and maintain the world's public infrastructure, sustaining and improving the standard of living.
That was the message from Bahrain Society of Engineers president Abdul Majeeb Al Gassab at the opening session of the ninth International Concrete Conference and Exhibition at the Gulf Hotel yesterday.
"Through the years, concrete construction concepts and technology have changed in response to new and recurring challenges facing the industry. Our achievement in science and technology, particularly in civil engineering, has been triggered by various motives," he was quoted as saying in the Gulf Daily News, our sister newspaper.
"In past years, engineers focused on design and construction of new facilities, such as buildings, bridges and highways, water treatment and environmental facilities, foundations and tunnels," remarked Al Gassab.
"Today's civil engineer not only has to design new facilities but must also analyse the effects of deterioration on infrastructure elements, consider system interdependencies and evaluate life-cycle impacts while also considering environmental and economic sustainability within the context of society," he stated.
"Civil engineers must be equipped with in-depth knowledge of traditional, fundamental principles and new technologies in order to address the complex problems faced within the society," he said.
"The theme of this conference for sustainable construction is about achieving a target of the best design, construction and maintenance platform and implementation of a culture where we give priority to these functions in our daily lives," he noted.
"The goal of this conference is to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, scholars, experts and decision makers in various fields of engineering from around the world to exchange new ideas, share knowledge and explore recent developments for sustainable construction," said Al Gassab.
"The conference promises to be an outstanding international platform for participants to share their knowledge and expertise," remarked Al Gassab.
"The upcoming three days would be very important for debating with keynote speakers and in technical sessions. Students and young participants will have a unique chance to be acquainted with new and advance civil engineering topics that will help them advance their careers, their respective organizations and the overall engineering community," he added.-TradeArabia News Service