Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, ACI-KC conducted its First International Conference on September 28th, 2003 in conjunction with the 7th Gulf Engineering Gathering and the 7th Housing Exhibition.
The opening ceremony was attended by six Ministers:
The conference technical sessions were conducted over three days from September 29th to October 1st, 2003. The theme of the conference was "Concreting and High Performance Concrete in Hot Weather", which was believed to be relevant in the gulf region. The topics covered by the conference included: new trends in construction materials, durability and deterioration, specifications and codes, repairs and retrofitting, quality assurance and control, and advanced construction technology.
Minister of Public Works and Minister of Housing
Minister of Energy
Minister of Communication
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Social Affairs
Minister of Finance
as well as Governors, Undersecretaries, Ambassadors, high level officials in addition to many guests from Kuwait and the region.
A total of 38 abstracts were received and 25 technical papers were finally accepted and presented at the conference. Papers presented were from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Syria Iran, Libya, Algeria, United Kingdom and the State of Kuwait. The Exhibition lasted for five days from September 29th, 2003 to October 3rd, 2003.
Participants represented Government bodies, material suppliers, engineering offices, contractors, real estate companies, in addition to many other specialty companies. In coordination with the Engineering Society, ACI-KC arranged visits for its guests to the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait national Museum, Kuwait Towers, in addition to various visits for sightseeing and shopping.
The success of this conference is attributed to the devotion of the Organizing and Scientific committees and the support of ACI-KC board of Directors. to ensure a successful event, members of the committees contributed tremendously to the various aspects of the organization of the conference activities for over fourteen months. Without their active participation, determination and dedication, it would not have been possible to organize the conference.
ACI-KC expresses its deep appreciation to the keynote speakers, the chairpersons of the scientific sessions as well as the authors of the technical papers and participants for their contribution to this conference. Particular thanks to all the staff behind the scenes from ACI-KC, the Engineers Society and other who made this event a reality.
As a final note ACI-KC wishes to extend special thanks to the sponsors of this conference Kuwait Society of Engineers, Kuwait Foundation for the advancement of Sciences
ACI-International. The support of the co-sponsors Gulf Consult and Kuwait Portland Cement Company is also gratefully acknowledged.