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Design and Sustainability of Structural Concrete in the Middle East

The American Concrete Institute, Kuwait Chapter has held its largest event ever to be arranged by the chapter. It consisted of three joined equally important events; the international conference, the award banquet and the roundtable meeting. The Second ACI-KC International Conference, Design and Sustainability of Structural Concrete in the Middle East; with emphasis on High Rise Buildings, was held in SAS hotel from 12th-14th of March 2007. Thirty two scientific papers from thirteen different countries were presented in this international conference, chaired by Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi.

The presented papers include the following distinguished keynote presentations:

FIBER REINFORCED CONCRETE: State of Progress at the Edge of the New Millennium

by Antoine E. Naaman,
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, USA

High Performance Material Applications in Civil Engineering

by Issam E. Harik, Raymond Blythe,
Professor of Civil engineering, and Program Manager,
Structures and Coatings, Kentucky Transportation Center,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA.

The conference attracted a large number of participants and audience form consulting firms, contractors, research institutes and ministries. It is expected that the outcomes of this conference will influence and have a significant impact on the building industry in Kuwait. Keeping up with the chapter tradition, the annual award banquet was held on 12th March 2007. The date was selected to coincide with the opening ceremony and the reception of the Second International Conference.

The joint event was held under the patronage of his Excellency Dr. Ismail Al-Shati, deputy prime minister and minister of state for cabinet affairs, in Al-Hashmy hall in SAS hotel and was attended by a large number of colleagues from various disciplines of the building industry along with the ACI members. The award of achievement, presented by ACI-KC to an individual to recognize outstanding contribution to the Engineering Community in Kuwait, was given to Engineer Abdullateef Al-Dakhaeel in recognition of his services and achievements during more than 30 years in the ministry of public works where he had a leading rule in the development of the infrastructure in Kuwait and where he gained the respect of his colleagues.

The Award of Excellence, presented to a local outstanding project, was given to Al-Manshar mall project. The award was given to Tamdeen Real Estate; the owner and developer of the project, Dar Al Omran; the architect, Pan Arab; the structural designer and Ahmadiah the contractor. A special award was presented to Ms. Ebtisam Al-Kazmi on recognision for her contribution to the ACI-Kuwait chapter. The first ACI roundtable meeting to be held in Kuwait was held on 13th of March 2007 in SAS hotel.

The meeting was attended by Moetaz El-Hawary, Khaldoun Rahal, Anas Kassem; ACI-Kuwait Chapter, Surendra Manjrekar, R. N. Raikar, Mohan Jacob; ACI-India Chapter, Maher Bader; ACI-Saudi Arabia Chapter and Abdul Kader Kairouz; ACI-Lebanon Chapter. Many subjects of regional importance were discussed. Among other recommendations, it was agreed to nominate a coordination officer from one of the Chapters to be the point of distribution whereby each chapter will e-mail announcement and newsletters and the coordination officer will distribute. The event was sponsored by KSE, KFAS, KISR, Bubiyan Ready Mix, KU, Gulf Consult and Kuwait Portland Cement.

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ACI - Kuwait Chapter Award of Excellence
ACI - Kuwait Chapter Award of Achievement
ACI - Kuwait Chapter Special Award for Infrastructure Project

ACI Kuwait Chapter