Posted on March 02, 2015

The opening ceremony of the 18th Gulf Engineering Forum hosted in Doha from 1 to 3 March 2015, was held under the patronage of His Excellency Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. The first day of the forum saw the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh presented with the Gulf Engineering Union prize in excellence and innovation, for King Abdul Aziz public transport project in Riyadh.

Moreover, His Excellency Engineer Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi, President of the Public Works Authority, and Chairman of the Forum, Mr. Ahmad Jolo, President of the Qatar Society of Engineers and Vice President of the forum, and Dr Khalil Ibrahim Al Hosni, secretary General of the Gulf Engineering Union presented awards and shields to pioneers and inventors in the engineering field from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as major companies sponsoring the forum, presidents of Gulf engineering societies and heads of Gulf and Arab engineering unions.

On the first day, the forum witnessed the review of 13 work papers from various infrastructure sectors, which addressed several topics related to managing successful projects, traffic safety, green infrastructure and training employees for project management. The work papers also highlighted the global experiences in the field of infrastructure, and how to benefit from, apply, and improve these experiences.

The work papers which were discussed, included a work paper titled “The Successful Project”, presented by Engineer Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Sulaiti, on how to manage projects through a group of processes that integrate which each other. The papers also included a work paper presented by Doctor Yousef Al Horr, Founder and Chairman of the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development, under the title “Green Infrastructure Standards”, which addressed the role of green infrastructure projects in the process of development, environmental sustainability, and protection of environment for present and future generations.

The Engineering Forum honours 2 [].jpgBrigadier Mohammed Al-Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee, presented a work paper on traffic safety, which discussed the main elements that must be met in order to achieve traffic safety on streets and public roads. He also pointed out that achieving the principle of safety depends on three elements; the vehicle, the road, and the human element.

The work paper presented by Doctor Saleh Al-Megren, Director of Training and Development department in the Saudi Council of Engineers, under the title “Global Experiences in the Training of Engineering Human Resources”, reviewed the successful global experiences of engineering training in terms of planning, implementation, follow-up, as well as the role of effective training in contributing to the achievement of targets, in order to develop engineers and improve his or her performance in general.

The Ministry of Transportation in the United Arab Emirates participated by presenting a work paper under the title “A Study on the Possibility of Developing Services in the Distribution Network”. The paper shed light on the major development that Dubai witnessed during the past ten years in its infrastructure due to rapid development in the real estate sector. Ahmed Al-Qawsi, from Qatar Rail Company (Qatar Rail), gave a lecture on the challenges facing major infrastructure projects in the transportation of materials resulting from excavation works without negatively affecting the traffic flow, in which he confirmed that the transportation of these materials is one of the biggest challenges faced by large projects.

The Engineering Forum honours 3 [].jpgIn addition, Mr. Fahad Mohammed Al-Hammadi, President of the Arab Contractor’s Union, presented a lecture on “contracting”, in which he confirmed that contracting is now considered one of the pillars upon which some major countries depend. Al- Hammadi also reviewed the reality of contracting in general, compared it with the Japanese experience of solving problems of this sector, and discussed the theoretical framework of contracting, reality and constraints of contracting in the Arab world, and the Japanese experience in supporting and developing contracting and the elements of its success.

Dr. Wafa Saleh presented a paper titled “Traffic Safety, Pedestrian Accidents” in which she highlighted the absence of traffic safety policies which in turn increases the number of pedestrian accidents on the roads. The work paper also discussed the best possible ways to achieve traffic safety, especially for pedestrians who make up he majority of injuries and fatalities. In the seminar “the Gulf engineer in the private sector - ambition and challenges” which was moderated by Doctor Ali Al-Marri, Sultan bin Saeed Al-Shidhani, from Oman, presented a work paper titled “Career Development for Engineers – an entry, a requirement, and a tool to enable the Gulf engineer in the private sector”.

In his paper, Al-Shidhani explained that in spite of the stated government policies and large number of organisations of all sizes and ownerships working in the engineering sector, whether governmental, public shareholding, or private, who aim to empower and employ the Gulf engineer to work and lead in the engineering work, the situation in reality does not indicate great and wide successes except in certain sectors such as oil and gas. Al-Shidhani also pointed out that the government sector, which mainly performs supervisory and administrative roles, is the most sought after for national engineering cadres.