Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) recently held a workshop in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning (MMUP), CGIS & BPC Departments, the Centre for Geographic Information Systems and the Building Permit Complex Department. The workshop centered on the importance of applying the Qatar National Datum QND95, a comprehensive geodetic datum for Topographic mapping used as a spatial reference system in the state of Qatar.
The event, held in presence of engineering consulting offices, came as part of Qatar Rail’s ongoing coordination with its governmental stakeholders towards adopting the highest standards in all its projects phases. The workshop included discussions on the Importance of dealing with Qatar National Datum QND95, a clarification about the datum specifications, the difference between "Level of Zero" and QND95, as well as the problematic of using “Zero Level” Elevations.
Eng. Hassan Ahmed Al Marwani, Senior Technical Interface Manager at Qatar Rail, commented on the event saying: “Qatar Rail projects fall under the strategic Qatar National Vision 2030 developed by our country’s wise leadership with the aim of turning Qatar into one of the most advanced states at the global level. In our company, we are keen to comply with the highest standards in all areas related to our works, and the QND95, being the official system adopted by the state, is one to which our company shows commitment.” He added: “The workshop was of high importance and marked by great success in relation to eliminating any confusion for stakeholders and consultant offices over QND95. We thank everyone for their efforts, and we look forward to more cooperation with the Ministry of Urban Planning and all affiliates concerned in our projects”.
For his part, Eng. Mubarak Al Naeimi, Building Permit Complex Department Manage at MMUP, said: “We are holding this workshop out of necessity for all engineering consulting offices to fulfill the standardized QND95 in all their submitted plans and drawings. In the future, we are preparing to issue a circulation to all Engineering consulting offices to comply with the QND95 system and to submit the Drawings according to that for any Project falling inside Qatar Rail Protection Zone.”
Al Naeimi appreciated Qatar Rail’s keenness to hold similar workshops aiming to update all consulting offices on the technical developments in the field. The event was marked by the distinguished presence of more than 200 representatives from the Consulting offices as well as MMUP representatives, who shared valuable thoughts with all partners. The attendance from Qatar Rail alongside Al Marwani, were Eng. Mohamed Ali Eissa, Civil-Structural Technical Approval Engineer, Mr. Ashwin Rabadia, Technical Interface Manager, and Eng. Hamad Al Qahtani, the Red Line South interface Manager. On behalf of MMUP (CGIS), Engineer Mohamed Ali El Merri, Head of Topographic Section, attended the workshop, along with Mubarak Mahboub Al Naiemi from MMUP (BPC).
The Qatar National Datum (QND95) has been accurately defined by the Centre for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS), with two main components Vertical and Horizontal. Whereas, the QND95 datum provides ministries and institutions with the coordinate system (QNG), consisting of Easting, Northing and Elevation. Qatar Rail has so far awarded multi-billion dollar contracts for worldwide companies that embarked in the works of the aspired world-class rail network and efficient public transportation system which will provide an attractive and competitive alternative to private transport, capable of achieving a significant modal share.