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Laboratory set up for fire safety alarms
BY MOHAN VADAYAR December 09, 2016
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DUBAI: The Dubai Municipality (DM), in association with Dubai Civil Defence, is in the process of setting up a new laboratory to monitor fire safety alarms and its readiness, and to monitor the materials used for construction in all buildings under its jurisdiction.

The state-of-the art laboratory will be operational by next year while the code of construction, specifically for fire safety, a complicated procedure which has direct implication on the residents and their behaviour, will be dealt with during the forthcoming 4th International Conference on Quality Assurance for Sustainable Construction Materials from Dec14-15, Assistant Director General for Environment, Health and Safety Control, Khalid Mohammed Sharif, said on Dec.8.

The conference, in which experts in all construction sectors from more than 13 countries will be participating, will be held at Emirates Towers Hotel.

DM is hosting this 4th International Conference in the presence of a large number of researchers and specialists in this vital area, which has become today the basics of sustainability pursued by all countries.

Announcing the details of the event during a press conference held at the Municipality, Sharif said the focus of the conference this year is on the role of quality building materials in achieving higher standards of sustainability and safety in buildings and infrastructure.

He said the conference will discuss many important topics, such as quality control of materials and products of green buildings in addition to having a specialised session on the extent of fire resistance of these products and construction systems.

“The conference will feature technical lectures by speakers from the Middle East, Europe and the US and will have presentations by international industry experts from the GCC, USA, Asia and Europe. The event will highlight the international and regional approach to testing and quality controls, as well as the importance of specifications/standards. It will also serve as a platform for sharing experiences between the public and private sector,” said Sharif.

He said there will be speakers from the General Directorate of Civil Defence in Dubai, Gulf Standardisation Organisation, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, Arab Centre for Engineering Studies and other scientific and research institutions.

The conference programme also includes a workshop conducted by ASTM on the second day on the extent of fire resistance of external coating products and workshops on testing of green building products, and the development of 3D Concrete Printing presented by engineers of Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL). 

Sharif pointed out the importance of strengthening all quality assurance standards as well as the efficiency and self-control systems. He also stressed the need to adhere to the approved technical regulations and the global standard specifications because it is the only way to improve the quality of implementation of construction projects and the main pathway to build a sustainable green city.

Eng. Amin Ahmed Amin, Director of Dubai Central Laboratory Department, noted that the conference aims to attract more than 150 scientists, researchers and participants from around the world.

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