HE the President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) Dr Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi said that Ashghal is in the process of shifting towards total reliance on modern technology in the implementation of projects, which reduces manpower and enhances quality and safety standards.
During his speech at the opening of the Second World Congress of Engineering and Technology (WCET), which started yesterday at Qatar University (QU), Dr al-Muhannadi said that Ashghal has a plan to shift, starting 2024, towards relying entirely on modern technology in its various projects, indicating that the Authority has organised a number of workshops in this regard and looks forward to achieving this plan, which will reflect positively on the various dimensions related to projects.
Ashghal was able, during the past 10 years, to complete 7,000 to 8,000 projects in various infrastructure sectors, and it is in the process of shifting from a project implementation strategy to asset management, which requires the use of digital technology, he said.
He praised achievements made during the past 10 years in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, voicing Ashghal's pride in its contribution to the success of organising the World Cup and building a sustainable infrastructure.
“In light of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and its main pillars, Ashghal is making continuous efforts to co-operate with local suppliers, whether it is contractors, manufacturers or consultants.
We are also looking forward to working on various initiatives that enhance the use of modern technology in construction and sustainability, to enhance productivity in the construction sector.
Currently, Ashghal is adopting with its partners, contractors, and consultants, new and advanced sustainability strategies that reflect positively on improving work conditions and reducing waste in construction resources through the use of the latest solutions and new systems.
We constantly aim to include sustainability in everything we do and follow an integrated approach for a better future,” he said, according to a press statement by QU.
With regard to the challenges, he explained that Ashghal is currently focusing on ways to realise community satisfaction by implementing projects that avoid or reduce noise and pollution, and provide temporary alternatives awaiting the implementation of projects that leaves a legacy for future generations.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the congress, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Ashghal and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in professional knowledge exchange, development of the construction sector and exchange of international expertise in sustainability and environment protection fields, the authority said in a tweet.
Officials at the signing of the MoU. Supplied picture
HE Dr Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi addressing the congress Sunday. PICTURE: Shemeer Rasheed