NRMCA and Grey Matters hosted the 9th International Concrete Technology Forum in the Middle East at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Doha, Qatar on 3 December, 2017. The conference was a big success, being sponsored by 11 companies and with 155 personnel in attendance. For the second year in a row, Al Khalij Cement Company was the partner of the event, while Qatar Construction Specification endorsed the event. The International Concrete Technology Forum was also endorsed by the Concrete Sustainability Council. The platinum sponsors were Qatar Beton, Chryso and Doka; the gold sponsors were United Readymix, Hydronix and Simatec; and the silver sponsors were Cortec, Kryton and Ciko Middle East.
Local, regional and international speakers shared the latest developments and technologies related to sustainability initiatives, new technologies, design, specifying, manufacturing and handling of concrete.
The upcoming amendments of “Qatar Construction Specifications – Section 05, Concrete” were declared and shared with the industry.
Moreover, the conference included a panel discussion where representatives of five different industries – in particular within the construction industry in general – constructively discussed different points of view and approaches related to acceptance and conformity of concrete. The panelists represented: ready-mixed concrete suppliers, contractors, consultants, admixture suppliers, and testing laboratories.
Also, a graduation ceremony took place for the 4th batch of NRMCA Certified Concrete Professional Middle East (CCPfME).
The International Concrete Technology Forum are designed to provide networking and learning opportunities, where attendees received six professional development hours (PDHs).
Researchers, authorities, academics, engineers, architects, contractors, concrete producers, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals attended the International Concrete Technology Forum and were part of this networking platform.
The 2018 Conference date will be announced during mid-January, 2018.