Future Concrete Conference in Beirut to focus on construction site management

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  • Event scheduled on August 25th at Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Lebanon
  • Green concrete, lean construction and design and operational productivity to be discussed

Advanced Construction and Technology Services (ACTS), a leading consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, has announced this year’s international Future Concrete conference will focus on managing construction sites, in response to industry trends and feedback. The 8th Future Concrete Conference will be held on August 25th at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Lebanon, and is organized in cooperation with the ACI Lebanon Chapter (Lebanese Concrete Society).

Industry professionals and experts from Lebanon, the broader Middle East, Europe and the Americas will address topics including the economic and environmental impact of green concrete in the MENA region, lean construction and design, a case study of Sama Beirut, the tallest reinforced concrete structure in Lebanon, and construction operational productivity.

Plenary and discussion sessions include Job-site Productivity and Scheduling, Construction Site Dos and Don’ts, and Concrete Development & Sustainable Change. Closer to home, some of the most anticipated presentations include an analysis of Lebanon’s real estate sector.

Keynote speakers addressing challenging issues and new developments in contemporary industry include: Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani, President of the Order of Engineers & Architects Beirut Khaled Chehab, Lebanon, German consultant on lean construction Tobias Guller, Michigan-based professor Dr. Carole Menassa, Alan Mossman from the United Kingdom, Adib Hachem of Cimenterie Nationale, Dr. Nabil Semaan of the University of Balamand and Lebanon-based project manager Antoine Atallah and Elie Issa of Sama Beirut.

Engr. Khaled Awad, Chairman of ACTS and Vice President of the American Concrete Institute, said, “The development of infrastructure around the Middle East continues to gain traction, our events focus on the different ways to enhance Quality in concrete construction projects. This year, we wanted to highlight the theme of construction productivity, which is another synonym for Quality, particularly for contractors.  We believe it was necessary and timely to assess the challenges and issues faced in managing construction sites and discuss best practices to overcome them.  This is our objective in Future Concrete Conference 2016, Lebanon.

Construction site management is not a simple task; poor management leads to cost overruns and delays, among others, and not only harms the business but the industry and the economy as well.  We aim to build and update capacities of industry professionals why effective site management strategies are critical in any project. Clearly, effective construction site management ensures that deliverables are completed in a timely manner, risks are minimized, a project’s efficiency is maximized, therefore making it ultimately successful.”

Sponsoring Future Concrete 2016 are ACI (American Concrete Institute), ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials), fib (federation international du beton – Lebanon), Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) in Beirut, and the LCI (Lean Construction Institute) with Araco, Cimenterie Nationale, and Holcim as partners.  Also supporting the event are Zerock and Sika (Platinum Sponsors); Khatib & Alami and Sibline (Gold Sponsors); and, Dar Al Handasah (Supporter).

The whole-day event will also name the winners of the 2016 Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC) Bowling Ball Student Competition, an initiative aimed at encouraging creativity in engineering design and analysis amongst university students. This year’s challenge drew 25 teams from 10 universities competing to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete.  Winner prizes include a trip to the ACI Fall Convention in Philadelphia, cash prizes and certificates of recognition.

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