Sunday, November 5, 2017

First Mideast ACI president set to attend Big5 expo

Khaled Awad, the first president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) from outside the Americas, will be delivering his inaugural address at the upcoming Big5 expo in Dubai, UAE.

As the leading world authority and resource on concrete, ACI has a long-standing history of bringing together concrete professionals from around the world for the development and dissemination of concrete technology.

He is the chairman and founder of ACTS, a third-party provider for geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and also the local sponsoring group of ACI for its certification programmes in the Middle East, said a statement from the institute.

After serving a two-year stint as VP, Awad was elected as ACI President during the Spring Convention held earlier this year in Detroit, Michigan. Awad is the first ACI member from the Middle East to assume this role.

Awad recently gave his inaugural address as ACI President at the fall 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, under the theme “Making Connections”.

At the event, he outlined some of the strategic accomplishments for ACI and specifically in the Middle East region.

"The Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization, known as the GSO, recently signed a cooperation agreement with ACI," he stated.
"Specifically, the agreement provides permission to use the ACI 318 Building Code, the Specifications for Structural Concrete, and Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures to develop a Gulf Building Code," he added.

Awad said the ACI will continue its outreach to the Middle East by taking part in the inaugural Big 5 Heavy exhibition and show at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE.

The ACI will also present The Concrete Essentials Seminar Series, a two-day educational event to give attendees at the Dubai event an in-depth look into topics like concrete durability, repair, and self-consolidating concrete.

ACI recently established two editorial boards for the structural and materials journals. The formation of these boards will have a paramount impact on concrete research and concrete technology advancement, said the statement from the institute.

ACI student competitions have been initiated in Lebanon and Qatar. Similar student competitions will also take place in Egypt, India, and Pakistan before year end, it added.-TradeArabia News Service

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