(MENAFN Press) Sharjah Research Academy (SRA) and its research team participated in the 'The Seventh International Conference on Advances in Engineering Materials (IMS/7)' held at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) and was one of the main sponsors of the conference .
The conference was organized by Dr. Adil Tamimi (Department of Civil Engineering) and Dr. Taleb Ibrahim (Department of Chemical Engineering) of AUS under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohamed Al-Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the Supreme Council
The goal of the IMS/7 conference was to promote a global collaboration among faculty, students, engineers, and managers on Advances on Engineering Materials. The conference provided a forum for construction industry practitioners from over 20 countries to address issues related to sustainability, composites and polymers, material properties, improvements in asphaltic materials, corrosion and material/structural behavior, advances in building materials, advances in materials properties, material processing, material performance and other materials related topics
As an invited speaker Prof. Mufid Al Samarai the senior adviser of the Sharjah Research Academy, an organization of the Government of Sharjah presented the paper on "Maintenance “ A tool Towards Sustainability" The presentation was focus on the importance of maintenance and repair of existing concrete structures. He emphasized on UAE's leading role in sustainability in the region. It is a well known fact that, comprehensive routine maintenance program can increase the life span of the buildings and thus potentially contribute towards sustainability in the long run. A major repair can be expected to cost many times more than routine maintenance and an all-out replacement.
Therefore, it is a sustainable practice to maintain the existing infrastructure, buildings, roads and bridges through routine maintenance.
The SRA recognizes the interconnection between the economic development and the environment. It is worth mentioning that UAE is the leader in sustainable development in the MENA region with the highest number of LEED (Leadership in certified green building (525 and counting).
Mrs. Farah Chowdhury the senior project coordinator of SRA provided valuable contribution to the presentation and the conference. Eng. Rulla Raad Al-Haidary and Eng. Wameed Al-Ghazali from the University of Sharjah, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and researchers at Sharjah Research Academy contributed to the discussions emphasizing their work on global concepts of maintainability and sustainability.