Poster printing

Abu Dhabi University previews sustainable smart construction and concrete 3D printing

  • The Research Forum is under the theme “Concrete in Hot Weather: Designing for Sustainable Smart Construction and 3D Printing”
  • Virtual attendance was open to those unable to attend in person
  • The event highlighted the importance of using 3D printing and sustainable building materials in hot weather

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Following the success of the Research Forum in 2019 and 2021, the College of Engineering (CoE) at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), the largest engineering school in the United Arab Emirates , hosted the third edition of the ADU-ASU Research Forum 2022 under the theme “Concrete in Hot Weather: Design for Sustainable Smart Construction and 3D Printing” in collaboration with the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment at Arizona State University (KNEW).

The two-day Forum saw the participation of scientists and engineers who discussed hot weather concreting in sustainable smart construction and design, while also highlighting recent advancements and 3D printing technology. as a way to solve today’s industrial challenges. The Forum included several keynote lectures and technical and industrial sessions focusing on sustainable building materials, 3D printing construction and energy savings. Additionally, ADU graduates, undergraduates, and the ADU-ASCE Student Chapter participated in technical and poster presentations. Sessions and lectures were led by faculty members and speakers from ADU and ASU, including Dr. Samer Al Martini, Forum Chair, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at ADU, Dr. Reem Sabouni, Forum Co-Chair, Associate Professor at ADU, Eng. Hassan Anabtawi, ADU Alumni, Eng. Ahmad Khartabil – MESc Civil Engineering, at ADU and Technical Director at TransGulf Ready Mix Company, and Dr. Narayanan Neithalath – Professor at ASU. Forum participants were welcomed by Prof. Thomas Glas-Hochstettler, Provost at ADU and Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, CoE Dean at ADU. Focused on 3D printing of concrete, ADU’s research team is led by Dr. Samer Al Martini and is funded by the ASPIRE grant from the Advanced Technology Research Council of the United Arab Emirates.

The Forum was inaugurated through a strategic partnership between the Municipality of Abu Dhabi, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of Engineering and the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau. The event was sponsored by several industrial companies in the UAE, including Concreative, Saint Gobain and Transgulf Readymix Company.

The Forum saw the participation of more than 250 participants, including 150 physical participants from ADU and other academic institutions, as well as representatives from industrial companies and government sectors participated in several sessions and conferences of the event . ADU and ASU students benefited from this forum as they were exposed to new and innovative concepts related to sustainable smart construction and hot weather 3D printing, which is highly relevant to their future career in the UAE.

Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, Dean of the College of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), said: “After the success of the 2019 and 2021 forums, we are delighted to have hosted the third ADU- ASU 2022 in collaboration with Arizona State University, one of the prestigious American universities. At Abu Dhabi University, we empower our students by providing world-class curricula and learning opportunities that equip them with knowledge, elevate their skills and provide them with methods innovative learning.

Dr. Narayanan Neithalath, a professor at Arizona State University, praised the organization of the Forum saying, “We are proud to witness the achievements of the students and the quality of their presentations. The Forum serves as a platform for students to approach new experiences and promotes cross-research collaboration between different institutions.

Participate in the Forum, Eng. Samer Al Abbas, Principal Analyst, Compliance Assessment Services, Abu Dhabi Compliance Services Department, Quality and Compliance Council, said: “I had the pleasure of attending the third ADU-ASU research forum. During the Forum, we had the chance to meet CoE graduate students from ADU and speakers from different universities discussing the importance of using 3D printing and sustainable building materials in hot weather. I look forward to similar events in the future at ADU, where the future generation, including my children, will benefit to prepare them for their future careers.

The College of Engineering (CoE) at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is the largest engineering school in the United Arab Emirates. The College offers a range of engineering and technology programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with new and innovative programs being introduced continuously.

The University of Arizona was established in 1885 as a public university and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 49,000 students. It is ranked No. 103 in National Universities in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges. As one of the largest public universities in the state, ASU offers students a diverse range of extracurricular activities and academic opportunities.

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About Abu Dhabi University:

Established in 2003, Abu Dhabi University (ADU) is the largest private university in the United Arab Emirates. With campuses in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, the University has a total of 7,800 students from over 80 nationalities. Structured into colleges of arts and sciences, business, engineering, law, and health sciences, ADU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines.

Abu Dhabi University is recognized as a world-class institution committed to excellence in teaching, research and student experience, as evidenced by its prestigious regional and international accreditations. The University was the first private higher education institution in GCC to earn international accreditation from the Californian Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ADU’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the prestigious EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). At the program level, the College of Engineering has received international accreditation from the world-renowned Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Bachelor of Architecture has received Part 1 validation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The College of Health Sciences has earned accreditation from the Public Health Education Accreditation Agency (APHEA).

According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, Abu Dhabi University ranked among the top 750 universities in the world and among the top 150 global universities under 50. ADU also got a top 3

global spot for international faculty and has maintained its long-standing position as one of the world’s top 11 universities recognized for its diverse student body.

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