Emirates News Agency – ADU previews smart sustainable construction and concrete 3D printing in ‘ADU-ASU Research Forum’

ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2022 (WAM) — Following the success of the Research Forum in 2019 and 2021, the College of Engineering (CoE) at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), the largest engineering college in 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 (ASU).

The two-day forum saw the participation of scientists and engineers who discussed hot weather concreting in sustainable smart construction and design, while highlighting recent advancements and 3D printing technology like 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. In addition, 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; Hassan Anabtawi, ADU alumnus; 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.

ADU’s research team, which focuses on 3D printing of concrete, 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, in addition to representatives from industrial companies and government sectors who participated in several sessions and conferences of the event.

Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, Dean of the Faculty 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 Research Forum. -ASU 2022 in collaboration with Arizona State University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.”

Dr. Narayanan Neithalath, a professor at Arizona State University, praised the organization of the forum saying, “The forum serves as a platform for students to discuss new experiences and promotes cross research collaboration between different institutions.

Samer Al Abbas, Principal Analyst, Compliance Assessment Services, Department of Compliance Services Abu Dhabi, Quality and Compliance Council, said: “During the forum, we had the chance to meet ADU CoE graduate students and guest speakers from various universities discussing the importance of using 3D printing and sustainable building materials in hot weather.”

Abu Dhabi University CoE is the largest engineering school in the United Arab Emirates.

The University of Arizona was established in 1885 as a public university and has an enrollment of 49,000 undergraduate students. It is ranked No. 103 in National Universities in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges.

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