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MEP Conference round-up

by James Henderson on Jul 16, 2014

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In early June, a carefully assembled selection of the MEP industry’s leading figures gathered at Doha’s Grand Hyatt Hotel for the fourth annual MEP Qatar Conference. A well-balanced mix of contractors, consultants, architects, developers, and other industry representatives gathered to listen and contribute to debates on the issues of the day.

Chief among these was Qatar’s imminent World Cup stadium projects and the challenges and opportunities that these venues present to the engineering community.

In a lively discussion, Hilson Moran regional director Matthew Kitson highlighted the role of architectural design in minimising the extent to which heat from outside the stadia is able to mix with the air inside.

WSP’s Bart Leclerq was called on to share his experience of working on Al Ain’s Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium to explain how cool and energy efficient venues can be delivered in the GCC, while Mercury MENA CEO Adnan Mian and Arab Engineering Bureau’s Hani Hawamdeh offered their views as a locally based contractor and consultant respectively.

Another topic obsessing the Qatari industry over the last year has been the Doha Metro project. This was addressed in the MEP Engineering in Transport Infrastructure panel discussion, which highlighted the immense impact that the metro project will have on the industry in Qatar due to its use of BIM, but also presented the sizeable MEP challenges that have to be overcome before it is delivered.

Perhaps the highlight of the day came during a panel discussion on The Importance of HSE in MEP Engineering, which prompted fevered engagement from the delegates on the floor.

Health and safety has become an issue of critical importance to Qatar and its construction industry, and it was certainly evident from the discussion that it is something which the MEP community is eager to tackle and improve upon.

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