DM launches initiative for consulting and contracting firms
Dubai Municipality (DM) has launched an engineering excellence initiative for engineering offices, contracting companies, and construction material suppliers in the emirate
Dubai Municipality (DM) has launched an engineering excellence initiative for engineering offices, contracting companies, and construction material suppliers in the emirate.
The move comes within the framework of Dubai Municipality's efforts to develop and improve procedures for practicing engineering professions.
Eng. Dawood Al Hajri, assistant director general for engineering and planning sector and chairman of the Committee for the Development of Building Permits Procedures in Dubai, said that the initiative is a system designed to evaluate engineering offices, contracting companies, and construction material suppliers operating in the emirate.
Al Hajri added: “It is also used to measure their compliance with the laws, systems and regulations related to practicing engineering professions, which in turn affects the quality of work in the construction sector. The evaluation is done through the standards approved by the Municipality’s Buildings Department on the basis of their qualifying operations and obtaining building permits, as well as supervision of construction sites during the implementation until the accomplishment of the project. Those who obtained high evaluation will be honoured and encouraged.”
Al Hajri said the system will be applied in three phases; the first phase involves the evaluation of the consultancy offices followed by the second phase, during which the contracting companies are evaluated and then the initiative is applied to the suppliers.
Eng. Layali Al Mulla, director of Buildings Department said that the evaluation includes three main focus areas. “The first is the 'Registration and Qualification Requirements,' which will be used to measure the extent of commitment of the engineering offices and contractors to the technical and administrative requirements related to practicing the profession. It will also evaluate their commitment in providing the requirements of the standards of practice in terms of technical staff, labourers and other mechanisms, in addition to their commitment to the annual renewal requirements and keeping their records free of violations,” she said.
“The second focus area is the 'Requirements of Technical Work, Design, Drawings and Licensing,' which will be used to evaluate the extent of compliance with the systems, laws and regulations governing construction works, as well as the level of technical presentation of the drawings, accuracy of the data and the correct presentation through the electronic system of licensing. The number of transactions returned due to errors and repeat transactions will also be evaluated,” said Al Mulla.
“The final focus is on the 'Requirements of Implementing and Supervising Projects,' in which the commitment to safety and security requirements, compliance with the approved plans, licensing requirements and the use of approved materials are measured. The knowledge and the obligation to submit the applications with correct and complete data are also measured. It will also be taken into consideration whether the construction site is free from any technical violations,” she said.
Eng. Aida Al Harmoudi, head of Consultants and Contractors Qualification Section said that in the first phase, the evaluation will include all the registered engineering offices operating in the emirate, which has more than 700 engineering offices. “The evaluation will be carried out periodically on a quarterly basis, according to the area in which the consultant works and the type of buildings being designed and implementation being supervised,” she said.
Al Harmoudi said that the data on engineering excellence will be handled in a transparent manner. “The names of the engineering offices mentioned in the data will be published on the Municipality website and will be updated continuously, through which the owners and developers will be able to view this data directly,” she said.
Al Harmoudi added that a comprehensive assessment system has been implemented that includes evaluation of several items covering all tasks assigned to engineering offices and contracting companies in all stages in terms of registration and qualification as well as design and licensing and then performance on site and completion of projects. “A number of engineering offices and contracting companies are trying to access the current technical assessment system, which is designed based on the best international practices in the field,” she said.
As for the next stages in the application, Al Harmoudi added that the next stage will include the evaluation of more than 5,000 contracting companies according to the categories of work carried out by them.