ABU DHABI, 29th May, 2023 (WAM) — Building on the success of the previous three editions, the College of Engineering (CoE), Abu Dhabi University (ADU), hosted the 4th ADU-ASU Research Forum in 2023 on the theme of “Concrete in collaboration with Arizona State University’s (ASU) College of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, in Hot Weather: Building for Tomorrow, Sustainable Design Innovation, and 3D Printing for Smart Buildings.”
The forum made a major contribution to the production of 3D printed sustainable concrete suitable for the environmental conditions in the UAE.
The forum was opened by Dr. Samer Al Martini, Forum Chair and Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at ADU, Prof. Thomas Glas-Hochstettler, ADU Provost, and Dr. Hamdi Sheibain, Dean of ADU’s Faculty of Engineering.
The campaign is in line with two of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs 3 and 9.
These goals aim to ensure that the health and well-being of individuals is maintained, and to contribute to building resilient and solid infrastructure for inclusive and sustainable industrialization.
By achieving these goals, the Forum seeks to generate innovations in line with the UAE Year of Sustainable Development and contribute to the continued growth of the country’s knowledge-based economy.
The Forum was inaugurated through a strategic partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), led by ASCE Regional Director Dr. Elias Al Sayah and ASCE President Dr. Reem Sabouni, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Engineering Society, and Forum supporters These include the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Arab Youth Center (UAE).
The event was sponsored by several international and national industrial companies, including Schwarzwälder Textil-Werke Heinrich Kautzmann GmbH (STW) Germany, KTI Plersch Kältetechnik Germany, VIP-Various Ice Products (UAE) and Transgulf Readymix Concrete (UAE).
The two-day forum provided opportunities for students, scientists and engineers to engage in R&D discussions and exchange knowledge on topics including hot weather concrete pouring, sustainable smart construction and design, while highlighting recent advances and 3D printing technology as a means to address Industrial challenge.
Additionally, the Forum featured numerous keynote presentations as well as technical and industrial sessions focusing on sustainability, hot weather building materials and 3D concrete printing for construction. Additionally, insights gained at the two-day event focused on ways to improve construction productivity, safety and sustainability.
At the same time, address the challenges associated with using 3D concrete printing technology for structural applications.
More than 200 people attended the forum, with an additional 60 participating virtually. In addition, representatives from industrial companies and the public sector participated in various sessions and lectures throughout the event, demonstrating their expertise and knowledge in sustainable smart buildings and 3D printing.
Through this event, ADU aims to empower students by providing world-class co-curricular and study opportunities that enable them to acquire research knowledge, upgrade skills and equip them with innovative ways of learning.
During the forum, ADU students presented their sustainability-related projects in poster and model presentation sessions at the forum, and the ASCE ADU student chapter participated by hosting a chapter booth at the forum.
Dr. Hamdi Sheibani, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), said: “We are delighted to once again cooperate with Arizona State University, one of the prestigious universities in the United States, to hold the 4th ADU-ASU Research Forum 2023. Such a strategic cooperation with ASU We work closely with our partners to support our mission of providing students with a world-class education while stimulating their critical thinking and research passions. This also prepares them to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”
Dr Samer Al Martini, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) and Chair of the Forum, said: “The 4th ADU-ASU Research Forum in 2023 is a testament to ADU’s strong commitment to investing in scientific research opportunities among our faculty, students and community foster innovation and creative thinking.”
Forum co-author Professor Narayanan Neithalath from Arizona State University added: “We are proud to partner with Abu Dhabi University to host the 4th ADU-ASU Research Forum in 2023. The event demonstrates the power of partnerships and A collective effort in continued design, 3D concrete printing, and innovative solutions in construction. Together we are committed to making a lasting impact on the built environment and contributing to a sustainable future.”