Muscat, The 1st National Conference on Civil &

Architectural Engineering, 2018 (1st NCCAE 2018) organized by the

Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering of the College of

Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) commenced today at

the University under the patronage of Eng. Mohsen bin Mohammed

al-Shaikh, Chairman of Muscat Municipality.

This conference is an initiative of the Civil and Architectural

Engineering Department at the College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos

University, in response to the development that the Sultanate is

witnessing in the building and construction sector, either in

infrastructure or in urban development, and in line with the college and

university plans for community engagement.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, Prof. Hadj

Bourdoucen, Dean of the College of Engineering at SQU, said that the

conference, related to research and applications in Civil and

Architectural Engineering, would help create a scientific space for the

exchange of experiences and presenting research and sharing the

current and expected challenges. The College of Engineering is keen

to provide all means of success to such events. The organizing

committee and all university cooperating units have worked diligently to

prepare for this event with one thing in mind, achieving the objectives

of the conference, he said.

Dr. Ali al-Nuaimi, Head of the Department of Civil & Architectural

Engineering, said that the conference has been named national in an

attempt to provide a forum for discussion of all subjects related to the

plans and development projects undertaken in the Sultanate. Due to

the importance of this kind of gathering for the exchange of ideas and

experiences, the department of Civil and Architectural Engineering

would like to hold this kind of conference periodically, he said.

The conference would discuss the contribution of different civil and

architectural engineering disciplines in the national development needs

in different construction projects and explore how to benefit from

previous projects and experiences in the design and construction of


Other topics include sustainability in construction projects;

construction efficiency and energy savings; and environmental

preservation and material recycling. These themes are being discussed

over three days with more than 70 papers, peer-reviewed by a scientific

committee, in addition to five presentations by keynote speakers.

The accompanying exhibition is divided into two parts: One by the

participants with more than 35 displays, and another by the civil and

architectural engineering society with more than 15 architectural


Source:Oman News Agency