During the opening ceremony of the ninth international workshop on the health and safety of construction structures, Dr. Noura Al-Mashaan, the Minister of Public Works and Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, emphasized the importance of rapid development in the documentary and institutional cycle to keep pace with project implementation requirements.
She highlighted the need for efficient operation, maintenance, and the provision of qualified national cadres capable of managing facilities and projects, reports Al-Rai daily.
Al-Mashaan expressed hope for the speedy completion of road repairs, stating that road repairs are crucial for citizens’ daily lives. She expressed confidence in community awareness contributing to the mission in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Works.
Al-Mashaan mentioned that 32.36 percent infrastructure projects occupy a significant portion of the government’s work program, and emphasized the importance of achieving these projects in accordance with engineering standards and modern technology.
Faisal Al-Atl, President of the Kuwait Society of Engineers, highlighted the gap between civil society and some government agencies, emphasizing the need for community solidarity to achieve ambitious government programs. He stressed the importance of combating corruption, holding the negligent accountable, and rewarding hard work. Al-Atl underscored the urgent need to develop building control systems and codes to address technological requirements and disasters like earthquakes.
During the workshop, cooperation agreements were signed to enhance bilateral cooperation in developing the engineering profession. Dr. Werner Lenhart, President of the Civil Structural Health Monitoring Association of Canada, announced plans to open a headquarters in Kuwait to facilitate greater cooperation and the transfer of technical expertise.
Dr. Hassan Kamal, a Municipal Council member, highlighted the importance of reviewing designs and applications of structural health monitoring to support infrastructure systems’ flexibility and seismic code applications in areas with low earthquake exposure.