Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) hosted an informative seminar for leading researchers, engineers and construction professionals from Qatar and the region recently titled ‘Research and Construction; the Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant’.
During the event, sustainability specialists examined the crucial role of research in the construction sector, and discussed the importance of implementing academic research that facilitates the timely implementation of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Steven Humphrey, Director of Program Cost Consultancy at AECOM in Doha, raised several pertinent questions and presented participants with an engaging commentary about the current state of play in the construction industry.
Mr Humphrey asked, “Have there really been any landmark developments in construction technology or innovations in the past 100 years? While historic references to engineering feats are still not fully explained, new advances have been slow to come to the general construction industry.
“When compared with other industries and market sectors, huge leaps forward have been seen, but why has this not occurred in construction? Why does the construction industry traditionally spend insignificant amounts on research and development compared with other sectors, and what drives the research which does take place?”
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