SET­TING THE STAN­DARD

ADEL MO­HAMED AL­BG­DADY, CIVIL EN­GI­NEER AT QATAR STAN­DARDS, EX­PLAINS THE PRO­CE­DURE FOR OB­TAIN­ING THE CER­TIFI­CATE IS­SUED BY THEM, WHICH IS RE­QUIRED BY THE VAR­I­OUS CON­STRUC­TION COM­PA­NIES IN THE COUN­TRY TO CARRY OUT THEIR AC­TIV­I­TIES.

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Adel Mo­hamed Al­bg­dady, civil en­gi­neer at Qatar Stan­dards, ex­plains the pro­ce­dure for ob­tain­ing the cer­tifi­cate is­sued by them, which is re­quired by the var­i­ous con­struc­tion com­pa­nies in the coun­try.

With spe­cial fo­cus on hot and hu­mid re­gions, the sixth edi­tion of Qatar Con­struc­tion Spec­i­fi­ca­tions (QCS), set to be re­leased within the next few years, might well turn out to be a global trend­set­ter. How­ever, till it fits into the scheme of things, QCS 2014 con­tin­ues to be manda­tory for the var­i­ous con­struc­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Qatar. Since Qatar Stan­dards (QS) is the body which pre­pares QCS and gives the goa­head for the var­i­ous com­pa­nies in this coun­try to con­tinue with their ac­tiv­i­ties, Adel Mo­hamed Al­bg­dady, civil en­gi­neer at QS, is one of the best bets to ex­plain the process that or­gan­i­sa­tions need to fol­low in or­der to ob­tain their re­spec­tive cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from QS.

“We are work­ing in the Qual­ity and Con­for­mity De­part­ment of QS. This de­part­ment deals with the com­pa­nies which are man­u­fac­tur­ing prod­ucts in­side Qatar,” says Al­bg­dady. “First of all, the con­cerned or­gan­i­sa­tion will sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to us, along with the com­pany pro­file, which con­tains in­for­ma­tion about the com­pany, i.e., lo­ca­tion, de­tails about ma­te­ri­als, etc. We will check the de­tails to see whether they meet the re­quire­ments of QCS. If the pro­file is ap­proved, fees of QR100 per plant will need to be paid.”

Al­bg­dady clar­i­fies that the fees paid is for a par­tic­u­lar plant of a com­pany, and that a sep­a­rate cer­tifi­cate is is­sued for each plant, be­cause they all have dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter­is­tics so the re­quire­ments that they need to ful­fil will be dif­fer­ent.

Men­tioned be­low are some of the gen­eral re­quire­ments for ob­tain­ing the Con­for­mity Cer­tifi­cate for ribbed steel

coils and de-coiled bars. The ribbed bars, coils and de-coiled prod­ucts shall be man­u­fac­tured with steel in­gots passed be­tween grooved rolls All the steel bars in each lot shall be leg­i­bly tagged by the man­u­fac­turer, with the tag show­ing the man­u­fac­turer's test num­ber and a lot num­ber and other ap­pli­ca­ble data that iden­ti­fies the ma­te­rial to­gether with the cer­tifi­cate is­sued for that lot of steel All the raw ma­te­ri­als used for the pro­duc­tion of steel shall be de­clared along with the re­cent chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion test re­sults The fac­tory area should be treated with a con­crete or as­phalt layer in or­der to keep the area clean

“The same com­pany might have dif­fer­ent fac­to­ries, e.g., one in In­dus­trial Area and another one in Lusail,” says Al­bg­dady. “The pro­file for each plant is sub­mit­ted sep­a­rately, and af­ter that we carry out our pro­ce­dure for in­spec­tion.”

Al­bg­dady re­it­er­ates that it's the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Qual­ity and Con­for­mity De­part­ment to carry out this task, so its staff will visit the con­cerned fac­tory, col­lect the sam­ples and send it to the cen­tral or third-party labs, which have been cer­ti­fied by Qatar Stan­dards, for test­ing.

“We will take the sam­ples of the raw ma­te­ri­als, e.g., plas­tic, steel, etc., sep­a­rately and the sam­ple of the fi­nal prod­uct sep­a­rately. Once the sam­ples are col­lected, the name of the com­pany/ fac­tory is re­moved, to main­tain trans­parency, and re­placed by a bar code.

“Af­ter the lab con­ducts its test, they will make the re­port. This is the fi­nal re­port which in­cludes ev­ery­thing – ap­pli­ca­tion no., pay­ment no., in­spec­tion date, sam­pling date, first trial, sec­ond trial (in case the first trial was un­suc­cess­ful). If the third trial is failed, then the process is started all over again.”

Al­bg­dady says that the re­port pre­pared by the lab is then sent back to the Qual­ity and Con­for­mity De­part­ment's sam­pling division, which will pre­pare the cover let­ter. “The fi­nal re­port will be made on the en­tire fac­tory of the com­pany, but when the cer­tifi­cates are is­sued they will be sep­a­rate for each plant.”

And Al­bg­dady adds that once the cer­tifi­cate is is­sued by QS, ran­dom in­spec­tions will be made by them every 2-3 months. “Peo­ple from Qatar Stan­dards will pay a sur­prise visit for col­lec­tion of sam­ples to check whether all the re­quire­ments are be­ing ful­filled. The cer­tifi­cate is valid for one year af­ter which the en­tire process has to be re­peated. It's ad­vis­able for com­pa­nies to ap­proach us two months be­fore the ex­piry of their cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

ADEL MO­HAMED AL­BG­DADY (right) with HA­MAD AL KUBAISI (Qual­ity and Con­for­mity De­part­ment, Qatar Stan­dards)

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