Ashghal officials during the launch of the laboratories.
DOHA: The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has launched its two mobile laboratories as part of the quality control measures over Ashghal’s various infrastructure and building projects.
The labs — Material Research Lab (MRL), and Environmental Research Lab (ERL) — were officially launched by Ashghal’s President Nasser bin Ali Al Mawlawi in the presence of Khalid Al Emadi, Manager of Quality and Safety Department, and officials at Ashghal’s headquarters yesterday.
The mobile laboratory units are designed to work on-site, and quickly travel between the project sites in order to implement all chemical and biological tests, thus allowing flexibility in deciding on the preferred material quality.
Backed by Ashghal’s highly experienced, technical and professional team, the mobile laboratories will offer a wide range of fast turnaround and cost-effective materials testing solutions for all Ashghal projects
These customised mobile labs are equipped with all the facilities that allow them to work independently for days without any external support in remote areas. Each of the laboratories feature advanced technical testing machines, water and power facilities, Internet connection, computers, office space and bathroom.
The mobile labs will conduct random checks on Ashghal’s ongoing projects to ensure compliance to best practices and international standards. As part of the inspection, Ashghal’s team will collect material samples, test them on site, and assess the performance of the contractors and the quality of their work with regards to construction materials and environment.
They will also help in conducting researches that apprise Ashghal about the best practices to be adopted in its projects. Moreover, the two labs will provide assistance to the contractors and consultants who can request Ashghal for performing material checks in locations that might not otherwise support full laboratory facilities.
The Material Research Lab will examine the construction materials and structures performance in Ashghal’s projects to ensure they adhere to high quality standards required from contractors and consultants. The MRL is not only built to perform the routine research conducted by classic laboratories, but also conduct research by the non-destructive testing equipment that provide immediate indicative readouts. This equipment facilitates quick and efficient evaluation of performance of structures on site to ensure contractors and consultants are abiding by the approved standards and to rectify any faults during the construction phase thus saving time and public resources, and minimising disruptions caused to road users.
The Environmental Research Lab will examine the quality of air, water, sewage sludge, noise, and other issues that affect the environment. The ERL is equipped with all the testing equipment required to conduct tests and research on site. This is very critical as testing on site will provide accurate assessment of the samples preventing any changes or expiration of the samples. The ERL has been designed to be very stable and steady to prevent any calibration of the equipment during its movement, or when stationed on site.