Improving The Efficiency of Kuwait’s Energy Resources
Enhancing Building & Infrastructure Durability
Managing Energy Sources
Building Material Resources & Infrastructure Systems
Sustainable Management of Energy & Building

Challenge

Much of the infrastructure of Kuwait suffers from premature degradation as a direct result of material deterioration caused by Kuwait’s hot climate, improper maintenance schemes, unexpected natural and human-caused hazards, and inadequate construction practices.


Goal

The IRR Program supports the development, monitoring and risk management of Kuwait’s most critical and vulnerable infrastructure systems by analyzing the performance and safety of aging infrastructures and characterizing the potential threat of natural and man-induced hazards. The program also provides risk management solutions for some of Kuwait’s most complex construction projects, and guides national codes and policies, with a detailed understanding of the local and regional conditions.

 

Program Thrusts

Reliability Analysis of Aging Infrastructure — Improve structural safety by investigating the durability of building infrastructures and contribute to the development of reliability-based design codes and develop recommendations for rehabilitation techniques, preventative maintenance and management programs for existing infrastructure systems.

Characterization of Natural Hazards — Produce digital GIS maps that characterize the natural hazards and environmental risks to the nation, and include data on seismic and corrosive intensities, as well as sinkhole, flash flood, wave, wind and sandstorm probabilities. The maps aid policy makers in the development of Kuwait’s urban and residential sectors.

Investigation and Development of Ground Stability — Investigate and develop methods to enhance the stability of various types of soil with an emphasis on developing improved, customized guidelines for sinkhole treatment for local and regional conditions.

Risk Management System for Complex Projects — Develop risk profiles focused on assessing the safety of and maintenance strategies for complex structural systems such as skyscrapers, large ministerial complexes (e.g., mosques and educational facilities) and nuclear containment structures.

 

Special Facilities

The IRR program features state-of-the-art facilities and equipment used to monitor the sustainability and health of various building system elements:

  • A computational engineering laboratory that houses the equipment used to run building system simulations and test equipment, including lasers and sensor facilities that are utilized to monitor the health and safety of building structures.
  • A structural testing laboratory capable of testing the strength of building system elements such as beams, columns and slabs.
  • A geotechnical laboratory capable of characterizing the physical and engineering properties of soil.