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 Research Program’s  main goal is to help  maximize the life, serviceability, safety, and sustainability of infrastructure and buildings in Kuwait by developing technical guidance and advice leading to engineering solutions using state-of-the-art scientific methods. The research program addresses issues related to structural, geotechnical, and soil-structure interaction in addition to issues related to construction sustainability and construction management of infrastructures that are relevant to Kuwait.  The program also provides risk management solutions to 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

  • Sustainability and Reliability of Structural Systems: Developing structural design guidelines, structural assessment, and construction practices applicable to Kuwait, considering the local conditions. This area will develop state-of-the-art experi- mental and numerical modeling capability to predict the behavior of reinforced concrete structures under static, dynamic, and fatigue loadings; enhance and implement state-of-the-art knowledge in the repair systems of existing structures to maximize There life and serviceability; and evaluate and extend the remaining life of buildings through preventive maintenance.
  • Geotechnical and Geophysical Risk Mitigation: Addressing geotechnical issues and standardizing geotechnical practices in Kuwait such as ground improvement techniques, soil stability, and evaluation of differential settlement due to groundwater movement. These efforts will enable well-targeted and cost-effective responses to critical issues along with the design of sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems. The solution area will also develop the capability to predict soil behavior in Kuwait using numerical methods such as finite element analysis and experimental methods.
  • Sustainability, Assessment, and Management of Construction Projects: Improving current construction practice/code of construction industry in order to ensure that construction projects meet appropriate international environmental guidelines and promoting the practice of sustainability in Kuwait’s construction industry. Additionally, this solution area will support the development of a risk management system for managing mega projects (Kuwait Master Plan) to ensure on-time completion within budget and meeting requirements by focusing on associated uncertainties.

 

Facilities

  • 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.
  • 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.