QCS QATAR CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS PDF

As Qatar moves forward on hundreds of new construction projects in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup, under the broader auspices of its Qatar National Vision QNV development plan, maintaining the highest standards of workmanship and materials has become a key government priority. The enactment of the Qatar Construction Specifications QSC in May is expected to have a significant impact on the lifespan and quality of new projects. However, questions remain as to whether the new standards will be applied to live projects, as well as the impact these changes will have on project budgets, leading some to call for reforms to the current tendering process, as well as improved communication between contractors and clients. Although incidents such as the November floods are exceedingly rare in Qatar, the storm and its aftermath shone the spotlight on an issue that has become increasingly important in the construction industry — design flaws and use of low-quality materials in major infrastructure projects. Depressed global oil and gas prices and falling government revenues have further underscored the need to improve building quality and reduce costs.

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As Qatar moves forward on hundreds of new construction projects in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup, under the broader auspices of its Qatar National Vision QNV development plan, maintaining the highest standards of workmanship and materials has become a key government priority.

The enactment of the Qatar Construction Specifications QSC in May is expected to have a significant impact on the lifespan and quality of new projects.

However, questions remain as to whether the new standards will be applied to live projects, as well as the impact these changes will have on project budgets, leading some to call for reforms to the current tendering process, as well as improved communication between contractors and clients. Although incidents such as the November floods are exceedingly rare in Qatar, the storm and its aftermath shone the spotlight on an issue that has become increasingly important in the construction industry — design flaws and use of low-quality materials in major infrastructure projects.

Depressed global oil and gas prices and falling government revenues have further underscored the need to improve building quality and reduce costs. On the client side, for example, changes to the bidding and tendering process could significantly improve the long-term viability of projects. A technical committee makes the first round of decisions, approving all projects which meet the required technical specifications.

After that, a budget committee often selects the lowest-priced project out of all of those which have met the technical requirements of the project. QSC builds on the regulations, in addition to containing new sections and topics. For example, section 29, which applies to rail projects, was not included in QCS It establishes minimum requirements for tunnel design, geotechnical specifications, tunnelling, including the use of tunnel-boring machine excavation, precast concrete and grouting for segment lining, in addition to de-watering and groundwater management, concrete and steel structures, and railway tracks.

Section 11, meanwhile, sets new standards for health and safety, and represents an important step forward for labour and human rights reforms in the state. Some uncertainty remains, however, concerning whether the new standards will apply to projects that were already live, and if so, whether a contractor will be entitled to extra time or money to implement the changes.

In a June assessment of QCS , Paul Prescott and Gabriel Olufemi, lawyers at Pinsent Masons, wrote that the industry can expect significant cost and time impacts if stakeholders are required to implement QCS changes on live projects, for example, through redesigning work, re-sequencing programmes, amending method statements and even re-executing works.

However, under sub-clause On top of that, public contracts awarded in Qatar usually deny a contractor any such entitlement by deleting the provisions in sub-clause Outside of improving quality, the government is also increasingly emphasising green building practices in Qatar.

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Their function is to bring together all those statements which are normally common to most types of work. Translations of standards not written in English shall be provided where necessary. If the Engineer requires a survey mark to be moved the Contractor will be responsible for recreating the survey mark to an approved design and specification, and for resurveying the point using survey companies approved by the Engineer authority. Terms, which are restricted in their application to certain types of material or workmanship, are dealt with in the appropriate Section. Rainfall events are generally of a high intensity with a short duration and usually occur between December and March.

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