DM clamps down on steel quality

Dubai Municipality is urging project consultants to determine whether products used meet specified requirements

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  August 5, 2006

Dubai Municipality is urging building project consultants to ensure that the steel used in developments falls in line with product specification requirements. Suppliers and manufacturers of steel, particularly rebar, must also make sure their product meets high quality standards, said Abdullah Al Shaibani, assistant director general for technical services, Dubai Municipality. Dubai Municipality recently carried out two studies looking into the quality of steel used in building projects in the emirate. “For the first study we collected samples from suppliers and sites, and tests were conducted on them at the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) to investigate the quality of steel used. This covered various country sources and different sizes of bars,” said Al Shaibani. “The second study examined where most of the steel is imported from in order to establish trends and how further investigations can be looked into.” Al Shaibani added that if future studies reveal that poor quality steel is regularly being imported and used in the market, then the authority would attempt to have measures enforced to crackdown on it. “The DCL’s role is not to ensure the quality of steel imported in the market. It is the consultant’s job to make sure that the steel used on their projects is in accordance with their specification requirements.” The Dubai Central Laboratory provides a range of product tests to steel suppliers and manufacturers as well as issues Bareeq certificates as a mark of quality. Steel products are the most vulnerable to imitation, according to Ben Bowsher, executive director, UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels. And a serious danger lies in the replication of rebar. “If you have bad rebar in a structure you could have a catastrophic result. A lot of it is very dangerous stuff,” he said.

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