Concrete Industry Management in the UAE & QATAR

Concrete Industry Management in the UAE & QATAR CONCRETE INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT UAE | QATAR About the Course INTRODUCTION This 3.0 credit hour course...
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Concrete Industry Management in the UAE & QATAR


About the Course INTRODUCTION

This 3.0 credit hour course is being designed as a first ever Experiential Learning (EXL) course in the CIM department at MTSU. The Global Concrete Production and Construction Technologies (CIM 4700) course will be offered in the summer 2016 semester and will be restricted to ten highly qualified students who have achieved a junior standing. Second semester sophomores might also be considered for enrollment in the course. This course will provide the CIM major a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about manufacturing ready-mix concrete in a world class manufacturing plant and then utilizing this manufactured concrete in strengthening, providing corrosion control, and complex concrete repairs on some of the most advanced and challenging construction projects.

“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” - Wendell Berry

In addition to the exposure to world leading ready-mix and concrete repair technologies, the students will get an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, and multi-ethnic environment that is unlike any other place in the world and is not easily replicated in the US. The students will also learn about special climate challenges that have to be overcome when world leading concrete structures are being designed and constructed. They will also learn about the safety practices in this part of the world and take home a very unique set of skills and perspective that will help them throughout their career. Interested students will have to apply to enroll in the course. A faculty/ staff committee will review each application and select the most qualified students to represent the CIM department in UAE and Qatar.

WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN THIS EDUCATION ABROAD PROGRAM? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to work and live in the UAE & Qatar! You will get an opportunity to work with two of the industry leaders in one of the most advanced construction markets in the world. This experience will not only provide you with world class technical experience in ready mix and structural concrete rehabilitation and strengthening, but it will allow you to work alongside highly competent and diverse professionals from around the world. This experience will allow you to completely immerse in a new culture and work environment which in return will make you a better professional.




ƒƒ Working with world quality companies

During this course you will learn the following activities and get an opportunity to learn the theoretical and practical aspects of the following topics:

ƒƒ Learning about cutting edge researchers and engineers from around the world


ƒƒ State of the art facilities

99 Safety culture in the construction industry in the Middle East

ƒƒ Gaining hands-on training on some of the top construction projects in the world

99 Overview of the concrete repair industry and how it differs from the US

ƒƒ Spending ten weeks in some of the most exciting places in the world ƒƒ Learning about local culture and languages ƒƒ Potential for fulltime employment after graduation

99 SI units vs US units

99 Cultural differences between the US and the UAE 99 Do’s and Don’ts while studying abroad CONCRETE STRENGTHENING AND REPAIR •

Structural Strengthening ƒƒ Engineering and design of these systems ƒƒ Installation, QA/QC, etc. for field execution

Condition Assessments and Investigations on Structures ƒƒ On-site data collection ƒƒ Chemical and physical tests »»

Chloride Ion Content




LPR Readings


Half-Cell Potential

ƒƒ Durability Analysis with STADIUM software ƒƒ Data Compilation and Report Writing • Concrete Repairs and Waterproofing • Technical R&D: ƒƒ Shrinkage cracking ƒƒ Heat of Hydration cracking in micro-concretes (pre-bagged repair mortars).

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” - Mary Anne Radmacher

Benefits of Studying Abroad


1 | Experience a new culture The best way of finding out about another culture is by immersing yourself in it, and you can only do that by living in a country. 2 | Change the way you think about yourself and the world around you Education abroad may well change the way you view all kinds of things which you’d previously taken for granted. Education abroad provides an opportunity to gain different perspectives. It provides you with an opportunity to understand and analyze a problem from a completely different perspective. This exposure to other cultures has a tendency to help you think objectively about yourself and your environment back home, become more tolerant, and recognize and appreciate diversity.

"..International education cannot be the work of one country. It is the responsibility and promise of all nations. It calls for free exchange and full collaboration...The knowledge of our citizens is one treasure which grows only when it is shared." - Lyndon B. Johnson

3 | Learn How to Communicate Across Cultures In today’s increasingly global society, it’s important to possess the skills to communicate across cultures – and this means understanding more than just a different language. Education abroad helps you become familiar with the customs and traditions of the country in which you are studying, in addition to the language. By interacting with locals, you can develop an appreciation for the culture and its differences from your own. 4 | Study in a global hub for your field Education abroad is also a great opportunity to spend time in a location which is known as a leading global hub in your field of interest. Some of the most advanced construction projects in terms of size and complexity are taking place in the UAE and Qatar. 5 | Get ready for an international workplace It is a given that you will be working in a global environment regardless of where you work. Employers are looking for graduates to have international experience either by studying or working abroad. Now there are many more opportunities to study and work abroad, or stay on and work afterwards. Anyone who is able to put on their CV that they studied abroad is at a greater advantage in terms of impressing future employers. At a very basic level it will give you something to talk about in an interview. But much more importantly it will prove to your potential employer that you have the ability to stand on your own two feet, that you can fit in when placed in different environments, and that you are resourceful and have initiative. 6 | Develop your language skills This will be a great opportunity for you to develop language skills in Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi during your stay in the UAE. More importantly, through this experience, you will learn to appreciate your own language when you return. 7 | Graduate School Admissions Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on education abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations. Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

Benefits of Studying Abroad


8 | Find New Interests If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home. You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy. 9 | Make friends from around the world This is a great opportunity for you to established lasting friendships with people from this part of the world. Being part of an internationally diverse academic community can also enhance the quality of your learning, providing a wider spectrum of opinions and

"The spirit of seeking understanding through personal contact with people of other nations and other cultures deserves the respect and support of all." - Gerald R. Ford

10 | Life Experience For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity. Take this opportunity to travel the world with no commitments but to study and learn about new cultures. Studying abroad is an experience unlike any other. 11 | Personal Development There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor. A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve. 12 | Network for Your Future In addition to making friends, you can also form professional contacts while abroad. 13 | Career Opportunities When you finish your education abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers. You might be able to impress your employers to offer you a fulltime job after your graduation.


Application Process ƒƒ Students should review the Nine Steps to Studying Abroad by visiting "Getting Started Section" of the OEA website. ƒƒ All students must be preapproved by the MTSU Office of Education Abroad prior to submitting an application to the faculty leader. ƒƒ All interested students are required to complete an online application which will be available starting on August 23, 2015 99 Minimum of 3.0 GPA is required to apply 99 An essay is required stating how this international experience will enhance your professional career 99 A current resume is required to be submitted along with the application 99 Two letters of recommendation are required from a faculty member and an employer ƒƒ A faculty/staff committee will review all applications and select top ten applicants based on GPA, courses completed, and the essay by November 15, 2015 ƒƒ Selected students will be notified by November 20, 2015

PROGRAM COST 99 The total cost of the program for the 10 week stay in the UAE and Qatar is $4194.00. This includes tuition, airfare, housing, food, transportation costs, education abroad fee, and iNext insurance fee payable directly to the Office of Education Abroad. Students are encouraged to have additional funds for sightseeing and shopping.


Student application deadline


Student selection completed


50% advance due from students


Remaining 50% due from students


OEA Pathway Packet deadline


OAE Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation


Class lectures begin


Leave for Dubai


Start of practical training


Practical training completed


Return to Murfreesboro

Program Structure


This course will have with two primary components:

ƒƒ In-class lectures and ƒƒ Study abroad training in Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Doha (Qatar).

In-class lectures The four weeks of classroom lectures will be utilized to prepare the students in the theoretical concepts that will be covered during the practical training portion of the course. Cultural aspects of the UAE will also be covered in the course. The students will be taught to convert unit of measure from US units to International units. During the lecture portion of the course, the students will be engaged in group discussions and case study analysis. They will also be given multiple quizzes and tests to gauge the level of understanding of the subject matter.

Practical Training This intensive 10 week on the job training will consist of working from Sunday through Thursday totaling 50 hours or more per week. The students will work for The Structural Group and Unibeton Ready-mix in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha, Qatar. The ten students will be split into two groups of 6 and 4 students each. One group will start out working with Unibeton and the other with The Structural Group. At the end of the fifth week, the groups will switch. The group working for Unibeton, will be further divided into three sub groups of two students each working in Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE), and Doha (Qatar). Each student will be heavily engaged in learning about manufacturing of high strength specialty concrete during the first part of the practical training. During the second part of the practical training, the student will learn how to use this high strength concretes to strengthen structures, provide corrosion control, and repair concrete on high profile mega structures in the UAE and Qatar. Professor Ahmed will accompany the students to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar and supervise all learning activities while in the Middle East. During the practical training portion of the course, the students will be required to keep detailed daily log of activities and a major paper upon the conclusion of the course.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller

About the Companies


KEY PROJECTS in the Middle East

A Structural Group Company


STRUCTURAL, a Structural Group company, integrates technologydriven solutions into its industry-leading specialty contracting services. STRUCTURAL’s specialty contracting services improve, protect, and repair infrastructure and are provided directly to owners or through general contractors and designers. Industry-Leading Specialty Contracting Expertise Founded in 1976 by Peter Emmons, STRUCTURAL is widely recognized as the industry leader in developing innovative repair solutions to the most challenging infrastructure repair problems. In combination with other Structural Group companies, STRUCTURAL holds the position as the largest specialty concrete repair contractor in the United States and is 42nd in Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine’s list of the Top 600 Specialty Contractors.


In the UAE, STRUCTURAL’s business is focused on Strengthening using Carbon Fiber, Condition Assessments, Cathodic Protection, and Concrete Repair. Selected applicants will be able to work hand-in-hand with our engineers and technicians on some of the most iconic structures in the world. Learn more about STRUCTURAL at

US offices: DUBAI MALL - World's largest mall based on total area


Middle East Offices:

Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Qatar

About the Companies


KEY PROJECTS in the Middle East

Unibeton is the leading ready mix solution provider in GCC with the most extensive material testing capabilities in the region to ensure full compliance with the most stringent specifications. Being the pioneers in the realm of Self Compacting Concrete and Green Concrete , UNIBETON has an excellent track record in the construction industry in GCC region including UAE, Qatar, KSA and has offices in India, Turkey, Oman, Morocco, Kazakhstan and South Korea. UNIBETON is the nominated supplier for many mega projects all over the GCC, and is considered for international projects all over the world (Panama, Kuwait, Turkmenistan, Peru, Malaysia etc.). Globally renowned for its efficiency and demand-response system, UNIBETON’s unparalleled growth is recognized by numerous prestigious global accolades like Stevie Awards based on the Excellence Model of the European Foundation for Quality Management, Dubai Quality Appreciation Award, Dubai MRM Business Award, Shaikh Khalifa Award etc, which only a handful of international manufacturers across the globe can be proud of. Lear more about UNIBETON at

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." -Jawaharial Nehru

DUBAI, UAE Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

ABU DHABI, UAE Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, sits off the mainland on an island in the Persian Gulf. Its focus on oil exports and commerce is reflected by the skyline’s modern towers and shopping megacenters such as Abu Dhabi and Marina malls. Beneath white-marble domes, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque features an immense Persian carpet, crystal chandeliers and capacity for 41,000 worshipers.

DOHA, QATAR Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art.

Office of Education Abroad Middle Tennessee State University 1301 E. Main Street; PO Box 127 Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Office (615) 898 - 5179 Fax (615) 494 - 7639 Campus Address: PECK HALL, Room 207

CONTACT INFORMATION Ayaz Ahmed, Associate Professor and CIM MBA program coordinator Concrete Industry Management Department

Middle Tennessee State University 1301 E. Main Street; PO Box 24 Murfreesboro, TN 37132 Office (615) 898 - 5715 Cell (615) 767- 4479 [email protected]

All Program Information and details are subject to change.