Intelligent transport systems help organise the Qatar World Cup 2022
Saad bin Ahmed Al-Muhandi, head of Qatar's public works authority, explains how intelligent transport systems offer many benefits for the country as it looks forward to hosting major international events.
Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup, in pursuit of its goal to organise an exceptional World Cup is not limiting its efforts to simply providing new stadiums that meet FIFA's highest standards, but is committed to a range of other areas, including transport. In addition to the Doha Metro, which will help alleviate traffic from the start of the World Cup 2022, with stations just yards from each World Cup stadium, Qatar is also focused on optimising the efficiency of the road and transport networks in Doha, with a number of new roads being opened in the near future, with the aim of easing traffic around the grounds.
Intelligent transport systems
Saad bin Ahmed Al-Muhandi, head of Qatar's public works authority, says: "While safety is being managed and optimised on the road and transport networks, the intelligent transport system offers an opportunity for investment and economic growth, with these investments helping to complete the infrastructure for hosting international events in the coming years, such as the World Cup 2022. The key strategy provides an overall framework to apply technology to intelligent transport, providing economic growth prospects which will help reach the national goal of Qatar 2030.
"In fact, the public works authority has applied the intelligent transport system to a number of road projects, while a project to establish an intelligent transport system platform for the road management center has already started. The authority also wants to widely implement the concept of 'thin construction', with the aim of making the implementation of projects more efficient, strengthening creativity and using new technologies focused on sustainable development."
Al-Muhandi, speaking to the Oxford Business Group, continued: "We are about to introduce many integrated project management systems, including modeling construction information, a new cooperative method of designing, building, and operating using 3D tools and models, as well as how we apply the system of managing the bridges to supervise their operation and maintenance.”
Al-Muhandi also noted that the new system helps in reviewing operations online and through apps, as well as speeding up maintenance planning and preparing solid predictions for the next fiscal year's budget. It should be noted that the public works authority manages almost 60 million tons of construction waste in relation to highway projects.
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