Aug: 18, 2005. (Belfast) The 4th International Symposium on
Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technological is being
held at Belfast - UK. This is the fourth conference in a series last
one was held at Portugal.
Renowned scientists and
engineers from all over the world have gathered to present solutions
to the problems of pavements failure and to devise cost effective
solutions by adopting optimal design of pavements. Engineers and
academia from USA, UK, Ireland, Pakistan, and other countries have
is the major sponsor of the event.
Further; the main organizers includes Eng. Waheed-uddin a Professor at
University of Mississippi, USA and a graduate of NED Engineering
University Karachi 1970 Group.
Pakistan is represented by two renowned engineers namely; General
Farukh Javed, Chairman National Highways Authority, Pakistan and Engr.
Mrs. Naheed Ghazanfar chairperson of the Institution of Engineers
Pakistan, Islamabad Rawalpindi-Centre.
General Farukh Javed was the key note speaker in the third session
held in the afternoon. He made an informative and intersecting
presentation about the strategic role of Pakistan in the region and
importance of highways viz a viz trade through land routes within
South Asian and Central Asian Republic. He highlighted that without
going through Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan Central Asian Republics
cannot have trade and that most of the land locked countries of the
central Asia have to travel through Pakistan to reach the warm waters
of Arabian Sea. He stressed that with this objective in view and of
course keeping in view the need and importance of land transportation
for the four provinces of Pakistan, National Highways Authority has
embarked on a gigantic program of upgrading and constructing new roads
and Motorways. He stressed that the learned engineers from other parts
of the World and especially international level designers and
construction companies shall come forward to associate with Pakistan
to meet this goal.
General Javed stressed that Pakistan needs to adopt modern
construction techniques and introduce cost effective and efficient
processes such as recycling materials of construction; reducing waste;
and providing environmentally sound solutions. These he indicated will
meet the demand of expanding trade and need of wider road networks.
The delegates found the presentation of the Chairman NHA very
informative, and interesting.
Engr. Mrs. Naheed
Ghazanfar highlighted the importance of technology transfer to
developing countries and the vital need for research and development
in developing countries. She invited all the engineers to join
Institution of Engineers Pakistan to bring about a health association
amongst Nations. She said that the engineering profession all over the
world is same we use same stones, bitumen, and sand. Subsoil and soil
is also the same, and then we must focus on the problems that give
different results in developing and developed countries. The developed
countries shall help and assist Pakistani engineers to devise quality
and cost effective solutions. The delegates expressed that they will
associate with Pakistani engineers and come forward with optimal
The delegates were also invited by the Lord Mayor of the City of
Belfast in the evening. General Farrukh and Engr. Ghazanfar were
introduced to the Lord Mayor as out standing engineers having traveled
to such a long distance with a sole purpose of improving the quality
of pavements and roads in Pakistan.
A dinner followed by a short after dinner speech by the Pakistani
delegates was the highlight of the day.