Under the patronage of HE Engineer Ahmad bin Amer Al Hemaidi, Qatar’s Minister of Environment, the Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), Qatar’s Ministry of Environment, the GCC Standardisation Organization (GSO) and GULFMET are organising the First Gulf Metrology Forum in Doha, Qatar on 14 and 15 December 2015.

In preparation for the Forum, the preliminary meeting was held at GOIC’s headquarters in Doha. The meeting was attended by HE Dr Ali Hamed Al Mulla, Assistant Secretary General for Industrial Projects Sector at GOIC leading a team of GOIC experts, HE Dr Mohammed bin Saif Al Kuwari, Assistant Undersecretary for Laboratories and Standardisation leading the team of the Ministry of Environment formed by Salah Salem Al Rumaihi, Director of the Central Laboratories Department, Dr Yasser Abdulfattah Abdulaziz, expert and consultant in the field of calibration of metrology laboratories, Ahmed Burhan Al Hashemi, Head of the Building and Roads Materials Department at the Central Laboratories Department, Naima Hussein Al Doql from the Central Laboratories Department and Walid Al Yafei from the Public Relations Department. The meeting was also attended by GSO’s team represented by Engineer Omar Kanakrieh, Metrology Director and Abdulilah Qarnas Al Qarnas, metrology researcher.

During this meeting, GOIC explained its vision for this Forum. GOIC experts said that through industrial researches, the Organization has endeavoured to highlight the role of metrology in guaranteeing GCC industrial development. Furthermore, by carrying out industrial surveys, GOIC has realised the necessity of bridging the industrial metrology gap through spreading industrial awareness in this regard.

Participants stressed the importance of metrology, for it is relevant to all aspects of life and has become a key pillar of manufacturing in developing countries and a main part of the industrial development cycle. They explained that successful applications of science and technology require good monitoring of standards and criteria used in various fields. Quantitative measurements have indeed become necessary within industrial authorities and commercial businesses. Moreover, participants agreed that in order to boost instrumentation broadly and guarantee quality of products and raw materials, countries decided to establish specialised metrology and calibration centres for all products, and this sector needs qualification and resources to be capable of fully offering required services. They stressed the necessity of relying on modern equipment and technologies in most industrial operations. It is necessary to monitor machines, operations and equipment that are part of the processes and to study the market size to elaborate industrial forecasts in various fields.

One of the main objectives of this Forum is to exchange ideas about the best means to raise general awareness and industrial awareness in particular, to comply with industrial standards. It also aims at offering an assessment of the requirements of Gulf industries and institutions in the area of metrology, and examining means of increasing national capacities in the field of industrial standards. In addition to that, ideas are to be exchanged on how to attract new metrology activities and areas, international best practices to reinforce metrology infrastructure as part of quality development in member states, the role of national metrology institutes and laboratories, the experiences of member states in supporting metrology activities and local laboratories, means to cooperate with international laboratories, and finally putting together applicable recommendations by the participants to support metrology activities in GCC countries. In fact, the organisation of this Forum was based on global reports of companies operating in the area of metrology services. These reports revealed a projected increase of the demand on metrology services in the near future in various sector, particularly automotive, electronics, energy and other sectors. The recovery of the global economy will also have impacts on the Gulf, resulting in an investment increase in various fields like energy and industry and their accompanying services.

The Forum aims to raise awareness on the importance of metrology and its scientific, industrial and legal aspects, present experiences of GCC countries in this area, cooperating with international institutions to develop and support the role of metrology, communicate with concerned GCC parties in the field of metrology and get to know the cognitive and procedural environment in GCC countries to include legal frameworks, researches and applications.

The First Gulf Metrology Forum targets government and private laboratories, relevant institutions and companies, ministries of commerce, industry and environment and industrial companies operating in these fields: oil, gas, energy, petrochemicals, metallurgy, in addition to universities, scientific research institutions and global organisations specialised in metrology and calibration.