Hear from Department Head

Asst.Prof. Hafez Al Sadeq
Head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

Welcome to the Department which focuses on a unique connection between the built and the natural environment. When we talk of built environment many of them misunderstand that it only deals with construction of residential buildings, but it is not so, it also deals with construction, restoration, planning, designing, cost estimation, risk analysis and management of new and existing small to mega structures like sky scrapers, roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, airports, dams, shopping malls etc. are few to mention. Building and construction projects use many natural resources which exploit the nature that leads to climate change, global warming, water and energy crises, construction wastes, solid wastes etc., and are major environmental issues which are currently affecting the world. Our role is to design, plan, mitigate and adapt technology to provide better living to the society keeping the balance between built and the natural environment.

The construction industry is one among the largest industries operating in Sultanate of Oman and is the main contributor in sultanates growing economic development. Indeed, the total value of projects planned and under construction in a range of sectors, including energy, manufacturing, transport and utilities, currently stands at $163.5bn – equivalent to twice Oman’s annual GDP. Meanwhile, demand from the private real estate sector is also driving growth, with developers engaged in projects ranging from grade-A office buildings to shopping malls and integrated tourism complexes (Construction Report 2016).

The department of Built and Natural Environment is equipped with state of art laboratories with most modern equipment to carry out research projects. The department has been awarded 4 Undergraduate Research project and One Open Research grant project by The Research Council of Oman. The research project gives ample scope for the students to participate and publish articles. The students are given special training on advanced software in Civil and Construction Engineering to prepare them for employment. The department in coordination with the Training and Placement department place more than 100 students at industries for summer training. The students are encouraged to participate in National and International conferences to show case their research works.

The department offers Master in “Construction Management” in academic cooperation with Glasgow Caledonian, for those students to pursue higher studies after Bachelor degree.

We look forward you be part of this excellent department and wish you good luck.

Asst.Prof. Hafez Al Sadeq
Head of the Department

Contact Information:
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
P.O. Box 2322
C.P.O Seeb – 111
Sultanate of Oman
Telephone: 24536165, Ext : 550, Fax: 24535675

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