Government, Property, UAE

Abu Dhabi introduces digital soil examination service

The Department of Soil Engineering, a branch of the Department of Building Permits of the Abu Dhabi Municipality, has introduced its digital soil examination service, WAM reported.

The government arm also announded the requirements for digital submission, and the mechanism of monitoring soil, including all related content as per its engineering criteria.

It also presented its methods of analysing feedback and amendments during the approval of soil examination permits, and how to digitally integrate reports, results and information, to generate the final report.

The service is part of the unified permit e-system, or “MePS,” and the efforts of the Urban Planning and Municipalities Department to achieve total digital transformation by the end of 2018.

The Department of Soil Engineering conducted the presentation during a workshop, which aimed to raise the awareness of relevant officials of new services targeting consultation offices, contractors and people working in soil examination labs.

The workshop stressed that soil examinations must take place under ongoing field and lab supervision by an engineer who is qualified in soil engineering or geological engineering. A representative of the consultant must also be present during the process, who must sign off the experiments programme and their types and number, according to the samples taken from the soil.

Eng. Khalfan Sultan Al Nuaimi, Executive Director of the Cities Planning Division, highlighted the importance of the service, and its role in implementing sustainable projects while pointing out that the launch of the digital service will help update the soil database and fulfil the needs of developers, contractors, consultants and building owners.

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