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ACTS (Advanced Construction Technology Services)

ACTS (Advanced Construction Technology Services) Established in 1996, ACTS has become the preferred third-party provider for geotechnical engineering, materials testing, and consulting, and is the Local Sponsoring Group for the American Concrete Institute (ACI)’s programs in the Middle East. We were the first consulting firm in our field in the Middle East to obtain the ISO 9001, ISO 17025, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications, and we are the recognized representative of IHS, ASTM, BSI, IEEE and many other global standards development organizations.

Director, CQRA

Khaled Awad


Khaled Awad, is the Chairman and Founder of ACTS, a material testing and geotechnical consulting firm based in Beirut, Lebanon, and operating in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, India, Rwanda, and several other countries of the Middle East and Africa. He is the immediate past president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and an active member of ACI, serving on Certification Programs Committee, International Advisory Committee, ACI Board Committee Chairs Committee, and the International Certification Subcommittee, of which he is a past chair, and was a Trustee of the ACI Foundation. He is also a member of many ACI technical committees and received the ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award in 2007.
Khaled Awad worked in the real estate and construction industry in the Arabian Gulf for more than 30 years. He was the Founder and CEO of various construction and real estate companies, dealing with the supply chain and information technology side of the industry, as well as the development of large-scale projects. He oversaw the development of emission free Masdar City, the world’s first development aiming to become carbon–neutral.

He received his BE in civil engineering from the American University, Beirut, Lebanon, and his MA in business administration from the Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASTM International, and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Concrete Technology.

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Durocrete Engineering Services Pvt Ltd

Durocrete Engineering Services Pvt Ltd is our state-of-the-art Building Materials Testing Laboratory established in Pune in 1995. It is accredited by National Accreditation Board of Laboratories (Department of Science & Technology) under ISO 17025:2005.
Durocrete Engineering Services Pvt Ltd has made a mark as a premier building material testing laboratory in western Maharashtra. It has also established itself in the field of contract research with several prestigious research projects to its credit. Equipped with the latest technology, it employs a dedicated workforce of 150, including engineers & laboratory technicians who have undergone intensive training in the field of building material testing.
Durocrete Engineering Services Pvt Ltd provides technical support to CQRA Pvt. Ltd. on quality of materials wherever required.
Durocrete laboratories have been accredited under 17025 since 2006 . Pune and Mumbai Laboratories are accredited under ISO 17025 by International Accreditation Service ( USA) while Nashik Laboratory is accredited under ISO 17025 by NABL ( India ) with more than 25 years of experience, we provide 400 + different tests on 60 + unique materials.

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