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INTRODUCTION ........................................................................................... 2

1.1

GENERAL ...................................................................................................... 2

1.1.1
1.1.2
1.1.3
1.1.4

Scope of this Section


Scope of the Qatar Construction Specification
References
Precedence of Specification and Documents

1.2

COMPLIANCE ............................................................................................... 2

1.2.1
1.2.2

Compliance with the Qatar Construction Specification


Compliance with the General Conditions of Contract

1.3

STANDARDS ................................................................................................. 3

1.3.1
1.3.2
1.3.3

References to Standards
Government Published Specifications, Regulations, Notices and Circulars
Survey Marks

1.4

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS .......................................................................... 4

1.4.1
1.4.2
1.4.3
1.4.4
1.4.5
1.4.6
1.4.7
1.4.8
1.4.9
1.4.10
1.4.11
1.4.12
1.4.13
1.4.14
1.4.15
1.4.16
1.4.17
1.4.18
1.4.19

General
The Contract
The Government
The Contractor
The Engineer
The Engineers Representative
The Owner
The Site
The Works
The Drawings
The Construction Plant
The Temporary Works
The Specifications
Specified
Approved
Project Documentation
Guarantee
Government Departments and Utility Services
Singular and Plural

1.5

ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS ............................................................... 6

1.5.1
1.5.2

General
Site Conditions

1.6

LANGUAGE ................................................................................................... 8

1.6.1

Contract Language

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1.

INTRODUCTION

1.1

GENERAL

1.1.1

Scope of this Section

This Section specifies the general clauses applicable to Works being carried out in
accordance with this Specification.

1.1.2

Scope of the Qatar Construction Specification

The clauses in this Specification are applicable in varying degrees to each and every part of
the Works. Their function is to bring together all those statements which are normally
common to most types of work.

The Qatar Construction Specification applies to the entire Works, whether on the Site or in
yards, workshops and factories employed elsewhere in connection with the Works.

1.1.3

References

The following standards are referred to in this Part:


BS 6100
BS ISO 80000
BS EN 1991-1-4
BS EN 1992-1-1

Building and civil engineering terms


Quantities and Units
Eurocode 1. Actions on structures. General actions. Wind actions
Eurocode 2. Design of concrete structures. General rules and rules for
buildings

1.1.4

Precedence of Specification and Documents

The precedence of documents shall be:


(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)

Particular Conditions of Contract.


General Conditions of Contract.
Project Specific Specification.
Project Specific and General Drawings.
Qatar Construction Specification.

1.2

COMPLIANCE

1.2.1

Compliance with the Qatar Construction Specification

Unless otherwise stated in the Project Documentation, the Contractor shall comply with
every requirement of the Qatar Construction Specification that is relevant to the type of work
forming any part of the Contract and shall adopt whichever permissible option or alternative
that is best suited to the needs of the construction work being undertaken.

Any information in the Contract documents as to the whereabouts of existing services and
mains is approximate and for the guidance of the Contractor who shall not be relieved of his
obligations under Clause 11 of the General Conditions of Contract or Part 19 of Section 1 of
this Specification.

1.2.2

Compliance with the General Conditions of Contract

The Qatar Construction Specification is intended for use with the General Conditions of
Contract.

The Contractor shall comply with the provisions of the General Conditions of Contract in the
course of construction of the Works.

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1.3

STANDARDS

1.3.1

References to Standards

Any standard referred to in this Specification shall be deemed to be the version and/or
standard(s) which supersedes, that was current forty-two days prior to the date of return of
Tenders.

Any standard referred to in this Specification shall be construed as reference to an


equivalent one.

The Contractor shall provide copies of all referenced standards applicable to the work being
undertaken. Translations of standards not written in English shall be provided where
necessary.

1.3.2

Government Published Specifications, Regulations, Notices and Circulars

The works shall be executed in accordance with the following Government specifications,
regulations, notices and circulars:
(a)
(b)

(c)
(d)
(e)
(f)
(g)
(h)

(i)
(j)

(k)
(l)

(m)
(n)
(o)

The General Conditions of Contract prepared by the former Ministry of Public Works.
The Qatar Construction Specification (QCS) issued by the Qatar Standards,
Laboratories and Standardisation Affairs, Ministry of Environment, 2010 and all
revisions and addenda issued by the same ministry prior to the date of the
announcement inviting tenderer.
The Code of Practice and Specification for Road Openings in the Highway prepared
by the Ministry of Industry & Public Works, January 1992.
The Guide for Civil Users of Explosives in Qatar prepared by the former Ministry of
Public Works.
The Qatar Survey Manual prepared by the Survey Section of the former Ministry of
Industry & Public Works.
The Qatar Traffic Manual prepared by the former Ministry of Public Works and the
Qatar Highway Design Manual prepared by MMAA, 1997.
The Traffic Control at Road Works Manual issued by the former Ministry of Industry &
Public Works.
Rules, Regulations and Code of Practice for Design and Installation of Air
Conditioning, Heating, Ventilation & Refrigeration (ACHVR) Systems for Government
Buildings, 2nd Edition, 1989, prepared by Qatar General Electricity and Water
Corporation (QGEWC).
Regulations for the Installation of Electrical Wiring by the former Qatar National
Telephone Services.
The Regulations for the Installation of Electrical Wiring, Electrical Equipment and Air
Conditioning Equipment, Feb 2006 Edition prepared by the Qatar General Electricity
and Water Corporation (QGEWC).
Rules and Regulations for Plumbing Works prepared by the Qatar General Electricity
and Water Corporation (QGEWC).
Any current and relevant regulations, notices or circulars issued by the Public Works
Authority, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture (including the previous Ministry of
Public Works and the previous Ministry of Industry and Public Works), Qatar General
Electricity and Water Corporation (QGEWC) (including the previous Ministry of
Electricity and Water), Qatar Telecom (Q-TEL), the Qatar Standards, the Supreme
Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves or the appropriate local
Municipality prior to the date of the announcement inviting tenderer.
State of Qatar Law No. 30 of 2002 and all subsequent amendments concerning The
Environment and Natural Resources Protection Articles 6, 17, 19 & 35.
State of Qatar Law No. (6) of 1987 and all subsequent amendments concerning
Materials and Equipment from Qatar or other CCASG countries.
The Method of Measurement for Road and Bridgeworks published by the Ministry of
Industry and Public Works, Civil Engineering Department , 1987.

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Standard Method of Measurement of Building Works published by the Ministry of


Public Works, Engineering Services Department, 1973.
Safety Rules issued by the Electricity Networks Department of the former Ministry of
Electricity and Water.
The Jointing Manual prepared by the Electricity Networks Department of the former
Ministry of Electricity and Water.
The Labour Law, No. (14) of The Year 2004 Published by Labour Department of
Ministry of Civil Service Affairs & Housing, 2005.
Developers Drainage Guide prepared by the Public Works Authority, 2007.

The Contractor shall be deemed to have his own copy of the Government specifications,
regulations, notices and circulars given at (a) to (t) above.

Where any standard publication, specification, regulation, notice, etc or any correspondence
refers to a Government Ministry, department, division, section, etc it will be deemed to be the
same as any successor Ministry, department, division, section, etc which has or may
subsequently be officially promulgated by the Government of the State of Qatar.

1.3.3

Survey Marks

The Contractor shall consult the Engineer prior to any earth or other works to determine if
the work is likely to disturb survey marks. If the Engineer requires a survey mark to be
moved the Contractor will be responsible for recreating the survey mark to an approved
design and specification, and for resurveying the point using survey companies approved by
the Engineer authority.

The Contractor shall be responsible for the protection of the survey marks within the
boundaries of the site for the duration of the contract period, and shall be liable for all costs
of any remedial work required by the Engineer.

On the practical completion of the Works the Engineer will issue a certificate stating that all
survey marks, whether disturbed or otherwise by the Contractor, have been reinstated or
protected to the satisfaction of the Engineer.

In the event of failure to comply with the requirements of this Clause the Engineer, without
prejudice to any other method of recovery, may deduct the costs of any remedial work after
the practical completion date carried out by the Engineer, from any monies in its hands or
which may become due to the Contractor.

1.4

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

1.4.1

General

Terms and definitions shall comply with the relevant provisions of BS 6100.

The following terms and conditions shall apply when used within, or in association with, the
Qatar Construction Specification. Terms, which are restricted in their application to certain
types of material or workmanship, are dealt with in the appropriate Section.

The definitions given in the General Conditions of Contract shall apply to this specification.

1.4.2

The Contract

The binding agreement between the Government and the Contractor for the construction of
the Works.

1.4.3

The Government

The Government of the State of Qatar.

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1.4.4

The Contractor

The company or organisation responsible for the construction of the Works, and who have
entered into a contract with the Government.

1.4.5

The Engineer

The person, firm or corporation appointed as such by the Owner for the purposes of the
Contract unless specified otherwise in the Project Documentation.

1.4.6

The Engineers Representative

The resident engineer or resident architect or assistant of the Engineer or any Clerk of
Works appointed from time to time by the Engineer to perform the duties set forth in Clause
2 of General Conditions of Contract whose authority shall be notified in writing to the
Contractor by the Engineer.

1.4.7

The Owner

The Ministry, Municipality, Department, Affairs, Agency, Authority, or individual for whom the
Project is being undertaken and to whom the handover of the final product will be made.

1.4.8

The Site

The land allocated for the Works.

1.4.9

The Works

The Works as defined in the Project Documentation.

1.4.10

The Drawings

The drawings included in the Project Documentation.

1.4.11

The Construction Plant

All appliances or things of whatsoever nature required in or about the execution, completion
or maintenance of the Works or Temporary Works but does not include materials or other
things intended to form or forming part of the permanent work.

1.4.12

The Temporary Works

All temporary works of every kind required in or about the execution, completion or
maintenance of the Works.

1.4.13

The Specifications

All specifications contained in the Contract including any modifications or additions thereto
as may from time to time be issued or approved in writing by the Engineer.

1.4.14

Specified

Specified in the Project Documentation.

1.4.15

Approved

Terms such as approved, approved by, to the approval, as directed and the like refer
always to approval or directions given by the Engineer in writing.

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1.4.16

Project Documentation

All documents associated with and applicable to the Project Contract.

1.4.17

Guarantee

A Guarantee is a written assurance that a material, product, component, item of equipment,


finishing or any other part of the Works meets certain defined standards or quality criteria
and/or lasts for a certain length of time.

A warranty is the same as a Guarantee as defined in Clause 1.4.17.1.

1.4.18

Government Departments and Utility Services

Any reference in the Specification to historic names of Government departments and utility
owners shall be read as the successors name.

TPA (Third Party Inspection Agency) - where stated in the documents is the approved
authority who is responsible on behalf of the Engineer for inspection/service/release.

1.4.19

Singular and Plural

Words importing the singular only also include the plural vice versa where the context
requires.

1.5

ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS

1.5.1

General

Units shall generally be in accordance with the Systm International dUnits and the
relevant provisions of BS ISO 80000

The following abbreviations are used in this Specification:

A
C
c
d
dia
g
h
ha
J
k
l
M
m
m
N
No.
nr
Pa
r
sec
t
V
W

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microns
ampere
Celsius
centi
day
diameter
gram (me)
hour
hectare
joule
kilo
litre
mega
metre
milli
Newton
number
number
Pascal
radius
second
tonne
volt
Watt

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Reference to a technical society, institution, association or governmental authority is made in


the Specifications in accordance with the following abbreviations:
AASHTO
ACI
ANSI
ASME
ASTM
AWS
AWWA
BS
BSI
C & CA
CEE
CIBSE
CIRIA
CRSI
CS
DIN
EIA
EN
FHWA
FM
GS
ICE
IEC
IEE
IEEE
ISO
LPC
LPCB
MMAA
NEMA
NFPA
PCI
PWA
QCS
QGEWC
QS
Q-TEL
SIS
UK DOT
UPDA
VDE

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials


American Concrete Institute
American National Standards Institute
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society for Testing & Materials
American Welding Society
American Water Works Association
British Standard
British Standard Institution
Cement and Concrete Association
Commission of approval of Electrical Equipment
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
Concrete Industry Research and Information Association
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Concrete Society
Deutsches Institute fur Normung (German Institute for Standardization)
Electronic Industries Association
European Standards (Euro-Norm)
Federal Highway Authority
Factory Mutual Engineering Division
Gulf Standards
Institution of Civil Engineers
International Electrotechnical Commission
Institution of Electrical Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
International Organization for Standardization
Loss Prevention Council
Loss Prevention Certification Board
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Fire Protection Agency
Prestressed Concrete Institute
Public Works Authority
Qatar Construction Specification
Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
Qatar Standards (Laboratories and Standardisation Affairs, Ministry of
Environment)
Qatar Telecom
Swedish Standards Institute
United Kingdom Department of Transport
Urban Planning and Development Authority
Verband Deutscher Elektrotechniker (Association for Electrical, Electronic
and Information Technologies)

1.5.2

Site Conditions

The Site conditions shall be assumed to be as follows for tendering purposes:


Maximum ambient temperature ..........................50C
Minimum ambient temperature ........................... 5C
Design ambient temperature ...............................50C
Maximum metal temperature under the sun .......85C
Maximum ambient humidity ................................100%
Minimum ambient humidity ................................. 20%
Design ambient humidity .....................................100%

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Mean hourly wind speed of not less than .........30 m/s (as per BS EN 1991-1-4)
Yearly rainfall.......................................................80 - 150 mm
2

The wind is very directional and that the W-NNW sector predominates for velocities greater
than 8m/s (30km/h). However, the wind in coastal areas tends to exhibit a diurnal pattern,
with onshore winds during daylight hours changing to offshore at night.

The temperature is relatively mild from October to May and hot from June to September.

The relative ambient humidity is generally low from October to May and generally high from
June to September.

Under certain climatic conditions, considerable condensation may take place.

A considerable amount of salt is contained in the atmosphere which together with the
relatively high ambient humidity, can produce sever corrosion problems.

Distribution and occurrence of rainfall events are very erratic. Rainfall events are generally of
a high intensity with a short duration and usually occur between December and March.

The prevailing wind directions are from the north and west.

1.6

LANGUAGE

1.6.1

Contract Language

All communications, meetings and documentation shall be in English.


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