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Technical Services Sector Performance

Materials Engineering Directorate

Performance 2019

  • The Department has successfully activated the revenue development and cost recovery initiative on a number of its services to the private sector. The revenues of the Directorate during the year 2019 amounted to about BD 411,000 which means that the Directorate managed to recover around 36% of its total cost. The percentage of charged services is about 44% of the total services of the Directorate. As for the remaining of the services provided to government projects managed by this Ministry without charge; this means that the actual recovery could reach 90%.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate Laboratories obtained ISO / IEC 17025: 2005 for the third time in a row, for 10 new sets of tests and a total of 33 tests. Materials Engineering Directorate laboratories are the first governmental laboratories to obtain this international accreditation in the Kingdom of Bahrain and within very few government laboratories in the Middle East.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, through its Consultancy and Research Section, has included 157 major projects under its quality assurance system program which ensures that all concerned parties in the project are fulfilling the obligation towards quality as per the approved project quality plan, and the approximate value of these projects as follow:

    • Completed Projects BD 414 Million
    • Existing Projects BD 161 Million
    • Total Summation BD 676 Million

  • Materials Engineering Directorate supervised the review process of the MOW Standard Specifications for the Construction Works, which consists of 21 modules. This was done through the Steering Committee under the chairmanship of His Excellency the Undersecretary for Works Affairs and specialized technical work groups, until it is approved from higher Management represented by His Excellency the Minister of the Ministry.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Geotechnical Engineering Group had undertaken over 40 projects in total, comprising 34% of projects were with regards to Geotechnical Advisory Service, 34% of projects were carrying out Ground Investigation, 18% of projects were providing Existing ground investigation Data and 14% of projects were on Review of geotechnical reports undertaken by private firms.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Consultancy and Research Section, reviewed and issued ‘Materials Compliance Reports’ for 375 products in building and construction section. The products varied between civil engineering, architectural, electrical and mechanical materials, all in accordance to the highest international standards and specifications.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by Building Materials and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, accredited more than 33 factories for concrete products in the Kingdom of Bahrain by subjecting them to the quality control system for the plant and production and evaluating them based on the outputs of the system.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Building Materials and Chemical Analysis Laboratory, approved more than 200 concrete mixtures from among 12 approved Ready Mixed Concrete Companies and suppliers. Of the total approved concrete mixes, about 54 concrete mixes have utilized cementitious replacements such as micro silica and pulverized fuel ash relevant to green building. Also from among the total number of approved concrete mixes there are 3 mixes that utilized recycled concrete aggregates that is beneficial to environment.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate has completed several structural investigations and condition survey projects for a large number of different government buildings. These projects included conducting a number of engineering tests and providing results and recommendations.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Road Materials section approved 25 asphalt mix types for 8 asphalt suppliers. In order to ensure that the approved mixes continue to adhere to the approved mix designs, a preventative QA program entitled the “Factory Prequalification Program” monitored the production of 9 asphalt plants.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Road Materials section Under this "Factory Prequalification Program", 2224 asphalt tests were conducted in the RML. Analysis revealed violation to specifications in 60 asphalt mix, preventing these substandard materials from being used in construction projects

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Road Materials Group, assessed quality of unbound material products from four (4) crusher plants that produces Road base, Sub base and subgrade improvement materials. Three of the companies produced local materials whereas the other one imports its materials from abroad (UAE). Under this program, 447 tests were conducted at the RML, 12 material types failed to meet MoW’s specifications preventing its delivery to construction projects. The RML also supported 12 projects through testing 140 material types proposed for application in these projects. Moreover, the group provided technical support to geotechnical engineering group by testing 249 samples, which consists of 535 tests. There were also 29 asphalt aggregate samples (127 tests) which were tested under the asphalt factory prequalification program.

  • 13. The RML supported this year important Government strategy associated with managing waste by recycling industrial products:
    • RML defined requirements of a practice that will facilitate the use of Recycled Construction and Demolition Waste (C&D) as road construction material instead of hauling it to waste dumping grounds. The conducted study included acquiring knowledge of good practices applied elsewhere, laboratory testing of materials and construction of demo road sections to test the material under realistic field conditions. The study produced guidelines for effective use of this material in the construction of minor roads taking into consideration limitations identified by the study as where it should not be used. Consequently, C&D debris no longer goes to waste dumping grounds and instead it is being processed by a contractor retained by the Ministry and the product is being made available for use in road construction.
    • The RML completed an R&D project related to recycling another waste, which is a byproduct of the steel manufacturing industry. The byproduct is referred to as “Steel Slag”, which continued to accumulate in dumping grounds. Because of some good physical properties of the slag including its toughness, the R&D project outcome calls for recycling it as aggregate for use in preparing asphalt mixes for road construction. The completed R&D studies identified means for processing this waste and for effective means for accommodating the steel slag aggregates in the asphalt mix. When applied, this recycling practice will address a serious shortage associated with depletion of local natural resource that can produce mineral aggregates.
    • The RML joined effort with other Ministry departments to promote recycling of used tires. The used rubber tires will be shredded by a contractor that will be retained by Municipalities and the shreds will used in many applications including modifying road binders. A short list of candidate technology providers was established. The Ministry team will study the proposals that will be prepared by the qualified candidates and MED will conduct lab investigations to examine effectiveness of the produced rubber particles in modifying road binders.

  • Chemical Analysis Laboratory Group have been coordinating with the Building and Road Materials Laboratories groups to conduct the necessary technical tests. The main objective of the Chemical Analysis Laboratory group is to ensure that chemical specifications for building and road materials and other construction materials meet the Ministry of Works standard requirements. The CAL group continues to provide QA/QC testing, which is carried out under the quality control laboratory and cement laboratory. About 8100 chemical tests of various types of concrete companies were performed during the third quarter of 2019.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Consultancy and Research Section has prepared National requirements for steel reinforcement bars in cooperation with Ministry of Industry and Commerce. As part of the cooperation between the two ministries in the programs of control of building materials, especially after the success achieved The cement control program and in line with the acceleration of the pace of urban development in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

  • Materials Engineering Directorate, represented by the Consultancy and Research Section in cooperation with the Electricity and Water Authority in the field of testing the thermal insulation materials in the laboratories of the Materials Engineering Directorate, which is internationally reliable for the efficiency of testing and calibration laboratories ISO/IEC 17025:2005

Cost Engineering Directorate

Performance 2019

First: The tenders that were awarded during the year 2019

A total of (89) tenders were awarded at a total cost of BD. 199,392,152.035 (Bahraini Dinars: One Hundred and Ninety Nine Million Three Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand One Hundred and Fifty Two and Thirty Five Fils), including GCC funding projects as follows:

SECTOR TENDERS NUMBER AMOUNT
Roads 8 59,006,610.320
Sanitary 23 13,834,278.108
Building 44 124,593,784.277
Other Projects 14 1,957,479.330

Second: The tenders that were issued during the year 2019

The total awarded tenders were (93) tenders at an estimated cost of BD. 106,625,102.200 (Bahraini Dinars: One Hundred and Six Million Six Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand One Hundred and Two and Two Hundred Fils) including the GCC finding projects as follows:

SECTOR TENDERS NUMBER AMOUNT
Roads 14 50,203,914.000
Sanitary 27 12,489,540.000
Building 41 42,949,146.260
Other Projects 11 973,501.940

Third: Issued and Awarded GCC funding projects:

During the year 2019, (20) tenders were issued and awarded submitted for the GCC funding projects at an estimated cost of BD 146,710,229.379 (Bahraini Dinars: One Hundred and Forty Six Million Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty Nine and Three Hundred and Seventy Nine Fils) as follows:

1. Projects financed by Saudi Fund for Development:

Five (5) Roads tenders and one (1) Sanitary tender and Three (3) Construction Tender were issued at an estimated cost of BD 57,051,170.590 (Bahraini Dinars: Fifty Seven Million and Fifty one Thousand One Hundred and Seventy and Five Hundred Ninety Fils). Two (2) Roads tenders, one (1) Construction tender and One (1) Sanitary tenders were also awarded at an estimated cost amounted of BD 35,230,600.220 (Bahraini Dinars: Thirty Five Million Two Hundred and thirty thousand Six Hundred Two Hundred Twenty Fils), meaning that Thirteen (13) tenders were awarded and issued at an estimated cost of BD. 92,281,770.810 (Bahraini Dinars: Ninety Two Million Two Hundred and Eighteen one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy and Eight Hundred and Ten Fils).

2. Projects financed by Kuwait Fund for Development:

Two (2) Construction tenders were issued at an estimated cost of BD. 14,742.000 (Bahraini Dinars: Fourteen Million Seven Hundred and Forty Two Thousand), Two (2) tenders were awarded for the Roads Sector and Two (2) for the Construction Sector at an estimated cost of BD 16,286,458.609 (Bahraini Dinars: Sixteen Million Two Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand and Four Hundred Fifty Eight and Six Hundred and Nine Fils), meaning that Six (6) tenders were awarded and issued at an estimated cost of BD. 31,028,458.609 (Bahraini Dinars: Thirty One Million Twenty Eight Thousand and Four Hundred and Fifty Eight and Six Hundred and Nine Fils).

3. Projects funded by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development:

One (1) Roads tender was issued at an estimated cost of BD. 23,399,999.960 (Bahraini Dinars: Twenty Three Million Three Hundred and Ninety Nine Thousand and Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine and Nine Hundred and Sixty Fils).

Total cost summary of issued tenders

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Total cost summary of awarded tenders

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Fourth: Purchase Orders:

The Directorate approved 863 purchase orders during the year 2019 amounting to BD. 2,203,599.000 (Bahraini Dinars: Two Million Two Hundred and Three Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety-Nine)

Roads Sector

Roads Sector

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Sanitary Sector

Sanitary Sector

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Building Sector

Building Sector

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Technical Services Sector

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Internal Requests

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Fifth: Pre-qualification applications:

The total approved prequalification’s applications in the year 2019 was One Hundred and TwentyThree (123) in addition to One Hundred and Nine (109) rejected applications. The service revenue (after the implementation of the Ministry’s decision No. 9 of 2017 issued on 22 June 2017 to recover the cost) amounted to BD 141,502.000 (Bahraini Dinars: One Hundred Forty-One Thousand and Five Hundred and Two

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Prequalification’s applications

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Rejected applications

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Bahraini Dinars

Service Revenue

Information Technology Directorate

Performance 2019

  • Wining the Bahrain’s e-Government Index Award, during the distribution of the Excellence awards organized by Information and eGoverment Authority under the auspices of his highness Sh. Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the high committee for Information. The award was given based on four criteria’s that the Ministry scored the highest achieving among other government entities and this includes the IT strategic Planning, Maturity of electronic services, cloud transformation and Cyber security.

  • The team has completed the study of the Ministry’s services movement to the national cloud, and currently in the process of building a cloud-based infrastructure services for the migration of MOW electronic services in line with the government directions and policies.

  • The team has completed the study of the Ministry’s services movement to the national cloud, build a cloud-based infrastructure services and currently in the process of for the migration of MOW electronic services in line with the government directions and policies.

  • Infrastructure Refresh Program coving refresh and consolidation services for servers, networks and infrastructure services.

  • Unified Communications project covering integrated IP based communication services across the ministry and other government entities.

  • Cloud Disaster Recovery and backup management system.

  • Database Technology Refresh and consolidation into a centralized robust database environment.

  • MOW HQ 10GE Technology Network Upgrade.

  • Wireless plan is completed in preparation for implementation in the second year of SISP Cycle.

  • Sustainable, secure and highly available centralized Data Centers

  • The call center system has been updated to receive as many calls as possible in line with the new system of the Directorate

  • Training and qualification of technical support staff in repairing electronic faults related to devices internally

  • Providing a new printing environment supported by the latest software for a safe printing that promotes green technology

  • Green ICT initiative including Green office and paper less communication, Virtual desktops, and video conferencing with the aim to reduce co2 print and save the environment.

  • The national threat protection program participation and vulnerability management with the Information and Government Authority (IGA).

  • Government Thiqa Security Program plan is completed in preparation for implementation in second year of SISP Cycle.

  • The introduction of Security policies for usage, application security standards and controls required to assure safe working environment and acceptable user behavior.

  • Launch new Traffic Signal Service Maintenance Requests which is developed using REST API and integrated with Enterprise Asset Management System

  • Launch the new Sanitary Connection Application eService which is developed using REST API and integrated to the new Sanitary Connection backend system.

  • CED Prequalification eService and back end enhancements – Phase 2.

  • Oracle applications Modernization: in order to reduce and simplify IT Infrastructure components and to eliminate recurrent cost of Oracle software maintenance; 9 applications out of 12 have been migrated from Oracle. More than 200 reports have also been migrated as part of the initiative.

  • Launching of Complaint Management System : To provide a centralized system for managing complaints/requests received through different channels

  • New solution for Enterprise Document Management has been developed internally to accommodate new users’ requirements and to reduce performance and cost risks. All existing files have been migrated from the old one to the new one.

  • Enterprise Asset Management System infrastructure and application was upgraded to latest supported versions, which also support latest infrastructure components, web browsers, and new user requirements

  • Facilitate remote technical support through the updated system

  • The IT department is dedicated to solving the technical problems of users professionally and accurately

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Printers were updated and replaced

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Computers were updated and replaced