Katara Host a GSAS V2.0 Refresher Course and organized by GORD
This collaboration between Katara & GORD came after the co-operation agreement which was signed recently between the two parties that aim to enhance the adoption and implementation of sustainability concepts in the urban environment through the adequate training of staff locally and regionally based on the Qatar National Vision 2030.The agreement with Katara would also strengthen the cooperation in all issues of common interest which includes conducting training workshops in the field and collaboration in related scientific researches.
Katara supports GORD's mission to promote sustainability best practices leading to a better living environment through engagement in education & outreach activities.
Hosting GORD's workshops & seminars reveals Katara's true commitment to enhance community sustainable awareness.
Both Katara & GORD embrace the merge in culture and sustainable investment; Katara by applying sustainability best practices among all its project/activities & GORD through innovation & knowledge dissemination.
Dr. Al-Sulaiti pointed out that this agreement will enable Katara staff to join the training workshops organised by GORD. It would also help in attracting interested audience and visitors of Katara, besides facilitating media promotion for GORD's activities.
Dr. Yousef commented:
Since Katara works to boost relationships among different cultures, enhance cultural exchange and spreading human knowledge and heritage, GORD is keen on co-operating with regard to sustainable development in three main factors: engineering, architecture and environment. GORD has considerable experience in awareness programs for community and professionals interested in urban development.
The Refresher Course was carried out over a half-day session and the aim of the seminar was to give the certificants the chance to update their knowledge based on the latest addenda to GSAS manuals, toolkits, calculators and GSASgate, in order to renew their CGP certification, since each GSAS-CGP certificant is required to renew the certification every 3 years.
The seminar shed light on four main topics:
1. System Related Updates
- New schemes of GSAS compared to QSAS
- New criteria introduce
- Change in scoring for UC and MO by deleting negative score
- Split of some criteria as of shading and vegetation
- Enhancement of energy calculator by adding more input cells and better output charts
2. Certification Processes Related Updates
- All new flowcharts & forms
- New services like PCR and TA
- All fees, tables and the like
3. Qualifications and Credentials Maintenance
- CEU's and GORD Academy brochure
- How to progress from one level to another
4. GORD Community Activities
- New plans to introduce chapters and working groups and their ideas
- CPD needs and their ideas
Government agencies, Consultants, contractors, PMC's, etc. are involving their engineers to adopt GSAS certification in order to design and construct sustainably.
Certified engineers (Practitioners) renew their certification every 3 years to ensure involvement in future GSAS projects which requires completion of theoretical knowledge and a minimum GSAS / GORD engagement activities (GSAS Refresher Course).