Viet Nam plans to build 200 to 300 new laboratories by 2015 with the hope of improving the quality of construction work under a newly-ratified Government decision.
HA NOI —
As part of the VND225 billion (US$11.5 million) plan to enhance construction quality, the new laboratories will be equipped to examine the quality of construction materials and projects.
The country now has 896 construction laboratories, according to Le Van Thinh, an official from the Department of State Examination on Construction Work Quality under the Ministry of Construction.
However, these laboratories only have the capacity to evaluate and experiment with the most popular construction materials like cement, concrete and mortar; few can examine rarer materials like glass, pottery, porcelain and organic materials. Similarly, these laboratories are ill-equipped to evaluate actual works. Experiments that assess the effects of wind, earthquakes or fires cannot be conducted.
The new project also plans to create 100 qualified organisations to assess construction quality.
In addition, there will be professional training for about 1,000 experimenters, 400 examiners, and 300 construction experts.
The project will be carried out over the next four years, from 2011 to 2014. — VNS