Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman collaborated with Habitech Center and AIT Consulting, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on a research project to develop a way to provide an effective onsite solution utilizing the water generated during oil extraction in the drilling sites of Petroleum Development Oman.
The solution involves using the innovative Habitech Building Technology to produce interlocking bricks which then can be used to build structures, well liners, and many other applications. The Habitech technology is proven to be disaster resilient, green, and cost-effective as it can utilize local materials (desert sand and soil in Oman) and waste water from oil production.
The project has two phases: phase 1 involves the acquisition of a manual brick press machine, a hydraulic testing press by SQU and supplementary training on production. The second phase outlines the delivery of another hydraulic brick press machine to SQU and second formal training and technology transfer of brick production and wall construction.
As part of the collaboration, Habitech team led by Mr. Gyanendra R. Sthapit, Director of Habitech Center visited SQU to set-up a brick press at the Structural laboratory of the university. The team demonstrated the production process of interlocking bricks and trained university staff and students to make interlocking bricks using local soil and desert sand.
During the visit, Mr. Sthapit also presented in a seminar on Habitech Building Technology, which was attended by the university staff, faculties, and students of Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.