summaery2019: Projects

Earth building in the Middle East - an overview, supplemented by geotechnical tests on historical building materials from the Sultanate of Oman.

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Project information

submitted by
Abdulrahman Alghouthani

Abdulrahman Alghouthani, Dr. Gunther U. Aselmeyer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Torsten Wichtmann, Dr. rer. nat. Gunther Ulrich Aselmeyer

Civil Engineering

Degree programme:
Civil Engineering [Construction, Environment, Building Materials] (Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.))

Type of project presentation
Final project

Summer semester 2020

Project description

The CRES Clay Resources Evaluation and Survey, funded by the ADACH Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (now the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism), aims to develop deposits of building clay in the United Arab Emirates for both the restoration of historic buildings and modern earth architecture. During the last stay on the site, clay samples were also taken from buildings in the neighbouring Sultanate of Oman, which were intended as a supplement to CRES or for successor projects, but have not yet been studied.

Some of these building clays have now been geotechnically examined as part of the bachelor's thesis and evaluated in terms of their suitability for rammed earth construction and mud bricks. The results will feed into a feasibility study for an international research project. For this purpose, contact was made with appropriate authorities (e.g. preservation of monuments) and research institutions (e.g. universities) in the Middle East.

Email: abdulrahman.alghouthani[at]

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