OREANDA-NEWS. Global testing group Exova has been appointed by the QDVC Bin Omran joint venture to provide specialist testing for the construction of the New Orbital Highway & Truck Route (Contract 2*) in Qatar. The route will be constructed to the West and North of Doha City.

The 33-month contract will see Exova provide comprehensive testing for soil, concrete and aggregates used in the construction of a 45-kilometre new dual carriage expressway that includes eight grade-separated interchanges. The testing will ensure the project meets the requirements of Qatar Construction Specification and Public Works Authority (Ashghal).

The majority of testing will be completed from a dedicated on-site laboratory, supported by specialist testing from Exova's main Doha laboratory.

The contract follows that recently won by Exova to provide environmental and materials testing on the new Doha Metro in the Emirate, further underlining the company's position at the forefront of testing on mass transit infrastructure.

Matt Davies, managing director for Exova in the Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific, said: "We provide mission-critical testing, which is crucial to any project but is particularly important in ensuring the performance of mass transit infrastructure. Continued growth in Qatar means that Ashghal is consistently working on a variety of projects and it demands high-quality service from its suppliers. We have made significant investment to meet the needs of this project and we are committed to developing our capabilities further in partnership with QDVC Bin Omran and Ashghal."


Exova is one of the world's leading laboratory-based testing groups, trusted by organisations to test and advise on the safety, quality and performance of their products and operations. Headquartered in Edinburgh, UK, Exova operates 143 laboratories and offices in 32 countries and employs around 4,500 people throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia/Asia Pacific.

Exova's capabilities help to extend asset life, bring predictability to applications, and shorten the time to market for customers' products, processes and materials. With over 90 years' experience, Exova specialises in testing across a number of key sectors from health sciences to aerospace, transportation, oil and gas, fire and construction.