Stakeholders stress need for glass technology in civil engineering

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Regional Manager, Overseas and UK Markets, International Building Projects, AGC Glass, Jean-Luc Palisson (left); Country Business Development Director, West Africa, Building and Industrial Glass Company, AGC Glass, Nnenna Azuka-Onwuka; Senior Project Manager, AGC Worldwide Strategy Office, Valerie Barlet; and President, Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, at the construction industry conference in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Senior Project Manager, AGC Worldwide Strategy Office, Valerie Barlet, has stressed the need for Nigerian architects and stakeholders in construction industry to embrace glass technology, to respond to market trends.

Barlet revealed this yesterday at the construction industry conference entitled ‘From Architects’ Dream to High-tech’ organised in Lagos by the Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).

There is a demand for glass technology, especially as there are major developing projects in Nigeria, she stressed.

Speaking on Africa’s readiness to accept the technology, she said: “Africa will go every step by step like we did in Europe; there will be a jump from what we have today. You will want to use the latest technology. And by the way, these technologies are not so expensive. It’s also possible to apply the right technology, not too expensive to Africa.”

According to her, Nigerian government needs to play a role in the acceptance of the technology by applying the step-by-step process.

In his remarks, president of NBCC, Dr. Timi Austen-Peters, said the conference was showcasing the different opportunities to architects and stakeholders in civil engineering, who are conceptualizing a new building, how to put it together through the technology.

He said the technology was already in place, as smart buildings were already springing up in parts of Lagos.

“These are buildings that are using different types of glass and steel, incorporating renewable energy. Nigeria cannot sit in the dark ages. We are part of the modern global economy. We should seek to benefit from everything good that is happening.”

Austen-Peters added that such smart technology would thrive in Nigeria.