Development of Welding Technology in the Arab World

from 01/07/2009 to 01/09/2009

Damascus, Syria


The Arab School for Science and Technology (ASST) has the pleasure of inviting you to attend a conference on "Development of Welding Technology in the Arab World"  , organized in cooperation with the International Institute of Welding (IIW), to be held from the 7th to the 9th of January 2009 In the ASST, Damascus, Syria.

Description and Objectives

Welding and joining technology improves peoples’ quality of life, through creating sustainable and environmentally friendly industrial development.

It does this in numerous ways, whether through creating power for lighting and cooking; potable water and safe sanitation; national infrastructure; efficient and effective transportation; accommodation both for living and working; a multitude of machines for different industrial applications, medical, health and safety devices or by many other ways.

This conference will help show and produce outcomes for use by companies, communities and individuals in the Arab World on how:

Welding and joining technology can be used for industrial development

The International Institute of Welding (IIW) can assist with technology innovation, development of competent skilled people, and technology information

The Arab Welding Associations can plan for, and implement, technology innovation.

Main Topics

1- Developments in Welding Process and Industrial Applications.

2- Quality of Welding.

3- Education – training and qualification.

4- The International Institute of Welding (IIW) and its Potential Positive Influence in The Arab World.

5- Some National Models for Technology Innovation.

Scientific Consultant


Executive Director of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). Previously President of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).



Professor Smallbone is the Executive Director of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA). He was the very successful 2005-2008 President of the International Institute of Welding (IIW), currently with a membership of 53 countries. He built up the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and founded the South African Skills Foundation.

Professor Smallbone has received many awards for his work from the AWS, SAIW, and WTIA.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (U.K.), The Welding Institute (U.K.), SAIW, and WTIA.  His vision and enthusiasm continue to energise people from a wide range of industry, organisational and government backgrounds to work together for the benefit of the global community.

In 2006 the American Welding Society (AWS) awarded Professor Smallbone its International Meritorious Certificate Award in general recognition for his work internationally and in 2007 he was named amongst the 100 most influential engineers in Australia by Engineers Australia.

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Prof. Ulrich DILTHEY,

Prof. Dilthey is President of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) since 2008.

From 1989 to 2007 Prof. Dilthey was University Professor and Director of the ISF – Welding and Joining Research Institute, RWTH - Aachen University, Germany.

He is member of the Board of the German Welding Society (DVS) and Chairman of its Technical Committee.

 Prof. Dilthey has been working for more than 35 years in different Working Units and positions of the International Institute of Welding (IIW).


Prof. Muneharu KUTSUNA

Prof. Kutsuna is the Chairman of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Committee of JWES (Japan Welding Engineering Society). Previously Prof Kutsuna worked for Kawasaki Heaving Industry Co., Ltd during ten years (from 1972 to 1982). Also Professor Kutsuna was a professor of University, Dept. of Material Science and Engineering of Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University until 2008.

 His research fields include welding technology, welding metallurgy and laser material processing. He has the patents of Laser Roll Welding of dissimilar metal joints and Special Laser Peening.
Professor Kutsuna has established “Advanced Laser Technology Research Centre (ALTREC)” in April 1st 2008.

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Chairman of IIW-Commission V (Quality control and Quality Assurance of welded products)

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Mr. Yasuo ANZO

Mr. Anzo is member of the Secretariat of Japan Welding Engineering Society and of the IIW-International Authorisation Board (IAB).

He is Certified as Senior Welding Engineer based on ISO14731 by Welding  Engineering Society, International Welding Engineer (IWE), and IIW-IAB Peer Assessor.


Scientific Committee

Dr. Eng. Ahmed RASSIS (Chair), Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC) - Syria

Dr. Eng Wafik HARARA, Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS) - Syria

Dr. Eng. Jamil ALSHEHNE, University of Aleppo - Syria

Dr. Eng Malek ALALIUniversity of Aleppo- Syria

Eng. Tarek ELHAKIM, Institut de Recherche Industrielle (IRI) - Lebanon 

 Eng. Moustafa ALZER, Syrian Company for Petroleum Transportation - Syria


The unabridged text of all lectures will be included in the proceedings. The proceedings may subsequently be published by an international publisher in a book format.

Dead Lines

Thursday 18 December 2008: Submitting application form

Thursday 25 December 2008: Notification of accepted registration


About 70 professionals who are actively involved in the field of Development of Welding Technology in the Arab World will attend every session of the conference. The majority of the participants will be chosen from the Arab World, with a few openings available for Arab specialists working abroad.

Official Language

The Official Language of the workshop is ENGLISH and will be used in all presentations, discussions, and printed materials.

How To Apply

Simply complete the attached Application Form and return it to the ASST before 18 December 2008, (No registration fees are required). All applicants will be considered on the basis of their qualifications and experience. Accepted applicants will be notified by 25, December, 2008.


If you are a non-Arab national you will need an entry visa to Syria. For visa information, please contact the Syrian Embassy in your country of residence.

Transport Accommodation

All participants, except those who receive accommodation fellowship from ASST, are expected to cover their accommodation expenses. ASST will handle hotel reservation requests if received before the 1st January 2009. After this date, reservation requests should be addressed directly to the hotel. In addition, airport reception to and from the hotels can be arranged for participants who submit to ASST their travel details.

Fellowship Information

ASST offers fellowship to all the participants. The fellowship includes attending the conference, printed material, lunches and social activities. The participants should attend the entire conference. Failure to comply with these conditions will terminate the fellowship.


All queries about the conference should be sent to the following address:

Arab School for Science and Technology (ASST)

P.O. Box 7028

Damascus, Syria

Tel.: (+963-11) 511 8904

Fax: (+963-11) 511 1083

E-mail: asst@


Programme Outline


First Day  7 January 2009

08:30 – 09:00    Registration

Introduction /Developments in Welding Process

Paper No


Paper Title


Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop

ASST representative




The International Institute of Welding (IIW) and its Potential Positive Influence in The Arab World and some National Models for Technology Innovation

 Chris Smallbone

IIW President 2005-2008 

WTIA Executive Director 

              10:15-10:30                                         Tea/Coffee break



Overview of the challenges for Technology Innovation in the Arab World

 Ahmed  Rassis

Scientific Committee


Brainstorming by Group

Prof. Chris Smallbone


               12:15-13:00                                             Lunch break




Developments in Welding Processes and Industrial Applications

 Presentation 1: Arc Welding

 Presentation 2: Electron Beam Welding

Ulrich Dilthey 

IIW President 2008-2011

               15:00-15:15                                        Tea/Coffee break


Presentation 3: Laser and Laser-hybrid Welding

Ulrich Dilthey 

IIW President 2008-2011

Second Day 8 January 2009

Development in Welding process/Quality of Welding

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Developments in Welding Processes and Industrial Applications (continued)

 Presentation 4: Welding Automation, Robots and Sensors

 Ulrich Dilthey 


                 10:15-10:30                                        Tea/Coffee break



Inspection and NDT of a Range of Industrial Applications

 Gerd Dobmann




Advanced laser materials processing for automotive industry

Muneharu Kutsuna


                 12:30-13:15                                             Lunch break




-  Quality management in welding

-  Quality assurance activities by accreditation and third-party certification bodies

Chris Smallbone

Chris Smallbone



                 15:00-15:15                                           Tea/Coffee break




-  Quality control and quality assurance of welded products

-  Quality levels, Acceptance criteria, and joint quality evaluation

 Gerd Dobmann


Gerd Dobmann

Third Day 9 January 2009

Quality of Welding / Education – training and qualification

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Paper Title



9:00 -11:30

Education, Training and Qualification

-  Education at all levels (Academic institutions, Systems, Courses, Certification degrees, methods,


-  IIW international Education, Qualification and Certification System of Welding Personnel


Chris Smallbone



Chris Smallbone

                  11:30 -13:30                                          Lunch break



European Welding Federation (EWF) Environmental Management System for manufacturers of welded products

Chris Smallbone


14:45 -15:45

- Presentation of the activities of Japan Welding Engineering Society (JWES) : Qualification and Certification for Welding Engineers and the activities of the Asia Welding Federation (AWF).

Yasuo Anzou





                  15:45-16:00                                             Tea/Coffee break



- Presentation of the Advanced Laser Technology Research   

Centre – How to develop a new technology

Muneharu Kutsuna




The Way Forward including Action Plan

Chris Smallbone


Media gallery