The Infrastructure Sustainability and Assessment Center (ISAC)


The Infrastructure Sustainability and Assessment Center (ISAC) is the leading source for regional expertise in material durability and service life assessment. The Center serves both academia and the industry and builds upon the expertise of internationally-renowned researchers and professionals, as well as the wealth of data and information on performance of constructed facilities and durability of advanced construction materials in Dubai.


The mission of the Infrastructure Sustainability and Assessment Center is to provide the professional engineering community with state-of-the-art knowledge and expertise for a sustainable physical infrastructure.

In support of its mission, the Center provides and seeks opportunities for academic-industry collaboration, applied research, and technology transfer. The Center also offers continuing education courses in areas such as construction material durability, non-destructive testing, lifecycle assessment of physical infrastructure, and structural health monitoring and repair.

Welcome Message

Welcome to the website of the Infrastructure Sustainability and Assessment Center (ISAC) at the American University in Dubai. Here, you will be able to access information on the services and research conducted at the center.

In addition to the faculty of the School of Engineering, ISAC is supported by a network of world-recognized experts in the areas of concrete structures, durability, sustainable construction, corrosion, nondestructive testing, and geotechnical and structural analysis. Current research at the Center focuses on corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete structures in the Gulf region; durability of concrete material under aggressive chemical environments; and service life assessment of shallow and deep foundations. Findings of such research will lead to the development and construction of sustainable infrastructure in the region with a service life of more than 100 years and minimum maintenance and life cycle cost.

The Center provides technical support and specialized professional services to consultants, project managers and contractors in the area of concrete production, durability and assessment of defects and damages occur during construction. As you explore our website to learn more about our profile, feel free to contact me regarding opportunities for partnership, or engagement of our expert opinion in engineering projects.

Dr. Mohamad Nagi
Senior Consultant
Dr. Mohamad Nagi

Research & Services

ISAC provides a broad range of professional services, spanning pre- and post-construction of engineering facilities. Examples of the services provided by the Center include:

  • Pre-construction review of project specifications and QA/QC plans.
  • Pre-construction review of geotechnical reports and recommendations for foundation design
  • Review of structural and geotechnical designs, and analysis of structural and foundation systems using state-of-the-art software.
  • Recommendations and professional input regarding local materials and environments and regional requirements.
  • Assessment of the service life of structural elements using computer models, based on local environmental inputs.
  • Monitoring and assessment of concrete durability-related issues such as corrosion of reinforcing steel and sulfate attack.
  • Assessment of the service life of structural elements based on used materials and structural details (e.g. concrete cover over reinforcing steel; use of steel liners)
  • Diagnosis and recommendations for repair alternatives related to concrete performance, from selection of mix proportions and concrete production to performance under different environmental conditions.
  • Diagnosis and recommendations for repair alternatives for superstructures and foundation systems.
  • Review of construction processes in terms of compliance with standards and best practices.
  • Review and monitoring of project safety, productivity, and construction management processes.

The center is carrying out a number of research projects in the following areas:

  • Optimization of mix design and chemical additives to improve durability of concrete materials in sulfate- and chloride-rich environments
  • Modeling and assessment of service life of concrete materials in coastal and offshore structures
  • Predictive models for rate of corrosion of steel reinforcement
  • Ground improvement and reduction of liquefaction susceptibility of reclaimed land deposits
  • Characterization of the stress-deformation characteristics of weathered limestone and sandstone

Our research is supported by several industrial partners, government agencies, and non-profit foundations.

Faculty & Staff

Senior Consultant
Mohamad Nagi
Computer & Electrical Engineering Lab Coordinator
Sherine Amer
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