The world of construction and engineering is constantly evolving. New technologies are being developed all the time, and new challenges are emerging. In order to stay ahead of the curve, construction and engineering professionals need to be constantly learning and adapting.
Dr. Abdul Razzak Rumane (Engineer, Consultant and Author) stands out as a beacon of expertise and excellence adapting to change with open arms. With over five decades of professional experience, Dr. Rumane has left an indelible mark on the industry, garnering respect and admiration from peers and clients alike.
As a prominent figure in the field, his contributions span a wide array of areas, from quality management in construction projects to design management, construction management, and construction supervision. Through his invaluable insights and practical-oriented approach, he has elevated the standards of construction practices and shaped the landscape of project execution.
Dr. Abdul is not just an individual; he is an institution that embodies the essence of unparalleled proficiency and dedication to delivering top-notch results.
Let’s delve into Dr. Abdul’s journey of carrying the bright burning torch of change and adaptation!
From Novice to Virtuoso
Dr. Abdul’s professional career spanned over 50 years, starting with his graduation in 1972 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) degree from Marathwada University (Now Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marathwada University) in India. He began as a trainee engineer and steadily climbed the ranks to become an officer in the procurement department. Over the years, he took on various engineering roles, including purchase engineer and staff engineer, which exposed him to diverse aspects of engineering such as vendor development, material management, procurement, tender evaluation, equipment inspection, and contract preparation.
In 1981, Dr. Rumane decided to pursue opportunities in the Middle East and he secured a position in the project department of a petrochemical construction project. Here, he was responsible for vendor development, engineering purchases, contract finalization and equipment testing to meet project specifications.
After the successful completion of the project, he moved to Kuwait in 1983 to work with a construction contracting company as an engineer. His responsibilities focused on supervising electromechanical works, preparing submittals and shop drawings, commissioning electro-mechanical systems and managing the quality of non-process type construction projects, civil construction projects and A/E type construction projects.
The Gulf War in 1990 presented a significant turning point for Dr. Rumane. During this time, he had the opportunity to work with an engineering consultant firm in Saudi Arabia, supervising construction works for allied forces. This experience led him to shift from being a contractor to becoming a consultant, a pivotal moment in his professional journey.
Upon the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, he returned and was offered a position as a consultant engineer for a major project in a neighbouring country. Driven by his experience and expertise in project execution and supervision, he successfully oversaw the project. This achievement garnered recognition and he continued to work as a consultant engineer in Kuwait until 2012, collaborating with reputable engineering consultant offices on significant construction projects.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rumane consistently sought opportunities for self-improvement. He obtained certifications in Industrial Purchasing from India (1974) and pursued diplomas in Modern Management and International Trade from the UK in 1982 and 1983, respectively. In 2005, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Kennedy Western University in the USA, focusing on “Quality Engineering Applications in Construction Projects.”
His dedication and contributions to the field of construction quality management were recognized by prestigious awards and medals from various international organizations. His biography was published in several renowned title publications, further acknowledging his engineering and consultancy services. In 2007, he was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from The Yorker International University Italy/USA, and in 2021, The International University of Ministry and Education, Missouri, USA awarded him an honorary Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) for his Expertise in Quality Management.
Dr. Rumane’s passion for sharing knowledge and expertise extended to writing books. His first book, “Quality Management in Construction Projects,” was published in 2010 by CRC Press, Florida, USA (A Taylor & Francis Group Co.). Over the years, he authored eight valuable books on quality in construction projects, with one of them being translated into Korean language, further cementing his reputation as an authoritative figure in the field.
In 2012, he joined a training institute as Director, Construction Quality Management and later, in 2015, he became an Advisor & Director, Construction Management, for a general commerce and contracting company, continuing to contribute to the industry and inspire future professionals.
From Sparks to Flames
From a young age, Dr. Abdul harbored a strong ambition to become an engineer and dedicate himself to a career in the field of engineering. He was captivated by the notion that engineers played a pivotal role in driving innovation, creating new products and contributing to the development of various projects that positively impacted the economy. Their esteemed status in society and the abundance of opportunities for professional growth and advancement further fueled his determination to pursue engineering education and forge a successful career in the industry.
Soon after obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering degree, Dr. Rumane wasted no time and embarked on his engineering journey by assuming the role of an engineer. Armed with sincerity, unwavering dedication to his work and a thirst for knowledge, he actively engaged in acquiring additional expertise through various certification courses. This commitment to continuous learning and skill development allowed him to excel in diverse areas of engineering, opening doors for his progression from an engineer to a consultant engineer.
The pinnacle of Dr. Rumane’s academic pursuits was his decision to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). To fulfil this ambitious goal, he chose a research topic close to his heart, “Quality Engineering Applications in Construction Projects.” Delving into extensive research, he meticulously reviewed over 40 books, enriching his understanding of literature related to quality management. Through his research, he identified a significant gap in the availability of concise and comprehensive information on quality in construction projects, particularly in comparison to the wealth of literature available on quality in manufacturing.
Driven by his desire to bridge this gap and share his knowledge with the construction community, Dr. Rumane made a resolute decision to write a book on quality in construction projects. He aimed to provide professionals involved in construction projects with valuable insights and practical procedures throughout the project lifecycle. By consolidating his expertise and experiences, he succeeded in publishing a series of eight useful books that have been embraced and recognized by construction professionals worldwide.
Dr. Abdul’s relentless pursuit of knowledge, commitment to quality and passion for sharing his insights have not only earned him a distinguished reputation in the engineering and construction industry but have also contributed significantly to the advancement of quality management practices in construction projects globally. His journey stands as a testament to the power of ambition, dedication and a thirst for knowledge in achieving remarkable success and making a lasting impact in one’s chosen profession.
Architect of Success
Dr. Abdul boasts an impressive professional career spanning over 50 years, during which he has accumulated a diverse range of skills and expertise in the engineering field. As both an engineer and a consultant engineer, he has been involved in various activities that have contributed significantly to the success of numerous construction projects.
As an engineer and consultant engineer, Dr. Abdul has been involved in a wide range of activities, including vendor development, material management, preparation of submittals for shop drawings and materials, site supervision of construction/installation works, performing design management and providing construction management services.
He has also been instrumental in implementing quality management in construction projects and preparing BOQ, specifications and contract documents. Dr. Rumane has played a vital role in preparing QA/QC specifications for construction projects and reviewing variation orders.
He has been responsible for reviewing and approving contractors’ quality control plans, shop drawings, construction materials and method statements, as well as inspection and test plans. His role also includes liaison with contractors and project owners/clients, performing quality control of executed construction works, monitoring daily progress and inspecting and testing construction materials, products and systems.
Dr. Rumane has analysed reasons for rejection of executed works and conducted audits to confirm compliance with specifications and approved shop drawings. In case of failure, he has implemented corrective and preventive actions and managed non-compliance reports. He ensures compliance with specified standards through on-site and off-site inspections and approves the contractor’s safety management plan.
Dr. Rumane has also developed a comprehensive Quality Management System manual and is well-versed in value engineering. His expertise and attention to detail have contributed significantly to the success of numerous construction projects.
Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Abdul has been an integral part of various major construction projects, contributing his expertise as a valuable member of the project teams. Some of the major construction projects, he participated as a project team member include the following:
- Utility facilities for defense forces (utility stores, helipad-airport)
- Development of island project
- University buildings (administration and library)
- Government Hospital (buildings and other facilities)
- Traditional market (souk)
- Coastguard headquarters
- Government offices (audit bureau headquarters)
- Highrise residential complex
- Royal palace (residence buildings, fitness center)
- Government offices (security, police headquarters)
- Commercial complexes
These projects were complex, having many challenges to execute the project. The selection of project team members was based on qualifications and experience on similar projects. Dr. Abdul’s approval to work on these projects was a recognition of his expertise in construction projects. It helped advance his professional career.
Unlocking the Architect’s Toolbox
The main focus of his writing is in the field of quality in construction literature. It covers;
- Quality management in construction projects (non-process types of projects)
- Quality management in oil and gas projects (process types of projects)
- Quality tools in construction projects
- Construction management
- Risk management in construction projects
- Quality auditing in construction projects
- Sustainability in construction projects
- Total quality management in construction projects
Since there was/is a gap in the literature related to quality management in construction projects, Dr. Abdul like to fill the gap with related literature that will benefit construction professionals, quality managers, project managers, academics, students, and instructors to provide in-depth knowledge about quality in construction to achieve qualitative, competitive and economical projects.
Innovate or Perish
The following are the problem-solving techniques Dr. Abdul uses:
- Identify the problem
- Review and study the problem
- Analyze the problem (qualitative, quantitative analysis)
- Determine the cause(s) of the problem
- Benchmark the performance requirements
- Select the best solution
- Implement the solution
The Harmonious Trio
The data discussed and derived in the books is from the author’s practical and professional experience in the construction field focusing on quality during the design and construction process to address quality management in the construction industry.
The book also includes the reference writings of well-known quality philosophers whose works have dominated the quality movement.
The books are practical-oriented, contain many forms, figures and tables to support the writing and make it easy to understand the professionals in their day-to-day reference and applications.
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Construction projects are mainly capital investment projects. They are customized and non-repetitive in nature. Construction projects are of constantly increasing technological complexity.
Complex and major construction projects have many challenges such as delays, changes, disputes, accidents at site, etc.
Dr. Abdul possessed the knowledge, expertise and capability to coordinate all aspects of a project to meet the owner’s intended use. He skillfully managed planning, organizing, executing and controlling processes, ensuring the project’s flawless construction, adherence to scope, timely completion and budget compliance. His proficiency resulted in projects being delivered without deficiencies, fully fit for their intended purpose and with no schedule or cost overruns.
Reaping the Fruits of Labor Dr. Abdul is the recipient of prestigious awards and medals from international organizations, recognizing his outstanding contributions in engineering and consultancy services within the construction industry. The Albert Schweitzer International Foundation (Spain) honored him with the ASIF Gold medal (2006) for his remarkable achievements in engineering and consultancy. Additionally, the Konda Lakshman Universal Foundation (India) bestowed upon him The Lakshman Cosmology Award (2006) as a testament to his excellence in engineering.
In 2019, Dr. Rumane was honored with the Global Visionary Award by the Vision World Academy (India) in recognition of his expertise in the field of quality engineering. His remarkable contributions in construction management earned him The Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Asian-African Business Summit in 2021.
Furthermore, he has been granted the esteemed distinction of Honorary Doctorate of Engineering (2007) and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) (2021), further solidifying his stature as a distinguished figure in the engineering and construction realm. Through his exceptional dedication and expertise, Dr. Abdul continues to be recognized and celebrated for his valuable contributions to the industry, leaving a lasting legacy of excellence.
Construction projects are mainly capital investment projects. They are customized and non-repetitive in nature having specific requirements set by the customer/owner to be completed within a finite duration and budget. Construction projects are constantly increasing in technological complexity, and the relationships and the contractual grouping of those who are involved are also more complex and contractually varied.
Those aspiring to pursue their professional career in the construction industry are advised to enhance their knowledge about;
- Systems engineering applications to divide the construction project lifecycle in order to manage and control the project
- Application of quality tools and techniques, procedures, principles and methods applicable to construction projects
- Sequencing of activities for planning the project
- Resource and contract management
- Major activities that need to be monitored and controlled to achieve a successful project
- Sustainability requirements in developing the project
- Technological advancement to implement/execute project activities
- Added value services to the client
- Adopt the latest technologies and continual improvement
As an author, share your practical knowledge to improve the construction processes and procedures.
A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Dr. Abdul willingly offers mentorship to members of a quality institute, whenever they seek guidance on quality management topics and project execution activities. His mentoring has been highly beneficial, and the candidates are satisfied and content with the valuable outcomes of his guidance.
Spreading Wings of Inspiration
Dr. Abdul has an impressive record of publishing 8 useful books in the field of quality management. These books offer comprehensive and concise information on various aspects of construction projects, covering everything from project inception to substantial completion, ensuring successful project outcomes. With a practical orientation, these books are tailored to benefit professionals engaged in construction projects.
Confident in the content, Dr. Rumane believes that the procedures, processes, tools, techniques, and methods discussed in his books perfectly cater to the needs of construction professionals, quality professionals, project owners, academics, and students in the Middle East. The wealth of knowledge presented in these books is certain to meet their requirements and satisfy their quest for excellence in the construction industry.