Who Thomas Bell Wright Are
Thomas Bell Wright are a Dubai-based, multi-accredited and privately held engineering firm providing independent Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services primarily for the building construction sector. Mainly focused on large commercial buildings we provide a range of TIC services for building architectural elements, as well as for fire separation and material safety. The year 2016 marks our 22nd year in business in Dubai.
Located in Ras Al Khor, but soon to be moving to larger premises in Jebel Ali Industrial Area 1, we hold accreditations to ISO 17025 (Testing Lab), ISO 17020 (Inspections), ISO 17065 (Certification Body) and AC291 (Special Inspections Agency) variously provide by UKAS, GAC and IAS. Our scope under each standard and Accreditation Body is available on their respective websites (See the Contacts page).
Between our different departments, Facade Consulting, Curtain Wall Testing, Fire Compliance, Special Inspections, Administration, and Management, we are a close team of over 80 people (July 2016).
Curtain Walls have to keep the weather out and the people in. We try to make sure that they do this reliably for the life of the building. Premature failure is likely to drastically reduce building life because replacement or repair is a massive undertaking requiring a vacant building, extensive exterior access and replacement of all interior finishes in perimeter rooms.
For this reason prudent developers insist on having an independent Facade Consultant on board for all their tall buildings. Extending our services to Fire Compliance, and to the Special Inspections mandated in the new building codes to be the responsibility of the developer, provides a greater range of beneficial services for improving the safety and longevity of buildings.
Every curtain wall job should have an independent specialist consultant on board. The contractor’s guarantee is valid for at most 10 years, while the owners needs a system which is going to perform properly and look good for at least 30 years. Premature curtain wall failure means premature building replacement and huge consequential economic loss. That is why prudent developers want us on their team. Our consulting team is headed by Ms. Sandy Dweik, MSFE. Sandy has been with us since 1997 and is co-owner of the company. She is extremely well known in the industry and universally respected.