The Department of Engineering Maintenance and Construction at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine announced that it is continuing with the maintenance and glazing work of the holy dome of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him), which is the largest and most comprehensive since the nineties of the last century.
The head of the aforementioned department, Eng. Samir Abbas, told Al-Kafeel Network that “the works that the Mirrors Unit in our Department had the honor to carry out, are considered the last stage of maintenance and glazing of the corridors of the holy sanctuary of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) with its roof and walls, and they are proceeding according to a plan drawn up for this purpose characterized by accuracy and craftsmanship. And adding aesthetic touches that are in harmony with what is in the holy sanctuary and courtyard.”
He added, "The works are part of the tasks set for the maintenance and development of the shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him), which are implemented according to a plan drawn up for this purpose, in a way that befits the sanctity of this holy place, and also because of its clear impact on the engineering and aesthetic design."
For his part, the supervisor of these works, Mr Hassan Saeed Mahdi, explained that "the ongoing work in the maintenance of the dome is currently going on three parallel lines:
The first: Removing the old glass, which began to be damaged, broken and unsuitable, in addition to removing its adhesive materials to the original surface of the holy dome, and then proceeding with its treatment using special chemicals of high specifications, such as (grout) that are injected into microcracks, and Sika doo and other materials that contributed to the maintenance of the surface, and added to it a factor of strength, durability and resistance to all conditions.
The second: making designs of Islamic decorative inscriptions, which were identical to the previous inscriptions that existed in the past, with the addition of some modern artistic touches.
The third: cutting the glass technically according to the measurements and according to the designs placed, and directly installing it on the surface using special adhesives that match the nature of the dome’s roof, and it is characterized by its strong adhesion and resistance to the surrounding conditions.”
He stressed that "the work continues with two shifts a day in order to complete it within the specified time, and that the unit's cadres work with several parallel lines of maintenance, cutting and installation, and all of these works require precision and extreme professionalism."
It is noteworthy that all the planning, design and maintenance work carried out by the staff is technically and engineering self-sufficiency and with the Iraqi hands of the department’s staff, and that the work is carried out continuously without any obstruction or intersection with the movement of visitors, and according to a well-thought-out work plan.