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12 Oct 2016
The Dubai branch of the Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES) has been awarded the geotechnical investigation for the Hassyan Energy Clean Coal Power Plant in Dubai, UAE. The Hassyan clean coal power plant will be the first coal-based plant in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and is designed to optimize efficiency, output, and adherence to global environmental best practice. It marks a key step in the UAE’s long-term energy strategy of reducing dependence on natural gas and diversifying its fuel mix in line with the objectives set out in the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030. The extensive scope of work, which was awarded to ACES by Consolidated Contractors Ccompany (CCC) and Nepti, includes drilling of 135 offshore boreholes with depths up to 20 meters below seabed, drilling of 425 on land boreholes with depths up to 35 meters and excavation of trial pits. Additionally, the investigation included substantial field testing and monitoring including the installation of piezometers, packer permeability testing, falling head permeability testing, pressuremeter testing, as well as down-hole and surficial electrical resistivity geophysical tests. The tight project schedule, which had an overall duration of 85 days, was completed in Mid-September and required ACES to mobilize a total of 17 rigs and five off-shore pontoons. The required resources were provided entirely by ACES UAE, through a joint effort between the Dubai and Abu Dhabi branches. The strong offshore capabilities and ACES track record played a major role in project award, as ACES has completed offshore and onshore geotechnical investigation for some of Dubai’s most recognizable landmarks including Dubai Blue Water, Burj Khalifa, the Palm Jumeirah and several lines of Dubai Metro.
22 Sep 2016
ACES Khobar has been recently awarded the contract to conduct geotechnical investigation, geophysical survey and topographic survey for the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) Business Park in Dhahran, KSA. The contract was awarded to ACES Khobar by Dhahran Techno Valley Investment Company (DTVIC). The business park is located in a strategic location near Saudi Aramco and will consist of residential towers, offices, hospitality centers and research parks. The park will be executed in three phases and is expected to house engineering, IT, and construction companies working with Saudi Aramco. ACES Khobar scope of work includes drilling of twenty-seven (27) boreholes to depths ranging from 30-40m including SPT and pressure meter test and piezometer installation. Additionally, the project scope will include geophysical logging including multi-channel analysis of Surface Waves (MASW), down-hole seismic testing and topographic survey.
31 Aug 2016
A series of presentations covering pavement performance evaluation, pavement smoothness and Superpave binder evaluation and mix design were delivered by Dr. Ibrahim Asi, the Manager of the Pavement Evaluation & Studies Regional Center of Excellence with the help of UAE ACES branches, in the in the past few months in the United Arab Emirates.
16 Aug 2016
ACES-Abu Dhabi was recently awarded the material testing for the AlQana project by the developers Al-Barakah International Investments in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Al-Qana project, which is located along the Khor Al Maqta area in Abu Dhabi, will include a 5,000m3 aquarium (UAE's largest), a 98-berth marina suitable for mini yachts, cafes and restaurants, and four storeys of furnished apartments with a total investment of Dh850 million, and will be one of the new urban landmarks of the emirate. ACES scope of work in this project includes testing of construction materials including soil, concrete, aggregates, steel, blocks, kerbs and asphalt in addition to, environmental testing of soil and ambient waters, as well as, air monitoring and noise monitoring.
31 Jul 2016
ACES Jordan has recently completed the offshore and onshore site investigation for the rehabilitation and extension of the Industrial Terminal in Aqaba Southern shore in Jordan. The site investigation was carried out for the new offshore dry bulk jetty and the associated onshore connection/structures with land. The scope of work in this project included drilling of six offshore boreholes to depths ranging from 30m to 50m below the seabed surface where the maximum water depth was about 15m, in addition to drilling of two onshore boreholes down to 35m below the existing ground surface. Undisturbed samples of coral and conglomerate were obtained using wireline Geobor S core barrels to obtain large core size (sample diameter ~ 102mm), in addition to conventional T6-101 core barrels. Extensive field and laboratory testing were also carried out for this project. The project owner is Jordan Industrial Ports Company, the consultant is Royal Haskoning DHV and the contractor is UTE TR PHB Jordan (Joint Venture between Tecnicas Reunidas, SA-PHB Weserhutte).