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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).
12 Jul 2016
The Dubai branch of the Jordan based Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES) is pleased to announce that it has recently completed a challenging site investigation project in the hills of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The investigation was carried out for a quarry site located at the top of a hill at an elevation of 400m within the Hajar Mountain area. The scope of the investigation consisted of drilling of 30 boreholes to depths ranging from 40-250m, with a total of 1,500 linear meters. Continuous coring with 100% core recovery was achieved using wireline HQ core systems. The drilling work was carried out with various ACES drilling rigs including rigs that are designed and manufactured by ACES. The main challenge of the investigation was coring of a 250m borehole, which is one of the deepest boreholes drilled by ACES-Dubai. The average drilling productivity per day exceeded 14m which allowed drilling the deep borehole in less than 3 weeks. Water based mud system was used to overcome major drilling challenges such as borehole instability and loss of water due to the highly fractured nature of the rock. Boreholes that are over 200m deep are rare in civil engineering applications, and are mostly required for ultra-high towers and nuclear power plants. ACES has completed a number of deep borehole investigations in the region, including the Kingdom Tower (KSA), Burj Khalifa (Dubai) and several Nuclear Power Plants in the UAE and Jordan.
29 Jun 2016
ACES-Madinah held a technical seminar on 17 May 2016, at Madinah Marriott Hotel to present and discuss the technical issues related to earthworks and backfill materials. This seminar was arranged based on the request of our construction partners in the region of Al-Madinah Al-Munawwara, KSA, as many of the large scale construction projects in the city are faced with challenges regarding earthworks. In a pleasant atmosphere with more than 100 attendees from government authorities, consultants, and contractors, our Eng. Belal Khamaisah (Head of Martials Department - ACES Riyadh Branch) presented a lecture titled "Earthworks & Engineering Backfill" where he covered aspects such as common standards, field and lab testing methods, and the suitability of excavated material for use as backfill. There was a fruitful interaction and discussion during and after the lecture, which partly continued over dinner. The seminar and lecture is part of ACES mission to share its knowledge and its commitment to satisfy the needs of its clients.