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ACES News

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.
21 Jun 2016
ACES Corporate Headquarters and the Doha Branch are delighted to announce the news of the grand opening of ACES Doha new premises located on Street No. 41, Zone 57, in the industrial area in Doha, Qatar. The new offices consist of a laboratory building with a 3,000 square meter working area, administrative offices, a workshop and employee accommodations. The new laboratory was designed in such a manner to accommodate future expansion in testing scope is various areas including paint, transformer and lubricant oils, air quality monitoring for both environmental and stack monitoring, among others. The opening ceremony, which was held in March 2016, was hosted by the branch manager of ACES Doha, Eng. Abdulrahim Sukik. ACES Founders & Directors, Dr. Izz Eddin Katkhuda and Dr. Omar Abdulhadi, along with ACES branch managers and senior staff from the corporate headquarters also attended the event.
13 Jun 2016
ACES Jeddah was recently awarded the quality control and material testing for the development of Jeddah Corniche Phase 4 & 5 Project in Saudi Arabia. The cost of the project is SR 800 million and its length is 4.5 km starting from the Al-Nawras roundabout in South Jeddah up to the corniche crossroads linking Jibreen Bin Al-Harith Street to the north. It includes the establishment of a number of areas giving impressive views of the Red Sea in addition to flat grassy lawns, sitting areas, water fountains, waterfalls and lakes. ACES Jeddah scope of work in this major project includes setting of a site lab with staff and providing basic and routine testing including compressive strength of concrete, field density test, soil classification and asphalt testing, in addition to performing the special material testing using ACES Jeddah central lab facilities including tensile and bending testing of steel, load test of manhole covers, paint thickness test, among other tests. The contractor is P.C Marine Services, the subcontractor is Saudi Salco Contracting Co., the consultant is Bernard and the owner is the Municipality of Jeddah. The project duration is 2 years.
10 May 2016
ACES Doha Geophysical Unit has recently completed the geophysical survey for new orbital highway and truck route (Contract 3) for Leighton Contracting Qatar WLL - Al Jaber Engineering LCC Joint Venture. This project is a 55km new dual carriageway that includes five grade-separated interchanges. It is located to the west and south of Doha City, and will provide connection between three projects of the Expressway program. The geophysical survey was completed by performing of 85.5km of survey lines for 3 interchanges and 4 depression zones with a potential of karst features along the highway using Multi-Channel Analysis of Seismic Surface Waves (MASW) and Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) survey methods. ACES Doha Geophysical Unit is part of the Geophysical Regional Center of Excellence (RCE), which is strategically located in Dubai-UAE to serve ACES clients and ACES offices across the region. The RCE offers a wide range of geophysical services including surface seismic survey, borehole seismic survey, electrical survey, standard borehole logging methods and marine geophysical surveys.