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ACES News

21 Jun 2015
ACES Jeddah is currently carrying quality control and material testing for the largest water reservoirs in the world (Certified by Guinness World Record) with total capacity 2,062,500 cubic meters located in Briman , Jeddah-KSA. The client is Al Muhaidib Contracting Co & VINCI Construction UK Ltd and the consultant is CDM Office. ACES Jeddah started this project in August, 2013 and the duration of the project is approximately three years. The scope of work includes laboratory testing for the construction materials by using ACES Jeddah facilities in the site laboratory as well as the central lab. The project is being handled in a very professional way by ACES Jeddah staff, and with high quality following international standards (ASTM, BS, AASHTO,….etc). ACES Jeddah successfully completed the geotechnical investigation for this project also.
6 Jun 2015
ACES Doha Completes the Geotechnical Investigation for the Jetty Dining at Katara ACES Abu Doha recently completed the geotechnical investigation for a marine restaurant (the Jetty Dining) at the cultural village of Katara, located on the eastern coast between the West Bay and the Pearl. The development spreads over an area of 5,000m2 and consists of 8 chalets, a restaurant and a kitchen sitting at the end of the wooden walkway to approach the chalets and restaurants. The scope of work consists of drilling 11 offshore boreholes down to a depth of 15m below seabed level and 3 boreholes to a depth of 15m on the existing jetty. The offshore boreholes were drilled using “jacked-up” pontoon. Extensive field and laboratory tests were also carried out as part of the geotechnical investigation. The project owner is Katara Projects.
5 May 2015
ACES Senior Employees Second Conference was held at the Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba from 16-18 April, 2015. The conference participants included department, technical and operation managers from all ACES branches as well as the Corporate Headquarters (CH) officers, deputy CEOs, and company Directors. The conference provided invaluable opportunity for meeting, exchanging information, enhancing collaboration between branches, group bonding, entrenching ACES culture, and discussing technical, administrative and operational issues. Insightful presentations were provided by ACES Directors, Dr. Omar Abdulhadi & Izz Eddin Katkhuda, and the Deputy CEO, Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi. The conference also included technical presentations which ran in two concurrent sessions, one for the geotechnical topics while the second for the material testing, quality control and special studies topics. In addition, a management and leadership session was conducted by an external management & strategy consultant, Mr. Khaled AlKurdi. The social activities included an enjoyable boat trip in the Red Sea as well as a wonderful trip to the rose-red city of Petra in the third day of the conference. Trophies were provided to all participants by ACES Directors at the end of the conference.
29 Apr 2015
The Amman-based Pavement Studies & Evaluation Regional Center of Excellence has conducted a training course on pavement performance evaluation at ACES Riyadh from 4-5 April, 2015. Material engineers and technicians from ACES Riyadh, Jeddah, and Kobar offices attended the course which was delivered by Dr. Ibrahim Assi, Pavement Studies and Evaluation Center of Excellence Manager. The course covered a wide range of topics including highway maintenance & rehabilitation, flexible pavement surface distresses causes & repair, pavement condition calculation, maintenance management systems, pavement performance evaluation, among others. In addition, a field application for distress evaluation and recording was carried out in the second day of the training. This event was also a great opportunity to share experience and knowledge among ACES branches.
21 Apr 2015
A series of presentations were carried out in the past few months by Dr. Hamdan Hamdan (Head of Geophysical Unit in Saudi Arabia) across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the geophysical methods and their applications in geotechnical engineering. Those events were organized by the Saudi Council of Engineers and took place in five cities, namely: Riyadh, Jeddah, Khobar, Abha, and Tabouk. Additional presentations will be arranged in Al-Madinah, Najran and Jubail in the next few months. The presentations gave a brief introduction on near surface geophysics. The basic principles of the most important methods were explained and the applications of these methods in the field of geotechnical engineering were discussed. Examples and case studies from ACES previous projects in the region were also provided.