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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.
12 Apr 2015
The Amman-based Pavement Studies & Evaluation Regional Center of Excellence has conducted a training course on pavement performance evaluation at ACES Abu Dhabi from 7-8 March, 2015. Material engineers and technicians from ACES Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Muscat and Doha 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.
25 Mar 2015
ACES Amman Participate in the 65th Jordanian International Civil Engineering Conference. ACES Amman recently participated in several capacities in the 65th Jordanian International Civil Engineering Conference held in the Landmark Hotel, Amman, between 107th and 129th of March 2015. In addition to being one of the sponsors, Dr. Amjad Barghouthi (Regional Manager for Saudi Arabia & Jordan) was the head of the organizing committee whereas Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi (Deputy Group CEO) was a member of the committee. Moreover, a technical paper titled “Site Investigation for Kingdom Tower” coauthored by Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi and Eng. Emad Sherif (ACES-Dubai Manager) was presented in the conference. Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi gave the presentation on the “Site Investigation for the Kingdom Tower” in the geotechnical session in the conference. The paper/presentation described the comprehensive and integrated geotechnical investigation works carried out by Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES) for the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The height of the tower is expected to exceed 1,000m, which will make it the tallest building in the world. The site investigation was carried out in three phases and included 81 boreholes in which the deepest borehole was drilled down to 200m. Extensive field tests were carried out including permeability packer, high-pressure dilatometer, and PS suspension down-hole geophysics. The laboratory tests ranged from routine index and classification tests to more complex tests like instrumented unconfined compression and advanced consolidated drained triaxial tests. Comparisons between field and laboratory test results were presented. It is worth mentioning that ACES was also involved in the site investigation campaign for Burj Khalifa in Dubai (currently the tallest building in the world), as well as many other super-tall towers in the Arab World.