ACES News

ACES News

13 Aug 2017
ACES Dubai was recently awarded the pile testing work for the roads project ( R881/3C2 ) in Dubai, UAE. The project owner is the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the consultant is Parsons and the piling work is being completed by Universal Piling Company and Dutch Foundation. The objective of the project is to mitigate the traffic intensity on the Sheikh Zayed Road. The project is the continued extension of Al Asayel Street (D72) and First Al Khail Street (D86), as well as the updating improvement of Al Yalayis Street between Mohamed Bin Zayed Street and Sheikh Zayed Street. The total project value is estimated at AED 800 Million and is considered one of the largest infrastructure projects awarded from RTA in the past few years. ACES Dubai scope of work for pile testing in the project includes pile instrumentation testing for 41 piles, cross hole sonic testing and pile integrity testing for 858 piles, caliper logging of pile boreholes for 315 piles and static loading test for 83 piles.
19 Jul 2017
ACES Jordan has recently completed the initial site investigation phase for the Red Sea - Dead Sea Pipeline Project in Jordan. The objective of the proposed project is to stabilize and control the alarming pace of water level drops in the Dead Sea by gravitationally flowing seawater from the Red Sea. The Dead Sea water level is falling at a rate of one meter per year and has dropped from 394m below sea level in the 1960s to 423m resulting in several environmental problems. The proposed project will include the construction of a 180 km pipeline engineered to carry up two billion cubic meters of seawater per year, and pumping stations to transfer substantial quantities of water from the Red Sea to the south area of the Dead Sea. ACES scope of work for the geotechnical investigation included the drilling of 18 boreholes to depths ranging from 8 to 20 meters below the existing ground surface, 25 test pits, field testing including SPT, permeability, field density, field CBR, soil electrical resistivity, and soaked plate load, in addition to intensive laboratory testing. The project was awarded by Dar Al-Handash. In 2009, ACES completed the subsurface investigation for the initial proposed design for the Red Sea – Dead Sea Pipeline Project. The geotechnical investigation scope of work included the drilling of 37 boreholes to depths ranging from 10 to 180 meters below the existing ground surface, 65 test pits, field testing including standpipe piezometer installation, permeability, and soil electrical resistivity, in addition to intensive laboratory testing. The project was awarded by Tractebel Engineering Coyne Et Bellier. ACES has previously completed geotechnical and site investigation work for other major projects in Jordan including Al-Abdali project, Queen Alia New Airport, Jordan Nuclear Power Plant, Saraya Al –Aqaba, Hilton Dead-Sea Hotel, Potash Dead-Sea Dikes 19 and 20 , to name a few.
5 Jul 2017
Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES) has attended the graduation project poster session and industrial seminar at the University of Jordan. This event was organized by the Civil Engineering Community (CEC), which is the first American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter in Jordan. An industrial seminar on ‘Fresh Graduates and Site Supervision’ was delivered by Eng. Sari Zuaiter (Managing Director at Tibah Consultants and Head of Civil Engineering branch at Jordanian Engineers Association). Welcoming speeches were given by Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi (Deputy Group CEO for Operations at ACES and practitioner advisor for the CEC student chapter) and Dr. Bashar Tarawneh (Head of Civil Engineering Department at University of Jordan). The graduation project poster session included more than 12 posters covering structural, geotechnical, pavement and project management topics. The event was attended by representatives from engineering firms, Jordanian Engineers Association, A/E Forum, Jordan University faculty and students. “The event was successful in connecting the students with the engineering industry. Such activities will assist in preparing the student to enter the practical world through dynamic interactions and engagement with the industry professionals” explained Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi.
17 Jun 2017
ACES Abu Dhabi was recently awarded the geotechnical investigation, topographical and underground detection survey for FEED study for Bu Hasa Integrated Field Development in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The proposed project, which is owned by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. (ADCO), includes the construction of oil, gas and water pipelines to different processing plants to increase the production. The geotechnical investigation was conducted by drilling of 167 Boreholes up to 20 meters depth, and excavation of 282 trial pits in different station areas. During the investigation, a wide range of field tests were conducted including seismic cross hole tests in the boreholes as well as electrical resistivity and thermal resistivity tests. Furthermore, the scope of work includes detailed topographic and underground detection survey along the pipeline routes (423 Km) and plant areas (263,675 m2), and installation of (34) benchmarks.
18 May 2017
ACES Muscat has recently been awarded the geotechnical investigation for the Port of Salalah GCT Redevelopment project in Salalah, Oman. The proposed port development comprises various elements of onshore and marine works, including expanding the port facilities by the construction of additional berths and the upgrade/redevelopment of existing berths. ACES Muscat scope of work in the project includes drilling of (28) offshore boreholes to depths ranging from (5-44) meters below seabed level, where the maximum water depth is about (15.0) meters, drilling of (47) onshore boreholes to depths ranging from (7.5-70) meters, geophysical testing using P-S log and seismic refraction line, in addition to extensive laboratory testing on collected samples and preparing an interpretative geotechnical report. The owner of the project is the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the clients are Rambolls and Simon Engineering and Partners.