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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.
16 Apr 2016
ACES Group held its tenth managers conference under the theme “ACES Restructuring” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar from 20-22 March, 2016. In total, twenty senior managers attended the conference, including the Directors of ACES Group, in addition to the corporate headquarters chief officers and the regional and branch managers. The topics of the conference ranged from ACES performance in 2015, Group strategic plan, ACES legal, financial and business restructuring, to ACES expansion & business development initiatives, rewards system, quality system and materials business development. The Directors of ACES commended the attendees for their hard work and for achieving good results in 2015. They also expressed their special thanks to ACES Doha office and the conference committee for their professional organization of the conference. The conference concluded with an opening ceremony of ACES Doha new building and distribution of souvenirs to the attendees.
4 Apr 2016
ACES Carries out Bi-Directional Static Load Testing for Bridges and Overpasses at Bidbid Sur Road ACES Pile Testing and Instrumentation (PT&I) Regional Center of Excellence has completed an extensive pile testing and instrumentation program for the Bidbid Sur highway (Section 1) in Oman. The Bidbid Sur project consists of the expansion of a 75km section of a road from a single, two-lane carriageway to a four-lane dual carriageway highway and includes nine crossings with bridges, one underpass, four overpasses and a 50km service road. ACES scope of work consisted of 1,000 pile integrity tests, 580 cross-hole sonic tests, and 14 static load tests to a capacity of 700 tons. One of the main challenges faced by ACES was the difficulty in transporting static load blocks and beams due to the mountainous and rugged area along the roadside. As an alternative solution, the ACES team suggested utilizing bi-directional static load testing, which was conducted successfully at six locations (tested to a capacity ranging from 615 to 3,000 tons). The bi-directional test is an innovative method to test high capacity piles through hydraulically driven, sacrificial loading device installed within the foundation unit. As the load is applied to the device, it begins working in two directions; upward against upper side shear and downward against base resistance and lower side shear. ACES PT&I Center of Excellence is one of the pioneer centers in the region in pile testing and instrumentation and offers a wide array of technical services including but not limited to pile integrity, caliper logging, static load testing, high strain dynamic load testing, and bi-directional static load testing.
26 Mar 2016
Arab Center for Engineering Studies (ACES) has been providing support in several capacities to the new American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter which was initiated at the University of Jordan in August 2015. Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi (Deputy Group CEO for Operations) is the practitioner advisor for the new chapter, whereas Prof. Samih Kakish from University of Jordan is the faculty advisor. ACES has sponsored the various activities carried out by the chapter and has organized seminars and field trips to the students. In addition, ACES is assisting in training and mentoring the students as well as providing internship opportunities during the summer breaks. Some of the activities carried out by the chapter include balsa wood bridge competition, treasure hunt, technical debates, engineer’s week events, field trips and seminars. “Our objective is to expose the students to practical issues and projects and to better connect the students at universities to the engineering industry and companies. We are engaging the Jordan Engineers Association, A/E Business Council and the main engineering companies in Jordan to prepare the student to enter the practical world through comprehensive trainings, internships, field trips, seminars, and personal interactions, among other initiatives” explained Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi.