ACES News

ACES News

15 Dec 2015
ACES Geophysical Studies Regional Center of Excellence (RCE) has recently expanded its geophysical services into marine geophysical surveys. The new services utilize state-of-the-art equipment including Side Scan Sonar, Sub-Bottom Profiling, Marine Magnetometer and Marine Electrical Resistivity Tomography. “Our new expansion into marine geophysics demonstrates our strong commitment to our clients to provide them with complete range of geophysical studies services that are tailored to their specific needs and requirements” said Eng. Mahmoud Harb, ACES Geophysics RCE Manager. “The new expansion will help us to grow and increase our size of business in geophysical studies in our targeted markets. It is already showing strong signs of success and delivering great results”. The Geophysics RCE has recently completed a major marine project at Al-Dabb’iya ASR Gas Development in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for Technip France and Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO). ACES Geophysical Studies RCE also offers highly specialized onshore geophysical services including surface geophysical tests as well as borehole geophysical survey and logging. The RCE is strategically located in Dubai-UAE to serve ACES offices and ACES clients across the region. Some of the prestigious projects carried out by the RCE include the Kingdom Tower (Jeddah-KSA), Doha expressway (Doha-Qatar), Aqaba New Port (Aqaba-Jordan), Etihad Airway Project (Abu Dhabi-UAE) and Emirates Housing Project in Jabal Hafeet (Al Ain-UAE).
24 Nov 2015
ACES has organized an extensive leadership development program for top and middle management through Change Zone, an external training center based in Jordan. The first session was carried out in Abu Dhabi from 3-5 October 2015 for UAE and Muscat staff. A similar training was also conducted in Doha from 6-8 October 2015 for Doha staff. The total number of attendees in those two locations was in excess of 35 employees. The program consists of four sessions to be conducted on quarterly basis in the coming year. The first session of the program concentrated on cause and effect planning, designing operational dashboards, and resources management mapping. The training methodology focused on conducting workshops that helps the trainees understand, diagnose, problem solve and improve the work processes in order to implement them directly. The feedback from the attendees on the first session was positive and the hands-on and practical approach was commended. This training was also a good opportunity for the middle and top management from various offices to meet and share experiences and knowledge. The remaining three sessions of the leadership program will be conducted over the course of the next six months.
24 Oct 2015
ACES first operation officers meeting was held in Abu Dhabi office on 11 October 2015. Operation officers from all ACES branches attended this meeting to discuss important operational issues such as drilling methodologies and productivity, operation organization and management, fleet management and inventory system, and operation cost control. A presentation was given by Dr. Naeem Abdulhadi (Deputy CEO for Operations & Coordination affairs) comparing operational data and practices at ACES branches. This event were also a great opportunity to share experience and knowledge among ACES branches. It is worth mentioning that ACES has recently commissioned a drilling expert from the USA to improve drilling productivities and upgrade drilling practices at ACES Group. The drilling expert also attended the operation officers meeting and provided fruitful and enlightening insights.
10 Oct 2015
Geotechnical training courses on foundation design were carried out for ACES geotechnical engineers and geologists. The first course was conducted in Riyadh from 15-16 September, 2015, for staff from ACES KSA branches (Riyadh, Jeddah, Khobar, Najran, Breidah, Madinah), whereas another course was carried out in Abu Dhabi from 20-21 September, 2015, for staff from ACES Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al-Ain, Doha and Muscat branches. In total more than 40 engineers and geologists attended those training courses. The courses covered a wide range of topics including bearing capacity and settlement in soil and rock as well as pile design. The content of this course was based on the newly drafted “ACES Foundations Guidelines”. The course was delivered by Dr. Amjad Barghouthi (Regional Manager for KSA & Jordan) and Dr. Ahmad Elkadi (Business Development Manager for KSA) in Riyadh and by Dr. Amjad Barghouthi and Eng. Emad Sherif (Branch Manager for Dubai and Muscat) in Abu Dhabi. Those events were also a great opportunity to share experience and knowledge among ACES branches.
21 Sep 2015
ACES Dubai was recently awarded the geotechnical investigation for the prestigious landmark project Museum of the Future, located next to Dubai’s Emirates Towers near its central financial district. The $136 million shiny, ovular building is set to open in 2017. Its curved steel-clad exterior will feature the Arabic poetry of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The scope of works in the project includes drilling of 8 boreholes to depths ranging from 40m to 80m below existing ground surface, performing cone penetration tests (CPTs), excavation of trial pits, and geophysical logging including multichannel analysis of surface waves (MASW), down-hole and cross-hole tests. In addition, field tests were carried out including packer permeability and pressuremeter tests as well as installation of standpipe piezometers. The client is Meraas Development and the consultant is Buro Happold Engineering.