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ACES News

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.
3 Sep 2015
ACES Doha is proud to announce its continued involvement in completing the world class facilities for the Qatar World Cup 2020. To date, ACES has successfully completed the geotechnical investigations for Al Rayyan Stadium, Al Khor Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium. Additionally, ACES is conducting the material testing for Wakra Stadium and the quality control works for Khalifa International Stadium. ACES clients on these prestigious projects include Dar Al Hanadasa, AECOM, KEO, Engineering Consultants Group, Midmac Six Construct JV and Hamad Bin Khalid (HBK).
17 Aug 2015
ACES Jeddah has been awarded the geotechnical investigation for the preliminary engineering design phase for Jeddah Metro in May 2015. The Jeddah Metro is a mega project that comprises several transportation networks including a rail network, a bus network, a marine transportation line, a Corniche tram, a suspension bridge and a number of public transportation stations. The pre-program management consultancy contract was awarded to AECOM whereas the preliminary engineering design contract was awarded to Systra. The architectural consultant is Fosters & Partners. The approved budget for the project is $12bn over seven years, but the cost is expected to increase due to adjustments in the plan. The work undertaken by ACES includes the multimodal iconic station Al-Muntalaq, Light Rail Transit (LRT) lines B, C, and D with a total of 37km and 39 stations, and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines with a total of 27km. The project owner is Jeddah Metro Company (JMC) and the consultant (ACES client) is Systra and Khatib & Alami. The scope of work consists of drilling a total of 150 boreholes to depths ranging from 10 to 45 meters below existing ground surface, installation of piezometers, and performing field and laboratory tests. So far seven drilling rigs have been mobilized and are operating together with over 60 qualified staff that have been deployed. It is worth mentioning that ACES has extensive railway site investigation portfolio, and has completed works for other major GCC railway projects including Etihad Rail (UAE), Doha Metro, Riyadh Metro, Makkah Metro, and the Saudi Landbridge.