ACES Muscat was recently awarded the pile testing, materials testing and geophysical survey for the proposed Oman Botanic Garden in Muscat, Oman. The Garden will combine the cultivation, study, and conservation of Oman’s rich native flora with creative large-scale native habitat displays and amenity planting under the over-arching themes of plant conservation, environmental education, and horticultural excellence. The project is expected to be the world’s largest botanic garden.
ACES Muscat scope of work for pile testing in the project includes instrumented piles load testing using sister bar strain gauges, cross-hole sonic testing and static loading tests for 500 piles, in addition to pile integrity testing for 2500 piles. Furthermore, the material testing of the project includes but not limited to soil electrical resistivity tests, concrete investigation of diaphragm wall- which includes destructive and non-destructive testing- and installation of thermocouples for monitoring of concrete temperature. On the other hand, the geophysical survey includes seven tests using parallel seismic (PS) method to detect old buildings foundations depth.
The client is Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Swiss Boring, the consultants are ARUP/COWI.