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Al Haramain High Speed Rail Project

 

The Haramain High Speed Rail project also known as the “Western Railway” or “Makkah-Medina high speed railway”, is a 453-kilometre-long (281 mi) high-speed inter-city rail transport system under construction in Saudi Arabia.[2] It will link the Muslim holy cities of Medina and Mecca via King Abdullah Economic City, Rabigh, Jeddah, using 449.2 kilometres (279.1 mi) of main line and a 3.75-kilometre (2.33 mi) branch connection to King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) The network will be connected to existing rail transport in Saudi Arabia at Jeddah. The project is delayed and was originally planned to open in 2012. As of November 2016 the whole project is scheduled to be open in March 2018 with partial operations from December 2017.

The rail line is planned to provide a safe and comfortable transport in 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph) electric trains. Construction started in March 2009. The railway is expected to carry three million passengers a year, including many Hajj and Umrah pilgrims, helping to relieve traffic congestion on the roads.

Type of MTL Work Assignment.

  • Cementitious materials testing
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Rebars and strands testings
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Lamar Tall Building, Jeddah.

Lamar Towers are a pair of skyscrapers currently under construction in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Located on Jeddah Corniche, Tower 1 will be 321.6 m (1,055 ft) tall (including antenna) with 72 floors above ground, and Tower 2 will be 300 m (980 ft) tall with 62 floors above ground.

The proposal for the project was submitted by Cayan in 2008 and was approved in the same year.[citation needed] Construction began in 2008 and, when completed in 2016, Tower 1 will be the tallest building in Jeddah, till date, surpassing the recently completed National Commercial Bank. The development is expected to cost about $600 million.[citation needed] The tower was designed by Saudi Diyar Consultants. The Construction Management Service is by MIDRAR.[citation needed] The Lamar company is the main developer of the project and Drake & Scull Construction are the main contractors for this landmark development.

Lamar means liquid gold in Arabic, which describes the reflection of the golden glass in the waters of the Red Sea.

Type of MTL Work Assignment.

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 70 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 4.6 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Concrete Non-destructive testing.
  • Steel anchors and bolts testing.
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The Development of King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project (DOKAAE) –Makkah.

The Abraj Al-Bait (Translated as “The Towers of the House”) is a government-owned megatall complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. These towers are a part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that strives to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, has the world’s largest clock face and is the third tallest building and fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. The building complex is metres away from the world’s largest mosque and Islam’s most sacred site, the Masjid al-Haram. The developer and contractor of the complex is the Saudi Binladin Group, the Kingdom’s largest construction company.

The complex was built after the demolition of the Ajyad Fortress, the 18th-century Ottoman citadel which stood atop a hill overlooking the Grand Mosque. The destruction of the fort in 2002 by the Saudi government sparked Turkish and international outcry. It is the world’s most expensive building with the total cost of construction equaling US$15 billion.

MTL Assignment in King Abdul Aziz Endowment Project (DOKAAE) –Makkah.

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to70 MPa and pumpable up to 520m.
  • Instrumentation for temperature
  • Monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
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Al-Jamaraat Bridge

Following the January 2006 Hajj, the old bridge was demolished and construction began on a new multi-level bridge. The ground and first levels were complete in time for the 2006/2007 Hajj, which passed without incident. Construction on the remaining two levels have been completed since December 2007 1428 AH Hajj.
The new bridge (designed by Dar Al-Handasah and constructed by the Saudi Binladin Group) contains a wider column-free interior space and expanded jamrah pillars many times longer than their pre-2006 predecessors. Additional ramps and tunnels were built for easier access, and bottlenecks were engineered out. Large canopies are planned to cover each of the three jamrah pillars to protect pilgrims from the desert sun. Ramps are also being built adjacent to the pillars to speed evacuation in the event of an emergency. Additionally, Saudi authorities have issued a fatwa decreeing that the stoning may take place between sunrise and sunset, rather than at the mid-day time that most pilgrims prefer.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures including SSC up to 80 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 2 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature
  • Monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
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Al-Shamiyah Haram Extension & Mataf Project, Makkah

In 2007, the mosque underwent a fourth extension project which is estimated to last until 2020. King Abdullah Ibn Abdulaziz planned to increase the mosque’s capacity to 2 million; although the King died in 2015, his successor, King Salman, is likely to continue renovations. In 2016 it was estimated that Great Mosque had cost 100 billion dollars

Northern expansion of the mosque began in August 2011 and was expected to be completed in one and a half years. The area of the mosque will be expanded from the current 356,000 m2 (3,830,000 sq ft) to 400,000 m2 (4,300,000 sq ft). A new gate named after King Abdullah will be built together with two new minarets, bringing their total to eleven. The cost of the project is $10.6 billion and after completion the mosque will house over 2.5 million worshipers. The Mataaf (the circumambulation areas around the Kaaba) will also see expansion and all closed spaces will be air conditioned.[8] The King Abdullah Expansion Project will cover an area of 456,000 sq. meters will accommodate an additional 1.2 million faithful. Courtyards of the mosque’s new expansion can hold more than 250,000 worshipers. The project is being implemented by the Saudi Binladin Group.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 100 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 2 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Development of lightweight concrete
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Cementitious materials testing.
  • Aggregates testing.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Rebars and strands testings
  • Steel anchors and bolts testing.
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North Jeddah Water Treatment Plant, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi water sector, like the entire country, has undergone tremendous changes over the past decades from a system based on the use of local renewable water resources for small-scale irrigation and limited domestic uses to a system largely based on the use of desalinated water and fossil groundwater for large-scale irrigation and domestic, commercial and industrial uses at a level comparable to developed countries. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation, created in 1965, has been an important player in this process of change.

In 2003 the Ministry of Water and Energy was created. It took over the water resources management function from the Ministry of Agricultural and Water and the responsibility for water supply and sanitation from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. In the same year the Water & Electricity Company was created as an off-taker for water and electricity produced by the IWPPs.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 100 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 2 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Development of lightweight concrete
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Cementitious materials testing.
  • Aggregates testing.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Rebars and strands testings
  • Steel anchors and bolts testing.
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South Jeddah Water Treatment Plant

The Saudi water sector, like the entire country, has undergone tremendous changes over the past decades from a system based on the use of local renewable water resources for small-scale irrigation and limited domestic uses to a system largely based on the use of desalinated water and fossil groundwater for large-scale irrigation and domestic, commercial and industrial uses at a level comparable to developed countries. The Saline Water Conversion Corporation, created in 1965, has been an important player in this process of change.

In 2003 the Ministry of Water and Energy was created. It took over the water resources management function from the Ministry of Agricultural and Water and the responsibility for water supply and sanitation from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. In the same year the Water & Electricity Company was created as an off-taker for water and electricity produced by the IWPPs.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 100 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 2 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Development of lightweight concrete
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Cementitious materials testing.
  • Aggregates testing.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Rebars and strands testings
  • Steel anchors and bolts testing.
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King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh

The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) is a new development under construction near King Fahad Road in Al Aqeeq area of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia being undertaken by the Rayadah Investment Corporation on behalf of the Pension Authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, consisting of 59 towers in an area of 1.6 million square metres. It will provide more than 3 million square metres of space for various uses, 62,000 parking spaces and accommodation for 12,000 residents. In 2011 it was the largest project in the world seeking green building accreditation. Bombardier won a $241m USD contract to build an automated monorail for the development. The design guidelines do not separate the sexes in the district. The KAFD master plan was designed and overseen by Danish Architects Henning Larsen Henning Larsen Architects. Additional design work was provided by W Architecture and Landscape Architecture.The CEO of the development is Waleed Aleisa. The project is estimated to cost 29 billion Saudi riyals ($7.8 billion).

KAFD Grand Mosque
The project is considered to be long over due and needed for a city of the size and position of Riyadh. The key issue with the project was timing as it was announced and incepted during the 2008 financial crisis. A number of local and international commentators highlighted the potential over supply issue with the project, however others, such as Hans Mueller in Saudi Real Estate Companion believe that the market will be able to absorb the supply in the medium term.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 100 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control of mass concrete up to 2 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature
  • Monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Cementitious materials testing.
  • Aggregates testing.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Concrete Non-destructive testing.
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King Abdul-Aziz Airport, Jeddah

The airport occupies an area of 15 square kilometers Beside the airport proper, this includes a royal terminal, facilities of Prince Abdullah Air Base for the Royal Saudi Air Force, and housing for airport staff. Construction work on KAIA airport began in 1974, and was finalized in 1980. Finally, on 31 May 1981, the airport opened for service after being officially inaugurated in April 1981

King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) (Arabic: مطار الملك عبدالعزيز الدولي‎‎) (IATA: JED, ICAO: OEJN) is an airport located 19 km to the north of Jeddah. Named after King Abdulaziz Al Saud and inaugurated in 1981, the airport is the busiest airport of Saudi Arabia and is third largest airport in the kingdom. The airport is known for its Hajj terminal, which is specially built for Islamic pilgrims going to Mecca annually and can handle 80,000 passengers at the same time.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Assessment of concrete bridge casting issues.
  • Technical support to concrete batch plant producer.
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The Kingdom Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower (Arabic: برج جدة‎‎), previously known as Kingdom Tower (برج المملكة) and Mile-High Tower (برج الميل), is a skyscraper under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion (US$1.23 billion).[10] If completed in 2019 as planned, the Jeddah Tower will reach an unprecedented height, becoming the tallest building in the world as well as the first structure to reach the one-kilometre-high mark.
It is the centrepiece and first phase of a SR75 billion (US$20 billion) proposed development known as Jeddah Economic City that will be located along the Red Sea on the north side of Jeddah. The development of Jeddah Tower seeks to bring great changes in terms of development and tourism to the city of Jeddah, which is considered the most liberal city in Saudi Arabia.
Initially planned to be 1.6 km (1 mile) high, the geology of the area proved unsuitable for a tower of that height. The design, created by American architect Adrian Smith, who also designed Burj Khalifa, incorporates many unique structural and aesthetic features. The creator and leader of the project is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the wealthiest man in the Middle East, grandson of Ibn Saud, and nephew of the Kings of Saudi Arabia before him. Al-Waleed is the chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), which is a partner in the Jeddah Economic Company (JEC), which was formed in 2009 for the development of Jeddah Tower and City.

Type of MTL Work Assignment

  • Development of concrete mixtures up to 100 MPa.
  • Development of temperature control plan of mass concrete up to 5 m thick, thermal cracking mitigation.
  • Instrumentation for temperature monitoring and data acquisition of concrete.
  • Solving concrete production problems.
  • Solving fresh concrete problems.
  • Cementitious materials testing.
  • Aggregates testing.
  • Fresh concrete testing.
  • Hardened concrete testing.
  • Concrete durability Testing.
  • Concrete production quality assurance.
  • Full Technical Support.