Khalifa Ports and Industrial Zone
Khalifa Port and
Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest greenfield development
projects as well as one of the world’s largest combined port and industrial zone
developments. It is an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s vision of sustainable
economic growth in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The industrial zone is
located almost equidistant to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with extended frontage along
the E11 Highway connecting the two cities.
Habtoor Leighton Group
was proud to secure the project. Scope of work includes the onshore civil and
building package for the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone. As a design and
construction project, the works included around 40 buildings ranging from single
guard houses to the 80,0000 square metre central facilities, to civil
engineering infrastructure works such as 18km of 4 -and 6-lane expressway, 38
RCC culverts, 2 interchanges with entry and exit ramps, 2 railway bridges, and
11kV/33kV networking. Other utilities such as combined waste water, potable
water, groundwater, stormwater, process water and services are also included, as
are associated infrastructure works consisting of a series of road networks,
bridges, utility installations, containment structures, reinforced earth
embankments, patrol roads, an exterior maintenance system, MEP works, building
detailing, signage, hard and soft landscaping, and maintenance.
This complex project involved design issues such as road top level clashes with
existing utilities, bridges, culverts, and the deck top level. Most of the road
profiles the team used were revised as per site condition. At the project’s
outset, it seemed there would not even be enough time for them to design
profiles and work out these issues before the milestone.
With the help of 12d Model software, though, the Leighton team did achieve
success in this project.
They raised the
levels on the profile as necessary, edited super alignments by string, and
changed the vertical intersection points from the vertical IP properties. They
also input all the data such as IP chainages, vertical curve length, and ‘click
to set’, by which 12d Model automatically regenerated the vertical profile and
automatically set the k values and radius as required, giving the ability to
change the profile of roads as per the control line.
Next, they edited their design models and retriangulates TINs as per the new
controls, then uploaded to the millimetre GPS in asphalt paver, by which they
were able to smoothly pave asphalt with the required thickness above the
In addition to assisting
design, 12d Model helped the team to minimise their required survey crew, as
they did not need to fix any Line/Levels on the pavement work. Once they created
models, they were able to upload these to the machines (graders, bull dozers,
etc.) so that a single operator could finished the grading work both
quantitatively and qualitatively.
also helped the team to prepare conformance reports, plotting the topographic
survey in a short time and with attractive presentation.
The Leighton team found 12d Model to be a very efficient and useful software
product to help them save a great deal of money by reducing manpower and time,
and helping them finish their project ahead of schedule.
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