daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Development News Forums > General Urban Developments > DN Archives



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old October 28th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #21
GulfArabia
 
GulfArabia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: KSA
Posts: 2,665
Likes (Received): 1513

i'm pretty sure i read it somewhere 2 years... hmm
GulfArabia no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old October 29th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #22
Rise To The Top
Future CiE and Architect
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Boston/Holderness
Posts: 403
Likes (Received): 88

Quote:
Originally Posted by GulfArabia View Post
i'm pretty sure i read it somewhere 2 years... hmm
Naw, groundbreaking on the foundations started way back in '04 from what I remember. There are some pictures on the Abraj Al Bait thread that are dated 2006 with the main tower just beginning to rise.

Even with Dubai slave labour and Chinese speed they wouldn't be able to complete this in two years. Simply not possible.

Last edited by Rise To The Top; October 29th, 2010 at 01:49 AM.
Rise To The Top no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old October 29th, 2010, 01:25 AM   #23
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894



__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 4th, 2010, 09:20 PM   #24
Þróndeimr
Adventurous!
 
Þróndeimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Posts: 12,222
Likes (Received): 2264

World Trade Center to the left (303m) with GCC Bank Headquarters (240m) to the right.

Þróndeimr no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #25
Yaghuth
Registered User
 
Yaghuth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3,543
Likes (Received): 718

am so happy )
Yaghuth no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 5th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #26
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 7th, 2010, 12:28 PM   #27
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

Quote:
Originally Posted by Þróndeimr View Post
World Trade Center to the left (303m) with GCC Bank Headquarters (240m) to the right.

Both are under construction, I posted a video earlier showing that.

[IMG]http://i56.************/1zd6r2a.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i53.************/4g0nth.jpg[/IMG]

__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 8th, 2010, 07:03 PM   #28
GulfArabia
 
GulfArabia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: KSA
Posts: 2,665
Likes (Received): 1513

updates are hard to get !
GulfArabia no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 9th, 2010, 02:57 AM   #29
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

King Abdullah Financial District: Riyadh's Wall St
03/11/2010
By Lahem al-Nasser




Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- If the last time you visited the city of Riyadh was five years ago, then you are in for a surprise if you visit it again today. The city is like a huge construction site, with cranes dominating the skyline; the streets are crowded with trucks, and giant high-rise towers are encased in scaffolding. It is as if this is part of a fierce race against time to complete development projects; as if the city is trying to make up for lost time. Perhaps the most notable or prominent of these development projects is the King Abdullah Financial District, which will become the financial center for the city of Riyadh, in the same manner as New York's Wall Street or London's Canary Wharf. The King Abdullah Financial District encompasses an area of approximately 1.6 million square meters, and when completed will house the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority and the Stock Exchange, in addition to the country's largest banks and companies, as well as an academy for studying financing and banking.

Due to Saudi Arabia’s enormous liquidity, its economic and political stability, and the strategic location of the country; the King Abdullah Financial District is expected to attract a number of international financial institutions, especially after Saudi Arabia recently joined the World Trade Organization [in 2005], which opened up the country to the financial services industry. In light of the fact that the Islamic banking industry [in compliance with Islamic Shariaa law] currently dominates the Saudi financial industry in general, and that Saudi Arabia's Islamic financial assets currently stand at somewhere between $91 billion and $120 billion, Saudi Arabia is now the world's second largest economy – after Iran – in terms of Islamic assets. In Saudi Arabia today approximately 98 percent of personal financing occurs via Islamic Shariaa compliant methods, in addition to 67 percent of corporate financing.

As for the stock markets, the bulk of Saudi shares are also Shariaa-complaint. Furthermore, the sukuk market only trades in Islamic Shariaa compliant sukuk's and bonds. Therefore the King Abdullah Financial District has the potential to be the world's number one center for Islamic finance, especially after officials realize that this is an achievable goal. This objective is not difficult to achieve if we have the will and strength to see this through, and if we draw up goals and make sure that they are implemented.

Perhaps one of the most important factors that will ensure that the King Abdullah Financial District will become a center for Islamic finance is the government enacting legislation and establishing specific regulations for this industry, as well as establishing special courts to deal with financial disputes arising from this industry, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Justice, away from the judicial and semi-judicial committees that misrepresent the Saudi Arabian legal system today. This is in order for potential investors to have confidence in the investment climate in Saudi Arabia. The other important factor is governmental support for this industry by providing it with the required infrastructure, such as ensuring that staff has proper vocational training through the establishment of academies and university departments devoted to teaching finance and Islamic banking. Research centres should also be established, and independent professional organisations encouraged, to work alongside the government’s already tireless efforts to operate in line with the mechanisms of the Islamic finance industry: For example, issuing sovereign sukuk instead of [conventional financial] bonds, and encouraging government and quasi-government treasuries to use Islamic financial products, particularly as this is one of the demands put forward by those who benefit from the services of these treasuries. It is also important to work towards convincing international bodies to recognize the special standards that come with this industry. Saudi Arabia is capable of demanding such conditions, in view of its economic, financial and political strength in the international community, and because the Islamic financial industry has already proven itself.

Saudi Arabia's efforts to make the King Abdullah Financial District a hub for the Islamic financial industry will have a positive impact on the country, for it will return financial capital to the country, and attract international financial corporations that seek to derive benefits from the liquidity of this industry. The King Abdullah Financial District will also ensure that Saudi Arabia has a leading role and huge influence in the Islamic financial industry. This will ensure that Saudi Arabia is the most important player in this industry, and will enable Riyadh to decide the industry's principles and criteria. Looking at the tremendous growth rate of this industry – which achieves growth rates that exceed 20 percent annually – we can only estimate the economic influence that Saudi Arabia will enjoy in the near future.


Source: http://www.aawsat.com/english/news.a...ion=6&id=22906
__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 10th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #30
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

Thanks Loony



Source: www.kafdblog.com
__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 13th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #31
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #32
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

Thanks again to Loony
__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 25th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #33
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:03 AM   #34
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

Many thanks Lonny



South end of 1.15 raft


Looking down through 11 layes of 32mm bar in 1.15




Insisde the raft 1.15. Notice the carry bar is under the standee supports!



The other direction

SOURCE: http://www.kafdblog.com
__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 2nd, 2010, 07:06 PM   #35
giovani kun
====(^.^)====
 
giovani kun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: 世界 に
Posts: 2,902
Likes (Received): 559

awesome pictures
giovani kun no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 4th, 2010, 12:08 PM   #36
ibib
Registered User
 
ibib's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,665
Likes (Received): 2894

New update by Loony: a world record



World Trade Center Raft Foundation Pour


By Loony, on December 3rd, 2010

After months of digging, chipping, waterproofing, casting of blinding slabs and walls and placing rebar, the big day was finally here. December 1st would be the day the big pour would go. The estimated volume was 16,000 meters. The largest continuous raft ever done was 16,000 cubic meters at the Landmark Hotel in Abu Dabi in 2009. We were hoping to surpass that number if even by 1 meter! In any event, it has been very exciting for me to have been involved in the process of executing this monster placement.


What we look for:
While on site, I focus my attention in several areas:

Watch for a continuous flow of concrete to each pump.
Make sure the concrete flows properly and does not segregate. Segregation occurs when the aggregate is separated from the paste of the mix.
Monitor consolidation by vibration to make sure the crews are paying attention to all areas equally and not over vibrating.
Watch the concrete in areas that are not close to the pump hose. Those areas can dry out and begin to set which is a cold joint, or bleed water may start coming to the top. The bleed water is ok in small amounts but when we get excessive amounts, we need to figure out why. We want the concrete to set just way it was delivered.
We are also interested in temperature monitoring. The contractor placed multiple probes in the raft to allow for periodic verification of the concrete temperature during placement and after. The concrete during curing should stay under 70c with upper tolerance of possibly 75c.
We are also interested in the testing and sampling stations. They must do the tests correctly and maintain proper records.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

The Pour:
The pour was scheduled to begin at 10 pm. A prepour meeting would be held at 8pm for final coordination. The players involved in the placement were as follows:

Dar Al Riyadh…………………………………………… Site Supervision Consultant
Saudi Binladin Group…………………………………. General Contractor
Saudi Readimix………………………………………… Concrete and pump supplier
Al Bustan………………………………………………… Concrete and pump supplier
Premco…………………………………………………… Concrete and pump supplier

There were 10 pumps setup and deployed on three sides of the project. Five pumps from Saudi Readimix on the East side, 3 from Al Bustan on the North side and 2 from Premco on the West side reaching in from the cut and cover tunnel that will loop the Financial District.

The goal was to supply about 80 cubic meters (about 102 cubic yards) per hour to each pump. Some pumps would allow for two trucks to back up and discharge side by side while others would only have room for one truck at a time. The concrete mix design is a flowable mix that is nearly self-consolidating but would require minimal consolidation by using vibrators. Holes were cut through the raft top layers of steel at 7 to 10 meter intervals to allow for the pump hoses to be lowered to near the top of the bottom layers of reinforcing. Rolls of plastic were placed on top of the raft to keep concrete from collecting and drying on top of the raft. All very good planning and preparation.

Testing of the concrete would be done at stations setup above the hole next to the entry ramp on the Northeast side and also on the West side. Trucks that were to be tested would be directed to stop at the testing station and samples would be taken to test slump spread and to cast sample cylinders before sending the truck to the site.

Placement began on schedule at 10:00 pm. Trucks began rolling down the ramp into the hole and were directed by a flagger toward their respective pumps. The trucks here are impressive. In the states, trucks are limited in size and weight by Department of Transportation (DOT) rules. Concrete trucks in the states have typically 10 or 11 cubic yard capacity (7.6 M3 or 8.4M3). The restrictions are due to the weight of the concrete and the number of tires the trucks have to put on the ground to spread out the load. Normal weight concrete weighs about 150 lbs/cuft on average which is approximately 4000 lbs. A cubic meter of normal weight concrete weighs in at about 5200 lbs (about 2400 kg). The trucks here have a capacity of either 10 or 12 cubic meters. That is about 13 cubic yards and about 15.6 cubic yards respectively. As you can see, the numbers add up pretty quickly. Trucks with loads of that size would find themselves over the limit and subject to fines in the states unless they had enough wheels on the ground and were long enough to spread the load.

For our purposes here, the larger capacity trucks are quite nice and greatly enhance the speed of delivery. Saudi Readimix and Al Bustan both have batch plants just across the street in the zone 6 area. Premco has a plant a bit down the road but the distance did not seem to hinder their ability to deliver.

I stayed on site all of the first night and watched the bottom of the raft being covered. The concrete looked good and the supply was never ending. Trucks were lined up all the way from the bottom of the Financial District hole to the top and at times, down the street. I would walk back to our office occasionally but the distance is about 1 km each way and the safety boots I wear on site are not exactly of the high mileage variety and they are quite heavy. I do this on a regular basis during the course of a normal day but it is very tiring and a little nerve racking when you have weave your way through a bunch of concrete trucks backing up or driving out. I usually made my way out the west side so I had to carefully walk past the truck and trailer dump trucks hauling loads of rock out of a nearby hole that is being chipped 24 hours a day. All this is not to mention the dust. I pretty much always wear a dust mask and did so when walking to and from the office.

At midnight dinner was served in the SBG site office complex. I had been walking the site with Joe, the project manager for DAR, so we both walked up to get some food. We were quite surprised to find a rather formal affair with servers and a large platter of food in the middle of both tables. Attending the dinner were VIP’s from SBG. I knew one of the gentlemen at the table but not the others. I was asked to join at the table with the VIP’s and was introduced to the Saudi gentlemen there. One of them is a member of the Binladin family, a sheik in fact. I was quite impressed. After the meal, the group and I went to the site to show the VIP’s’ the raft and observe the pour. We took pictures on the raft and they all headed out. All in all a very interesting evening I thought.

I stayed on site until about 5 am before heading back to our office to rest a bit. I had to figure out how to turn the AC units into heaters as I was getting cold. The temperature had dipped down into the low 50’s at this point. I took about a 1 hour nap on the couch then got up and waited for Mohammed to deliver Mark to the site so I could get a ride back home.

I took a nap for a few hours at home then had Mohammed take me back to the site when he brought the Meinhardt folks home from work. I joined Joe again and we walked the site then went back to the office and waited for lunch to be brought in. Lunch was served in the conference room and consisted of shawarma sandwiches. Very good. I stayed a while before calling it a day and had Mohammed drive me home. Things were looking pretty good at this point and the concrete supply was continuing nonstop.

In the end, a total of 16,200 cubic meters ( 21,188 cubic yards) of concrete was placed. This surpasses the Abu Dabi Landmark hotel for the world’s record. Now is our time to enjoy bragging rights and all the fame and fortune that goes with it (Not!) For me, sleep and a day off would be fine.

What was in it for me? I felt a lot of energy surge inside me when my research showed that this would at least match the biggest ever done. I don’t know if this is something that I would say was on my bucket list but it is now and it has been checked off. If you participate in this line or work, monitoring large scale construction, you have to have a passion for it. You have to find things like concrete and steel entertaining and even awe inspiring. You measure yourself against the project and see just how far into the thing you can go. I feel like I went pretty far this time. I could leave Saudi now satisfied that I did something worthwhile after all the sweat and all the miles of walking and climbing up and down in the dust and heat.

The future here for me is, at least for now, short term. I leave Saudi on the 15th to go home in time to meet my new baby girl early next month. I will keep blogging until then but after that, well If I return in a couple months I will take it up again.


All set



Getting Closer



Plastic being laid down on the top of the raft to protect it from concrete spills




All ready on the western front




Here we go!




Testing to do too!




Close to midnight and going strong.




The next day and still going strong




Almost to the top




Temperature probes




Shift change




Looking Northwest at sundown




Trucks and pumps still going




The Saudi Readimix side




Blogger Mo proves that he was there (Loony)

Source: www.kafdblog.com
__________________
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Dr. Napoleon Hill
ibib no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 5th, 2010, 08:05 AM   #37
Riyadh Sun
Registered User
 
Riyadh Sun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Riyadh, Dubai
Posts: 1,728
Likes (Received): 325

many thanks ibib , and many thanks Loony ,,, YOU ARE DOING GREAT JOB
__________________
PLEASE STOP THE KILLING IN SYRIA
Riyadh Sun no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 5th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #38
World8115
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 9,919

Woh Thats a big construction site. Thanks for the pics ibib
World8115 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old April 25th, 2011, 03:41 PM   #39
o2cando
BANNED
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 85
Likes (Received): 2

An update would be great now.
o2cando no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old July 14th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #40
3baaad 4 Jeddah
15-16/09/2010 AG
 
3baaad 4 Jeddah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Riyadh
Posts: 3,411
Likes (Received): 883

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3baaad 4 Jeddah View Post

By Arch_Booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14


By Arch_Booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14


By arch_booodi at 2011-07-14

Finally ooooh
TODAY
3baaad 4 Jeddah no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
capital, kafd, ksa, ppa 30 parcel 1.15, riyadh

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu