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Old April 28th, 2007, 06:53 PM   #41
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Do you think it´s such a smart move to build a new airport of that size at just about 4 to 7 kilometres from the city centre, with its approach path right above "The Pearl"?? Regarding there´s plenty of empty space available on the whole peninsula...
That doesn´t really seem very farsighted to me!!
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Old April 29th, 2007, 04:05 PM   #42
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Do you think it´s such a smart move to build a new airport of that size at just about 4 to 7 kilometres from the city centre, with its approach path right above "The Pearl"?? Regarding there´s plenty of empty space available on the whole peninsula...
That doesn´t really seem very farsighted to me!!
I didnt mean to spark an argument with my comments... My opinion is based on diversions etc...
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Old May 1st, 2007, 10:36 AM   #43
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 06:12 AM   #44
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Old May 7th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #45
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Gamuda makes big imprint in desert sands

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IT WAS almost noon when senior safety officer Nazrul Faris Zainal Abidin took a hard look across the length of the runway Gamuda is building at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA).

He saw a mirage, beyond which were Gamuda workers in a fleet of trucks lining up at one of the four jetties along the airport that is being constructed.

They were waiting to load up on 10,000 tonnes of stones being shipped in from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Gamuda is one of the few Malaysian heavy construction companies making it big overseas.

At home, one of the testimonials to its building expertise is the soon-to-be-opened SMART tunnel, a costly project that will serve to act as both a gigantic storm drain and a four-lane motorway just south of Kuala Lumpur.

Some of Nazrul’s duties appear to be trivial, but they are crucial in a place like Doha as well as working alongside one of the world ’s strictest project consultants, Bechtel Overseas Inc.

He ensures that his colleagues don their hardhats, polycarbonate sunglasses and reflective life-jackets when working near the jetties.

“It’s noon. The shipment from UAE has ar r ived,” Gamuda’s marine logistics section manager Choo Choon Hooi informed Nazrul as he held up his watch to show the time.

It is estimated that about 4.5 million tonnes of stones are needed to pave the 4.25km and 4.85km runways at the new airport. Since Qatar does not have enough stones, about 3.7 million tonnes have to be shipped in from neighbouring countries.

Nazrul and Choo are among the 157 Gamuda staff stationed in Qatar since mid-2005 to manage construction of NDIA package 10.

Gamuda, WCT Engineering Bhd and China- based Sinohydro Corp are partners in a RM2 billion package to design and build airfield facilities, two tunnels and retention ponds at NDIA.

“There’s also not enough bitumen in Qatar.

We use three vessels to transport 12,000 tonnes of bitumen from Iran and Bahrain every month,” Sinohydro- Gamuda- WCT project director Param Sivalingam said.

During a briefing to Malaysian reporters in Qatar recently, he said the desert weather in NDIA had led to the discovery of new construction methods.

The Gamuda workers have also become more disciplined after working with NDIA consultant Bechtel, known in the global construction community for its strict quality controls.

“Bechtel, in one of its regular surveillance, came across hairline cracks on the surface of a few concrete blocks. We were instructed to destroy the structure and start all over again,” Param said.

“That ’s when we learnt that over here, the finishing quality is just as important as structural strength. We had to adapt to new methods of construction.

“We spent some money to engage a Swiss concrete expert. He came up with the right chemical mix to have the concrete set in exactly four hours. It was that precise.” Param explained that if the concrete were left to dry in the scorching midday sun and then chilled by the night winds, the expansion and sudden contraction would cause hairline cracks.

Furthermore, the concrete had to be treated to withstand the highly acidic and corrosive salt-water vapours blown in from the sea.

The safety, environmental conservation and health standards required to build NDIA are a lot more stringent than in Malaysia.

Param said the expenditure on these measures is estimated to make up 2 per cent of the project value.

To date, the contractors are halfway through the package and optimistic of completing the work on schedule.

The key to fast progress of the project is in the logistics. From the start the contractors knew they had to build their own jetties to avoid the bottleneck in the main port.

“We factored in the construction of four jetties to dock the stones and bitumen shipped in from neighbouring countries in our proposals. In order to carry out the work on time, the logistics must be properly planned so that we are in control of the whole supply chain,” Param said.

During the site visit, Malaysian journalists were reminded to put on their safety gears, including sunglasses.

“It’s not about being fashionable. Prolonged exposure to the glaring sun rays can damage our eyes,” he warned.

Param gave a tour of four gigantic asphalt plants churning out black tar. Polymer is added to the asphalt so that the runway can withstand the landing impact of the new Airbus A380-800 double-decker superjumbo airplane.

On a daily basis, the workers apply asphalt to about 4ha of the runway, layer by layer.

For such a sizeable project, the contractors are actually doing 10 times more than what they would normally do in Malaysia.

Since 40 per cent of the new airport is being built on reclaimed land, Gamuda uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) in their giant-sized graders to ensure that the stones are spread out evenly across the landing strip and taxiway.

“Over here, there is no room for sub-contracting.

We do the work ourselves,” Param said, adding that there are 2,300 people comprising about 20 nationalities working on the project site.

“It’s like a mini-United Nations here. We employ people who can do the work,” he said, adding that when the temperature gets to as high as 50°C, a stop-work order is issued for 10am to 4pm.

Most of the staff are from Indonesia, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“When it is too hot, we take a rest and continue in the night under the spotlights. We also dish out salt tablets and remind workers to drink more water,” Param said.

“So far, our staff have risen to the challenge to deliver on time, within budget and according to the client’s specifications. You could say it is an achievement considering we ’re working under such punishing weather conditions,” he said.

The US$5 billion (RM17 billion) NDIA will be the first airport in the world designed to accommodate the 550-seater Airbus A380-800, which the country’s carrier Qatar Airways will begin using in 2009.

Located on a 1,700ha site about 4km from Doha’s existing airport, the first phase of NDIA will have two runways and 26 contact gates. When it opens in early 2009, it will be able to handle 24 million passengers and 750,000 tonnes of cargo a year.
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Old May 7th, 2007, 05:44 PM   #46
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After phase 3 is completed, the airport can handle 50m passengers a year.
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Old May 9th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #47
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THE PASSENGER TERMINAL CONCORSE STEEL STRUCTURE HAS COMMENCED A LONG TIME AGO!!! YAYY!!!
THE FIRST OF THE WAVY BITS OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING HAS BEEN ERECTED AS WE SAW HERE IN THE PICTURE:

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Old May 11th, 2007, 01:52 PM   #48
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looks to me that Norman Foster will ask his lawyer to follow up the copyright issue with this design.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #49
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Old May 12th, 2007, 04:33 AM   #50
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looks to me that Norman Foster will ask his lawyer to follow up the copyright issue with this design.
Doesn't look like a HKIA copycat to me. The only similarity the 2 airports have is the masterplan- the Y-shaped terminal. HOK, the architectural firm that designed NDIA, master planned HKIA.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #51
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wow, looks awesome!
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Old May 12th, 2007, 07:52 PM   #52
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yes indeed fantastic we need more airports
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Old May 13th, 2007, 07:35 PM   #53
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Cool.. =D
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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:30 PM   #54
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Dredging work as part of the $5.5bn New Doha International Airport (NDIA) has been completed in record 18 months, Qatar Airways chief executive officer Akbar al-Baker has said. The project was well on track for a first phase opening in 2009, he said in his address at a session arranged by the UK-based Guild of Travel Management Companies at the Four Seasons yesterday. The green-field airport whose 60% land will be reclaimed from the sea will be completed in three phases between 2009 and 2015.
Two runways, partially constructed on reclaimed land, are taking shape: one will be the world’s longest at 15,500ft and the other will be 13,000ft long.
The runways are being built to meet the landing requirements of the Airbus A380 superjumbo, of which Qatar Airways is the launch customer.
Besides the passenger terminal complex capable of handling 12mn passengers in the first phase, the new airport will have a new Emiri terminal with additional hardstands, a cargo terminal building, aircraft hangars, and associated airline and airport ancillary features, including 25,000sq m devoted to retail space.
Al-Baker said construction of the main terminal structure was well underway. Billed as an architectural icon of the Middle East, the NDIA would be the region’s first airport built on reclaimed land.
One of the world’s most ambitious airport projects, NDIA’s first phase will have a capacity for 12mn passengers yearly. Planned expansions will raise that to 24mn passengers by 2015.
“Eventually we will have the capacity to handle some 50mn passengers annually but I cannot tell you precisely when this will happen,” he said.
When it opens in 2009, NDIA will feature advanced airport operating systems in all areas of security, safety, aviation technology, passenger convenience and operational efficiency.
Qatar has already awarded the US-based Bechtel the contract to develop the New Doha International Airport.
“NDIA will position Doha and Qatar as a leading regional aviation hub and it will be pivotal to the continued growth of Qatar Airways. As in the case of Qatar Airways the new airport will also be a key driver of the national economy. Qatar’s development requires a quality airline with world scale airport facilities,” al-Baker added.
Guild of Travel Management Companies chairman Paul Allam presided over the meeting and introduced al-Baker to the audience.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #55
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Old May 20th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #56
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the pearl island can also be seen (top of the picture)
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 09:51 PM   #57
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Old May 22nd, 2007, 10:18 PM   #58
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My brother works in this project as document controller...
i dunno what the hell that job does...
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 12:16 AM   #59
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Lovely design and renders looks fantastic.

I am looking forward to this and the new Islamabad international airport. Currently they both sucks
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Old June 5th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #60
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