A tall order: Saudi ‘mega’ tower challenges engineers

A futuristic tower, designed to stand at more than 1000 meters, is set to dominate Jeddah’s skyline. (File photo: Reuters)

A futuristic tower, designed to stand at more than 1000 meters, is set to dominate Jeddah’s skyline.

The Kingdom Tower, currently in construction phase, is presenting engineers with a tall order as they try to test out different methods of pumping wet concrete which would need to travel to very high elevations, according to the Saudi Gazette.

The developers have confirmed that a company named Advances Construction Technology Services is overseeing the investigations into which materials should be used in construction.

ACTS will be mobilizing state-of-the art testing equipment and expert professionals to do the third party testing works on about half a million cubic meters of concrete and around 80,000 tons of steel to be used on the mega project, reported the Saudi Gazette.

The tower’s preliminary cost is set at $1.23 billion, and it is set to overshadow Dubai’s Burj Khalifa by at least 173 meters.

According to the construction magazine Gizmodo, the foundations of the tower will need to be 60 meters deep and will have to withstand salt water from the Red Sea

Khaled Awad, chairman of ACTS, said “the appointment of ACTS as an independent testing agency for one of the most challenging engineering structures in the world, is a vote of trust in ACTS’ capabilities and extensive experience in materials testing and engineering. We will be investing our experience and knowledge to provide accurate, traceable and reliable test information in the largest mega tall building in the world.”

(With the Saudi Gazette)
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41
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