December 1, 2009
Lucent Contracting called on the services of FACE Middle East FZC when they were awarded the contract to build a new chilled storage facility for Al Foah Dates.
The Al Ain based company gave Lucent the go ahead to build the new chill facility as an extension to their existing premises. Once Lucent had been awarded the contract, FACE Middle East were asked to provide a full design supervision package.
The first step was to design a slab based on the proposed loading and racking layout. Various factors were considered including achievable slab size per day, joint layout, joint detail and the required level of flatness.
Once the initial design had been submitted, FACE Middle East attended a pre-contract meeting on site to inspect the environment where the floor would be cast. The casting process was explained to the site foreman and the tools & form work inspected.
Several weeks later, 2 FACE Middle East engineers arrived on site to begin casting the floor. FACE Middle East also provided an instructor to train the site masons on how to professionally powerfloat each slab – achieving a hard, durable surface finish.
The project consisted of 8 chiller rooms linked by a central corridor. Each room consisted of 2 slabs approximately 25m x 23m. The corridor measures 5m x 100m and was cast in 2 sections. In addition to this, 2 slabs were also cast outside of the chiller store. These 2 slabs link the new extension to the existing facility. In total over 9000m2 of floor was laid to comply with the TR34 FM2 specification. The day after each slab had been cast, FACE Middle East checked it for compliance to the flatness specification. This allowed the contractor to gain immediate feedback on the results their team were achieving and to make any changes as necessary.
Lucent used a Somero Copperhead to strike the fresh concrete level. One advantage of using the Copperhead was that it could run on the mesh that had been fixed prior to casting each slab. Once up to full speed, 2 chiller room slabs were cast per day. Casting was done at night due to the midday heat and for better concrete availability.
The day after casting, saw cuts were made in to the slab to eliminate shrinkage cracking then sealed with a suitable material.
This contract is a perfect example of how FACE Middle East can work in partnership with a contractor from the initial design stage up to completion of installation. As a result of this co-operation, Lucent now have a very good reference project to promote their services for future potential work.
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