Dubai International Airport United Arab Emirates

Project facts

Description Dubai International Airport
Challenge To develop an innovative formwork and shoring concept

Nowhere is economic growth more apparent than at Dubai International Airport, located on the east side of the city, approximately 4 km from the original city centre. It was opened in 1960 with a single 1,800 m long runway, but on a site that was specifically chosen for its capacity for expansion. In 2002, a $4.1 billion expansion programme was initiated to increase capacity at the airport to 70 million. That programme included construction of Terminal 3, concourse 2 and concourse 3, making the airport capable of accommodating the extra passengers while also handling the latest breed of “Super-Jets”.Terminal 3 in Dubai is one of the largest airport terminals in the world.

The challenge was to develop an innovative formwork and shoring concept for an unusually-shaped building with very large dimensions and varying ceiling heights. The vast dimensions of this building project required a high level of technical and organizational expertise. The work involved creating a formwork area in excess of one million square meters, including 2.2 m thick floor panels and with ceilings up to 16 m high. Brand Energy selected GASS® as our shoring system. This is one of the most advanced systems of its kind, already used in a multitude of major projects. During a period of 30 months we delivered over 5,000 tonnes of this high-strength, easy-touse aluminium shoring system, together with all the necessary accessories. A specialist team was based on site working in close contact with our central planning and design operation.

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