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Geotechnical contract awarded for Riyadh Metro

15 Oct 14 Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) has been appointed to oversee drilling work and to conduct testing and analysis along two of the six new metro lines being built in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Its subcontract packages for Riyadh Metro Lines 1 and 2 area in support of the BACS Consortium, made up of Bechtel, Almabani General Contractors and Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens).

BACS was awarded the contract by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), the executive branch of the High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh.

ACTS is starting by working on the north of Line 1, with the work encompassing drilling of boreholes, logging them using optical and acoustic televiewers and other techniques, as well as assessing the subsurface ground layers. A testing programme is being carried out simultaneously on the extracted cores to assess soil properties.

Mike Hann, engineering director at BACS, said: “ACTS was selected because of their demonstrated ability to perform to the project’s technical and schedule requirements.  We are satisfied with their contribution to this critical project which demands outstanding performance from all the engineering parties and subcontractors.”

Khaled Awad, chairman of ACTS, said: “These are exciting times for ACTS. The region is undergoing a massive infrastructure boom and ACTS has become the preferred choice in inspection, testing and geo-engineering works in critical and large-scale projects.” In parallel to the Riyadh Metro project, ACTS is undertaking quality control work for other megaprojects in the Middle East, including the King Abdulaziz International Airport and the Kingdom Tower, the kilometre-high skyscraper under construction in Jeddah.   

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