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Lo­gis­tics News ME vis­ited the Meydan One mega-mall project site and talked to Azmi I. Abuhan­tash, Project Di­rec­tor, Turner In­ter­na­tional Mid­dle East Ltd about the im­por­tance of hav­ing on-site fa­cil­i­ties to ease the com­ple­tion of their project.

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The move­ment of ma­te­ri­als and equip­ment from where they orig­i­nate to where the work­force needs them is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of any con­struc­tion site. This ma­te­rial and equip­ment need to ar­rive on time and un­dam­aged. A sim­ple il­lus­tra­tion of lo­gis­tics for con­struc­tion sites is mov­ing pre­cast con­crete from the plant it is made into the site. Also, when de­liv­ered, a crane will be needed to hoist the pre­cast pan­els into po­si­tion. So, the ma­te­rial is the pre­cast pan­els, equip­ment is a hoist­ing crane, and there is the crew that will use them.

The con­cept of lo­gis­tics was de­vel­oped ini­tially within the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try, and now con­sti­tutes an im­por­tant man­age­ment tool to en­sure an over­all strate­gic per­spec­tive on the flow of ma­te­ri­als in the pro­duc­tion process.

Meydan One, which is cur­rently un­der de­vel­op­ment as part of the Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum City in Dubai, has an­nounced that the project is on track for its launch in early 2020 with 60 per­cent of struc­tural work al­ready com­pleted.

In or­der to en­sure the project gets com­pleted on time, the site has its own on­site fa­cil­i­ties such as on-site con­crete batch­ing plant and large stor­age fa­cil­i­ties.

Mr. Azmi I. Abuhan­tash, Project Di­rec­tor, Turner In­ter­na­tional Mid­dle East Ltd, ex­plains: “The fol­low­ing are some key tem­po­rary ar­range­ments made on­site to fa­cil­i­tate and ease the con­struc­tion process. To es­tab­lish an on-site con­crete batch­ing plant and ready-mix con­crete pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity and pro­vide large stor­age fa­cil­i­ties, not only within the project

perime­ter, but also in close prox­im­ity to the site, al­low­ing con­trac­tors to have suf­fi­cient ma­te­rial in stock, such as pre­cast struc­tural con­crete el­e­ments, re­in­force­ment bars, form­work, and plant.”

This is par­tic­u­larly true when it comes to ce­ment. Since any con­tact with di­rec­tor air­borne mois­ture can cause the ce­ment to set, it must be kept dry. In terms of or­gan­i­sa­tion, it is ad­vis­able for a ro­ta­tional sys­tem to be used, whereby the first batch of ce­ment de­liv­ered is the first to be used thus cut­ting down time is im­por­tant.

To keep a con­struc­tion site pro­duc­tive good plan­ning is key. The gen­eral con­trac­tor has to cre­ate a time­line for each stage of the project far in ad­vance of the project start. The plan must in­clude a to­tal in­ven­tory of ma­te­ri­als, equip­ment, and tools needed for each stage of the project. When you ef­fec­tively man­age ma­te­ri­als from their source to your site you reap the ben­e­fits from it.

“The ready-mix con­crete pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity has op­ti­mised ef­fi­cien­cies by re­duc­ing the time-cy­cle of con­crete de­liv­ery to the site. The close prox­im­ity of the con­crete batch­ing plant not only saves on de­liv­ery time by avoid­ing de­lays due to traf­fic jams, but it also re­duces trans­porta­tion ex­penses. In ad­di­tion, it helps by­pass RTA time re­stric­tions for the move­ment of heavy ve­hi­cles, thus en­sur­ing the timely sup­ply of con­crete.

Due to the mas­sive scale of the struc­tures of the mall and mall park­ing, the struc­tural works have been di­vided into dif­fer­ent zones that re­quire timely sup­ply of con­crete, re­in­force­ment bars, form­works etc. The above fa­cil­i­ties have also ben­e­fited sig­nif­i­cantly from the timely sup­ply of con­struc­tion ma­te­rial to each zone, as­sist­ing in the re­duc­tion of han­dling times / con­struc­tion works.”

“Ad­di­tion­ally, it con­trib­utes to the re­duc­tion of the den­sity of con­crete trucks on the roads and the sub­se­quent traf­fic jams on the Dubai roads net­work, thereby ben­e­fit­ting the en­vi­ron­ment through car­bon foot­print re­duc­tion,” re­marked Mr. Azmi.

Hav­ing a time­line of project stages planned in ad­vance, with a full in­ven­tory of ma­te­ri­als and tools re­quired, is a key part of lo­gis­tics man­age­ment. “Ar­range­ments such as con­crete batch­ing plants in close prox­im­ity of the project site clearly con­trib­utes to re­duc­ing the du­ra­tion of trans­porta­tion and de­liv­ery of con­crete and other ma­te­ri­als to the phys­i­cal site. This, in turn, trans­lates to re­duced con­struc­tion cy­cle times and as­so­ci­ated costs, al­low­ing the con­trac­tors to meet time­lines with more speed and ef­fi­ciency.”

“This was made pos­si­ble by the phased na­ture of the Meydan One Master Plan which has ben­e­fited the con­struc­tion ma­te­rial stor­age and de­liv­ery cy­cles tremen­dously. But more im­por­tantly, it has al­lowed con­trac­tors to in­crease their ef­fi­cien­cies by plan­ning and im­ple­ment­ing project sched­ules and ma­te­rial de­liv­er­ies and en­sur­ing round-the-clock op­er­a­tions with min­i­mum dis­rup­tions,” added Mr. Azmi

Upon com­ple­tion, Meydan One will host 580 re­tail stores in­clud­ing 30 an­chor stores and 80 flag­ship lux­ury stores, 190 din­ing out­lets and a 13,200-square me­ter hy­per­mar­ket. These will be lo­cated across in­door and out­door spa­ces ori­ented by an iconic re­tractable sky lit atrium space named the “Canyon” mea­sur­ing 160 me­ters by 100 me­ters, fea­tur­ing flex­i­ble ar­eas for events and en­ter­tain­ment as well as unique al fresco din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

Lionel Hag­gard

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