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.
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.