TRENDING THIS MONTH: TRAINS, TRUCK SIMULATORS & TRACK LOADERS
There’ve been some exciting developments in rail transport in the Middle East. The first of the new 50 Dubai metro trains has been delivered to the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) by Alstom for static and dynamic testing. Several improvements were introduced to the interior design of the new metro carriages to make more room for riders and increase the intake of carriages. Passenger experience has been enhanced with wide gangways, large doors and windows, and designated areas for women and children, silver and gold classes. The train is equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting and other eco-friendly systems to reduce energy consumption.
In North Africa, Sigma Rail has completed the first full 3D modelling of the future highspeed line between Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco. Digitalizing a rail corridor using mobile mapping and mining data from 3D point clouds is a first-of-its-kind project in the MENA region, introducing a host of cutting-edge technologies for the region’s infrastructure business.
This month’s cover story features the concrete pumping operations at the construction site of the Medium Pyramid hotel apartment building at the Falconcity of Wonders real estate project in Dubai. The Medium Pyramid is one of three pyramids – Small, Medium and Large – to be built at the Pyramid’s Park in Falconcity of Wonders, emulating the Egyptian architectural wonder in a modern day context. Since June 2018, Unibeton has delivered 26,000m3 of concrete to the Medium Pyramid site for construction of 520 piles. Each pile required 50m3 of concrete transported in five mixer trucks and poured through a truck-mounted concrete pump. PMV Middle East accompanied Unibeton Ready Mix and Schwing Stetter on one of their ready-mix concrete delivery trips to the site to find out more about the concrete pumping process and its logistics.
Could video gaming make better truck drivers and fleet managers? Czech company SCS Software believes so; the gaming developer aims to make better truck drivers from the comfort of their homes with truck driving games that offer driving experiences simulating real conditions as well as an environment that allows players to purchase their own trucks, establish their own transportation companies, and become fleet managers. The company’s flagship title Euro Truck Simulator is popular among truck enthusiasts and professionals worldwide. The first version of the game was launched in 2008. The second version, Euro Truck Simulator 2, was released in 2012 and has sold over 5.5 million copies till date.
The special report in this issue explores the markets for skid-steer and compact track loaders in the Middle East. The high initial investment to own skid steer loaders is restricting its market growth. However, vendors are providing financing options to increase sales. This also results in the minimum impact on the budget of companies to own the equipment.
We also explore advancements in braking systems. The work demanded of a braking system and the heat that it must dissipate during braking are directly proportional to the mass of the vehicle and the speed it is travelling at when braking starts. The brakes, therefore, have to work the hardest when the vehicle is fully loaded and at maximum operating speed. Such conditions are relatively common for a commercial vehicle. Italian manufacturer of automotive brake systems Brembo tackles the different braking challenges of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles with dedicated product development strategies for calipers, discs, parking brakes and ventilation systems.