Middle East-based geotechnical business Aces Muscat has announced that it has been appointed to undertake the pile testing, materials testing and geophysical survey for the proposed Oman Botanic Garden in Muscat, Oman.
Arup and Cowi are working alongside architects Grimshaw and Haley Sharpe Design to deliver the engineering, landscape design, architectural and interpretive design for the 420ha development for Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.
The site, 35km from Muscat, is being designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come.
Aces is working for main contractors Larsen and Toubro and Swiss Boring.
The scope of work to be undertaken by Aces includes instrumented piles load testing using sister bar strain gauges, cross-hole sonic testing and static loading tests for 500 piles, in addition to pile integrity testing for 2,500 piles. The material testing of the project includes soil electrical resistivity tests, concrete investigation of diaphragm walls – with both destructive and non-destructive testing – and installation of thermocouples for monitoring of concrete temperature. The geophysical survey includes seven tests using parallel seismic method to detect foundations depth of old buildings at the site.