The Civil Engineering and the Interior Design Departments at ALHOSN University under the supervision of Dr. George Markou (Head of Accreditation and Faculty of the Civil Engineering Department) and in collaboration with ADAC (Abu Dhabi Airports Company), organized a field trip to the largest terminal building in the world which is currently under construction in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, capital city of the UAE. This fieldtrip aimed to provide the students with the opportunity to interact with site engineers and experience the real life conditions of Engineers working at a mega-project’s construction site.
On the 20th
of March 2016, the students arrived at the project’s construction site accompanied by Dr. George Markou and Eng. Zhe Yin (Teaching Assistant). Upon their arrival, ADAC’s security engineer greeted the ALHOSN students and talked to them about the safety regulations that had to be followed. After the safety briefing Eng. Abdulla Eisa Al Ameri, Project Engineer of the Planning & Development Department of ADAC, presented to the students this mega-project and the different engineering aspects that a Civil Engineer has to phase according to the specifications and requirements of the design. It is interesting to say here that currently more than 19,000 people work on this project and the estimated cost reaches the amount of 40 billion dirhams. The total covered area spans more than 700,000 m2
while the facilities foresee an advanced internal distribution system for luggage handling system that foresees a total of 26km of conveying lines.
After the completion of the presentation, the fieldtrip foresaw the visit of one of the wings that will accommodate the duty free shops, which is approximately the size of the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi. The students had the opportunity to see the framing system of the structure which was a combination of framed steel and reinforced concrete members, while trusses were also used so as to carry the excessive loads that result from the large spans of the terminal (in some cases more than 100 meters long).
After the successful visit on the construction site, Dr. George Markou, Eng. Zhe Yin and the students thanked the ADAC company’s representatives for this amazing experience and the chance that they offered them in visiting one of the most advanced airports in the world that is expected to start operating by the end of 2017.