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ACES conducts study on Dubai Airport’s southern runway

Arab Centre for Engineering Studies (ACES) has conducted a study on the condition of Dubai International Airport’s southern runway and its associated taxiways

 Dubai International Airports southern runway.
Dubai International Airports southern runway.

Arab Centre for Engineering Studies (ACES) has conducted a study on the condition of Dubai International Airport’s southern runway and its associated taxiways.

The extensive study included the inspection of general service equipment roads around the airport facilities as well as concourses.

ACES was contracted for the work by Dar Al Handasah, and the study included both destructive and non-destructive evaluation methods.

The study proved to be ‘complex’ as the airport is one of the world’s busiest in terms of passenger and cargo traffic, according to a company statement.

The scope of the study was inclusive of non-destructive methods such as visual inspection and documentation of pavement condition index, international roughness index, and Boeing bump index.

Pavement deflection, modulus of elasticity, modulus of subgrade and load transfer efficiency were also evaluated.

Devaluation evaluation included excavation of test pits and drilling of asphalt and concrete cores.

“Sampling and field work on taxiways had to be done during live aircraft traffic, and all sampling points required drilling, excavation, and reinstatement during very short runway closure periods,” the statement said.

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