CW In Focus | ALEC to break records with 2019 Dubai projects

Latest CW bulletin explores the UAE contracting giant's use of robotics and record-breaking cranes

What is ALEC, one of the UAE's largest construction contractors, building in 2019? Watch this episode of Construction Week In Focus to find out.

Robotics, and similar emerging technologies, are significant talking points for the construction industry around the world. In Dubai, ALEC is showing the regional and global industries how automation can improve efficiencies across time, cost, and standardisation on a construction site.

The construction company's robot deployment is explored at its jobsite in Dubai Marina, where it is building Select Group's $1bn (AED4bn) Marina Gate luxury development. 

READ: How robotics are being used by ALEC to build Marina Gate

ALEC is also en route to breaking records through its use of construction cranes. As Oscar Rousseau, deputy editor of Construction Week reports in this video, ALEC will break its own record for the third time in less than five years when it tops out the tallest One Za'abeel tower for Ithra Dubai. The contractor will use a crane with a mast height reaching more than 330m from its base.

Originally, ALEC's record for the tallest crane was set on Marina Gate I, for which a Liebherr 280 EC-H 16 high-top crane was used to top out the project, 240m above its base. This record was broken with Marina Gate II, using the same crane at a 288m height.  Liebherr’s Litronic crane, with a freestanding height of 56m, was also deployed on site in October 2016.

EXCLUSIVE: Kez Taylor, CEO of ALEC, on the future of construction

Construction Week In Focus is a twice-weekly bulletin of the Middle East's top news from the real estate development and contracting. The series is hosted on Construction Week's YouTube channel, alongside weekly series published by its sister titles. The latter includes MEP Engineered by MEP Middle EastFM Live by facilities management Middle East, and Heavy Metal by PMV Middle East.

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Construction Week In Focus episodes are published each Sunday and Wednesday. Heavy Metal episodes are published on Mondays, and FM Live updates are presented on Tuesdays. MEP Engineered rounds off the week each Thursday. All videos are published at 4.30pm Dubai time. 

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