World’s new tallest tower in Dubai undergoes geotechnical investigation

A range of geotechnical testing has been done on the upcoming Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour



The world’s new tallest tower coming up in Dubai – The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – has undergone an extensive geotechnical investigation.

Dutch firm Fugro, which provides geotechnical assistance, was contracted by Emaar Properties to conduct the investigation.

Construction on the tower was launched last month, and when completed in 2020, it will beat Burj Khalifa (828 metres) as the tallest building in the world.

However, the exact height of the new building has not yet been disclosed.

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Because of the building’s height and design, ground engineering is “critical” in the programme schedule and foundation design, Fugro said in a statement.

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The scope of works included over 4,800 metres of triple tube coring to depths of up to 200 metres and 225 in situ pressure metre tests.

A range of standard and specialist geotechnical laboratory testing was undertaken on the recovered core. Fugro also carried out downhole P and S suspension logging, it said.

The programme represents one of the “most comprehensive geotechnical investigations” undertaken in the region and the information acquired will be the base for the foundation and piling designs, Fugro said.

“We deployed resources and expertise to meet a demanding design programme and to ensure the results of the site investigation were of the highest quality,” added Peter Brooke, Fugro’s Business Delivery manager.

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Launched in April this year, the $1bn mixed-use tower will form the centerpiece of the 6 sqkm Dubai Creek Harbour master-development, located close to Ras Al Khor.

The waterfront development, a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, is located just off the Dubai Creek.

The tower’s design was chosen by Sheikh Mohammed following an international competition and the winning concept by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls will see the tower shaped like a lily with the image of a minaret borrowed from Islamic culture.