By using Megashor and steel Superslim Soldiers, the
solution proved to be far more convenient than con-
structing a concrete ramp; the speed of erection and
dismantling assisted the overall access and programme
management of the site.
By Any Scale, a Massive Project
Talking about the scale of the construction, Project
Director Adrian Brown from L&T, said:
“The new Abu Dhabi International Midfield
Airport Terminal building is a massive project,
with a number of different construction phases.
The engineering design and support that RMD
Kwikform has supplied was absolutely vital in
helping us to achieve some of the more complex
engineering structures needed within the
PERI Hong Kong is the other formwork company
heavily involved in the project with the delivery of enor-
mous amounts of materials at short notice as well as
competent engineering for the related formwork and
Fast and efficient provision of
The ambitious terminal project is the ultimate construc-
tion site with thousand of workers working in shifts
around the clock. At peak times, this increases to almost
17,000 site personnel. This is because more than
1,000m³ of concrete must be formed every day.
In order to comply with the short construction period,
PERI is designing as well as supplying some of the form-
work and scaffolding systems.
At present, around 6,200 slab tables are in continuous
use on the construction sites as only 18 months have
been earmarked for realizing the shell of the Central
Processor. The PERI on-site formwork provision amount
to almost 65,000 m².
Within a very short time, over 60,000 robust stacking
frames of the PD 8 shoring system were delivered to the
Beams and floor slabs in one pour
The massive, mostly 0.85 m wide and 1.10 m high beams
were constructed together with the slabs in one pour.
The 6 m to 10 m high PD 8 slab tables serve as
the supporting structure which can be moved
manually to the next section each time by means
of a transportation trolley without the use of a
Based on the 1.50 m frame width of the PD 8
shoring system, the standard table width for this
particular project is 2.65 m. With the help of ap-
propriately-sized diagonal braces for bay lengths
between 1.25 m and 3.50 m, the table lengths can vary
according to project requirements; in Abu Dhabi, slab
tables mostly with 2.65 m widths and 3.60 m lengths
are in continuous use.
As side formwork for the beams, mainly 75 cm wide,
horizontally-positioned LIWA formwork elements are
being used. One big advantage of the LIWA wall form-
work system is the extremely low weight of the individual
panels. As a result, striking by hand in particular is con-
siderably simplified thus accelerating construction site
In addition to the cost-effective slab formwork con-
cept for the floor areas, PERI engineers developed a
comprehensive formwork solution for walls and
For realizing the total of 4,000 massive, reinforced
concrete columns with 1.00 m to 2.50 m edge lengths
– resulting in a wide range of dimensions – the construc-
tion crew used VARIO GT 24 column formwork and
project-related SRS circular column formwork
Furthermore, the up to 12.50 m high reinforced con-
crete walls were formed with the VARIO GT 24 girder
wall formwork system.
Specialist roofing structural engineer and contractor,
Robert Bird Group (RBG) has a significant role in the
construction of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s new
Midfield Terminal Building Central Processor Roof (CPR).
The CPR consists of two main geometrically complex
structural elements – the 18 supporting arches and
backstays trusses providing gravity and lateral resisting
system and the overlying roof grillage.
The 18 inclined arch trusses span up to 180 m and
50 m high supporting the overlying roof grillage.
The arches are arranged in inclined pairs along the
length of the building, however each arch has a different
span and the opposing arches are not directly
The roof grillage comprises of fabricated I-girders up
to 3.5m deep and weighing up to 4 tonnes per metre.
Using their experience, RBG was able to offer cutting
edge approach for this immensely complicated task.
Development of a highly sophisticated Strand7
Facade installation is underway using a variety
of systems including mast climbing work
platforms and glazing panels raised to position
using telescopic handlers/access platforms.
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