Underground testing takes place for Calatrava Dubai Tower

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Santiago Calatrava’s supertall coming up in Dubai – The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour – has undergone an extensive ground engineering investigation to ensure its stability.

Dutch firm Fugro under-took the work on the project, which when completed in 2020 will beat Burj Khalifa (828m) by 100mas the tallest building in the world. However it could be eclipsed by the under-construction Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia which is set to reach 1km

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

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The scope of works included over 4,800m of triple tube coring to depths of up to 200m.

A range of standard and specialist geotechnical laboratory testing was undertaken on the recovered core. Fugro also carried out an investigation on the possible impact of seismic activity on the structure’s foundations.

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.

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

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 HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum following an international competition and the winning concept by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect and painter Calatrava will see the tower shaped like a lily with the image of a minaret borrowed from Islamic culture.

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