Machines offered by Vermeer Middle East FZCO prove beneficial for tough and rocky desert conditions in the Middle East, as illustrated by Nahdat Al-Emaars project in Riyadh.
Founded in 2004, Vermeer Middle East FZCO is the exclusive dealer for Vermeer products in the Middle East region. Located in the strategic hub of the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai, the company has a presence in all the GCC countries. Currently Vermeer trenchers, terrain levelers, horizontal directional drilling machines as well as environmental equipment are in operation with various contractors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and many other countries within the Middle East. In addition to the equipment sales, training, and after sales service (parts, training and service), the company also acts as advisors to its customers by proposing solutions based on an analytical study of their projects and other requirements.
For more than six decades, Vermeer has been making an impact by providing agricultural and industrial equipment that are built tough, built to perform, built for value and are also backed by customer service. Currently, Vermeer Corporation is an industrial and agricultural equipment company that manufactures track trenchers, surface miners, horizontal directional drills, utility tractors, axisguided boring systems, brush chippers, horizontal grinders, tub grinders, compost turners, trommel screens and stump cutters.
The companys track trenchers and surface miners range are capable of working in all ground conditions as the terrains differ from one country to another. Vermeer has designed the equipment to cater to all infrastructure contractors, mass excavations and mining. This range varies from small machines for small utility works to the massive T1255 and T1655, which are used to execute projects in extreme conditions for pipeline works, mass excavations as well as mining.
Nahdat Al-Emaar is a company in Saudi Arabias capital city of Riyadh that caters to construction and infrastructure needs of the country. In September 2012, Dongho, a Korean Saudi Company had awarded Nahdat Al-Emaar with a project that would require more than 1,200 m of double 1,800 mm of water pipelines to be installed in Dirab, located in the southern part of Riyadh.
Against this background, the company had already purchased three Vermeer T1255 terrain leveler surface excavation machines (SEMs) to perform in effective and efficient time-bound schedules. On winning this contract, the company confided in Vermeer machines as they were tough and reliable enough for the rocky, desert conditions in Saudi Arabia.
Hesham El-Behairy, Infrastructure Works Manager for Nahdat Al-Emaar knew that the project was difficult to execute in the harsh environment but was confident that they could implement the project with the assistance of Vermeers high-performance equipment. El-Behairy says, "The deeper we drilled, the harder the rock became at the trenches." The company had planned to make use of dump trucks, excavators and loaders for excavating the trenches. "Before beginning the project, we knew that we would require high-quality teeth for the trenchers and will have to work in two shifts so that the machines can run all day," opines El-Behairy. Most of the Arabian Peninsula comprise hard limestone crystalline rock, making heavy-duty earthmovers a necessity.
With the right equipment in its fleet, Nahdat was able to overcome the difficulties of this project. "The hot weather and a dusty environment were challenging issues, especially in the 18 m (59) deep trenches. We tried to reduce the timeline for our manpower to stay in the trenches so that they are cautious and safe," adds El-Behairy.
This was not all. Trying to dig trenches with the help of these equipment during the winter season posed its own set of problems for the company. Despite being a relatively warm and arid climate, the winter season brought in heavy rains. "The trenches were like a swimming pool, we had to wait and get the trenchers out until the water disappeared," says M Kamlo, Project Manager for the trenching division of Nahdat Al-Emaar. As the project had to be operational on a 24 hour basis, it was imperative for the company to possess equipment that would cater to the tough and dry conditions in the region.
For seven months, the three terrain leveler SEMs excavated 18-m (59) deep paths through a populated hard rock area in the south of Riyadh. "We were dredging 100-150 m (328-492.1) for 30-cm (11.8") deep per trencher a shift, which only slowed down a little as the rock became harder," says El-Behairy. The trenches had to be wide enough to accommodate the 1.8-m (5.8) double water pipelines that were lowered into the ground by all-terrain cranes.
Currently, the Vermeer machines are operating on the strategic water reservoirs project in the Wadi Laban area in Saudi Arabia. Many other Vermeer machines are expected to be added to Nahdats fleet to cater to their requirements, as the machines prove to be efficient. The equipment have also assisted the company to meet the projects timeframe. Nahdat was able to implement this project with ease with the assistance of Vermeer machines.
A part of a massive rebuilding of Riyadhs infrastructure, this is one of the deepest pipeline projects in Saudi Arabia, which was completed in April 2013. Nahdat by successfully accomplishing this project helped improve the quality of life for those living in the city by giving them access to a sparse and needed resource. For Vermeer Middle East FZCO, getting positive feedback from clients like Nahdat certainly adds another feather to its crown of machinery prowess!
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