Currently under construction, the new Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC) at Abu Dhabi International Airport will have the capacity to handle more than 20 million passengers a year when it opens in July 2017.
RMD Kwikform has provided a range of shoring, propping and formwork solutions for the complex design and geometry of the 630,000 square metres main terminal building, which features a huge curved roof.
Curving horizontally and vertically, construction of the terminal building relies on achieving millimetre accuracy for the installation of specially fabricated segments to form steel arches and a central girder. As part of the construction planning process, RMD Kwikform engineers - working with the steel roof sub-contractor - used 3D modelling to design bespoke components for the phased erection of the arches.
This process included the design of a heavy-duty support system for the erection of the steel arches and a jacking frame. To ensure the frame was able to cope with the large loading forces and high winds and heat, the engineering teams used the latest modelling technology before components were then fabricated and tested.
RMD Kwikform also designed and supplied the support towers, which varied in height from 15 to 45 metres.