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Qatar tunnel project benefits from sophisticated formwork

First publishedin World Highways
2017NovemberDecember
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The ULMA technology is said to have helped optimise productivity
A sophisticated formwork solution has played an important part in the construction of a new road and rail tunnel in Qatar in the Middle East


The formwork system was supplied by ULMA, which supplied its equipment for the construction of the Lusail Boulevard Tunnel in Qatar. The new tunnel provides access to the new Lusail City Development, from the heart of Doha and will be a vital transport link for the planned 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament. The overall Lusail City Development, located 15km north of Doha, covers a 38km2 site, which includes 25,000 residential units, intended to house 175,000 people. The road tunnel opened to traffic earlier this year and runs from the traffic lights of the Onaiza Interchange to the signal-controlled intersection in front of the Cultural Village. Work on the Lusail Expressway project is due for completion in early 2018 and this will help reduce congestion in the area. The new expressway route will feature four lanes in either direction and is also being provided with separated facilities for cyclists and pedestrians. This integrated transport system is intended to improve transport connections between Doha and the West Bay.

The tunnel project consisted of the construction of a cut-and-cover road-rail tunnel, including the mechanical systems and services necessary for the A3 Expressway. The tunnel is 655m in length and is 45m wide, with separate tubes that run alongside each other. The central tube is dedicated to light rail traffic, with twin lines that run in each direction. The project is extensive and its construction required 300,000m³ of concrete. The construction of this new underground infrastructure posed a challenge due to a combination of complex ground conditions with a high water table and the need for fast track building.

Close collaboration between ULMA and its distributor in this area of the Middle East, DELMON, has been an important factor for the comprehensive formwork solution provided for this construction project. The ULMA and DELMON team supplied the necessary formwork for the walls and slabs of the central tube, measuring 20m in width, as well as the lateral tubes, each of which are 13m wide. The walls are 2m thick at the base, and thin to 1m at the highest point of 13m. The ceiling slab, 1.8m thick, was built to be straight, though slightly inclined, throughout almost the entire length of the tunnel.

The client required that all tunnel sidewalls, even for those reaching 13m tall, be executed in a single pour. At these heights the fresh concrete can exert enormous pressure on the formwork, and with more than 3.6km of sidewall to pour, the solution had to be robust, yet quick to install and easy to use. Components of the beam formwork system ENKOFORM V-100 were used to withstand all of the pouring pressure required. According to ULMA, the simplicity of the system provided a level of productivity that exceeded customer expectations.

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A series of formwork solutions were supplied for the project by ULMA through its Middle East distributor Delmon
The ceiling slab measuring, 30,000m2 with a thickness of 1.8m, was built at a height of 9m aboveground. The T-60 Shoring Towers proved very useful for this situation. These towers were combined with a pre-assembled table formwork system transported by bogie to save both time and work.

With the client’s requirements at the forefront, the solution that provided savings in the set-up and take-down for every pour.

Close collaboration between ULMA and its distributor in this area of the Middle East, DELMON, has been an important factor for the comprehensive formwork solution provided for this construction project. The ULMA and DELMON team supplied the necessary formwork for the walls and slabs of the central tube, measuring 20m in width, as well as the lateral tubes, each of which are 13m wide. The walls are 2m thick at the base, and thin to 1m at the highest point of 13m. The ceiling slab, 1.8m thick, was built to be straight, though slightly inclined, throughout almost the entire length of the tunnel.


The client required that all tunnel sidewalls, even for those reaching 13m tall, be executed in a single pour. At these heights the fresh concrete can exert enormous pressure on the formwork, and with more than 3.6km of sidewall to pour, the solution had to be robust, yet quick to install and easy to use. Components of the beam formwork system ENKOFORM V-100 were used to withstand all of the pouring pressure required. According to ULMA, the simplicity of the system provided a level of productivity that exceeded customer expectations.

The ceiling slab measuring, 30,000m2 with a thickness of 1.8m, was built at a height of 9m aboveground. The T-60 Shoring Towers proved very useful for this situation. These towers were combined with a pre-assembled table formwork system transported by bogie to save both time and work.

With the client’s requirements at the forefront, the solution that provided savings in the set-up and take-down for every pour.

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