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Scaffolding on Success

04.02.2018 | United Arab Emirates
With innovation centred at the core of Doka’s products and services, the recent launch of its latest scaffolding products has proven to be particularly popular amongst its Middle East and Africa clients. In this special feature, we visit four separate projects and see how DokaScaff UNI and Load-bearing tower d3 are helping to keep projects on time and on budget while ensuring maximum safety on-site.


According to Absolute Reports, one of the major market drivers in the global scaffolding industry is the requirement for companies to meet the intensifying safety regulations associated with the construction sector. Doka’s most recent scaffolding products, DokaScaff UNI and Load-bearing tower d3 were both designed not only to address the paramount issue of safety, but also make the handling and assembly process as simple as possible.

DokaScaff UNI is a scaffold system that can support reinforcement operations, while doubling as a stair tower or a mobile scaffold tower. Approved by DIBT, AENOR, AFNOR, NASC and SP, its pre-defined connection points on the rosette, and tested anchorage points for personal fall-arrest systems (PFAS) make it user-friendly during assembly and throughout the project. As a modular system, it’s ideally suited for use as a stair tower, access scaffolding, and mobile scaffolding tower while being easy to handle. It’s vertically adaptable in a 50 cm height grade and allows up to eight different connecting directions in one place.

Doka’s next scaffolding product, the Load-bearing tower d3 is a high-performing and cost-effective shoring system that is not only fast to assemble, but also highly versatile. With lightweight components and a minimal amount of separate units, it can be assembled without the use of tools making it highly user-friendly for site staff. The frame itself is hot-dip galvanised for a longer lifespan and has also been strengthened to sustain a load capacity of up to 94 kN per leg. Since their respective launches just over a year ago, both products have been used on projects across the region providing a variety of benefits to Doka’s clients. We look at four specific projects, and examine how both DokaScaff UNI and Load-bearing tower d3 are making sites across the region safer, efficient, and cost effective.

Located to the western end of Dubai, Doka was hired by Fix Concrete Technologies Contracting LLC for the modification of 3B+G+8 at the Ibn Battuta Lofts. The project consisted of extending the existing building by three additional floors, while also renovating the overall structure. With only a small window to deliver, DokaScaff UNI was used as the façade scaffolding, which was required to reach a height of 44 metres. Thanks to its high structural stability, easy installation and galvanised material, DokaScaff UNI was assembled without the use of a crane and delivered the perfect solution for the project.

Sitting adjacent to Ibn Battuta is Jebel Ali, where Doka was contracted by Issam Kabbabi to deliver a solution for the Jebel Ali M station power and water desalination plant expansion. Upon delivery in 2018, the new combined cycle power plant will add a further 700 MW to the installed generating capacity of M-Station, boosting its output to 2,760 MW. Amongst the project’s requirements, site personnel required access to carry out steel works, installation, painting, insulating and coatings amongst other activities. Thanks to its flexibility and higher productivity level in installation and dismantling, DokaScaff UNI delivered the ideal solution for client Haris Yoosafali, Business Development Engineer of IKK Group who remarked on how “easy to install” and “user-friendly” the system was for new clients. In addition to the system itself, Doka also provided OSA and training in compliance with European safety standards.

In October 2016, Doka was awarded the contract to deliver a formwork solution for the 373-key, Rixos Saadiyat Island resort. Described as ‘a palatial resort set in lush gardens, awash with Mediterranean style on the edge of the Arabian Sea,’ this 43,400 m2 site required a façade scaffolding solution that was both easy to install and dismantle, while adhering to the highest safety standards. With a tight construction schedule, Doka was also required to supply a suitable amount of scaffolding, which at peak construction time reached 50,000 m2. Thanks to the combination of DokaScaff UNI’s certified safety standards, the timely delivery of materials and the team work of Doka’s on-site scaffolding crew, Rixos Saadiyat Island is scheduled to welcome its first guests in December 2018.

Our final case study covers the Al Khail Avenue Mall and Hotel, located in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Triangle. Hired by Dhabi Contracting LLC, the contract was awarded in August 2016, with the concrete works required to be complete by March 2018. Covering an area of around 180,000 m2 of cast-in-situ slabs over three levels, Doka’s Load-bearing tower d3 tables were used to allow materials to be reused from the basement levels, with a height of 3.90 m, to a double height slab above ground floor of 7.55 m. Thanks to the d3 frame, the tables were fabricated below, before being reused on the upper levels without the need to refabricate. In addition, the d3 table towers could be moved without dismantling by either trolley or crane, providing valuable time-savings for the overall project. Thanks to the additional support of Doka’s engineering team, this mixed-use development is on course for delivery as scheduled, ensuring another satisfied client.

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