KOCHI: Gulf Asia Contracting Company (GAC), a member of RP Group of Companies promoted by Malayali entrepreneur Ravi Pillai, accomplished a milestone in the history of the UAE's construction sector. GAC completed the largest continuous concrete pouring ever undertaken in the world, underlining its strong industry competencies.
The project was undertaken by GAC as part of its AED 450 Million construction contract for the GEEPAS Tower by Western International Group in Arjan, Al Barsha.
More than 19,793 cubic meters of concrete was poured over a continuous period of 42 hours with 600 plus workers working in multiple shifts round-the-clock. The concrete was delivered by Unibeton Ready Mix, which engaged more than 300 transit mixers making more than 2500 trips from more than three plants to deliver the concrete required for the project. The concrete pouring was carried out by massive installations of 14 concrete pumps on site with an additional five pumps on stand-by. More than 3000 tonnes of steel has been used and 150,000 man hours have been put into constructing the raft of the building.
Dr. Ravi Pillai, chairman of RP Group, said: "This is an impressive feat by GAC, which highlights our proven strengths in undertaking complex projects, which demand seamless operational efficiency and top-notch construction expertise. We are thankful to Western International for awarding us the contract, and by setting the record for longest continuous concrete pouring in the UAE, we are highlighting our commitment to deliver the contract as per schedule. We also thank all our partners who associated with us on the project and our professional team-members, whose dedication and experience made this possible."