Construction Week: GCC post-tensioning innovations

TTM completed post tensioning for the Al Wefaq Engineering Co. hotel project in Doha, Qatar. The project has a built-up area of 27,000 sq. m.

TTM Post Tensioning, a partnership between Saudi Arabia’s KBW Investments and TTM of Italy, has an ongoing pipeline of work in Qatar, according to chief operating officer, Sameel Hamza. “Business has been very good,” he tells Construction Week. “Doha’s focus on consistent development leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, paired with the country’s National Vision 2030, have resulted in a bevy of new projects.”

As part of its broader growth strategy, TTM has ramped up its focus on UAE projects. Hamza is confident that case studies of post-tensioning systems successfully implemented by the company in Qatar will help his team to win new contracts in the Emirates. Hamza goes on to point out that contractors and consultants in the Gulf are fully aware of the benefits offered by post-tensioning. Nevertheless, he emphasizes that the earlier these systems are factored into a structure’s design, the better. “The best-case scenario is to explore how post-tensioning can be employed to save time, space, and money from the stage of inception,” he explains. “I’m sure there isn’t anybody in the Middle East’s construction sector that would tell you otherwise.”

Speed of execution is another string to post-tensioning’s bow. Hamza continues: “Everyone is trying to execute [projects] as quickly as possible so, when [construction professionals] are weighing choices, post-tensioning is almost always mentioned. By converting from conventional slabs to post-tensioning slabs and methods, you can save 50% of your job-site time.”

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