A fundamental part of the FAEC design offering is the Civil Engineering Design services which includes land development, primary and secondary infrastructure including civil utilities.
FAEC has skilled and experienced staff covering all the disciplines involved in land development, infrastructure and utilities including the following:
Earthworks and Grading: Excavation, filling, shaping and forming the land as part of primary land development through optimised coarse and fine grading is well understood and regularly practised by FAEC. Storm water drainage is also a key component in the optimisation and balancing of the cut/fill process.
Highways and Roads: We are fully experienced in the planning and establishing of the highway and road hierarchy for any site, together with the establishment of the highways right of way, utility corridors and service road corridors as necessary depending on the land use master plan. FAEC employs the latest industry standard network licences for AutoDesk 3DCivil together with AutoCAD, Infraworks, Navisworks and Vehicle Tracking in the design of highways and roads. Storm water drainage works for highways is undertaken using the latest network licences of Bentley Systems StormCAD, Analysis and Design for storm water systems.
Intersections and Junctions: An essential part of any highway and road network is the location and design of intersections and junctions. The road hierarchy will dictate the type of intersection; from fully grade separated with all turning movements free flow to at-grade with traffic control lights. FAEC has staff fully familiar and experienced in the design of all forms of intersections and junctions including drainage across large junction’s often-complex surfaces. FAEC generally employs the software listed above for highways and roads in the design of intersections and junctions.
Bridges and Underpasses: Currently FAEC has capability and experience in the design of highway underpasses but tend to utilise a few specialists in our supply chain for major bridges. It is planned, however, to strengthen our staffing capability in major bridges and bring this discipline in-house for all but the largest span bridges. The design of bridges is undertaken using Structural Bridge Design which is part of our AutoDesk AEC Collections network licensed software.
Potable Water Transmission and Distribution: The transmission and distribution of potable water is a key component in any land development or city expansion. FAEC has considerable experience in the assessment of annual, average daily and peak daily demands and the subsequent design and optimising of potable water systems including reticulation networks. FAEC employs the industry standard Bentley WaterCAD, Water Distribution Modelling and Analysis software for the water transmission and distribution designs.
Irrigation Water Transmission and Distribution: The convenience and flexibility of an automatic buried irrigation system is essential for large properties which cannot be efficiently and effectively irrigated manually. A properly designed, installed and optimised automatic irrigation system can provide considerable water and energy savings in addition to an idyllic landscape backdrop and recreational convenience for the owner. FAEC has skills and experience in the design of primary, secondary and tertiary irrigation systems with built in flexibility to future proof the system to cater for differing soft landscaping and planting regimes. Utilising specialist software such as RainCAD, FAEC undertake the designs of sprinkler, water jet, bubbler and drip irrigation systems depending on the planting type. Automatic controllers allow for multiple irrigation cycles and can be linked to weather stations if required. The irrigation team can design the irrigation system master plan concurrently with landscape architecture for simple or very sophisticated schemes. The water demand will be calculated, including storage capacity, flow rates, friction losses and pump characteristics to ensure smooth operation of a fully automatic system.
Stormwater Collection Systems and Transmission: Although rainfall is irregular in the Middle East, storm events with large rainfall inundations do occur. We have many years’ experience of estimating the rainfall and the rainfall-runoff correlation to correctly predict the flow patterns and time of concentration that will occur in any land development or city expansion project. Following the basic analysis and runoff model, the flows can be further analysed and channelled utilising the latest network licensed StormCAD, Storm Analysis and Design for storm water systems.
Sewage Water Collection Systems and Transmission: FAEC has many years’ experience of the assessment of sewage water flows from land use and master planning stages through to detailed design with the design of the gravity collection network and associated manholes, chambers and pump stations where necessary. The detailed design of the network and system from the house connections to major interceptor sewers will be undertaken utilising the latest network licences of the industry standard software from Bentley Systems SewerCAD, Design and Analysis of Sanitary Sewers.
Pump Stations: Pump stations and rising transmission mains are often required as part of the overall wet utility systems described above. The FAEC civil team constantly coordinates and works closely with the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and telecommunications teams in the design of pump stations and rising mains. The team has considerable experience in the pump station type selection, be it a wet-well or dry-well type, and the requirements for trash racks, screens and automated trash removal equipment. The team has strong experience in pump selection after generating the pump curves and duty points for different periods of operation. They are also fully knowledgeable regarding manifold and pipework detailing, valve selection to maintain safe operation, including stress analysis and support design and virtual 3D models. Future operation and maintenance considerations will also be determined and interchangeability of pumps, valves and fittings with required cranage, including overhead travelling crane for large stations, designed as required to facility pump and valve maintenance. The team also has experience in fully automated pump station operations, including remote operation and control if necessary. Control gear with modern graphics and visualisation screens and fibre optic data capture and smart remote mimic graphics and operations are all familiar design requirements.
Surge Analysis: All rising or transmission mains associated with pump stations will require detailed surge or water hammer analysis. The events which normally require to be tested and analysed are power failure; rapid valve shut down; rapid valve opening and incorrect pump station operation. The above event conditions will be analysed using state of the art Hammer, Surge and Water Hammer Analysis software from Bentley Systems. Following the detailed surge analysis, appropriate mitigation measures such as surge protection vessels can be incorporated into the design to ensure that no ruptures or damage to the pipeline will occur during a surge event.
Storage Reservoirs and Tanks: Efficient and optimal design and operation of any potable or irrigation water distribution system will require storage reservoirs or tanks. These tanks provide buffer storage and eliminate the need for peak flow requirements to be catered for all the way back up the entire system. With peak to average flow factors of 3 and above, the introduction of reservoirs and tanks can have significant economic benefits. The FAEC team has considerable experience over many years in the design of storage reservoirs and tanks, both above ground and below ground and of steel and concrete construction.
Project Examples: Specific examples of all the above works that have been designed by FAEC and amply demonstrate our capability are included in the Projects section of this website and you are invited to visit and see the number and variety of projects completed.