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The purpose of this report is to present the outcomes and observations of our site visitswith Mubadala Infrastructure. Those outcomes and discussions include various aspects of ZayedUniversity Project. Honestly, doing the project with Mubadala Infrastructure has given us the opportunity to observe and implement whatever we have studied in our course, CMT2000 in Civil Engineering. The report highlights the major concepts envisaged at this stage and specific project requirements and design deliverables. The content of this document is an outcome of being supervised by various supervisors and project managers who have done their best to assist us during our site visits. As mentioned, this report would include mainly the construction management point of view.

Project Features and general description of the project

Abu Dhabi - Mubadala Development Company PJ SC (Mubadala) has signed a PPP

contract to build Zayed University within three years life cycle project and according to

employee requirements, ER.

The project, a PPP between Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), is a

strategic priority for the Abu Dhabi Government and a core component of ADEC's strategic plan

to improve and sustain the Emirate of Abu Dhabi higher education system. The Public Private

Partnership model is being utilized for strategic infrastructure projects that support Abu Dhabi's

Economic Vision 2030.

The new Zayed University Abu Dhabi campus is currently under construction on a 75

hectare lot located in the New Capital District of Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International

Ai1port. The new campus is designed to accommodate 6,000 undergraduate and graduate

students together with faculty and support staff. Construction is scheduled to be complete in Q3


A1 Zayed Project - is being pushed through at an impressive pace. The EPC contract for

Al Zayed was awarded to a joint venture between local group Al Habtoor and South African Firm

Murray & Roberts (HMR).

Explain the reasons for selecting that particular project and how you approached the CM. Describe your meeting with the CM.

We have selected this project because it is currently under construction; and it is under the heavy part of its construction. In addition to that, this particular project is considered to be the first project in the new capital area, according to Abu Dhabi Plane 2030. Besides, we are university students and this project is all about building a new university.

Mubadala Infrastructure is the unit responsible for building this facility; so we contacted the unit's director to give us the permission to visit the university site. Then, we had a meeting with the Infrastructure Unit Director, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed, who personally talked to us briefly about the project and welcomed us to joined Mubadala after graduation. Mr. Ibrahim gave us the permission to visit the site and contacted the project manager there to help during our site visits.

When we got there, we had a introduction meeting with the project manager; in that particular meeting we at the beginning explained what aspects of the project we need to cover. The PM assigned his CM to discuss with us the project requirements and help us in any way required. The CM was very corporative and we agreed on a schedule to do the site visits.

General Description of the site layout, and site arrangement

The site location is in Khalifa City, and it is a totally new area for building. The site layout consists of the following main areas:

SV1 : the first Service Building.

SV2 : second Service building






Main Building

The first two arrangement were the grading and getting temporary electrical power soruce which added a new challenge to that construction stage.

Project organization (client, consultants, contractors, interest groups)

Site Organization Chart:

From a construction management point of view, the ZU project is being held by the client

Mubadala Infrastructure, which is playing the role of the construction manager for ADEC.

Mubadala Infrastructure has awarded the project to a joint venture between a local group Al

Habtoor and South African firm Murray & Roberts; as a main contractor we have HMR. MI has

assigned different consultants to look after the project. The next chart represents the structure of the parties involved.


The main contractor is Al Habtoor Murray $ Roberts Joint $ several Liability contract.

Hl\/IR is assigned to design and build the pro ect and hand it over on the completion date: 31 July 201 1.

Project Management Consultancy Agreement: Parsons

The project management consultant is Parsons. Their scope includes administration of the D&B

contract with assistance from Cost & Technical Consultants.

Master Plan Consultancy Agreement: Obermeyer

The Master Planning Consultant for the project was Obermeyer Engineering & consulting .Their

scope included development of master plan and Employers requirement.

Technical Consultancy Agreement: Obermeyer

The technical Consultant for the project is obermeyer. Their scope includes design review,

ensuring the output specifications are AQ/QC waiting brief during construction, approval of tests

on completion and service required during defect liability period.

Cost Consultancy Agreement: DG Jones

The cost consultant for the project is DG Jones. Their scope includes payment recommendations for D&B contractor, assisting Mubadala in variation orders, monthly cost reporting, detailed accounts payments, etc.

Lender's Consultants: Gleeds

The lender's technical Consultant for the project is Gleeds. Their scope includes Pre financial

close reporting (due diligence report) , construction monitoring and operational monitoring .

Reasons for the project and its promise or objectives

Abu Dhabi Educational Council, ADEC, wanted to explore the vision of AD Plane 2030 by empowering the educational corner; and as the capacity of the old university couldn't afford to welcome new students, ADEC has decided to build a new facility for Zayed University. The ZU will accommodate around 6000 students; as part of Abu Dhabi plan, this particular project is considered to be the first of its kind in that area. Thus, the educational system demands a new facility to be located outside the island of Abu Dhabi in order for the students to approach the university easily. ADEC's plan for this university is that it will enforce the educational system and it will play a major role in preparing students to enter the work field confidently.

Tentative budget of the project and period

Based on the contract, the budget was to be three billion dirham with all the risk taken by the main contractor. It is important to mention that the design of the university has been changed several times before starting the construction; that change has resulted in changing in the lump sum price during the design change stages. After the selection of the main contractor, HMR, the total lump sum was to be 3.3 billion; however, after many negotiations the last price was to be fixed as three billion dirham.

The project life time is to start on May 2009 and to be submitted to Mubadala by July 31 2011; however the CM expects that there would be a delay of two months approximately.

Detailed breakdown of the project structural and other systems and components

According to the CM, the main project systems and components are as the following:

Structural Engineering

Mechanical and Electrical Works (MEP).


Construction Management.

The CM has introduced to us the major parts of each component; we would summarize the concept that we understood in the following section; and we will focus on the construction management part as it is our main concern.

Structural Engineering.

The purpose of this section is present some of the details of the general design

philosophy for the - structural design. It is important to mention that those designs have

been issued at March 19, 2009; however, we are at the implementation stage but we had

to go through them to have a briefing about the structural design of the project.

The following designs are represented:

ii Environmental Design Data, Appendix B.

vi- Geotechnical Design Data. Appendix B

i Materials: Concrete and Structural Steel. Appendix B.

MEP Works

The purpose of this section is present some of the details of the general design philosophy for the MEP work. It is important to mention that those designs have been issued at March 19, 2009; however, we are at the implementation stage but we had to go through them to have a briefing about the mechanical and electrical works. A Copy is provided in Appendix B.

Steel Structure:

What makes this project really unique is the steel structure. The steel roofing they are implementing at this stage is different from any other steel structure design; the figure shows a relatively small part of the steel roofing. Figure shows a box of steel the was manufactured and ready to be installed as the roofing.

Figure shows a box of steel that was manufactured and ready to be installed as the roofing.

Those boxes are being supported by temporary supports; then attached to each other to form the

Construction Management:

Project Delivery method:

This a very unique project where there are two delivery methods are implemented:

DB is implemented between the CM, Mubadala, and the main contractor, HMR.

BOOT method is implemented between the owner, ADEC, and the CM, Mubadala.

Document Management System:

Document Management System used for the project is ACONEX. The system is been Implemented by ACPNEX. Direct client of this system is HMR but all project data will be handed over to Mubadala after substantial completion . This system will be used by HMR, Consult Maunsell, DMJ M, Parsons, DGJ, Obermeyer, Mubadala and Gleeds to access all project data from anywhere in any time. The system is already operational for the project. Various trainings are being organized to train all users.

Planning and Scheduling:

Planning and scheduling is implemented through Primavera 6 (P6), this software is used to track the activities and their durations. It also defines the critical path of those activities. It also determines the control schedule that they need for the payment system.


Based on the contract conditions, the main contractor, HMR, is responsible of providing an "Equipment Log Summary". This log summary describes the type and the quantity of each equipment used in the project. Every equipment should be tested and checked by the health and safety team. The CM has provided us with a sample of the "Equipment Log Summary", which is attached in the Appendix.

Workforce and trades

The contract says that the main contractor shall provide the CM with a "MANPOWER HISTOGRAM" for every month; that would be to aware of the productivity and to insure that the amount of manpower of cretin month is adequate. The Construction Manager has provided us with a sample of that histogram.

Problems, risks and challenges

In the construction industry, every mega project has its own problems, risk and challenges. Those challenges differ from one project to another. The first challenge in this project was when the site soil investigation started; at that time when discovered that the soil is no fully capable of carrying such a huge load. Many investigation studies where in place at that time to resolve this issue. Finally, they solved that problem by excavation to the acceptable limit of the soil that would carry the huge load; and in some places fill the soil with concrete. On the contractual side of the project, it was sometimes difficult to deal with the main contractor because the client entered the project with a joint venture; thus, sometimes it was hard to determine from where to start resolving issues as you should deal with two project managers to decide.

In this particular project, the main challenge and risk was implementing the new steel roofing design and turning the design into real construction. According to the CM, the design of the steel roof is very unique and has not been done before. Thus, the great risk goes to the main contractor as the project is based on Design and Build type. Another problem was the time and budget for this particular project; that it is because the huge steel roof hasn't been designed, manufactured and constructed before.

Detailed explanation about how the project is built

PPP Concept:

Public-private partnership (PPP) describes a government service or private business

venture which is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or

more private sector companies. These schemes are referred to as PPP. PPP involves a contract between a public sector authority and a private party, in which the private party provides a public service or project and provides substantial financial, technical and operational risk in the project.

In some types of PPP, the cost of using the service is borne exclusively by the users of the

service and not by the taxpayer. In other types (notably the private finance initiative), capital

investment is made by the private sector on the strength of a contract with government to provide agreed services and the cost of providing the service is borne wholly or in part by the government. Government contributions to a PPP may also be in kind (notably the transfer of existing assets.

SPV Concept:

Typically, a private sector consortium forms a special company called a "special purpose

vehicle" (SPV) to develop, build, maintain and operate the asset for the contracted period. In

cases where the government has invested in the project, it is typically (but not always) allotted

an equity share in the SPV. The consortium is usually made up of a building contractor, a

maintenance company and bank lender(s). It is the SPV that signs the contract with the

government and with subcontractors to build the facility and then maintain it.

Contact information of the CM and key figures in the project


This project with Mubadala Development Company has given us the chance to be exposed to many different mentalities upon people who have different backgrounds. We think that we have met the objectives behind this project in terms of implementing my background in construction management. Thus, this report highlights the major concepts envisaged at this stage and specific project requirements and design deliverables. We have noticed the different aspects of the construction management starting from the project delivery method to the how the project is built The content of this document is an outcome of being supervised by various supervisors and project managers who have done their best to assist us during our site visits. Risks and challenges were present in this project; the main challenge was getting that huge steel roofing into reality hanged on the university.