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   Undertoad  Wednesday Jul 18 08:41 AM

July 18, 2007: Dubai construction floods



DucksNuts was so happy to get a IotD about construction that she immediately comes back with another one!

You remember that Dubai is currently the construction capital of the world; it's been the feature of several IotDs including the indoor skiing area, the tallest hotel in the world, etc.

This tower being built in Dubai's Marina was supposed to look like this: 80 stories high, with a 90 degree twist. It would sit right on the edge of the Arabian sea. A website was developed for it and construction began. They dug the area for the foundation and built a wall to keep the sea out.

And then one day the workers heard a loud crack and felt movement.



And saw sand coming in, and then water.



The workers were told to evacuate immediately. And it was a good thing they did, because two minutes later, the entire retaining wall then collapsed.



And in four minutes, the entire dig was completely flooded.



Looks peaceful now.

They are going ahead with the project, but it will be delayed a year.



glatt  Wednesday Jul 18 08:57 AM

Wow. Dubai doesn't have OSHA does it?

This is an amazing set of pictures. It's good somebody had a camera handy.

Why does this always happen in Dubai? I'm sure the picture below is somewhere else in the Cellar, but I couldn't find it, so I attached it. Here's a Dubai dry dock flooding because of a gate failure.



Uisge Beatha  Wednesday Jul 18 09:07 AM

Apparently in Dubai they do buy real estate and they do buy construction equipment, but they do not buy the services of good geologists and engineers.



Shawnee123  Wednesday Jul 18 09:17 AM

Just wow!



Flint  Wednesday Jul 18 09:34 AM

It's because of the outrageous ambition of their projects. Aren't these the people who are also building an island, the entire foundation of which is behind retaining walls designed to hold the (completely surrounding) ocean out? Apparently, they really like to challenge nature.



gmr2048  Wednesday Jul 18 11:33 AM

Islands. Plural.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
Aren't these the people who are also building an island
Apparently, more than one:

http://guide.theemiratesnetwork.com/...ld_islands.php


Snapple  Wednesday Jul 18 11:48 AM

I don't know about the rest of you - but I just wouldn't feel safe living or working or whatever in that building should it ever get finished. The 90 degree twist is suspicious enough, nevermind its proximity to the ocean and now tainted history.

No.

Thanks.



jinx  Wednesday Jul 18 12:07 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by gmr2048 View Post
Apparently, more than one:
Yup




Uisge Beatha  Wednesday Jul 18 12:21 PM

Yeah, the folks in Dubai really know about stupid shit to do with money.



BigV  Wednesday Jul 18 12:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
It's because of the outrageous ambition of their projects. Aren't these the people who are also building an island, the entire foundation of which is behind retaining walls designed to hold the (completely surrounding) ocean out? Apparently, they really like to challenge nature.
Not very exotic. Haven't you ever heard of a cofferdam?


Spexxvet  Wednesday Jul 18 01:05 PM

Now they have a really nice ground-floor, salt-water pool!



Piccolo Padawan  Wednesday Jul 18 03:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Snapple View Post
I don't know about the rest of you - but I just wouldn't feel safe living or working or whatever in that building should it ever get finished. The 90 degree twist is suspicious enough, nevermind its proximity to the ocean and now tainted history.

No.

Thanks.

I concur.

What an epic idea, though.


Flint  Wednesday Jul 18 03:45 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
Not very exotic.
The image in post #8 is not very exotic?


freshnesschronic  Wednesday Jul 18 05:45 PM

FOUR MINUTES???????????????????????????????????????????????



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jul 18 06:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
The image in post #8 is not very exotic?
I think BigV was referring to the method of building the foundation, in a wet area. It's done all the time. The building design is certainly exotic, as are all the new skyscrapers they are building over there, including the next world's tallest building.


DucksNuts  Wednesday Jul 18 06:55 PM

You all know my dirty little secret now



monster  Wednesday Jul 18 07:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
You all know my dirty little secret now
an interest in unusual erections?


DucksNuts  Wednesday Jul 18 07:19 PM

You know me too well Monster



Weird Harold  Wednesday Jul 18 08:33 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Snapple View Post
I don't know about the rest of you - but I just wouldn't feel safe living or working or whatever in that building should it ever get finished. The 90 degree twist is suspicious enough, nevermind its proximity to the ocean and now tainted history.

No.

Thanks.
Here's something rally twist for you. The next tallest building in North America. I think it looks like a drill bit.

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/...ilding/357.php


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jul 18 09:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
an interest in unusual erections?
Or 258 concrete truck drivers.


DucksNuts  Wednesday Jul 18 09:40 PM

Be nice Bruce, or I will cross you off my to-do list when I visit!



Cloud  Wednesday Jul 18 09:51 PM

looks like a beeswax candle



Piccolo Padawan  Wednesday Jul 18 10:01 PM

Holy MacGyver, That's redunkulous.

It reminds me of those nifty Crayola crayons that are are twistable.



Medic63  Thursday Jul 19 03:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by DucksNuts View Post
Be nice Bruce, or I will cross you off my to-do list when I visit!

You're going to do Bruce?

Is that a good thing or a bad thing, Bruce?


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jul 19 04:53 AM

It would probably be fatal for me. Either my heart or ego would explode.



Gravdigr  Thursday Jul 19 05:43 AM

The water is a really pretty green though...



odie number seven  Thursday Jul 19 11:10 AM

There are a lot more pictures of this here:

http://dubaionline.mconet.biz/index....x1=1&x2=1&x3=1



theotherguy  Thursday Jul 19 12:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Weird Harold View Post
Here's something rally twist for you. The next tallest building in North America. I think it looks like a drill bit.

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/...ilding/357.php
Hey, I think my wife has that same vibrat... oh, wait. Nevermind. That is a building on the website.


Coign  Thursday Jul 19 02:28 PM

I don't know if you had already done this as an image of the day but Dubai is well known for there "spending of the cash" weirdness. I work at a software development company for ski resorts and we had put a bid in for selling ticket software to this one so I know it is real.

A ski resort in the middle of the desert.

http://www.skidubai.com/aig/g_skidub...?categoryid=47



Undertoad  Thursday Jul 19 05:52 PM

That was in fact an image of the day.



HungLikeJesus  Thursday Jul 19 06:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Weird Harold View Post
Here's something rally twist for you. The next tallest building in North America. I think it looks like a drill bit.

http://www.chicagoarchitecture.info/...ilding/357.php
It looks like they're sending a message to the terrorists: Screw you.


piercehawkeye45  Thursday Jul 19 07:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HLJ View Post
It looks like they're sending a message to the terrorists: Screw you.
Nah, they did that with the original design of the freedom tower.




SPUCK  Friday Jul 20 07:20 AM

I luv it!!! THAT is what they should build there instead of the POS they're gonna build.



Weird Harold  Saturday Jul 21 08:58 PM

The more i thought about it the more I thought it looked like an Easy Out. insted of a drill bit. To use an easy out, drill a hole into the bolt you broke off, and you screw the easy out counteclockwise into the hole, eventually, hopefully the bolt starts comming out. I googled Easy Out, and found this bizzare page on Ebay that wouldn't load for me.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-EASY-OUT-BES...QQcmdZViewItem



Flint  Saturday Jul 21 11:43 PM

"NEW~EASY-OUT~BEST REBORN EYE REMOVAL TOOL & LASH STYLUS" okaaay



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 22 01:22 PM

Not that kind of easy out... this kind of easy out.



Nivek  Sunday Jul 22 01:45 PM

And building all this stuff on land would save how much money and make things how much easier?



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jul 22 03:02 PM

This project is on land but digging at hole, especially on waterfront property, they have to keep the water table from flooding the hole while they build the base. It happens far from the waterfront, on occasion, also.
In this case, they should have hired a Dutch builder

When you have desert and water, waterfront becomes more desirable and infinitely more valuable.



Scriveyn  Monday Jul 23 05:06 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
... The building design is certainly exotic, as are all the new skyscrapers they are building over there, including the next world's tallest building.
They have buildings (and a race for tallest) in the next world too?:p


Weird Harold  Monday Jul 23 06:38 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Scriveyn View Post
They have buildings (and a race for tallest) in the next world too?:p
And just how many stories will it be? I was never goood at converting cubits to feet.

Thanks for the picture of the easy outs I was talking about. Curiosity got the best of me, and I had to Google eye removal tools. Here's a link of another Ebay page. It shows the tool in action.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-EASY-OUT-BES...QQcmdZViewItem


ogwen69  Monday Jul 23 09:24 AM

I wouldn't worry about the 90 degreeness of it all

It works in Malmo, Sweden at the Turning Torso...




xoxoxoBruce  Monday Jul 23 06:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Weird Harold View Post
And just how many stories will it be? I was never goood at converting cubits to feet.
When it's finished it'll be a pretty big story.


TheMercenary  Monday Jul 23 07:00 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
This project is on land but digging at hole, especially on waterfront property, they have to keep the water table from flooding the hole while they build the base. It happens far from the waterfront, on occasion, also.
In this case, they should have hired a Dutch builder

When you have desert and water, waterfront becomes more desirable and infinitely more valuable.
Makes me further question the rebuilding of New Orleans.


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