When concrete structures show anomalies such as cracking, spalling, dampness and water ingress, decision makers are faced with a challenging dilemma and need professional reliable advice. Will the facility be able to serve it’s intended purpose for the required service-life? Are the visible signs hiding structural strength, durability or stability concerns? What are the possible solutions to salvage investment value with satisfactory guarantees? What is the expected cost and implementation time?
PME specialty contractors and SBSi engineering international consultants integrate their engineering and execution expertise to provide decision makers with single-source, innovative, effective and cost efficient, Investigate-Design-Build (IDB) solutions on a turn-key basis with guarantee.
INVESTIGATE-DESIGN-BUILD (IDB) SERVICE
Our Investigate-Design-Build (IDB) approach integrates multidisciplinary engineering expertise with specialty contracting services in four combinable packages:
Decision makers have the flexibility to start from any phase and proceed step by step or combine packages to expedite the process and benefit from cost savings.
At every phase of our integrated investigate-design-build approach, SBSi engineering multi-disciplinary team of experienced local and international experts in engineering, materials and latest technologies capitalize on over 40 years of hands on experience to provide engineering support services. They compile and produce reliable deliverables that assist clients in the decision-making process. From data collection to analysis, solution design and implementation, each team member brings a unique set of skills to draw the most accurate diagnosis and implement optimized project-specific solutions.
Our responsive experts work with our specialized contracting team, material supplies and clients as trusted partners keeping the project’s best interest at heart. The engineering support team plays a vital role in the integrated investigate-design-build process including:
- Visual inspection of problem areas
- Description, quantification and mapping of anomalies
- Opinion on presence of structural problems
- Study of available construction documents
- Investigation support: data collection, analysis, documentation of findings, root-cause analysis
- Recommending course of action
- Structural analysis and modeling
- Evaluation of mitigation alternatives
- Selection of viable solutions
- Preparation of outline mitigation plans
- Conducting constructability reviews
- Tailoring of solutions to project-specific needs
- Preparation of construction documents
- Project management support
- Quality control
Structures exposed to harsh corrosive environments often show signs of damage. The integrity of structural elements may be compromised due to construction or design errors. When reinforced concrete shows signs of destress, Structural Repair is required to remove deteriorated concrete materials and apply appropriate specialty repair products.
In some cases, the extent of damage is such that the structural system is no longer able to safely carry loads for the intended service life. In this case Structural Strengthening is needed to remove causes of distress and/or increase the load bearing capacity of the system. When building codes or seismic requirements are revised, or service loads increase due to changes in use, Structural Strengthening solutions restore code compliance and salvage investment value
PME-SBSi have the expertise to design and implement a wide array of structural strengthening and repair solutions includes:
- Concrete Repair
- Section enlargement
- Overlay slabs
- Span shortening
- bonded steel plates and shapes
- Structural stabilization injections
- Shear reinforcement
- Seismic retrofit repair and strengthening
- Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites
- Post-tensioning systems
We provide clients with an integrated investigate-design-build (IBD) approach to structural rehabilitation problems as follows:
In the presence of severe and aggressive environments, prevention remains the best corrosion management approach. Steel structures, pressure vessels, industrial plants, pipelines and storage tanks require adequate protection and often rehabilitation when signs of corrosion appear.
For reinforced concrete structures, the alkalinity of concrete is the first line of defence. However, concrete being a porous material with a natural tendency to crack, contaminants present in air and water may result in loss of alkalinity which, coupled with the presence of moisture and oxygen leads to steel corrosion. Concrete design mixes that minimize porosity, barriers and sealers are cost-efficient prevention methods. Since corrosion often starts as a hidden process, by the time the structure shows visible signs of decay such as cracking, delamination and spalling, the process has reached an accelerated phase which, if left untreated may result in structural failure.
PME-SBSi have the expertise to design and implement a wide array of corrosion repair and control solutions that preserve your infrastructure and regain the capacity of corroded structures, including: Conventional repair
- Conventional repair
- Protective steel and surface coatings
- CFRP corrosion repair
- Catholic Protection “CP” systems
PME-SBSi’s integrated investigate-design-build approach assists facility owners make timely decisions to mitigate corrosion problems avoiding significant damages as follows:
For the past 35 years moisture control and waterproofing has been at the core of our day-to-day business as dealers and preferred applicators for a wide array of specialized products by leading worldwide manufacturers. When it comes to moisture management the best prevention is a combination of good detailing, careful preparation, skilled workmanship, and appropriate products for a job well done the first time around.
Stemming from a dedication to excellence, we continuously fine-tune execution details and product selections with special attention to the training of in-house teams. Always on the lookout for the latest in best practices and specialty materials our moisture control and waterproofing protocols are custom engineered to each project’s specific needs.
We integrate in-depth knowledge of market leading high-performance products and systems with carefully designed constructible solutions and specialized craftsmanship for effective and durable results. Where conventional solutions fall short, owners can rely on our years of accumulated know-how and the support of our worldwide network of experts to root out causes and sources of water ingress. This allows us to troubleshoot the most challenging water leak problems.
Our wide array of solutions includes:
- Crack treatment – Injections & Grouting
- Protective Sealer Coatings
- Liquid Applied waterproof
- Expansion & Joint Sealant
- Spray Foam
- Water infiltration point treatment
Our integrated Investigate-Design-Build (IBD) approach allows us to propose fit for purpose tailored solutions that are both cost and time efficient with single-source responsibility as follows:
Drawing on over 40 years of experience, we provide surface coating solutions with guarantee on a turn-key supply apply basis. By integrating engineering, project management, product supply and execution capabilities we provide fit to purpose solutions on time, within budget, to the highest safety and quality standards. Our specialty contracting team with continuously trained and experienced craftsmen ensures long-lasting results. For retro-fit solutions, careful planning allows us to tailor schedules to project-specific constraints minimizing disruption or expediting finish time as needed.
With over 1390 successful projects and repetitive, multi-sector, local, international, private and public clients including airports, industrial plants, warehouses, palaces, banking institutions and shopping malls, PME established itself as a market leading specialty contractor with a track record of customer satisfaction that instils confidence.
We provide surface coating solutions for a breadth of applications including:
- Traffic surface coating
- Protective surface coating
- Industrial flooring systems:
- Sealers & floor coating
- Heavy duty and impact resistant
- High chemical resistant
- Smooth and anti-slippery
- High and low temperatures resistant
- UV stable
- Screed & Power floating
SBS Slab System
The “SBS Steel Block System ®” is a patented construction technology introduced to the MENA Region during the nineteen eighties. It is a sound, serviceable, durable, time saving and above all economical system that enables architects and engineers to overcome critical design challenges and come up with esthetical, lightweight high performance structures.
The system is an assemblage of “I” section joists, applied in one or two orthogonal directions, consisting of top and bottom concrete flanges accommodating main steel, connected by vertical concrete web and containing corrugated SBS steel blocks as voids. It has been developed and fine tuned through years of rigorous operational research.
The execution of SBS Slab System® is performed under the direct supervision of our specialized staff. Conventional construction techniques are used, no special equipment is required. For cast in situ applications, the sequence is as follows: