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Dubai International Airport, located in the United Arab Emirates, is currently undergoing a US 540 million expansion, including construction of a stormwater collection and disposal system designed to meet the requirements of international aviation authorities. While the design had to meet international standards, implementation had to satisfy local operational requirements to minimize interruptions to air traffic and resultant revenue losses. Since Dubai International Airport operates 24 hours per day, nondisruptive construction methods were used in several locations to achieve the airport's operational goals.

Taxiway crossings were constructed using nondisruptive construction methods at 18 different locations within the airport's site boundary. Conduit diameters ranging from 100 mm to 1,900 mm were installed using these methods, even though, in some cases, the actual capital cost was higher than if a traditional open-cut trench method had been used. The value, though difficult to quantify, resulted from the ability to maintain operational efficiency at Dubai International Airport – value that may have been discounted in other locations.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864702784246739

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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