Company: BAM International
Designation: Managing director
BAM International, a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Royal Bam Group, has a busy year ahead with some major marine engineering projects in the region.
These include: a breakwater berth at Hamriya Port in Dubai, involving the construction of an 820m concrete block quay wall to segregate general cargo and fishing boats; and marine infrastructure works for phase 3 of the Al Dabbiya oil field development in Abu Dhabi for client ADCO, involving channel dredging, reclamation works, construction of a cause way, shore protection, heliport, pontoons and fences.
Also included in its portfolio is phase 1 of Jebel Ali Terminal 4 in Dubai, involving the construction of a 400m quay wall, 420m access bridge and 2.5km causeway plus 17 hectares of land reclamation.
But the company’s strategy and blueprint for success in the GCC region is, according to Irishman Patrick McKinney, to have a geographically diverse portfolio of projects across a range of different parts of the market.
Stadium work is another area of expertise for BAM International, and the company is working on the Al Ain Stadium and mixed development, phase 2 in Abu Dhabi, a 200,000m2 development comprising housing (550 apartments in six five-storey buildings), a commercial building, car park, souk and a 172-bed hotel, along with associated infrastructure – all of which will achieve an Estidama 2 Pearl rating.
Meanwhile, BAM International was presented with the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award for its iBAM system at the Construction Week Awards 2014.
iBAM is a software system that allows HSE teams and project managers to see in real time if workers carrying out specific tasks have been trained to do them.
If workers are not properly trained, they can be stopped from working on tasks instantly and then reassigned. This helps to cut the significant number of accidents that take place through a lack of proper training.