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Space Structure’s space frame at Future Vision School ... expansive.

Space Structure’s space frame at Future Vision School ... expansive.

Widening the span

September 2011

AT SAUDI Build in Riyadh, Saudi-based Space Structures Company will be promoting its new Flange 6 concept, which is said to produce better products and more aesthetic space-frames.

“Space frames are becoming an important and integral component of the building industry. Architects and engineers are finding multitude of applications for these systems in their designs for private and public buildings. Our Flange-6 technology facilitates greater connectivity and provide better load transfer mechanisms,” says Sami Abdulla, project manager of Space Structures, which specialises in the design, fabrication, supply, and installation of space-frame structures according to the patented ME-SSP system.

Flange 6 is based on the success of the Flange 5 and research and studies have proved the high constructability of the new version. The company will be providing an insight into the properties and advantages of the system at the show.
“Our space-frame system can span large areas allowing for expansive column-free spaces, is easy to install and low in cost, while maintaining a high degree of quality and safety,” says a spokesman for the company.

The unique system utilises the proprietary multi-flange connection concept, in which tubular members are connected directly to each other, without the need for a connector hub or external node.

The ME-SSP system was developed following more than 10 years of extensive research and development (R&D) carried out by Space Structures along with Saudi Steel Pipe Company. It offers a structurally-efficient joint system that can be designed to any degree of moment and axial force capacity.

“The system has proved to be highly efficient in transferring and distributing the loads and forces across various elements of the structure. The flexibility of the ME-SSP system allows wide possibilities of development and innovation in space-frame structures,” says the spokesman.

Commenting on Saudi Build, Abdulla says: “Saudi Build is clearly becoming the premier industry reference exhibition in Saudi Arabia as it gives companies great exposure to private and public decision-makers in the construction industry.”

The company had participated in Saudi Build 2010 and found it very helpful to promote its product. Abdulla says several contracts were generated as a result of his company’s participation.

Regarding the market, he says: “The Saudi Arabia market is booming at the present time and we are expecting this trend to continue for the future.”

Although Space Structures’ main market is Saudi Arabia, the company has managed to win a few contracts in Kuwait and Bahrain as well as from Basra in Iraq, he says.

In fact, the company has seen its net orders almost double over last year. “We have noticed a marked increase in size and complexity of our projects. The 46-m clear span for the Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) main gate project for Saudi Aramco is one such complex project. The main gate comprises space frame and fabric in a novel architectural presentation, unique to this region,” he adds.

Space Structures’ systems have been widely used in many private and governmental projects. Over the past year, the company has supplied its space-frame systems for the passports office building at Jubail Industrial City, the entrances to King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran, Power Plant 10 in Riyadh (Sceco) and Saudi Iron and Steel Company (Hadeed) and Sadaf.

Its space-frames have been used for Hadeed’s mosque project in Jubail. In addition, its systems form part of imposing canopies at the entrances as well as security gate canopies of several major companies including Saudi Basic Industries Company (Sabic), Saudi Aramco, Nadic Company in Harad, as well as in Khafji Joint Operations. The company has also supplied various shades for the King Fahad Causeway, especially on the Bahraini side, and warehouses over an area of 3,600 sq m for a refrigeration company.

Space Structures, established in 2004, recently completed its new factory in the Second Industrial Area, Dammam, and hopes to transfer its production facilities to the new premises before the year-end. This new factory will triple the company’s production capacity of space-frame structures and will help it reach out to other Gulf markets. The company has 30 employees and an annual turnover of SR15 million ($4 million).

Space Structures will be exhibiting at Stand 114-1, Hall 1 at Saudi Build 2011.

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