The Midfield Terminal building itself is one of the largest terminal buildings in the world and will cover 730,000 square metres. “Even the outbuildings in which the irrigation is controlled, or the structures to which the passenger boarding bridges are connected, have a cathedral-like vastness that houses very wide-ranging and complex systems.
Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Progress April 2016
The electric systems involve some 6,000 kilometres of cables. The terminal will have 50,000 telecom outlets and around 10,000 surveillance cameras. By 2020, the terminal is forecast to process around 30 million passengers a year. Set to rank among the largest and most advanced airports in the world, the Midfield Terminal Complex is on its way to becoming another gem in the crown of Abu Dhabi.
Both ‘landside’ and ‘airside’Deerns is responsible for planning and implementing all airport-specific systems at the new Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi. As far as the terminal building is concerned, this includes the following:
- Security systems;
- IT infrastructure and systems;
- Extra Low Voltage Systems;
- All Special Airport Systems (AODB, CUPPS, FIDS, PA and VA).
- Passenger Boarding Bridges;
- Visual Docing and Guidance Systems (VDGS);
- Apron Flood Lighting;
- Aircraft Pre-Conditioned Air;
- Aircraft Ground Power;
- Airfield Ground Lighting);
- Airport Sign Systems.
The following security systems are also part of this package:
- Access control;
- CCTV & video surveillance;
- Passenger screening;
- Baggage screening;
- Vehicle screening;
- Parcel screening;
- Security management system (controls and monitoring).
Perhaps the biggest challenge in creating clean aprons at Midfield was in providing adequate cooling for airplanes on landing: the combination of ambient temperatures up to 50C and strict regulations regarding minimum air temperatures and maximum airflows allowed inside airplanes made it proper cooling within the short time frames expected at a major airport almost impossible. Deerns consulted with a range of parties, including airplane manufacturers, and eventually came up with this unique and pioneering solution.
The project has offered Deerns many opportunities to outdo itself. One of the highlights is the ‘clean apron’ concept Deerns developed. The aprons, or platforms near the gates at which airplanes are parked in between taking off and landing, are a major hub of systems: electricity, fuel and water supplies for the plane, luggage transport routes, maintenance facilities, docking and guidance systems and much more. Ideally, these systems, and the jungle of pipe and wiring systems accompanying them, are concealed beneath the apron surface, with outlets emerging from special pits. This leaves the apron itself as uncluttered as possible. The main benefit of a ‘clean apron’ is reduced risk of damage. In the Midfield Project, we have succeeded in developing exceptionally clean aprons. Our experience in Abu Dhabi has placed Deerns at the forefront of clean apron development worldwide.