Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has appointed leading design and engineering firm Dar Al Handasah to assist in bringing the Abu Dhabi commercial system to reality.
Dar Al Handasah, the founding member of the Dar Group, an international consortium of professional service firms, joins the project as design lead and as the latest investor in HyperloopTT.
Its team includes Dar Group members: Perkins+Will (architects, US), TY Lin International (engineers, US), GPO Group (engineers, Spain) and Currie & Brown (cost management consultants, UK).
An innovative transportation and technology company based in the US, HyperloopTT is focused on realising a system that moves people and goods at unprecedented speeds safely, efficiently, and sustainably, said a statement from the company.
Through the use of unique, patented technology and an advanced business model of lean collaboration, open innovation and integrated partnership, HyperloopTT is creating and licensing technologies, it added.
Earlier this year, HyperloopTT had signed an agreement with leading Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties, which, when executed, will allow for the creation of a new HyperloopTT centre including; a full scale commercial Hyperloop system, an XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center.
Construction of the Hyperloop commercial track as well as HyperloopTT’s XO Square Innovation Center and Hyperloop Experience Center is likely to begin in the third quarter of 2019.
The proposed site within Aldar’s Seih Al Sderieh landbank is also conveniently located on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport.
"We are bringing the future of rapid transportation technology to all those living in the UAE," remarked HyperloopTT Chairman Bibop Gresta.
"Today’s announcement is a testament to the continued commitment and determination of all our partners, both within the UAE and abroad. As we move forward with the system we invite other interested organizations in the region and around the world to join us in making history," stated Gresta.
“With today’s announcement of the appointment of Dar Al-Handasah, Perkins and Wills, and Currie and Brown, we have achieved a significant milestone towards the construction of the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Alghadeer,” said HyperloopTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn.
“We are looking forward to working with all of our regional stakeholders to build this historic piece of transportation infrastructure.”
"We are extremely honoured to be part of this global movement in mobility and rapid transportation and are looking forward to collaborating with HyperloopTT to deliver a truly iconic project in Abu Dhabi," said Talal Shair, Chairman of Dar Group.
Founded in 2013, HyperloopTT is a global team comprising more than 800 engineers, creatives and technologists in 52 multidisciplinary teams, with 40 corporate and university partners.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, US, HyperloopTT has offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai (UAE); Bratislava (Slovakia); Toulouse (France); Contagem (Brazil) and Barcelona (Spain).
Besides UAE, the company has already signed agreements in the US, Brazil, France, India, China, Korea, Indonesia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Ukraine.-TradeArabia News Service
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