History of Icon Engineering Services

Icon Engineering Services (IES) began its journey from Dhaka, Bangladesh in the year 1991 under the leadership of Engr. Abu Mohammed Masud, a civil engineer graduated from Rajshahi Engineering College. Onset, started with a small geotechnical engineering laboratory and undertook geotechnical investigation work for small private buildings in Dhaka only based on his education, past experience in home and abroad in the relevant field of geotechnical engineering and pile construction and good wishes of friends and ex-colleagues.

Late in the year, they undertook a job of 100 nos 20 ft long pre-cast concrete pile driving work for a sluice gate project at Katiadi in Kishoregonj district, the main contractor was Mr. Jalil (Haji) of Mymensingh. For execution they hired a small piling frame with a drop hammer from one friend from Khulna and finished the job.

After passing few months in extreme hardship, in one fine morning in early 1992, his ex-colleague Mr. Haider came to him and took him to Late Mr. Ashraf (He expired later from a sudden heart attack … May allah bless his soul……..) of BEXIMCO Engineering Ltd and he awarded him a bored pile construction job for Ranginia-Hathazaree Power Transmission Line project, in true sense here is the starting of the company. They have procured a tripod type bored pile rig and finished the assignment successfully. Since then IES never looked behind and from that one tripod rig, presently, they have the largest fleet of bored and driven pile equipment and dominating the industry in the country since long time.

Decade for Stabilization: 1998- 2007
Onset IES faced a lot of troubles due to faulty workmanship of out sourced mechanical work that resulted in huge backlog and idle time. To overcome the crisis, IES set-up one mechanical workshop and started repair and maintenance of their own equipment and machines and IES got new momentum in site works.

During this period we have constructed bored pile by conventional method for many prestigious projects having national importance. Off them we may mentioned bored pile for Hatubhanga bridge on Bangshi river at Mirzapore, Crown Cement Ltd at Mukterpur, Dhaka-Sylhet highway under Ircon International Ltd, Hz Shah Paran Bridge on Sylhet bi-pass road, Lafarge Surma Cement plant at Chattak under Lerson &Toubru Ltd, Kin Bridge Sylhet etc and many other projects.

During this period IES also started non-destructive pile testing work – PIT, Pile integrity test and PDA, High Strain Dynamic Testing for quality assurance test of pile foundation. Also, procured equipment for high tonnage pile load test work and conducted many pile load test having test load more than 500 ton.

Stage of Development: 2007-2012
In 2007, we had under taken a large diameter bored pile work for Arch bridge on Gulshan Lake between Banani and Gulshan. Technical specification restricted the rotary boring method to follow. IES have rented one table drive rotary drilling rig for the work but failed to accomplish drilling. As a result, engineers and workers had been humiliated and insulted by the client and consultant. IES took that as challenge and started brain storming to develop a machine to accomplish the job. Finally, collected old components from Dholaykhal and assembled in their own workshop to make a drilling machine and finally succeeded and finished the piling work by newly developed rotary boring machine. This is a mile stone development of IES which boosted engineers and workers to go ahead. Presently, IES have big fleet of mechanical rotary boring machine for bored pile construction and successfully used in many prestigious projects of the country like- Hatirjheel integrated development project, Mirpur-airport road flyover, box girder bridge on river Brhammaputra at Gaffargaon, Y-bridge on river Titas at Bancharampur, bridges on Mahananda at Chapai, Gangachara bridge on river Teesta in Rangpur etc.

Another new division started on by procuring new diesel hammers and pile drivers to undertake many projects. Such as the 22,000 Flat construction project of RAJUK. IES procured new diesel hammers from Delmag, and now, have a fleet of diesel hammers ranging from D22 to D46 with pile drivers and are on the top of the list of contractors having highest number and heaviest diesel hammers and pile drivers.

During this time IES have widened and introduced High Strain Dynamic Pile Test by procuring two sets of Pile Driving Analyzers and Pile Integrity Testers from Pile Dynamics Inc, USA and engineers and technicians obtained certification from overseas training and proficiency test from PDCA & PDI.

IES, procured 2500 ton and 1500 ton test setups and expanded their ability to conduct static pile load test up to 2500 ton. IES also procured half dozen vibrating wire load cells, displacement transducers, 16 channel data loger, readout unit fot instrumentation of static pile load test. This is anew horizon and IES become only service provider for instrumented pile load test.

Advancement with New Technology: 2013 onward
Since inception IES always looked forward with a vision to utilize modern machineries and practices essential for geotechnical engineering; and develop human resources on par with the international geotechnical sector. All their focuses are being collectively directed to become a leader of this nation’s geotechnical service providers. This has already been achieved and become the only piling and testing contractor in the country, who have introduced: Hydraulic drilling rig for bored cast-in-situ pile; fleet of new diesel hammers; CFA piling; performing static axial load tests using the most sophisticated and precise instruments—displacement transducers and load cell; and introducing dynamic testing of piles.

IES have also taken initiatives to modernize the nation’s geotechnical investigation sector. At present, IES is the only geotechnical firm to implement the usage of autotrip hammer to carryout standard penetration test (SPT) and developed double tube thin walled vacuum sampler for collection of undisturbed soil samples. In addition, the entire operation is digitally recorded and submitted to our clients. In the process, the quality assurance is also guaranteed. Furthermore, it is also in our intention to introduce internationally accepted CPT; and seismic survey to clearly map out geotechnical features of a particular location.