SOIL & FOUNDATION COMPANY LIMITED (SAFCO) is a 100% foreign investment Saudi firm, which has been established for providing services in the field of Civil Engineering since 1977, by providing Geotechnical Engineering related Services. These services include Geotechnical Investigations, Quality Control Assurance on Soil, Aggregate, Concrete and Asphalt, Topographical Survey, Structural Analysis, Pile Load Tests, and Pile Integrity, and other Geotechnical Contracting works such as temporary Shoring, Dewatering works, Anchoring. Soil Nailing and Rocks Bolting works, Piling and Micro Piling works, Grouting and Excavation works are also part of our specialty and Recently, we have owned an amphibious barge where we can carry out coastal geotechnical work up to 100 meters deep. We provide all the above mentioned services and works in any part in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia .
Our main objective is to be of benefit to our clients, in both public and private sectors by providing consultation and contracting services of high professional standards and technical competence. This has been accomplished by hiring professionals and specialists in the fields of our services and supporting this group with a well-trained Technical Staff and Personnel, Laboratories of International Standards, Instrumentations of high accuracy and the latest up to date field and Laboratory Equipment.
Regardless of the size of the project and whether it is in the field of Engineering practice, Research, Quality Control, Quality Assurance, we will approach it with quick response and appropriate expertise to meet speci-fications and critical schedules.
With 22 Offices across the country, a comprehensive range of company-owned equipment, and on-site quali-ty control and materials testing, (SAFCO) scope of services extend across the entire Kingdom. Further-more, plans are now afoot to extend SAFCO’s reach beyond Saudi Arabia.
The Company was founded by Dr. Abdul Karim El-Rousstom, who has a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering,” established in 1977, SAFCO back then bore little resemblance to the huge, multi-discipline player in the Ge-otechnical Engineering sector that it has since become. “Back then, it was then a fairly small firm offering only a few services such as Soil Investigation and Quality Control. The Company started out with a fleet of only two rigs, which are used to undertake the site investigations. We had a staff of about 12 people at the time, but we have since expanded considerably, recruiting a lot more people. At the present, we got nearly 730 employees between Engineers, Technicians, and Workers in support services.
From 1977 to the late 1980s, all of the work was undertaken from SAFCO'S headquarters at Jeddah. “However, in the early 1990s, we saw a chance to open new offices in the main Cities”. “By 1990, we had a fleet of four Rigs and it was not enough for us to keep moving from one City to another with these Machines. So, we started to open up new Offices – first in Makkah, then in Medina and then Riyadh. We then tackled the Eastern Province with a smaller office, followed by an office in Northern Saudi Arabia”.
By 2002, the company's considerable growth had facilitated an increased fleet of 28 Rigs, with six major offices and two follow-up offices located across the Kingdom. “Today, we have grown even greater – we have 69 rigs for our Soil Investigation activities, with sixteen major Offices and eight follow-up Offices. We have more than 730 employee working for the company at present. The founder of the company, is still very much active in the business, and Engr. Hikmat El-Rousstom, the Deputy General Manager is assisting him on some of the major issues.
Since the commencement of the Company's second growth spurt, from 2002 onwards, new departments have also been developed within the expanding Company, including Piling, Shoring, Dewatering and Coastal Geotechnical Works . These types of works are on the contracting side of the Geotechnical Engineering business. The site investigation and the quality control form the major part of the services side of the business.