ANGDavis Associates Ltd

ANGDavis Associates

ANGDavis Associates Ltd


ANGDavis Associates is an experienced team of engineers, headed by Neil Davis, a well-seasoned Consulting Engineer and Team Leader with “hands-on,” senior level experience in International Consulting and Contracting associated with Pavements and the Construction of Highways and Airfields in developed and developing countries.

Strong relationships and successful projects are founded on trust, and ANGDavis Associates works closely with clients to clearly define objectives, and to deliver them in a transparent and ethical manner.

Rather then short-term gain, ANGDavis Associates endeavours to forge long-term relationships based on mutual understanding, respect and best practice..

ANG Davis Associates Ltd.

Construction Lab Technician admits faking test results on mega bridge project

Construction Lab Technician admits faking test results on mega bridge project The 55km Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and tunnel project started in 2011 and will link the three major cities of Zhuhai in mainland China, with Hong Kong and Macau. The project has been plagued by 270 accidents, 10 deaths, 600 injuries, extensive delays and a …

AfDF paves way for Guinea-Sierra Leone road reconstruction with €48 million

AfDF paves way for Guinea-Sierra Leone road reconstruction with €48 million The Boards of the African Development Bank Group have approved funding of €48 million from the African Development Fund (ADF) for the reconstruction of the border road from Guinea to Sierra Leone. The project, jointly funded by the African Development Fund, the European Union …

Bechtel signs contract for 473 km Nairobi to Mombasa Expressway in Kenya

Bechtel signs contract for 473 km Nairobi to Mombasa Expressway in Kenya The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) is set to roll out the construction of the 473 Kilometres Nairobi to Mombasa (A8) Expressway following the formal signing of the Commercial Agreement with Bechtel Kenya, a global leader in designing and constructing motorways. The project …

Fort Portal-Kamwenge Road in Uganda commissioned

Fort Portal-Kamwenge Road in Uganda commissioned President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda has commissioned the 66km Fort Portal-Kamwenge road. This road runs from Kamwenge District to Fort Portal town in Kabarole District. The contractor was the China Railway Seventh Group, and the project cost was US$ 33.3 million, which was financed by the World Bank …

Zambia to get US$1.2bn highway from China

Zambia to get US$1.2bn highway from China Work has commenced on construction of a strategic road project that connects the southern and central parts of the country to the mining towns in the Copperbelt province of Zambia. The contractor is China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC), and the cost of the …

Detailed design for 20km road rehabilitation project in Dominica provided by Mott MacDonald

Detailed design for 20km road rehabilitation project in Dominica provided by Mott MacDonald Mott MacDonald is providing the detailed design for the Loubiere to Bagatelle road rehabilitation project on behalf of the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica’s Ministry of Public Works and Ports. A grant from the UK’s Department for International Development has been provided …

Japan funds Sihanoukville Port development in Cambodia

Japan funds Sihanoukville Port development in Cambodia The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has signed a loan agreement in Tokyo with the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to ¥23.502 billion yen for the Sihanoukville Port New Container Terminal Development Project. The project will develop a new …

Japan funds reconstruction of bridges in St Lucia to protect its infrastructure from natural disasters

Japan funds reconstruction of bridges in St Lucia to protect its infrastructure from natural disasters On August 9, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia in Castries, the capital city, to provide grant aid of up to ¥1.53 billion yen for the Project to Reconstruct the …

China is building a rail tunnel, deep below the Great Wall of China

China is building a rail tunnel, deep below the Great Wall of China China is constructing a 12 kilometre long high-speed train tunnel through a section of the Great Wall to connect Zhangjiakou city, which is due to co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics along with Beijing. Chinese Engineers designed the tunnel to be constructed from …

Emerging Africa Investment Fund backs expansion at two Madagascar airports

Emerging Africa Investment Fund backs expansion at two Madagascar airports Two airports in Madagascar are to have their runways, passenger terminal facilities and allied infrastructure upgraded and expanded in a EUR 215 million project being supported by the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF / the Fund). The Fund is providing senior debt of EUR 25 …

Uganda releases procurement notice for 78.5km road upgrade project

Uganda releases procurement notice for 78.5km road upgrade project The Government of Uganda has received a loan (No: 2100150032194) from the African Development Fund (ADF) towards the cost of the Road Sector Support Project (RSSP) V, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for upgrading …

China opens 2,768 km Silk Road highway from Beijing to Mongolia

China opens 2,768 km Silk Road highway from Beijing to Mongolia A new highway between Beijing and Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is now officially open traffic. The 2,768 km Jingxin Expressway G7 links six provinces and regions – Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Gansu, and Xinjiang, and shortens the existing route …

China funds new 500 km road to connect Mozambique and South Africa

China funds new 500 km road to connect Mozambique and South Africa Construction of the 500km Mapinhane-Pafuri regional road (N222) road connecting the Vilanculos district to the Mozambique and South African border is expected to begin in May 2018 and be completed three years later. This new road covers the provinces of Inhambane, Gaza and …

Consultancy recruitment opens for Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project

Consultancy recruitment opens for Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project A Notice for expression of interest has been issued for the Multinational: Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) project for the study on the Abidjan to Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project for the recruitment of a …

20 million Africans benefit from transport and ICT projects financed by AfDB in 2016

20 million Africans benefit from transport and ICT projects financed by AfDB in 2016 Transport and information and communication technology (ICT) projects financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2016 would have a positive impact on the living conditions of close to 20 million Africans over the next few years. The AfDB made this …

Ethiopia releases procurement notice for expressway consultancy development support

Ethiopia releases procurement notice for expressway consultancy development support The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has applied for financing in the amount of US$355million equivalent from the World Bank towards the cost of the Ethiopia Expressway Development Support Project (Project ID # P148850) and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for …

8 Free Geographic Information System (GIS) Readers

8 Free Geographic Information System (GIS) Readers The construction industry has been using Geographic information Systems for many years and in many countries is mandatory on Government projects. GIS are basically data about a project’s location, combined with and including features such as buildings, roads, railways, population density, height and flooding data. Geographic Information can …

African Development Bank funds US$829 Million for Songwe River Basin Program in Malawi and Tanzania

African Development Bank funds US$829 Million for Songwe River Basin Program in Malawi and Tanzania Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Program (SRBDP). This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between both parties at a ceremony held in Lilongwe, on May 18, 2017. …

John Deere announces plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group

John Deere announces plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group Deere have just announced plans to acquire the Wirtgen Group, the global leader in road construction equipment. A conference call for investors regarding the transaction is to be held at 10 AM ET on June 1, 2017. “The acquisition of the Wirtgen Group aligns with our …

Two Chinese companies to build US$1.3 billion 16 km Subway Line in Kiev, Ukraine

Two Chinese companies to build US$1.3 billion 16 km Subway Line in Kiev, Ukraine The China Railway International Group and China Pacific Construction Group have signed an agreement with the Kiev City State Administration to construct a 16km long fourth subway line with an estimated cost of the project of will be about US$1.3 billion, …

China pledges US$122 billion for China to UK Silk Road Rail Route

China pledges US$122 billion for China to UK Silk Road Rail Route Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged an extra $122bn for international infrastructure schemes as part of China’s grand “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative as leaders and top officials from around the world gathered in Beijing for a summit on the plan. The scheme …

Works begin on transforming the Bruce Highway from Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway in Australia

Works begin on transforming the Bruce Highway from Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway in Australia Major construction has officially commenced on the $929.3 million Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway project, which will increase safety and ease congestion for around 40,000 motorists who use the route daily. Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren …

CPB Contractors wins upgrade for State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair in New Zealand

CPB Contractors wins upgrade for State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair in New Zealand CPB Contractors has won the contract for the second and final phase of a design and construct contract for the upgrade to State Highway 2 from Baypark to Bayfair with a value of approximately US$ 57m (NZ$82m). Works include the …

Africa and Europe Development grants approved for study into the 1,028 km Abidjan to Lagos Corridor Highway

Africa and Europe Development grants approved for study into the 1,028 km Abidjan to Lagos Corridor Highway The Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) has released a General Procurement Notice for the study for the Abidjan to Lags Corridor Highway Development Project that passes through the countries of Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo. ECOWAS has …

World Bank approves US$200 Million for rural roads in Zambia

World Bank approves US$200 Million for rural roads in Zambia The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $ 200 million International Development Association (IDA) credit under the IDA17 Scale-up Facility for Zambia to improve selected rural roads in six of Zambia’s ten provinces. Government will finance the remaining four provinces. According to …

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure

Australia’s new A$75 Billion budget outlines their huge investment in road and rail infrastructure Please note: The currency reflected in this article is the Australian Dollar, which is trading at today’s date at Aus $1 = US$0.74. The 2017 to 2018 Budget announced in Australia delivers a transformational next step in the Coalition Government’s record investment …

Cameroon invites Expressions of Interest for Consultant Services for 241km Road Rehabilitation

Cameroon invites Expressions of Interest for Consultant Services for 241km Road Rehabilitation The Republic of Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Works has announced a Notice of Interest for Consulting Services on their Transport Sector Support Program phase 2 – Rehabilitation of the Yaoundé-Bafoussam-Babadjou road (241 km) Opinion N ° 60 / AMI / MINTP / SG / DGET …

Angola invites bids for 12km road to support the Artisanal Fishing Community of Yembe

Angola invites bids for 12km road to support the Artisanal Fishing Community of Yembe An invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice (GPN) for this project which appeared in UNDB online, dated 4th April and 14th April online and on the African Development Bank Group’s Website. 18.04.2017 Loan No: 2100150029045 IFB No: 05/BIDDC/FSSP/017 The Republic of Angola …

Australia’s Ipswich Motorway gets a US$300 million upgrade

Australia’s Ipswich Motorway gets a US$300 million upgrade Brisbane-based Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture was awarded a US$ 300m (A$400m) contract for the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra. This major infrastructure project will upgrade the Ipswich Motorway and include: From four to six lanes along a 3-kilometre stretch between Rocklea and Oxley. Construct …

Kenya releases procurement notice for services on the LAPSSET Corridor Project – Lamu Port Development

Kenya releases procurement notice for services on the LAPSSET Corridor Project – Lamu Port Development The Lapsset Corridor Development Authority in Kenya has received a grant from the African Development Bank/NEPAD – Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund to finance Transaction Advisory services and related technical assistance on the LAPSSET Corridor Project – Lamu Port Development. …

Uganda to Kenya town bypass roads project opens for bidding

Uganda to Kenya town bypass roads project opens for bidding The Government of Kenya has received a loan from the African Development Bank to finance the Multinational Uganda – Kenya: Kapchorwa to Suam to Kitale & Eldoret Town Bypass Roads Project. The Project is a multinational operation that provides an important link between Uganda and …

Kenya awards China Road and Bridge Corp feasibility and design work for US$169 million Nairobi Western Bypass

Kenya awards China Road and Bridge Corp feasibility and design work for US$169 million Nairobi Western Bypass The Kenya National Highways Authority (KENHA) has signed an agreement with the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to carry out feasibility studies and designs for the construction and development of the Nairobi Western Bypass. The Nairobi Western Bypass will be a …

Malawi invites bids for 2017/2018 National Roads Programme

Malawi invites bids for 2017/2018 National Roads Programme The Malawi Roads Authority is inviting sealed bids from contractors following the release of funds on 27th March 2017 for road rehabilitation works under the Road and Bridge Maintenance Programme for the procurement of various Civil Works contracts in the financial period 2017 / 2018 of the …

Japan financing US$2.7 billion 22km Mumbai Trans Harbour Link

Japan financing US$2.7 billion 22km Mumbai Trans Harbour Link The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link also known as the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Trans Harbour Link, will be India’s longest road bridge and will connect the port city and its southern satellite town of Navi Mumbai. The project will total 22km in length and constructed with eight-lanes, with …

CIMIC selected as the preferred contractor for Australia’s multi-billion West Gate Tunnel Project

CIMIC selected as the preferred contractor for Australia’s multi-billion West Gate Tunnel Project CIMIC Group company, CPB Contractors, has been selected by Transurban as the preferred contractor to deliver Victoria’s multi-billion dollar West Gate Tunnel Project in a 50:50 joint venture with John Holland. As part of the agreement, the joint venture partners will now work …

African Development Bank funds Kenya to Uganda upgrades and construction of new roads to connect the two countries

African Development Bank funds Kenya to Uganda upgrades and construction of new roads to connect the two countries The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) approved USD 253.0 million of loans to the Governments of Kenya (USD 147.3 million) and Uganda (USD 105.7 million) for the upgrading of  118 km road section connecting the two countries …

Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator promises tyre based pothole repairs

Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator promises tyre based pothole repairs Inventor and former West Virginia Secretary of Transportation – Samuel G. Bonasso and his partner – Jim Matuga have developed a long-term repair for potholes – the “Mechanical Concrete Pothole Terminator.” According to Bonasso “We have a long-term, permanent solution that can actually reduce the costs …

The Asian Development Bank approves US$114 million loan for Georgia’s Batumi bypass road project

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$114 million loan for Georgia’s Batumi bypass road project. ADB is also expected to manage and administer up to US$114 million in additional financing for the project provided by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). This is the first ADB project to be co-financed with another development …

South Sudan to Ethiopia Road Link work commences

South Sudan to Ethiopia Road Link work commences Construction has commenced on the link road connecting South Sudan with Ethiopia with the anticipation of increased trade, and the provision of access for goods and fuel from the port of Djibouti to South Sudan. The road will run from Boma – central South Sudan, through Bor …

Australia funds US$380 Million for Queensland Road Projects

Australia funds US$380 Million for Queensland Road Projects The Australian and Queensland governments have reached agreement for funding major road infrastructure projects in South East Queensland and Central Queensland with a value of over US$ 380 million (AU$ 500 million). The road projects involve upgrading the M1 Motorway and construction of the Walkerston, to include: Pacific Motorway …

Contracts signed for Fehmarnbelt Immersed Tunnel linking Denmark and Germany

Contracts signed for Fehmarnbelt Immersed Tunnel linking Denmark and Germany Femern A/S, client for the 18km long immersed tube tunnel across the Fehmarnbelt, has today signed contracts with Ramboll-Arup -TEC JV for the supply of technical client consultancy services, and with ÅF – Hansen & Henneberg for the supply of in-house technical consultancy services. The …

Ethiopia invites prequalification for Phase 1 of the Ethiopia Integrated Transport Program

Ethiopia invites prequalification for Phase 1 of the Ethiopia Integrated Transport Program The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has applied for financing from the African Development Bank (ADB) towards the cost of the Ethiopia Integrated Road Transport Program Phase-I. Contract Name: Jimma – Chida Road Upgrading Project Identification of contract: ICB No. …

China finances US$1.5 Billion for 156km Lagos to Ibadan Rail link in Nigeria

China finances US$1.5 Billion for 156km Lagos to Ibadan Rail link in Nigeria Construction work on the Lagos to Ibadan Rail Link was signed on 6th March 2017 for the 156km railway line from the coastal city of Lagos to the inland city of Ibadan – a distance of 156km. The target date for completion …

Chinese Contractor finances US$13 Billion for 600km Malaysia East Coast Rail Link

Chinese Contractor finances US$13Billion for 600km Malaysia East Coast Rail Link The Malaysia government have just published the proposed route for the Chinese-financed 600km East Coast Rail Link. The public have three months to comment on the proposals. The East Coast Rail Link starts at Port Klang on the west coast of Malaysia near Kuala …

 African Development Bank funds US$600 Million Bagamoyo to Mombasa Highway

 African Development Bank funds US$600 Million Bagamoyo to Mombasa Highway The construction of a the highway between Bagamoyo, Tanzania and Mombasa, Kenya along East African’s Coastline is now ready to go ahead following the finalising of plans. This transnational highway will comprise the rehabilitation and upgrading to bitumen standard, and planned to pass by the …

Abidjan-Dakar six-lane US$13 billion highway gets the go ahead

Abidjan-Dakar six-lane US$13 billion highway gets the go ahead Construction of the Abidjan-Dakar Highway Corridor will go ahead after a 1st March 2017 meeting where experts drawn from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to the construction of a six-lane highway to connect seven coastal countries in West Africa: Ivory Coast, Liberia, …

Dubai extends driverless Metro 15km to serve World Expo 2020

Dubai extends driverless Metro 15km to serve World Expo 2020 Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) and the Alstom-led Expolink consortium have selected Thales to provide the systems for the metro that will serve the World Expo 2020 site. Thales will provide driverless train signalling technology as well as integrated supervision, telecommunications, passengers’ services, security …

20km Kerch Strait Bridge to link Russia and Crimea is well underway

20km Kerch Strait Bridge to link Russia and Crimea is well underway Contractor SGM-Bridge (Stroygazmontazh Group) is constructing the 20km Kerch Strait Link connecting Crimea to the Krasnodar region on the Russian mainland. Work commenced in 2015, and due for completion in 2018, at an estimated cost of around US$4 billion. On the mainland side, the …

1.7km Tunnel through Norwegian mountain creates a short cut for Ships

1.7km Tunnel through Norwegian mountain creates a short cut for Ships The Norwegian Coastal Administration is planning the world’s first full-scale ship tunnel to allow vessels to travel through a mountain rather than navigate the treacherous waters of the Stadhavet Sea the most exposed, and most dangerous area along the coast of Norway. The 1.7km …

Arup JV for reconstruction and extension of Lhasa Gonggar International Airport in Tibet

Arup JV for reconstruction and extension of Lhasa Gonggar International Airport in Tibet The Bureau of Civil Aviation Administration of China in the Tibet Autonomous Region has appointed a joint venture of UK and Chinese consulting engineers – Arup and Beijing Zhonghang Zhucheng to provide professional services for the reconstruction and extension of the Lhasa …

Rotterdam to be connected to Germany by 12km A15 extension

Rotterdam to be connected to Germany by 12km A15 extension The Dutch government and the province of Gelderland plan to extend the A15 by 12km in the direction of the A12 motorway. This 12km extension will create a connection from the Port of Rotterdam to Germany and improve the flow of traffic in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region. …

China Harbour Engineering Company starts work on Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge to Chirundu Highway Project

China Harbour Engineering Company starts work on Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge to Chirundu Highway Project Work on the first phase of the US$ 2.7 Billion 900-kilometre dual carriageway Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Highway Project is expected to commence this month with the first phase from Beitbridge to Harare valued at US$ 984 Million. The Beitbridge-Chirundu Highway Project was awarded to China …

Australia’s CPB awarded contract to widen M1 Pacific Motorway

Australia’s CPB awarded contract to widen M1 Pacific Motorway Cimic Group subsidiary – CPB Contractors has agreed a contract for widening of a 12km section of the M1 Pacific Motorway in New South Wales, Australia. The construction contract with the state’s Roads & Maritime Services with a value of some US$112 million (AU$145 million). The …

Italy awards Naples to Bari high-speed rail contract

Italy awards Naples to Bari high-speed rail contract A consortium of Italian contractors – Salini Impregilo and Astaldi has landed a €397m (US$ 420million) contract on the Naples to Bari High-speed Rail Project in Italy Italferr – the Italian State Railways engineering firm, has commissioned the team to design and build the Naples to Cancello …

Development Bank of Southern Africa finances 580km of road reconstruction in Kenya 

Development Bank of Southern Africa finances 580km of road reconstruction in Kenya The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has agreed with the Kenya Ministry of Transport to finance reconstruction of a 580km road between Lamu and Isiolo, which is part of the Lamu Port – South Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Project (LAPSSET), with a cost KShs 60 …

Transport Scotland announces £100m contract notice for A9 from Perth to Inverness

Transport Scotland announces £100m contract notice for A9 from Perth to Inverness The A9 trunk road is the main route that connects central Scotland and the Highlands stretching from Dunblane situated north of Stirling, and travels north bypassing Perth and Inverness before finishing in Thurso. The existing route consists of single and dual carriageways with varying …

Uganda orders 401 units of roads construction equipment from Komatsu worth US$157m

Uganda orders 401 units of roads construction equipment from Komatsu worth US$157 million Komatsu Ltd has recently received an order for 401 units of construction equipment, such as motor graders and wheel loaders for road construction and improvements in 112 regions of Uganda. This is part of the export sales contract valued at US$ 157M …

China to spend US$500 Billion on rail expansion over the next 3 years

China to spend US$500billion on rail expansion over the next 3 years. Government sources report that China is planning to spend around $500 billion on further expansion of its high-speed rail system over the next three years. The network will expand from 20,000km of dedicated passenger lines to 30,000km by 2020. The aim is connect …

Kingdom of Bhutan invites bids for Asian Development Bank funded road project

Kingdom of Bhutan invites bids for Asian Development Bank funding road project The Kingdom of Bhutan has received a grant from Asian Development Bank (ADB) towards the cost of South Asia Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Project. Bidding is now open to bidders from eligible source countries of ADB. Phuentsholing Thromde, Ministry of Work …

Equipment operator killed in machinery accident, best practices offered

Equipment operator killed in machinery accident, best practices offered The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a “Fatalgram” following the death of an equipment operator at a sand and gravel pit in USA. On 9th October 2016, a 61 year old plant operator with three years’ experience was fatally injured while attempting to …

Australia awards contract for underpass under Brisbane Airport Runway

Australia awards contract to build 4-lane underpass under Brisbane Airport Runway Construction of a 4-lane underpass beneath the new runway project at Brisbane Airport in Australia, valued at AU$120 million, has been awarded to Australian contractor McConnell Dowell. The project to build the reinforced concrete underpass forms a significant structural element of the new runway …

Turkey weighing bids for new Suspension Bridge over the Dardanelles Strait

Turkey weighing bids for new Suspension Bridge over the Dardanelles Strait A consortium of Turkish and South Korean firms has emerged as the frontrunner to build a 3.6km suspension bridge over the Dardanelles Strait in Turkey that will become one of the landmark bridges of Europe. Also included in the scope of the contract is …

United Kingdom announces details of more than £1.3 billion of road improvements

United Kingdom announces details of more than £1.3 billion of road improvements Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the government is investing record amounts into improving roads across the United Kingdom, and that the schemes are focused on relieving congestion and providing important upgrades to ensure roads are fit for the future. As part of …

Overcrowded Hong Kong looks at building shopping streets underground

Overcrowded Hong Kong looks at building shopping streets underground Famous for tall buildings and packed streets, Hong Kong has come up with a creative solution to their overcrowding by going underground. Hong Kong’s Information Services Department has revealed the first two below ground shopping streets will be built in Kai Tak, where the old airport was located, and will …

Chinese built and funded Djibouti-Ethiopia railway opens for business

Chinese built and funded Djibouti-Ethiopia railway opens for business Africa’s first electrified standard gauge railway entered service yesterday between the suburbs of Addis Ababa and its coastal neighbour, Djibouti. The line will cut the time taken to travel the 750km between Ethiopia and the sea from 3 days to just 12 hours. According to Aboubaker …

COWI to design another 23,300 m² expansion at Oslo Airport

COWI to design another 23,300 m² expansion at Oslo Airport The expansion will make room for the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the 276-tonne Airbus A380. The non-Schengen area at Gardermoen is to be expanded with a new building, and COWI will be principal contractor for the engineering aspects. This takes COWI into its sixth year …

Leading International Consulting Group COWI rebrands its UK subsidiaries

Leading International Consulting Group COWI rebrands its UK subsidiaries COWI the Denmark based engineering firm announced that former COWI subsidiaries, Flint & Neill and Donaldson Associates have rebranded as COWI in line with current strategy Effective 1st January 2017, COWI owned companies Flint & Neill and Donaldson Associates became COWI UK Limited. The move brings together COWI …

COWI – Donaldson Associates win Hong Kong Airport contracts

COWI – Donaldson Associates win Hong Kong Airport contracts Danish based engineering firm COWI and its new UK-based acquisition Donaldson Associates have won a series of contracts on the project to create a three-runway system at Hong Kong International Airport. “The early results of the collaboration between Donaldson tunnel staff in Hong Kong and COWI …

China funds Jamaica’s US$348 million South-East coastal highway project

China funds Jamaica’s US$348 million South-East coastal highway project Jamaican Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw will travel to the People’s Republic of China next week to sign an agreement with the China EXIM Bank for the construction of the South East coastal highway project at a cost of approximately US$384 million. The Cabinet …

Tanzania awards a US$1.2 million contract for 300km of Railway

Tanzania awards a US$1.2 million contract for 300km of Railway The Tanzania Government has awarded a US$ 1.2 million contract to a joint venture of Mota-Engil from Portugal and Yapi Merkezi Insaat VE Sanayi from Turkey for the construction of a 300km section of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) network planned for the east African countries …

Mexico awards US$4.2 billion airport terminal project for Mexico City

Mexico awards US$4.2 billion airport terminal project for Mexico City A Mexican-Spanish consortium led by FCC majority shareholder Carlos Slim’s Grupo Carso has landed a US$4.2 billion contract to build the terminal for Mexico City’s new airport. The consortium also includes another Spanish company – Acciona, along with local Mexican companies ICA, GIA, Prodemex, Grupo …

Construction starts at Ghana’s new US$1.5 billion Container Terminal Port

Construction starts at Ghana’s new US$1.5 billion Container Terminal Port Construction work began at the Port of Tema in Ghana in January 2017 on a new US$1.5 billion container terminal near the capital of Accra. The terminal will directly create 5,000 jobs, and be operated by Meridian Port Services (MPS), which is mainly owned by two …

Antigua and Barbuda announce US$17.5 Million road rehabilitation project

Antigua and Barbuda announce US$17.5 Million road rehabilitation project On Thursday, 9th February 2017, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda officially launched a road rehabilitation project to upgrade the Sir George Walter Highway and Friars Hill Road. The project is funded through a grant of million GBP13.9M (US$ 17.4M) from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure …

Robots and 3D Printing revolutionising bridge construction

Robots and 3D Printing revolutionising bridge construction In the Netherlands, a Dutch start-up called MX3D plans to 3D print the first steel bridge. The bridge will span over an Amsterdam canal by using robots with 3d print heads mounted on the end of the arms printers to extrude and weld the structure drop-by-drop in the first large-scale test …

Britain’s pothole repair backlog in crisis

As the pothole repair backlog reaches nearly £12bn, the government stands accused of neglecting local roads leaving councils in crisis. The latest analysis shows that the problem of crumbling roads now appears to be escalating out of control and urgently needs an injection of £1bn a year. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more …

Scotland announce bidding for new Expansion Joints on Forth Road Bridge

Scotland announce bidding for replacement of Expansion Joints on Forth Road Bridge Transport Scotland is advertising for a suitable contractor to take on a £9 million programme of works to replace the expansion joints on the Forth Road Bridge, with a contract due for award in the autumn of 2017, with a start on site …

Tunnel Proposal under England’s Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Tunnel Proposal under England’s Stonehenge World Heritage Site The government has gone out to consultation on its plans to improve the A303 around Stonehenge. Road users and local residents are being invited to have their say on the proposal to construct a 1.8-mile dual carriageway tunnel and to upgrade a seven-mile single carriageway stretch of the …

6,000 scrap tyres used for footpath construction

Office workers at the Wellesley Office Park in Wellesley Massachusetts can now enjoy attractive outdoor areas with comfortable seating and get right out into nature as they stroll along the new 800-metre long Wellesley Office Park footpath. To protect the ecologically sensitive area, the path was installed with 2,000 square metres of Porous Pave XL – …

Benefits of Milling / Cold Planing

Pavement Milling Also called cold planing or asphalt milling and profiling, involves removing part of the existing paved asphalt surface with sufficient thickness to create a smooth pavement or full-depth removal of the road surface and courses underneath. Recycling This is the greatest benefit from milling a road, and widely used for pavement rehabilitation throughout …

California investing US$2 million into generating power from passing cars

The California Energy Commission is investing in a US$2 million study to see whether piezoelectric crystals can be used to produce electricity from the mechanical energy created by vehicles driving on roads. Thousands of piezoelectric crystals could be embedded in the road to convert mechanical energy from the weight of passing vehicles into electricity. It is estimated that piezoelectric …

Wales looks forward to a new bridge over the Menai Straits

Wales looks forward to a new bridge over the Menai Straits Thomas Telford’s original Menai Suspension Bridge opened in 1826 and Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Tubular Bridge followed in 1850 to carry rail traffic in two wrought-iron rectangular box spans. After a fire in 1970, which left only the limestone pillars remaining, the bridge was rebuilt …

Hong Kong tender for highway, tunnel and flyover projects issued

Hong Kong tender for highway, tunnel and flyover projects issued The Highways Department of Hong Kong is inviting bids for work on the Central Kowloon Route – Yau Ma Tei East project, which includes construction of a 390 metre long tunnel between Yau Cheung Road and Shanghai Street, upgrades to part of Gascoigne Road Flyover, …

Netherlands awards US$525 million contract for road and tunnel scheme

Netherlands awards US$525 million contract for road and tunnel scheme The province of South Holland in the Netherlands has awarded a US$ 525M (€492m) contract for construction of the first part of the Rijnland Route to the Como15 international joint venture, which includes Mobilis, Croonwolter & dros, DEME Infra Marine Contractors and Vinci Construction Grands …

World’s highest bridge on the Guanxing Highway opens in Southwest China

The Beipanjiang Bridge on the Guanxing Highway near Xingbei Town (Xinbeizhen), Zhenfeng County, Guizhou Province, Southwest China is now the world’s highest bridge. The bridge opened to traffic on the 29th December 2016 after 3 years in construction, at a cost of approximately US$143 million. The 1,341 metre long structure is equivalent to a 200-story building in height. Some 566 metres …

Saudi Arabia funds Pakistan’s Expressway to connect Chakdara with Kalam

Saudi Arabia funds Pakistan’s Swat Expressway to connect Chakdara with Kalam Saudi Arabia has agreed to provide US$ 50 million (Rs3.4 billion) in financial aid to Pakistan for the construction of the 113 km long, 3 lane, Swat Expressway, which will connect Chakdara with Kalam. The Swat Expressway is currently under construction in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province …

New terminal for Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania

New terminal for Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania Prof Makame Mbarawa – the Tanzania Minister for Works, Transport and Communications recently stated that the construction of the new 60,000 square metre terminal at Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) was well on course with currently about 65% of the works complete. The construction work is expected to …

The Brexit impact on Africa’s Construction Industry

Worry and scepticism surround the Brexit debate The effects of the exit will trickle from the UK to Africa and beyond. We look at the impact of Brexit on Africa’s construction industry Shortly before the UK embarked on a voting process on whether to remain or depart from the European Union, construction players in Britain had cautioned against …

Climate Change and Transportation

Climate-smart Transportation is Key to Development Climate Change Issues According to the World Bank, when it comes to climate change, the transport sector is both a victim and a perpetrator. On the one hand, transport infrastructure is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as higher temperatures, increased precipitation, and flooding. At the same time, transport …

World Bank approves US$235 million for the Bihar Rural Roads Project in India

The World Bank today approved a US$ 235 million credit for the Bihar Rural Roads Project to improve and effectively manage the state’s rural road network. The Bihar Rural Roads project will support the construction of about 2,500 km of rural roads under MMGSY or Mukhya Mantri gram Sampark Yojana a Government of Bihar project to provide …

Malaysia to Singapore High-Speed railway approved for bidding

Malaysia and Singapore have signed an agreement that paves the way for bidding for an international High-Speed rail line between Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The 350km High Speed Rail line will have eight stations, will include a bridge across the Straits of Johor, and will cut the travel time between the two …

British Government announced over £1.3b in road improvements for the United Kingdom

The British Government has announced details of over £1.3 billion in road improvements for the United Kingdom As part of the £1.3 billion fund, the government is providing £925 million, which highways authorities can bid for to upgrade and repair their roads, and a further £70 million allocated next year from the Pothole Fund. Transport …

Contract awarded for Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand

The New Zealand Transport Agency has awarded a contract to Fletcher Construction for the next section of the Kāpiti Expressway in New Zealand. The contract for involves the construction of the 13km stretch from Peka Peka to Ōtaki. The project is expected to cost approximately US$ 236m (NZ$330m), including site investigations, design, property costs and …

An overview of the Bitumen Market in India

India has the world’s second largest road network after the United States of America, with a road infrastructure of over 47,000 km. The Indian bitumen market that is currently around 5 million tonnes is expected to grow in the future due to the Governments proposed construction projects to upgrade the road network. Bitumen is used …

Warm Mix Asphalt used on A66 in Cumbria

Hanson spreads the benefits of warm asphalt Use of warm asphalts promises environmental benefits of energy saving, lower emissions and enhanced durability and to this list can now be added technical advantages, including extended compactability in cold weather and quicker reopening of roads to traffic. Hanson is one contractor which has taken these technical advantages …

India approves 476km of Highways projects totalling US$884m

Twelve National Highway projects On the 15th November 2016, the Indian Government approved twelve National Highway projects totalling 476 km with a value of Rs 6,067.9 crore (US$884m). The projects are in the eight states of Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Most of the 476-km projects are under …

Paraguay contract awarded for Asunción and Coronel Oviedo, and Road 7

Paraguay A contract was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) of Paraguay to a consortium led by Sacyr Concesiones, which includes Mota Engil and Ocho A for the construction and operation of Road 2 – between Asunción and Coronel Oviedo, and Road 7 – linking Coronel Oviedo and Caaguazú. …

Contractor chosen for RAAF Amberley expansion in Australia

RAAF Amberley, Australia’s biggest airbase is expanding The Australian Department of Defence have chosen CPB Contractors, a CIMIC Group company to deliver the C‐17A Maintenance Facility, Aircraft Apron and Associated Infrastructure Project at the RAAF Base Amberley, which is located 40km south‐west of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. CIMIC Group is a subsidiary of Hochtief the …

European Investment Bank loans Poland 70m Euros for 40km Road Upgrade

European Investment Bank loans Poland 70m Euros for 40km Road Upgrade Loan agreed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to lend Euro 70M towards the upgrading of a section of the S7 highway between Koszwały and Kazimierzowo in northern Poland. The EIB loan will finance the upgrading a 40km stretch to a dual two-lane expressway, …

Hard Hat colour scheme introduced by Highways England

Hard Hat colour scheme introduced by Highways England As from 1st January 2017, a new Hard Hat colour scheme will be enforced on Contractors working on national road projects in the United Kingdom. Black safety helmets – for site supervisors. Orange safety helmets – for slingers/signallers. White safety helmets – for general use, managers, clients and …

Hong Kong Airport 3RS extension to handle 30m extra passengers

Hong Kong Airport 3RS extension to handle 30m extra passengers COWI the Danish consulting firm have won a series of contracts on a new three-runway system allowing the Hong Kong International Airport to handle future traffic demand. COWI is now growing their presence in SE Asia with new contracts on the three-runway system (3RS) at the …

Funding Approved for the Dili to Baucau Highway Project, East Timor

Timor-Leste (East Timor) 16th November 2016 Funding Approved for the Dili to Baucau Highway Project The project is consistent with the Timor-Leste Strategic Development Plan (SDP) 2011-2030, which sets a vision to promote economic growth, fast-track economic development, modernise, and diversify the economy by providing the country with a high-quality infrastructure. This Highway investment is …

AfDB approves US$3m grant for feasibility studies for Central Africa roads & bridges

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Monday, November 1, 2016, approved a US $3.04-million grant to assist the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) to undertake studies for the Kribi-Campo-Baba Multinational Road and Bridge linking Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea. The grant, funded through the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF), a multi-donor Special Fund …

Africa is looking forward, to combat climate change

Africa is looking forward, to combat climate change Africa’s transport infrastructure is the biggest hurdle in the continents increasing economic development, and climate change is now threating to undermine an already vulnerable road and transport network. Africa’s Rural Road Infrastructure Despite major road programmes backed by aid funding, millions still rely on a vast network …

Deep snow road clearing

Deep snow road clearing Every April Norway’s Trollstigen Road which forms part of the National Tourist Route from Geiranger to Trollstigen is cleared of deep snow by this giant snow blowing snow plow. The road is prone to really bad winters with severe weather and avalanches forcing its closure during winter every year. To prepare …