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09 March 2016

 

Egis Easytrip Services acquires Versluis to secure its leadership in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicles

To strengthen its position of European market leader in the field of services to Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV), Egis Easytrip Services has just completed today the acquisition of Internationaal Administratiekantoor J.W. Versluis N.V., trading as Versluis, a VAT and excise recovery specialist located in Ridderkerk (Netherlands).

 

Egis Easytrip Services acquired 100% of Versluis, a company targeting international HGV customers and providing VAT recovery and Excise recovery.

Located in the vicinity of the existing Dutch office of Easytrip, Versluis will complement the current activity of Easytrip on that VAT & Excise recovery field. Teams from both companies will work together to achieve process and business synergies, while enhancing the level of service to our customers. Versluis’ customers will also from now onwards benefit from the large expertise of Easytrip: European electronic tolling, train booking, ferries and tunnels booking, fuel payments, etc.

Emmanuel Michaux, Chief Executive Officer at Egis Easytrip Services, comments: “With this acquisition, Egis Easytrip Services takes a new step forward in its strategic objective to become one of the Top-5 European leaders as international service provider to Heavy Goods Vehicles.”

Auke Schenk, owner of Versluis, said: “I am delighted to join Egis Easytrip Services to further develop our business in Belgium, Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. I will be able to bring my deep understanding of the VAT end excise business to further strengthen Easytrip activity in this field”.

With the following acquisition, Easytrip is now positioned as one of the foremost road mobility service actor to serve its transport and logistics clients, business fleets and private individuals with:

  • more than 14,000 HGV fleets and 500,000 individual customers;
  • a large panel of road mobility services such as electronic tolling, ferry and train booking, parking and electrical vehicles payment and VAT and excise recovery, services;
  • about EUR 500 million of annual amount collected across the different services of the business;
  • geographic coverage of 25 local offices across Europe, Morocco and the Philippines.

On the tolling side, it has now positioned itself on the growing independent tolling business in continental Europe (stimulated by the European Electronic Toll Service - EETS directive). Versluis will join the Easytrip brand to offer to their HGV customers their wide portfolio of advices and services, their pan-European sales organisation and their skills in the B2B segment.

 

01 March 2016

 

Inauguration of National Road No. 1, Congo

After 8 years of construction works, the Route Nationale 1 (National Road No. 1) linking Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire in Congo was inaugurated on Tuesday 1 March 2016, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and several government ministers.

As delegate project manager, Egis supervised all of the studies and construction works of this major project.

 

Project history

535 km of newly paved, four-lane road now links Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of Congo, to Pointe-Noire, the second largest city and the economic capital of the country. Launched in 2007 by President Denis Sassou Nguesso, this 2 billion Euro construction works project was financed in part through a framework agreement on trade and economic cooperation between the Republic of Congo and the People's Republic of China.

The development of this strategic road, committed by the Congolese government, is a large-scope action that promotes national integration, the dynamism of trade and the country’s economy. It is also part of a regional strategy to make the Congo the gateway to the hinterland countries, and its port of Pointe-Noire a leading transhipment platform.

The Congolese government delegated contracting authority to the Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, the administrative and technical body responsible for the management of major public contracts, which is responsible for regional planning and general delegation of large construction works. Meanwhile, the construction of this new road was entrusted to the Chinese company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) and project management was delegated to the Egis teams.

 

A non-standard building site

The former RN1, a narrow path, partially destroyed or closed in by vegetation, severely handicapped the economic development of the country through a difficult connection between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. The new route, 95% complete in 2x2 lanes and completely new, allows many cities in the southern provinces of the country to be opened up.

This marathon building site, which took place in several stages over a total period of more than eight years, is exceptional not only for the scope of work and the mobilisation of material and human resources involved, but also for the technical challenges that were faced. The Egis teams were able to handle the complex management of surface and groundwater, the large mass earthworks, and the problems posed by non-standard bridges, all of which had deep foundations.

One of the most dramatic challenges was crossing approximately 60 km of the Mayombe, a mountainous region with very rugged terrain that forms a natural barrier between the Kouilou and Niari departments. Due to the diversity and instability of the soil in the waterlogged mass, as well as to the very high rainfall spread over several months, various devices for protection and slope stabilisation (nailing, shotcrete, retaining wall) were implemented on a large scale in order to ensure the sustainability of the work.

Faced with such an ambitious project, Egis deployed all of its expertise to ensure success in its role as delegate project manager, while maintaining very tight deadlines for implementation. With more than 202,000 plans examined and 1,250,000 geotechnical tests performed, Egis called on the best of its business, a monitoring team of over 170 people distributed across 535 km.

An environmental approach at the heart of the project

Egis decided to integrate into the project the protection and development of various noteworthy historical, geographical, geological, fauna and flora sites of interest.

The most innovative technical decision made by Egis was the widespread use (12 million seeds) of a perennial grass called "Vetiver" to protect and stabilise berms in the Bateke sands area.

This plant engineering solution, perfectly adapted to the environmental and socio-economic context of the country, can serve as an example for institutional or private developers in the Congo and can be regularly used to counter the erosion problems associated with the sandy soil in Africa. 

 

03 February 2016

 

India Egis is awarded a new contract for operation and maintenance services for Vindhyachal Expressway Private Limited on the National Highway 7

The concession company VEPL (Vindhyachal Expressway Private Limited) has awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of the National Highway 7 to Egis for three years.

 

The National Highway 7 (NH-7) is a 73 km toll motorway connecting main city of Rewa and Hanumana (in Rewa district on border of the states of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh) of the Indian federal state of Madhya Pradesh. Egis is in charge of toll collection, route patrolling and incident management and routine maintenance of a section of the stretch (40 km) with one toll plaza of 6 lanes.

Since more than 20 years, Egis has been involved in many projects to upgrade and develop the entire road infrastructure of the country, by intervening in transport fields (air, rail, road, sea), construction, urban development, water or environment.

In road operation, in addition to the National Highway 7, Egis is in charge of the operation and maintenance of four other motorways: the National Highway 47 in Kerala (64 km), the National Highway 93 in Uttar Pradesh (82 km), the National Highway 8D in Gujarat (124 km) and the State Highway 01 in Telengana (72 km).
This new operating contract strengthens the position of Egis to contribute to the sustainable economic and social development of India.

World leader in motorway and toll operation, Egis operates more than 2400 km of motorways around the world, with 39 km of tunnels used daily by 1 200 000 vehicles. Egis also implements and operates the most modern 100% electronic toll collection solutions: toll systems, congestion charging, national per-kilometre charging, interoperability solutions, etc.

 

11 January 2016

 

Sydney, Australia : Egis awarded contract for operation and maintenance of WestConnex

Sydney Motorway Corporation (SMC) has awarded the contract for the operation and maintenance of WestConnex to Fulton Hogan Egis O&M Pty Ltd (FHEO&M). Egis, through its Australian subsidiary Egis Projects Asia Pacific, and Fulton Hogan Construction each hold 50% of the shares in FHEO&M.

 

WestConnex is Australia’s largest road infrastructure project which is being delivered by SMC, a private corporation, whose shareholders are the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and the Treasurer of NSW. WestConnex will significantly reduce travel times for commuters in the Sydney area and deliver more than $AUD20 billion in economic benefits to the state of New South Wales (NSW).

WestConnex is being delivered in three stages:

  • Stage 1 (WestConnex M4) includes the widening of existing M4 Motorway as well as a 5.5km tunnel extension.
  • Stage 2 (WestConnex M5) includes a new 9km  road tunnel which will more than double capacity of the existing M5 East motorway corridor and provide a new  interchange, north of the city’s airport.
  • Stage 3 (WestConnex M4-M5 Link) will link stages 1 and 2 via a new road tunnel, connecting the M4 and M5 corridors.

The contract term for stages 1 and 2 is 10 years. Operation and maintenance will start in 2019.

Furthermore, the contract comprises the operation and maintenance of the existing M5 East Motorway, which had been previously operated and maintained by Egis (as part of the BHEgis joint venture) from 2001 to 2011. M5 East is a 10km motorway with 4.5km of tunnels.

With the award of this contract, Egis strengthens its presence in tunnel and motorway operation and further demonstrates its position as a leading tunnel operation and maintenance provider in Australia and worldwide, with 80 km of tunnels under contract in 10 different countries.

 

05 January 2016

 

Egis part of the winning team in EDF "Low Carbon" competition

The team described by the judging panel as “the association of an inquisitive mind and a National Urbanism Award, combined with the capability of a major design consultancy” was on 15 December 2015 proclaimed the winner of the 7th edition of the Low Carbon Architecture competition “Reinventing the City”, launched in association with Lille 3000. The project “The Factory of the Renaissance” (La Fabrique de la Renaissance) has won the EDF Low Carbon (Bas Carbone) Competition. The Egis group through its subsidiary Elioth is one of the members of the winning alliance, alongside 169 Architecture and Obras.

 

From a shortlist of four teams, the project "The Factory of the Renaissance" was picked as winner of the 7th edition of the Low Carbon Architecture competition "Reinventing the City", organised in association with Lille 3000. This competition bearing the COP 21 label offers insight into the transformations necessary for cities on the scale of an existing district of Lille and an outlook on energy looking forward to 2050 taking into account global warming and greenhouse gas emission reduction objectives. This programme is also part of Lille 3000 whose theme this year is "Renaissance".

The project "The Factory of the Renaissance" by the team comprising 169 Architecture, Obras and Elioth (part of Egis) reintegrates workshops and factories into the heart of metropolitan regions. From 2015 to 2050, the Third Industrial Revolution is not an "Uberisation" of the economy: it is first and foremost a cultural and political project whereby all inhabitants contribute to the transformation of buildings and modes of transport with the energy of exuberant frugality.

By this juncture, our district will be energy self-sufficient for all of its building needs, most notably thanks to the introduction of the "Duct" ("le Duc"), a "low-tech" logistics and energy infrastructure, the umbilical cord of this metamorphosed neighbourhood.

Our project is a manifesto which describes the trajectory of the interlaced changes relating to energy, materials and culture. It is also a realistic project which could be implemented as of tomorrow. A print manifesto has been designed and published by the team and will also be issued in digital format.

Egis, partner of COP 21

Climate change: Egis plays its part
Egis has taken action together with about twenty other French companies in the momentum to fight climate disturbance. Egis supports the French authorities by actively contributing to research into solutions to accompany the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Egis is active in the fight against global warming: discover all our climate solutions on our dedicated web site www.climatebyegis.com.

© Egis - Colin Hutchison

 

18 December 2015

 

Airborne Concept and Egis develop integration of ADS-B transponder onto mini rotary wing drone

At Toulouse Francazal airport at the end of September this year, the firms Airborne Concept and Egis presented the French civil aviation authority DGAC with the results of their work to develop the integration of an ADS-B transponder onto a small rotary-wing drone weighing less than 10 kg.

 

The aim of the system is to locate the drone in real time to facilitate surveillance and enable the detection of drones which could be used for malevolent purposes. Compatible with many air traffic control systems, this development is one possible avenue to effectively respond to fears arising from the growing numbers of drones in our skies. Airborne Concept and Egis have signed a partnership and pooled their aeronautical expertise to design this surveillance system. They are the joint holders of a patent which they have recently registered.

"We are pleased to note that NASA carried out similar tests around the same period on a ‘Predator’ fixed wing drone. It is encouraging for us to discover that our design offices had the same vision of the future as that of a prestigious institution such as NASA. This is solid proof of the pertinence of our development work and a sign that French engineering capabilities remain top-class," says Arnaud Le Maout, President of Airborne Concept.

Airborne Concept and Egis focussed their attentions on a reduced-sized ADS-B transponder mounted on a multi-rotor drone. Airborne Concept, a Toulouse-based manufacturer of drones for professional use, undertook the integration of the ADS-B module aboard the latest octocopter model to emerge from its manufacturing facilities.

Egis, an international consulting, engineering and operations group, notably in the aviation field, contributed its ADS-B expertise on the validation of the operation concept to enable detection by air traffic control systems. ADS-B is an international standard which allows the communication of information for monitoring purposes (identification of aircraft, position, direction, speed, altitude and reliability).

"This cooperation allows Egis to support the development of an area where innovation is of critical importance in the design of new services capable of fitting into today’s aeronautical environment," adds Cédric Barbier, Executive Director Aviation at Egis.

The first tests in front of representatives from DGAC aroused the interest of Mrs. Muriel Preux, Director of the Drone Project at the national regulator, who adds:

"The area of drones is experiencing rapid development both in terms of technology and in the range of professional applications considered. Innovation can be found in a number of areas: the drones themselves, sensors, data processing software, etc. It is important that it also contributes benefits in terms of air security. Fitting a drone with an ADS-B transponder enables its trajectory to be monitored in real time and allows it to be displayed on a radar screen or be recognised by the TCAS of an aeroplane. It is also a possible way of identifying the drone and its operator by law enforcement bodies. This is therefore an important step towards integrating drones within the controlled airspace. These concepts, developed by NASA, are today tested in France by Airborne Concept. Research and Development must be continued to make equipment smaller and cheaper to produce and to further test the capacity of ADS-B, possibly working together with research labs or engineering colleges. But this first step is very encouraging. The DGAC’s services worked hard to make this first experiment possible and will remain closely attentive to future developments."

This cooperation between the firms Airborne Concept and Egis is a first step towards making the use of drones above our heads safer. Without a doubt, this very aeronautical approach is unavoidable if the manufacturers in the drone field are to avoid clashing with the traditional users of our skies whilst also reassuring government authorities who are very sensitive to cases of illegal overflight.

 

07 December 2015

 

Egis and R20 sign an historic partnership for sustainable waste management

This Saturday, 5th December 2015, in Paris, an agreement was signed between Egis and R20, a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. The signing took place in the presence of Christophe Nuttall, Executive Director of R20, Terry Tammimen, Strategic Advisor of R20, Pierre-René Lemas, CEO of Caisse des Dépôts, and Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis. In parallel with the COP21, this agreement seals a partnership that focuses on developing “Waste to Energy" projects in developing countries.

 

Objective: a common fund for waste management

The goal of the partnership between Egis and R20 is to create a pre-investment fund specializing in waste management. It entails preparing the different protagonists upstream of sustainable waste management (national and local governments, industry and investors) to take the decisions necessary to implement concrete projects. The pre-investment funds provide Egis and R20 with the means to bring the sustainable waste management market to maturity in emerging and developing countries.

To this end, the pre-investment fund will finance two concrete actions essential to market maturity:

A training programme for national officials and local decision-takers on the subject of waste management. The programme will revolve around three areas that are critical to taking decisions:

  • the public policies needed for waste management,
  • the existing technologies on the market today,
  • the economic models and financial mechanisms necessary for the sustainability of a sustainable waste management project.

- A feasibility study campaign in the cities deemed mature, in order to identify, develop, and structure projects that are likely to achieve the objectives in the eyes of public and private investors.

In the light of the joint experience these two parties have on many waste treatment project opportunities (Algeria, the Maldives, Morocco, China), R20 and Egis share not only the same analyses, visions and goals, but also the same values about the economic opportunities included in waste management: promoting social values, active participation of the population, creation of direct and indirect jobs and safeguarding the environment, particularly through selective sorting, recycling and energy cogeneration.

This approach is part of the Caisse des Dépôts long-term commitment to the environment and energy transition.

 

© Caisse des dépôts / Jean-Marc PETTINA

 

21 October 2015

 

Egis signs a contract for the operation of on-street parking services of Amsterdam municipality

Egis has just signed a contract with the Amsterdam municipality for the operation of the on-street parking services of the city after having won the tender against four other competitors, all based locally.

 

Amsterdam on-street parking enforcement system can be considered today as one of the world most advanced

This is in particular due to the use of special scanning cars that drive around the city payment areas in order to check license plates, limiting considerably the presence of parking agents walking on the street. The scanned plates, as well as the associated GPS data of the parked cars are sent from the car to the enforcement back office of the operator which remotely checks the existence of legitimate parking rights for each scanned license plate. The parking rights are daily checked in cooperation with the local authorities such as the Police and the City Tax service.

« This Amsterdam model is particularly innovative, since it offers a fully dematerialized parking control management, says Rik Joosten, Chief Executive Officer of Egis Projects. From checking of the payment to the penalty confirmation, the system manages the entire process. No need to fine manually! The parking rights are digital and the penalties are directly sent by post. »

In the framework of this 4 year contract with a possible extension of 4 years, Egis replaces the current operator Cition and will take over part of its existing staff (around 150 people). The contract involves an implementation period of six months after which the take-over of staff will become effective in 2016. Egis will manage through the back-office of the operator approximately 150,000 parking spaces, 180,000 long-term parking permits and 2,400 parking meters.

By securing this important contract, Egis enters a new and promising business of managing on-street parking in cities. « Egis wins here its first on-street parking service contract abroad. Our Group brings a fresh and external perspective on the challenges of on-street parking in Amsterdam, with a global innovative and attractive offer. Our goal is to achieve a high rate of payment of on-street parking. To achieve this, we will aim at a better turnover of resident vehicles and a greater respect of on-street parking payment. » welcomes Rik Joosten.

 

14 October 2015

 

French National Engineering Awards 2015: Wind-it® wins Industry and Technology prize

Wednesday 14 October 2015 – The Grand Prix National de l’Ingénierie(1) (French National Engineering Awards) is to award its Industry and Technology prize to the Wind-it project, an innovative renewable energy generation solution developed since 2007 by Elioth,(2) a specialist subsidiary of Egis. The principle is to install one or several vertical axis wind turbines (VAWD) onto the structure of high metal pylons specifically designed to accommodate them. This innovation is the tangible convergence point of communication networks and renewable energy.

Top marks for its original technical architecture and its application potential!

 

An association of structural, aerodynamic and energy industries, creating an innovative and eco-responsible structure.

The innovation, combining wind turbines and a small solar power unit, helps to considerably reduce and possibly dispense with fuel oil-driven generators which are traditionally used to supply power to communications towers. The Wind-it tower, designed for mobile telecommunications base transceiver stations (BTS) can be scaled to produce excess energy and thereby contribute to local electricity needs, offering a solid mix of electricity supply through renewable energy.

At the inception of the project and up until 2012, it was planned to apply Wind-it to high voltage electricity pylons, earning the solution several distinctions including the Next Generation Award in New York in 2009 with Encore Heureux Architecte.

In 2014, the project took off in a new direction and the startup Wind-it SAS was formed. Wind-it is represented by four partner firms: Egis and Elioth, Ergos Energy Partners (consultants specialising in energy and support for renewable energy projects) and DFI / WLM (an engineering firm specialising in BTS-bearing pylons and structures). The aim of the association is to pool their respective skills and resources in the perspective of developing and marketing this innovative small-scale renewable energy generation technology.

Also in 2014, a scale model of a module was built in a wind tunnel, and energy production objectives were set following technical development studies on the full-scale prototype. At the beginning of 2015, a 50-metre full-scale prototype (see photo above) was delivered and commissioned for tests and optimisation. The tower, jointly developed by DFI and Elioth, has three vertical axis wind turbines attached within a specially-designed metal structure.

The result of R&D investment, Wind-it displays a considerable number of innovations and has several registered patents, providing this tower with an innovative advantage on the state of the art of traditional towers in both wind energy generation and in the management of local renewable resources (solar and wind power and micro-storage). These innovations can be found in the technical and structural architecture of the tower, the architecture of the wind turbines themselves and the regulation of their energy production.

Finally, Wind-it can help to cut the energy costs of a telecommunications tower by up to 50%, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions by the same proportion.

More information at www.elioth.com and www.egis-group.com

Wind-it blog: http://blog-wind-it.tumblr.com/

Wind-it in Video

Wind-it from elioth on Vimeo.

 

14 September 2015

 

Egis is awarded construction supervision of the main sewer in the sanitation system in the city of Doha in Qatar

For a number of years, the capital of Qatar has seen sustained population growth, which requires it to resize its sanitation system. The Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) awarded the SNC Lavalin-Egis consortium supervision of the construction works of the new main sewer in the city of Doha, within the framework of Phase 2 of the IDRIS (Inner Doha Resewerage Implementation Strategy) programme.

 

Today, nearly 90% of the population of Qatar (approximately 2.3 million residents) live in Doha or its outskirts. The Qatar Public Works Authority (Ashghal) launched the IDRIS programme with the aim of modernising and improving the sanitation system capacity in the city of Doha, in particular in the oldest area located to the south. This gravimetric sanitation network, consisting of large underground collection networks, will maintain a high level of service, transporting sewage from the city to a new treatment plant via a main sewer and a network of secondary collectors.

As part of Phase 2 of this programme, the Egis teams, tasked for a period of 5 years, will be responsible for supervision of the construction works of the new sewer main in the city. With a diameter of about 3 metres, the main will allow water to be transferred by gravity over a distance of more than 40 km south of the city to the new Doha South treatment plant. The effluents from the station could, among other things, be reused for irrigation.

This is the third contract within a few weeks awarded to Egis in Qatar in the field of water, after the extension of the Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant and the rehabilitation of the Al Karaana lagoon (west of Doha). This strengthens Egis’ position in this country where the group has already generated more than €30 million in revenue in 2014, through involvement in many infrastructure projects.

©Spetsnaz1991

 

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