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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.

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24 August 2015

 

Opening to traffic of the Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway in the Philippines

The President of the Republic inaugurated the Muntinlupa Cavite Expressway, or MCX, in the Philippines on Friday 24 July 2015. He drove his private car and paid the toll. MCX was toll free for one month and now becomes tolled. Egis has started the maintenance and operation service of this expressway for 7 years, ensuring its long-standing presence of motorway operator in this country.

 

The MCX, previously called the Daang Hari – SLEX Link Road, is a 4 km long toll road linking South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the Daang Hari road (Daang Hari means the road of the king) in the south of Metro Manila.

Egis is in charge the maintenance and operation service of this expressway for 7 years together with operation advisory for Ayala Corporation, the oldest conglomerate in the Philippines which won the project as concessionaire in December 2011. Before that, on 28 August 2014 Egis had signed a contract for the turnkey supply and installation of the Fixed Operating Equipment of the road.

The project, though rather small with a unique toll barrier with 13 toll lanes, is in fact complex as it involves the seamless interconnection with the SLEX, a very busy expressway deserving all the provinces south of Metro Manila, with daily traffic averaging 240,000 vehicles.

This concession is part of the public private partnership (PPP) programme of the Republic of the Philippines and was the first one to be awarded.

 It also represents also the first activities secured by Egis in the Philippines outside the North Luzon Expressway (NLE).

© Egis - Laurent Charles-Nicolas

 

21 August 2015

 

Egis, in partnership with Transconsult, awarded works supervision for all systems of the Guadalajara metro line 3

The Secretaría de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), has recently awarded Egis, in partnership with Transconsult, supervision of works for all systems and rolling stock for line 3 of the Guadalajara metro, the second largest city in Mexico.

 

 

With a population of more than 4 million, Guadalajara currently has a network consisting of two lines. Line 3 will link the city centre to the south east of the city, servicing the municipalities of Guadalajara, Tlaquepaque and Zapopan. With 18 stations, there is a total of 21 kilometres of line, including 5.5 kilometres underground and almost 15 kilometres of suspended structures.

The metro line is scheduled to be in service mid-2018, civil engineering works having already started in March 2015.

The project is part of the ambitious National Development Plan 2013-2018, which places particular emphasis on improved mobility in the country's biggest cities, notably via the development of different modes of rail transport.

Partnership assignments

The partnership will be responsible for supervision of works for all systems (track, energy, signalling, telecommunications and rolling stock). Works will be undertaken by a consortium made up of Alstom and Mexico Constructora de Proyectos Viales (OHL group).

 

Several types of assignments are scheduled including; RAMS (reliability, availability maintainability and safety), ISA (international standards on auditing) and managing testing until the line is operational. The experience of Egis as an ISA auditor played a role in the partnership being retained for the assignment.

Over 34 months the project team, composed of 25 key experts and multiple support engineers, will utilize the expertise of Egis and Transconsult necessary for a project of this size: track, rolling stock, signals, telecommunication, energy and catenary, electromechanical systems for overhead structures and tunnels, ISA and RAMS, etc. With its significant knowledge of the local context and technical know-how, Transconsult teams will actively participate in coordination of the different teams.

This contract confirms the active presence of Egis and Transconsult in Mexico and their desire to become leading engineers in this country.

 

30 July 2015

 

Middle-East: Egis and Projacs seal a strategic partnership to develop new opportunities

Egis acquires 51% of Projacs, the leading project and construction management firm in the Middle East. This transaction represents a new stepping stone for the development of both Egis and Projacs.

 

 

A reputed project management consultancy firm in its market

Founded in 1984, Projacs offers a wide and integrated range of project management services mainly relating to building projects.

The firm is firmly established in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait) and also operates in neighbouring countries.

With a workforce of 700 people and a turnover of USD 70 million in 2014, the company is a leading figure in the region, ranking among the global top 15 in the ENR (Engineering News Record) list of project management consultancies (excluding American firms). The firm also has its own training institute which accounts for 11% of its annual business.

A strategic partnership

With over USD 2500 billion worth of projects under planning, bidding or execution across the MENA region, both Egis and Projacs see significant opportunities for partnership and have over the past few months began sharing resources and capabilities as well as developing joint approaches for business development.

We are proud of Egis’ ongoing successes in the Middle East and are confident about our outlook in this promising region. To cement our commitment and build a sustainable business cluster, we thought critical to partner up with an established player in the Middle East. The integration of Projacs within Egis will allow the group to round out its project management expertise in the Middle East region and reinforce its position on projects in the fields of buildings and urban development commented Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis.

“With 20 offices across the MENA region, Projacs has an unparalleled coverage of the region and an unmatched track record in project and construction management services, particularly in relation to buildings in the Middle East. We continue to have our share of project/construction management and construction supervision for impressive government programs such as for the National Guard in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Education and the Public Authority for Applied Education in Kuwait or the Qatar Olympic Committee as well as for private sector clients such as on the development of nine Accor hotels in Saudi Arabia, the new National Bank of Kuwait head office landmark or the City Stars new development in Sharm Alsheikh. On the other hand, Egis holds significant capabilities in design and engineering in sectors which Projacs does not currently cover such as infrastructure, transport, water, energy and large-scale urban development. These are sectors which we believe will feature significant growth and opportunities in the region. We expect this strategic partnership to be highly beneficial to both firms as we each leverage on the complementary strengths and capabilities of the other” commented Dr. Nabil Al-Qaddumi, founder and Chairman of Projacs.

The Middle East: a key region for Egis

Egis has been present in the Middle East for several years and holds the view that the region is a high-potential global market in a large number of fields such as infrastructure, buildings, water, energy and urban development. Egis generated 7% of its 2014 turnover in the Middle East.

Among the most notable regional projects awarded to Egis since 2012 feature:

-       Project management and construction supervision of three lines of the future Riyadh metro in Saudi Arabia;

-       Project management for the Doha metro in Qatar;

-       Design studies and construction supervision of 130 km of expressways in Doha;

-       The design of the urban development of the new cities of Taif and Badr in Saudi Arabia;

-       Technical management of a data center in Riyadh;

-       Project management of the King Faysal Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

More recently, the group also won contracts for:

-       The renovation of aviation infrastructure at Riyadh airport;

-       Assistance to the Saudi civil aviation authority for the commissioning of new infrastructure at the King Abulaziz airport in Jeddah;

-       Design studies for the future Medina metro in Saudi Arabia;

-       Project management of all of the Elevated sections of the Doha metro;

-       The design review and works supervision of the new project to extend the Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant;

-       Design studies and works supervision of the Um Al Houl Economic Zone (QEZ-3) in Doha;

-       Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for rehabilitation of Al Karaana lagoon in Qatar;

-       Construction supervision of the main sewer in the sanitation system in the city of Doha as part of the IDRIS programme.

There are currently 500 Egis employees working in the region on the various projects.

 

16 July 2015

 

Turkey: Start of the contract for the operation and maintenance of the Gebze-Izmir motorway

The contract for the operation and maintenance of the Gebze-Izmir motorway in Turkey has just come into force for a period of 22 years. Egis is in charge of pre-operational services, operation, maintenance and toll management of the motorway for OTOYOL AS, the concessionaire towards the Turkish General Directorate of Highways (“KGM”).

 

The Gebze-İzmir project is a toll motorway procured by the Turkish General Directorate of Highways under a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Model. This project is the largest BOT project in Turkey up to now.

It includes 420 km of motorway (2x3 lanes) between Gebze (on the North shore of İzmit Bay) and İzmir, as well as a 3,000m suspension bridge crossing İzmit bay, three tunnels with an approximate cumulative length of 6km and 20 toll stations.

The project is implemented in two phases. The first phase from km 0 (Gebze) to km 58 includes the 3,000m Izmit bay suspension bridge which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world by the length of its central span (1,550m). The level of traffic for the first phase is expected to be about 40,000 vehicles per day. The second phase includes the remaining 362 km of motorway between km 58 and Izmir, two tunnels of 1,700m and 1,020m as well as the ring road of Bursa, the fourth largest city in the country.

Egis is a 50% shareholder of the operating company Gebze İzmir İşletme ve Bakım (GİİB). The other 50% are hold by the shareholders of the concession company.

GİİB is in charge of the operation, maintenance and toll management of the motorway. GİİB is also in charge of pre-operational services needed for the opening to traffic of the motorway. After a first stage of definition of the operator's needs, the purchase of vehicles and equipment, the recruitment and training of staff and the development of the whole operating documentation will follow.

The operation of the first phase will start at the end of 3.5 years of works at the beginning of 2016 and the second phase is expected to be in operation mid-2020.

With the start of this contract, Egis strengthens its presence in tunnel and motorway operation, maintenance and tolling activities in Turkey. Egis is in particular in charge of the operation of the Eurasia Tunnel (a 5.4km twin-deck tunnel under the Bosphorus strait).

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10 July 2015

 

Australia: Egis opens to traffic the tunnel and urban motorway Legacy Way in Brisbane

The urban motorway Legacy Way, located in Brisbane in Australia, has just been open to traffic by Egis. Egis is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project for 10 years on behalf of Transcity.

 

The Legacy Way expressway is approximately 7 km long, including one 4.6 km long twin-tube tunnel connecting the Western Freeway with the Inner City Bypass. The Legacy Way traffic forecast is 34,200 vehicles on an average weekday rising to 50,800 in 2026.

Brisbane City Council (BCC) awarded the Legacy Way project to Transcity JV in December 2010. Transcity JV is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Legacy Way project for 10 years. Transcity JV includes Acciona Infrastructures S.A. of Spain (40%), BMD Constructions Pty Ltd. of Australia (30%) and Ghella S.p.A. of Italy (30%).

Under the contract signed on 21 June 2013, Egis Road Operation Australia is responsible for the operation and maintenance works of the Legacy Way for 10 years as the sole subcontractor of Transcity JV.

The project includes:

  • two separate parallel road tunnels, one for the eastbound traffic and one for the westbound traffic, each one with two lane carriageways and connected by cross passages every 120mwithout any lay-by or breakdown bay;
  • tunnel portals on the Western Freeway at Toowong and on the Inner City Bypass at Kelvin Grove;
  • tunnel management system, fire safety, mechanical and electrical systems, ventilation systems;
  • adaptations of existing roads to connect the tunnels to the existing network;
  • a free flow electronic tolling system (not part of the contract).


This new success consolidates Egis’ position both in Australia and in tunnel operation and maintenance. Egis currently operates 50 tunnels worldwide for a total length of 47 km.

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