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24 February 2015

 

Egis wins contract for extension of Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant in Qatar

In order to cater to the needs of the increasing population of the city of Doha and protect water resources, the Qatar Public Works Authority, Ashgal, has just appointed Egis to carry out the design review and supervise the construction works of the new extension of the Doha West wastewater treatment and recycling plant.

 

The current facility is already the largest operating sewerage treatment facility in the country, located 20 km west of Doha.

Designed, built and operated by Degrémont, a subsidiary of Suez Environnment, the plant has been in operation since March 2010.

In 2011 it was expanded for the first time, taking its capacity from 135,000 to 175,000 cu m/day and serving an estimated population of 650,000.

This second expansion project is a continuation of the successive extensions to the plant. Its objective is to increase the plant’s treatment capacity to 180,000 cu m/day, dealing with the wastewater of the city of Doha’s 1 million inhabitants.

For this new extension, Ashgal chose the same tried and tested technologies that have proved effective in the past: the secondary biological treatment and the tertiary treatment which makes use of ultra-filtration membranes. The recycled water can be re-used to irrigate green spaces and market gardens and to replenish groundwater, which helps to significantly improve the management of the resource.

Over a period of 29 months, Egis is responsible for carrying out the design review and works supervision of this extension. The plant must remain in working order throughout the entire works phase, and operations must cause the least possible interference to the ongoing treatment processes.

This new contract strengthens Egis’ presence in Qatar, where it is already actively involved in major projects such as Doha Expressways and the Doha metro. In 2014 the group generated a turnover of around €33 million in the country.

 

20 February 2015

 

Egis and atelier Villes & Paysages, members of the EPCM consortium for the light rail line in Luxembourg

On 12 February 2015, Mr. François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, and Mrs. Lydie Polfer, the mayor of the city of Luxembourg, announced the award of the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Luxembourg LRT system to the Luxemburgish companies Paul Wurth Geprolux, Luxplan SA, Beng architectes associés and Felgen, in partnership with atelier Villes & Paysages and Egis, the consortium leader.

 

The economic and demographic growth of the national capital and its surrounding region has in recent years led to a considerable increase in passenger travel, consequently requiring the construction of a light rail line running from Luxembourg-Findel airport to the future national sports stadium at La Cloche d’Or.

This 16.2-km line with 24 stations will be operational along its entire length in 2021. A first stretch is to be commissioned in the second half of 2017 to serve the city centre and the Kirchberg plateau, home to most of Luxembourg’s economic activity as well as the European institutions. The line will also include a 3.6-km section without overhead lines, with vehicles “flash-recharging” at stops (through a ground-based power system).

The consortium’s will be responsible for comprehensive project management, an assignment which comprises comprising project design, construction tendering and contract award, works supervision and acceptance, including testing, coordination & planning and safety.

The assignments cover:

  • the transport system
  • all of the operating systems
  • public utilities
  • and wall-to-wall urban planning and redevelopment in the city centre.

 

04 February 2015

 

Egis upgrades airfield facilities at Riyadh Airport

The King Khaled International Airport is currently undergoing a large development and expansion programme that aims at increasing capacity in a near future. This programme is indeed necessary to allow the airport to accommodate the rapidly growing air traffic.

Serving the city of Riyadh, the capital of the country, King Khaled International Airport is the second biggest airport in Saudi Arabia, after Jeddah Airport. Today the airport hosts circa 20M passengers each year and the current expansion programme will extend capacity to 35M.

 

As part of this programme, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has awarded Almabani General Contractor the contract for the design and construction of the required enhancements. Egis was nominated as design consultant of Almabani. For the first time in the airport infrastructure domain Egis will perform the full design under the BIM (Building Information Modeling) concept. Egis will also provide full technical support during construction.

The scope of works for this project covers the following airside facilities: new taxiways; new cargo apron; rehabilitation of existing taxiways; extension of the existing fuel line; and miscellaneous drainage improvements.

Egis is already working on an ongoing project at Riyadh Airport and providing technical support to the Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Company (SATCO) for an operations & maintenance contract of airside equipment & systems. Egis’s scope of works covers the new Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs), 400Hz power units and preconditioned air (PCA) systems.

Through this new project, Egis reinforces its position as a partner of choice for the region’s fast growing airports in order to better prepare them for large-scale influx of passengers. Thanks to a complementary expertise in airport and air traffic management (ATM), Egis is also currently working on another major neighbouring airport on integration and validation activities for ATM equipment in an air traffic control tower.

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16 January 2015

 

Egis and ICAD to develop commercial business in the Middle-East and North Africa

Egis and ICAD have signed a strategic partnership at the end of 2014 with the objective of jointly developing commercial business in the Middle East and North Africa.

This partnership was signed by Cédric Barbier, Director General of the Egis subsidiary specialising in aviation and Sh. Mohammed Bin Laden, President of ICAD.

 

The two companies are already collaborating in a project focused on the integration and commissioning of air traffic management and communication, navigation and surveillance systems of a new control tower at a major middle eastern airport. The companies actually have strong synergies in their systems engineering activities in aviation, particularly in design, integration and validation of airports and air traffic control systems.

Through this agreement, teams from both companies will work closely together in order to develop synergies and propose solutions that cater for the needs of the ambitious Middle East and North Africa aviation markets.

This agreement emphasizes "the will to jointly propose performance solutions to airport and air traffic management stakeholders in an area where the growth of air traffic is around 5% per year for Africa and displays double digit values for the Middle East. New ambitious airport projects are planned in Jeddah, Riyadh, Dubai, Kuwait and Bharain as well as other major Middle Eastern gateways "said Cedric Barbier.

This new agreement is a strong sign of Egis strategy in the development of its activities in this geographic area, particularly in the Middle East where the group is expanding its aviation team and will be moving to a new regional office in Dubai. Egis has a long history in the Middle East and has completed a significant number of aviation projects since 1975. The company’s major projects in this area include Al Udeid Airbase design and PMC (1980); Design of the new terminal at Jeddah Airport (2008); and Technical and financial audit of the New Doha International Airport (2007).

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02 December 2014

 

Business & Environment prize 2014 : Egis receives « Biodiversity and Business » special prize of the jury For its 3D bat trajectory mapping tool

As part of the Business & Environment prize 2014 awarded by the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Energy and ADEME (Agency for the environment and energy management), Egis received the special prize of the jury « Biodiversity and Business» for its Bat3Data innovation.

Amongst the most endangered species on the planet, bats have seen their natural environment change and their movements affected by all different types of projects (urban, infrastructure, wind farms). The innovative Bat3Data tool designed to assist their preservation, enables different bat species to be identified, monitored and their trajectories memorized in 3D.

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An innovative tool

Developed in conjunction with Cybério (company specialized in signal analysis), Bat3Data enables tracing and following of the typical bat trajectory within their environment. This process of 3 dimensional GPS localized tractography (ground and altitude coordinates), uses on site recorded noise emissions, via a network of sensors, and digital treatment of collected sounds. An analysis of the bat population and its movements at a specific site is thus able to be carried out, distinguishing between the species and the flights of each one present.

By identifying the bats trajectory, Bat3Data can envisage necessary adjustments to avoid eventual collisions (adapted passages, vegetation to guide bats in mid-flight helping them to orient themselves, etc.).By improving knowledge of each one of the species, the tool is also able to propose eco design solutions for future infrastructure projects, for wind turbines, for urban development, etc.

Multiple benefits

In operation since 2013, the Bat3Data tool has been tested with success on different infrastructure in France (motorway A406 –the Mâcon southern bypass, motorway A65 linking Langon to Pau).

Together with a geographic information system (GIS), it offers the possibility of mapping bat trajectories in 3D and the ability to analyse them with respect to elements that form part of land development projects. Applied for example to a bat bridge, the Bat3Data tool has shown that many of the bats, although found close to the bridge won’t use it. Different means of improving the functionality of bridges have been able to be highlighted; changing the surface to enable detection by the bats, additional vegetation to improve functional connections. With assistance from Bat3Data these corrective actions are able to be envisaged.

Areas for application of BAT3data are vast, impact studies and wide scope environmental evaluations, environmental management plans (natural or urban), environmental observation…. This understanding of regions, new for ecologists, enables refining of design for ecological development.

 

26 November 2014

 

Brazil: Egis furthers its development strategy with the acquisition of engineering firm Lenc

This acquisition comes as part of the Group’s  development strategy for Brazil, instigated in 2011. With Lenc, Egis strengthens its foothold  on the Brazilian engineering market.

 

A locally-acknowledged engineering firm

Established in 1975, the São Paulo-based engineering firm Lenc with its 450 employees is one of the leaders in the road building market, covering fields ranging from preliminary studies to project management, work supervision and inspection. It also operates nearly 2,500 km of roads. The company runs a nationally-acclaimed materials testing laboratory and possesses several geotechnical surveying facilities. Over the past ten years it has also extensively developed its activities in the environmental field.

Listed among the top 25 Brazilian engineering firms by the journal O Empreteiro, Lenc’s 2013 turnover reached €40 million, generated entirely in Brazil. Its main clients are public sector contracting authorities in the transport field and privately-owned firms in the environmental sector.

Lenc’s most noteworthy references include the design and works supervision of the São Paulo orbital motorway (Rodoanel Mario Covas), the program management of improvement works on the Tietê-Maranà waterway (1,100 km) and impact studies for Petrobras’ offshore oil exploration activities.

Brazil, a key country for Egis

With 200 million inhabitants and a surface area of more than 8,5 million sq.km, Brazil is the giant nation in Latin America, clocking in as the 7th largest economy in the world.

 One of country’s main challenges is infrastructure modernisation and development.  Transport market is concerned as well as other Egis fields such as energy, urban development, waste and water management and treatment.

Egis has been a major player in infrastructures engineering in Brazil. Our multi-disciplinary teams bring together more than 300 professionals developing projects all over the country for private and public clients.

The group main fields of activities in Brazil are carried out through 3 companies:

Egis Engenharia e Consultoria, an urban transport, passenger rail transport and freight rail infrastructure engineering specialist, has been founded in 1987 and joined Egis in 2011. Egis is currently conducting the engineering and interface management of the Salvador metro of Bahia as well as the detailed studies for doubling the existing Carajas railway line.

Egis Aeroservice Consultoria e Engenharia de Projeto, specialising in airport consulting and engineering, has been founded in 1984 and joined Egis in 2012. In 2013 Egis Aeroservice conducted the masters plans of the Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte airports. Egis Airport Operation do Brasil, founded in 2012, is a shareholder of the concessionary company of Campinas - Viracopos airport in north São Paulo.

This new acquisition allows Egis to become one of the foremost engineering firms in Brazil, offering a comprehensive range of services in urban development, regional planning and multi-modal transport, whilst also consolidating its international business activities in one of the most promising countries in the world.

 

 

 

 

04 November 2014

 

Europe takes ITER construction to the next level

The floor upon which the biggest fusion machine in the world will rely on has been constructed.
This landmark achievement marks the conclusion of the works that started in August 2010 and represent an investment of around 100 million EUR for F4E, the European Union’s organisation responsible for Europe’s contribution to ITER. The construction has been carried out by a group of companies led by GTM SUD and under the supervision of F4E and the ENGAGE consortium consisting of Assystem, Atkins, Empresarios Agrupados and Egis. The floor will be able to support more than 400,000 tonnes of buildings infrastructure and equipment, including the ITER machine weighing 23,000 tonnes.
Professor Henrik Bindslev, Director of Fusion for Energy (F4E), explained that “Europe is taking the ITER construction to the next level. The basemat is the test bed of the biggest international collaboration in the field of energy. It’s where the scientific work and industrial know-how will come together and be deployed to seize the power of fusion energy”. Professor Osamu Motojima, Director General of ITER International Organization (ITER IO) stated that “the conclusion of this task is a historical moment for the project. Years of hard work by all ITER parties are bearing fruit as the facility takes shape and makes progress on all fronts”.

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The ITER site in figures

The size of the ITER platform is 42 hectares and Europe is the party responsible for the delivery of the 39 buildings and areas that the ITER platform will host. Currently, the personnel directly involved in construction counts 300 people and by mid-2015 it is expected to reach 1,000 people. One of the key challenges will be to accommodate the needs of the rapidly growing workforce and to guarantee an optimal use of space to the different companies operating on the ground, in order to carry out the construction of all infrastructures in parallel and on time.

The ITER basemat in figures

The basemat is far more complex that it seems. It has a surface of 9,600m2 and a thickness of 1,5 m of reinforced concrete consisting of four successive layers - two of 50cm, one of 30cm and one of 20cm. The first of the fifteen plots of concrete was poured in December 2013. Following the approval of the French Nuclear Authority in July 2014, regarding the robustness of the building design, nine central sections of the slab were poured within seven weeks leading to a successful completion of the works in late August 2014. In total 150 workers were involved in this operation, using 14,000m3 of concrete, 3,600 tonnes of steel and 2,500 embedded plates.
A web of 493 plinths coated with pads, lies beneath the upper slab, able to absorb the effect of an intense seismic shock. More concrete and thick steel rebars form a mesh to keep the foundations stable and lift the immense load of the machine. The design and validation process have been extremely challenging because the basemat will be the floor of the Tokamak building that will house the machine and shield it. For this reason it is has been subjected to heavy scrutiny from ITER IO and the French Nuclear Regulator. The infrastructure fully complies with the set of nuclear safety requirements branding ITER as the biggest nuclear facility in France and the first ever nuclear fusion facility in the world.

Watch how the ITER basemat was constructed: http://bit.ly/13d78z4 

 

The evolution of the ITER site

With the ITER basemat now completed, the construction of the complex that will house the core buildings of the machine has started. The VFR consortium, consisting of VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Ferrovial Agroman, Razel-Bec, Dodin Campenon Bernard, Campenon Bernard Sud-Est, GTM Sud and Chantiers Modernes Sud are responsible for carrying out the works.
The building will be 80 metres tall, 120 metres long and 80 metres wide.
It will require 16,000 tonnes of steel rebars and 150,000 m3 of concrete.
There has also been progress at the Assembly Hall building, where the massive ITER components will be put together. The steel structure of the building has become visible and so far the lower sections of the eight first columns have been erected. They weigh around 15 tonnes and are currently 12 metres high (once fully erected they will be 60 metres high).
The temporary road network, infirmary and restaurant have also completed making it possible for the contractors to set up their company offices on the site.

 

 

Fusion for Energy

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is the European Union’s organisation for Europe’s contribution to ITER.
One of the main tasks of F4E is to work together with European industry, SMEs and research organisations to develop and provide a wide range of high technology components together with engineering, maintenance and support services for the ITER project.F4E supports fusion R&D initiatives through the Broader Approach Agreement signed with Japan and
prepares for the construction of demonstration fusion reactors (DEMO).
F4E was created by a decision of the Council of the European Union as an independent legal entity and was established in April 2007 for a period of 35 years.
Its offices are in Barcelona, Spain.

 

ITER

ITER is a first-of-a-kind global collaboration. It will be the world's largest experimental fusion facility and is designed to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of fusion power. It is expected to produce a significant amount of fusion power (500 MW) for about seven minutes. Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. When light atomic nuclei fuse together form heavier ones, a large amount of energy is released. Fusion research is aimed at developing a safe, limitless and environmentally responsible energy source.
Europe will contribute almost half of the costs of its construction, while the other six parties to this joint international venture (China, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the USA), will contribute equally to the rest.
The site of the ITER project is in Cadarache, in the South of France.
http://www.iter.org

 

 

 

22 October 2014

 

Inauguration on 16 October 2014 of the legendary Stade Vélodrome in Marseille: Engineering provided by Egis

The new Stade Vélodrome in Marseille was officially inaugurated on Thursday 16 October 2014 in the presence of the French Minister for Urban Affairs, Youth and Sport, Mr. Patrick Kanner, all of the institutional stakeholders, Martin Bouygues, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues and Nicolas Jachiet, Chairman and CEO of Egis. With its capacity raised to 67,000 seats, the new stadium is ready to accommodate matches for the Euro 2016 football championship.

Within this Public Private Partnership contract, Egis delivered the engineering services for technical works comprising, in particular, the reinforced concrete structure, the metallic framework, the outer shell and all of the utilities networks.

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Spectacular architecture and high capacity

With capacity increased from 60,000 to 67,000 seats, Marseille’s new Stade Vélodrome now boasts a monumental and contemporary architectural structure. Its distinctive white, translucent shell is purposefully shaped like a wave, blending in with the city landscape and mirroring the mountains on the horizon, whilst also imitating the well-known “Mexican” wave so frequently performed by supporters. This new architectural design is the work of the firm SCAU which, together with with Didier Rogeon and the engineering companies Egis (for the stadium) and Beterem et Garcia (for the nearby real estate development) stage-managed this impressive transformation of the Stadium and its surroundings.

The grandstands are now protected from the elements by a massive shell made from PTFE (fibre glass coated with Teflon) attached to a three-dimensional metallic framework weighing 6,000 metric tons. A third of the Ganay stand was demolished, the Jean Bouin stand was demolished and rebuilt, and the metallic structure and covering were installed, all while matches went on.

During the renovation works, the Stade Vélodrome hosted 80 matches, accommodating more than 3 million spectators in total safety.

A well–controlled PPP

In spite of some particularly poor weather conditions, the construction teams succeeded in completing the project in the three-year timescale allotted, with delivery taking place during the summer of 2014, and within the budget set at 269 million euros.

A comprehensive engineering assignment

Egis was in responsible for all of the engineering for technical works, including in particular:

  • The design of the 6,000-tonne metallic framework and the 65,000-sqm PTFE fabric covering;
  • Analysis of wind tunnel testing and calculation of wind resistance, studies into pitch exposure to sunlight;
  • The renovation of the Ganay, Virage Nord and Virage Sud stands and the demolition and reconstruction of the official Jean Bouin stand, requiring a total of 40,000 cubic metres of concrete, 3,000 metric tons of steel and more than 13km of seating;
  • 3,000 sqm of car parking space;
  • The sizing of structures for earthquake resistance in compliance with comfort vibration criteria (frequency superior to 5Hz) under dynamic loads caused by spectators jumping up and down;
  • The creation of an internal access road, made safe by tunnel-scaled smoke extraction (debit of 360,000 cu.m/h)
  • A multi-service network centralising all systems dealing with video surveillance, telephones, television, interphones, ticketing, access control and anti-trespass.
  • Internal lighting delivering 2,000 lux on the pitch to enable HD television broadcasts, and dynamic external lighting in colour to highlight the Stadium during evening events;
  • Rainwater harvesting and re-use from the roof, making the Stadium independent in “greywater”;
  • The air conditioning of 8,500 sqm of private lounges;
  • The design of external roads and networks;
  • The management of modifications and works supervision in a complex environment: maintaining Olympique de Marseille matches during the three years of works (with seating requirements in excess of 40,000), a pitch out-of-bounds to contractors, and the proximity of existing amenities such as the metro and the wastewater treatment plant.

 

A 5-year human and collective adventure

Initiated in October 2009, the Stade Vélodrome reconstruction project lasted 5 years, calling on over forty Egis staff members who worked at an unprecedented pace to meet the challenge. Their team work, coordination, skills and motivation to deliver a structure which is unique both in its media impact and in the passion it engenders, were the key drivers for what will go down in history as a truly great collective accomplishment.

 

 

22 October 2014

 

Egis strengthens its position in the field of infrastructure asset management with the acquisition of eMash, a French company specialised in software development

eMash, specialised in developing, installing and maintaining software in the field of transportation infrastructure asset management, is joining Egis. With this acquisition, Egis strengthens its position in this strategic field.

 

Infrastructure asset management includes all activities contributing to the sustainability of assets (works planning, maintenance, upgrading and renewal of physical assets), relying in particular on database management systems.

 eMash, with offices located near Dijon is specialised in developing, installing and maintaining software in the field of infrastructure asset management. eMash delivers IT solutions for asset management (inspection data processing, simulation, decision support, dynamic route diagrams, interactive mapping,…) already implemented on several motorway networks. eMash clients include Autoroutes Paris Rhin Rhône, Autoroutes Du Maroc and Egis Exploitation Aquitaine (A63 motorway).

 This new Egis’ subsidiary, soon to be renamed Egis Asset Management Solutions, consolidates Egis positioning as a specialist in asset management. It will allow Egis to foster its activities in this strategic field by providing adaptable, flexible and competitive turnkey solutions. This acquisition strengthens Egis’ comprehensive range of services covering the entire lifecycle of projects.

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15 October 2014

 

Dublin Tunnel in Ireland: Egis has been awarded the renewal and extension of its operation and maintenance contract

Following a call for tenders, the Irish National Roads Authority (NRA) renews its confidence in Egis awarding the renewal and extension of the operation and maintenance contract of the Dublin Tunnel for a period of 6 years. This contract follows a first operation and maintenance contract awarded to the Group in February 2006.

 

Renewal and extension of the operation and maintenance contract

Signed for a period of 6 years, with a possible 4 years extension, this new contract includes not only the toll collection, traffic and safety management, routine maintenance, including winter maintenance and equipment maintenance but also the operation and maintenance of the Jack Lynch Tunnel and the Motorway Traffic Control Centre currently based in Dublin Tunnel.

With 15,000 vehicles per day including 6,800 HGVs, the Dublin Tunnel provides a direct link between the M1 Dublin-Belfast Motorway and the Dublin Tunnel avoiding the city centre. The Dublin Tunnel reduces the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles using surface streets in the historic centre of Dublin and eases traffic flow to and from the Dublin Port.

This flagship project in Ireland’s National Development Plan is a 4.5 km twin tube tunnel. Each tunnel is equipped with emergency facilities such as access ways between tunnel tubes, lay-bys, emergency phone network, CCTV and other services. All services are provided by Egis Road & Tunnel Operation Ireland with an operation building positioned at the southern end of the tunnel.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel in Cork is a 0.6km long immersed twin tube tunnel under the River Lee to the east of Cork City Centre. It forms part of the N40 Cork Southern Ring Road and also provides a route from the N8 and N25 from the east and north-east into the City Centre. The Motorway Traffic Control Centre currently watches over the NRA busiest parts of the network that requires 24 hour 7 days week monitoring. To ensure these projects carry forward into the future and part of this contract extension Egis will undertake to deliver the recognised ISO program 9001,14001,18001 to Dublin Tunnel in line with our Irish Head Office who currently hold all three qualifications'.

Egis, leader in the Irish road operation and maintenance market

This contract provides a secure project and fosters Egis’ leading position in the Irish road operation and maintenance market, operating now 450km of motorways. Egis’ portfolio of projects in Ireland further comprises the GoSafe mobile safety cameras, the Motorway Maintenance and Renewal Contract (MMaRC) for the provision of operation, maintenance and renewals services on 330km of motorways in the south of Ireland (Area C), the EastLink, SouthLink, MidLink & NorthLink tolling operations in Ireland and the electronic toll collection and parking services through Easytrip Services Ireland.

 

 

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