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Effectively manage lightning risks for complex applications

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Comments |

“What do airports, mines, power generation plants (including renewables) and power infrastructure, communications/data infrastructure and large industrial plants like oil & gas have in common? They are all particularly exposed and vulnerable to the effects of lightning, and the consequences can be particularly severe.” According to Engenamic, with their team’s leading specialist professional engineering expertise in the field of lightning safety and lightning protection, there are particular general characteristics of such sites and applications that contribute to this vulnerability and exposure. In particular, they present complex site and application environments from a variety of aspects (not just technical) – and this complexity impacts directly on the broad-based risks and engineering (and other) management challenges associated with lightning safety and lightning protection. These complexities also mean that a holistic, sound and systematic engineering approach is required, that goes beyond a simplistic application of standards. Consequently, Engenamic advise that effective management of these risks requires that solutions are comprehensively engineered and managed through an appropriate and systems engineering approach using appropriate professional...

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Paw-paws, fans, and sleepless nights – take the Engenamic remedy

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Comments |

Challenges and potential problems are an ever-present reality and ‘come with the territory’ in the engineering, projects and operations environment. How their likelihood is minimised, and how they are handled when they do occur, is therefore vital in minimising their potential impact and in effectively managing or dealing with the outcomes. At Engenamic – your ‘go-to’ project, engineering and management ‘troubleshooters and fixers’ – we leverage our team members’ project, engineering and management expertise and experience to support you or your client throughout the project, engineering and operational lifecycle. An independent or ‘third’ party such as Engenamic is typically well placed (indeed, is often best-placed) to objectively address or advise in this respect. Whilst a proactive approach to minimising and managing project and engineering risks is strongly recommended, we are also able to assist clients in respect of reactive interventions and support to problems and issues that arise during the project, engineering and operational lifecycle. Our value-adding services and support at Engenamic are therefore both proactive and reactive in nature, including for example: Proactive support, through our strategic advisory services, to minimise the likelihood of problems and challenges arising. Reactive support, through assessments and investigations (including forensic engineering and forensic project/operations consulting), as well as remedial advisory and consulting as required. These services include or support project assessments/reviews and audits, engineering design reviews, procurement process reviews, tender reviews,  project and engineering investigations, due-diligence exercises (projects, engineering and business related), related business process and system reviews and advisory, and similar activities. You can be confident that, at Engenamic, we will assist you to objectively minimise and manage risks, avoid or minimise potential disputes, troubleshoot and assess actual or potential problem situations, manage/support disputes or claims that may have arisen, provide or assist with independent and impartial investigations as required, and to rectify the situation (remediation) from a project and/or engineering and management perspective. Our team members can also provide independent and impartial mediation and adjudication services, as well as expert forensic consulting and witness services. Contact us at Engenamic today – our services are offered and available internationally on a worldwide basis Engenamic – empowering you beyond the...

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Expert solutions for lightning safety and lightning protection challenges

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Comments |

As we move into or towards the lightning season in many parts of the world, lightning safety and lightning protection moves to “front of mind”. Numerous recent events internationally, including many associated deaths and injuries, have also highlighted the safety risks associated with lightning.  Many applications, such as those in mining, oil & gas (petrochemical), airports/aviation and other transportation systems (such as railways), renewable energy (such as PV and wind plants), as well as large conventional power and industrial plants and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities, all present particular lightning-related challenges as “complex applications”. This was noted by Ian McKechnie, CEO of project and engineering advisors and solutions provider Engenamic, who commented that “the complexity of these applications, insofar as lightning safety and lightning protection is concerned, arises from a combination of particular factors. These include, for example, that such sites typically have relatively exposed persons, infrastructure, equipment and systems, often over an extended area. They also typically include a diverse and complex range of people, systems, technologies and interfaces in a dynamic and constantly changing environment, as well as application and site specific factors such as possible presence of hazardous locations and particular site conditions”. He added that “these are some examples of factors that impact directly on the risks associated with lightning safety and lightning protection, and which require careful consideration in developing solutions”. He also noted that their team members’ professional expert consultation in various matters, including in investigative, forensic, remedial and mediation roles, had highlighted many shortcomings in both engineering approach and in the addressing of application specifics. Ian Jandrell, CTO of Engenamic, added that a well-structured and engineered solution can nevertheless manage the lightning safety and lightning protection risks for these applications. He cautioned however that it was important that appropriate expertise and experience be applied in addressing challenges and developing solutions. “At Engenamic, our team is lead by reputable engineering professionals who are not only recognised as experts in lightning protection and lightning safety, but who also have broad-based experience in engineering management and project management, as well as in forensic and remedial engineering. This provides them with the insights, experience and expertise to appreciate the broader implications and to address the complexities associated with both ‘greenfield’ and ‘brownfield’ applications”. McKechnie concluded that the Engenamic team members had extensive and international experience in lightning safety and lightning protection (including through sister company Innopro, now part of the Engenamic family) and that their services are offered on a world-wide basis. Don’t hesitate – Call us today for expert professional support –...

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Engenamic and Wits University drive electrical energy capacity-building agenda for Africa

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Comments |

“Energy, and sustainable access to energy (in particular electrical energy), is a great development enabler, enabling other infrastructure and development, industrialization, and economic growth. It also facilitates access to the evolving global “digital or knowledge-based economy”, which access will be key to future African growth and development within the evolving global economic paradigm.” Ian McKechnie, CEO of management, project and engineering advisors Engenamic, was commenting on the capacity-building programme initiative, dubbed enableAFRICA, that Engenamic is spearheading together with the University of the Witwatersrand. He further noted that particular challenges are facing the electrical energy sector in Africa. “For example, the continent is vast and characterized by large distances between natural sources of energy and load centers, and deep disparity in the nature and characteristics of the energy grids that will need to be established and interconnected to realize a sustainable energy future for the continent. Furthermore, and notwithstanding the development of grid-based access to electricity, off-grid electrification (and associated “small power systems”) is also a major component (and challenge) in developing access to electricity across Africa. Small power systems include, for example, localized generation (particularly, but not only renewables), and mini/micro grids (localized smart grids).” McKechnie stated that the aim of the enableAFRICA programme was to establish and facilitate a collaborative and inclusive pan-African network, aimed at building and unlocking broad-based sustainable capacity in infrastructure development, establishment and operation, through: Skills development (technical & non-technical), as key to building sustainable capacity. Relevant research and knowledge development, focused towards African needs and priorities. Confidence building, through facilitating, de-risking and supporting investment and industry, and through facilitating engineering, technical and project support. He stated that a key objective of the programme is to build this broad-based sustainable capacity in Africa, for Africa, and (as far as possible) by Africa, and in doing so to synergise with and capacitate existing (and future) organisations, agencies, programmes and projects in a symbiotic manner. He commented further that the approach adopted in formulating the initiative and associated vision has been an inclusive one. South Africa, the African region (and further afield) are faced by real constraints, including availability of skilled and financial resources as mentioned above. “It is therefore important that the existing facilities and capabilities across the continent be leveraged and mutually supported, and a holistic approach across the three key attributes is coordinated, integrated, facilitated and supported”. McKechnie concluded that as the team moves forward to engage with role players across the continent to develop this inclusive enableAfrica initiative further, they are excited and enthused by the potential to meet the challenges and to build sustainable enabling capacity in the energy sector – by Africa, in Africa, for...

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Project & Engineering Support, Forensic & Remedial Services

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Comments |

“Troubleshooters and fixers”! Proven expertise and support. When you need it, where you need it, how you need it! At Engenamic, our management, project, engineering and operations support, forensic and remedial service solutions leverage our team members’ project and engineering expertise and experience to support our clients’ business activities throughout the project and engineering lifecycle. An independent or “third” party is often best placed to objectively address or advise on project and engineering support, forensic and remedial issues. We will assist you to objectively minimise and manage risks, avoid disputes, troubleshoot and assess actual or potential problem situations, manage/support disputes that may have arisen, provide or assist with independent and impartial investigations as required, and to rectify the situation (remediation) from a project and/or engineering perspective. Team members (presently Ian McKechnie in particular) can also provide adjudication and mediation services. We are able to provide our services internationally on a world-wide basis. Our professional services include or support project forensic consulting, project assessments/reviews and audits, engineering design reviews, project and engineering investigations, due-diligence exercises, project and engineering management support, and similar activities. Whilst a proactive approach to minimising and managing project and engineering risks is strongly recommended, we are also able to assist clients in respect of reactive interventions and support to problems and issues that arise during the project and engineering lifecycle. Our project and engineering forensic services also include objective investigations and assessments of incidents, accidents, injuries, plant, equipment and infrastructure failures, electrical fires, and of project and operational issues that arise. They also include related services in respect of inquiries, inquests, claims, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our operational and technical support services further provide expertise and support as you need it, to complement and supplement your own teams and capabilities. Multidisciplinary project and engineering expertise available within our team includes: Engineering management Project management Supply chain & procurement Electrical and electronic engineering Information/software engineering (including ICT) Specialist engineering including lightning safety & protection, industrial EMC Structures (including concrete, steel, welding) Mechanical and industrial engineering Find out more about our project support services and engineering support services, and our application sectors and general services overview, and do not hesitate to contact us...

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Structuring projects for success

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Comments |

Many project problems are “self-inflicted” through inadequate project structuring and planning. This is particularly pertinent to complex projects involving infrastructure, systems and product development and implementation, where the complexity of the project and application generally require a very structured, systematic approach in order to succeed. Upfront and early (in the project life-cycle) investment in structuring, planning and analysis plays a key role in the reduction of project-related risks, and hence in enabling the success of projects. This approach is also often referred to as “front-end loading” of a project. It is important that a broad perspective (“big-picture” view) is interrogated as part of the process. This facilitates a holistic and coherent process and associated outputs. It is also important that this approach needs to be considered and harmonised within a defined project framework, which includes the commercial/business objectives and the legal/contractual framework, as well as broader implications in terms of, for example, change management. A life-cycle approach is also critical to ensure the effectiveness, viability and sustainability of the project throughout the life of the project in all its phases and elements (including development, implementation, operations, maintenance and decommissioning). A collaborative and inclusive approach across the project, organisational and client/application “spectrum” will also contribute to success. For example, some of the issues that can arise when such an approach is not adopted, or projects are poorly structured and planned, include Poor risk analysis and management, including poor or unrealistic allocation of risk and management thereof. Poor definition of the process and milestones, leading to misinterpretation or unrealistic or unachievable requirements. Poor definition of scope, responsibilities and authorities, and reporting mechanisms, increasing the risk of project failure. Inadequate definition of project interfaces, resulting in poor communication and an increased project risk. Poor integration of the project — ie a lack of “big picture” planning and structuring. Under or poor estimation of change management implications. Inadequate or inappropriate planning of resources and procurement requirements and constraints, resulting in unachievable requirements. Inadequate or incorrect assessment of project viability and/or sustainability. At Engenamic, we are focused on enabling the success of projects and project initiatives across the project lifecycle. We are firm proponents of coherent and holistic solutions, and of a systematic approach to understanding and addressing project and engineering requirements and challenges. Speak to us about our strategic advisory services, as well as our “troubleshooting and fixing” interventions and support.  Our strategic project consulting,  project development and project support and management consulting services, as well as our other professional services, are offered internationally on a worldwide basis....

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