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Looks superb!
 

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I believe the pictures above are not for the actual SGR but rather they are the new tracks that will facilitate the quick movement of Railway Sleepers from the factory to the storage location at Section7, correct?
 
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Man i wish someone would set up several time lapse cameras to capture the construction and completion of this project.
 

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I believe the pictures above are not for the actual SGR but rather they are the new tracks that will facilitate the quick movement of Railway Sleepers from the factory to the storage location at Section7, correct?
And would you know what happens to the tracks once construction is complete? or is it part of the main SGR?
 

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A worker atop the T-Beams applying the water proof tar. All the beams will go through this process to avoid water seepage






This 70tonne steel structure is used to test the strength and stability of the T-Beam






T-Beam storage area at Section7 in Emali. The production is at 65+ beams, We cooking :cheers1:



Thanks again to MegaProjects Kenya for the updates.
 

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Experts at war over rail structure and supervision as SGR project limps on

By NGARE KARIUKI

All is not well within the team of experts presiding over the construction of the standard gauge railway. A section of local engineers involved in the project claim their opinion has been ignored even when they point out what they describe as “serious shortcomings” in the way the work is being executed. The engineers have highlighted several incidents where some of the concrete works in progress have started developing cracks even before the structures are complete. They have attributed these apparent weaknesses to the contractor’s decision to use the Chinese Standard instead of the British Standard that they are familiar with. Many of the engineers on various sections who have questioned the design choices made by China Road and Bridges Construction (CRBC) say they are under pressure from the top for them to relent or else be transferred to more remote sites. But their employers, a consortium of three companies (TSDI-APEC-EDON) says the problems highlighted by the local engineers are normal occurrences in all construction projects and have assured Kenyans of the structural integrity of the final product. Journalists from the Nation have visited a number of sites and structures in question in recent weeks and found that some of the works cited have developed cracks and others had to be demolished for rebuilding after the Kenyan engineers raised the red flag.

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For instance, one of the footings of a Super Bridge being constructed at Voi had developed a crack along its width. “The contractor tried to apply a thin layer of cement on the crack, which they explained, was to see whether the crack will widen. This shows that they were intending to ignore it if nothing happened,” said one of the supervising engineers who spoke on condition of anonymity. In another culvert on the same section, a gaping 3 millimetre crack ran from the top to the bottom of the vertical piece, right next to an expansion joint. The engineers explained that this would compromise the integrity of the structure which is meant to support the weight of the railway track and, at least, a single train carriage. At Kiu Railway Station site, a section of a pier became unstable and eventually had to be demolished to give way for a new pier. The engineers explained that this was because insufficient geotechnical studies had been carried out before the work began. “These problems keep arising because the contractors are being conservative on the amount of steel reinforcement being used on the structures. “We have severally raised concern over the strength of the concrete structures and the lack of reinforcement but our complaints have fallen on deaf ears as the contractor just continues working,” said one of the resident engineers.

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Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina said that while some of the issues raised were valid, there were reasonable explanations and appropriate mitigation measures, contrary to what the engineers claimed, were being taken. “The design standard being used by the Chinese is not what Kenyan engineers have used before and this was the main bone of contention in this project. For instance, Kenyans use steel in making culverts while the Chinese prefer concrete with minimal to no steel reinforcement,” he said. Concerning the structural issues that had already been exposed, Mr James Karanja, an engineer and the deputy team leader for the consultants, blamed the defects on weather changes in the coastal region. He added that all the concrete works that had developed cracks had been demolished and re-done, and that the newly poured concrete has been performing according to expectations. “We are not aware of any frustrations by junior engineers on the different sites. So we can only address them once they are reported,” he said. The Sh327 billion project is being supervised by a consortium of three companies: China-based Third Railway Survey and Design Institute Group Corporation (TSDI), Kenya-based APEC Consortium and Edon Consultants International Limited. Last year, the Public Investments Committee tabled a special report before Parliament which highlighted the conflict of interest in having the SGR being constructed by CRBS and supervised by TSDI – both China-based companies. “There is a clear, real and present threat that the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway will suffer from lack of a truly independent supervision especially in terms of quality guarantee and adherence to quality specifications,” reads the November 2014 report. The report has been lying dormant and is yet to be debated after a section of the committee disowned it even as Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, currently suspended, argued that its implementation would occasion a legal dilemma. This is because the report recommends that the tender awarded to TSDI-APEC-EDON Consortium be cancelled, which may mean suspension and possible demolition of the works already underway.
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Disconcerting reading. I'm sure they wouldn't go public unless they had serious concerns.
This is all BS.This Kenyan engineers are forgetting that its their job and causing alarm for no reason..IF they stop running to the media and do the job they've been given(to supervise project) well we shouldnt have any issues with the end product,not unless they are telling us that they are incompetent and we should expect issues coz they've failed.World over the contractor and the project manager/independent engineers clash.That's why they exist!For checks and balance.Not to run to the media with BS stories.
 

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This is all BS.This Kenyan engineers are forgetting that its their job and causing alarm for no reason..IF they stop running to the media and do the job they've been given(to supervise project) well we shouldnt have any issues with the end product,not unless they are telling us that they are incompetent and we should expect issues coz they've failed.World over the contractor and the project manager/independent engineers clash.That's why they exist!For checks and balance.Not to run to the media with BS stories.
You are missing the big point..nothing to do with your insertion of "failure"..."world over" team find the solutions to the problem; but not to intimated or transfer those who have questioning attitude...matter of facts, questioning attitude people are very much welcomed to such huge and complicated projects..
 

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>>>> Meanwhile.....In the real world.....

Testing the automatic sleeper rotating machine at Section7 (not sure Exactly what it does?)







 

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This is all BS.This Kenyan engineers are forgetting that its their job and causing alarm for no reason..IF they stop running to the media and do the job they've been given(to supervise project) well we shouldnt have any issues with the end product,not unless they are telling us that they are incompetent and we should expect issues coz they've failed.World over the contractor and the project manager/independent engineers clash.That's why they exist!For checks and balance.Not to run to the media with BS stories.
I wouldn't give the time of the day to a Kenyan "engineer". Are these louts the same ones who are responsible for the sorry state of roads in Kenya? Look at Mombasa Road, Kenya's most important arterial road, but which, inexplicably, does not have drainage, has nothing that makes roads beautiful (funny streetlights, zero footpaths, no safety features e.g. cat's eye reflectors, road studs). Nothing.
 

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I wouldn't give the time of the day to a Kenyan "engineer". Are these louts the same ones who are responsible for the sorry state of roads in Kenya? Look at Mombasa Road, Kenya's most important arterial road, but which, inexplicably, does not have drainage, has nothing that makes roads beautiful (funny streetlights, zero footpaths, no safety features e.g. cat's eye reflectors, road studs). Nothing.
You need to come easy man..Do you know when the A104 was constructed? It's a damn old road. And that's why there're plans to upgrade it under NUTRIP. Granted we have corrupt engineers but the check and balances nowadays are pretty tight. Its pretty hard to compromise on the structural integrity of a road..and the WB have really delayed this project. What you need to do is compare the southern bypass, which was de-linked from the WB NUTRIP program, with the current A104 to see the future of Kenyan roads
 

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You need to come easy man..Do you know when the A104 was constructed? It's a damn old road. And that's why there're plans to upgrade it under NUTRIP. Granted we have corrupt engineers but the check and balances nowadays are pretty tight. Its pretty hard to compromise on the structural integrity of a road..and the WB have really delayed this project. What you need to do is compare the southern bypass, which was de-linked from the WB NUTRIP program, with the current A104 to see the future of Kenyan roads
I do not agree with you, although I understand where you are coming from.

It certainly is not very difficult to construct drainageways for Mombasa Road without necessarily having to await a new "project" that seems stuck in the offices and alleyways of faceless bureaucrats.

Just drive on Rwandan roads and you will get what I am talking about. Hundreds upon hundreds of miles of country and urban roads, spotlessly clean, and all of 'em miles supported by drains upon drains on either sides of the roads.

Gatuna-Kigali. Kigali-Gitarama. Butare-Cynagugu. Kigali-Butare. Kigali-Rwamagana-Musanze all the way to Rusumo. Roads that just shows you what effective governance is all about. No potholes because of superb drainageways.

It is possible. Only if there is no corruption and with a President that lays down the law. And who occasionally drives himself out of his fortress.
 

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I do not agree with you, although I understand where you are coming from.

It certainly is not very difficult to construct drainageways for Mombasa Road without necessarily having to await a new "project" that seems stuck in the offices and alleyways of faceless bureaucrats.

Just drive on Rwandan roads and you will get what I am talking about. Hundreds upon hundreds of miles of country and urban roads, spotlessly clean, and all of 'em miles supported by drains upon drains on either sides of the roads.

Gatuna-Kigali. Kigali-Gitarama. Butare-Cynagugu. Kigali-Butare. Kigali-Rwamagana-Musanze all the way to Rusumo. Roads that just shows you what effective governance is all about. No potholes because of superb drainageways.

It is possible. Only if there is no corruption and with a President that lays down the law. And who occasionally drives himself out of his fortress.
Drains come in different forms..On Msa road we have an unlined drain on the median and that was the design ages ago. IBDs and closed drains is the standard presently. Look at Limuru road for example from gigiri to the northern bypass. No 'drain' exists as the road was done almost during jomo kenyattas time. What's the point of upgrading road drains and NMT along A104 when there're plans to basically build afresh the whole road?
 
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