Moa Bridge, recently constructed

The Moa Bridge, formerly known as Daru Bridge in Dura town is one of eight bridges constructed on the Pendembu to Kenema Road Project. This is a donor-funded project to construct the road from Kenema to Pendembu by the Sierra Leone Roads Authority (SLRA). The bridge is part of the Kenema to Koindu Road corridor which will eventually terminate at both the Guinea and Liberia borders. Ing. Arthur Davies is the Project Manager representing the SLRA. The donors are Kuwait fund, Saudi fund, DFID, BADEA, IsDB, and Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL). The contractor was ISU Engineering and Construction Company from South Korea and the consultants were Al-Obaid in association with Edward Davies and Associates. The Project commenced in January 2010 and was completed in January 2016...

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Kiosk, Water Supply Service Option in Freetown

By Ing. Francis Moijue

Background
Freetown is the capital city of Sierra Leone and Guma Valley Water Company (GVWC) is the utility responsible for water services provision in and around Freetown. GVWC is super-vised by the Ministry of Water Resources through a Board of Directors of the Company. The Act that established GVWC gave it monopoly for water supply in Freetown and its envi-rons (Sussex to the West through the City to Allen Town in the East).

The main water source (90%) for the city of Freetown, origi-nates from the Guma dam and water treatment works...

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PRINCES Foundation Course

Princes Foundation Course

The Prince’s Foundation has designed and is to roll out a Practical Training Course in Sustainable Design. This will be a five week (4 day a week) programme which aims to assist young people in the industry gain a better understanding of how to think through and design sustainably for tropical countries, like ours. It will be a combination of lectures, demonstrations, workshops and tours, all aimed at providing the tools for better designing.

Although the aim of the exercise is better sustainable design, a very important part of the process is a better understanding of the fundamentals of engineering (specifically structural in this case). The Prince’s Foundation is a charity and therefore (1) fees are not being charged and (2) half of the participants will be those who “build” in com...

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Invitation for Bids

FCC Complex Project

Freetown City Administrative Complex Project

Construction of Freetown City Administrative Complex

and provision of necessary equipment

Loan No. SIL-1

The Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, (“Borrower”) has received a Loan from the Export-Import Bank of Korea from the resources of the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea in the amount of fifty four million nine hundred eighty six thousand US Dollars (USD 54,986,000) toward the cost of Freetown City Administrative Complex Project (“Project”) and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this loan to payments under the contract for which this Invitation for Bids is issued.

The Project Executing Agency, Freetown City Council (“FCC”)...

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PUBLIC NOTICE – Collapsed Building at Savage Square

Public Notice - Collapsed Building at Savage Square
collapsed building at SS

Collapsed Savage Square building

In the wake of its successful Biennial Conference with the theme: National Disaster Risk Management and Preparedness : An Engineering perspective for resilience, the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE) and the Professional Engineers Registration Council (PERC) view with great concern the effects of sub-standard building construction, poor infrastructural civil works and waste disposal in drainages leading to disasters like collapsed buildings, blocked drainages, flooding, soil and road erosion. Of particular note is a four-storey dwelling house under construction that collapsed by Savage Square during the week ending 9th July 2016.
The SLIE/PERC wish the general public to note that on several occa...
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Call for Papers – African Engineering Conference Nov 2016

The Nigerian Society of Engineers in collaboration with the Federation of African Engineering Organisations and UNESCO is holding an Afircan Engineering Conference on Energy in November 2016.

Theme: Reliable and Sustainable Energy for Africa

A Call for Papers is out for the Conference on Energy.

Conference Brochure

Contact information: info@nse.org.ng

Engr. Sola Obadimu, MNSE

Executive Secretary

Conference Registration: USD $300

The Sub-Themes are:

  • Energy Resources, Exploration, Exploitation and Development
  • Energy Conversion Technology
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Renewable Energy Systems – Wind, Solar, Biomass, Biofuel and Tidal
  • Geothermal and Hydro
  • Energy Utilization Systems
  • Energy Storage and Transportation
  • Energy Safety and the Environment
  • The Economics of Energy
  • Maint...
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Flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone – The Way Forward

Floods in SL

Sierra Leone ranks 138 out of 172 in the World Index of Countries prone to natural disasters. Research by the World Bank suggests that drier dry seasons and wetter wet seasons are only likely to increase in frequency in Coastal cities; this ominous prediction came to pass on September 16th 2015 when Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, was hit by unprecedented floods caused by torrential rainfall of 600 mm  in  only 5 hours; the normal average annual rainfall for Freetown is about 2,945 mm and the total for the wettest month, August, averages about 790 mm.

This paper is based on the experiences and effects of those devastating floods to highlight the challenges facing city planners, why and where it happened and lessons learned...

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Wedding Bells – Our Own Publicity Secretary

Wedding bells were ringing this last Saturday as our own Ing Georgette Greene got married. The glowing bride had a two-day celebration – the reception was immediately after the well-attended lovely ceremony at Wesley Methodist Church, Lamina Sankoh Street in Freetown. She is now Mrs. Georgette Okyne as she got married to her namesake Mr. George Okyne.  As they proceeded down the steps of the church after the signing of the register, they were greeted with guests by the traditonal gumbe drumming. Our bride looked really happy as she danced to the traditional music.  The wedding reception took place downstairs in the church basement hall. The John Ezzidio Hall was beautifully decorated with lovely summer colours of gold, orange and beige.

Newly weds coming down the isle

George and Georgette coming down the isle.

Newly weds on their special day

Newly we...

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SLWE – Innovation in Energy

At this month’s Saturday Club, prospective girl engineers were working hard at learning about energy. The young ladies from four secondary schools who are majoring in Engineering science came to the SLIE Secretariat on 9 April 2016, and were entertained and learned from Ing Trudy Morgan about construction and what considerations need to be made when doing construction. After a brief introduction, including Ing Georgette Greene and Ing Chaytor and a friend of Georgette’s, it was time to start the session.

Ing Chaytor took over introducing the session on renewable energy with a video featuring renowned entrepreneur and inventor – Ms. Jessica O. Matthews who invented a generator from a soccer ball – called Soccket. She is the founder and CEO of UnChartered Play...

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SLWE Creating Waves

At the monthly meeting of the Saturday Club for Sierra Leone Women Engineers and prospective engineers, a very interesting session on wave motion and theory was underway on Saturday, 12 March 2016. It was a lively well attended event in which most of the four Secondary schools invited were represented. Ing Trudy Morgan introduced the session and asked if any of the girls had done the homework. Two girls remembered the homework and were able to explain it.

Pupils at the first Sat Club Meeting

Pupils at the SLIE for the Saturday Club every month

Ing Louise Chaytor took over the session and explained that the topic was Waves. The girls actively participated in the session and created circular waves in bowls of water with pencils, droplets of water and spoons...

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