Continuous Professional Development CPD
The EPA, in cooperation with the South African Road Federation (SARF), facilitated the following courses during the past year:
- During 2016 Induna Training/FIDIC conducted The Management of Claims and Dispute Resolution course on 8&9 June 2016, and
- The Management and Administration FIDIC Module 4 course, on 25&26 October 2016
Engineers Tour of the South Namibia on 16-17 September 2016: A Visit of the 3 Dams and a Fish Farm on the Fish River.
1. Neckartal Dam Keetmanshoop Namibia.
Such big projects do not get repeated within 20 years of a nations development. The dam capacity is designed for 880million m³ water-holding. The user-Ministry is Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Forestry. The Engineering Professions Association (EPA) organized an excursion to the Site of the massive construction project of Neckartal Dam 60km west of Keetmanshoop on Friday 16 September 2016. The engineers and constructors on the project have both local and international content plus all disciplines of engineering are integrated in the project to make it complete case study. Knight Piésold Consultant engineers stationed 21 engineers on site. The total workforce on the project is about 1,000. Local subcontracting involves transportation, hired heavy equipment, local hotels, catering. Construction stone is crushed within the vicinity of the dam.
About 30 members of the EPA attended the tour. This event realized membership entry of 10 new applicant members registering. The engineers succeeded in seeing two other dams on the Fish River. The 83million m³ water-holding capacity Naute Dam was visited on the way back from Neckartal dam to Keetmanshoop and after the night on Saturday morning the engineers came through the Hardap Dam, before finally going through the Hardap Fish Farm under the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to appreciate the newly refurbished Fish farm opened in May 2016 after the Chinese donor handed it over to Hon. Minister Esau. Hardap dam with 320m m³ water holding capacity was derated to 70% to avoid the flooding as it did to Mariental town in 2006. The flood gates open discharging 5,500 m³ per hour when it reaches the new set lower limit.
The Stone Crushing Plant at ongoing Neckartal Dam Construction scheduled for completion next year. Photo by Frederick Muketi Friday 16 September 2016.
2. Laying the Floor of the Neckartal Dam.
Hardap Dam near Mariental covers 25km²-area, and has a conference centre facility, and a Fresh water Fish Farm. The name Hardap derives from the Nama word meaning "nipple" or "wart" which is how the surrounding area of low conical-shaped hills appeared to the early inhabitants. There are fishing spots at various points along the northern shore of the lake. Permits, and a map of permitted fishing areas, are available from the resort office, or from the magistrate's office in Mariental.