How Architects and Engineers Really Collaborate

Architects are often praised for the beautiful buildings they design, but their behind-the-scenes partners, structural engineers, are equally important to achieving the design vision and ensuring that it works. If you’ve ever wondered how architects and engineers work together; how they divide, conquer and collaborate, Lithon’s Dalene Vries has some answers for us.    1.…

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How Engineers Can Help in Times of War

War is catastrophic. It tears lives and communities apart as it upends the fabric of society itself. Infrastructure crumbles, homes become ruins, and places we once knew and loved turn unfamiliar and hostile.  While the emotional and physical scars of war are often permanent, rebuilding society, if we work together, is possible. Helping countries get…

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Cutting-Edge Technologies Transforming Structural Engineering

In a previous article, we discussed some interesting facts about what it’s like to work as a structural engineer. Now, we’d like to look at what’s changing and explore the cutting-edge and continuously evolving technologies in the structural world. Again, we went to our go-to head of Structures, Valontino James, for some insight into the…

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Structural Engineering

For many people, structural engineering conjures images of towering city office blocks, bridges spanning across rivers or sports stadiums with their awe-inspiring domed roofs. But these aspects of structural engineering are merely the tip of the iceberg. What really goes on is far more intricate than meets the eye.  We chatted to Lithon’s head of…

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The rise of the aerotropolis

Dr John D. Kasarda tells us that “airports will shape business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th century, railroads in the 19th and seaports in the 18th.” If you haven’t come across the term aerotropolis before, this is what is meant by it.  The aerotropolis…

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A closer look at civil engineering

Civil engineering has been around for a very long time. It’s one of the oldest types of engineering (second only to military engineering), and it deals with the design and construction of infrastructure like roads, dams, bridges, and sewage systems. In fact, the construction of the pyramids of Giza, between 2550 and 2490 BC, could…

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Namcor Retail Fuel Station in Otavi

Planning, design and construction supervision of the new fuel station, which included all forecourt components and a convenience store/shop. The engineering disciplines included Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical. New building services required were sewer, storm water, fire protection, domestic water supply, bulk and domestic electrical supplies, stand-by generator, air-conditioning & ventilation, refrigeration, LPG, kitchen equipment,…

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Namcor Retail Fuel Station in Mariental

Planning, design and construction supervision of all engineering disciplines, i.e Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical for the pump and tank installation. The forecourt works included the steel canopy, underground fuel tanks, product lines, electrical and communication, dispensers, spill containment areas, oil separator, stormwater and 3 pump islands. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES Client liaison. Principle Agent. Coordination…

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Namcor Retail Fuel Station in Karasburg

Planning, design and construction supervision of the new fuel station, which included all forecourt components and a convenience store/shop. The engineering disciplines included Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical. New building services required were sewer, storm water, fire protection, domestic water supply, bulk and domestic electrical supplies, stand-by generator, air-conditioning & ventilation, refrigeration, LPG, kitchen equipment,…

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NamPower Rural Electrification Project – Shamukweni Locality

Lithon Project Consultants was appointed as engineers for NamPower’s Rural Electrification of Oshamukweni Locality in the Okongo area of Ohangwena Region. This project includes a 14km Medium Voltage line, four 33/0.4kV transformers and about 4 km Low Voltage electrical networks that supplies power to the required facilities. This project was executed at a total cost…

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