This year, 20 projects were recognized with awards and the winners were feted in Ottawa in late October. A joint program of both Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine and the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC/AFIC), the awards are in their 47th year. These accolades are the highest recognition Canadian consulting engineers can receive for completed projects.
R.J. Burnside International of Orangeville, ON was presented with the honour for a project that improved the lives of the citizens of Mozambique. The project started in 2009 with feasibility studies and wrapped in 2013 with construction upgrades. Working as a sub-consultant to Burnside, Eramosa contributed both the electrical, and instrumentation and control work for multiple projects in the country, and specifically for the system in the city of Nampula which was the focus of the ACEC award.
“We often take clean and available drinking water for granted in most of North America,” said Eramosa president Tim J. Sutherns. “We take pride in being able to be part of a team that is working to increase the accessibility of potable water in Mozambique and hope to be able to continue contributing to the United Nations goals, namely Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.” [http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/water-and-sanitation/]
The project was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States and was designed to drastically increase the availability of clean and reliable water in a country that has struggled after a three-decade civil war. With half the population in poverty, and a similar number without a quality water supply, the project increased accessibility to potable water for eight (8) cities in northern Mozambique.
One of the challenges the team from Eramosa faced was the lack of technical equipment and resources within the country. Only equipment with a proven track record within Canada was used for the electrical and SCADA systems. New PLCs were installed within new control panels to provide remote monitoring and control of all eight (8) facilities, which were then integrated into the overall SCADA system.
To read the Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine feature article about this award-winning project, please visit the following URL: http://www.canadianconsultingengineer.com/features/award-of-excellence-improving-water-supply-in-mozambique.
For more information, please contact:
Tim J. Sutherns, M.Eng., P.Eng., P.E.
p. 519.763.7774, x223