MBB Projects, News and Views

South Africa is on the edge of a water crisis as the current drought, the worst in decades, continues. Many urban areas are experiencing water restrictions and some communities are without potable water. This is under pinned by the widespread donation of water bottles at collection points across the country for transportation to the worse hit areas.Many farmers helplessly watch their crops die along with any hope of income for a year, while feed for livestock is being collected and trucked to farmers to prevent animals from dying of starvation.“This dire situation can be helped, to some extent, by building…
One Big Dam Challenge The R212 million Imvutshane Dam in rural Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal (30 km north-west of KwaDukuza) has been completed. This will form a key link in creating a dependable source of safe drinking water and ending water scarcity during winter seasons and droughts in the region.According to MBB Consulting Engineers Pietermaritzburg, appointed by Umgeni Water to design and supervise the construction of the 3.1 million m³ Imvutshane Dam, the project offered some fascinating challenges.“The geology of the site of the dam, which has a 28 m high, 305 m long, earth embankment, posed some challenges to the design…
November 2015. A saving of a quarter of a large wine producer’s entire electricity spend, which represents a 20% cost saving per manufactured litre of wine, during the first year of implementation is impressive. Further, improving production, streaming waste handling, rectifying cooling process problems and producing the smallest, viable carbon footprint possible can certainly be considered a joint victory by Spier and MBB Consulting Engineers.To achieve this, MBB in Stellenbosch began by establishing the base energy usage profile of Spier’s wine production, storage, cooling and waste handling processes in June 2013. Ten time-of-use meters were installed at strategic points in…