Israeli firm invests Sh50mn on training construction professionals

Israeli firm invests Sh50mn on training construction professionals

A building and construction solutions provider, Admir Technologies, has stepped up its local capacity building initiatives to facilitate the adoption of geosynthetic solutions in roads and related infrastructure development.

Geo-synthetics are manufactured synthetic materials (i.e., made from polymers or hydrocarbon chains) that are used for a wide range of engineering applications. In infrastructure development, geo-synthetics, including geogrids and geotextiles, stabilize weak subgrade soils.

Israeli headquartered firm has embarked on local building and construction professionals’ training and related capacity building in conjunction with the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK).

Speaking at the inaugural training workshop at a Nairobi hotel, Admir Technologies CEO Meir Taito said the firm is investing more than Sh50million in the rollout of capacity building efforts geared at facilitating cost savings in the timely delivery of quality infrastructure projects.

The firm, he said, will undertake the capacity building efforts through its local subsidiary Admir Kenya with technical support from its continental office Admir Africa.

“We provide quality geotechnical solutions using Geosynthetic products for various civil engineering applications. By rolling out capacity building programs, we are actively sharing our technical expertise with local engineers and related project management peers on using Geosynthetic products,” Mr Taito said.

He explained that using Geosynthetic solutions in engineering projects such as roads, airport runways, railway lines, seaports, dams and retaining walls, reservoirs and waste landfills, stabilizing slopes, drainage, and many other applications has been technically proven and
cost-effective.

At the workshop, engineering professionals led by the Institution of Engineers of Kenya first Vice President Grace Kagondu were taken through training sessions touching on the construction of road bases with geocells, tarmac reinforcement and embankments and retaining walls construction. The delegates also heard first-hand accounts of the recent developments of the Hoima road in Uganda and Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) reinforced road projects in Ghana.   

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