Ramboll is proud to partner Bridges to Prosperity. In our first project with B2P, 5 young bridge engineers journeyed out to remote eastern Uganda, alongside a team from IABSE. Their mission: to create a footbridge across the Ngame river in 2 weeks. Regular flooding means that the existing ford was impassable for about 30 days a year. The footbridge we created keeps the communities of LHS Mamawukulu, Bumbiman RHS Kishambua and Malandu connected year round, improving the lives of residents immeasurably.
This blog tells the story of this inaugural project as it unfolded. You can find more details on the project, the design and the outcome on the Ramboll website.
The day is finally here, it’s hard to believe so much has happened in the last week and a half!
Tired with lack of sleep and the physical effort over the last few days, yet with real anticipation we drove down to site early. Continue reading “Day 13 – Inauguration day”
There’s much still to do before inauguration of the bridge in only three days time. There seems to be no let up in the oppressive humid weather, and lengthy torrential tropical downpours continually delay progress. But that’s what we signed for. Continue reading “Days 11-12 Getting the job done (in the rain)”
Yesterday was rest day, much needed after an exhausting 6 days last week
Our planned activities for today were checking and correcting the sag differential between the two cables by re-winching to tighten or loosen the cables as appropriate. The second planned task was pouring of the concrete infill slab at the far end of the bridge. Continue reading “Day 10 (11th June)”
Started as usual with a 6.30 breakfast aiming to leave around 7ish. On the way to site we were delayed while a lorry trapped in the mud was cleared. There really is quite a lot of mud here, everywhere! Continue reading “Day 6 – Day 8 Mud, steady progress and more mud”
Real excitement this morning as our project started in earnest. After the 15 minute very bumpy drive to site we arrived and were given a walk through of the village and the site by James, a B2P engineer who is based in Uganda. Continue reading “Day 4 – 5 Underway at last”
After a good night’s sleep we were met by James and Erica from Bridges to Prosperity who had come to accompany us on the 7-hour journey from Kampala to Bududa, on the eastern fringe of Uganda. Continue reading “Day 3 Kampala to Bududa”
Finally we are off. After making all the preparations over the last six weeks we dashed out of work on Friday afternoon to head to Heathrow. Tim Prosser was meeting us in Dubai as he was coming directly from Birmingham. Continue reading “Day 1-2 Heathrow to Kampala”
TeamXavier Echegaray Jaile
Role: Bridge Design Engineer
Role at Bridge Site: Project Lead
Xavier is a passionate Bridge Engineer with over 4 years of professional experience. He gained a first-class 5-year MEng degree at UPC Barcelona Tech. and is currently the PM and Design Lead for several bridge projects. Born in Catalonia, Xavier has lived in Mallorca, Mexico, Barcelona and London. A keen sailor and scuba diver since he was young, he has travelled across the Mediterranean Sea and has developed a great taste for adventure.
Role: Graduate Engineer
Role at Bridge Site: Communications Coordinator
Edward is a Graduate Engineer for Ramboll and has been working in the bridges team for one and a half years. He’s been involved in a variety of projects including structural design and assessment bridges, gantries and pumping stations. Prior to this he studied an MEng in Civil Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, completing a year-long placement with Prysmian Cables and a summer placement with Ramboll. In his spare time, he likes to travel and to play sports, and this project will be the first time he leaves Europe!
Role: Managing Consultant, Environment Health and Safety (EHS)
Role at Bridge Site: Safety Manager
Tim is an EHS specialist with 12 years’ experience managing global compliance and due diligence projects to help clients realise their EHS goals. Tim has proudly led corporate charitable initiatives in the past and is excited about continuing this with Bridges to Prosperity. Tim’s passions including travelling, football, fishing and photography.
Role: Bridge Engineer
Role at Bridge Site: Logistics Lead
Wojciech is a bridge engineer with 4 years of experience in the civil engineering industry. He has earned a civil engineering degree from Technical University of Wroclaw in Poland, completed an international internship at University of Minho in Portugal and worked on multidisciplinary engineering projects in the Algeria, Denmark, Hong Kong, UK and US.
Role: Bridge Engineer
Uganda Project Role: Construction Manager
Eddie is a passionate Bridge Engineer with over 5 years’ experience. He has worked on various bridge designs, internationally in Norway and on a construction site. Eddie was born in Mexico, is an avid cyclist and skier. Eddie plans to arrange a 2-week cycling trip across France this summer.