CONSTRUCTION: UWP Gets Feather In Its Cap
Recent Western Cape Business News
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has named UWP Consulting the best Maintenance and Engineering Consultant at Cape Town International Airport in 2009.
This formed part of ACSA’s Feather Awards, which recognise suppliers across the board for excellent service. The award nominees are selected internally based on a scorecard system.
UWP Consulting’s Cape Town office has been involved in two projects at Cape Town International Airport in the past year, the first for refurbishment of electrical cables, sleeves and slots to the centreline lights on the western taxiways and the second for resurfacing of the secondary runway.
In both cases, Zebra Bituminous Surfacing undertook the asphalt work and the electrical work on the taxiway project was contracted to Siemens (Airports), with Automation Specification as sub-contractor.
What set UWP apart, according to the client, were strong head office involvement and the competency of site supervision during the construction phase.
Mark Maclean, maintenance and engineering manager at Cape Town International Airport, stated that “Consultant companies are not only about providing a competent technical service to the customer, but also about the professionalism and personal qualities of the people who work with the client. The airport is a highly regulated environment where consultants are expected to deliver only the highest quality of service.”
Attention to detail and professional handling of the softer, non-technical issues are essential when working at an airport, said Lucas Ebels, principal engineer at UWP Cape Town. “Airside projects come with a whole different set of challenges. Work can only be carried out between midnight and 5am in most cases and the runways have to be open for business every day. So there can’t be any delays.
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