Projects

Dassen Island Solar PV System
Western Cape

Dassen Island Solar PV System


A 15kWp off-grid, ground-mount solar PV system was installed on a wooden sub-structure on Dassen Island.
The installation stores energy into a 48kWh Li-ion battery set and is integrated with a generator set as back-up.


The island is located 9km off Yzerforntein, Western Cape. 

Elsenburg Head Office Buildings, Stellenbosch: Rooftop Solar PV installation
Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Elsenburg Head Office Buildings, Stellenbosch: Rooftop Solar PV installation


Installation of a 367 kWp grid-tied rooftop Solar PV system, consisting of 1129 PV panels and 15 x SMA inverters

New Hani Park Primary School, Welkom - Free State
Welkom, Free State

New Hani Park Primary School, Welkom - Free State


Phase I of the construction of the new Hani Park Primary School has been successfully completed with anticipated completion of Phase II end of May 2018.  
The school consists of four classroom blocks totalling 27 classrooms, as well as additional structures for two computer laboratories, administration building, hall and gate house.   The expected number of learners for Hani Park Primary School is to be in the vicinity of 1 080.

Rooftop Solar PV Installations
Western Cape

Rooftop Solar PV Installations


BVi Consulting Engineers Western Cape (Pty) Ltd was appointed by the Western Cape Government, Department of Transport and Public Works for the implementation of various rooftop Solar PV systems on several buildings identified in the Cape Town Metropolitan area, which are owned and/or operated by the Western Cape Government. BVi’s involvement entails the conceptual design, tender documentation, design approval, construction monitoring and contract administration.

These systems are grid-tied and reduce the purchase of grid electricity from the City of Cape Town. The savings from avoided electricity purchases are providing the financial returns necessary to justify additional capital and operating costs of the systems.

Melmoth SAPS
Melmoth, KwaZulu Natal

Melmoth SAPS


Construction on new Police Station Buildings and Staff Quarters

Refurbishment of Existing Buildings

Civil Infrastructure

Chatsworth Magistrates Court
Chatsworth, KwaZulu Natal

Chatsworth Magistrates Court


Design and site supervision of the construction of roads, stormwater, footpaths, pipe bridges, sewer pipelines / manholes and retaining walls.

Centrepoint Redevelopment
Milnerton, Western Cape

Centrepoint Redevelopment


Airconditioning (HVAC)

National English Literary Museum
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

National English Literary Museum


Design, construction supervision and quality control of a new National English Literary Museum, including exhibition venues, archives, libraries, auditorium, theatre, offices, etc. The design is based on 5 Star GBSA Green rating specifications. The engineering works include a civil infrastructure portal and RC framed buildings, soil nailing and tanking.

North End Prison
Port Elizabeth

North End Prison


Replacing of failed civil infrastructure to the existing complex and re-construction of failed structural elements to the buildings.

New Upington Hospital
Upington, Northern Cape

New Upington Hospital


Design of mechanical ventilation system to extract fumes from the extruction plant. The ventilation system was to comply with health and safety requirement and city of cape town health by-laws. The ventilation system was to provide the workers with a conducive and safe working environment.

SAPS Hammanskraal: Upgrade of Training Institution
Hammanskraal, Gauteng

SAPS Hammanskraal: Upgrade of Training Institution


BVi was responsible for the electrical and infrastructure design and contract management for the repair and renovations of various low-rise buildings.
The following services were involved:

Lighting, small power, distribution boards, lightning protection, earthing and bonding, electrical infrastructure, miniature substations, emergency generator sets, 11kV main panel, 11kV overhead line, Area lighting, HVAC, Fresh air. Wet services, kitchen equipment, extraction canopy.

New Upington Referral Hospital – Dr Harry Surtie Hospital
Upington, Northern Cape

New Upington Referral Hospital – Dr Harry Surtie Hospital


The new 400-bed state hospital with theatres, wards, laundry, kitchen, mortuary, ambulance EMS and married quarters.  The project was extended with a new 42- bed TB hospital with its own laundry and kitchen. 

Forensic Science Laboratory, Cape Town
Department of Public Works

Forensic Science Laboratory, Cape Town


The Forensic Science Building is regarded as one of the most complex and technically sophisticated buildings in South Africa. Various systems were installed under the electrical and mechanical trades to incorporate the clients’ requirements. Due to the usage of the facility, high security measures were implemented inside and outside the building.

On the electrical and security side, the building is equipped with the following equipment:

  • 3 598 x light fittings
  • 653 x lighting occupation sensors
  • 5 482 x socket outlet points on power skirting and walls
  • 1 092 x telephone/network points
  • 788 x biometric readers
  • 611 x surveillance cameras
  • 256 x maglocks, 240 x electric strike locks

Technical Support to the In-house Construction Unit of the Department of Roads and Public Works
Eastern Cape

Technical Support to the In-house Construction Unit of the Department of Roads and Public Works


Technical Support to the In-house Construction Unit of the Department of Roads and Public Works

Jubilee Primary School
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

Jubilee Primary School


New Jubilee Primary School

Kirkwood Department of Correctional Services
Eastern Cape

Kirkwood Department of Correctional Services


Replacement of asbestos bulk water pipelines

Graaff-Reinet Water Augmentation Scheme for Drought Relief
Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Graaff-Reinet Water Augmentation Scheme for Drought Relief


Graaff-Reinet Water Augmentation Scheme for Drought Relief

SAPS 10111 Emergency Call Centre
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

SAPS 10111 Emergency Call Centre


The building is 8000m2 and cost +/- R105,000,000.00 it is full of architectural features which also makes it a building which is quite expensive for its size. The architectural features stand out and provided engineering challenges and therefore it is definitely regarded as a landmark:

  • Four Storey High Steel Roof Structure Exposed to Category 1 Wind Loadings 
  • Roof Trusses with Slender Supporting Struts
  • Aesthetical Structural Element Shapes 
  • Three Storey (11m) High Self Supporting Steel Lift Shaft 
  • Cantilever Slabs (Supporting 230mm Wide Walls) exceeding 3 metres span length Steel/Concrete Composite Slabs supported on Slender Steel Posts 
  • Beam Structured Slabs supporting Live Load of 5kPa and 230mm Wide Wall Loadings 
  • Timber/Steel Walkway Structures with Slender Circular Section Beam Elements 
  • Aesthetical Precast Concrete Works 
  • Deviations from Conventional Structural Practices for Aesthetical reasons – Aesthetical structural connection details, unconventional element profiles used.

Joe Slovo Housing Scheme
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

Joe Slovo Housing Scheme


Low-cost housing scheme (600 units)

Helenvale Thusong Service and Community Centre
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Helenvale Thusong Service and Community Centre


Helenvale Thusong Service and Community Centre

Emnyameni Sports Complex
Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal

Emnyameni Sports Complex


  • Design for the construction of a sports field, multi-purpose indoor xomplex, swimming pool and training field
  • Design and site supervision of building works, mass earthworks, sewer, storm water, roads, borehole drilling and grassing of main/training fields
  • Contract administration -- tender documentation, bill of quantities, site meetings
  • Site supervision and monitoring and quality control, payment certificates
  • MIG applications and processes

Umlazi B10 Housing and Township Services
Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal

Umlazi B10 Housing and Township Services


  • Design and site supervision of the construction of top structures, footpaths, roads, storm water, sewer infrastructure, retaining walls
  • Contract administration (tender documentation, bill of quantities, site meetings, client and contractor liaison)
  • Overall contract project management

Dube Village Housing Development
Ohlange, KwaZulu-Natal

Dube Village Housing Development


  • Design and site supervision of the construction of topstructures, footpaths, roads, storm water, sewer infrastructure, retaining walls
  • Contract administration (tender documentation, bill of quantities, site meetings, client and contractor liaison)
  • Overall contract project management

Chatsworth SAPS
Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal

Chatsworth SAPS


  • Design of reinforced concrete and structural steel infrastructure, storm water and sewer reticulation infrastructure, retaining walls and park facilities
  • Site supervision/monitoring, client liaison and site meetings

Douglas Water: Refurbishment and New Water Services (Rural Network)
Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal

Douglas Water: Refurbishment and New Water Services (Rural Network)


  • Project management for the design and site supervision of new pipelines, reservoirs, pipe bridges, river crossings, break pressure tanks, drilling of new boreholes and refurbishment of existing break pressure/reservoirs/pipelines
  • Contract administration (site meetings, client and contractor liaison, payment certificates, tender documentation, bill of quantities, site meetings)

Kwakopi Water Scheme (Rural Network)
Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal

Kwakopi Water Scheme (Rural Network)


  • Project management for the design and site supervision of new pipelines, reservoirs, pipe bridges, river crossings, break pressure tanks, drilling of new boreholes and refurbishment of existing break pressure/reservoirs/pipelines
  • Contract administration (site meetings, client and contractor liaison, payment certificates, tender documentation, bill of quantities, site meetings)

Cowrie Place Building Upgrade
Cape Town

Cowrie Place Building Upgrade


This project comprised the complete upgrade of a rather dilapidated heritage building. It consisted of a complete makeover of the building including all the engineering disciplines. 

Rehabillitation and Extensions to 4 Dorp Street Building
Cape Town

Rehabillitation and Extensions to 4 Dorp Street Building


Phase 1

The primary objective of the first phase was to repair the failing plaster/grano façade of the building. This became a threat to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. This phase consisted of the removal and subsequent major concrete rehabilitation to an area of 28 400m².  Use was made of external scaffolding supported on a reinforced concrete canopy over the sidewalk. This structure served as a scaffold support as well as safety for the pedestrians not to interrupt the building functionality. It is to be noted that the scaffolding was to the full 26 storeys – the highest used in the Southern Hemisphere.

Phase 2

The second phase was for additional facilities, basement parking, upgrading of the present Keerom Street walk-through to a functional and friendly pedestrian area with a restaurant and other public facilities. 

Forensic Science Laboratory
Cape Town

Forensic Science Laboratory


This forensic science building is regarded as one of the most complex and technically sophisticated buildings in Southern Africa. The building was planned in a five “finger” pattern for the five different departments. It is a four-storey building with basement parking adding up to 26 000m² floor area.

Polokwane High Court
Polokwane, Limpopo

Polokwane High Court


This project consisted of two blocks seven storeys high plus three levels of underground basement parking.

Block A – High Court Building

11 Civil Courts, 6 Criminal Courts, 14 Holding Cells, 270 Parking Bays, Consultation Rooms
Pay Hall, Judge and Clerk Chambers, Deputy Judge President Chamber, Judge President Chamber Library, Senior Registrar, Conference Rooms, Advocates and Interpreter Offices, Archives

Block B – Support Offices

Master of The High Court, Director of Public Prosecutions, Legal Aid Board Offices, State Attorney Offices
Family Advocate Offices, General Offices and Areas, Administration Offices

Basement Parking

124 Parking Bays, Fan Rooms, Water Tank Room

Rehabilitation of Skoenmakers River
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Rehabilitation of Skoenmakers River


The project is about conducting feasibility studies on river structures and investigation on the Skoenmakers River which has been utilised as a conveyance system and spillway to Darlington Dam since 1981. The feasibility studies are necessitated by deterioration of the river channel over the years which have resulted in the erosion of the river embankments, creation of an island in the river bed, loss of vegetation, erosion of some bridge-supporting embankments and transportation of vegetation and silt downstream. Investigate the impact of water releases down the river bridge and compilation of a river rehabilitation strategy to improve access across the river and to halt further degradation of the river.

The aim of the assignment is to assist the National Water Resources Infrastructure (NWRI) in understanding the impact of water release down the Skoenmakers River in an effort to have intervention measures put in place to upgrade the river bridge structures and prevent further deterioration of the river embankments and bed to minimise the loss of human lives, livestock and wildlife in the area.