Airports and Aviation Services

Overview

GIBB’s Airports Engineering and Aviation Sector is a multi-disciplinary business unit that offers clients, in consortium with architects, airport operators and other specialists, a comprehensive one-stop solution to a wide-range of airport and aviation services.

GIBB has executed complex projects across various sectors and engineering disciplines across many African countries. The firm remains committed to achieving excellence in every project, and is proud to be the firm of choice for the continent’s most qualified engineers, many of whom are leading experts in their fields.

GIBB’s technical expertise is enhanced through our relationships with various global partners. The combination of top talent, in-depth industry knowledge, well-earned reputation for excellence and commitment to timeous, within budget delivery, ensures that the client is guaranteed success in every project.

Services

Airport systems integration.
Air traffic and transportation studies.
Air traffic control towers.
Aircraft gates systems.
Aircraft maintenance facilities.
Business studies.
Construction supervision.
Electrical engineering.

Airfield pavement (runways, taxiways, aprons) engineering.
Airport Master Planning.
Airport safety investigations.
Airspace planning.
Anti-pollution systems.
Architecture.
Blast fencing solutions.
Car parking facilities.
Drainage and stormwater engineering.
Environmental impact studies.

Selected Project Experience

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to carry out the following tasks for ACSA: electrical engineering; fencing solutions; low energy perimeter lighting solutions access control systems, and airside gates.

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Gauteng, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The Airports Company South Africa appointed GIBB for the fuel tank project at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg.  Tasks included process and installation design of fuel tanks, fuel piping and appurtenances.

Other major components included the design of civil infrastructure and road geometrics (for fuel farm facilities) and electrical and instrumentation design for the petro-chemical plant. Traffic studies were also required incorporating traffic flow forecasts for fuel farm facilities.

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Client:
Civil Aviation Authority

Location:
Uganda

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed by the Civil Aviation Authority in Uganda for the Gulu and Kasese Airports Master Planning, geometric design, pavement engineering, airfield navigational systems, drainage and stormwater engineering, air traffic forecasting and land use planning.

Arusha and Mwanza Airport Master Plan Review and Development

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Client:
Tanzania Airports Authority and TIB Development Bank

Location:
Tanzania

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to review the Master Plan for the Arusha and Mwanza Airports in Tanzania.  The project included the review of the development comprising of pavement geometric design, airport terminal design, systems design, airport International Civil Aviation Organization compliance requirements, land use plan, general aviation facility planning and strategic operational plan.

Pavement Rehabilitation of Runways and Taxiways

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Eastern Cape, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
ACSA appointed GIBB to undertake studies of air traffic, geometric design, pavement engineering, drainage and stormwater engineering, runway asphalt friction solutions and lighting design.

This was for the rehabilitation of the pavement of the existing runways and associated taxiways at the East London Airport, following International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliance.

The works primarily entailed the milling of existing asphalt layers, asphalt inlay and geometric and/or structural overlays, improvement of runway end safety areas (RESA), as well as side strips where required.

All pavement work was carried out at night between 21h30 and 05h00 which met the requirement that the airside infrastructure be fully operational at the end of each night shift.

Construction of Car Park and Access Road at East London Airport

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Eastern Cape, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed by ACSA to design and supervise construction of a car park at the East London Airport.  The works primarily entailed the construction of earth and/or layer-works and asphalt surfacing for a new parking area.

Additionally, tasks included the installation of new fencing and low level lighting as well as new exit and entry points with automatic booms. This facility has created an additional 230 parking bays at the airport.

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Eastern Cape, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
Through the appointment by ACSA for the arterial road for East London Airport, GIBB provided all civil services for a two lane, two way urban road, 3 km in length. Services included road design, construction monitoring and contract administration.

OR Tambo International Airport Midfield Development (Package 1)

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Gauteng, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed for Midfield Development of the OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. Specific tasks included input into the Master Planning, geometric design, pavement engineering, lighting, drainage and stormwater, structural engineering, building services, mechanical engineering and IT solutions.

Upgrade of Taxiways to Code F Standards at OR Tambo International Airport

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Client:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA)

Location:
Gauteng, South Africa

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed for the upgrade of taxiways to Code F Standards at OR Tambo International Airport. This included an International Civil Aviation Organization compliance investigation, aircraft loading studies, geometric design and pavement engineering.

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Client:
Government of Eswatini

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
The Sikuphe International Airport is situated in the Lowlands of Eswatini. GIBB was appointed as the consultant responsible for the design of the airport’s critical structures.

These included the air traffic control tower, the air traffic support building and the fire station. The control tower’s unique design is that it is built on a ground level below the runway, yet is capable of reaching high enough for the ends of the runways to be visible.

It is therefore a much taller tower than typical airport towers, with a total height of 57 m. This height presented design challenges which were overcome by GIBB.

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Client:
Government of Eswatini

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB’s extensive involvement encompassed providing the Master Planning review, geometric design, airfield navigational systems, drainage and stormwater engineering, pavement engineering, structural engineering, building services and runway friction solutions.

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Client:
Tanzania Investment Bank and Tanzania Airport Authority

Location:
Tanzania

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to carry out the feasibility study for the Arusha and Mwanza Airports located in Tanzania. This included the environmental and socio impact assessment and preliminary design for re-development both airports.

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Client:
Dlamini GIBB Consultants

Location:
Eswatini

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB was appointed to undertake Apron Geometric design in terms of apron ICAO slope compliance at the King Mswati III International Airport in Eswatini.

This included a geometric design review of all remaining geometric requirements, the concrete apron pavement and materials design review and the concrete slab detailing design review.

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Country:
Northern Uganda, Uganda

GIBB’s Responsibilities:
GIBB’s responsibilities included technical consulting on the bankable feasibility study.