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

Israeli-headquartered Admir Technologies, one of the world’s leading providers of geotechnical and civil engineering solutions based on ongeo synthetics, has begun training local building and construction professionals and related capacity building in collaboration with the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK).

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

Speaking at the inaugural training workshop at a hotel in Nairobi, Managing Director of Admir Technologies, Mr. Meir Taito, said the company is investing over Kshs. capacity building aimed at facilitating cost savings in the timely delivery of quality infrastructure projects.

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

“At Admir Technologies, we provide quality geotechnical solutions using geosynthetic products for various civil engineering applications. We are present in at least 6 African countries. By rolling out capacity building programs, we are actively sharing our more than 30 years of technical expertise with local engineers and related project management peers on the use of geosynthetic products,” Taito said.

He explained that the use of geosynthetic solutions in engineering projects such as roads, airport runways, railway lines, seaports, dams and retaining walls, reservoirs and waste dumps, slope stabilization, drainage and many other applications has been technically proven and cost effective.

At the workshop, local engineering professionals led by Engineer Grace Kagondu, First Vice President of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), attended training sessions on road base construction with geocells, the reinforcement of the tarmac and the construction of embankments and retaining walls.

Delegates also heard firsthand accounts of recent developments on the Hoima Road in Uganda and the Mechanically Stabilized Earth Reinforced (MSE) road projects in Ghana.