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With $27.5 billion currently being spent on 10 transport corridors across sub-Saharan Africa, the upgrade of infrastructure is critical to the development of regional integration and trade between African countries.

The motivation to regenerate the port, rail and road links and create multi-modal transport networks has come in the wake of increased concerns for African countries to diversify their economies, boost trade and decrease their reliance on minerals.

a nation at work
Everybody helped a nation at work

One such corridor is the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, an integrated system of well-maintained tarred roads and rail networks accommodating all modes of transport from the Port of Walvis Bay via the Trans-Kalahari, Trans-Caprivi, Trans-Cunene and Trans-Oranje Corridors providing landlocked SADC countries access to transatlantic markets.

The Walvis Bay Corridor also provides infrastructure connections between Namibia and its neighbouring countries, Botswana, Angola and South Africa, in an effort to facilitate regional trade and economic growth.

The new railway line from Tsumeb to Oshikango at the border between Namibia and Angola, via Ondangwa/Oshakati, forms an extension of the existing Namibian railway system that currently ends in Tsumeb and is planned to eventually link into the Angolan railway at a point near Cassinga/Chamutete.

rail reserve
Loading material from the rail reserve to the embankment

This will then form a vital artery in the Namibe-Lubango-Oshikango Walvis Bay Development Corridor.

Laying of sleepers
Laying of sleepers

In 2005, Windhoek Consulting Engineers were appointed as consulting engineers for the Northern Railway Extension and were responsible for the design and construction supervision of the total project valued at N$ 1,4 billion.

The project was divided into three stages: Phase one Tsumeb to Ondangwa 250 km, Phase two Ondangwa to Oshikango 59 km and Phase three Ondangwa to Oshakati 58 km.

Aerial photography was used to assist the team with the alignment and a three-month survey was conducted to accumulate the necessary information for the final horizontal and vertical designs.

Using Civil Designer to manage all data for the railway design with a handling capacity of 25 million points, Windhoek Consulting Engineers were able to achieve efficient results for a project of this scale.

At the time of first interview on the project, Victor Reiger, Engineering Associate at Windhoek Consulting Engineers, described his affinity for Civil Designer, saying, "It has simplified our lives to such an extent that we no longer have to spend long hours trying to create a drawing when the program performs this operation in a matter of seconds. It has definitely increased our productivity and we are always assured of high quality work and a professional presentation."

Since then Knowledge Base has launched Civil Designer 2011 with a 3D CAD platform, fully compatible with the latest DWG file format and a digital terrain modelling component optimized to import up to 25 million points on a standard i7 Quad Core processor. This is indeed a milestone for software development that is unmatched in a niche market.

Users of Civil Designer extend to 80% of all South African Civil Engineering consultancies with a growing market across the region that will see direct benefits when integrated into infrastructure projects aimed at revitalising the rail, roads and ports of sub-Saharan Africa.

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