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Detailed design Farm B

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Premium Foods/DAB Consult
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Kabilpe, near Tamale
Address: Premium Foods-Jachie Pramso, Lake Raod Adan Papa junction., Kumasi DAB Consult -Winfred Agbeko Torgby DTD 221 Madina Post Office
Start date (month/year): March 2020
Completion date (month/year): May, 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any: Witteveen+Bos, MDF West Africa
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Coordinator
Narrative description of Project: Premium Foods with grant funding from the AfDB contracted DAB Consult Ghana Limited to undertake a bankable feasibility study for the Expanded Go Farming Project to ultimately raise funds for the take-off of the project. As part of the feasibility study, a design for the irrigation systems and other infrastructure required by the project needed to be undertaken. 8,000 hectare land in Kabilpe in the Northern region has been acquired by Premium foods for this purpose. Richard Sedafor worked as sub consultant (freelancer) to Witteveen+Bos engineering consultancy & MDF West Africa.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • site visit and baseline validation
  • • Data Collection: Purchase of hydrogeological data and others
  • • Discussion and input for Hydraulic Model and Sharing observations
  • • Preliminary environmental assessment and report
  • • Input for assessment report (Phase 1)
  • • Input for masterplan layout and preliminary civil designs
  • • Input for the preparation of BoQ or Estimates
  • • Preliminary design report input
  • • Meetings and coordination with DAB/ Premium foods
  • • Detailed Design-Construction specifications



Geotechnical, Architectural, Civil and MEP Design of Dry Mango Processing Factory


Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Agropal West Africa Ltd
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Akuse, Eastern Region
Address: Agropal West Africa Lted No 55 ECG Old-Ashongman-Abladjei, Accra Ghana
Email: pkoseiowusu@gmail.com
Start date (month/year): January 2021
Completion date (month/year): May, 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any: Process and Plant Automation Ltd
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Coordinator
Obed Sowah- Lead Architect
Eric Owusu- Quality Assurance/Structural Engineer
Isaac Addison- Laboratory Technician
Mark Akins- Site Geotechnical Engineer
Elorm Nyornator- Quality Assurance, Geotechnical engineering/foundation design
Jason Tutu- Environmental checks
Emmanuel Blackson-Amoah- MEP engineer
Narrative description of Project: Agropal West Africa Ltd intends to construct a dry mango processing facility at Akuse in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The project is an initial 4 tons per day mango drying facility. The structure and amenities to be installed should be enough to cater for added on production capacity. The general scope of services include:
1. Architectural design and specification; for attached floor plan.
2. MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) design specification drawings.
3. Structural design and detailing; for the project.
4. Quantity surveying services.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment: Schematic/Conceptual Design And Development
Topographical Survey using RTK equipment to obtain site levels, boundaries of property etc

Architectural drawings:
  • • 3D Model of the whole factory
  • • Block layout
  • • ground floor drawings and architectural elevations for all structures in the factory
  • • building and site cross sections
  • • Road and drainage layout
  • • construction details, schedules, material specification


1. ELECTRICAL:
  • • Preparation of detailed lighting design layout comprising of lights and emergency light points
  • • Preparation of detailed general power design layouts comprising of sockets,airconditions and any other points.
  • • Preparation of fire alarm system design layout comprising of smoke detectors,heatdetectors,alarm sounders and manual call points.
  • • Preparation of data,telephone,and CCTV camera drawings where necessary.
  • •Preparation of equipotential earthling, lighting protection and general power layouts.


2. MECHANICAL:
  • • Preparation of detailed air-conditioning and ventilation design layouts.
  • • Preparation of detailed plumbing design layout comprising of cold, hot and soil & wastepiping.


3. STRUCTURAL DESIGN AND DETAILING:
  • • Structural framing and general arrangement.
  • • Structural analysis calculation.
  • • Reinforced concrete design, detailing and drafting.


4. QUANTITY SURVEYING (if possible):
  • • Buildingup of rates
  • • Quantities take-off
  • • Billing of take-off quantities



Site reconnaissance survey at Sogakope for biomass to energy factory

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: River Blueprint
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Sogakope, Volta Region, Ghana
Address: River Blueprint Colenso 77, 3761 GJ Soes Netherlands
Email: hans.hendriks@riverblueprint.com
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants: 1
Start date (month/year): Jan 2021
Completion date (month/year): Feb, 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Senior Civil Engineer
Narrative description of Project: River Blueprint of Ghana intends to construct a biomass to energy factory in Sogakope, in the Volta Region of Ghana. The electrical power plant is proposed to be on the banks of the Lower Volta. The power plant is based on the production of biogas from anaerobic digestion of water weed biomass. The biogas is combusted in special-purpose biogas generators and converted into electricit. Rich Van-J Engineering Consultancy Ltd was contacted to perform a preliminary reconnaissance survey and produce a report on the suitability of the site for the above project.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Site assessment
  • • Interviews and meetings with local stakeholders
  • • Production of report on suitability of the site



Preliminary design of earth dam with 14 Mm3 storage capacity, 700 m length and 5.5m maximum height at Kabilpe in the Savannah Region of Ghana

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Witteveen+Bos/ MDF West Africa
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Kabilpe, Savannah Region of Ghana
Address: Witteveen+Bos Raadgevende ingenieurs
B.V Business Unit Manager Watermanagement Leeuwenbrug 8,
P.O. Box 233 7400 AE Deventer The Netherlands.
Tel: +31 570 69 79 11

MDF West Africa Ltd # 124A Freetown Avenue La Bawalashie Rd.
East Legon PMB CT 357, Accra-Ghana
Tel +233 (0) 30 2541 515
Mobile +233 (0) 26 5646 065
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants: 2
Start date (month/year): Jan 2021
Completion date (month/year): March, 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any: Witteveen+Bos / MDF West Africa
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Coordinator
Rich Van-J Engineering Prof. Abdul Ganiyu-Shaibu-Team Leader
Narrative description of Project: Witteveen+Bos while working on completing the irrigation designs for premium foods farm at Kabilpe decided to include the preliminary desing of earth dam with length approx. 700m, max height 5.5m and storage capacity of 14 Mm3. Rich Van-J engineering was contacted as sub consultants to MDF West Africa for the scope.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Review of data provided by client
  • • Selection of appropriate dam type based on local experience
  • • Design calculation of dam crest, embankments, spillway and intake
  • • AutoCAD design of dam
  • • Preparation of design report with specifications



Flood Protection Bunge Site

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Bunge Loders Croklaan’s (BLC)
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Tema, Accra
Address: Hogeweg 1, 1521 AZ Wormerveer, Nederland - Postbus 4, 1520 AA Wormerveer, Nederland
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): Jan 2020
Completion date (month/year): June, 2020
Name of associated Consultants, if any: Witteveen+Bos, MDF West Africa
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Coordinator
Narrative description of Project: Bunge Loders Croklaan’s (BLC) Tema processing facility in Ghana has a problem with flooding of the site. Mainly because the site was built too low, but also because the governmental storm water drain system was failing. The site was built 850 mm below the top of the concrete of the outside storm water drain thereby causing reverse flow into the factory the moment the storm drain is full. The outside storm drain provided by the Freezones enclave board (government) is engineered too small and poorly maintained so in case of heavy rainfall (55 mm/h for 1 hour), which will happens on an average of 5 – 6 per year, the site will flood and the flooding will cause damage to the production facilities. With the enclave expanding and new companies building their sites adding water to the storm drains the situation will become worse over time and countermeasures should be taken to prevent the site from flooding. Richard Sedafor worked as sub consultant (freelancer) to Witteveen+Bos engineering consultancy & MDF West Africa.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Proposal preparation
  • • Data Collection: Purchase of data from Meteological Service and other relevant data
  • • Discussion and input for Hydraulical Model and Sharing observations
  • • Visit to the site to validate Hydraulical Model
  • • Input and discussions for Civil 3D or Revit or AutoCAD designs
  • • Input for the preparation of BoQ or Estimates
  • • Input for design report preparation



Preparation of operation and maintenance plan for Ga Integrated Waste Management Centre

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Rexel Waste Management Ltd
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Adjen Kotoku, Accra
Address: PH3 Astoria Palms, Alema Avenue, Airport Residential Area Accra, Ghana
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): September 2014
Completion date (month/year): November, 2014
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor- Environmental / Sanitation Engineer
Narrative description of Project: Rexel Waste Management company wants to develop a landfill site with added facilities for septage treatment, waste to energy and composting. The company requires an operation and maintenance manual/plan in order to obtain permit from EPA Ghana. The manual will guide the operations of the facility. The manual/plan should be in accordance with the Ghana Landfills Guidelines 2002 and other legislative instruments governing environmental protection.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Review designs for the development of the cells of the engineered landfill;
  • • Review of Geotechnical data performed on the site;
  • • Review of Scoping report and ESIA;
  • • Site investigation and validation of site data obtained;
  • • Technical writing of operation manual/instruction for landfilling operation in accordance with Ghana Landfill Guidelines (2002) and other international standards;
  • • Technical writing of landfill development concept;
  • • Landfill capacity and life time assessment;
  • • Specification of equipment, material requirements and operation;
  • • Specification of facility and operation inspection procedures in accordance with EPA requirements;
  • • Specification of emergency procedures and Health and Safety measures;
  • • Specification of Gas and leachate management plan in accordance with EPA/ Ghana Landfill Guidelines;



Report on reuse of dredged materials from Odaw drain (policy, regulatory and technical/field assessment)

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: MDF West Africa
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra & Tema
Address: MDF West Africa Ltd
# 124A Freetown Avenue La Bawalashie Rd.
East Legon PMB CT 357, Accra-Ghana
Tel +233 (0) 30 2541 515
Mobile +233 (0) 26 5646 065
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): June 2020
Completion date (month/year): June, 2020
Name of associated Consultants, if any: MDF West Africa, Nectics BV
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor- Environmental / Sanitation Engineer
Narrative description of Project: The government of Ghana implemented the Greater Accra Urban Resilience and Integrated Development (GARID) project with funding from the World Bank. Phase I of the proposed project focused on the Odaw river basin. This river basin has the highest population density in the country, containing 60% of entire Greater Accra Region population, and is affected by chronic flooding with an estimated 30% of the population at risk living in informal settlements subject to regular flooding. One of the measures proposed to reduce flooding of the Odaw drain was the dredging of the drain. Dredged sediments would have to be either properly disposed at a landfill or reused in the best environmentally friendly way. Results of laboratory analysis of samples of sediments collected by Royal Haskoning DHV & SAL consult from the Odaw drain indicated the possibility of reusing the sediments. The laboratory report concluded that “the sediments can be reused, after treatment, in industrial circumstances, under paved surfaces, in concrete or other products in which the pollutants are not freely available for dispersion in the environment”. A desktop review of local legislation and regulations did not reveal major hindrance to the reuse of dredged material as building material.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Desks top review of available legal, administrative and regulatory framework on the reuse of dredged sediments and contaminated soils;
  • • Visit to several sandcrete factories preferably the ones that are already using Odaw drain sediment including Accra Block factory, Assanduff, Gravitas Housing (BESTE block factory);
  • • Assess technical details of their operations with reference to questions sent via email;
  • • Review Ghana Standard Authority codes GS 297-1: 2010 and GS 189:2000 and check level of compliance at the various block factories visited
  • • Validate if Odaw sediments are already being used for block manufacture at sites close to the odaw drain.
  • • Check if block manufacturers are willing to use dredged sediments for sandcrete block manufacturing and at what price;
  • • Check the possibility of using geotextile tubes for sea defence/coastal erosion prevention



Support for developing grant/subsidy proposals and business cases (multiple)

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Techforce Projects BV
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra
Address: Techforce Projects BV
Koninginneweg 32 BG, Hilversum The Netherlands
Email: s.gajadin@techforce.nl
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): May 2020
Completion date (month/year): ongoing
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Civil Lead
Narrative description of Project: Techforce projects BV is a subsidy and innovation consultancy firm established since1987. It provides advice and support services for companys, SMEs, NGOs and CSOs working in agriculture, renewable energy, water, waste management, hitech and robotics. In May 2020, Techforce projects BV established a MoU with Richard Sedafor to support in providing business development, introductory and support services for their clients. The MoU was subsequently transferred to Rich Van-J Engineering Consultancy in February, 2021. So far, clients which have been supported through this relationship include Skyfox Ltd, Cerath Development Organization, Agropal West Africa Ltd, Semilla Sanitation hub.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • •Business development and finding new clients
  • • Providing introductory services
  • • Supporting with engineering expertise when required
  • • Input for proposals when required
  • • Follow up on invoices
  • • Check if block manufacturers are willing to use dredged sediments for sandcrete block manufacturing and at what price;
  • • Check the possibility of using geotextile tubes for sea defence/coastal erosion prevention



Design of steel frame and R.C concrete foundation for 3 stack and 5 stack reactors

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Millennium Bio-Energy
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra
Address: Millennium Bio-Energy
Colenso 77, 3671 GJ Soest, The Netherlands
Email: hans.hendriks@millenniumbioenergy.com
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): June 2021
Completion date (month/year): July 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Manager & Civil Lead
Eric Owusu- Quality Assurance/Structural Engineer
Eric A. Antwi- CAD designer
Narrative description of Project: Water hyacinth is one of the major problems when dealing with the maintenance of water body biodiversity (rivers, lakes etc) and navigation. Millennium Bio-Energy aims to convert water hyacinth harvested from river bodies, lakes, oceans etc into sustainable energy using biogas reactor stacks. Millennium Bio-Energy has contacted Rich Van-J Engineering Consultancy to design the supporting structures and also produce cost estimate for the designs made.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Data collection
  • • Calculation of imposed loads and dead load
  • • Structural analysis of steel frame using Tekla structural software
  • • Structural analysis of concrete structural members
  • • Preliminary design of stacks, sludge retention tanks and pumping house
  • • Detailed design/ construction design of 3 stack, 5 stack reactors, concrete sludge tank, concrete pumping house
  • • Bill of quantities and cost estimates for 3 stack and 5 stack reactors
  • • CAD design of structures
  • • Design report



Reuse of alum sludge for sandcrete blocks, field data collection

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: MDF West Africa
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra
Address: MDF West Africa Ltd
# 124A Freetown Avenue La Bawalashie Rd. East Legon PMB CT 357, Accra-Ghana
Tel +233 (0) 30 2541 515 Mobile +233 (0) 26 5646 065
Email: rye@mdf.nl
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): July 2021
Completion date (month/year): ongoing
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor MSc-Project Director & Lead Civil engineer
Gideon M. Lomoko MSc – Environmental Engineer/ Project Manager
Richard Osei – Data Collection Assistant
Narrative description of Project: Aluminium sludge which is currently seen as a waste material from the processes of treatment of water at the Weija water treatment plant can be used as a building material. This unique opportunity can reduce the cost of making masonry and building materials while providing a positive impact to the environment. Aluminium Sludge is a by-product waste stream from the drinking water purification process and currently being discharged into the environment causing pollution of lakes and rivers in Accra. The aim of the survey was to interview owners of block factories to retrieve data about their daily production of concrete products and also to explain the reuse of Aluminium Sludge (Product 85) as construction material and for production of other masonry products in Accra. The Dutch Government (RVO) is subsidising this project through the SBIR project entitled “Turning waste into Resource.” Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) is the local partner and due to this, the focus is on reusing the alum sludge from the Ghana Water Treatment plant located at Weija in Accra. MDF is the organising partner for the workshop in Accra
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Assessing technical details of their operation
  • • Analysis of data collected from the field
  • • Checking compliance of block factory to Ghana Standard Authority codes GS 189:2000
  • • Report writing



Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures for Bio-digester toilets and Privies

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: WASHKing
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra
Address: WASH King
Accra, Ghana
Mobile: +233 24 088 6645
Email: washking.gh@gmail.com
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): June 2021
Completion date (month/year): July 2021
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor-Project Director & Lead Sanitation/ Civil engineer
Eric Owusu- Quality Assurance/Structural Engineer
Eric A. Antwi- CAD designer
Narrative description of Project: WASHKing is a Ghanaian social sanitation enterprise providing low-income and underserved communities with access to sustainable sanitation products at an affordable price. As part of the company’s growth strategy, the company wants to prepare a standard operating procedure for the construction of bio-digester toilets which it can handover to technicians and site managers with the aim of maintaining its quality standards and meeting Ghanaian regulatory standards.
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Data collection
  • • Desktop study and technology review
  • • Technical write up of operation procedures for installation and construction of bio-digester and privies
  • • CAD design of structures
  • • Specification of materials and quantities
  • • Specification of best practices for health and safety
  • • Organization of field teams



Temporary advisory services on water-infra in Ghana for Develop2Build and Drive

Consultant/Firm name: Ing. Richard Sedafor/ RICH VAN-J Engineering Consultancy
Name of client: Invest International Public Programmes BV
Country: Ghana
Location within country: Accra, Ghana
Address: Malietoren, Bezuidenhoutseweg 12,
The Hague, The Netherlands
Mobile: +31 611866579
Email: lizette.van.der.kamp@investinternational.nl
No of professional staff-months provided by associated Consultants:
Start date (month/year): Nov 2021
Completion date (month/year): ongoing
Name of associated Consultants, if any:
Name of senior professional staff of your firm involved and functions performed (indicate most significant profiles such as Project Director/Coordinator, Team Leader): Ing. Richard Sedafor (MSc)-Team Leader and Project Manager
Gideon Lomoko (MSc)- Support
Narrative description of Project: Invest International, the administrators of Develop2Build, DRIVE and ORIO projects on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Finance, seeks to engage temporary regional experts to support it in executing its mandate. Invest international supports developing countries in the implementation of public infrastructure through its funding programs. In Ghana, the focus of the funding program is on water, climate and healthcare. Rich Van-J Engineering Consultancy have been contracted to provide support services for Invest International in Ghana particularly for projects which Invest International has funded or intends to fund. .
Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:
  • • Review of data provided by client
  • • Representing Invest International in stakeholder meetings in Ghana (WACA project, GARID, etc)
  • • Providing strategic advice on projects
  • • CAD design of structures
  • • Field visits and data collection
  • • Preparation of reports, notes and memos