Takgalang Consulting is a fast growing Black owned consulting firm that provides expertise in Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management, Programme Management and Development Management in commercial, retail, residential, industrial property development as well as infrastructural development. Involved in both urban and rural development, the company offers a wide range of services including-

Project Management Services

 

We offer services which are adapted to each individual project and client. We provide the following services:

  • Development of Project brief / scenario planning
  • Programme Management
  • Assist in procurement of appropriate consultants including a clear definition of their roles, responsibilities and liabilities.
  • Co-ordination of all information and communication within the Project Team
  • Health & Safety process
  • Manage the integration of the prelim design for the initial viability of the project
  • Agree the format and procedures for Cost Management
  • Manage and record Site meetings & minutes
  • Co-ordinate, monitor and issue Works Completion List by Consultants to the Contractors.
  • Project close-out & handover
  • Practical Completion Certification
  • Final Completion Certification
  • Full turnkey solutions


Construction Management Services

 

We endeavour to provide both technical and administrative management services in order to effectively plan and manage the project from its inception through to project hand-over. We provide the following services:

  • Appoint Contractors on behalf of the Client
  • Preparation & monitoring of the Construction programme
  • Preparation & Monitoring of the Information Schedule
  • Preparation & Monitoring of the Cash Flow
  • Monitor all Contractors documentation
  • Preparation of quality assurance plan & monitoring quality process
  • Establish the Construction distribution process
  • Snagging & facilitate handover
  • Practical Completion certification
  • Final completion certification
  • Settling of final account
  • Releasing of Retention and guarantee

Quantity Surveying Services

 

  • Preparing estimates, undertaking financial feasibility and comparative design studies,
  • Conducting assessments to confirm scoping of the projects and cost control,
  • Preparing specifcations and bill of quantities for main contractors and sub contractors,
  • Facilitating procurement of services from external service providers and preparation of agreements,
  • Preparation and submission of interim monthly, ad hoc and construction completion report.
  • Storage of project records, e.g. EPWP statistics, interim and monthly expenditure, etc,
  • Providing project and financial management expertise on the project.
  • Managing other consultants during the project implementation

Concrete Pump Services

 

Reasons to use pumps

Saving time:

  • The site or the element to be poured may be difficult
    to get into.
  • High speed of placing.
  • On congested sites with limited space for transporting
    concrete.
  • For high rise projects, placing concrete at various levels.

Saving money:

  • Reducing plant costs
  • Reducing labour costs

Convenience:

  • Factors involved include the saving of time, money and
    frustration.
  • The concrete will be pumped to where you need it,
    easily and efficiently.

 

More about Concrete Pumps

The advantages of pumped concrete on residential applications are as follows:

  • Removes the need to build ramps to wheelbarrow concrete onto first floor decks.
  • Removes the need to break down garden walls and destroy established gardens to allow for access to readymix trucks, or other material delivery vehicles.

Factors that need attention when deciding to pump

Communication:
Close communication between the contractor and our team has to be maintained at all times.

Access:
A truck mounted pump need good access to the site. The vehicle is 8 m long and 3,5 m wide.

Cleanout area:
A washout area should be provided so that truck chutes can be cleaned and the pump and pipeline segments washed out. Wash water should not be allowed to drain into the sewage systems. If there is no place to dispose of washout water, prepare a sandbagged area.

Other trades:
During a pump operation, ensure clear access to the site for mixer trucks.
Placing teams must be properly trained so that they can keep up with the required pumping rate.

Safety:
Safety aspects are particularly important when pumping. High pressures are used to force the concrete through the pipeline. All staff not directly involved should keep clear of the area where pumping is taking place. No one should work underneath the boom, in case of boom failure.

Finishing equipment:
More equipment for compacting and finishing will be needed because the concrete is discharged faster. A rough guideline is one vibrator for each 10 m3/hr of concrete placed.

During pumping
The pump operator is in charge while a pumping operation is taking place. He is responsible for the pumping equipment, pipeline and placing of the concrete. No one else may operate the pump. The pump operator has the right to terminate if it is felt that conditions are unsafe. The operator has the right to send back concrete that is felt to be unpumpable. The pump operator is responsible for locating and clearing any blockage that may occur and will liaise with the dispatcher to delay delivery of concrete if necessary. Long delays may mean the pump, boom and pipeline may have to be emptied, washed out and reprimed.

Our placing crew handles the hose and is in constant communication with the pump operator, signalling any changes needed in the rate of placing or boom movement.

The hose handler will endeavour to place the concrete as close as possible to the position it is needed to save handling and stop the concreting from segregating. If it is necessary to move the concrete by shovel, the labourers should move, but not throw concrete and not prod it into place with the poker vibrators. As concrete is placed, the pumping crew will “break back” pipes and empty the concrete into the area to be concreted. The pipes will then be washed out before the concrete hardens.

Last load
To avoid costly delays, estimate how much concrete must be ordered to complete the pour when the third last truck is discharging its load. The pump operator collects the delivery notes handed to him by each truck driver. At the end of the pour, the notes will be checked and signed for the amount of concrete received. The invoice will be for this amount at the rate agreed upon in the quotation.

Responsibilities
The pump operator and his crew are responsible for placing the concrete as close as possible to the designated area.

Pump fleets
We assure you of the availability of a pump that meets your requirements for both output and boom reach.

Tenders and quotations:
If it is decided that the concrete will need to be pumped, include the cost of setting up the pump and adjustments that have to be made to mix proportions to accommodate pumping.

Acceptance and confirmation:
Confirm the date and time of your order when the quotation is accepted, or arrange to confirm these details later – at least 72 hours in advance, to avoid cancellation fees.

Pre-pumping site inspection
For pump jobs it may be necessary to meet a few days before for a pre-pump site inspection.

The site inspection is done to assess the following:
Access for the pump and truck mixer to manoeuvre on site.

Equipment needed to complete the job as efficiently as possible.
Ascertain whether there is adequate water supply (on site) and a washout area.
Assess specific safety aspects on site.
Assess special site requirements – some residential areas have curfews on construction work.
Ensure the customer is aware of the pump priming requirements.

Larger or more complicated pours:
Large pours may require more than one pump. It may entail the installation of a static pipeline, which will be left in place throughout the building process. In these cases, the pre-pumping site inspection will be arranged well in advance and the engineer may need to be involved.

The main aspects assessed would include those already detailed plus the following:
The length of pipeline, bends and anchorage
Traffic flow to ensure minimal backing up of trucks
Interference with other trades
Access to compressed air for cleanout
Nearby storage area for spares and extra pipes

Commencing a scheduled pump operation
The pump needs priming, a special mix to lubricate the pipes before it can pump concrete. The priming is made up of one bag of cement and three wheelbarrows of sand. The site is ready to accept concrete when all the necessary formwork and shuttering is in place and there is no standing water in the areas to be concreted. If delays of more than 30 minutes are anticipated on the confirmed date and time. The pump will normally arrive on site about 30 minutes before the scheduled pumping is due to start. The pump operator will check that the site is ready and relay information to the controller. The operator will then set up the pump, boom and any necessary pipeline and inform the controller of the time the first truck load of concrete is needed. Within 15 minutes of the arrival of the first readymix truck, pumping will commence. The pipeline priming mix must be discarded either by pumping into containers or away from the slab to be poured. Pumping will usually commence from the furthest point back towards the pump, unless this is not possible or undesirable.