The construction of improved road and highway infrastructure is a complex task. Civil engineering designers need as much information as possible to ensure that they plan new infrastructure that meets the specifications required by the client, while also providing detailed information to the contractor so upgrades can be completed within budget and on time.
The N3 highway from Durban to Pietermaritzburg is currently undergoing significant design upgrades in preparation for construction starting in 2020. While the highway corridor has been extensively surveyed over the last five years, there have also been numerous new services laid underground across and within the road reserve. GeoAfrika Surveys have undertaken a detailed audit of these underground services to ensure that an up to date record of their locations is provided to contractors prior to construction. This will reduce the risk of services being impeded during construction, preventing significant knock on effects to the project budget and timeframes.