EES - June 2010

June 2010

Groote Schuur gets new fire detection system

Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) is soon to commence the project and construction management of the implementation of Phase Two of Groote Schuur Hospital's fire detection system. They will again be representing Plantech Associates who are one of the main project consulting firms.

Groote Schuur is a large Government-funded teaching hospital world-renowned for its research and for being the hospital where the first heart transplant took place in 1967. Over 3663 staff care for more than 560 000 referrals and patient admissions each year.

EES, a leader in project managing the provision of Information Technology (IT) solutions to the built environment, has been working on Groote Schuur overseeing the implementation of fire detection and voice evac systems since 2001.
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Intelligent building management system for SAMHS

Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) has been appointed by Ukhozi Consulting Engineers to assist them in the electronic systems design for an intelligent building management system, for the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS).

SAMHS is one of the four services of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), and is the only one that does not have a combatant role. It is a combat support service that provides medical and general health support to the other SANDF services, ensuring a healthy military community. It also contributes to the development, establishment and maintenance of tertiary military health capabilities.

In addition to the electrical services layout drawings, EES is to prepare the tender documentation and guide the adjudication process for the project. It will then be involved again at the commissioning stage, which it will monitor and track according to the design specifications.
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From My Pen

Meeting unique requirements

Working within a hospital environment comes with its own unique set of requirements. Whatever the form of work a contractor is appointed to do, for example project managing the implementation of new technology, has to be done without disrupting the day-to-day activities taking place in the hospital.

Patients cannot simply be moved while outsourced work is being done, and nurses and doctors who are tending to patients, many of whom who are immobile, unable to care for themselves, and even some who may be critically ill, cannot simply put their work on hold. We need to communicate with and be constantly aware of the needs of patients, staff, nurses and Doctors, and be accommodating and flexible.

This is part of EES's client commitment – to meet the needs of clients, to go the extra mile and be flexible.

The fact that EES has been involved with Groote Schuur on an ongoing basis upgrading and project managing the implementation of its intelligent infrastructure for its fire detection and voice evac systems for the main hospital since 2001, bears testimony to its client commitment. EES has now commenced work on Phase Two for the ancillary buildings, 'Groote Schuur gets new fire detection system'.

We have also more recently been appointed to carry out the electronic systems design for an intelligent building management system for the South African Military Health Services (SAMHS), 'Intelligent building management system for SAMHS'.

We are proud to be able to contribute in our own small way to improving the quality of healthcare facilities in South Africa, and help the healthcare industry, which has its own set of challenges. These include loss of skilled professionals and the need to use technology to lower health care service delivery costs.

We at EES will continue in our endeavours to listen to and understand client requirements, to proactively meet their needs, and to build long-term working relationships enabling us to support them with their own businesses, growth and prosperity

Bradley Hemphill
Managing Director