• IMEC were able to navigate site-based installations amid the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions
  • Project specific deflection sheaves and dual lift methodologies developed
  • The use of technology was a key factor in the success of the install


IME Consultants (IMEC) were recently engaged to complete engineering and planning for the installation of a Single Point Suspension (SPS) High Voltage Electrical Cable for a project in West Africa. The cable formed a critical part of a site-wide power upgrade project and therefore a safe and efficient installation was of prime importance to the operation.

3D methodology developed to aid risk assessment & site install


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was not possible to mobilise personnel to site and an innovative approach to support remotely was sought.

IMEC had completed the detailed design of all fabricated items and developed an installation methodology including equipment selections such as cranes. It was then planned for an IMEC Senior Engineer to be onsite during the installation to facilitate risk assessments and provide technical support on behalf of the client throughout the installation. Camera capture during install, monitored & directed in real-time by IMEC’s Irish office.


Planning works including risk assessments and site set-up were done through video conferencing and voice calls to the site-based team. The client procured and set-up cameras (both stationary and head-mounted cameras) onsite, which enabled the IMEC team to view the works in real-time from our office in Ireland. Through voice communication, IMEC could liaise with members of the team throughout the install (while watching live on camera) and provide technical guidance.

The onsite team did a fantastic job and the cable was successfully installed in one (albeit long for the site team) shift. IMEC were delighted to be involved and part of a challenging but highly successful project in very unusual and challenging circumstances.