Mechanical Engineering

Design

&

Support

Whether you need additional mechanical engineering manpower as a result of an increase in workload, or specific experience in certain areas, Libra Engineers can make it happen.

About

A deep rooted sense of hard work and thoroughness, as well as open and honest communication.

In the year 2000 I obtained my Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria with distinction and in 2001 I started working for Iscor Flat Steel Products, Vanderbijlpark, now known as ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlpark. In 2003 I obtained my Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering at Tukkies, which I completed on a part-time basis. I worked nearly eight years at ArcelorMittal. I started in a production environment at the finishing mills and then obtained six years experience in the maintenance and operation of turbo-machinery and steam systems in the infrastructure environment.

2

Years Experience in Production Plant Operation and Maintenance

10

Years Experience in Process Plant Design and Construction

In 2007 I moved to the Cape and started working for VWS Envig, now known as Veolia Water Solutions, South Africa. I obtained ten years experience in the process plant design and build environment. This included plant layout designs, piping designs, which included high pressure and temperature applications, and the design of small structures, platforms and complex pipe supports. I was involved in the full life cycle of the projects: from basic design through detail design, procurement and fabrication and finally construction and installation. For the past four years I was the Lead Mechanical Engineer for the Design and Build division and had to establish mechanical working procedures from design to construction. I dealt with Industrial, petrochemical and municipal clients and consultants.

I am currently busy with my Masters degree at Stellenbosch University in the Biomedical Engineering field on a part-time basis as a personal interest, doing a research thesis on the manufacturing of a Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) testing stent.

6

Years Experience in Infrastructure Supply Environment & Turbo-machinery Operation and Maintenance

Just as I believe that a solution must be balanced with its need, I believe that you should have a balanced professional and personal life as well. After a hard day’s work one should spend a little time resetting the system and I found my reset button out in nature. In 2002 I started mountain biking. Over the years I have lost the competitive need and it evolved into just spending active time outdoors with good friends, be it cycling, running, hiking, paddling or even swimming.

15

Years Cycling

29

Hiking Trails

37

Trail Runs

1

Cape Epics

At Libra Engineers, we balance mechanical engineering solutions with client needs. #jobdone
Louis Goldberg
Lead Mechanical Engineer
At Libra Engineers, we balance mechanical engineering solutions with client needs. #jobdone
Louis Goldberg
Lead Mechanical Engineer

Services

Our passion, your project, great results.

Design

Systems, components and processes to meet your desired needs and to convert resources optimally.

Structural Designs

• Small structures and platforms
• Pipe supports and pipe racks, including complex pipe support structures
• Process skid and ‘back board’ frames
• Architectural structures, excluding civil structures

Layout Designs

• Based on Client P&ID’s
• Brown fields and green fields process plants
• Process skids and ‘back boards’

Pipe Line Design

• Pipe routing and support placement
• Pipe Sizing
• Pipe line designs including coded pipes, steam and condensate lines

Mechanical Systems Design

• Functional Analysis to compile technical specification / datasheet for design scope
• Concept development
• Detailed product / mechanical design, 3D modelling and simulation
• Detailed fabrication drawings
• Technical specification for fabrication

Support

Revision and optimisation of current systems, strategies and procedures for your piece of mind.

Plant Support

Reviewing and optimaisation of:
• Plant maintenance strategies
• Plant piping systems, including steam lines and condensate removal systems
• Plant operational procedures
And:
• Site construction support of new plants
• Site installation support of new equipment on existing plants

Procedures & Templates

Compiling and/or reviewing of:
• Mechanical design procedures and templates
• Mechanical procurement procedures and templates
• Mechanical installation subcontracting procedures and templates
• Mechanical installation procedures and check sheets

Design & Drawing Reviews

• Plant 3d CAD model reviews
• Detailed fabrication drawing reviews
• Component / Product design reviews
• Pipe design and piping isometric drawing reviews

Design

Systems, components and processes to meet your desired needs and to convert resources optimally.

Structural Designs

• Small structures and platforms
• Pipe supports and pipe racks, including complex pipe support structures
• Process skid and ‘back board’ frames
• Architectural structures, excluding civil structures

Layout Designs

• Based on Client P&ID’s
• Brown fields and green fields process plants
• Process skids and ‘back boards’

Pipe Line Design

• Pipe routing and support placement
• Pipe Sizing
• Pipe line designs including coded pipes, steam and condensate lines

Mechanical Systems Design

• Functional Analysis to compile technical specification / datasheet for design scope
• Concept development
• Detailed product / mechanical design, 3D modelling and simulation
• Detailed fabrication drawings
• Technical specification for fabrication

Support

Revision and optimisation of current systems, strategies and procedures for your piece of mind.

Plant Support

Reviewing and optimaisation of:
• Plant maintenance strategies
• Plant piping systems, including steam lines and condensate removal systems
• Plant operational procedures
And:
• Site construction support of new plants
• Site installation support of new equipment on existing plants

Procedures & Templates

Compiling and/or reviewing of:
• Mechanical design procedures and templates
• Mechanical procurement procedures and templates
• Mechanical installation subcontracting procedures and templates
• Mechanical installation procedures and check sheets

Design & Drawing Reviews

• Plant 3d CAD model reviews
• Detailed fabrication drawing reviews
• Component / Product design reviews
• Pipe design and piping isometric drawing reviews

current Project

Working on various aspects of a sewage plant facility expansion. 

Over the years I have been involved with and completed a number of projects, but the following have been highlights for me:

  • Project engineer for upgrading the capacity of the Central Compressor House at ArcelorMittal by installing and commissioning a new 10MW MAN Turbo RIK turbo compressor, upgrading the rotors of four installed compressors and the installation of an additional forced draft cooling tower with its auxiliaries, 2006-2007.
  • Designing the 600NB evaporator ducting circuit for the Ambatovy purge crystalliser in Madagascar, 2009-2010.
  • Mechanical Project Engineer for the design, construction and commissioning of a new 2.4 MLD sea water desalination plant with an open intake system at the Transnet port in Saldanha bay, 2010-2013
  • Design of the 900NB Fine Bubble Diffused Air supply header for the Bellville waste water treatment plant Membrane Bioreactor expansion, 2012-2013
  • Lead Mechanical Engineer for the basic engineering design study for a new 200m3/h demineralised water plant at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, 2013
  • Lead Mechanical engineer for the M&E contract of the Stellenbosch waste water plant 21 MLD MBR expansion, 2015-2017. Work included the design of the 900NB FBDA header with its support structures, a mooring system for floating aerators and the permeate and scour air headers for the MBR.

Contact

Get in touch, and let’s make some magic!

Libra Engineers

Our aim is to provide mechanical design and support services to clients that either do not employ full time mechanical engineers, have a temporary need for additional mechanical engineering manpower due to increased work load, or who have a temporary requirement for specific experience.