Mechanical Engineering

Design

&

Support

Passionate about providing solutions that are in balance with Clients’ specific needs, Libra Engineers can make it happen.

About

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

When I started Libra Engineers, the aim was, and still remains, to provide engineering design and support services that are in balance with the Client’s specific needs. The saying holds true: we so often want to design a Porsche when the all the client wants, and needs, is a VW Beetle!

“Balance is having the right amount — not too much or too little — of any quality, which leads to harmony or evenness.”

- Vocabulary.com

I feel that providing a fully compliant and sensible solution is the true challenge for any engineer, as it is so easy to either over complicate it, or at times provide a solution that does not address all the requirements. In today’s budget sensitive environments, providing balanced solutions are more crucial than ever.

Louis GoldbergManaging Director // Lead Mechanical Engineer

Background

Experience in a diversity of training and projects over the years.

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 the University of Pretoria, 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 started 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. This has since changed into an exciting project that forms part of Libra Engineers’ portfolio.

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

Projects

Providing solutions that are in balance with clients’ needs, one project at a time.

Libra Engineers have been involved in a number of successful projects for several Client’s. The following are some highlights of previous and existing projects:

  • Lead Mechanical engineer for the mechanical completion of the first phase construction of the M&E contract of the Stellenbosch waste water plant 21 MLD MBR expansion.
  • Lead mechanical engineer for the mechanical design and construction of a brownfields project on a large steel factory to enable the re-use of treated sewage water to augment process water in the factory. The plant included a large disk filtration system, complicated pipe design routing on existing infrastructure, the installation of several tanks, filters and pumps, all to fit into limited available spaces.
  • Lead mechanical engineer for the for the mechanical design and construction of two waste water treatment plants on two separate distilleries to enable re-use of the water as wash-down and process water in the facilities. Both plants included Aerobic digestion, Membrane Bioreactors and Reverse Osmosis Skids.   
  • Design review and SANS design verification of several steel structures, including RO and UF skids, pipe rack structures and small platforms for the expansion of a water treatment facility on a coal mine.  
  • Lead mechanical engineer for the mechanical design of a new Waste water treatment and recovery plant for a large distillery. The plant includes an anaerobic digester that will produce biogas and sludge that can be recovered and re-used, an aerobic digester, membrane bioreactor and reverse osmosis skids. 
  • The ongoing development of a stent for a Transcatheter Heart Valve with the Cardiology unit of the Stellenbosch University Department of Medicine 
  • Various small projects to assist clients with plant audits and general assistance to optimise client’s existing designs as required. 

Contact

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