Urban solutions to rural problems, Ghana hospitals project

13 April 2015

‘Hospitals in Ghana demonstrate that smart city technology can be used outside urban environments’, says Simon Boots, Partner in charge of Civil Engineering at CampbellReith.

In March 2013, CampbellReith was instructed by NMS Infrastructure Limited (NMSI) to provide civil and structural engineering design services for six new district hospitals in Ghana.

The geographical landscape of Ghana does not generally lend itself to large flat areas of land, particularly in the six districts that had been identified for development.

It became apparent from the site walkovers that the engineering masterplanning of these six sites would be a complex exercise.

The team from CampbellReith was able to obtain a combination of aerial photography, topographical records and satellite data for each of the six sites from a wide range of mapping sources.

Together with GPS logs taken from the walkover surveys the team was able to produce constraints mapping, which was used to locate the development masterplan within the site environment and then test it against the key criteria for development.

The development of the first site in Dodowa started in early 2014. The building of the structures is now underway with the completion expected in 2015. Two further sites have commenced full construction. A third site is in early preparation for development.

The initial masterplan is now incorporated into a digital 3D model for building and infrastructure layouts.

Read the full article in the first edition of Expert View, the new British Expertise quarterly publication, here.