Keller is the largest specialist geotechnical company with solutions for ground improvement, deep foundations, grouting and earth retention.
Keller has been in operation in Africa since 1946 and is currently the leading geotechnical contractor in the region.
The company provides solutions and techniques such as, earth retention and shoring, piling and heavy foundations, dynamic compaction and soil improvement and near shore marine works. They provide design and construct services across the entire geotechnical spectrum. Keller’s African footprint enables greater business outreach in the area of geotechnical engineering. A company management team implements and maintains a world class safety standard.
The African region is covered by three main Keller branches located in South Africa, East Africa and Mauritius.
Keller is currently working on two major projects in East Africa, the Mozambique LNG project and the Julius Nyerere Hydro Power Project in Tanzania. Other current projects are the Clairwood Warehouse and Thornwood Embankment Rehabilitation projects in South Africa.
Their previous major projects include: Okavango River Bridge in Botswana, Harbour Arch in South Africa, A1M1 Bridge in Mauritius, L & T Metro Project in Mauritius, MMIL – Mauritius Multi Sports Complex in Mauritius.
Keller’s products and services have largely been adapted to the local conditions in Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands; this linked with their physical presence in the various regions is one of their core strengths.
The products and services offered in the region have evolved over the years and have been well documented in their publication “a Guide to Practical Geotechnical Engineering in Africa” which is now in its 5th edition. This publication is widely accepted in the geotechnical engineering fraternity and local educational institutions and is testimony to the company’s commitment to good geotechnical engineering practices in Africa. The acquisition of Franki Africa into the larger Keller group in 2013 has extended Keller’s product offering significantly, and bolstered its expertise and capacity in the region.
Global strength and local focus are what makes them unique. Their knowledge of local markets and ground conditions means they’re ideally placed to understand and respond to a particular local engineering challenge. Their global knowledge base then allows them to tap into a wealth of experience, and the brightest minds in the industry, to find the optimum solution.
Used alone or in combination, the firm’s techniques solve a wide range of challenges across the entire construction sector – from industrial, commercial and housing projects to infrastructure construction for dams, tunnels, transportation and water treatment, as well as projects to address environmental challenges.
Keller Africa has the people, expertise, experience and financial stability to respond quickly, get the job done and see it through safely. By connecting global resources and local knowledge, the firm can tackle some of the largest and most demanding projects around the world but the everyday work they do is just as important.
Speaking on potential clients Roger Feldmann, Branch Manager for East Africa advises them to never underestimate the value of a decent site investigation before embarking on any geotechnical work.