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Bureau Veritas is pleased to announce the acquisition of Carab Tekniva. This group is a leader in Asset Integrity Management in South Africa and focuses on the steam generation, power, and petrochemical industries. Carab Tekniva offers unique solutions to assist companies in reducing operating costs and increasing plant reliability and availability. Their services include engineering consultation, draughting and design, design review, asset & asset integrity management, reliability studies, project management, training and information technology solutions.
Located near Pretoria, Carab Tekniva currently employs over 100 staff and recorded EUR 5 million (ZAR 68.6 million) in revenue for the fiscal year ending February 2013. Integrating Carab Tekniva will add complementary services to Bureau Veritas’ existing offering in South Africa and will support power, mining and oil & gas projects in neighbouring countries. Following this acquisition, Bureau Veritas now has over 1,300 employees in South Africa. 

Engineering consulting expert Carab Tekniva which was officially established following the merger of plant engineering consulting firm Carab Technologies and thermal and pressure component design specialist Tekniva in May 2012 is confident of entering new markets and expanding its geographical footprint moving forward as one single entity.

Carab Technologies is recognised as a leader in the supply of database software solutions that enable clients to ensure effective plant care, by primarily focusing on the inspection and maintenance history of power plant boilers, while Tekniva is renowned as a specialist in the design of boiler components, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and piping systems.

Engineering consulting expert Carab Tekniva has introduced the innovative and technologically advanced U-Fi wireless communication solution that is specifically designed to track and record maintenance and testing undertaken on power plant boilers.

The U-Fi interface is an innovative wireless communication solution developed by Carab Tekniva and enables a seamless transition from the physical plant inspection to an electronically stored format. Carab Tekniva software developer Morné Ausmeier explains that the system uses the in-house developed U-Fi technology, which wirelessly links the test and inspection equipment and a tough book tablet device to record measurements electronically during inspections. The populated data template can be uploaded to the Carab Plant Care maintenance management system for further evaluation and repair recommendations.

By: Schalk Burger
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Integrating wireless technology with industrial plant management systems that keep track of maintenance history and modifications enables plants to be maintained more effectively and, hence, operate efficiently over an extended plant life cycle, says industrial database software engineering consultancy Carab Tekniva marketing and sales representative Billa Pansegrouw.

Carab Tekniva’s in-house-developed wireless technology links the test and inspection equipment and a tough book tablet device to record measurements electronically during inspections.