213 Belmont Circular Road
Port‐of‐Spain, Trinidad, W.I
Tel: (868) 623‐0789/624‐7363
Fax: (868) 624‐9938
DIRECTORS David M. Blake Construction Management
Mark D. Francois Building Structures
Wayne S. Loquan Civil & Infrastructure Services
Bill Aguilar Civil Designs
ASSOCIATES Derek Gay Geotechnical Engineer
Derek Peña Civil Engineer/Project Manager
Winston Gabriel Civil Engineer
ASSOCIATED BBFL/PHILLIPS Limited
FIRMS 15 Cipriani Boulevard, Newtown, TRINIDAD
Earth Investigation Systems Limited (E.I.S.L.)
(Geo‐technical Engineers & Soil Investigations)
2 Perserverance Street, San Juan, TRINIDAD
Caribbean Engineering & Technology Services Limited (C.E.T.S.)
Perdmontemps, St. David’s, GRENADA
LOCAL AFFILIATES Jesse Awai Mechanical Consultant
G.S.C.L. Land Surveying Consultants
INTERNATIONAL JOINT VENTURE PARTNERS
WSP International Brighton Road, Purley, London,United Kingdom
incorporating: Code Blizzard, O’Sullivan & Graham
Mott McDonald Demeter House, Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2RS
Halcrow Group Vineyard House, 44 Brook Green, Hammersmith, London W6 7BY,
BBFL Consultants Limited
Company Profile '0
Company Profile 2008
Engineering & Management Consultants
Structural Analysis Project Management Geotechnical Drainage & Hydrology Marine & Coastal
Roads & Infrastructure Development Waste Supply & Waste Water
213 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad W.I.
Tel.: (868) 623-0789 / 624-7363 Fax: (868) 624-9938 Email: email@example.com
Blake Beston Francois & Associates was established in 1992 bringing together over 140 years of
engineering experience. Having worked together on many projects since 1979 and after close
collaboration from 1990, the Principals formalised their involvement into a professional partnership.
In 1998, Blake Beston Francois Limited was formed and then two years later, the private limited liability
company became BBF Limited. The most recent name change, BBFL Consultants Ltd., an acronym of the
founding partners – David Blake, Jim Beston, Mark Francois and Wayne Loquan as well as a crisp new
logo symbolizing the diversity of the firm was implemented in January of 2003.
This practice has since grown from strength to strength in Trinidad & Tobago, and the firm is now working
actively in seven (7) other English speaking Caribbean countries on a variety of engineering development
In addition to the firms experienced team of Civil and Structural Engineers, close associations have been
forged with competent Mechanical, Electrical and Environmental Engineers enabling us to offer a wide
variety of engineering services backed up by established and experienced personnel committed to
providing quality and meaningful engineering solutions and services.
Our Joint Venture Partnerships with WSP International, Mott McDonald and the Halcrow Group, three of
the largest multi‐discipline consultancy engineering groups in the UK with well established capabilities in
management, building services, civil and structural engineering and communication systems, has
equipped us to undertake engineering projects of any size and nature.
Our capability and efficiency is enhanced by utilization of the latest computerized engineering analysis
and design software viz.:
• STAAD III Version 21 & STAAD Pro 2001 – Structural Analysis and Design
• ETABS Version 8.1 – Special purpose structural design software for buildings
• Autodesk Land Desktop 3 and Autodesk Civil Design 3 – Highway and Civil Infrastructure
• Automated Coastal Engineering System for design of sea defense structures, coastal
erosion and coastal process modeling
• AutoCAD Versions 14, 2000 & 2002 – draughting software
The firm is committed to the upgrade and expansion of its’ computer –aided facilities enabling us to
provide the best services to our clients.
BBFL Consultants Ltd. has as its Principals Messers. David Blake, Mark Francois, Wayne Loquan, Bill
Aguilar and Associates, Dr. Derek Gay, Derek Peña and Winston Gabriel strengthening the experience
base. Winston Gabriel is based in Grenada and directs one of BBFL’s subsidiaries Caribbean Engineering &
Technology Services Limited., The end result is an organization of qualified and registered civil and
structural engineers with over 175 years of combined experience.
Of the group, Mr. Francois spearheads the Building Structures Engineering Division and has been
responsible for the design and supervision for an impressive amount of commercial, institutional,
governmental and resort projects in Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean.
In addition to his vast structural design experience, Mark Francois has also been actively involved in
building construction during part of his career, and his hands‐on experience in construction throughout
his working years is a vital asset to the company. He has worked in design teams for the design of the
Priority Bus Route from Port of Spain to Arima and the Extension of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway
(Trinidad) and the design of infrastructure works for various housing developments in Trinidad. He has
also been involved in the design of bridges (B 1/40) and other civil engineering structures. Some of his
structures include the C.L.Duprey Stand at the Queen’s Park Oval, Le Grand Courlan Resort & Spa
(Tobago), Spiceland Mall (Grenada), St. George's University (Grenada), TTPOST Mail Center and Head
Offices at Piarco and the St. Vincent National Stadium for the Government of St. Vincent & the
Messrs. Blake, Loquan and Aguilar head the Civil Engineering Division of the firm. They are experienced
Civil Engineers specializing in the design and management of civil engineering and infrastructure projects
and in road maintenance systems.
Mr. Blake functioned for three (3) years as Highway Engineer on an Infrastructure Improvement and
Maintenance Project in Jamaica, along with staff from T.P. O’Sullivan & Partners (U.K.) and in Trinidad as
Highway Design Engineer on the extension of the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway in a joint venture
partnership led by Freeman Fox & Partners (U.K.). He also performed as co‐ordinator on a multi‐
disciplinary team for the design and management of the Priority Bus Route Project along the east‐ west
corridor in north Trinidad. T.P. O’Sullivan & Partners (U.K.) were the lead consultants on this project. His
most recent experience as the Highway Engineer on the Advisory Consultant team providing advice to the
Project Executing Unit of the Ministry of Works and Transport for a five‐year programme of road and
bridge improvement in Trinidad and Tobago is an invaluable asset. His recent projects include the
Drainage design for the Nevis Roads Improvement Project (Nevis) and as Project Manager for the Sir
Solomon Hochoy Highway Rehabilitation Works. Mr. Blake is experienced in the design of buildings using
British and ACI codes for seismic zones. He was involved in the remedial works to the Sir Solomon Hochoy
Highway from Couva to Torouba and the Institutional Strengthening of the Ministry of Works &
Transport, including the possible setting up of a Roads Authority in association with W.S.P. International
under the lead consultancy of Ernst & Young. He was also actively involved in coastal protection and civil
marine works which included the Hurricane Rehabilitation and Coastal Protection Project Phases I and II
in St. Kitts as well as the Hurricane Lenny Coastal Protection Project.
Mr. Loquan has considerable experience in all stages of infra‐structure projects from design to
implementation and has functioned at a senior level as Client’s Representative for recent IDB funded
projects in Trinidad & Tobago. He brings to the partnership valuable knowledge of the local construction
industry and up to date experience in contract management practice for public works involving
international tendering. From 1985 to 1989 he was responsible as Project Engineer for a number of major
improvement projects including the Priority Bus Route (El Dorado to Five Rivers), Priority Bus Route (Five
Rivers to Arima) and the Churchill‐Roosevelt Highway (Macoya to Golden Grove Rd). In 1990, he was
assigned as Senior Project Engineer to the Project Execution Unit that was responsible for the
administration and construction for projects funded by the Inter American Development Bank that
included the Churchill‐Roosevelt Highway (Golden Grove to Arima) and the Rural Roads and Bridges
Rehabilitation Project throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Since joining the firm Mr. Loquan has continued
to be involved with both civil, structural design and management of engineering projects in Trinidad and
the Caribbean including the design of the Nevis Roads Improvement Project (Nevis), the road design of
the new Interchange at the junction of the Uriah Butler and the Churchill Roosevelt Highways. In his most
recent projects, he functioned as Project Director for the Nevis Road Improvement Project (Nevis), the Sir
Solomon Hochoy Highway Project, the North Coast Road Reinstatement and Stabilisation of Failed Slopes
Project and the Churchill Roosevelt Highway Project (O’Meara to Antigua Road).
Mr. Bill Aguilar, has over seventeen years of experience in the professional engineering and project
management area working locally, regionally and abroad. He has been responsible for the design of
commercial, residential, industrial, and municipal projects. He is also experienced in roadway design,
including vertical and horizontal geometry and drainage, survey and computer aided design, proposal
preparation, contract negotiation, coordination with sub‐consultants, production management and
marketing of civil services. Some of his projects include Intermodal Transportation Center, District of
Columbia, Whitehurst Freeway, Washington, D.C., Towson State University Storm Water Management
Master Plan, Trunk Roads Program, El Salvador, Guyana Rural Access Roads Program, Trinidad and
Tobago Rural Access roads and Bridges Program, MCI Center (DC Sports Arena) at Gallery Place,
Washington D.C, U.S. Naval Flag Officers Quarters assessment, South Laurel Fringe Parking Lot and the
Marriott Courtyard Hotel, R. Donohoe Peebles, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Derek Gay is our Geo‐technical and maritime civil engineering specialist. He brings to the company his
vast experience and expertise in soils analysis, soil stabilization, slope stability, road pavement and
foundation design as well as coastal and maritime civil engineering. He has been involved in projects such
as Riverside Plaza, National Highway Programme Year 2, critical assessment of La Brea Industrial Park and
the Reinstatement and Stabilization of failed slopes on the North Coast Road. Dr. Gay has worked on the
reinstatement of the Solomon Hochoy Highway, the beach replenishment and shoreline protection at No
Man’s Land in Tobago, the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Hogg Island, Grenada and the investigation of a failure at
the new container port facility Castries, St. Lucia. He is currently involved in the National Highway
Programme Years 2 & 3, designing of landslips and pavements, and, in collaboration with Mark Francois is
on the design team to stabilize the buildings in the Grenada National Stadium that are settling
Mr. Derek Peña, Associate, has joined our team, functioning in the capacity as Project Manager and as
such strengthening the management of our building projects. He is a Professional Civil Engineer
registered in Trinidad with over 25 years experience in project management, engineering consultancy and
construction. Prior to joining BBFL he worked for several years with a large multinational oil company in
both the upstream and downstream areas. He had direct responsibility for maintenance and
construction of company plant such as offshore oil production platforms, shoreline marine structures,
tank farms, pipelines, gas stations, civil and building infrastructure throughout the Caribbean Islands,
Guyana and Suriname. His responsibilities included personnel development, project selection and
prioritization, budget development, planning, design coordination, liaison with consultants, preparation
of contract documents, contractor selection and project implementation. Mr. Peña holds a Bachelor of
Science in Civil Engineering. He has undergone training in negotiation, safety, business management, and
was certified in the multinational oil company’s in‐house project management process. He is a member
of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is currently pursuing its Project Management Professional
Mr. Winston Gabriel, Director of the newly formed engineering practice Caribbean Engineering &
Technology Services Limited (Grenada) and an Associate of BBFL Consultants Ltd. has worked as a civil
engineer in the public and private sectors of Grenada for the last 25 years and specializes in project
management and structural analysis and design. Under the CETS umbrella he has carried out works for
the Emergency Recovery and Disaster Management Project, the Morne Haloux Sub‐Division Housing
Project and the Ministry of Sports Facilities Development. Mr. Gabriel has also been Project Manager for
the Dunfermline Housing Development (Grenada) and Supervising Engineer for CTEC Texaco Service
MARK FRANCOIS WAYNE LOQUAN DAVID BLAKE BILL AGUILAR
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS & DESIGN
• Detailed Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures
• Detailed Analysis and Design of Steel Structures
• Computer Aided Design and Draughting
• Substructure and Superstructure Inspections
• Innovative and Cost Effective Solutions St. Vincent National Stadium
• Construction Supervision
The firm provides complete and comprehensive services under our structural engineering division. Cost
effective structural solutions required to facilitate the desired Architecture, complying with proper
Engineering practices in accordance with all the current Codes of Practice are provided.
Selected Projects ‐ BUILDINGS
‐ TSTT Mobile Centre Head Offices ‐ Chaguanas
‐ TTPost Mail Center and Head Offices ‐ Piarco.
‐ St. George’s University (Grenada) – Super Dorms 1, 2, 3, & 4
‐ St. George's University (Grenada) – Library, Pathology Building, Vet and Marine Bio labs.
‐ St. George's University (Grenada) – Dormitories Bldgs. 6a&b, 8 a to c, Clinical Studies Building.
‐ Texaco Gas Stations –2 sites, Tacarigua & Sangre Grande in Trinidad
‐ Texaco Storage Tanks – Ramsburg, Guyana
‐ New Chaconia Hotel ‐ Maraval, Trinidad
‐ Netherlands Insurance Ltd., Head Office ‐ Grenada.
‐ Spice Island Inn Hotel Gran Anse ‐ Grenada
‐ Le Grand Courlan Hotel ‐ Tobago
‐ McDonald Restaurants ‐ Four (4) Sites in Trinidad
‐ Central Water & Sewage Authority, Head Office
The Boss Commercial Building
Building, St. Vincent
‐ T&TEC Credit Union four (4) storey Commercial Bldg. ‐ Tobago
‐ Texilina Ltd. Commercial Bldg. P.O.S.
‐ C.K. Greaves Ltd. Two Commercial Bldgs.‐ St. Vincent
‐ F.T. Farfan & Sons Warehouse ‐ El Socorro
‐ Club St. Lucia. Hotel Expansion –St. Lucia
‐ The Boss, Commercial Building, Abercromby St. POS
‐ Bank of Commerce Renovation, Ariapita Ave. Woodbrook
Selected Projects ‐ BUILDINGS (Cont’d)
‐ Republic Bank, Glencoe
‐ Vieux Fort Shopping Complex ‐ St. Lucia
‐ CL Duprey and Republic Bank Stands, Queens Park Oval
‐ Spiceland Mall – Grenada
‐ Neal & Massy Motors Hyundai Bldg. P.O.S
‐ Prestige Holdings Ltd. KFC. ‐ Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana
‐ Manta Lodge, 36 Room Lodge ‐Tobago
‐ St. George’s Credit Union Building ‐ Grenada
‐ P.H. Viera & Co. Commercial Bldg. ‐ St. Vincent
‐ Horizons Resort ‐ St Kitts
St. George’s University – Super Dorms 1
TTPOST NATIONAL MAIL CENTRE HEAD OFFICE
Location: Piarco, TRINIDAD
Type of Project: Steel framed building with warehousing
Design Period: 4 months
Project Duration: Construction 14 months
Architect: Mr. BERNARD MACKAY
ROADS,TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
• Highway and Bridge Feasibility Studies
• Detailed Road and Bridge Design
• Construction Supervision of Roads and
• Road and Bridge Maintenance
• Transportation and Traffic Management
• Structural and Condition Surveys
• Feasibility and Design of Land Development
National Highway Programme Year 2
• Contract Procurement
BBFL Consultants Ltd. has expertise in the planning, design and supervision of urban and rural roads and
highways in the Caribbean. Our experience covers all stages of new and existing projects, including
feasibility study, construction supervision, maintenance and environmental impact assessment. The firm
has a thorough knowledge of international design standards and methodologies to be used in deriving
the most suitable solutions for various physical conditions.
In the urban environment our capability ranges from local residential and commercial projects to major
routes. Rural projects on which the partners have been engaged range from low‐cost secondary local
access roads to main arterial highways. Most of these schemes required extensive economic,
environmental and traffic analysis to ensure urban and rural infrastructure provide the appropriate level
of service to the community.
In the field of road improvement and maintenance management, we are equipped to provide our clients
with hands‐on expertise in implementing field surveys and data collection exercises and in the use of
state‐of‐the‐art computerised infrastructure maintenance management systems. Project management,
manpower planning and development assistance and personnel training are also offered.
In‐house CAD workstations plus specialist management and design software packages such as the
Autodesk Land Desktop & Civil Design Suite, which offer comprehensive and cohesive interface with
AutoCad enhance our capabilities. Our designers achieve speed, accuracy and iterative capacity
impossible to accomplish by hand.
The range of available modules included in the civil
suite that actively work in AutoCAD are:
• Data Collection and Transfer
• DTM and Site Modelling
• Alignment & Profile design cross
• Quantity Takeoff
• Sanitary and Storm Sewers Proposed Churchill Roosevelt/Uriah Butler Interchange
• Surface and Watershed Modeling
Our objective is to provide government authorities
and private agencies in the Caribbean with
appropriate solutions in infrastructure design,
construction and maintenance and to ensure the
highest quality and professional standards of
Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway
Selected Projects – Roads, Transport & Infrastructure Development
‐ Pavement Rehabilitation Design, Ramps and Landslips design, drainage design and supervision of
works on the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway Rehabilitation Project, Preysal to Tarouba
‐ Technical Input; Data Collection and Condition surveys for Development and Implementation of
Routine Maintenance Management Systems (RMMS) Associate Consultant to TRDI and WSP
‐ Geometric Design and Structural Design for the Uriah Butler/Churchill Roosevelt Highway
‐ Design Consultants – National Highway Programme, Year 3 Roads and Bridges
‐ Spiceland Plaza, Grenada ‐ Infrastructure Design
‐ Marianne Development, Blanchisseuse ‐Infrastructure Design
‐ 19 Acre Infrastructure Development, Petit Trou‐Grenada Project
‐ Management Consultants – National Highway Programme, Maintenance by contract – Associate
Consultant to Ernst & Young and WSP International
‐ BelAir Access Bridge ‐ La Romain
‐ Design and Supervision of Landslips on the North Coast Road – Trinidad
‐ Santa Rosa Bridge – Ministry of Works
‐ Bridge B1/33 Eastern Main Road ‐ Trinidad.
‐ Bridge B1/40 Naparima ‐Mayaro Road for the Ministry of Works
‐ Land Development & Apartment Construction, Gulf View La Romain ‐ 33No.Apts
‐ Courlan Resort Development – Tobago
‐ Crews‐Inn Marina Hillside Development – Chaguaramas
‐ Design review and redesign of failed retaining wall L3 Cross Crossing Interchange.
‐ Prefeasibility Study for the Nevis Road Improvement and Maintenance Project.
‐ Road and Drainage Design for the Nevis Road Improvement and Maintenance Project.
‐ Horizons Resort, St Kitts ‐ Infrastructure Design
Santa Rosa Bridge – Construction Phase
• Programme Management
• Construction Management
• Cost Estimating & Cash Management
• Planning & Scheduling
• Constructibility Analysis
We know that the construction business is complex and along with commitment and hard work comes
the opportunity for success. BBFL Consultants Ltd. will consistently rise to meet these challenges and
opportunities for excellence. Our goal is to satisfy our client’s needs. This requires extensive and in‐depth
knowledge, advance techniques and a responsive organization.
Variations in scope, complexity, location, timing, budget and many other variables dictate that each
project must be managed on its own merit. Our clients, the designers, specialists and the funding
institutions must clearly understand our roles and responsibilities; and a proper framework for formal
and informal communication established from the inception of the project.
At BBFL Consultants Ltd., quality control is an essential part of our strategy. Our quality control
programme starts at the beginning of the project. We match programme with budget and perform
technical reviews of the design documents. Where possible, we will pre‐qualify suppliers and sub‐
contractors and develop detailed scope of works for each contractor.
Our experienced staff can serve our clients as Construction Managers, Public Sector Development
Program Managers, Project Managers or Construction Consultants. It is our hope that we will continue to
find clients that possess the vision to conceive great projects and are willing to enter into that special
relationship that produces extra‐ordinary results.
Selected Projects‐ PROJECT MANAGEMENT
The partners of the firm possess hands‐on experience on small and large projects in Trinidad and the
Caribbean of a varying nature such as:
‐ Pheonix Park Gas Processing Plant, Trinidad
‐ Westmoorings Townhouse Development, Trinidad
‐ Water and Sewerage Authority, Public Sector Development Programme.
‐ Grand Courlan Hotel Resort, Tobago
Selected Projects‐ PROJECT MANAGEMENT (Cont’d)
‐ Balmain Housing Development, Couva
‐ Gulfview Apartment Development, La Romain
‐ Aluminium Company of Canada ‐ Private Airfield Ewarton, Jamaica
‐ Aluminium Company of Canada ‐ Mining haul Roads & Bridges, Kirkvine, Jamaica
DRAINAGE AND HYDROLOGY
• Flood Control and Catchment Analysis.
• River Dynamics.
• Storm‐water Drainage Systems. Horizons Resort Beach Reconstruction – St. Kitts
• River Outfalls and Siltation Analysis.
• Irrigation Storage and Distribution Systems.
Selected Projects – DRAINAGE AND HYDROLOGY
‐ Santa Rosa River Bridge
‐ Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway Rehabilitation Project
‐ Crews‐Inn Marina Hillside Development, Chaguaramas
‐ Horizons Resort, St Kitts ‐ Infrastructure Design
‐ Spiceland Plaza, Grenada ‐ Infrastructure Design
‐ Flood Analysis for Oropuna River for TT Post Mail Complex, Piarco
‐ Hydraulic Study for Sizing Bridges and Culverts ‐ Nevis Road Development Programme
‐ Hydraulic Study for Sizing Bridges B1/33 and B1/40
‐ Flood Analysis ‐ Dumfries River, for Belair Apartments, La Romain
‐ Flood Analysis ‐ Courland River, Tobago for Courland Apartments
MARINE & COASTAL
• Surveys, realtime recording and analysis, wave height and period, tides, surface currents, depth
current profiling and water quality testing.
• Design of Offshore Structures.
• Coastal Zone Modeling.
• Coastal Defence Structures, Beach Restoration and Nourishment.
• Ports, Harbours, Marina and Jetty Designs.
• Analysis of the effects of land‐based activities on coastal processes.
Selected Projects – MARINE AND COASTAL
‐ Analysis of Beach erosion and Beach nourishment – No Man’s Land, Tobago
‐ Caricom Wharf Reconstruction ‐ Port of Spain Docks
‐ New Dock for Panorama (Tobago Ferry) ‐ Port of Spain Docks
‐ Analysis of failed sheet piles – Crews ship Dock, St. Lucia
‐ Carenage Port Development – Carenage
‐ Marine Biology Laboratory 400 ft. Jetty ‐ University of Grenada ‐ Grenada
‐ Atlantic LNG, Point Fortin, Review, Assessment and Redesigning of Dredging and Reclamation
‐ Hurricane Rehabilitation and Marine Design Project Frigate Bay ‐ St. Kitts.
‐ Horizons Resort, Beach Reconstruction, St Kitts
‐ Seawall and Jetty, Yipchoy Residence, Westmoorings
‐ Seawall and Jetty, Tucker Residence, Westmoorings
WATER SUPPLY AND WASTEWATER
• Water Distribution Systems
• Water Treatment Plants
• Wells and Groundwater Systems
• Sewage Collection Systems.
• Sewage Treatment Plants.
Selected Projects –WATER SUPPLY AND WASTEWATER
‐ Refurbishing of WASA Treatment Plant, Mayaro
‐ WASA Pipeline Construction Project, Diego Martin
‐ Sewage Treatment Plant at Central Park Housing Development, Couva.
‐ Horizons Resort, Civil Infrastructure Works, St Kitts
‐ Water Supply and Sewage Treatment Plant, Courland Apartments Development, Tobago
Selected Projects –WATER SUPPLY AND WASTEWATER (Cont’d)
‐ Water Supply and Sewage Treatment Plant, BelAir Development, La Romain
‐ Sewage Treatment Plant at Teteron ‐Chaguaramas
‐ Designs for 17km of Transmissions and Distribution Pipelines, South Water Project Fyzabad,
Point Fortin and Siparia
‐ Sewage Treatment Plant for Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association
‐ Sewage Treatment Plant for La Baja Development, Maracas St. Joseph
‐ Sewage Treatment Plant , TTPOST Head office, Piarco
Tetron Sewage Treatment Plant, Chaguaramas
Location: Diego Martin, Trinidad
Type of Project: Four storey reinforced concrete apartment building basement
Client: Prism Trust
Design Period: 3 months
Project Duration: Estimated 1 year
Value: US$ 2.0M
Architect: Mr. BARRY FRANCESCHI
GEO‐TECHNICAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
BBFL Consultants Ltd. recognizes the need to have control over key processes in order to deliver a
finished quality product on time. It is with this in mind that we have identified the need to develop our
own Geo‐technical and Material Testing capabilities as dependence on sub‐contractors has shown a
history of delays, poor quality testing, high costs to the client and unclear and subjective data results.
All civil engineering projects, soil and investigation are necessary in determining the type and extent of
foundations required. On civil projects such as land developments, road designs and bridge designs, a
number of soil investigations and material testing are necessary for determining proper parameters for
the design of pavements, substructures, landslip reinstatement, pavement rehabilitation, etc.
In recognition of this need our affiliate company Earth Investigation Systems Limited, (EISL) was created.
EISL is a civil engineering laboratory facility headed by our principal geo‐technical engineer Dr Derek Gay.
Our Technical Services section is headed by a senior materials technician Mr. Samuel Ames, who is ably
supported by other qualified technical staff.
This facility currently offers the following testing services:
• Atterberg Limits
• Moisture Content
• Hydrometer Analysis
• Unconfined compression strength
• Sieve analysis
• Standard & Modified proctor test
• Triaxial testing
• California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
• Insitu field permeability/percolation
• Mix design
• Extraction and Gradation
• Maximum specific gravity
• Flakiness Index and Elongation Index
• Soundness Test
• LAA – Los Angeles Abrasion
• ACV ,EIV
• SO4 – Sulphate, PH, Chloride Tests
• Dynamic Cone Penetration (DCP)
• Asphalt coring and concrete coring
• Deflection Surveys
• Insitu Density
• Compressive strength test
• Slump test
• Concrete cubes and cylinder
All tests and services are carried out in accordance with the current ASTM standards. However, these can
be easily adapted to any other standard to meet the needs of specific project requirements.
EISL has its own drill crew who uses a small rig to do
shallow boreholes (less than 150 feet) for bridges,
landslide investigation and for structural foundation.
For deep drilling EISL retains the services of WALKERWELL limited who are equipped with five drilling rigs
all of which is capable of drilling over 1000 feet. Following is a description of their smallest rig.
The Failing “1500” Holemaster is a tough, compact, mobile
drilling unit. Its rugged construction and medium weight are
combined to give you an exploratory drill of extreme
versatility. Handles all types of exploration drilling to 1500
feet, yet it is light enough for efficient performance in
seismograph shot‐hole work.
The Failing “1500” Holemaster is manufactured in the heart of
the oil country. Engineered by men who know the problems and requirements of practical drilling.
Precision built on a production line basis, insuring availability of interchangeable repair parts at all times.
Parts are made from the finest materials, machined to exacting specification and heat treated where
practical for greater strength and longer life.
Rotary System of Drilling
Rotary drilling consists of a circulating system, rotation mechanism and a hoisting mechanism. The
circulating system consists of the mud pump, piping and valves, hoses and flow lines. The normal
circulating fluid is mud, which may be made up of many different substances and water. It is necessary
that the fluid be able to lift the cuttings from the hole and keep the wall of the hole intact to prevent
stuck drill pipe. The methods of controlling the properties of drilling muds are rather complete, especially
when deeper holes and core holes are drilled using water and depending on the bit mixing the cuttings to
The mechanism that rotates the drill pipe consists of a Kelly, drive rod, drive bushing, pins, quill and the
ring gear and pinion. The Kelly is a heavy wall, alloy tube which has three flutes milled lengthwise along
the outside diameter. These flutes act as a means of producing rotary motion and leaving the Kelly free to
move in the vertical direction. The drive bushing has a matching set of flutes on the inside diameter and
three floating, hardened pins are used to transfer the power from the drive bushing to the Kelly.
The hoisting mechanism consists of the hoisting drum, which contains a friction clutch and brake
mechanism and the cathead. As optional equipment, a sand reel drum may be furnished. The sand reels
are two types, that is, jaw clutch and friction clutch.
BBFL Consultants Ltd. currently staffs seven young, vibrant and productive engineers who support and
compliment the senior engineering staff. They are seen as permanent staff that will grow and develop
into competent and successful engineers and are afforded all the guidance and experience of the
directors. They are developing rapidly in our technologically biased environment.
BBFL Consultants Ltd. also staffs four technicians who handle our site inspections and supervision
requirements on a full time basis.
At the head office there are seven in‐house CAD workstations manned by experienced CAD technicians
and managed by Mr. Adelwyn Holder, our new Chief CAD Technician.
All workstations are networked to two central colour plotters and high speed colour printers for
Administrative support is provided by in‐house secretarial, accounting and clerical staff who are all
computer literate and are given the necessary resources to undertake duties for projects of all types and
AutoCAD Technicians at Work
Spice Island Inn
Architect: Ian Morrison
The Chaconia Hotel
Architect: Barry Franceschi/Bernard Mackay
Le Grand Courlan Hotel
Architect: J.Douglas Walker
FIRST CITIZENS’ BANK, P.O.S TEXILINA BUILDING – HENRY STREET, P.O.S
Architect:Geoffrey Maclean Architect: Barry Franceschi
HYUNDAI SHOWROOM, P.O.S C.L.DUPREY & REPUBLIC BANK STAND – Q.P.C.C
Architect: Robert Blache‐Fraser Architect: James D. Walker
ST. GEORGE’S UNIVERSITY SPICELAND MALL – GRAN ANSE, GRENADA
VICE CHANCELLOR HOUSE Architect: Franco & Franco
Architect: Creative Design
ST. VINCENT WATER & SEWAGE AUTHORITY – St. Vincent P.H.VIERA HEAD OFFICE – St. Vincent.
Architect: Aurin Bennet Architect: Moulton Mayers
FT. FARFAN BUILDING TRINIDAD SYSTEMS LTD – HEAD OFFICES
Architect: R. Roberts & Gary Farmer
PROPOSED CLICO HEADOFFICE ‐Renovations CLICO INVESTMENT BANK
Architect: Brian Awai Architect: MOCAD