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Table of Contents

LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS ................................................................................ 2

1.0 INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................... 3

2.0 POST PUPILLAGE AND PUPILLAGE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE. ................................... 3

2.1 Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 3

3.0 CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................. 34

Table of Figures
Photographs 1: Soil sampling and testing activities for KIBP ............................................................. 6

Photographs 2: Site Conditions on Arapai Katakwi road section at the time of the audit ....................... 8

Photographs 3: Progress photographs taken during the contractor’s performance of the planned

maintenance activities. ................................................................................................................ 11

Photographs 4: Photographic evidence of the field verification auditing activity ................................. 12

Photographs 5: Some of the Unbundled Assets in Lephalale Municipality and Thaba Chew Municipality.
.................................................................................................................................................. 14
Photographs 6: Progress photographs during site condition audit on Ndeeba- Lwanga-Katatenga Road
(39km) road in Rakai ................................................................................................................... 16

Photographs 7: Progress photographs taken during periodic maintenance works for katunguru to
Ishasha road............................................................................................................................... 18

Photographs 8: Progress photographs taken of some of the roads’ condition at the auditing time. ...... 20

Photographs 9: Progress photographs taken during oil pad construction. ......................................... 22

Photographs 10: Progress photographs taken during supervision of the road maintenance activities. . 24

Photographs 11: Progress photographs taken during the road works progress. ................................ 26

Photographs 12: Progress photographs taken during the roads condition surveys progress. .............. 27

Photographs 13: Progress photographs taken during the respective roads construction activities. ...... 29

Photographs 14: Progress photographs taken of bridge construction activities. ................................. 31

Photographs 15: Progress photographs taken of road construction activities. ................................... 33


LIST OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
ARE. Assistant Resident Engineer.
DAs. Designated Agencies.
Dia. Diameter.
DLP Defect Liability Period.
EBE. Eastern Builders and Engineers Ltd.
ENG. Engineer
GPS Global Positioning System.
IAD. Internal Audit Department.
KRDP. Karamoja Roads Development Project.
K.K. Kato Kagga.
KM Kilometer.
MM. Millimeters.
NP National Park.
OHSE Occupation Health, Safety, and Environment.
RE Resident Engineer.
ST Station Engineer.
ToR Terms of Reference.
TEP Total Oil Exploration and Production.
Ugx Uganda Shillings.
URF. Uganda Road Fund.
UNRA. Uganda National Roads Authority.
UWA. Uganda Wild life Authority.
USD United States Dollar.

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1.0 INTRODUCTION
Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) Constitution requires that applicants for corporate
membership among other things have at least two (2) years training as a pupil engineer after
graduation, under the supervision of a Registered Engineer; and a further two (2) years of working
experience in a position or positions of responsibility, again under the supervision of a Registered
Engineer ( UIPE guidelines to applicants for membership of Uganda institution of professional
engineers). Thereafter, candidates are required to submit a 2000 word typed Career Report on such
training and responsible experience. In addition, candidates are further required to submit 4000 word
typed Technical Report on a particular project or projects the candidate has played a major role.

Therefore, I have written this career report as part of fulfillment of the above-mentioned requirements.
In the report, I have described the tasks on which I have been employed in Planning, Designing,
Documentation, Construction, operation and Maintenance of infrastructural projects specially roads’
projects all as discussed in the following sections.

2.0 POST PUPILLAGE AND PUPILLAGE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE.


2.1 Introduction

I started on my Post Pupillage experience from April 2011 to date. Throughout the experience, I have
been working under the supervision of Engineer Kato Kagga, the Managing Director of KKATT Consult
Ltd (KKATT), which is an operating engineering consultancy firm based in Uganda.

The accounts in this report section set out my pupillage engineering training and post pupillage
engineering experience in the development of my career to date and explain clearly the precise position
I have occupied, together with the degree of responsibilities assigned. In the report, I have also
enlarged on the special problems met and on the areas where I have obtained extensive experience. I
have also indicated the size and costs of each of the projects involved in where appropriate. In
accordance with UIPE guidelines, I have emphasized my personal experience, bringing out the
principle lessons as well as the challenges met for each of the project. Finally, I have also indicated for
each of the project, the progress photographs taken during and/or after execution of respective project
works.

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Assistant Team Leader/Highway Engineer, Consultancy Services to
Design Parking areas, walkways, Landscaping and fencing of four weighbridges at
08/2015
Malaba, Busia, Mutukula and Elegu. The purpose of these consultancy services is to
to Date
design parking areas, cargo storage rooms, walkways, landscaping and fencing of
the four weighbridges at Malaba, Busia, Mutukula and Elegu so as to have complete
weighbridge facilities. The Client is Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA);The
Scope of Work comprises of Inspection and evaluation of the four sites; Carry out all
the required site investigations (including cadastral and topographic surveys and
geotechnical investigations where required); Production of preliminary designs;
Production of detailed Architectural and Engineering designs; Production of Tender
Documents all as described in the Terms of Reference (ToRs).
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Coordination of the project activities including planning, control and monitoring functions ;
 Conduction of Traffic surveys, Analysis of traffic data both current and historical, and
Assessment of traffic loading;
 Supervision of alignment Soil surveys and assessment of soil strength in terms of design
CBR;
 Location and choice of materials for construction of pavement layers including sampling and
laboratory testing of the materials;
 Production of Geometrical design for the proposed parking lots;
 Detailed Structural Design of the proposed rigid pavements for the proposed weigh bridge
site;
 Writing, and compilation of reports;
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 There are existing drainage ditches within the site boundaries;
Lessons learnt:
 Rigid pavements should be designed to accommodate the heaviest anticipated Equivalent
Single Wheel load in addition to the predicted Equivalent repetitions of the standard 18kip
load.

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Assistant Team Leader/Highway Engineer, Consultancy Services for the
Engineering Design and Tender Documentation of Access Roads at Kasese Industrial
10/2014
to Business Park (7.8km). The client is Uganda Investment Authority (UIA)
10/2015
The Scope of Work comprises of Engineering, Environmental, Social, Economic and
Environmental analysis described in the Terms of Reference (ToRs) to achieve the
project objectives of conduction of a Feasibility Study including Preliminary design;
Preparation of Detailed Engineering Design for the approved park roads alignments;
and Preparation of Bidding Documents based on the approved detailed design. I
was rresponsible for preparation of preliminary and detailed engineering design as
well as Tender documents.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Coordination of the project activities including planning, control and monitoring functions ;
 Supervision of Traffic surveys and Assessment of traffic loading;
 Supervision of alignment Soil surveys and assessment of soil strength in terms of design
CBR;
 Location and choice of materials for construction of pavement layers including sampling and
laboratory testing of the materials;
 Production of Geometrical design for the proposed KIBP road network alignments;
 Detailed Structural Pavement Design for KIBP roads network;
 Compilation of Reports;
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 .Delays born by the client in terms of commenting responses to the submitted reports;
 Encroachers on the KIBP land that posed a threat to the team during the conduction of the
field surveys like field sampling and testing of subgrade soils;
Lessons learnt:
 Communication is key in achievement of preliminary and detailed engineering road design
planned project objectives. Formal letters written to the client notifying him of delayed
comments to the submitted reports yield positive results in terms of quicker response time to
the progressive report submissions and information inquiries.
 Implementation of the detailed design project involved management of a number of different

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

experts who had never worked together which called for a great deal of being a team builder
and a team player in my position doubling as assistant team leader and highway engineer.

Photographs taken during works execution are indicated in Photographs 1

DCP test along Main Commercial road Test Pit Excavation


Photographs 1: Soil sampling and testing activities for KIBP

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Highway Engineer, Consultancy Services for Technical and Procurement Audit of
Selected Term and Periodic Maintenance contracts (Lot 4 Eastern Region) of roads
03/2015
to under UNRA implemented in the financial year 2013/2014 in the stations of Jinja
09/2015 (95.2km), Tororo (93.3Km), Moroto (84Km), and Mbale (217.9Km).

The Scope of Work comprised of, review of the existing works contract and
procurement documentation as well as the contract management documentation like;
Drawings, and Bills of Quantities (BoQ), Material Reports and Conditions of Contract,
conduction of site visits to the project roads to verify the findings from the document
review for the scheduled roads in the respective districts.
Responsible for collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and documenting Technical
information to meet the goals of UNRA as the client.
Service contract price is Ugx 153, 000,000.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Reviewed and ascertained if appropriate technical standards were adopted and implemented
for the road works;
 Reviewed methods of cost estimation and advised if such methods resulted in value for
money;
 Reviewed and ascertained appropriateness of arrangements in place and in use for quality
assurance and quality control of works.
 Reviewed and ascertained the timeliness of execution of projects.
 Prepared a detailed audit program for carrying out the audit.
 Made recommendations for additional controls that need to be put in place to enhance better
delivery of road maintenance programs.
 Verified the accuracy of the measurements done and the payments made on interim payment
certificates.
 Assessed the quality of materials used and the quality of maintenance works, Measured
length and width of the roads, Assessed the quality of culverts installed including measuring
the length and diameter, headwall construction, and drainage and offshoot construction.
 Drafted the Inception Report, Draft Audit Report, and the Final Audit Report.

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

 Prepared the Audit Tools;


 Chaired entry and exit meetings at the respective UNRA District stations;
 Conducted site Inspections,
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Difficulties in verifying site conditions at previous cycles for the audit carried out in a current
cycle.
Lessons learnt:
 Proper planning is key in designing for effective term road maintenance measures.
Inadequate planning resulted in unsatisfactory achievement of the planned term maintenance
objectives of works completion within contract scope, duration, and quality objectives for all
the UNRA stations audited.

Photographs taken during works execution are indicated in photographs 2.

Road with flooded potholes. Poorly constructed culvert headwall.


Photographs 2: Site Conditions on Arapai Katakwi road section at the time of the audit

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Highway Engineer, Consultancy Services for the Design Review and Construction
Supervision of Masaka to Bukakata Road (41km); The client was UNRA.
03/2015
to
09/2015 The Scope of Work comprises of, detailed design review, and works construction
supervision.
Responsible for detailed design review including pavement design and geometrical
design review of road; and Review of bidding documents including clarification on the
Bills of Quantities.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Detailed Design Review including pavement design and geometrical design of the road;
 Detailed Safety Assessments;
 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Review;
 Review of bidding documents including clarification on the Bills of Quantities
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 .Erroneous Original Detailed Designs and BoQ Quantification that could adversely affect the
successful implementation of the road works. During the review, I observed that the original
designs seemed not to have considered the ground conditions especially for the detailed
geometrical designs for the road alignment.
Lessons learnt:
 Detailed Engineering Designs for roads specially the alignment should follow after detailed
assessment of the existing alignment and consequently result in a detailed alignment design
that yield the maximum possible benefits to the road users while minimizing the social costs
and adverse effect to the environment.

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Project Coordinator, Periodic Maintenance Works Of 12 Selected National Roads -
09/2014 Lot 5: Ihunga – Kijnjubwa – Bulyamusenyu Road (42.0 Km) in Masindi District. The
to client was UNRA.
06/2015 The Scope of Work comprises of, but not limited to heavy grading, gravelling, and
drainage improvement works. I was responsible for for directing, organizing and
controlling project activities, under the direction of a Resident Engineer.
Approximate value of the service contract was Ugx 145,500,000 And approximate
value of the works contract was Ugx.3,571,335,000.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Prepared the subcontractors contract with the respective responsibilities in line with the ToRs.
 Prepared Project Plan of Work including Preliminary Activity schedule, budgets, and cash
flows,
 Tracked the progress of the project plan watching out for any potential variations from the
planned scope, duration and quality objectives.
 Used project scheduling and control tools to monitor projects plans, work hours, budgets and
expenditures;
 Effectively and accurately communicated the relevant project information to the client and
project team members on site;
 Ensured clients’ needs were met in a timely and cost effective manner including submission
of deliverable reports;
 Reviewed field reports from Sub - Consultants throughout the life cycle of the project;
 Assisted the Team Leader in the review of budgets and Sub contracts to ensure that only fair
and reasonable costs were incurred during project execution,
 Kept the Team Leader and others informed about project status and issues that could
potentially impact client relations and projects progress.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Contractor’s slow response to site instructions as issued by the team leader
Lessons learnt:
 .Regularly reminding the contractor of the instructions that he has failed to timely execute
greatly enhances the response time for progressive site instruction. However, if such failure
threatens to result in substantial deviation from the planned objectives, the contractor should

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

be called to a management meeting as a corrective measure, with the client in presence of


the supervising consultant. In addition, the contractor needs to be formally notified of the
consequences of such continued delays including costs most likely to incur in liquidated
damages, all as specified in the works contract.

Photographs taken during works execution are indicated in photographs 3.

Heavy gradingat 26+300 Heavy grading at 24+900

Gravelling – Gravel spreading at 18+225 Watering during gravel processing at 19+700

Dumped fill material at 18+000 Spreading fill material 14+000


Photographs 3: Progress photographs taken during the contractor’s performance of the planned maintenance
activities.

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Assistant Highway Engineer, Technical Audit of Selected National Roads
development Project; Lot 1 - Hoima - Kaiso - Tonya Paved Road Project (192Km).
06/2014 UNRA was the client.
to The Scope of Work comprised of, Rreview of the existing works contract and
12/2014 procurement documentation and contract management documentation like; Drawings,
and Bills of Quantities (BoQ), Material Reports and Conditions of Contract to clearly
and conduction of site visits to the project roads to verify the findings from the document
review for the scheduled roads in the respective districts.Responsible for collecting and
assessing of data for compliance with contractual requirements.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Determined the performance of the newly constructed paved road sections;
 Determined if the key stake holders (including the contractor, the Supervision consultant, and
the client) meet their respective contractual obligations and responsibilities;
 Verified if the works were constructed in strict adherence to the works contract standards and
technical specifications.

Progress photographs captured during the auditing activities are indicated in photographs 4

Verifications of measurements for the newly View of the newly constructed road section.
constructed road section.
Photographs 4: Photographic evidence of the field verification auditing activity

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Civil Engineer, Professional Services for Un Bundling of Assets, Capitalization,
Reconcile General ledger to Asset Register, Update Register in line with Grap
05/2014
17,barcode,Physical Verification of all Municipality's Assets and Amend Assets
to
08/2014 Management Policy at Lephalale and Thaba chweu local Municipalities in the Republic
of South Africa. The client was Lephalale and Thaba chweu local Municipalities.
The scope of work included: Review of existing data on the municipal infrastructure
assets - Detailed condition survey of unbundled assets – Valuation of the assets;
Drafted Asset Register for the municipalities Infrastructure Assets.
I was responsible for review of existing data including Integrated Development
Plans, Locality Maps, As built drawings, Construction drawings, Completion reports,
and Bills of Quantities; condition assessment for the infrastructure assets; and rate
analysis.
Approximate value of the service contract South African Rand (ZAR) 1800, 000.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Review of existing data from the client (Integrated Development Plan (IDP), Locality Maps,
As-built drawings, Construction drawings, Completion reports, and Bills of quantities,
 Unbundled the municipal assets to level 4 and determined the current value of the assets;
 Carried out detailed condition survey of the unbundled assets i.e. Roads and road furniture,
buildings, water treatment plants, and storm water facilities.
 Recommended for the appropriate maintenance measure for the assets based on the
condition at the time of Project execution.
 Prepared an asset register for the municipalities’ infrastructure assets.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Untimely receipt of information from the respective municipalities in South Africa and our field
staff. This resulted in forced delays in the preparing of the asset register.
Lessons learnt:
 For project implemented in outside countries, use of latest information technology for
instance email, drop box is a great tool to enable timely dissemination of information and
hence help avoid delays associated with the project implementation in a different
geographical area.
 Proper planning as well as adequate skilled field personnel is a must for successful

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

completion of overseas projects.

Photographs captured of some of the unbundled and valued infrastructure are indicated in photographs
5

Agapanthus road in Lephalale Municipality which was A park in lephalale that was unbundled
unbundled and its condition assessed as captured by
the ROMBDAS machine

Water tank that was unbundled in Lephalale Thaba Chweu Municipality building that was
Municipality. unbundled.
Photographs 5: Some of the Unbundled Assets in Lephalale Municipality and Thaba Chew Municipality.

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Highway Engineer, Technical and Financial Audit of the following districts under
Uganda Road Fund (URF); Moyo District Local Government (DLG),Oyam
04/2014 DLG,Adjuman DLG,Kitgum DLG,Yumbe DLG, and Rakai DLG. URF was the client.
to
08/2014 The Scope of Work comprised of, Rreview of the existing works contract and
procurement documentation and contract management documentation like; Drawings,
and Bills of Quantities (BoQ), Material Reports and Conditions of Contract to clearly and
conduction of site visits to the project roads to verify the findings from the document
review for the scheduled roads in the respective districts. Responsible for collecting
and assessing of data for compliance with contractual requirements.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Prepared the Audit Implementation plan,
 Prepared the Audit tools used for the Project;
 Drafted the Inception Report with 2 weeks of Project commencement;
 Attended the Audit entry meetings at each of the respective DLGs
 Directed the Audit team during site visits as authorized by the Project team leader;
 Conducted projects' document review at each of the respective DLG to verify if proper
procedures of procurement and works administration were implemented
 Carried out site visits to the respective road and bridge projects to verify if the works were
executed in the accordance with the respective contract technical specifications;
 - Prepared the Draft Audit Report, and the Final Audit Report.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Poor Record keeping which made it difficult to carryout thorough document review and site
condition verification.
 Inaccessibility of some the road projects. However, we used motorcycles to access roads
where it was impossible for vehicles;
Lessons learnt:
 Proper record keeping is key evidence of quality performance of works contracts. There was
a positive correlation between record keeping and the quality of work audited. Whenever the
records were missing, there was loss of value for money because of inadequate work quality
standards.

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Photographs taken during works Ndeeba- Lwanga-Katatenga Road (39km) road in Rakai are indicated
in photographs 6.

Measuring the width of fill at ch. 5+ 600 Taking gravel samples from borrow pit at ch.1

Verifying the thickness of the gravel wearing course by The whole road is poorly maintained with overgrown
audit team. grass in the shoulders and side drains.
Photographs 6: Progress photographs during site condition audit on Ndeeba- Lwanga-Katatenga Road (39km) road
in Rakai

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Assistant Resident Engineer (ARE), Consultancy Services for the Supervision of
Periodic Maintenance Works of Selected National Roads, Lot 6- Katunguru to Ishasha
11/2012
road (87Km). UNRA was the client.
to
10/2014 The Scope of Work comprised of, but not limited to medium grading, gravelling,
drainage improvement works, and bituminous Surfacing.
Responsible for carrying out day-to-day Construction Supervision for the maintenance
works. Approximate value of the service contract is Uganda Shillings (Ugx)
208,208,000. And approximate value of the works contract was 6,239,172,950/=.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken included:


 Preparation of project risk matrix to minimize risks during construction;
 Review of work programs submitted prior to commencement of works and its subsequent
revisions during construction. These where reviewed for correctness of order of works,
planned rate of progress, and amount and type of equipment proposed;
 Review of test results for compliance with contract specifications;
 Measurement of works and recommendation prior to certification by Resident Engineer (RE);
 Ensured that the contractor executed the site instructions as issued by the Resident
Engineer;
 Day to Day site reporting including preparation of Site daily reports to RE;
 Detailed assessment of overhaul variation claim as lodged by the contractor during works
execution;
 Supervision of site activities to ensure conformation in quality and accuracy of detail to all
requirements of contract specification and drawings ;
 Preparation of progress reports and then send to the RE for review before sending to the
client;
 Preparation of agenda for any site meeting, Chairing of site meetings , and Attendance of
monthly progress site meetings and emergency meetings including preparation of subsequent
meeting minutes.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Over haul of gravel up to 40km greater than 20km free haulage distance that was specified in
the works contract for gravel material;
 Gravel scarcity within the project area that resulted in delays as the contract source for the

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

available suitable gravel.


Lessons learnt:
 Where there is scarcity of gravel, standards may be altered to take advantage of available
gravel sources provided they have proved to give satisfactory performance under similar
conditions.
 Gravel sources should be adequately investigated at planning stage to minimize overhaul
cost claims and unnecessary delays during construction.
 In case of overhaul claims during construction, the consultant should accurately investigate
the claim and make timely and well-informed recommendations for the client’s basis before
approval of any variation.
Photographs taken during works execution are indicated in photographs 7.

Field Density Tests at Formation after Medium grading. Gravelling activity.

Bituminous surfacing works progress between 27+000 to 29+000 under my close supervision.
Photographs 7: Progress photographs taken during periodic maintenance works for katunguru to Ishasha road.

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Civil Engineer /Assistant Team leader, Provision of consultancy
services for Technical and Financial reviews in the following DA:- Mbale, Manafwa,
07/2012
Tororo, Kotido, Kabongo, and Amurial. URF was the client. Responsible for
to
collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and documenting Technical information to meet
11/2012
the goals of Uganda Road Fund (URF). Approximate value of the Service contract
was Ugx 200,000,000/=.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Direction of audit team experts during site visits as authorized by the team leader.
 Conducted Technical Audit on documents and site conditions to verify that proper procedures
of procurement and administration of the works were practiced and that the works were
executed in accordance with technical standards;
 Assisted the Team Leader in preparing the Audit Plan, and draft/Final Audit Report.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 For all the roads in different Designated Agencies (DAs), the condition as of the completion of
routine maintenance works (work items such as grass cutting, cleaning of drains) could not be
adequately verified at the time of the audit due to the time lag since the work had been done.
 Poor Record keeping which made it difficulty to carryout thorough document review for some
contracts.
 Some officials were absent from office during site audits which affected timely and accurate
correction of information from site.
 Insecurity in Karamoja region, which affected accessibility of some road sections.
Lessons learnt
 In order to verify the manner of the execution of routine maintenance works, the DAs should
stipulate in the contract that the Contractor must take photos showing the condition before
execution of work, the manner of works during execution, and condition after execution and
submit them to the DAs as part of requirement before payment.

Photographic presentation of project is indicated in photograph 8

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Section of Walang road in Mbale District that was Broken and Washed out culvert line on Bubuto to Magale
inadequately compacted. Road in Manafwa District
Photographs 8: Progress photographs taken of some of the roads’ condition at the auditing time.

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Civil Works Supervisor, Provision of consultancy services for civil work supervision of
drilling exploration activities at Tangi and Bugungu sites, Exploration Area 1, Albertine
Graben, republic of Uganda, Total Exploration & Production. The client was Total
05/2012 Exploration and Production
to I was Responsible for direct supervision of Contractors on Work site preparation,
6/2012 earthworks (Excavating/Backfilling as well as gravelling), Concrete works, and Sewage-
Drainage-Waste disposal of three well pads each measuring 100m X 100m and at cost of
USD $ 406, 730.86 each.
Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


I carried out direct supervision of contractors on:
 Sewage – Drainage – Waste Disposal. Including worksite preparation ,including deforestation;
 Access roads construction including platforms preparation for Oil Rig;
 Earth Movements (excavating/backfilling);
 Concrete work for holding cellar pipe in place;
 Monitoring of contractor’s progress against approved program of works-Advised client in case
of substantial deviations and recommended remedial measures;
 Quantity surveying;
 Civil work equipment mobilization/inspection – Ensure delivering of adequate and productive
equipment on site;
 Prepared and submitted site daily reports to client.
 Chaired site progress meetings and prepared minutes,
 Monitored OHSE on site.
Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Lack of adequate specifications and guidelines as well as complete designs put in place for oil
well pad construction and its components since the client was trying out a new method of pad
construction from France unique only to TEP;
 Scarcity of gravel that caused delays due to long distances;
 Bureaucratic procedures prior to execution of activities as required by UWA for any foreign
activity in the Murchison Falls NP;
Lessons learnt
 New construction methods and pad components that were tried and worked satisfactorily on

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

one well pad formed the basis for the construction of others;
 In the construction of pads, OHSE should be ensured at all times during construction due to
toxicity of oil and sensitivity of working within the NP.

Photographic presentation of oil pad construction activities are indicated in photographs 9 .

Evaporation Pond Cellar pipe

Concrete Works
around Cellar pipe

Oil/Water Interceptor

Oil/Water interceptor, and Evaporation pit Installation of cellar pipe and casting of concrete to hold
constructed on well pad. it firmly in position.(Ngiri D well pad construction)
Photographs 9: Progress photographs taken during oil pad construction.

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Assistant Resident Engineer, Consultancy Services for the Supervision of Corner
Cwagere- Wii-Gudu Landing site (Apyenyang) road, Aburawak to Apenyoweo P/s road,
BarEbong/Arukene-Aburawak roads all in Dokolo District, funded under the Multi Year
01/2011 Assistance Programme (MYAP) in Northern and Eastern Uganda, ACDI/VOCA was the
to
12/2012 client.

Responsible for direct day-to-day Construction Supervision of the contractor on


execution of 24.87km of bush clearing, grading, swamp filling/improvements, gravelling
and drainage improvement works.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


The following were the tasks undertaken:
 Ensured that the contractor mobilized and supplied to the contract all plant, equipment and
machinery that was committed in the tender.
 Called and chaired site meetings.
 Issued the necessary instructions to the contractor.
 Checked and approved contractors setting out, and provided day to day quantity supervision
of the works contract
 Ensured quality of works by testing and approving all materials before use on the access
roads and any section completed at any stage.
 Measured the quantities of work completed and prepared monthly payment
certificates for processing payment.
 Prepared and submitted to the head office, detailed monthly progress reports on the
works for further submission to the employer.
 Ensured that all defects observed at initial inspection of completed works were
rectified by the contractor during the DLP before final possession of the road by
Dokolo District
 Prepared the Final Completion Report (FCR) for the project
. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Need for re-alignment of the existing road (Aburawak to Apenyoweo P/s road section) out of
the school compound (Apenyoweo P/s);
 Frequent rainfalls that always interfered and slowed the works progress.
Lessons learnt

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

 During wet season, it’s rewarding to maximize on design review of the project especially the
drainage.
 Re-alignment of roads should be considered whenever the road passes through compounds of
social centers such as schools and Hospitals.

Photographs of some of road works constructional activities supervised are indicated in photographs 10

Formation Works on Aburawak to Apenyoweo P/s Gravelling of the road works.


road section
Photographs 10: Progress photographs taken during supervision of the road maintenance activities.

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Highway Engineer, Consultancy Services for the Provision of Technical Assistance
11/2011 to to AFRICARE funded under the Multi Year Assistance Programme (MYAP) in
12/2011 Eastern Uganda. ACDI/VOCA was the client. Responsible for work planning,
technical management and execution of rehabilitation/construction of 30km of road
sections in Kumi, and Bukedia.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Ensured proper setting out of works;
 Supervised the performance of works to ensure that the road rehabilitation and that the
materials used were in accordance with designs, industry standards and specifications of the
contract. Works included: Site clearing and excavation of top soil, grading and proper
compaction of sub-base course, Adding marrum to wearing layer, Grading and proper
compaction of wearing layer with cambered formation, Rehabilitating / constructing /
installing proper drainage systems: circular culverts, side ditches, lateral water outlets,
Construction of protective and anti-erosive works (stone pitching), Restoration of borrow pits.

. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:


 Frequent rainfalls that always interfered and slowed the rate of works progress.
 600mm instead of 900mm diameter culverts where purchased and delivered to site by the
client without proper consultation.
Lessons learnt.
 Materials purchases for site works should be done by appropriate departments in consultation
with the respective site engineers.
 Where less diameter culverts are purchased instead of required size (600mm instead of
900mm), 2 lines of 600mm culverts can be installed in place of 900mm diameter with a
constant design length in both cases.
Photographs of some of road works constructional activities supervised are indicated in photograph 11

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Dumped gravel on Konguga to Nalugai Road Curing of gravelled sections
Photographs 11: Progress photographs taken during the road works progress.

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Highway Engineer/Assistant Team leader, Management services for the
Condition Assessment, Detailed Design, Cost Estimation and Tender document

08/2011 – preparation for the rehabilitation of community infrastructure, roads, funded under the
11/2011 Multi Year Assistance Programme (MYAP) in North and Eastern Uganda,
ACDI/VOCA. I was Responsible for condition assessment, detailed engineering
design and preparation of cost estimates as well as development of rehabilitation
plans for 81.7km of district feeder roads in the following Districts: Dokolo. Kaberamaido,
Soroti, Serere and Amuria.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Assessed the existing condition of the selected road links;
 Identified the possible causes of the defects and their remedies;
 Undertook potential identification of the sources of materials for the works and examined soil
test results to determined suitability for use in construction works.
 Prepared designs for interventions required to restore the roads
 Estimated the costs required to restore the roads to motor able condition
. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Inaccessibility of some road links as results of thick bushes and swampy sections
Lessons learnt
 In road condition assessment and surveys, a motorcycle can be used to access road links
where the vehicle cannot be used due to narrowness, overgrown bushes and swampy
sections.
Photographs taken of the existing condition during the condition survey are indicated in photograph 12

Water running through the erosional gullies formed Water in flowing on to the road surface in the area of
in the road way due to inadequate drainage on weak soils on Okolongo-Akumoi Road in Serere District.
Orungo-Moruinera-Akerai in Amuria.
Photographs 12: Progress photographs taken during the roads condition surveys progress.

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Assistant Resident Engineer, Consultancy Services for the Supervision of
Ayami – Ayile – Odoro – Barrpi road (24.8km), Abutadi – Barowo-Ayenga Road
04/2011 to (7.6km), Alanyi – Alebtong Road (17.8km), Aloworo – Wiiodyek Road (8.6km) ,Akol
11/2011 – Ogur Road (10.3km) and Ogur – Barlonyo – Orit road (11.6km), funded under
the Multi Year Assistance Programme (MYAP) in Northern and Eastern Uganda,
ACDI/VOCA. Responsible for carrying out Construction Supervision for the feeder
roads. Works included bush clearance, formation works, gravelling, culvert works,
and swamp filling.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Ensured that the contractors mobilized and supplied to the contract all plant, equipment and
machinery that was committed in the tender;
 Called and chaired site meetings;
 Issued the necessary site instructions to the contractor as authorized by the Resident
engineer;
 Checked and approved contractors’ setting out, and provided day to day quantity supervision
of the works contracts;
 Ensured quality of works by testing and approving all materials before use on the access
roads and any section completed at any stage;
 Measured the quantities of work completed and drafted monthly payment
certificates for processing payment;
 Prepared and submitted to the head office, detailed monthly progress reports on the
works for further submission to the employer;
 Ensured that all defects observed at initial inspection of completed works were
rectified by the contractors during the DLP before final possession of the road by
Lira District;
 Prepared the Final Completion Reports (FCR) for the project roads;
 Prepared the final payment certificate for the actual measured completed works for
processing payments.
. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:
 Insufficient /lack of drainage culverts at critical areas which was left out by the firm contracted
to carryout detailed design for the road.
 Existence of sharp corners which in my opinion where a threat to the road users’ safety.

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

 Heavy frequent rainfalls that always interfered with progress of gravelling of works.
Lessons learnt
 Design Review should always be carried out during works execution (especially in wet
weather) to cater for especially cross drainage that might be left out at initial design stage
especially carried out in dry weather.
 Sharp corners should be straightened as much as possible to minimize safety risks to the
road users.
 It’s desirable that heavy grading is always carried out especially at the beginning of a wet
season to ensure that the road is constructed with the correct profile for effectively shedding
during the rains.
Photographs of taken of the respective roads construction activities are indicated in photograph 13

Thickness Confirmatory checking of Gravel wearing Completed culvert works crossing one of the
Coarse by the Acting Lira District Engineer (3rd from rivers across the road.
left) and the Assistant Resident Engineer (my self).

Curing of gravel wearing course on Alanyi – Alebtong Confirmatory Testing of Abutadi – Barowo-
Road. Ayenga Road gravel wearing coarse
compaction, by Ministry of works laboratory-
gulu.
Photographs 13: Progress photographs taken during the respective roads construction activities.

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Site Agent/ Engineer, Construction of Girik River Bridge (30m span) including its pile
06/2010 to foundation (24 piles of 15m as average depth) under Karamoja Roads Development
03/2011 Programme (KRDP). Responsible for Day to day site management of the contract,
planning, coordinating and monitoring site activities, acting as the primary contact
person for all site related issues, establish and maintain schedule of activities to ensure
work was carried out in time.
The works were executed to completion at a contract price of Ugx 2,208,693,192/=

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Ensured proper setting out of works.
 Supervised the performance of works to ensure that the Bridge construction and that the
materials used were in accordance with designs, industry standards and specifications of the
contract.

. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:


 Frequent rainfalls that always interfered and slowed progress;
 Impassable roads (Chepsikunya to Girik) that led to delays in the works as a result of difficulties
in delivery of resources especially materail like aggregates and culverts which were collected
from Mbale;
 Insecurity in the region that always led to work interruptions and hence delays;
 Inadequate labor supply in the region that further slowed progress.
 Unforeseen sub subsurface conditions that necessitated redesign of the proposed Girik Bridge
foundation to introduction of Pile foundation. The founding depth was 10-15m against the
initially designed founding depth of 5m from the existing ground.
Lessons learnt
 Resource mobilization to site in karamoja is less costly during the dry season when the access
roads are still passable than in the wet seasons when the access roads become impassable.
Photographs of taken of the bridge construction activities are indicated in photographs 14.

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SPT machine in use Cut piles protruding in
concrete blinding

SPT at one of the drilled pile hole- Pile foundation for the Cast piles Ready to receive pile cap during construction
proposed Girik River Bridge site. Girik river bridge pile foundation for Abutment 1.

Erected Abutment
Walls and Central Pier
of Girik Bridge

Pile cap
reinforcements in
place

Abutment walls and Center pier construction for Girik Reinforcements for the pile cap-Girik River Bridge.
River Bridge.
Photographs 14: Progress photographs taken of bridge construction activities.

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Site Agent/Site Engineer, Rehabilitation of Girik River – Lokales - Karita
01/2009 to road (under Karamoja Roads Development Programme (KRDP).
03/2011 Responsible for Day to day site management of the contract, planning,
coordinating and monitoring site activities, acting as the primary contact person for all
site related issues, establish and maintain project and schedule of activities to ensure
work is carried out in time. The works were executed to completion at a contract price of
Ugx 1,502,845,430/=.

Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

Tasks under taken:


 Ensured proper setting out of works;
 Supervised the performance of works to ensure that the road rehabilitation and that the
materials used were in accordance with designs, industry standards and specifications of the
contract. Works included: Site clearing and excavation of top soil, grading and proper
compaction of sub-base course, Adding murram to wearing layer, Grading and proper
compaction of wearing layer with cambered formation, Rehabilitating / constructing / installing
proper drainage systems: circular culverts, side ditches, lateral water outlets, Construction of
protective and anti-erosive works (stone pitching), Restoration of borrow pits.

. Challenges met during performance of the above tasks:


 Frequent rainfalls that always interfered and slowed progress;
 Inadequate specified gravel in karamoja region which led to longer haulage distances hence
delays;
 Abnormal rainfalls the led to delays in the works;
 Impassable roads (Chepsikunya to Girik) that led to delays in the works as a result of difficulties
in delivery of resources especially material like aggregates and culverts which were collected
from Mbale;
 Insecurity in the region that always led to work interruptions and hence delays;
 Inadequate labor supply in the region that necessitated outsources from other areas at
increased cost.
Lessons learnt
 Within Karamoja region or elsewhere, quality of gravel used will depend largely on what is

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Task undertaken during employment, Challenges met and lessons learnt

available and it may be necessary to use lower the grade of murram than specified to make use
of what is available.
Photographs of taken of the road construction activities are indicated in photograph 15
Casuals loading
gabions for drift
foundation Rock being removed

Drift construction at season river crossing through the Removal of rock outcrops from the road.
road.
Photographs 15: Progress photographs taken of road construction activities.

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3.0 CONCLUSION
As discussed in above sections of the report, I attained my pupilage engineering experience in roads
and bridge construction for a period of over 2years after completing my degree in BSC. Civil
Engineering. In addition, I have over 4 years post pupillage experience since April 2011 to date.
Therefore, the duration of my pupillage and post pupillage engineering experience is well above the
required minimum duration of 4 years, specified by UIPE in her guidelines for potential candidates who
wish to register with UIPE and become corporate members of ERB.

Throughout my career development, I have performed tasks in planning, design, construction, and
maintenance of infrastructure projects specially roads bridge projects, and parking yards. I have also
performed major roles in financial and technical audits on several road projects; and preparation of
Asset Management Registers for infrastructure assets like buildings, water treatment plants, paved and
unpaved roads.

Therefore, my experience as set out in the report fulfills the expectation of UIPE for potential candidates
to have gained experience in the following areas of projects execution: Project design, Documentation,
Construction/installation, and Operation and maintenance.

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