Services and Facilities

Our core capabilities

Electrical Engineering

Power Transmission and Distribution

We design High, Medium and Low voltage overhead power line and underground cable networks for the transmission and distribution of electrical energy.

We specialise in the following fields:

Electrical Reticulation in Townships including outdoor/indoor substations, switchgear, control and protection systems
High mast Area and Sports field lighting
Road lighting
Electricity Undertaking Management, Tariff structuring, Metering, etc
Electrical Installations for Water and Sewage Pump Stations
Medium and High Voltage Supply to Factories, Municipalities and Townships.

Transmission Lines Medium

Energy and Load Management

We use specialised computer logging equipment to measure real and apparent power, current, voltage and power factor. From this information the following can be calculated or deduced:

Power factor correction requirements
Load flow deficiencies
Load factor Improvement
Load profiles
Tariff Option Recommendations
Tariff Structure Design
We design tariff structures for municipalities to meet the requirements of the National Electricity Regulator (NERSA) and the client.

Building Services

We specialise in a variety of building services including:

Electrical installations in Commercial, Industrial and specialised Buildings
Telephone, PABX and PAX Systems
Emergency/Standby Power Generation
Hospitals – ICU, High care, Call Systems, Operating Theatres, X-ray departments and trauma units
Uninterruptible Power Supplies for Computers and other strategic equipment
Fire Detection, Alarm and Emergency Evacuation Systems with Mechanical Component
Access and Security Control Systems
Lightning Protection
Lifts, Hoists and Escalators
Energy control and management

Quality of Supply Monitoring

Certain electricity supplies are not within the National Rationalisation Standards. We are able to monitor the quality of your supply.

Labour Based Projects

Electronic Engineering Services

Information Technology and Communication Networks
CCTV Systems
Security Systems and Access Control
Control Systems

Mechanical Engineering

Steam & Water

Steam, steam water heating, cooling and water treatment systems for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Boiler Plants and Auxiliaries
Steam Services and Condensate – Return Systems
Hot and Cold Water Supply and Distribution, Calorifier Plants
Water Treatment and Filtration
Steam and Hot Water Heating Installations
Cooling Water Systems
Pumps and Pipelines



High and low pressure gas and vacuum installation for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Air Compressor installation & High and Low pressure Air Distribution systems.
Medical Gas systems
Medical Vacuum systems
Central Vacuum Installations for Cleaning
Special Piped Gases

Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC)

Cooling, heating, ventilation and extraction systems for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Air Conditioning and Heating installations
Mechanical Ventilation Systems
Refrigeration Installations (Cold Storage and Freezer rooms)
Evaporative cooling systems
Dust extraction systems
Kitchen ventilation systems

Mechanical Handling

Mechanical systems for the movement of goods, people and waste for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Lifts, Escalators and Conveyor Belts
Refuse Collection and Disposal Systems
Incinerators for Medical waste and Refuse

Kitchen and Laundry Installations

Installation layouts and equipment specification for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings.

Large Industrial Electric equipment
Steam Heated equipment
Kitchen layouts
Laundry layouts

Insulation and Vibration

Thermal Insulation
Acoustic Insulation and Sound Proofing
Vibration Control
Acoustic Design and Treatment

Fire Protection, Extinguishing and Detection Systems for industrial, institutional and commercial buildings

Sprinkler and deluge systems
Gas and Foam extinguishing systems
Addressable and conventional fire detection systems
SANS 0400 Compliance
Rational fire design

Energy Audits

We have expertise in providing the following services:

Providing awareness in building services regarding energy efficiency
Determining energy consumption baselines and energy saving targets
Conducting on-site surveys to identify low cost energy saving opportunities and measures
Providing follow up support for implementing identified energy saving opportunities
Developing and supporting an energy saving implementation plan
Making recommendations for deploying energy efficient technologies and best practice

Green Building and Sustainability Consulting

Sustainability Consulting

Existing Building Retrofits
Energy Logging
Carbon Emission Auditing
Renewable Energy and Wind Farms
Water Resources and Waste Reduction
Natural Ventilation
Building Orientation and Material Selection
Building Management Systems
ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management

Green Building

Simulation of

Natural Light
Heating and Cooling
Light Levels
Natural Ventilation
Building Orientation
Building Carbon Emissions

Green Star SA Consulting

We will help you with the following

Design and Consulting in line with Green Star SA Requirements
Submission of Formal Rating
Building Modelling for Green Star SA requirements

Project Management

Labour-based construction was pioneered by Carifro Consulting Engineers in South Africa in the field of township electrification. Projects are designed, planned and built to provide employment and training opportunities for unskilled and semi skilled members of the local community. The emphasis in Labour-Based construction is on employment and the enthusiasm induced by self-employment ensures the success of the small contractor from the outset. We at Carifro Consulting Engineers manage the entire process and provide the following services:

Feasibility Reports

The main objective of the feasibility report is to determine the following:

Material procurement and control
Advice, support and instruction to the contractors
Overall co-ordination
Payment and financial responsibilities
Acceptability of the community with regards to type of service and construction methods
Availability of skill within the community
Suitability of the project for labour based methods

Material Management

The materials handling and management systems will be adapted to suit the particular needs of the client. The method of distribution and storage will be discussed prior to the implementation of the project. The client is provided with a variety of proven methods to choose from.

Contract Documentation

Contract documentation is discussed with the client and adapted to suit the contract.

Recruitment and Screening of Contractors

Once contractors have been chosen they are invited to attend a pre-tender training course to learn how the tender documents should be completed. They would also attend a training course to obtain the necessary skills that will be required for the contract. We would provide our own training or, where specifically requested, arrange for accredited courses.

Other Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution offers not only confidentiality but also, if properly managed, a valid, speedy and economical alternative to protracted and often expensive litigation. Carifro can advise you and assist you in preparing and quantifying claims and can act as Conciliators, Mediators or Arbitrators in any dispute resolution mechanism of your choice.

Expert Witness Reports

The firm can prepare or assist in the preparation of expert witness reports for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Court Litigation, and Insurance Claims involving Loss Assessment, Valuation and Adjustment.

Claim Assessment

Present day and replacement cost valuations of plant, equipment and installations for insurance and insurance claim purposes are undertaken.

Cost of reinstatement and cost of repair valuations including estimation of compliance with new or revised standards, by-laws and building regulations are undertaken.

All our work is done with technical

excellence and exceptional attention to detail.


Our facilities

At CARIFRO we believe it is important to use the most up to date equipment. This not only makes us more efficient but also enables us to provide a professional service to our clients.

We currently have the following software packages:


Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2015
Autodesk Revit 2015 – 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Bentley MicroStation V8i
Bentley MicroStation PowerDraft V8i

Power & Lighting Simulation

DIgSILENT 14.1 PowerFactory – Load flow, Fault level and Short Circuit Simulations
ReticMaster 14 – Radial Electrical Network Analysis Software from High Voltage to Low Voltage
PowerOffice 12 – Software for planning and design of urban or rural residential electrification projects
Relux – Lighting Simulation Tools

Mechanical Simulation Software

Air-conditioning heatload Calculation
Air Duct sizing
Central valve sizing
Steamtrap sizing and selection
Maestro Fire detection

Microsoft Projects 2010
Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013

We use these CAD programs to design accurately and promptly

Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2015: 5 licences
Autodesk Revit 2015 – 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM): 3 licences
Bentley MicroStation V8i: 3 licences
Bentley MicroStation PowerDraft V8i: 1 licence


PC or Mac? We choose PC

Microsoft Windows 8.1: 22%
Microsoft Windows 7: 64%
Microsoft Windows Vista: 14%