BICO expertise

Areas of BICO expertise

BICO is registered by the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) of Tanzania as a consulting firm. and also as a materials testing laboratory. It has also been registered by the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) to undertake Environmental Impact Assessment. BICO has expertise to undertake Consultancy Services and Continuing Professional Training in almost all areas of engineering including strategic management as follows:


  1. Structural and Construction engineering
  • Detailed structural engineering design of terminal building and control tower Mtwara airport master plan
  • Structural Design and Supervision of NewConstruction Works, such as Low and High risebuildings, Towers,Bridges, UndergroundStructures, Silos, Tanks etc
  • Structural Strength Investigation of existingbuildings
  • Restoration of old buildings
  • Testing of building materials


Typical major projects

  • Investigation on the structural damage of Rwabizibuilding due to earth quake occurrence in BukobaTanzania
  • Construction supervision of DIT Teaching Towerblock
  • Investigation on the possibility of vertical extensionof the proposed office building on plot no. 33AMbagala Temeke
  • Construction supervision of National Housing projects such as Wakulima Eco Residence at Hananasif Kinondoni, Victoria etc
  • Structural strength investigation for the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs office building in Dar es Salaam

Key equipment

  • Tensile testing machine forsteel reinforcements
  • Circular curvet testing machine
  • Concrete testing machine
  • Core drilling machine
  • Timber testing machine
  • Bricks/Blocks testing Machine
  • Grinding of aggregatesequipment
  • Nondestructive test equipment


  1. Highway and transportation engineering
  • Highway and transportation infrastructure design
  • Highway material testing and design
  • Traffic and transportation studies

      Typical Major Projects

  • Development of road traffic signs manual and review ofrelated regulations for Ministry of Works
  • East African Transport Facilitation Strategy
  • The TAZARA transportation Corridor Highway OD
    Investigation and Analysis
  • Inter-Modal terminal project at Soga, Coast Region - Phase 1

Key facilities in highway and transportation engineering

  • Equipment for tests onaggregates, bitumen,soil
  • Equipment for Skidresistance testing
  • Wide range ofequipment for trafficengineering studies,such as traffic counters














  1. Geotechnical investigation
  • Geotechnical Field and Laboratoryinvestigations including Soil Drilling and Rock
    Coring, SPT, LCPT, DPSH and DCP tests.
  • In-situ permeability, seepage and pizzometertests
  • Soil resistivity and plate loading tests

      Typical major projects

  • Geotechnical investigation for the construction of Kigamboni bridge
  • Geotechnical investigation for the proposed construction of new Salander bridge
  • Geotechnical investigation for the expansion of Dar es salaam, Mtwara and Kigoma ports
  • Geotechnical investigation for the feasibility study for Tanga Arusha Musoma railway
  • Geotechnical investigation for the construction of various buildings and bridges throughout the country.
  • Geotechnical site investigation for the proposedTitan 130 Turbomachinery power generation gasturbines installation in Mtwara for Dangote CementFactory power supply, Tanzania

Key equipment

  • Truck Mounted Drilling rig (up to 300m deep)
  • Modern Electronic Laboratory Equipment
























BICO’s truck mounted drilling rig set up during offshore drilling for geotechnical investigation for the construction of Kigamboni bridge












  1. Surveying
  • Cadastral Surveying
  • Plot Demarcation
  • Topographical Surveing and Mapping
  • GTS Development
  • Web Mapping


Typical project

  • Cadastral survey and topographical survey of phase 1 of the industrial area of Bagamoyo SEZ project

Key equipment

  • Leica GPS09 with Smart Antenna Coupled with GNSSLutions
  • Leica Total Stations plus Levels
  • HP Designjet 510 Plotter
  • Contex SD4450 44” Wide Format Scanner























  1. Water resources engineering
  • Hydrological rainfall-runoff modeling
  • Assessment of impacts of catchment changes on hydrology and hydrogeology
  • Climate and water linkages
  • Development of methods for drinking water treatment
  • Sustainable sanitation
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • GIS and Remote sensing
  • Downscaling of climate change scenario
  • Ground Water modeling
  • Limnology
  • Climate system analysis

      Typical major projects

  • Developing guidelines and Procedures for Environmental Flow Assessment (EFA) for KihansiCatchment
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed WindPower Plant – Singida
  • Integrated Water Resources Management anddevelopment Plan for Pangani Basin
  • Lake Victoria new water release policy
  • Evaluation of Climate Change Impacts in water Resourcesin the Wami


Key equipment

  • Water quality laboratory for water quality tests
  • Hydraulics laboratory









  1. Mechanical, Manufacturing and Energy Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Fuel Characteristics Testing
  • Energy Efficient Systems and Energy Management
  • Refrigeration, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Pumps, Compressors and Turbines
  • Foundry Engineering
  • Corrosion Control and Testing
  • Destructive and Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of Materials / Structures
  • Thermal Analysis
  • Mechanical Design, including Computer Aided Design
  • Agro Machine Design
  • Vibration Testing, Analysis and Noise Control
  • Manufacturing Engineering, including Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Automation Systems (Hydraulics, Pneumatics, PLCs etc.)
  • Bio-Engineering (Prosthetics and Orthotics)
  • Textile Engineering, Design and Technology
  • Welding Metallugy and Welding Qualification


Typical major projects

  • Manufacturing and fixing 1920 double decker beds and 1920 reading tables for the  new Students' Hostel at the University of Dar es Salaam
  • Quality confirmatory tests on steel structures for lower Ruvu bridge (Bagamoyo - Msata road project).
  • Design and installation supervision of noise reduction system for standby generators at Vodacom main switch at Kwale street in Oysterbay, Dar es Salaam
  • Quality confirmatory tests on steel structures for bridge 2 lot 1 (Sakina to Tengeru) of the Arusha to Holili road
  • Inspection of cement Kiln no.2 at Tanga Cement Company
  • Modification and extension of loading conveyor lines at Tanga Cement Company
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed WindPower Plant – Singida
  • Welding zinc anode and installing tarpaulins on three barges at Tanga port




Key equipment

  • CNC Milling and CNC Lathe Machines
  • 3D CAD Facilities
  • CNC Gas Cutting Equipment
  • Tensile Testing Machine
  • Ultrasonic Testing Equipment
  • Spectro Analyser for Chemical Analysis of Ferrousand Non Ferrous Metals
  • Gas Chromatography Equipment
  • Vibration and Noise Measurement Equipment
  • Smart Balancer for Dynamic Balancing of RotatingMachines
  • Thermal Gravimetric Analyser (TGA)

















  1. Strategic Management
  • Project Management, including Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Performance Management Systems
  • Strategic Plans and Business Plans
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Risk Management
  • Database Management Systems
  • Design and Installation of Management Information Systems
  • Staff Appraisal Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product Innovation management


Typical major projects

  • Detailed Feasibility study of the Government pressand preparation of a business plan to transform theGovernment press
  • Developing corporate performance Managementsystem (CPM) using the balanced scorecard(BSC) Approach at Zanzibar Social Security Fund
  • Supply and Installation of Financial ManagementInformation System to Various Organizations
  • Institutional Assessment for Human Rights and GoodGovernance: Project for the Commission of HumanRights and Good Governance
  • Preparation of fisheries master plan to implement the fisheries policy, Zanzibar
  • Situation Analysis for Human Resources in theEducation Sector: Project for MEVT
  • Development of Performance Management PolicyDevelopment Framework for T.I.B,









8.      Chemical and Process Engineering

  • Chemical Management
  • Industrial Wastes Management (Handling, Treatment & Disposal)
  • Medical Wastes Management (Handling, Treatment & Disposal)
  • Chemical Analytical Services (Water, Food, Chemicals)
  • Agro Processing (Drying, Processing, Storage,Fortification, Packaging
  • Process Development and Integration
  • Environmental Management (Industrial Ecology,Pollution Measurement, Control & Abatement)
  • Biotechnology (Fermentations, e.g. Ethanol Production)
  • Transport Phenomena (Study of Fluid Properties e.g. Phase and Chemical Equilbrium)
  • Petroleum and Gas Related Service

Typical mojor projects

  • Design of a traditional beer brewing plant for Ametech Tanzania Trading Co.Ltd
  • Forensic analysis on a scania bus T 704 DFJ which burnt at Kidomote in Bagamoyo along Bagamoyo-Msata road
  • Treating/Decloging of Water Pipes at Kihansi Hydropower Plant
  • Development of pollution control programmes in the construction section activities for the Ministry of Works

Key equipment

  • Gas Chromatography (for separating and analyzing compounds that can vaporize)
  • High Performance Liquid Chromatography (for Separatingmixture of compounds so as to identify, quantify or purify the individual components of the mixture)
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (for quantitative determination of concentration of a particular element (the analyte) in a sample by employing the absorption of optical radiation (light) by free atoms in the gaseous state)










  1. Mining Engineering
  • Mineral Dressing, Beneficiation and Extraction Technologies
  • Mine Development (Mine Design, Building Geological and Economic Models)
  • Mining Project Management (Exploration, Forecasting)
  • Mine Economic Evaluations (Economic and FinancialValuations of Minerals and Fuels)
  • Materials Handling (Bulk Material handling Systems,Transport Scheduling and Simulation)
  • Computer Modelling and Simulations (Mining Simulations and Modelling Studies)
  • Environmental Management (Environmental and SocialImpact Assessment, Pollution Measurement, Control and Abatement)
  • Small Scale Mining Technologies


Typical major projects

  • Blast impact study on residential settlement in the vicinity of mining operations
  • Mine designs for small scale miners at Doma and Melela in Morogoro region, Mkomelo in Kilwa district, at Pozo in Handeni, at Kamwanga village in Kilindi district etc.


      Key equipment

  • Compressive Strength Machine
  • Point Load Strength Index Tester
  • Loss Angeles Machine
  • Atomic Absorption Spetrometer
  • Lab Scale Flotation Cell
  • Spiral Concentrator
  • Particle Size Analyser







  1. Electrical Engineering and ICT
  • Electrical Machines and Drives
  • Power Electronics
  • Lightning Protection
  • Electrical Building Services
  • Electrical Power Quality Studies
  • Evaluation of Electrical Installations
  • Diagnostic Testing of Electrical Equipment

Typical major projects

  • Diagnostic testing of Industrial Oils
  • Assessment of the Effect of Lightning Strikes on the International School of Tanganyika Data Network
  • Analysis of the Cause of Failure of a 2.5 MVA Transformerfor Kioo Limited
  • Drop Wire Testing for TTCL
  • Design and Supervision of Electrical Installation for Various Buildings (Building Services)

Key equipment

  • AC / DC High Voltage Sources
  • High Current AC / DC Sources
  • Electrical Power Quality and Energy Analyser
  • Transient Recorders
  • Dielectric Tester










Sample Projects in Pictures



Noise reduction system for the Vodacom’s standby generators at Kwale Street in Oyster bay Dar es Salaam was designed by BICO experts who also supervised its installation. The photo above is partial view of the power house building showing theacoustic attenuators and acoustic doors. Noise level was reduced from 80 dBA at the nearest residence to less than 50dBA.





























The photo shows a residential grade exhaust silencer installed to an engineinside the power house building. Replacement and repositioning ofexhaust silencersby residential grade silencers was part of the noise reduction strategydesigned and supervised by BICO experts for the Vodacom’s standby generators at Kwale street in Oyster bay Dar es Salaam. Noise level was reduced from 70-80 dBA to less than 50 dBA at nearest residence.

























BICO experts conducted geotechnical/soil investigation for the construction of the Kigamboni Bridge and its approach roads. The investigation involved both on shore and off shore drilling. The photo above shows BICO technical team setting up a truck mounted rig ready for drilling


(Wakulima Eco Residence Tower - caption for this photo follows on next page)

Wakulima Eco Residence tower recently completed at Hananasif in Kinondoni Dar es Salaam is one of the National Housing Corporation (NHC)Design and Build Projects the construction of which was supervised by BICO (in association with CPI International Ltd). BICO was the Project Manager.








Participants of the Training of Trainers (ToT) course on small hydropower development in the East African Community pose for a group photo with representatives from the African Union, East African Community and the Training Provider.  BICO won the contract from the African Union to provide the training. The training was conducted through the Small Hydropower Centre at the College of Engineering and Technology in December 2016.




BICO won an African Union contract to provide a one month Professional Training of Trainers (ToT) course on small hydropower development in the East African Community. The photo shows some ToT participants in a Laboratory Practical session which was conducted through the Small Hydropower Centre at the College of Engineering and Technology in December 2016.