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Professor Jovan Despotović, Director of CEKIBEO d.o.o.

Fusing Experience and New Technology

The CEKIBEO team aspires to bridge the gap between civil engineering branch – such as hydraulic and structural engineering, transportation and hydraulics, roads-highwaybridges and hydraulics – topping them all with awareness of environmental issues

CEKIBEO d.o.o. (Ltd.) provides civil engineering solutions based on the joint work of different civil engineers, using experience and modern, global technology.

What are the basic principles upon which CEKIBEO was established, and what aspects were covered by the Slovenian partnership?

– CEKIBEO (Ltd.) consultants (CE-ntre of Quality– KI in Belgrade-BEO) arose from a shared need to work jointly from three directions: first from Canada, where experience in the development of the city of Toronto was brought by the late Miloš Jauković; second from Serbia and the civil engineers of Belgrade University – hydraulics (Jovan Despotović), and structural (the late Petar Dulić); and thirdly and finally, from Slovenia, adding EU environmental experience and leadership gained at the Institute of Environmental Engineering (IEI) from Maribor (Uroš Krajnc and Željko Blazeka). During the late 2000s, EU projects for Serbia and the Region seemed promising.

Over the course of 15 years, CEKIBEO Ltd. became recognised for the high quality of its design projects and as a reliable partner in major projects in Serbia, such as Corridors. Are you satisfied and content?

– The common experience, knowledge and joint work of the partners promoted a modern approach to many water domains, such as urban waters for supply, rainfall run-off and flood protection, as well as wastewater and solid waste management in cities, such as Maribor, Podgorica, Bijeljina, parts of Belgrade and other Serbian cities, and the airports of Podgorica and Belgrade. In recent years, lots of work and supervision of hydraulic structures and the drainage systems of bridges and highways in Serbia and Slovenia (to a much lesser extent) have been done, for example, with the Corridor 11 highway stretches.

We are familiar with modern Slovenian solutions for environmental protection at a general level, such as the management plan for the River Sava Basin

Our mutual connections among disciplines of civil engineering are promising for projects, either for water engineering or hydraulic structures along major rivers in Serbia or regulation of Great War Island’s Galijas channel at the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube in Belgrade. Small rivers and streams, in conjunction with roads and highways, are also under construction. In those projects, CEKIBEO Ltd. Fused its rich experience with the latest technological innovations in conjunction with the University of Belgrade Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Hydraulic and environmental engineering follow modern scientific and technological achievements. Is CEKIBEO capable of implementing such modern solutions in Slovenia, e.g. Maribor and Ljubljana, and also in Serbia?

– Technological advancements were successfully achieved in projects around Maribor, and serve as a starting point for implementing such ideas in other places, including Serbia, but also Ljubljana. The most famous mathematical models were used for the development of the wastewater system in Maribor. The same approach was used for the modelling of stormwater drainage systems in Podgorica, Bijeljina, and along highways and bridges in Belgrade over the river Sava.

CEKIBEO tried to implement the Maribor wastewater treatment plant experience in two Serbian cities, but they were severely flooded in 2014, thus postponing the implementation.

Our major references are the main and executive design projects of rainfall run-off drainage and treatment system tailored to local pluvial data for run-off water from bridges and highways. CEKIBEO has designed, managed and/or supervised drainage systems on several bridges in recent years, such as those over the river Sava: Gazelle, Ada, Ostružnica – with the highest environmental protection standards, in cooperation with advanced technologies from Italy’s Stormwater, e.g. SWERMR.

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