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Environmentally-Friendly Augmented-Reality Welding Simulators For Welding Students At TVET Colleges

11th September 2018 The new augmented-reality welding training solution from Sangari Education The blue collar skills shortage in South Africa is estimated at around one million jobs.  To meet this demand, training is essential, but the machinery needed is expensive.  Providing theory and no practical training is... 

Technology changes the future of welding

7th September 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says it will use augmented or virtual welder training techniques in its new Future Welder Training Centre. “Augmented welder training, in essence, allows students to work with real three-dimensional objects combined with virtual computer-generated... 

African countries are rapidly expanding their use of UAVs, but South Africa lags

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The number of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/unmanned aerial systems (UASes) in Africa was increasing rapidly, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) principal aeronautical engineer John Monk told the aviation session of the recent Southern African Transport... 

South Africa: a Hub for Marine Aids to Navigation Training

14th June 2018 South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon,... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

ATProM to provide solutions for Eskom around ageing energy infrastructure

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 A new research group Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM) is working on a study – based on an existing collaboration between the University of Cape Town (UCT) and State-owned power utility Eskom – to provide engineers with up-to-date research, students with real-world... 

Embraer proclaims E190-E2 the world’s most ecofriendly narrow-body jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, has announced that flight tests have confirmed that its new E190-E2 airliner is the most efficient single-aisle airliner in the world. The E190-E2 is the first member of the group’s new... 

Cummins Launches Simulator To Demonstrate Complete Power Systems

1st February 2018 Cummins Power Generation has officially launched a new simulator at the Cummins Training Centre in Kelvin, Johannesburg to demonstrate its entire product line-up as an integrated solutions approach, from genset controls to annunciators, remote monitoring, Digital Master Control (DMC), and... 

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

Embraer to open Johannesburg aviation training centre

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Aviation systems engineering and manufacturing firm Embraer will open an aviation training centre at the OR Tambo International airport, in Johannesburg, in the first half of next year. The facility will be the first of its kind in Africa to provide this range of training for qualified pilots,... 

Conference to tackle maritime training challenges

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 Challenges and solutions facing the maritime training sector will be discussed at the first Maritime Education & Training (MET) conference, which will be hosted by the South African International Maritime Institute (Saimi) from November 14 to 17, in Cape Town. The aim of the conference is to find... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

South African robotics surgeon says scale key to lowering costs

By: Kim Cloete     8th September 2017 As the field of robotics advances, South Africans are increasingly opting for robotics surgery for prostate cancer as an alternative to conventional procedures. Urological and robotics surgeon Dr Greg Boustead says medical schemes are beginning to appreciate the long-term, overall benefits of the... 

Robotics surgery offers peace of mind to more men with prostate cancer

By: Kim Cloete     21st August 2017 As the field of robotics advances, South Africans are increasingly opting for robotics surgery for prostate cancer as an alternative to conventional procedures. Urological and robotics surgeon Dr Greg Boustead says medical schemes are beginning to appreciate the long-term, overall benefits of the... 

Virtual Technology Now Used For Blast Training In SA

20th July 2017 Training for underground blasting has just taken a technological leap forward, with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the Murray & Roberts Cementation Training Academy near... 

Lydian hits Amulsar milestones as construction proceeds apace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Construction of Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar project, in Armenia, is advancing fast with 58% of the $369.9-million project capital committed as of May 31. Priority will now shift to advancing site earthworks. 

Renewable microgrids the future of African power system – research institution

By: Nadine James     5th May 2017 Self-sustaining renewable microgrids could foreseeably drive the development of Africa’s power system, resulting in quick, cost-effective electrification that enhances power security, says South African national research institution, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). CSIR... 

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

Drone piloting course launched following increased demand

By: Dylan Slater     24th March 2017 With interest in remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes), or drones, increasing, seemingly unhindered by their high costs, Cape Town-based RPAS sport organisation Drone Racing Africa (DRA) has introduced a basic drone flying course.  

Export orders continue to flow for home-grown mobile load simulator

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The Mobile Load Simulator (MLS), designed and developed locally for the testing of the load-bearing capacity of highways and airport runways, was recently completed and exported to a client in China.  

Industrias Peñoles’ Velardeña Mine Improves Operator Training Capability with CYBERMINE

31st October 2016 Velardeña mine in México’s Durango State, part of Industrias Peñoles, the world’s largest producer of silver, has expanded its heavy equipment operator training programme with the inclusion of ThoroughTec Simulation’s CYBERMINE E-learning system and Operator Familiarisation Trainer (OFT) for... 

Caterpillar Updates Cat® MineStar™ Terrain with New Features That Optimize Mining Productivity and Operating Costs

5th October 2016 Caterpillar announces an upgrade to Cat® MineStar™ Terrain, one of the capability sets that makes up the company’s integrated mine operations and mobile equipment management system. Terrain combines GNSS guidance technologies that help operators work efficiently and accurately with integrated... 

Nautilus pushes Solwara 1 production out by 12 months, revises work programme

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 Cash-strapped marine mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals has pushed out the start of production from the offshore Papua New Guinea (PNG) Solwara 1 project by about 12 months from the original schedule, citing a cash crunch. In providing an update on company activities Friday, CEO Mike Johnston... 

TNPA to boost dredging skills through launch of R30m simulator

By: Shirley le Guern     16th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched Africa’s first dredging simulator – a computerised training cockpit for aspirant dredger operators – in Durban.  The dredging simulator is located at Durban’s Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) and will form the core of the school’s newly... 

TNPA to boost dredging skills through launch of R30m simulator

By: Shirley le Guern     5th September 2016 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has launched Africa’s first dredging simulator – a computerised training cockpit for aspirant dredger operators – in Durban.  The dredging simulator is located at Durban’s Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE) and will form the core of the school’s newly... 

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

And then they were gone – RIP, trusted friends

By: Riaan de Lange     5th August 2016 I ask that you observe a moment of silence, of silent contemplation, for an event that you might well have missed. It occurred at the end of last month. But then it was the second passing, if you will, following another related and similarly unfortunate event that occurred at the end of March,... 

Trade test centre registered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa has registered its Technical Training Academy as a decentralised trade test centre, enabling the company to perform trade tests in the field of welding. 

Yokogawa South Africa Office Opening A Sign of Growth & Expansion

10th May 2016 Yokogawa Middle East & Africa is proud to announce the official opening of brand new offices of Yokogawa South Africa that oversees Yokogawa’s Southern African business in Cresta, Randburg, boasting 4,000m² of space over 3 floors. The new office space is a major step forward in the growth and... 

BMT WBM to Showcase Avant-Garde Simulator at Expomin 2016

7th April 2016 BMT WBM Machinery , a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, environmental and engineering consultancy, will showcase its latest innovation at the forthcoming Expomin 2016 to be held in Santiago, Chile from the 25th – 29th April 2016. The largest industry event... 

Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Drilling Training Academy and The Well Academy deliver their first International Well Control Forum (IWCF) enhanced renewal training course

25th February 2016 Affordable, advanced level 4 drilling well control training course now available thanks to a new collaboration to make operations safer. The Well Academy and Lloyd’s Register Energy’s Drilling Training Academy have successfully launched their first combined training program; a new IWCF certified... 

SKF lubrication solution for HBU’s reduces friction and fuel consumption

25th February 2016 SKF’s lubrication solution for HBUs (hub bearing units) reduces friction by as much as 9% compared to standard grease while maintaining the same bearing performance. The low friction grease meets the market need to reduce friction in wheel bearing units, cutting both CO2 emissions and fuel... 

Simulator designer begins delivery of SA Army combat vehicles

19th February 2016 Simulator-based training systems designer ThoroughTec Simulation has begun the delivery of its Tactical Crew Training Simulators from its Cyberwar range, for the South African Army’s Badger Infantry Combat Vehicles. ThoroughTec Simulation military business manager David Cooke says the army will... 

Reality programme used for welding training at AIDC

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Students who want to work in the production sector of the automotive industry can submit their curriculum vitae to the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre to participate in an augmented-reality welding programme. Eight Soldamatic welding simulators... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th February 2016 Work is progressing at the project. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th February 2016 ABB is on schedule to complete the automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at Eskom’s Kusile power station. 

AIDC to use new augmented reality welding simulators 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2016 Students who are looking to start careers in vehicle production at the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre will be able to benefit from the centre’s new augmented-reality welding programme. 

ABB reaches contract milestone at Kusile 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2016 Automation company ABB is on schedule to complete automation for the first 800 MW generating unit at State-owned enterprise Eskom’s Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga. “With record timing as a key deliverable of such an intrinsically complex project, there is excellent cooperation between the... 

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