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Bearing and seal design considerations for tunnel boring machines

15th February 2019 The safe, reliable operation of tunnel boring equipment relies on the integrity of critical bearings and seals Once construction starts, there’s no going back. A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is not equipped with a reverse gear, so it is imperative that the machine is able to complete its job... 

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for Phase 2 of the LHWP

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined knowledge covering... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the project. 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for LHWP II

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) on Tuesday announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined... 

Chryso Demoulding Oil Enhance Final Concrete Finish

4th October 2018 Raising the quality of concrete finishes as well as extending the life of formwork are among the many benefits of using demoulding oils when casting concrete. According to CHRYSO Southern Africa general manager marketing, Hannes Engelbrecht the most important function of release agents or... 

Chryso Demoulding Oils Enhance Final Concrete Finish

4th October 2018 Raising the quality of concrete finishes as well as extending the life of formwork are among the many benefits of using demoulding oils when casting concrete. According to CHRYSO Southern Africa general manager marketing, Hannes Engelbrecht the most important function of release agents or... 

AECOM wins CESA Aon Award for Cape Flats 3 Bulk Sewer – Phase 2

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery company AECOM was a winner in the category projects with a value greater than R250 million for the Cape Flats 3 Bulk Sewer – Phase 2 (CF3-2) project at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards on 15 August. Designed by AECOM and constructed by CSV... 

Electra Mining 2018 - a springboard for Powermite to showcase its new range of spring cable reeling drums

25th July 2018 Powermite will use Electra Mining 2018 as a springboard to launch its new innovative Conductix Wampfler SR-Express Spring Reeling Drums as well as to introduce the market to additions to its range of plugs and sockets. Telefonika mining cable, Conductix Wampfler cable reeling drums, downshop and... 

Interim rig to speed up development at Galantas’ Ireland mine

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 An interim tunnelling rig at the Omagh gold mine, in Ireland, should accelerate underground development, with the company about ten weeks away from reaching the Kearney vein system. Dual-listed Galantas Gold is developing the underground mine at Omagh, where openpit operations ceased five years... 

High-quality engineering services drive successful completion of road rehabilitation project

19th February 2018 JG Afrika, a leading South African engineering consultancy, played a prominent role in the successful rehabilitation of a 58,4 km section of the R399 on behalf of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works.  Importantly, the R304,6-million construction programme... 

New ‘disruptive’ mine borer heads for Indaba unveiling

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2018 A new Proudly South African mine tunnel borer that requires no blasting, delivers higher production advances, comes with a collaboration imprimatur and can be retrofitted to existing operations, will be unveiled at next month’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town and commissioned in the third quarter of... 

Group Five expects material earnings impact as Kpone drags

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 Owing to a number of delays at construction company Group Five’s $410-million independent gas- and oil-fired combined cycle power plant Kpone contract in Ghana, the company expects to report an impact on its group earnings and cash in the first half of 2018. The company was contracted to design,... 

Ganntas Tunnel, Algeria

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 The Ganntas Tunnel is the first long tunnel in Algeria and North Africa. 

Lundin Gold ramping up Ecuador project

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 Moving forward with the engineering and procurement of the process plant for its Fruta del Norte gold project, in Ecuado, TSX-listed Lundin Gold has ordered long-lead time process plant equipment, with process plant detailed engineering expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.... 

New construction contracts aim to reduce uncertainty

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 The new contract documents under development by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) that aim to reduce uncertainty for construction contractors and employers should not become overly complex and difficult to implement, says specialist commercial consulting firm MDA... 

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Murray & Roberts Cementation Challenges The Status Quo

1st November 2016 Challenging the status quo in the mining industry is one of the characteristics that has allowed Murray & Roberts Cementation to develop innovative technologies aimed at enhancing safety and increasing efficiencies and productivity in this sector. This often involves taking best practice... 

South African engineer’s geotechnical contribution recognised

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 Multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Gibb senior associate and geotechnical engineer Ron Tluczek has been recognised internationally for his contribution to the geotechnical engineering sector by being appointed as the vice-animateur for Working Group 2 Research at the International... 

Horizontal raise bore trial project at Cullinan mine nears completion

By: Ilan Solomons     6th October 2016 CULLINAN (miningweekly.com) – Raise boring and drilling services group Master Drilling is nearing completion of a 220 m horizontal raise bore (HRB) trial project at Southern Africa-focused miner Petra Diamonds’ Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. On Thursday during a site visit to the mine, Petra... 

GIBB expert recognised for contribution to the geotechnical engineering fraternity

3rd October 2016 It is common knowledge that talent in emerging markets is scarce, expensive, and hard to retain. On the flip of the argument, talent is pivotal to a firm’s competitive advantage. GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering firm’s prides itself on not only recruiting the best... 

German company develops four machines for blind-shaft construction, enlargement

By: Dylan Slater     3rd June 2016 German mechanised tunnelling engineering company Herrenknecht AG has developed a range of four shaft boring machines for the safe and rapid construction of blind shafts or shaft enlargements to a depth of 2 000 m.  

PEA shows solid case for Copper Fox's Arizona project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of TSX-listed Copper Fox’s Van Dyke copper project in Miami, Arizona, has shown the project could generate gross revenue of $1.37-billion over an 11-year mine life, based on a $3/lb estimated copper price. The PEA also suggested that Van Dyke was a... 

DiamondCorp resumes development tunneling at Lace mine

By: Natalie Greve     20th November 2015 Southern African diamond mining, development and exploration company DiamondCorp has, following completion of back-filling activities and almost two weeks ahead of schedule, resumed development tunnelling on the 290 m doming level at the Lace mine, in the Free State. The company said in a market... 

Development delays at Lace mine to hit 2016 Q1 cash flow

By: Natalie Greve     3rd November 2015 South African diamond asset developer DiamondCorp continues to advance development at the Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, with work on the Upper K4 (UK4) block focused on preparing the 310 m production level for production ramp-up by the end of the year. The company said in an update on... 

Corporate Mentorship Programmes Key To Bridging Skills Gap Amongst Young Engineers

12th October 2015 The current trend in the South African engineering sector appears to be one of rapidly transitioning young engineers into management and leadership positions without them having the necessary experience that comes from years of working on projects. This is the view of Vernon Joubert, General... 

Petrochemicals partnership develops wireless gas detector

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 Japanese engineering and software company Yokogawa and Norwegian wireless optical gas-detector developer GasSecure in July announced the delivery of the world’s first SIL2-certified wireless gas detection system for use at a liquified natural gas (LNG) facility, in Northern Europe. 

Need for Tunnelling Predicts an Upsurge in Infrastructural Development across the Globe

5th August 2015 Monique Wainstein, Associate Engineer at GIBB, South Africa’s leading black-owned consulting firm, recently attended the International Tunnelling Association conference in Croatia. With the overarching theme See Tunnel: Promoting Tunnelling in South East European Region, a total of 1 537... 

Company launches new configuration suite, improves cybersecurity

13th March 2015 Processing technologies and services provider Emerson Process Management in December introduced the world’s first remote terminal unit (RTU) and highway addressable remote transducer (HART) configuration suite – the OpenEnterprise Field Tools software suite – which enables local and remote... 

EPCM firm completes Southern Africa’s first microtunnel

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 Engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba has completed the construction of a R120-million sewer relocation project – the Mahatma Gandhi Road Sewer Pump Station – in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Hatch Goba tunnels, geotechnical and trenchless technology infrastructure regional manager... 

Strike ends at DiamondCorp’s Lace mine, workers to return on Monday

By: Tracy Hancock     5th December 2014 A six-week protected strike by Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) members employed at dual-listed DiamondCorp’s Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, has ended.  The employees downed tools at the mine on October 23 in dispute of management's refusal to employ two additional... 

Life skills training for engineering students a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     21st November 2014 According to professional services firm SMEC South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal-based office, its workplace integrated learning and training initiative for civil engineering students from previously disadvantaged communities – the life skills training programme that has been incorporated into the... 

AMCU members still on strike at Lace mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th November 2014 The strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) at Southern African diamond development and exploration company DiamondCorp’s Lace mine, in the Free State, continues. AMCU members downed tools at the mine on October 23, in protest over DiamondCorp’s refusal... 

Consortium enhances companies’ operational efficiencies  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th November 2014 Local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Trident South Africa, underground railway control systems manufacturer Battery Electric (BE) and Southern Africa hydraulics engineering company Bearing Man Group (BMG) Hydraulics formed a consortium to improve and streamline the companies’ product and... 

Lace mine development bruised, but not halted by AMCU strike 

By: Natalie Greve     30th October 2014 Development work and tailings retreatment activities at Southern African diamond developer and explorer DiamondCorp’s Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, is continuing despite a protected strike by members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU), which is nearing the end... 

AMCU members down tools at Lace mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd October 2014 Workers at DiamondCorp’s Lace mine, in the Free State, downed tools on Thursday in an Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union- (AMCU-) led protest against the Aim-listed company’s refusal to employ two full-time salaried shop stewards. DiamondCorp said in an update to shareholders that... 

Trans Mountain pipeline system expansion project, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     17th October 2014 The proposed expansion will create a twinned pipeline that will increase the nominal capacity of the system from 300 000 bbl/d to 890 000 bbl/d. 

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