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Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

Noticeable growth in smart home market
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Architecture firm presents equal opportunities

28th August 2020 Architecture firm Paragon Group is perhaps “unique in the industry” for employing an equal number of men and women, with the latter ranging from student architects to senior management. “I love the fact we have so many talented, audacious women in our company in different stages of their... 

Steel awards go virtual

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 The South African Institute for Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) yearly Steel Awards will be judged and hosted virtually through a dedicated application (app) this year. This comes on the back of efforts to mitigate restrictions on social gatherings and take advantage of the digital marketing... 

Steel awards go virtual
VIRTUOSITY ASSESSED Small teams of judges attend sites physically, observing Covid-19 health and safety protocols, while others attend site visits virtually

Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown

By: Darren Parker     31st July 2020 Although production came to a halt over the past two months, light-steel-frame building materials supplier Etex South Africa – formerly known as Marley Building Systems – continued planning and innovating throughout the Covid-19 lockdown so that it would be well positioned to take advantage of... 

Steely resolve, innovation continue despite lockdown
MULTIPLE USES Light-steel-frame buildings can be repurposed, modified or moved to a new location with relative ease

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Home automation add-on launched

10th July 2020 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has launched its Arteor-with-Netatmo which is a simple home automation solution that uses traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi. The company explains that it expanded on its Arteor range of wiring devices,... 

Home automation add-on launched
PLUGGED IN Legrand has add to its home automation solutions that use traditional house wiring and is controlled through WiFi

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

Sustainable living created after lockdown
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services

More profiles can benefit local market

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The current SANS 517 for light-steel-frame building, which is still in development, focuses only on the application of the C-channel profile, but consulting engineering firm ES Consulting Engineers and Associates structural, fire and energy consulting engineer Wessel Esterhuizen believes that it... 

More profiles can benefit local market
NO LIGHT MATTER Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 Although the Covid-19 national lockdown proved “disastrous” for the light-steel-frame building sector – as it was for the rest of the construction sector – Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard believes that there are opportunities for the sector.... 

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector
SWIFT AND STURDY The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures

Training course goes online

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has had to adapt its five-day training course for building contractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors to an online presentation, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on gatherings. The online version of the... 

Training course goes online
JOHN BARNARD Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 A variety of products supplied by construction products specialist a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used for several new major water reservoir projects currently under construction in Gauteng. 

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs
WATER WORKS Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Deadline for AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award entries extended

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 Entries for the yearly AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award have been extended to July 3, as a result of the disruption brought about as a result of Covid-19. Cement, aggregate and readymix concrete producer AfriSam points out that strict lockdown measures in most countries around the world... 

Plans floated to potentially convert Soccer City into 1 500-bed Covid-19 medical facility

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2020 Architecture studio Boogertman and Partners, in association with healthcare design architects Geyser Hahn, have drawn up plans for design and support services to convert the Johannesburg FNB Soccer City Stadium into a 1 500-bed temporary severe acute respiratory infections treatment centre. The... 

Plans floated to potentially convert Soccer City into 1 500-bed Covid-19 medical facility
FNB Soccer City Stadium

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns
Photo by Creamer Media
CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

Use private engineers to boost State’s ability to plan and execute infrastructure projects - CESA  

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2020 Consulting Engineers South Africa is calling on government to consider immediately boosting the capacity of State departments and municipalities to plan and execute infrastructure projects by opening the way for an injection of private engineering skills and expertise into the public sector. In a... 

Use private engineers to boost State’s ability to plan and execute infrastructure projects - CESA
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Sugen Pillay on how private engineering capacity could be injected to boost the State's infrastructure-planning capacity. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29/1/2020

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 South African steel supplier Stalcor has successfully negotiated to supply its Alubond mineral core (A2) noncombustible façade cladding panels for State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s Western Precinct development, which is currently under way. “This is the fourth notable project where the... 

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding
PRETTY LADY The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Refurbished building boasts new materials

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Shared workspace provider WeWork will officially open its newly refurbished 155 West street building, in Sandton, next month. The building, which is more than 25 years old, was previously occupied by health insurance provider Discovery before it was overhauled. 

Refurbished building boasts new materials
NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities

DHL Americas opens new innovation centre

1st November 2019 International courier company DHL has expanded its global innovation footprint to the Americas region with the opening of its Americas Innovation Centre in September. 

Stored goods a fire risk for warehouses

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 Large industrial warehouses are at risk of catching fire, especially when the goods stored are not the property of, for example, courier or logistics companies that own the buildings, says fire risk management company ASP Fire. 

Stored goods a fire  risk for warehouses
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK When dealing with courier and freight forwarding companies, ASP Fire assigns the highest possible fire load and risk

Nxesi urges South Africans not to ‘give up’ amid unemployment crisis

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2019 With South Africa’s unemployment level at nearly 30% – and youth employment at nearly 50% – Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has encouraged the country to “not give up hope”. In conversation with Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the launch of diversified miner Exxaro... 

Nxesi urges South Africans not to ‘give up’ amid unemployment crisis
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi delivering his keynote address during the launch of Exxaro's new HQ, in Centurion

Professional registration, transformation lagging in architectural industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2019 The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) has approached the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to help it understand why many people who obtain academic qualifications in architecture do not become registered professionals. Speaking on the occasion of... 

HVAC-R system to be introduced to S Africa in Q1 2020

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Diversified technology company Johnson Controls will introduce Verasys – the first plug-and-play control system that integrates heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) equipment and controls – to the South African market in the first quarter of next year. Johnson... 

Policy implementation a key challenge

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Legislative body Council for the Built Environment (CBE) will host its third Transformation Indaba, themed Breaking the Barriers, to address the lacklustre implementation of transformation policies within the built environment professions. The event will be held on October 9 and 10, at Diep in... 

Policy implementation a key challenge
PRISCILLA MDLALOSE Men and women are equally capable but different

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

Flame-detection system set for SA launch
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

Supplier completes two projects on the Foreshore

23rd August 2019 One of the most significant challenges faced at construction sites in the foreshore area of Cape Town is ensuring that the projects are protected from fire hazards and comply with local and international fire regulations, says fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech MD Michael Feldon. He... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards

Inspection ensures buildings comply with fire regulations

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd August 2019 Hospitality and retail buildings are deemed demanding in terms of fire protection and fire systems, but fire risk management and support company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk says an inspection process needs to be done to ensure that buildings comply with the National Buildings Regulations... 

Inspection ensures buildings comply with fire regulations
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK Architects request an estimation of the cost of fire systems to identify the cost factors

Industry body discusses challenges at hand

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great... 

Industry body discusses challenges at hand
CLUED-UP CONSULTING Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Sporting complex completed two years early

28th June 2019 An innovative design-and-build solution for the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala, Cameroon has allowed for multinational engineering consultancy Aecom to decrease the proposed project timeframe by two years. The Japoma Sports Complex consists of a 50 000-seat multi-sport stadium, an aquatics... 

Sporting complex completed  two years early
TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub

Health club receives net zero waste rating

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Through rigorous waste reduction, separation and recycling on site, and the assistance of net zero-accredited professionals Ecolution Consulting, Health Club Virgin Active Constantia, in Cape Town, achieved a Net Zero Waste certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.... 

Health club receives net  zero waste rating
Photo by Julian Goldswain
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE Currently 93% of the gym’s waste is being diverted – an amount that was possible through an initial waste audit calculation

Green light for ‘net zero’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th June 2019 Following then Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s announcement paving the way for small projects generating between 1 MW and 10 MW of their own renewable electricity to feed it back into the grid, green building consultants ecocentric see this as a crucial opportunity for companies to accelerate... 

Green light for ‘net zero’
RATINGS The GBCSA Rosebank office received a 4-Star Interiors Rating based on the assessment of the environmental attributes of the building’s interior fit-outs
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