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Civil Engineering and Construction

Precast products will ease economic challenges 

12th February 2016 As emerging market currencies take a pounding on world markets and the rand tests new lows against the US dollar it is prudent for the local construction industry to seek more efficient ways of developing much needed infrastructure and housing. Concrete Manufacturers Association NPC (CMA)... 

International civil engineering conference to be held in CT

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Open-access journal publishing group of India OMICS will host the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering in Cape Town from June 20 to 22. The conference will focus on applying a sustainability concept when designing a structure, and when constructing and maintaining civil... 

CIVIL ENGINEERING
The International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering will be held in Cape Town in June
CIVIL ENGINEERING The International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering will be held in Cape Town in June

Pretoria contractors faced challenges of ‘green’ building

12th February 2016 Pretoria-based building contractor, J.C. van der Linde & Venter Projects, has completed a multimillion-rand contract for the construction of new “green” corporate offices and a warehouse for I-CAT Environmental Solutions. The new sustainable I-CAT campus, in the N4 Gateway Park in Pretoria, was... 

GLAZED FACADE
A roof overhang over the north-facing windows of the I-CAT office block
GLAZED FACADE A roof overhang over the north-facing windows of the I-CAT office block

Construction company recognised for achievements

12th February 2016 Construction engineering company Murray and Roberts Western Cape, a division of Murray and Roberts Construction, was named the overall winner in the Building Contractors category of Construction World’s Best Projects 2015 Awards for its work on the Century City Square project. 

Infrastructure products manufacturer receives recognition

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Infrastructure products manufacturer,  Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG) has been awarded a Golden Award in the Business Corporate and Listed Companies Category of the Business of the Year Awards by the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ROCCI) and First National Bank for... 

IS GROUP
Representatives of the company accept the award
IS GROUP Representatives of the company accept the award

Construction cost control vital in SA’s shrinking economy

12th February 2016 South Africa’s shrinking economy, coupled with soaring building costs, has made construction cost control more important than ever. “There is an alarming tendency - particularly for major government contacts - to totally omit the quantity surveyor (QS) from the professional team,” cautions... 

Soweto multipurpose facility to open at the end of the year

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 The new 1 800 m² multipurpose education campus that is being constructed in Soweto is expected to open its doors by December 2016. The education campus building, designed pro bono by New York-based architect, William Reue, will include a suite of flexible multipurpose classrooms, a large... 

VOLUNTEERS
Student volunteers helping the community
VOLUNTEERS Student volunteers helping the community

Urbanisation to trigger construction market growth  

By: Lynne Jackson     12th February 2016 Owing to the decline in mining activity because of the global economic downturn, which has also affected the construction industry negatively, Swaziland-based construction group Inyatsi Construction chairperson Frans Pienaar states that business in housing developments will increase for the... 

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project

12th February 2016 Gauteng Piling has provided 118 auger cast in-situ piles for the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit building project, as part of the extensive upgrade of the Midrand circuit following its acquisition by Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter last year. The complete refurbishment of the Kyalami building was... 

GAUTENG PILING
Work in progress for the foundation piles at the new Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit
GAUTENG PILING Work in progress for the foundation piles at the new Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Consulting firm highlights consequences of industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 A lack of adequate technical capacity in South Africa’s government departments is one of the most significant challenges currently facing the consulting engineering industry, says professional services firm Smec South Africa. Smec South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris tells Engineering News that the... 

BLURRY TARGETS Smec is often unsure about its scope of work when dealing with government, an issue compounded by insufficient capital spent on infrastructure projects
Photo by Duane Daws
BLURRY TARGETS Smec is often unsure about its scope of work when dealing with government, an issue compounded by insufficient capital spent on infrastructure projects

Cement plant on stream for 2016 commissioning

13th November 2015 Supplier of cement and related products PPC Barnet Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) $280-million integrated cement plant at Kimpese, in Bas-Congo province, is on target for commissioning by the end of 2016. The team is moving to the next phase of construction, as the civil work was... 

PLANT READY FOR COMMISSIONING 
PPC Barnet DRC’s $280-million integrated cement plant at Kimpese, in Bas-Congo province, is on target for commissioning by the end of 2016
Photo by Bloomberg
PLANT READY FOR COMMISSIONING PPC Barnet DRC’s $280-million integrated cement plant at Kimpese, in Bas-Congo province, is on target for commissioning by the end of 2016

Brick and block technology supports housing delivery in Tanzania

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The National Housing Corporation (NHC) of Tanzania is partnering with brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform in the delivery of housing projects across more than 20 sites in the country. The sites where the NHC is working comprise between 20 and 200 units each, with about 6 000... 

NHC DEVELOPS FIVE-YEAR PLAN More than 20 projects, with units ranging from 50 to 200, are being constructed under the auspices of the NHC in Tanzania
NHC DEVELOPS FIVE-YEAR PLAN More than 20 projects, with units ranging from 50 to 200, are being constructed under the auspices of the NHC in Tanzania

BCCEI accredited by CCMA for nonparty disputes

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) received accreditation in September from the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) to handle all its disputes. BCCEI senior case management officer Merle Denson notes that the accreditation means that... 

ACCREDITATION RECEIVED
BCCEI received accreditation in September from the Commission for CCMA to handle all its disputes
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ACCREDITATION RECEIVED BCCEI received accreditation in September from the Commission for CCMA to handle all its disputes

Piling contractor completes two Swazi-based foundation jobs

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Specialist geotechnical contractor Franki Africa completed two piled foundation contracts – for a new international conference centre (ICC) and a new five-star Fish Hotel – in the second quarter of this year, for the Swaziland Ministry of Economic Planning, in Ezulwini, in the royal valley in... 

FOUNDATION JOBS COMPLETED 
Franki Africa's tender submissions were based on predrilled driven cast-in-situ piles
FOUNDATION JOBS COMPLETED Franki Africa's tender submissions were based on predrilled driven cast-in-situ piles

Work-at-height specialist monitors housing project

13th November 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders was appointed by multidisciplinary construction company Liviero Group to monitor the risks of at-height falls, entrapment or equipment malfunctions at its Wilge housing project, in Limpopo. A two-man Skyriders team was initially deployed on site in August 2014,... 

HEIGHT FALL MALFUNCTIONS MONITORED Skyriders technicians are trained to apply a supreme standard of safety, while disproving the common perception that rope access is dangerous
HEIGHT FALL MALFUNCTIONS MONITORED Skyriders technicians are trained to apply a supreme standard of safety, while disproving the common perception that rope access is dangerous

Need for geotechnical investigations stressed

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Structural engineers should base the design of a building, including its foundations, on detailed and official geotechnical investigations to ensure durable and cost-effective foundations, says piling contractor Gauteng Piling chairperson Nico Maas. These tests – typically conducted by... 

GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS NECESSARY
These tests  provide invaluable information regarding the physical properties of soil and rock on a site
GEOTECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS NECESSARY These tests provide invaluable information regarding the physical properties of soil and rock on a site

Concrete cutter helps convert Cape Town building into museum and shopping centre 

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 A historic Cape Town building is set to be transformed into a museum and shopping centre by late 2016, with the help of concrete cutting, coring and drilling company Concrete Worm. The Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in... 

CONVERSION UNDER WAY
Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in early 2014
CONVERSION UNDER WAY Cape Town-based concrete cutting, coring and drilling company started work on the uninhabitable building in early 2014

Company launches mobile app for collaborative construction platform

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Pre-build, construction phase and post-build collaboration solutions provider Onsite Control Systems (OCS) in October launched a cross-platform mobile application (app) version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. The app... 

CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION Onsite Control Systems in October launched a mobile app version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices
CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION Onsite Control Systems in October launched a mobile app version of its OnSiteIMS online collaboration platform, which is now available for iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices

Sadara chemicals complex nears completion  

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Sadara, a joint venture (JV) developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and The Dow Chemical Company, is currently in advanced stages of construction of the largest chemical complex ever build worldwide in Jubail Industrial City, in Saudi Arabia. Dow polyurethane business regional... 

MOHAMMED SAMI 
Sadara investment is one of the building blocks that will contribute to boosting manufacturing sectors in sub-Saharan Africa in general and countries such as South Africa specifically
Dow Southern Africa discusses the current state of the construction industry

Binnington Copeland & Associates

13th November 2015 Founded in 1984, Binnington Copeland & Associates is a Hill International Company that has offices worldwide and a wide range of experts in fields pertaining to engineering and construction projects. The company employs engineers, attorneys, contract administrators, quantity surveyors,... 

Binnington Copeland & Associates

Producer prioritises sustainable concrete solutions

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 The demand for cement in South Africa dropped from a peak of around 16-million tons a year to about 14-million tons a year between 2014 and 2015, says Southern Africa’s largest concrete materials producer, AfriSam. AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes adds that South Africa... 

SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS AfriSam has focused on providing more sustainable solutions by offering readymix concrete
SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS AfriSam has focused on providing more sustainable solutions by offering readymix concrete

Company builds multimillion-rand hospital

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The construction of a R199-million, 100-bed hospital for healthcare provider Netcare Properties, in Pinehaven, Johannesburg, is well under way, says South Africa-based construction company Aveng Grinaker-LTA. Aveng Greinaker-LTA building business unit MD Marc Meire  tells Engineering News that... 

NETCARE PINEHAVEN HOSPITAL
Construction of the 100-bed hospital started in August 2014
NETCARE PINEHAVEN HOSPITAL Construction of the 100-bed hospital started in August 2014

All systems go for March civils negotiations – bargaining council

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 All necessary processes are in place to begin this year’s wage negotiations for the civil engineering industry, says Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) general secretary Nick Faasen. He tells Engineering News that the deadline for the submission of wage submissions from... 

NICK FASSEN The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry wants to create fair and equal opportunities for all stakeholders
NICK FASSEN The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry wants to create fair and equal opportunities for all stakeholders

Group prepares for multibillion-rand housing development

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 Preparations are proceeding as scheduled for construction group Nu-Hold Group’s R6.5-billion Coega Ridge development – a 40 000-home mixed-use housing development adjacent to the Coega Industrial Development Zone in Port Elizabeth (PE), in the Eastern Cape. Nu-Hold executive director Jordan Mann... 

COEGA RIDGE
COEGA RIDGE
In addition to the 40 000 residential units that comprise Coega Ridge, the area will be a self-sustained satellite city
COEGA RIDGE COEGA RIDGE In addition to the 40 000 residential units that comprise Coega Ridge, the area will be a self-sustained satellite city

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... 

MICRO-TUNNEL INSTALLATION
The micro-tunnel is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa
MICRO-TUNNEL INSTALLATION The micro-tunnel is the first of its kind in sub-Sahara Africa

Construction of air separation unit complete

13th February 2015 The construction of Johannesburg-based industrial gas company Air Products South Africa’s R300-million air separation unit (ASU), located at the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, was successfully completed in November, with an injury-free record.... 

SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY
Construction of the R300-million air separation unit started in May 2013, with the plant being commissioned in November 2014
SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY Construction of the R300-million air separation unit started in May 2013, with the plant being commissioned in November 2014

Company contracted to expand toll road linking SA and Moz

13th February 2015 Murray & Roberts Infrastructure (MRI), a division of engineering, procurement and construction management major Murray & Roberts Group, has been awarded a 22-month contract by Trans African Concessions (Trac) to upgrade the N4 toll road connecting South Africa to Mozambique. The N4 toll road,... 

N4 UPGRADE PROJECT
The 22-month-long refurbishment is set for completion in July 2016
N4 UPGRADE PROJECT The 22-month-long refurbishment is set for completion in July 2016

Piling contractor supplies to Newtown lodge

13th February 2015 Johannesburg-based piling contractor Gauteng Piling has provided foundation piles for use in the construction of a new City Lodge hotel in Newtown, Johannesburg. The 148-room hotel, which is being developed by Atterbury Property Developments, will form part of the Newtown Junction mixed-use... 

A NEWTOWN FOUNDATION
Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction
NEWTOWN CITY LODGE
Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction
A NEWTOWN FOUNDATION Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction NEWTOWN CITY LODGE Gauteng Piling has provided 64 piles with an average depth of 10 m for the new seven-storey City Lodge hotel in Newtown Junction

Gauteng Partnership Fund bearing fruit

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The Gauteng Partnership Fund (GPF), established in 2008 to leverage private-sector investment into the affordable housing market by assisting previously disadvantaged entrepreneurs in making inroads into the property development sector, is showing significant growth, with most of its funded... 

VINOLIA MASHIANE The Gauteng Partnership Fund is succeeding in unlocking private-sector funding for the low-cost housing market
VINOLIA MASHIANE The Gauteng Partnership Fund is succeeding in unlocking private-sector funding for the low-cost housing market

Project partnership yielding positive results

By: Pimani Baloyi     13th February 2015 The strategic partnership established last year between South Africa-based international project management company Planning & Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services and quantity-surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors (BCQS) has thus far been a success for both... 

STRATEGIC PARTNERING PaCE Services CEO Nic Bennett and BCQS director Brendon Close taking the lead of the partnership
STRATEGIC PARTNERING PaCE Services CEO Nic Bennett and BCQS director Brendon Close taking the lead of the partnership

Billion-rand Eastern Cape mall exceeds job-creation targets

13th February 2015 The construction of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth has resulted in the employment of about 4 300 workers on site since construction started in mid-2013, which is a 43.3% increase on the 3 000 direct jobs that developers had initially forecast for the construction phase of the... 

BAYWEST MALL By the end of 2014, Baywest Mall’s 65 000 m² roof, as well as a bridge over the N2 highway, had been completed
BAYWEST MALL By the end of 2014, Baywest Mall’s 65 000 m² roof, as well as a bridge over the N2 highway, had been completed

Rope-access technicians to assist with rescue operations

By: Donna Slater     14th November 2014 A team of rope-access technicians from rope-access company Skyriders can assist municipal, national rescue and disaster-management services with specialised rope-rescue services in emergency scenarios such as incidents in the construction industry and the implementation of health and safety... 

SPECIALISED RESCUE
A well-trained, forward-thinking team is critical to ensure safety
SPECIALISED RESCUE A well-trained, forward-thinking team is critical to ensure safety

Local civil industry under pressure

14th November 2014 The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) noted in its ‘State of the South African Civil Industry: Quarter 2, 2014’ report, released in July, that the South African civil construction industry is under greater pressure, owing to a slow start to the year for the economy... 

UNDER PRESSURE
The South African civil construction industry is under greater pressure, owing to a slow start to the year for the economy that was exacerbated by strike action
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UNDER PRESSURE The South African civil construction industry is under greater pressure, owing to a slow start to the year for the economy that was exacerbated by strike action

Historic silo district proves challenging

14th November 2014 Geotechnical contractor Franki Africa, part of Keller Group, is using its own in-house design and expertise to provide the geotechnical solution for Phase 2 of the V&A Silo District basement for V&A Waterfront Holdings, represented by Mace Project Managers. 

CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
On site challenges are overcome by manipulating the numerous resources on site and by trying to finish in areas that are accessible while preparing to work in other areas
CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT On site challenges are overcome by manipulating the numerous resources on site and by trying to finish in areas that are accessible while preparing to work in other areas

Civil projects honoured

14th November 2014 Engineering company Aurecon received two awards for civil engineering projects, while one of its engineers also received an award at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) National Project Awards, held at the International Convention Centre in Durban on October 16. 

KWAMASHU INTERCHANGE
The project is the first application of a diverging diamond interchange in the southern hemisphere
KWAMASHU INTERCHANGE The project is the first application of a diverging diamond interchange in the southern hemisphere

Construction under way for nonprofit hospital

14th November 2014 Cement producer AfriSam has been awarded a contract by construction and engineering group Group Five to supply 17 650 m3 of readymix concrete for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg. 

NEW HOSPITAL
The establishment of this nonprofit hospital was a personal dream of Nelson Mandela
NEW HOSPITAL The establishment of this nonprofit hospital was a personal dream of Nelson Mandela

Design competition encourages innovation

By: Donna Slater     14th November 2014 A concept design competition, which was launched in 2011, encouraging the generation of construction-design concepts for an aesthetically pleasing pedestrian bridge, in Ekurhuleni, motivated professional services firm SMEC South Africa to employ innovative solutions for the three designs it... 

UPGRADE PROJECT
The new bridge formed part of a broader project to upgrade the R21 highway
UPGRADE PROJECT The new bridge formed part of a broader project to upgrade the R21 highway

Proactive industry becoming reactive

By: Donna Slater     14th November 2014 The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB. 

CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE
Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability
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