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Civil Engineering and Construction

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

R2,4m civil services contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 CIVIL engineering company Ruthcon Civil Contractors has been awarded a R2,4-million contract for the installation of civil services at Kamagugu in Mpumpalanga. The contract comprises the installation in two stages of water, sewer and stormwater reticulation as well as surfaced roads, and forms... 

New R368m Umtata hospital 10% complete

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Construction of a new R368-million academic health services complex (AHSC) in Umtata, which began in November last year, is 10% complete. The project is the result of years of integrated planning and co-operation among various national and provincial departments together with the University of... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

First steps towards umbrella organisation

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There is a thirst for knowledge and training in the South African composites industry, indicating a need for an umbrella organisation to deal with this – and such a move is indeed in the embryonic stages, reveals Scott Bader field technical service manager Steve Woodhall. “At the... 

Market shines through for mobile X-ray unit

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A MOBILE X-ray system conceived a few years ago by Armscor at the request of the South African Medical Services (SAMS) is to be further developed and manufactured for civil as well as military use, Engineering News can today report. This will be the result of an agreement recently signed between... 

Sparks fly over NEC contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 As one of the largest users of the New Engineering Contract (NEC), Eskom this week declined to comment on calls from former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Europe Sir Alan Wood for an immediate warning to be issued by the institution over the use of the NEC Conditions of... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Second large toll-road project revs up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The second of three large toll-road projects being pursued in South Africa is approaching implementation stage. The N3 toll concession contract has been signed between the South African National Roads Agency (NRA) and the consortium chosen to fulfil the contract, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) –... 

New industrial software

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New software ‘functionality’ for the engineering and construction industry has recently been launched by German software giant SAP, Engineering News can report. This is the latest functional addition to SAP’s R/3 software, for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry,... 

Pump-set designed for shiploader

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A high-pressure pump-set has been designed and supplied for Ultrasonic Manufacturing by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE) for inclusion in a new Caillard shiploader which is under construction at Richards Bay harbour. HPE’s high-pressure pump-set will be able to deliver water at 320 l/m at a... 

R140-million project on schedule

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R140-million high-purity ethanol plant for Sasol Chemical Industries’ Sasol Solvents division is on schedule for completion in September. The lump-sum turnkey contract to construct the plant, which will produce 85 000 t/y of 99,99% pure ethanol, was awarded to Krupp Uhde... 

Nelspruit casino on track

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nelspruit has been dealt a winning hand with the construction of Tsogo Sun’s new R32-million Emnotweni Casino having started. The construction contract is being undertaken by local company Norse Grinaker, a fully-owned subsidiary of Grinaker Construction. The casino will add to the surge of... 

R65-million Cape Town airport upgrade contract awarded

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Grinaker Building (GBC) has been awarded a R65-million contract for the reconstruction of the international arrivals terminal at Cape Town International Airport by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). Work is to start immediately and the new international arrivals terminal is... 

R1m coatings contract won

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Gauteng firm Plastertech has been awarded a R1-million contract to provide colour-enhanced cementitious coatings for the 1 800 houses to accommodate participants in the 1999 All Africa Games (AAG). The houses, under construction at present on the east bank of the Jukskei river, opposite Alexandra... 

Innovative techno for jetty construction

By: System Author     11th June 1999 PILING for the new dry bulk terminal jetty at Richards Bay, part of the third export expansion project, has been constructed using technology never before seen in a South African marine application. It involved the use of an environment-friendly polymer drilling fluid which poses no threat to... 

Composite material technique developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 RESEARCHERS at a UK university have developed a way of creating composite materials with shapes that were previously impossible. The research enables materials reinforced with glass fibre to find new uses in cars and construction and could pave the way for making composites in space. Composite... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Building event supported

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of Housing and Land Affairs was the most recent public sector institution to choose Afribuild ’99, South Africa’s international infrastructure, building and construction exhibition, to showcase its achievements and ambitions. In its... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Traditional slag properties enhanced by new strategy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 As part of its strategy to regain market share in the South African cement industry, specialist slag producer Slagment has employed leading-edge technology to develop Slag 5000, a more finely-ground blast-furnace slag that enhances the properties of traditional slag, reveals MD Shaun Patterson.... 

Workshops set to probe latest in concrete

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A series of workshops to discuss develop- ments and advances in concrete technology will be co-ordinated by Professor Mark Alexander of the department of civil engineering of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Based on extensive research done by the department, the industry and other engineering... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

Fluid couplings for gold-mine

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Fluid couplings have been supplied to Siguri gold-mine in Guinea by Stratford Engineering. The couplings have been supplied to project manager Senet Projects, which will be responsible for the installation and commissioning, due for completion in the first quarter of this year. A variety of... 

Fluid couplings supplied abroad

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first in a range of FST fluid couplings have been supplied to the Tar Sands oil-extraction plants in northern Alberta, Canada, by UK scoop-trimming, variable-filling and fluid-coupling company, Fluidrive. The tar deposits found in this area of Canada are extracted by excavator and transported... 

13m breweries contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A R13-million contract for the construction of a high-tech insulated enclosure for the South African Breweries plant in Durban has been awarded to Concor Coastal. In order to maintain constant temperature control, the existing fermentation vessels will be enclosed and fully refrigerated. A 350 t... 

Unified SA engineering body on the cards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Companies and professions in South Africa have been bracing themselves against globalisation by consolidating and unifying, but our otherwise forward-thinking engineers seem to be a step behind. After 18 months, a steering committee charged with finding a method of unifying the profession has... 

Station upgrades uplift economy

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Manager and developer of State-owned property Intersite is generating millions of rands in income for the local rail and construction industries. Since its inception in 1992, the company has created some 80 000 direct and indirect jobs and has made an overall financial impact on the economy of... 

SA construction firm going strong in Botswana

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Local construction company Concor is busy with a R28-million contract to build a technology centre and an R8-million extension to a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Concor building division MD Brian Robertson tells Engineering News that the R28-million contract to build the technology... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

Cable ducting for Mozal

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The joint venture undertaking the construction of the potlines at Billiton’s US$1,3-billion Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo has ordered 16 km of cable ducting specially designed by Nextube to meet the needs of the project. Ducting for the Mozal plant, which is set to produce 245... 

Concrete and asphalt squaring up

By: System Author     28th May 1999 While asphalt is generally regarded as first choice in high-quality road construction, concrete block paving (CBP) is a good alternative for roads where load-bearing capacity is the chief concern. This was stated in a paper on CBP presented by SR Bangma of the University of Twente, the... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

New R167-million organic-acid plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE considerable percentage of useful products in Sasol wastewater streams at Sasolburg, and especially Secunda, has also inspired creative initiatives to extract and upgrade some organic acids. A notable recent project was the design, construction and commissioning of Sasol Solvents’... 

New power station technology punted

By: System Author     21st May 1999  

R400-million project on schedule

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE R400-million Nedcor North Site development in Sandton, Gauteng, is on track to be completed on time in October 2000, reports project manager Ampros Developments (Amdev) a year after excavations began. Amdev senior project manager Eddie Beckwith says the development’s ambitious deadline... 

Big valve-sealing challenge is won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 ACHIEVING a tight shut-off with metal against metal has always been a challenge for valve manufacturers, not only because most common construction metals tend to gall, but also because their plastic and elastic properties limit what can be done with these materials. Overcoming the limits imposed... 

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