Extracted from text ... Text Dawie Botha
Executive director, SAICE
As clear as mud ...
TO OUR COLLEAGUES who are far from the traffic and municipal woes that we have to deal with every day in Gauteng ... thank your lucky stars!
Take the new Clearwater Mall and adjacent intersections on the West Rand as an example.
The Mall and Makro are situated on opposites sides of the extremely busy Hendrik Potgieter Road. During the rains last summer the surrounding area was swamped regularly. Now that it is winter and dry, one would hope that the stormwater systems would have ..
Extracted from text ... T RANSPORTATION
Arcus Gibb (Pty) Ltd
ITS (Pty) Ltd
(Immediate Past Chairman)
John D Sampson
Christo J Bester
University of Stellenbosch
Johan H Venter
Cape Town Metropolitan
ITS (Pty) Ltd
Arcus Gibb (Pty) Ltd
Daan van der Merwe
Gauteng Department of Public
Transport and Roads
Department of transport
Mouchel Parkman (UK)
Extracted from text ... Text Kollan Pillay084email@example.com
Message from the chairman of the Transportation Division
THIS ISSUE OF Civil Engineering features Transportation. In the September 2004 issue, I referred to the role of the Transportation Profession of South Africa in the next ten years of democracy. This year I want to challenge you as an individual to participate and to build the profession in South Africa.
KEY FOCUS AREAS
The SAICE Transportation Division is the professional home of traffic and transportation engineers, technicians, and technologists. I am grateful for the voluntary efforts of the committee members and the sponsorship of their respective ..
Extracted from text ... 6 Siviele Ingenieurswese | September 2005 ON 2 JULY 2005, the Gauteng Premier, Mr Mbhazima Shilowa, announced that the Bombela Consortium had been selected as the preferred bidder on the Gautrain Project. The announcement followed an ex-tended bidding period with best-and-fi nal offers submitted early this year by Bombela and Gauliwe, and a comprehensive evalu- ation of these. It also followed a number of milestones in the approval process for the project. The Gautrain Project is one of the largest and probably most exciting transportation projects in South Africa today. The project has a number of important strategic objec-tives. It will ..
Extracted from text ... 10 Siviele Ingenieurswese | September 2005 MANKIND IN MOTION The immediate diffi culty with a long-term view of history is to know where to start. But a good start would be the Garden of Eden about 200 000 years ago. Now, the garden has been described as 'a place of indolence and ignorance from which it was imperative to escape in order to work and learn'. And although it must be said that the method of exit was somewhat odd, as has been pointed out, the escape seems to have led to better things for some but not for others. Be ..
Extracted from text ... 16 Siviele Ingenieurswese | September 2005 THE MENLYN NODE in the east of Pretoria is experiencing signifi cant levels of develop- ment and severe levels of traffi c congestion. The eastern suburbs are popular residential areas and are also sought after for com- mercial and business developments. Rapid development in the area has resulted in severe levels of congestion to the extent that further growth is hampered by insuffi cient road capacity. The Menlyn node is bounded roughly by the N1 Eastern Bypass, Atterbury Road, General Louis Botha Drive and Garstfontein Road. The node currently comprises ap- proximately 400 000 m2 ..
Extracted from text ... Text Alex van NiekerkSanral
Freeway management project
THE SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION on Gauteng freeways has a negative effect on productivity, the running costs of vehicles, the time people spend with their families, and the environment. More often than not, it is too costly to provide additional road capacity within the restricted space and alternative solutions must be explored to optimise congestion management.
Another important aspect in the management of freeways and congestion is the management of incidents such as crashes or breakdowns. Speed of response to an accident has a direct influence on the safety of people ..
Extracted from text ... Text H J Stander BKS, Bellville
W J Pienaar Department of Logistics, University of Stellenbosch
References available on request
Road cost allocation
in South Africa
PREVIOUS EFFORTS to highlight how road users have become tax milk cows have indicated that trucks might not be carrying the proportion of the road costs that they cause when compared with cars. This is largely due to the costly impact of trucks on road pavements (even when trucks are legally loaded, that is, not overloaded) and to their road safety implications. It was concluded that a more equitable user charge for trucks is ..
Extracted from text ... Text Dr Johann AndersenMD of TechsoImmediate past president of SASITS firstname.lastname@example.org
Smart solutions for new world economies
THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL conference of the South African Society for Intelligent Transport Systems (SASITS), held from 10 to 13 May in Cape Town, has raised hopes for addressing various transport challenges that face South Africa.
ITS is an interdisciplinary profession that developed from the convergence of traffic engineering, information technology and telecommunication. It arose from the dire need to look at the world's growing transportation problems with fresh eyes.
The focus of the conference was to promote the deployment of ..
Extracted from text ... Text Skhumbuzo MacozomaDepartment of Transport
Improving efficiency in the movement of cargo on roads through overload control
Vehicle operational costs (R/km)
ROAD DAMAGE caused by heavy vehicle overloading in South Africa is costing the country an estimated R600-800 million per annum. In addition, transport costs incurred by road users as a result of bad roads is estimated to amount to billions per annum.
Accelerated road damage has a ripple effect that negatively impacts on the economy. For instance:
A damaged road poses a hazard to road users and increases the risk of accidents accidents increase the burden ..
Extracted from text ... LAUNCHED IN 2002, the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) Focus Group Centre for Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Conservation (COSHEC) opened the door to wide-ranging reforms designed to install global standards of health, safety and environmental conservation in South Africa's bituminous products industry.
As a result of South Africa's re-integration into the world community in the 1990s, many of these reforms, and the development of new laws relating to health, safety and environmental (HSE) issues, have been influenced by law in foreign jurisdictions and international legal standards.
Sabita's executive director, Piet Myburgh, said that inherent in the pursuit of global ..
Extracted from text ... Civil Engineering | September 2005 33
WHEN SOUTH AFRICA's public transport
system was established, accessiblity for passengers
with disabilities was not a factor.
This is evident from even a casual inspec-
tion of our public transport facilities and
vehicles. Gaining access to commuter rail
stations generally requires commuters to
climb stairs into the building and then to
ascend/descend a long fl ight of stairs to and
from an overbridge to reach the platform.
To gain access to buses passengers must
climb three or more steps and negotiate a
change in direction, while gaining access to
minibus taxis means that other ..
Extracted from text ... 34 Siviele Ingenieurswese | September 2005
JAN VAN RIEBEECK, the fellow who was dumped on the shores of Table Bay in April 1652 and told to supply passing ships with fresh vegetables and other provisions, had to get timber from up Kirstenbosch way. So on 26 May 1653 he built a two-wheeled carpenter's cart on which he balanced the trees and things, and on 30 May 'in order that the cart may run over the road more easily, others were sent with picks, mattock, shovels and spades to level the road somewhat, being rather uneven'. To supplement their praiseworthy construction ..
Extracted from text ... UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE training in trans-
portation engineering in the Department of Civil and Biosystems
Engineering at the University of Pretoria is continuing with ever
increasing numbers. This bodes well for an industry that is suf-
fering from shortages in skilled human resources.
Recent research has made signifi cant contributions to solving
burning issues. A brief description and some of the main outcomes
are given below.
Modelling car ownership in post-apartheid South Africa
Being able to predict trends in car ownership and use is important
for local authorities in planning for road and public transport
provision in our congested cities. ..
Extracted from text ... Transportation Division honours Olaus van Zyl
THE CHAIRMAN'S AWARD for Meritorious Service to the transportation engineering profession was awarded to Olaus van Zyl, CEO of BKS, earlier this year.
In accepting the award, Van Zyl said: 'In my career in this profession of nearly 30 years (excluding my excursion of eight years into another arena) it was always a pleasure to go to work and even to work long hours. This is so because of the very interesting projects and challenges and the nice people you work with, even though it is not a profession you can get rich from.' ..