Jeffares & Green consulting engineers was the recipient of two prestigious Fulton Awards.
Jeffares & Green's winning projects were both pedestrian bridges. The Mkomaas River Bridge (commissioned by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport) won the Design Aspects category and the Bosmansdam Road Bridge (commissioned by the Western Cape Provincial Administration) won the Aesthetic Appeal category.
Scanning the Durban skyline five years ago, one would have been hard pressed to spot a solitary tower crane. How this has changed! from the top floor of consulting engineering firm Goba's offices on the La Lucia Ridge, a total of 14 tower cranes are now in clear view, and this is only looking northwards. In summary, Durban is booming!
Repairing a national road where traffic is travelling past at high speed, weather conditions change suddenly and the gradients are often steep made for a challenging project but nothing out of the ordinary for an experienced contractor like Rand Roads - a specialised subsidiary of Grinaker-LTA Roads and Earthworks. However, because of the high traffic volumes and heavy loads being transported on the N3 Toll Route, a specially developed asphalt was specified for these repairs.
In 2002 Trueman Goba became SAICE's first black president. Trueman is perhaps best remembered for being one of the kindest, politest and humblest presidents ever gracing SAICE's stage. He dedicated his compassionate and visionary presidential address, aptly titled Bridging the gap through transformation, to 'every individual who [has] contributed in whatever way towards us becoming a tolerant and open society'. The essence of that address still holds true today and we trust that this excerpt from his address - translated into isiZulu by Trueman himself - will serve as a source of inspiration, particularly to our younger members.
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At a glittering event held in the Sandton Convention Centre on 7 November, SAICE's magazine, Civil Engineering, won the coveted 2007 PICA Award for the best magazine in the category Construction, Engineering and Related Industries.
Civil Engineering Magazine is considerably enhanced by the value that our members put on the title and the relationship that our readers have with SAICE, particularly with what they regard as 'their' magazine.
In August the Institution received notification that the Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (the SAICE Journal) had been selected for coverage in the Science Citation Index Expanded (generally referred to as an ISI-listing) and that indexing would begin later in 2007. International accreditation of this nature has huge significance for the Institution and for the status of its technical journal, as researchers of note usually only submit to internationally accredited journals.
At the SAICE council meeting of 3 October 2007 Seetella Makhetha, chairman of the Membership Committee, jokingly urged members to 'toi-toi for SAICE', thereby demonstrating their 'addiction' to their professional home.
Transport is the motor of the economy, but it comes at a price. According to the International Road federation (2006), South Africa has the highest number of road fatalities per 100 000 inhabitants in the world. Anybody who travels during peak hour knows about congestion and emissions contribute towards brown haze and global warming.
As part of the social investment of this project, classrooms are erected on site to introduce and train youngsters in engineering related skills. Site visits to various areas currently under construction were conducted.
As a result of feasibility studies carried out by the Industrial Development Corporation and several international aluminium producers it was decided in 1967 to establish an aluminium smelter in the Republic, thus leading to the birth of Alusaf (Pty) Limited. The smelter was to have an initial rated capacity of 50 000 t of primary aluminium per annum. During the entire construction and erection period the shortage of materials skilled labourers, artisans and transport facilities was a national problem. In spite of the many adverse factors the planned start up date of the reduction plant could be met and the first aluminium was produced at Richards Bay at the beginning of May 1971 which was only four years after it was decided to establish an aluminium smelter in South Africa. The total capital required to bring this plant into operation was almost R60 million.
Major earthworks often expose sloped areas where soil conditions are unfavourable for grass growth. Because of the excessive costs of protecting these relatively steep areas from erosion with pbysical structures, specialized treatments have been developed to aid the establishment of a protective vegetative cover. These methods are descriptionbed, together with a break-down of costs. The final choice of method will depend on local objectives, agronomic factors and direct and indirect costs.