The tallest mining headgear in the world, a 515 m long tunnel under the sea, two innovative pedestrian bridges (one equal to the longest in the world), an upgraded soccer stadium stand, and a 'world first' in railway sleepers are among the impressive concrete construction projects and concepts that have won 2007 Fulton awards.
The prestigious Fulton awards are presented every two years by the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) for excellence in the use of concrete in five categories : Civil Engineering Projects, Building Projects, Design Aspects, Construction Techniques, and Aesthetic Appeal. This year's awards - which included a Fulton Award in a special category - were made on 9 June at a gala banquet at the Champagne Sports resort in the Drakensberg. The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) is the anchor sponsor of the awards.
Civil engineering contractors are nothing if not resourceful and each project brings new challenges that test their expertise. The civil works required at the Sishen Expansion Project (SEP), near Kathu in the Northern Cape, were no exception and complex, massive structures led joint venture partners Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering and Murray & Roberts Construction to come up with some innovative solutions.
Murray & Roberts Construction brings together a combination of engineering disciplines and expertise that ensure the delivery of world-class solutions to customers across the broad spectrum of building and industrial civils.
Werner Schiess has designed and procured support and formwork for 27 years in the civil engineering field and has worked for companies such as Group 5 and Gillis-Mason / M & R. He would like to create an awareness and share some thoughts on this exciting subject with the younger generation. Werner feels that this aspect of civil engineering is not given the prominence it deserves. Yet if anything ever collapses during construction, it is normally due to people's ignorance in this field.
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