oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Franki makes piling history on GFIP bridges : on the cover



Big structures, like towers, skyscrapers and bridges attract a great deal of attention. The Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Burj Dubai and, closer to home, the Sentech (Brixton) Tower and the Nelson Mandela Bridge are iconic in their representation of what architects, engineers and contractors can accomplish. But the awe of these structures is confined to their visual spectacle. Little thought is given to those critical feats of engineering where the end product is hidden, quite literally, beneath the surface. This is the domain in which Franki Africa works. The company's ingenious foundation solutions for a wide variety of structures, including its work on numerous bridges for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), have earned Franki the respect of its professional peers. While the structures themselves are dramatic, only a few will take note of the world-class geotechnical solutions provided by Franki, including, on some of them, a unique Franki solution - the Odex Percussion or Rotapile.


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