This roads project in Cornelia was part of the second phase of the Township Revitalisation Programme, which is an initiative of the Free State Department of Public Works. The town of Cornelia is situated in the north-eastern Free State and is part of the Mafube Local Municipality, which in turn is situated in the Fezile Dabi District Municipality.
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort is a prestigious development on Saadiyat Island, 500 m off the coast of the capital city of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi's Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) is in the process of transforming the 27 km2 island into a signature tourist, leisure, residential and cultural destination.
Ideally located on Saadiyat Beach, the St Regis Resort and precinct form part of a master plan, which will eventually see the island become home to the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi museums.
The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat contracted Aurecon in association with Cape Consult to prepare a regional Transport Strategy and a regional Road Sector Development Programme. The objective was to identify regional priorities for transport sector development for the medium-term in line with EAC development goals.
Arranging a conference about the future of steel in construction felt like a good idea, yet the overwhelming response from speakers around the world still surprised - and encouraged - us. More than 24 of the leading international authorities on various aspects of steel will feature on the programme, together with top South African speakers.
The SAICE executive board has taken note of the contents of the abovementioned two articles, to which members and readers had responded in various manners. The issue was subsequently discussed at the 20 November meeting of the Board, and it was resolved to issue a formal statement to ensure that members are made aware of SAICE's official standpoint.
I found the article in the October 2012 edition of Civil Engineering (p 31) on the effect of densification very interesting. It would seem that the City of Cape Town's commission only addressed the water and wastewater networks. A further and potentially more problematic service needs to be considered in a city's quest for densification, and that is the stormwater network.
Studies conducted by various departments within the engineering sector, in collaboration with the National Department of Public Works and the Association of Engineering Geologists, indicate that 25% of Gauteng is located on dolomite-based land.
The spirit of recognising talent and research at the CSIR, the coveted 2012 JD Roberts Award recently went to CSIR Built Environment's Dr Kevin Wall, for his leading role in developing innovative solutions for alternative housing, infrastructure asset management and the maintenance of sanitation systems. The celebratory event was held at the CSIR Conference Centre on 25 September 2012.
A minimum strength for single test results is an essential part of any specification for the strength of concrete. Attempts to change specifications to avoid the necessity of enforcing a minimum for single results have failed. A great deal of superfluous sophistication has been used in these attempts. If use is made of the minimum acceptable strength for single results it is possible to draw up a specification which is reasonable and simple to understand. Published results have been analysed in order to support proposals for a specification similar in most respects to that of the ACI Standard Building Code.
Acceptance control is used by the client to determine whether a product manufactured for him by the contractor, conforms to specifications. As the quantity of concrete produced for road pavements is normally high a large amount of concrete is judged each day. The acceptance plan or criteria used should therefore be fair and accurate.