Maccaferri SA (Pty) Ltd, manufacturer of double-twist mesh used in the production of gabions, mattresses, geosynthetics, rockfall mitigation, MSEW solutions and other engineering products, has changed its name and is now trading as Maccaferri Africa (since January 2014).
Prokon Software Consultants was founded in 1989 by structural engineers Karl Eschberger and Jacques Pienaar. Leading up to this time, they realised that structural analysis and design software had the potential to change the structural engineering sector.
Sika's carbon fibre plates became a feasible option when the R43 route between Worcester and Wolseley, in the Western Cape, was recently upgraded and widened. The contract necessitated the widening of the existing bridges, which includes the Jan du Toit River Bridge. The bridge consists of three 9.8 m spans and required widening of about three metres on either side of the deck.
Atlas Copco to launch mobile equipment for 'opening holes' in mines
DPI trading 'mussels' in on sustainable aqua farming
Fiberite launches Africa's first composite manhole covers
World-class waterproofing solutions from Mapei
The role of synthetic fibres in concrete
Polyurea comes to the fore in SA construction industry
Ministers commission two major investor projects at Coega
Vacuum cleaning at Tutuka power station
OSH specialists under one roof at OSH Expo Africa
Saice fellow appointed as new MD of Bosch Stemele
It is remarkable how age does not deter civil engineers from remaining active in, or associated with, their profession far beyond 'normal' retirement. On page 19 of this edition we profiled an inspiring geotechnical engineer who will be turning 90 this year, and on these following pages (pp 70-73) we introduce a few more of our 'golden oldies'.
For many young SAICE members their first experience of SAICE was when they were awarded a SPEBS bursary. In most cases that bursary made the difference between becoming a qualified person with usable skills, or never achieving that dream. And in many instances that bursary served as a launch pad into a lifetime of learning.
When you are stopped at a traffic light, you might be wondering how long it is going to take until the signal turns green. Will you have enough time to read a text message that you got (although illegal), or will you have enough time to take a sip of your drink? Well, the Enlighten App, developed by Green Driver Inc, does just that. The app predicts when the signal is going to turn green. Then, a few seconds before it turns green, the app chimes to notify the driver that the light is about to change.
SAFCEC, which was founded in 1939 as the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors to support established and emerging contractors, has changed its name to the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, still under the acronym SAFCEC.