Who planned, designed and constructed Hitler's gas chambers?
Being an avid amateur musician, I have been fortunate, on occasion, to engage with world-renowned musicians at an intimate level. A few years ago I befriended one - Ricky Lawson. Grammy award winning Lawson collaborated with artists like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston.
Inspiring! That was how the Civilution Congress audience experienced the closing address by Bobby Godsell (NPC Commissioner and former CEO of AngloGold Ashanti) when he spoke not only to their minds, but also to their hearts.
The Civilution Congress was a joint effort between various voluntary and industry bodies within the built environment, including the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers. The following article is an excerpt from the well-received presentation that Dr Pat Naidoo, President of SAIEE, made at the Congress.
The completion at Kusile of the material handling 'design and construct' project marks the first completion of a works package at the power station. This project, which included six fly ash silos, two coal silos, the ash-conditioning building and a fly ash sump, was undertaken by the Kusile Silos Joint Venture - a joint venture between Stefanutti Stocks, WBHO and Basil Read, with Stefanutti Stocks leading the project.
Adjudication, as a method of resolving construction disputes in the South African construction industry, has been around for over 15 years. Although there has been some limited institutional intervention in the implementation of adjudication across construction contracts (for example through the efforts of the Construction Industry Development Board, or CIDB), it is, in practice, still a purely contractual dispute resolution process.
The South African construction industry, like that in many other countries, uses guarantees as security for the payment of compensation. Guarantees can be used to secure performance of the obligations of the employer or the contractor under the underlying construction contract. Because they are far more common, only those securing performance of the contractor's obligations are considered here.
The courts have, at least since Duppa v Mayo, been burdened with the problems arising out of a party's delay in the performance of its obligations in law. Lowsley and Linnett (2006) support the contention that the majority of contracts are plagued by delays and/or disruptions (DD), which are a continuing source of disputes, many of which are resolved by the courts. The various standard suites of contracts have contractual provisions for the management and administration of time, resources and the programme of the works (traditional project management). However, these measures are, in many instances, not conducive to the economic and expeditious resolution of DD disputes. This article examines the manner in which certain project management functions can contribute to the efficient resolution of disputes.
A new bulk liquid terminal, referred to as Berth 208, has been constructed in the Port of Richards Bay. The berth is located next to a natural heritage site consisting of an ecologically sensitive mangrove area, referred to as the eChwebeni Site of Conservation Significance. The environmental impact assessment for Berth 208 identified potential negative impacts on this site in the form of increased shoreline erosion.
The maintenance required to maintain the integrity of the yard has been severe over the years, due to the very sharp radius of the balloon lines, the wear on the rails and the forces between the wheel and track. Very often, the maintenance required renders one of the balloon lines out of service, which results in congestion on the operating balloon line.
In its capacity as the consulting engineering and project management service provider to the Umgeni Interchange upgrade project, Hatch Goba is playing an instrumental role in easing severe congestion along the N2 highway in Durban.
The Cornubia Precinct is a joint venture of Tongaat Hulett Developments and the eThekwini Municipality, and aims at developing a mixed-use urban settlement comprising a range of complementary land uses such as industrial, commercial and residential. The project is located within the Northern Corridor of Durban, approximately 25 km from the Durban CBD and 7 km south of the new King Shaka International Airport. The project sits adjacent to Umhlanga in the east, Mount Edgecombe in the south, Ottawa in the west and Waterloo in the north, bordered by the N2 freeway, M41 arterial and the Ohlanga River.
The Concrete Institute receives many enquiries on testing of concrete, mostly about testing for compressive strength. From these it would appear that many in the construction industry do not fully understand the importance of testing, the significance of test procedures and the interpretation of test results.
Our conduct as project managers or material and service suppliers cannot be allowed to regress because we work in the difficult conditions of Africa, where language, customs, corruption, lack of resources and facilities are foreign and difficult.
Echo Prestress hollow-core concrete slabs, in combination with structural steel frames and raft foundations, were used for the fast-track construction of a new office development at Clearwater Estate in Boksburg.
A new concrete retaining wall block - Aveng Manufacturing Infraset's splitface Terrace Blok® 300 - has enjoyed a spectacular launch at the Olivedale Retirement Village, currently under construction in Olivedale, Johannesburg.
Arnot chimney stack rehabilitation takes safety to new heights
Architects plumb for Uni-Ecolok permeable paving system
World-class roof features prominently on new community pavilion
Robor launches app for the steel industry
New revolutionary eToolKit from SAISC
AfriSam launches a business development centre in support of SMME growth
Khi solar tower - Sika rises to the occasion
Faster bolting systems from Power Team help SA prepare for wind farms
Going the extra mile to get the job done
SAICE member to lead transportation division at UWP Consulting
Well-known in SAICE circles for his book The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes, and for his articles in Civil Engineering, Dr Graham Ross, highly accomplished padmaker and SAICE Honorary Fellow, turned 90 on 18 July.
Fifty-four new and revised standards of the sixty-five SANS 3001 series of standards covering civil engineering test methods have been published and are now available from the SABS web store (www.store.sabs.co.za).
Ntseuoa Motsieloa's story began in the small rural village of Ha Khanyetsi located at the foot of the Maluti Mountains in Maseru, Lesotho. His early life in these modest surroundings saw him attending St Benedict's Primary School in the mornings, and afternoons herding his father's cattle.