SAICE developed and published two Infrastructure Report Cards (IRCs) in 2006 and 2011 respectively. In 2011 the SAICE Council approved the establishment of an Infrastructure Panel which would incorporate the Infrastructure Report Card. The goal of the Panel is to increase awareness of the importance of economic and social infrastructure, and the associated roles of engineering and built environment professionals.
Following on the preceding two articles about SAICE's liaison with other engineering bodies on the African continent, GIBB has contributed a brief overview of their involvement in current developments in Nigeria's Port Harcourt.
Power plants can experience difficulties in complying with environmental regulations when recirculation causes an increase in temperature levels at the plant intake. Recirculation occurs when the outfall and intake of the plant are located too close to each other, and the prevailing wind, currents and stratification prevent effective dispersion of the effluent plume. A recirculation assessment is able to quantify the amount of recirculation and identify the measures to minimise recirculation.
Located in the heart of the Seychelles, just 200 m from the capital island of Mahé, sits Eden Island, a man-made marina development which comprises a selection of upmarket residences, amenities, a retail centre and the 90-key Eden Bleu Hotel. This 56 ha, US$380 million development is currently in the last phase of construction and was the winner of the Virgin Atlantic award in the 2013-2014 African Property Awards. Built on reclaimed coral reef, the development's design elements were chosen to reflect the Seychelles' local culture and natural surroundings, and residences range from waterfront apartments and double-storey maisons, to villas. The adjacent Eden Island International Marina is also one of the few island marinas in the world able to house super yachts. On the next few pages some of the key players involved in the project share aspects of the structural, infrastructure and project management components of the project with us.
This is the fifth in a series of articles on Dispute Boards (DBs) and is Part 1 on the dispute avoidance role of a DB. It describes the evolution of the dispute avoidance role of DBs and the avoidance provisions found in commonly used standard form conditions of contract and DB rules. The need for dispute avoidance and the avoidance role of DBs in practice will be dealt with in future articles. The first four articles (introductory and parts 1, 2 and 3 on the operation of a DB) appeared in the August, September, October and November 2014 issues of Civil Engineering.
M&D Construction, also known as Murray & Dickson Construction, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. In an industry that is littered with company failures and insolvencies, this is no mean feat. The last five years have been particularly telling in the construction sector, with many major- and medium-sized companies being forced to close shop.
Elematic South Africa (ESA) is doubling its output capacity with the construction of a second manufacturing plant. The operation, which currently has eight 120 m long extruder beds in its existing factory, will add another eight with the construction of the new factory. The new plant is expected to be ready for production early in 2015.
Kaytech has recently signed a distributorship agreement with Concrete Canvas® to supply Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats into the South African civil engineering industry, including road and rail applications. Concrete Canvas® is used specifically for the lining of culverts, channels, slope protection, and remediation of existing concrete structures.
Bicycling as a mode of transport has its benefits, including improved physical health, reduced traffic congestion and reduced air pollution, among other benefits. Over the last few years, the trend has been changing to prioritise pedestrians and bicycles over private car usage. Cities across the world are now removing travel lanes for cars and replacing them with lanes for public transport, bicycles and pedestrian infrastructure. In the process of providing the necessary infrastructure to support bicycling, cities have had to come up with bold and innovative ideas to overcome some of the challenges. This article describes a few of these innovative ideas at work, pertaining to bicycle infrastructure.
Due to a misunderstanding the names of the following two compilers of the obituary for Dr Slavik were unfortunately omitted: Gerhard de Wet (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hein Stander (email@example.com).