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Civil Engineering and Construction

Amended building legislation drives energy efficiency

By: Natalie Greve     11th November 2011 The National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, of 1977, has been amended to introduce legislation that calls for more energy efficient construction technologies and building methods, and requires building projects to meet certain sustainability criteria. 

SA construction needs momentum

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Despite the impact of the economic downturn and the slow pace of the economic recovery, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG’s fifth ‘Global Construction Survey’, which was released in January, shows that many global engineering and construction companies have a cautiously optimistic... 

Partnering key to economic growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) and its members will, this year, assist in the growth of the country’s economy by ‘partnering for growth’ and fully backing the New Economic Growth Path for South Africa, which was tabled by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel in 2010. 

Construction amendments to enhance industry safety 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 The implementation of the latest amendments to the Construction Regulations of 2003, which are expected to be promulgated by May, could have a positive effect on safety in the construction industry, training company KBC Health & Safety (KBC) operations director Norman Hartman tells Engineering News. 

Construction group sets safety record

11th February 2011 The Civils Division of civil engineering and construction group Basil Read has, for the first time on any project, achieved a three-million lost time injury- (LTI-) free hours safety record. 

Construction firm unveils fatal risk control protocol campaign

11th February 2011 Construction firm Concor Group has unveiled its fatal risk control protocol (FRCP) campaign, which is anticipated to further improve the safety performances throughout the group. 

New civil engineering design system launched 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Integrated software solutions company Knowledge Base is in the process of rolling out its new software solution platform, Civil Designer 2011, across Africa, following a launch at an Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa conference, in October. 

Heavy-duty machine supplier expanding its markets

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Hyundai machine supplier and maintenance service provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa is continually expanding its footprint in the southern African market by extending its equipment range and targeting specialised markets. 

Utility detection and mapping facility introduced

11th February 2011 Municipal operations and maintenance management company Munitech’s leak-detection department is introducing a new specialist utility detection and mapping facility. 

First GMBA students graduate

11th February 2011 The Gauteng Master Builders Association’s (GMBA’s) 2010 intake of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) cadets will be the first to qualify with the South African Qualifications Authority-registered National Certificate: Construction Health and Safety National Qualifications Framework Level 3,... 

Technology ensures sustainability of construction designs

11th February 2011 Heavy investment in South African infrastructure is key to ensure that the country is able to support a sustainable, growing economy that encourages foreign investment, says engineering, project management and business management services provider Electrical Engineering Solutions MD Bradley... 

Wastewater treatment infrastructure to benefit from improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 While some parts of South Africa’s wastewater treatment infrastructure can be considered as being in an excellent condition, further improvements could lead to greater operational efficiency and cost savings, believes engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon. 

Closing the skills gap

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 Engineering and management consultancy firm Arup South Africa, which launched the Arup Education Trust (AET) in January, has announced the 12 tertiary and 30 high school beneficiaries of a collective R1-million full-time education sponsorship for this year. 

Call for bitumen to be declared a strategic mineral resource

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th February 2011 A possible solution to the reoccurring bitumen shortages for the economic and infrastructure developments in South Africa is to have the product declared a strategic mineral resource, rather than a commodity, says asphalt manufacturer Much Asphalt CEO Phillip Hechter. 

Survey points to concerns on proposed accounting rule changes

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG's international global construction survey, ‘Navigating the storm: Charting a path to recovery?' reports that the construction industry globally is concerned over the proposed accounting rule changes on the timing of revenue recognition. The changes proposed by... 

contractor reduces 
lost-time injury frequency rate

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Civil engineering contractor Concor Civils MD Graham Browne says that the company’s lost-time injury frequency rate is currently more than five times lower than industry averages five years ago.

He says that achieving such statistics in the construction industry a few years ago was unheard of... 

Improving SA's maintenance programmes critical

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Fears are that, if maintenance programmes are not properly implemented in provincial and municipal infrastructure - particularly in the roads and the water and sanitation sectors, South Africa's maintenance issues will turn into reconstruction issues. This challenge is also fuelled by the lack of... 

Emergency programmes under way to assist municipalities

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Engineering and environmental consultants SSI has devised a number of emergency projects to assist the municipalities of the southern Cape coastal belt, in light of the severe drought that the area is experiencing. SSI communications manager Robin Hayes says that during December, tourists flood... 

SA’s development model reliance may put natural resources at risk

12th February 2010 South Africa’s development model, which relies heavily on new municipal infrastructure development to fuel economic growth and boost service delivery, risks being unsustainable and putting the country’s natural resources at risk, said Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa)... 

Business Leader Zulch Lötter

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Full Name: Johannes Bernard Zulch Lötter
Position: President, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) and MD, UWP Consulting

Main Activity of the Company: Cesa aims to create a healthy business environment for its members, while simultaneously campaigning for the operation, maintenance and... 

report points to water shortages in SA by 2030

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 A recent global water report released in Washington states that South Africa is heading for a significant water shortfall of between 17% and 30% by 2030. The country will need to invest at least R2,8-billion a year, in real terms, over a three-year period to prevent shortages, says construction... 

Precast sewerage pipes supplied to wastewater project

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Manufacturer of precast concrete infrastructural products Rocla, which is part of the Murray & Roberts group, is manufacturing precast concrete sewer- age pipes for the second phase of the Paarl wastewater project, in Cape Town. 

Further contraction of civils industry expected in 2010

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 The South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) reports that the civils industry is expected to contract by about 10% in real terms this year, with possible mitigation from existing projects. Safcec senior economist Pierre Blaauw attributes this to the unwinding of... 

Business conditions threaten contractors

13th February 2009 Results of the Business Conditions Survey conducted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) states that contractors are reporting worsening business conditions. 

Contactor tackles testing bridge jacking project

13th February 2009 Specialist geotechnical engineering contractor Esor is tackling a challenging bridge contract on a South African National Roads Agency Limited project, located on the western extension of the N17, linking the Nasrec road to the Soweto highway. 

Institute training to include laboratory personnel

13th February 2009 The need for more durable structures in South Africa has prompted the Cement & Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) School of Concrete Technology to expand the training it offers to laboratory testing personnel. 

Geotechnical company overcomes tough 
dolomitic conditions

13th February 2009 Accustomed to overcoming tough geotechnical challenges, geotechnical engineering contractors Franki Africa has provided an innovative solution for the Gautrain rapid-rail project’s viaducts in the Centurion area. 

First phase of bulk water supply project completed

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Consulting engineering and project management company SSI's Lowlands Water joint venture (JV), successfully completed the first phase of the Lesotho Lowlands bulk water supply project during the last quarter of 2008, SSI group communications manager Robin Hayes tells Engineering News. 

Steel raised to new heights on Gautrain cranes

13th February 2009 International crane company Morris Cranes has joined with construction solutions company, the Cosira Group, to manufacture and erect gantries required for cranes servicing the Gautrain project. 

Africa's first luffing jib potain crane delivered

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Construction materials handling equipment supplier, SA French, handed over the first tower crane company Potain's luffing jib tower crane to reach African soil to multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA's Old Mutual Parkade project at the end of last year. 

New England interchange wins technical excellence award

13th February 2009 A project to upgrade the New England road Interchange on the N3 freeway in the Pietermaritzburg area has won an award for technical excellence from the local branch of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice). 

Big projects protect company through economic crisis

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Construction company Barrow Construction CEO John Barrow says that while the company is concerned that the global economic slowdown could affect the company's project pipeline, it is busy with a fair number of big projects from 2008, that will run into the second half of 2009. 

Robust pipeline for company despite economic slowdown 

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Engineering consultant Arcus Gibb's project pipeline for 2009 is expected to continue to be robust says Arcus Gibb CEO Richard Vries. 

Infrastructure maintenance failures a growing concern - Saice

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 While the civil engineering industry is currently flourishing there is, nevertheless, growing concern in the industry over the lack of maintenance and upgrading of existing infrastructure, says South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) executive director Dawie Botha. 

Construction group 
involved in freeway project

13th February 2009 Listed construction group, Sanyati Civil Engineering and Construction, is playing a significant role in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project Joint Venture (JV) that is estimated to cost about R300-million over the next 30 months. 

Consulting engineers association to become more vocal

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Voluntary association for independent consulting engineers Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) intends to make its political, social and economic views on infrastructure developments more widely known in the future, says Cesa CEO Graham Pirie. 

Funding breakthrough for artisan development

By: Fatima Gabru     13th February 2009 Skills training and development facilitator the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) has allocated a R45-million funding breakthrough for artisan development, apprenticeship programmes for the construction industry, says Ceta education, training and quality assurance manager Dr... 

Water project promotes women

By: Sylvester Haskins     15th February 2008 The Vaal River Eastern Sub-system Augmentation Project (VRESAP), considered one of the largest water augmentation schemes in South Africa’s recent history, has been used as a pilot model in an empowerment initiative by the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA), and the South Africa... 

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