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Liquid nitrogen system

By: System Author     16th July 1999 GAS equipment manufacturer Fedgas has been commissioned to install a liquid nitrogen system to cool concrete at the Paris dam site near Vryheid, Kwazulu-Natal. The contract was awarded by Stocks Structures, a division of Stocks Civil Engineering in the face of stiff competition. Cost-effective... 

Privatisation looms for 200 world airports

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is poised to take advantage of the 200 airports that will be up for privatisation around the world within the next ten years, through the formation of strategic alliances. This was revealed at the release of the company’s annual results where Acsa... 

SA gets R3m project to revitalise Zambia

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A R3-million project funded by the World Bank to develop an infrastructural, capital-investment and urban-management programme in Zambia has been awarded to South African firm Scott Wilson. Zambian cities have suffered urban-infrastructure decay over a prolonged period and, as a result,... 

US$25bn global technology company formed

By: System Author     16th July 1999 International companies Honeywell and AlliedSignal have signed a merger agreement that will create a global technology company with revenues of US$25-billion and product leadership across a wide range of industries. The merger combines two global companies to create a Fortune 50 company that... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Is there an engineer available in the house?

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Martin Gottlieb is an engineer. He is also president of the American Institute of Engineers, and he currently has a mission. He is looking for a new name for ‘engineer’. Actually he is looking for a synonym. Gottlieb says doctors can be called physicians, lawyers can be called... 

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

Computer model used

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Developments in the field of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided modelling show remarkable results in the development of the structural design of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, reports Lillicrap Crutchfield design engineer Con Strydom. The consulting civil and structural engineering... 

Big contract for fledgeling firm

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Fledgeling Gauteng architectural firm Paragon is making inroads into the South African building-design market after being contracted to design one of the first buildings to be established at the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, reports architect Henning Rasmuss. The company, which was... 

A merry band of architects

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘designed space’ concept of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is once more drawing attention to street fa 

R2,5m electronic management contract

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Johannesburg company Intertech Systems and its implementation partner, ISIS Information Systems, have been awarded a R2,5-million Mozal contract for the supply of an operational electronic document management system (EDMS) for the new aluminium smelter in Mozambique. “Integraph’s... 

Contract strategy slashes costs

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Alliancing, a contract strategy not well known in South Africa, but applied successfully on mega projects in the global oil and gas industry, is working well for Mossgas and Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), the programme manager for the EM gasfield development in the Bredasdorp basin. In... 

Presentation skills are the key to maintaining good business relations

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Looking into the twenty-first century, the challenge to marketers will be to find innovative and strategic ways of marketing their products. This rapid change is making companies relook at their marketing strategies. Focused marketing support and innovative tactics will become increasingly... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

One of South Africa’s first private universities

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The marketplace desperately needs people who are well qualified and who have the necessary practical skills. Skills-orientated education in South Africa received a big boost when Midrand Campus started operating as a university from January. Current and prospective students have the opportunity... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

This is the banquet tent that engineers built

By: System Author     25th June 1999 While politicians were caught in a race to obtain the most votes at the polls in the June election, the engineers of Arup Consulting Engineers of Durban and Johannesburg were racing against time to design and construct a tent to be used for the formal inauguration banquet. The project, which took... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

Top marks for practical-training facility

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Engineering students from the Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) are the first in what is sure to be a long line of university engineering students to make use of Amalgamated Beverage Indus-tries’ (ABI’s) technical training facility on the West Rand to augment their theoretical knowledge... 

Internet is new teacher

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The department of mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch has been offering Master’s degree programmes and individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television since the beginning of this year. This is the first time Master’s degree... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Directors could be liable for pollution

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOUTH African directors have entered a new era in which their responsibilities have been extended from not merely producing maximum profits for the company, but also exercising care and skill when making decisions on behalf of the company. This was the message from Van Onselen O’Connell... 

Peruvian flag carrier to fly again?

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PERU’S erstwhile national airline, Aeroperu, may fly again following a decision by US carrier Continental Airlines to take a 49% share in the bankrupt company, reveals Aeroperu president Roberto Abusada. He did not, however, reveal how much this investment would cost Continental, but... 

Official accreditation body

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The University of pretoria’s graduate school of management is a leader in logistics, and has just become the official accreditation body in South Africa on behalf of the European Certification Board for Logistics. “We have taken the lead to implement value-chain optimisation at Sappi... 

Softer-skills fall in training spotlight

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A general consensus among management sees being able to maintain one’s competitive edge in most industries today as becoming increasingly difficult. Progressive companies are realising that their staff are their competitive edge in today’s volatile socio-economic work environment. So... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

Total quality model for business urged

By: System Author     18th June 1999 uality of products and services, as well as competi- tiveness, are not determined by a country, but by the companies within the country – multinationals such as vehicle manufacturers have proved this by maintaining a single standard at their operations in First World and Third World... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

On a roll for 25 years

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Established in Durban 25 years ago as a one-stop bearing company, Bearing Man has extended its operation significantly to become what it claims is Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, seals, power transmission components, industrial gearboxes and belting. “Bearing Man’s... 

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