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Shortlist announced for the Structural Awards 2018

Hosted by iStructE - 20 August 2018
The Structural Awards hosted by the Institute of Structural Engineers (iStructE) are the world's foremost celebration of structural engineers as innovative, creative design professionals and the guardians of public safety. For over 50 years, the Structural Awards have showcased the world's most cut... read more

Moveable bridge installed in London

by Bridge Design & Engineering - 15 August 2018
The 185t deck of a moveable bridge in Canary Wharf in London has been installed after it was transported on a 36-hour voyage across the North Sea from its fabrication site in Belgium. Twin hydraulic cylinders underneath the eastern end of the steel span will raise the deck to allow large vessels ... read more

N2 Wild Coast Road bridge will be the highest in Africa

20 August 2018
The Msikaba and Mtentu Bridges are part of an improvement to the older N2 Wild Coast Toll Road that will be 85 kilometres shorter and 3 hours faster. Mtentu Bridge is scheduled to open as the highest bridge ever built in Africa with a deck height of approximately 223 m. The massive central beam spa... read more

NEW CANAL DISTRICT FOR V&A WATERFRONT

BY BUSINESS REPORT - 11 JANUARY 2016
The new mixed-use V&A Waterfront Canal District straddles both sides of Dock Road and totals 7.6 hectares. It will tie into the arterial route that connects the city centre to the V&A Waterfront, and into the main pedestrian route that runs along Dock Road. The development will include the ... read more

New bridge to improve access to Brackengate 2 logistics park

EDITED BY: CHANEL DE BRUYN CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR DEPUTY EDITOR ONLINE - 24 AUGUST 2018
The bridge, which was completed in August, was built at a cost of R27-million and is expected to further improve access to Brackengate 2 – a logistics and light industrial business park located adjacent to the Shoprite Cilmor distribution centre, in Brackenfell South, Cape Town. With the brid... read more

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

BY: DONALD MAKHAFOLA CREAMER MEDIA REPORTER - 17 AUGUST 2018
With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services. To rea... read more

Builders welcome investigation into late & non-payment of contractors

BY: Nombulelo Manyana for InfrastructureNews.co.za - 31 July 2019
Contractors in the building industry have welcomed the newly-appointed Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia De Lille’s launch of an investigation into the failure by the department to pay them within the stipulated maximum period of 30 days. Click here for the full article.... read more

R28 billion revamp of the N2 and N3

BY: James de Villiers, Business Insider SA - 06 August 2019
Tenders to the value of R8.3 billion will be issued in coming months to start construction on the N3 upgrade project between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said. In total, more than R28 billion will be allocated to upgrade parts of both the N2 ... read more

200 tons of plastic road will be laid on a stretch of the N3 in KwaZulu-Natal

BY: Jay Caboz , Business Insider SA - 08 September 2019
Start from 10 September, 200 tons of "plastic road" is due to be laid on a stretch of the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal. The recycled plastic is used as a binder ingredient in the asphalt and replaces a percentage of costly bitumen, while also diverting waste from landfill. The project is by the sam... read more

Huguenot Tunnel upgrades well under way

BY: Melany Kuhn - 4 September 2019
The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) met with stakeholders earlier this year to present the operational requirements and schedule of the Huguenot Tunnel upgrades and how this would impact the road user. After 31 years of continuous and safe operation, the electrical and mechanical syste... read more

Unique SA bridge awarded 2019's National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark of the Year

BY: Traveller24 - 10 October 2019
The Kaaimansrivier Railway Bridge in Wilderness was built in 1928, ferrying Outeniqua Choo Tjoe passengers to-and-fro across the waters below with breathtaking views of the valley. Unfortunately, floods in 2006 closed down its use and since has stood standstill instead as a tourist attraction rather... read more

Award-winning innovation on the Van Zyl Spruit Bridge

BY: ENTERPRISES UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA - 18 July 2017
Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) has once again been involved in an exciting, award-winning research project. Ms Sarah Skorpen, a senior lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria, was the joint winner of the Innovation in Concrete category at th... read more

Cellular concrete holds potential in South Africa for rapid construction

BY: SCHALK BURGER CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR CONTRIBUTING EDITOR - 17 AUGUST 2018
Lightweight and strong cellular concrete can reduce the time required to build various elements of buildings and houses in South Africa, although it is currently mostly limited to fill-in applications, says cellular concrete firm Lightbuild Technologies Paul Drozdov. To read more follow this link... read more

Transnet & Saldehco to develop SA's first off-shore supply base in Saldanha

By RNEWS.co.za - 24 April 2018
South Africa’s first dedicated and customised facility supporting offshore oil and gas activities will be introduced at the Port of Saldanha. This follows the conclusion of an agreement between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and Saldehco Pty Ltd, which was signed off recently at... read more

Massive investment boost for Saldanha Bay

BY: JOSEPH BOOYSEN - 24 APRIL 2018
Investment in the oil and gas sector set to be worth between R1.8billion and R2.2bn is expected to be generated at the Saldanha Bay industrial development zone (IDZ) following the signing of an agreement that will boost the region’s economy and generate employment for the town. To read more o... read more

New San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge East Span Opens to Traffic

By: WSP USA - 26 November 2013
It's been a long journey from design to completion for the $6.4 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. This video captures the highlights of that journey, from planning and construction, through the unconventional grand opening celebration of this stunning landmark, which will serve the San Franc... read more

R2.2 BILLION TRANSHEX HOUSING PROJECT SET TO ALLEVIATE BACKLOG IN BREEDE RIVER VALLEY

BY: WORCESTER STANDARD - 18 DECEMBER 2018
Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela has launched one of the province's biggest housing projects, the Transhex Catalytic Housing Project in Worcester, on Thursday 7 December 2017.  The R2,2 billion housing project was approved on 31 August 2017 and estimated to be comp... read more

SA's ENERGY PLAN - A BREAKDOWN OF THE DRAFT IRP 2018

By: Herman Aucamp - 10 September 2018
The long-awaited draft Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) for 2018 was recently released by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in August 2018 for public comment. The IRP is a "living plan" that is intended to be revised every two years by the Department of Energy (DoE) to consider the latest available genera... read more

Sanral awards R1.65bn Msikaba megabridge contract to Concor Mota-Engil JV

BY: MARLENY ARNOLDI CREAMER MEDIA ONLINE WRITER - 20 SEPTEMBER 2018
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the Concor Mota-Engil joint venture (JV) the second of two megabridge construction contracts as part of the N2 Wild Coast project.   Click here for the full article... read more

V&A Waterfront's new 'Urban' Park to form part of the canal district development

BY: James de Villiers, Business Insider SA - 26 September 2018
A new urban park, with a basketball court and skate ring, will be opened in the V&A Waterfront’s R1.1 billion Canal district development in October, the Waterfront announced on Wednesday. Battery Park cost an estimated R300 million, V&A Waterfront CEO David Green said. The new 12,000... read more

Good news for Western Cape: Clanwilliam Dam construction finally set to begin

By: Melanie Gosling - 4 October 2018
Construction on the Clanwilliam Dam wall is set to start in October 2018 after years of delays and allegations of corruption. Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti announced on Thursday, 4 October 2018, that he would "turn the first sod" in a ceremony that would mark the start of constructio... read more

The striking Beershevas High-Tech Park pedestrian Bridge in Israel

By: Alyn Griffiths 4 September 2016 and Nicky Blackburn OCTOBER 10, 2017
The $25 million footbridge, which is 210 meters long and has 36 varied sections, was commissioned by Beersheva municipality in Israel and designed by Bar Orian Architects. Structural engineers were Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers, and lighting design was by Orly Avron-Alkabes. Click here for video ... read more

There is an energy revolution on the way - Stellenbosch Professor

BY: Allison Jeftha - 21 Oct 21 2018
The reality is renewables are much cheaper than fossil fuels and investment in renewables have thus increased, according to Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Stellenbosch, Mark Swilling.   He was speaking at the Planning Africa 2018 conference at the Cape Town Inte... read more

Maputo-Katembe Bridge - The longest suspension bridge in Africa has been officially opened

By: Luke Daniel - 11 November 2018 and adapted from Wikipedia (12 November 2018)
The longest suspension bridge in Africa has officially been opened to the public, following four years of construction undertaken by the China Road and Bridge Corporation. The Maputo-Katembe Bridge was inaugurated by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, on Saturday 10 November 2018. The three... read more

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge - The longest sea crossing and the longest fixed link on earth

Adapted from Wikipedia (12 November 2018)
The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB), officially the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge, is a 55-kilometre bridge-tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands. It is both the longest sea crossing and the lo... read more

Russky Island Bridge - World's longest cable-stayed bridge

Adapted from Wikipedia (12 November 2018)
The Russky Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai, Russia. The bridge connects the Russky Island and the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula sections of the city across the Eastern Bosphorus strait, and with a central span of 1,104 metres, it is the longest cable-stayed bridge in the ... read more

SANRAL completes Eastern Cape road projects worth R1.4 billion

By: RNews.co.za - 24 August 2016
The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) reported it has delivered completed road infrastructure development and road maintenance projects to the value of R1,4 billion in the Eastern Cape in its 2015/2016 financial year. SANRAL completed 13 road engineering projects comprising... read more

SANRAL: Infrastructure offers 'bridges to the future'

By: Vusi Mona (SANRAL's spokesperson) - 20 November 2018
No modern economy can grow and thrive without a well-designed and well-maintained primary road network. And it is especially true in a developing country like South Africa, where the lack of access to transport infrastructure in the past contributed to the skewed economic growth and the deliberate m... read more

Upgrade of Moloto Road: A link of hope between Mpumalanga and Limpopo

BY: VIRGILATTE GWANGWA - 31 JULY 2018 PRETORIA NEWS
The upgrade of the notorious Moloto Road is gaining momentum and the promise of fewer accidents and deaths becoming a possibility. In this regard, community members along the stretch of road linking Mpumalanga with Limpopo and Gauteng have been urged to reap the economic spin-offs. They have been ... read more

Update on force majeure at Mtentu bridge between Aveng-Strabag JV and SANRAL

BY: IRMA VENTER CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR DEPUTY EDITOR - 25 FEBRUARY 2019
The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) in early February terminated the R1.6-billion bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. ASJV declared a force majeure, stating that it had been unable to work on the project site since October last year, owing to continued violent protests related to job and contr... read more

Bridge repairs force eight-month closure of Johannesburg motorway

BY BRIDGE DESIGN & ENGINEERING - 19 FEBRUARY 2019
The closure comes after inspections of bridges on the M2 motorway revealed that the structural integrity of concrete elements has reduced to the extent that the safety of Selby Bridge cannot be guaranteed. A specialist appointed by the Joburg Roads Agency (JRA) completed detailed assessments of the... read more

Zaha Hadid-designed Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan scheduled for 2024 opening

BY: Justine Testado - 20 March 2019 Bustler
After winning the competition back in 2015, Zaha Hadid Architects was appointed to design the Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan. Today, ZHA announced the start of construction on the 920-meter structure, which will reportedly be the world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge, ZHA says. As o... read more

Transversely-launched Ashton Arch Bridge

BY: CREAMER MEDIA REPORTER - 7 MARCH 2018
This is a first in South Africa, using a transverse launching method of the completed arch bridge after it is constructed adjacent to the final road position, in order to minimise the impact on traffic during construction on this strategic route, Michael Bouwmeester, AECOM Highway and Bridges Lead: ... read more

The V&A's new 55 ton swing bridge assembled, it will complete its rotation in 50 seconds

BY: Selene Brophy - 28 May 2019
The V&A Waterfront is part of a fully-fledged working harbour, yet it effortlessly offers visitors from near and far a world-class experience when it comes to entertainment, shopping, dining and accommodation.  Congestion for such a popular attraction is obviously something that needs care... read more