Archive for 2012

Young Surveyors’ Network launched

During 2012 the Young Surveyors’ Network held special launch meetings at some of the institutions for higher learning offering qualifications in the geomatics field. Institutions to date include the University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Mangosuthu University of Technology. The aim of these visits was to introduce the […]

Major gas fuelled power plant for Mozambique

Wärtsilä, a supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has signed a contract to engineer, supply and install a major gas fuelled power plant in  Mozambique. This will be the biggest gas power plant ever installed in Mozambique and second largest power plant running exclusively on gas engines on the African continent. In addition […]

At the forefront with milestone sub-Saharan African solar projects

The REIPPP financial closure for round 1 was recently announced and leading South African companies are taking pioneering steps in implementing solar energy technologies. SolarWorld Africa, is at the forefront of this movement with their milestone projects. During 2012, they have been involved in various milestone projects of which the largest and most unique in […]

An insatiable appetite for apps!

by Clayton Hayward, CEO Affinion Mobile Solutions It started innocently enough. The first one was free. So you tried it. And you liked it. And you wanted more. So you went back, this time handing over R29,99. It was good, but it could have been better, so you tried one for R249,99. Before you knew […]

regional director

2012 has been another challenging year as members continue to battle the downturn in the economy with no prospects for an upswing in the construction sector forecast in the foreseeable future. While retrenchments have continued during the year, they have not been as numerous as during preceding years, and a total of 3009 scheduled employees […]

Safe, intelligent power distribution through arc testing

Information from Motor Control Automation   The Sivacon S8 low voltage power distribution board sets new standards in safety for power distribution, motor control centres (MCCs) in industrial applications and in infrastructure development. Sivacon S8, a fully type tested assembly up to 7000 A, 690 V, 150 kA on main busbars, guarantees maximum personnel and […]

Dynacube to explore the South Atlantic Anomaly

DynaCube project team leaders Rick Botha, Jean-Paul Appel, Elsabe Brink, Yoshlyn Naidoo, Motheo Motlhabane and Yolindi de Jongh. After its launch DynaCube – a one-unit CubeSat being constructed by interns at the Denel Dynamics Engineering Academy in Johannesburg – will be exploring the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) during orbits over the area. The SAA, off […]

New mono-drum co-generation boiler

John Thompson has developed a co-generation boiler specifically for use by the sugar and pulp and paper industries,in response to market demand by local manufacturers and process industries wanting to upgrade the boilers used in their production processes to produce co-generation power. The company produced the monodrum co-generation boiler design in January 2012. Like the […]

High performance 5 MW regenerative load test facility powers up

LH Marthinusen (LHM) recently commissioned a regenerative electromechanical load test system at its Denver, plant that is capable of testing and measuring the performance parameters of rotating machines up to 5 MW. The test facility is tailored for efficiency and temperature rise testing and can also be used to verify power factor, load current, speed […]

Mozambique gas

Information from QED Solutions The recent announcement by Mozambique’s’ vice-minister of mineral Resources, Abdul Razak that 12 new explorations would be offered brings a renewed focus on the large gas resource finds off the East coast of Africa. These finds could well become a game changer, not just in the region but in the global […]