Pointing a laser at aircraft may be fun but it is dangerous

  Pointing a laser beam into the sky is a dangerous game. It could hit the cockpit screen of an aircraft and cause flash blindness. That is exactly what happened to flight SA419 on Sunday night of 31 August 2014 when the cockpit crew were blinded by a laser beam. The pilot was preparing to […]

Procurement models applied to IPP programmes in South Africa

  The Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is largely viewed as a positive and innovative programme. We need a base-load procurement model that builds on the successes of the REIPPPP and extends these to base-load IPPs. Eskom’s future financial health presents a significant risk to procurement of renewables, thermal base-load and nuclear […]

Video: UJ’s Ilanga II solar race car launched

  The University of Johannesburg’s Solar Team launched its Ilanga II solar race car on 5 August in anticipation of the biennial Sasol Solar Challenge. The eight-day challenge (27 September to 4 October 2014), starts in Johannesburg, passes through Port Elizabeth and finishes in Cape Town. South African universities and other local solar teams will compete […]

Advanced power management

  With integrated advanced power management control systems, companies can design and implement highly available backup power infrastructures for maximised uptime, reduced costs, and improved performance and efficiency, all of which drive the bottom line as well as customer satisfaction. This article will explore the merits of integrating power synchronisation and measurement into the backup […]

The challenges of training in the electrical contracting industry

  Approved Electrical Inspection Authority (AIA) Nico van den Berg discusses issues such as copper theft; the need for a scrap metal dealers act; electric fence installation and a forum where contractors can share their knowledge. While working as an assessor and moderator, Nico van den Berg of Centurion-based Independent Electrical Inspection Services founded the […]

Industrial power quality standards

  Power quality becomes more and more important as energy efficiency equipment is brought into use in industrial networks, and as embedded generation is installed in distribution networks and own generation equipment is brought into use by industrial users. This article examines the standards for both utility networks and industrial users. All networks, however well […]

Top 10 ways to use GIS in retail banking

  This article describes key applications of geographic information systems that major banking corporations pursue at a head office level. The information is also applicable in most cases to other organisations operating a large number of retail outlets. It was not that long ago that I would be asked regularly at events focused on geographic […]