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The culmination of Civil Engineering and Evolution; of serving civilisation, through social, economic and political changes; and in so doing revolutionising civilisation, is what can be termed CIVILUTION. With Government's 2030 National Development Plan our country is entering a true Construction Revolution.

PROJECT AWARDS

Community-based projects

Community-based projects showcase the pivotal role that civil engineers play in the development of society and their service to humankind. Projects are designed taking into account both the natural and social environments while maximising functional efficiency.

There were 4 entrants in this category.

The joint winners were:

eTHEKWINI ZIBAMBELE POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME and COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL UNIT REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME

eTHEKWINI ZIBAMBELE POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAMME

The Zibambele Poverty Alleviation programme has brought a number of benefits to society, and in particular facilitates job creation, skills development, capacity building and the alleviation of poverty. Currently there are approximately 6 000 beneficiaries on this Programme. This equates to an estimated 2500km of eThekwini’s road network maintained under the banner of the Zibambele Programme.

Client: eThekwini Municipality
Professional Team: Naidu Consulting / Vela VKE JV

Cleaning of side drains minimises ponding of water following rainfall.
Performing rural road maintenance for eThekwini by cleaning the side drains which minimises ponding of water following rainfall.
Community Based Project eThekwini Zimbanbele Joint Winners
The professional teams from the eThikwini Zibambele project – representatives from Naidu Consulting / Vela VKE JV with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen
Contractors working together to maintain road verges
Contractors also removed rubble from the road caused by illegal dumping

COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL UNIT REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME

City of Cape Town launched its Community Residential Unit Refurbishment Programme which proved to be highly complex in its community challenges and social dynamics, requiring precision planning and an innovative approach. This intervention is ensuring the enhancement of the lives of those tenants who had previously become accustomed to unsafe and poorly maintained rental accommodation.

Client: City of Cape Town
Professional Team: Aurecon

Comminity Based CRU Project Joint Winners
The professional teams from the CRU: Refurbishment project – representatives from Aurecon with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen
Completed Project
A block of flats after renovation took place. The appearance was uplifted with a brick skin and the stair way was made safer for use.
Striving for positive change during the launch of the programme
Upgrading in process had various advantages, one of them being job creation within the community.

Technical Excellence Projects

Projects must showcase outstanding civil engineering achievement portraying both the art and science of civil engineering. While projects need to demonstrate notable advances in construction techniques they must also be aesthetically appealing.

There were 8 projects submitted for this category

A commendation was made to: BRAKSPRUIT BRIDGE PROJECT

A train derailment in September 2010 caused part of the original Brakspruit Bridge to collapse. GOBA were appointed to design a temporary structure to restore the train service as soon as possible and to then proceed with design, documentation and construction supervision of a permanent replacement structure.

Client: Transnet Capital Projects
Professional Team: Goba (Pty) Ltd
Contractors: Stefanutti Stocks Civils KZN

3 Temporary Bridge in Service
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) mobilised their in-house construction team to clear the site and erect the temporary support structure.
8 Replacement Bridge in Service
A new bridge was proposed on a new alignment to the existing structure so that the majority of the work could be carried out while the line remained operational.
Technical Excellence Brakspruit Bridge Commendation
The professional teams from the Bakspruit Bridge project – representatives from Goba (Pty) Ltd with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen

The Joint Winners were:
KRAAIFONTEIN WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY & THE UPGRADING OF KOEBERG INTERCHANGE

CAPE TOWN: KRAAIFONTEIN WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY
Kraaifontein Waste Management Facility is the first large-scale “green-fields” refuse transfer station in South Africa that is integrated with a mechanised materials recovery facility, receiving co-mingled recyclables separated and collected at source.

Client: City of Cape Town
Professional Team: Jeffares & Green / GJA JV
Project total cost: R230million

Landscaping with indigenous plants in front of recyclables recovery facility
Careful consideration was given to the aesthetics of the building. Landscaping with indigenous plants took place in the front of the recyclables facility.
Materials recovery in progress
A more sustainable approach to waste management was adopted by directing waste from landfill and making large-scale source separation and material recycling more feasible
Technical Excellence Kraaifontein Wastewater Treatment Facility Joint Winner
The professional teams from the Kraaifontein Waste Management Facility project – representatives from Jeffares & Green / GJA JV with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen

THE UPGRADING OF KOEBERG INTERCHANGE
This unique project required construction of two new directional ramps at a third level over the old interchange, while maintaining the existing traffic flow of 200 000 vehicles per day. Innovative construction techniques reduced traffic deviations to a minimum allowing construction to proceed quickly by maximising off-site production.

Client: Provincial Government Western Cape
Professional Team: HHO Africa, Jeffares & Green, Bergstan, Asch
Contractors: Group Five, Power Construction JV
Project total cost:R3,623,718.00

Complexity of threading new ramps through historic maze
Two new ramps A and B thread their way at a third level through the maze of the old Koeberg Interchange
Night placement of new beams
Placement of beams was primarily done at night to minimise traffic disruption
Technical Excllence The Upgrading Of Koeberg Interchange Joint Winner
The professional teams from the Upgrading of Koeberg Interchange project – representatives from HHO Africa, Jeffares & Green, Bergstan and Asch with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen

International Projects

International projects are projects in which South African engineers or engineering companies are involved. They must showcase outstanding civil engineering achievement portraying both the art and science of civil engineering. While projects need to demonstrate notable advances in construction techniques they must also be aesthetically appealing.

There were 2 entries in this category.

A commendation was awarded to: ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

February 2012 saw the official opening of the stunning new St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in the United Arab Emirates capital city of Abu Dhabi. Significant engineering challenges were overcome in the design and construction of this impressive new resort.

Client: Tourism Development & Investment Company of Abu Dhabi
Professional Team: Aurecon, Mirage Mille Leisure Development Inc, Woods Bagot, CKR Consulting Engineers
Contractors: Al Habtoor / Murray & Roberts JV

International St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Commendation
The professional teams from the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort project – representatives from Aurecon with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen
St Regis construction completed
The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort (St Regis), a signature tourist, leisure, residential and cultural destination
St Regis during construction
An aerial view of the site. During peak construction there were over 10 000 people on site made up of widely diverse nationalities

New SAICE Divisional Projects

The nine SAICE Divisions were invited to submit meritorious projects in their specialist engineering fields. Projects in this category need to demonstrate Technical and Functional Excellence, Innovation, Aesthetic Appeal, as well as Job Creation. The Water Engineering Division and the Joint Structural Engineering Division submitted entries.

Water Engineering Division Projects

There were 3 projects submitted in this category.

The winner of the category was: THE BEDFORD DAM

Bedford Dam is a 49m high concrete-faced rockfill dam with an 810m crest length and forms the upper reservoir of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme bordering the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. The design of the dam was divided into three phases. Phase 1 was the Basic Design, Phase 2 comprised the Tender and Construction Designs and Phase 3 comprised Construction Supervision. The project utilised state of the art Computation Fluid Dynamic techniques, not seen before in dam construction.

Client: Eskom Holdings Ltd.
Professional Team: Braamhoek Consultants Joint Venture (BCJV), comprising Arcus GIBB, SSI and Knight Piésold.
Contractors: Group Five, Power Construction JV Braamhoek Dams Joint Venture (BDJV) comprising WBHO, Concor, Edwin Construction and Silver Rock Construction.

Bedford Dam Construction Completed
Bedford Dam is a 49m high concrete-faced rock fill dam (CFRD) with an 810m crest length and forms the upper reservoir of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme(IPSS)
Bedford Dam Under Construction
Construction technique. The construction of the CFRD was undertaken using state of the art techniques developed world wide for this type of dam
SAICE Water Division Award Bedford Dam
The professional teams from the Bedford Dam project – representatives from Arcus GIBB and SSI with SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen

Joint Structural Engineering Division Projects

There was 1 project submitted in this category.

A commendation was awarded to: MARGATE SKY BRIDGE

Worley Parsons was appointed to prepare designs of an aesthetically appealing pedestrian bridge. The main advantage of the steel structure was the precision manufacturing of the bridge components and quick construction time, which ensured less disruption to the public.

Client: Hibiscus Coast Municipality’s
Professional Team: Worley Parsons
Project total cost: R3.623.718.00

Margate Sky Bridge Access
Before the bridge was constructed pedestrians used steep precast steps after crossing Main Road so as to gain access to the Pick 'n Pay shopping complex
Margate Sky Bridge During Construction
The construction time of the much needed bridge was quick causing minimal disruption to the public

INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS

Branch of the year

SAICE currently has 18 branches nationwide and various criteria are taken into account for the award namely:

  • The branch vision as well as buy in from stakeholders
  • Success of campaigns and impact of these
  • Working towards and achieving best practice planning and objective setting
  • Communication with members and positively contributing to member experience
  • Improvement in the past year, in terms of participation, influence and structures

The winning branch was: DURBAN BRANCH

The Durban branch committee has been successfully transformed regarding, gender, race and qualifications. The branch offers quality courses from renowned professionals, and spearheads SAICE’s CPD activities in terms of leadership on the SAICE Education and Training Committee.

Branch Of The Year: Durban
From left: Kresen Manicum, SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen and Andrew McKune

Division of the Year

The SAICE Division of the year will have made a great impact on the lives of its members. SAICE currently has nine divisions, which were judged on the following criteria:

  • Division vision as well as buy in from stakeholders
  • Success of campaigns and the impact of these
  • Working towards and achieving best practice planning and objective setting
  • Communication with members and positively contributing to member experience
  • Improvement in the past year, in terms of participation, influence and structures

The winning division was: TRANSPORTATION DIVISION

The Transportation division membership has broadened to representation by universities and local and national government, which has affected feedback from a wide range of members and they meet with the Minister of Transport annually.

Division of the year: Transportation Division
From left: Kollan Pillay, SAICE president Dr. Martin Van Veelen, Andre Frieslaar and Sundran Naicker

Engineer of the Year

The Engineer of the Year award is presented to an engineer that has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their fellow members, the Institution, the profession and local community, and who has gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, given of their time and may have overcome adversity to do so.

Awarded to: Werner Jerling

A Fellow of both SAICE and WISA, Werner is managing director of Stefanutti Stocks Civils. During his busy career, he found time to chair both the SAICE Education and Training Committee, and the SAICE Project Management and Construction Division, while also serving in various advisory committees, chairing SAFCEC committees and doing occasional guest lectures at Stellenbosch.

Engineer Of The Year Werner Jerling (left) with Dr. Martin Van Veelen (right)

Young Engineer of the Year

This award is presented to an engineer under the age of 36 who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to fellow members, the Institution, the profession and the local community.

Awarded to: Bridgette Kerst

Bridgette Kerst has displayed exceptional leadership. Having completed her BSc (Civil Engineering) in 2004, she worked for Rand Water. Bridgette is making her mark in her professional life and under her chairmanship, the SAICE Johannesburg Branch is flourishing and making a difference to the lives of students and young members alike.

Young Engineer of the Year Bridgette Kerst (right) with Dr. Martin Van Veelen (left)

Technician or Technologist of the Year

This award goes to either a Technician or Technologist that has displayed qualities including leadership, entrepreneurship as well as excellence and advancement in civil engineering that make them worthy role models for their peers.

Awarded to: Oliver Rowe

As a technologist Oliver Rowe has cast his net across South Africa and into Africa with the YMP road show, which prepares civil engineering students for their professional lives in industry. He furthermore, contributes to SAICE’s international affiliations as member of the SAICE International Panel, promoting SAICE to the SADC countries, and as a member of the WFEO Standing Committees on Anti-corruption, Young Engineers Future Leaders, and Education in Engineering.

Technologist of the Year Oliver Rowe (right) with Dr. Martin Van Veelen (left)

Student Chapter of the Year

This award is presented to a university that has shown creativity, resourcefulness, membership, outreach and engagement.

Awarded to: The University of Cape Town (UCT)

UCT are very involved in outreach and hosted a presentation for first year civil engineering students to promote SAICE; they launched a website; and were actively involved in the SAICE Schools Water competition (AQUALIBRIUM) as well as the SAICE Bridge Building competition.

This Student Chapter dramatically rebranded itself - one of their posters displays an in-transit concrete mixing truck with SAICE written on the drum, and below this is printed: “The road to success is under construction.”

Student Chapter of the Year: UCT
The University of Cape Town (UCT) team

Most Supportive Advertiser of the Year

The award for Most Supportive Advertiser is made annually as SAICE's way of recognising the continuing and loyal support of our magazine advertisers.

Awarded to: Civil Designer

The award is based on the figures of the previous financial year, and is made not only on the strength of the amount of money spent by an advertiser, but also on factors like general cooperation, meeting of deadlines, and the timely settling of accounts. Without our advertisers our magazine would not be able to reach those civil engineering professionals and associates who depend on our magazine for vital information.

Most Supportive Advertiser of the Year
Cameron Boyle (right) accepting the award on behalf of Civil Designer with Dr. Martin Van Veelen (left)
Most Supportive Advertiser of the Year

PHOTO COMPETITION

Photo Competition

The SAICE photo competition is a celebration of the beauty of the industry and showcases the visual appeal of civil engineering. Entries are judged on the portrayal and artistry of civil engineering, photographic technical excellence, visual impact, creativity and originality, as well as balance and composition.

Awarded to: Reach for the Sky

This year there were more than fifty entries in this popular competition. The winning photographer is Charles Stolper who took this photo of safety improvements of structures being made. These safety improvements included the widening of five bridges on the R27 section 10 & 11 from Kenhardt to Keimoes.

Winning Photo-Reach For The Sky

Leshna and Sundran Naicker with Johan de Koker and André Frieslaar in the foyer before the gala dinner

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