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SAICE Awards Category Details

The prestigious annual SAICE-SAFCEC Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievements for 2015/2016 was held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on 13 October 2016.

SAICE received more than 30 project entries from across the country to compete for these illustrious awards. It includes awards for international and technical excellence, as well as community-based projects. On top of that there are awards for the Engineer of the Year and other individual awards, as well as awards for projects entered by the SAICE technical divisions. The photo competition with civil engineering as the theme, attracted more than 100 entries.

SAICE is proud to announce the winners in the following categories for 2015/2016:

  • SAICE NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
  • SAICE TECHNICAL DIVISIONS’ PROJECTS
  • SAICE INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS
  • SAICE-LAFARGE PHOTO COMPETITION 2016

 

SAICE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
(Awards sponsored by PPS)

COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS

Winner: Upgrade of Main Road 104

This R54.4 million project comprised the construction of earthworks, layerworks, drainage, surfacing and retaining structures on Main Road P104 in Shakaskraal, KZN from kilometre 9.923 to kilometre 15. Naidu Consulting, together with contractors Crossmoor Transport maximised opportunities to benefit the local community, even to the implementation of a local kerb manufacturing yard.

 

Commendation: Hlambanyathi River Bridge

Royal HaskoningDHV was appointed to construct the R16.5 million Hlambanyathi River bridge in KwaZulu-Natal in order to provide a quicker and safer access road for the local community. In joint venture with emerging contractor Mzansi Africa, and Icon Construction, it provided a training programme for unskilled workers. A variety of associated transportation projects also provided additional work in the area.

Commendation: Construction of Community Infrastructure in the Southern Region – eThekwini Municipality

With a project budget of R20.2 million Nathoo Mbenyane Engineers, with main contractor Afrocon Construction, was appointed to develop accesses and footpaths and to formalise existing sidewalks and footpaths in disadvantaged communities in eThekwini Municipality. Labour-intensive construction methods were used to provide for job creation, skills transfer and contracts for emerging contractors.

TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE PROJECTS

Winner: Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme

The multi-billion rand Ingula project is a peaking hydro-power station comprising an upper and lower reservoir separated in elevation by 480 metres within the Little Drakensburg mountain range. This project involving Gibb, Royal HaskoningDHV and Knight Piésold as the consulting engineers, has already contributed to stabilising the South African power system. When complete, it will house four 333 megawatt Francis-type pumps or turbines and motor generators in its underground powerhouse complex 116 storeys underground.

 

Commendation: Rehabilitation of the N2 from Umlaas Canal to EB Cloete Interchange

The 14 kilometre section of the N2 from the EB Cloete Interchange, southwards to the old Durban Airport is due to be fully upgraded within the next few years. In the interim, however, SANRAL required the cracked surface to be reinstated. Although the project was initially only for the reinstatement of the asphalt surfacing layer of up to nine lanes, this was extended to include the ramps and crossings at two major interchanges. The professional team comprised Naidu Consulting and Murray and Roberts Infrastructure.

Commendation: Ashley Drive Break Pressure Tank

The Ashley Drive Break Pressure Tank in Hillcrest, Durban limits water pressures in eThekwini Municipality’s Western Aqueduct to 25 bar so that the potentially destructive energy in the pipeline can be safely and economically controlled. Maximum operating pressures had to be mitigated by ‘reverse engineering’, devising a unique inlet system that could avoid overpressure and overflow under the most rapid system changes. With Knight Piésold, Naidu Consulting and Royal HaskoningDHV, the BPT’s operating system was designed by first principles since there is no known similar modulating system for large BPTs.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS OF EXCELLENCE WHERE SOUTH AFRICAN ENGINEERS ARE INVOLVED

Winner: Mokhotlong-Sani Pass Road Project

To complement the upgrade of the Sani Pass Road on the South African side, Lesotho commissioned a new road to replace the 46 km gravel road between Mokhotlong and Sani Pass at a cost of R786 million. Battling challenging terrain and weather conditions, Aurecon and China Geo-Engineering Corporation International saw that the route now provides all-weather access to the general public in standard vehicles.

 

Commendation: Kasane-Kazungula Villages Sanitation Project

A R586 million combined gravity and vacuum-based system improved the sanitation system in the northern part of Botswana in two villages which form an important tourist hub. Designed by Aurecon, and involving subcontractor Unik Construction Engineering, the final design is believed to be the largest vacuum system of its kind in the world and consists of five vacuum stations and 50 km of vacuum pipe.

Commendation: Senqu River Bridge

The 140 metre-long Senqu River Bridge and associated approach roads create a vital link to business and trading opportunities for the residents of Phamong in southern Lesotho. The 150 million project involved SMEC, Elite Consulting and Stefanutti Stocks Lesotho and will positively affect the area’s economy.

 

SAICE TECHNICAL DIVISIONS PROJECTS

PROJECT AWARD WINNERS

Environmental Engineering Projects (award sponsored by Sika)
Transport Management Plan for the EcoMobility World Festival

Geotechnical Engineering Projects
New Old Mutual Head Office, Sandton

Railway and Harbour Projects
Reconstruction and deepening of Maydon Wharf Berths 1–4, 13 & 14

Project Management and Construction Division
Construction of community infrastructure in the southern region – eThekwini Municipality

Structural Engineering Projects (award sponsored by Vital Engineering)
Pacaltsdorp Pedestrian Bridge

Transportation Engineering Projects
Mokhotlong–Sani Pass Road Project

Water Engineering Projects
Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme

 

SAICE INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS

GENERAL

SAICE Engineer of the Year:
Joint winners: Danie Badenhorst from AECOM and Danie Brink from Jones and Wagener (award sponsored by Uretek Geo Systems)

SAICE Young Engineer of the Year:

Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz from Aurecon

SAICE Technologist of the Year:
Chiedza Mnguni from Nyeleti Consulting

SAICE Young Technologist of the Year:
Maanda Mutheiwana from MEM Consulting

SAICE Division of the Year:
Project Management and Construction Division

SAICE Branch of the Year:
Johannesburg Branch

SAICE Student Chapter of the Year:

UJ-Civils

MOST SUPPORTIVE ADVERTISER OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2015 Most Supportive Advertiser in the SAICE magazine, Civil Engineering, went to Knowledge Base.
The award is made annually by SAICE as the Institution’s way of recognising the continued and loyal support of its magazine advertisers. 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.

Runner-up
SAICE would also like to acknowledge and thank our 2015 runner-up, Kaytech

 

PHOTO COMPETITION

SAICE-LAFARGE PHOTO COMPETITION

SAICE initiated the photo competition to celebrate the beauty of the industry and to show the world that civil engineering can be visually pleasing. The photo competition is sponsored by LAFARGE SA, one of the major cement companies in Southern Africa that manufactures and markets cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregate and gypsum.

Winner: Mall of Africa by Francois van Jaarsveld


Second:
Promise of better days by Cobus le Roux

Third: Heidelberg Train Bridge by Francois van Jaarsveld

Highly commended: Senate Building Project by Olalusi Benedict

Highly commended: Uitenhage R75 slope stabalisation – erosion control – MultiCell by Robert Jacobs

 



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