Joy Crane

29
Aug

American university recreates truss for Notre Dame Cathedral

Tonya Ohnstad and a group of carpenters, architecture students and volunteers at the Catholic University of America use 800-year-old methods to reconstruct a vital component of the Notre Dame Cathedral, initially constructed in 1345. The handmade piece will be presented as a gift to France and used to reconstruct the Paris landmark, devastated by a fire in 2019. The restoration

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29
Aug

Identification of engineering works regulations released

The Government Gazette No 44333 containing the Identification of Engineering Work Regulations was published in March 2021. The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) will consult stakeholders and create awareness around the legislation and ensure that the engineering industry progressively moves towards compliance. The gazetted Identification of Engineering Work and the enabling provisions enshrined in the Engineering Professions Act (EPA)

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29
Aug

Forestry master plan unlocks sector competitiveness

The Forestry Sector Masterplan (FSM) to revitalise the forestry, pulp and paper, sawn timber, board products and utility poles, and treated products industries received the government’s stamp of approval in September 2020. The forestry sector contributes almost 25% to South Africa’s agricultural GDP, and with its contribution of 4.5% to total manufacturing, forestry products rank among the top five contributors

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29
Aug

Designated roof erectors keep the roofs Above our heads

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) receives several inquiries from people who want to become Certified Roof Erectors each month. Erik Söderlund, the General Manager of the ITC-SA, says he is pleased because it indicates that South Africa’s builders are increasingly aware of the need to comply with SANS 10400, the Code of Practice for the Application of

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29
Aug

What is a professional designation?

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) recognises the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) as the Professional Body representing the Engineered Timber Roof Truss Sector in South Africa. It allows the ITC-SA to accredit five SAQA recognised Professional Designations: Certified Roof Erector Certified Roof Inspector Certified Roof Truss Designer Certified Roof Fabricator Accredited Timber Engineer. Each Designation symbolises special

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2
Aug

Winning with connected construction

Every day, around the world, more than 200,000 people are moving into cities. Cities need to expand. Yet, only 25% of the infrastructure we’ll need in 2050 exists today. As a result, (E&C) industry must snowball at around 3% per year through 2021. However, profitability and margins in the industry continue to be low. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT)

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2
Aug

“Megacities” developing in Gauteng

By 2030 Gauteng will have two huge new cities, socially diverse, digitally connected and ecologically responsible and sustainable. That’s if the provincial government delivers on its plans for the west (Lanseria to Hartbeespoort Dam) and in the south, where Vaal River City will stretch from Vereeniging to Sasolburg in the Free State. It has pledged to release 10,000 serviced stands

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2
Aug

Short term boost for construction

The citizens of South Africa are still reeling, and the costs are escalating in the aftermath of the recent unrest, looting and wanton destruction of essential strategic, transport, job and investment creating infrastructure. On a slightly positive note, the SA Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) association believe the construction industry may receive a

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2
Aug

Is graded SA Pine the best structural wood in the world?

By Dr Brand Wessels, University of Stellenbosch Yes, it is true. South Africa’s pine plantations are the source of the best structural timber in the world. From 01 August 2021, sawmills producing structural timber must implement a continuous quality control grading system using the SANS 1783 specifications to underscore this fact. This process means our northern hemisphere colleagues are wrong

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2
Aug

Positive feedback from future roof inspectors

Future roof inspectors enjoyed the three-day Roof Inspector’s Course presented by Petrus Smidt in June in Cape Town. The course content is approved by the ITC and allows the attendees to claim ECSA CPD points. Smidt, is a professional engineer and member of the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA). He has vast experience in the engineered timber roofing

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