Featured Project: Eco Industrial Park – Office / Commercial

Eco Industrial Park – Office / Commercial

Description
Construction of the 7 000 m² office component as part of the proposed new 35ha Eco-Industrial Park (EIP) consisting of 254 000 m² light industrial, 25 600 m² retail and 7 000 m² office, laboratories and places of refreshment which will be strategically located along R80 John Vorster Drive, Daspoort, Pretoria, Gauteng. Estimated project value 1.1 Billion

 

Status Region
Procedural Pretoria
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial Late 2020 Onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated


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Featured Project: City Mall Refurbishment

City Mall Refurbishment – Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Description
Refurbishment and renovations to the existing 996m² 5 level City Mall situated at Erf 4787, corner of Small Street and Albertina Sisulu Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng. The scope of work comprises of the supply and installation of all materials and workmanship for the City Mall Refurbishment. Approximate GPS co-ordinates -26.2043192, 28.0465419

 

Status Region
Tender Johannesburg
Category Value
Building R61 Million – R100 Million
Industry Timing
Renovations, Retail February 2020 – August 2020 (6 Months)
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 


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3D Construction

3D Construction

A very very interesting topic that I am happy to write about. I first heard of 3D printing about 4 years ago when plastic moulds and items were being made, only to find out after doing research, that the concept of 3D printing has been around longer than I have! The concept of 3D printing first came about in 1974.

As per Wikipedia, “1974: David E. H. Jones laid out the concept of 3D printing in his regular column Ariadne in the journal New Scientist. 1981: Early additive manufacturing equipment and materials were developed in the 1980s. In 1981, Hideo Kodama of Nagoya Municipal Industrial Research Institute invented two additive methods for fabricating three-dimensional plastic models with photo-hardening thermoset polymer, where the UV exposure area is controlled by a mask pattern or a scanning fibre transmitter. On July 2, 1984, American entrepreneur Bill Masters filed a patent for his Computer Automated Manufacturing Process and System (US 4665492). This filing record shows UPTO as the first 3D printing patent in history; it was the first of three patents belonging to Masters that laid the foundation for the 3D printing systems used today.”
There are many materials you can use when it comes to 3D construction such as plastic or concrete etc but what I am focusing on is 3D concrete construction

1) What is 3D Concrete Construction?

This is a revolutionary tool used in the production method where you can actually print/create solid objects from a digital source in the form of a picture that you have drawn up and uploaded to your 3D printer.

3D concrete printing is used to create or fabricate new shapes of construction components. This was not previously possible using ordinary machinery which now means that you can literally print your dream home.

L2B_3D_1

2) How does it work?

Basically what would happen is you would need to design your house. If you are familiar with CAD, you can design the house yourself or if not, then hire an engineer to assist you. You would upload the file to your printer and create a 3D model or blueprint. The printer will read the files and then get to work.
Instead of hiring a builder to construct each stage of the house from ground level upwards, the printer itself will start printing layers and layers concrete until the structure is complete. It takes your drawings and copies it into a 3D model, making it a reality.

You can also choose if you would like the printer to create or build the whole building in one go from the ground up or print multiple sections that fit together like lego pieces.

A normal printer like one at home or in the office would take ink, but a 3D printer has containers of raw materials such as concrete.

Honestly, when I first heard of 3D printing, they were building a small 3D printed bicycle bridge and having people test it.

L2B_3D_2

Then, they had gone onto building small one-bedroom, one level houses.

L2B_3D_3

 

Now watch this amazing video of the worlds biggest 3D printed building. This building is 2 levels and 640sqm.

3) How does this affect companies within the building and construction industry?

Well, 3D printers are rapidly being used in the construction industry and they are the future but in my opinion, they really are helping the construction industry for the better.

Remember that the 3D printer lays the framework. You can also build facades, roof panels, stairs with this but you would still need to employ infrastructure workers,  plumbers and electricians etc to finish the construction work

4) Advantages

Faster construction – it is said that one house can be built in 24hours. Time is money and who doesn’t like saving money?
Reduces worker fatigue
Increased safety
Fewer work injuries
Design absolutely any building you like
Labour cost savings
Greener – Eco-Friendly by using leftover materials from construction or mining sites
Weather conditions do not affect production
Higher accuracy
Fire resistance

Concrete printing has a lot of advantages over concrete casting. One advantage is that it does not require any formwork. Formwork can easily take up to 50% of costs in concrete construction because it is very labour intensive. Usually, you would have to build a structure and then take it down again. With 3D concrete construction, you would only have one movement. This would print layers without any formwork which saves a lot of time, money and materials.

In 3D concrete printing, they are now aiming for all components of the house to be separate and be easily detachable so that they can be repaired or replaced.

Architects Engineers and Contractors can now take a completely different design approach. They will no longer have to think in terms of straight beams, columns, solid slabs. They can freely experiment with different acoustics and curved shapes. Creativity is the main thing, more flexibility, new ideas and opportunity

5) Disadvantages

The machine itself is costly
The machines vary in size but most are quite large and can cost a heck of a lot to transport to the site
Digital errors can occur
Still costs to hire an engineer/architect to do the drawings.

L2B_3D_1

6) How much time and labour force does it take to set up the 3D printing machine?

Again this depends on the size and type of printer. Let’s talk about the Gantry model, this printer consists of 4 steel columns and three steel beams that enable the printhead to move within the boundaries of the structure. This would typically take up to 4 hours to assemble.However, there are also other types of printers with robotic arms on tracks which could just roll off the truck onto the site and start the printing process immediately. With regards to speed, some machines can build up to 250mm per second with a layer height of 50mm. I read online that a small house of 650 square feet, like a bachelor pad, takes less than 24 hours to build and could cost you around R60 000. R 60 000 for a one-bedroom apartment.

This technology is growing is faster and faster. The shift from prototyping to actual commercial application and implementation in the building industry is happening right now.

Did you know that in October 2019 it was said that Dubai aims to be the leading reprinting hub worldwide?

3D printing technology aids the construction industry but I don’t think it replaces it by any means. There is still a need for various professionals, consultants, contractors, vendors and suppliers. Here at Leads 2 Business, there are still many many project proposals, town planning and construction projects happening daily. Especially the new Mega-Cities and precincts using the “live-work-play concept”. These Projects are proposed for Gauteng and are available on our website.

Questions I would like to ask you – the readers:

1) Do you use a 3D printer at work?
2) How do you feel about 3D technology in the construction industry?
3) Does 3D concrete construction directly affect you?
4) When did you first hear about 3D construction?

Comment below and let me know.

Sources:
Marcorsyscom
Wikimedia
Wikipedia
Youtube
Flickr


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Featured Project: Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng – Business Park 1

Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng – Business Park 1

Description
Construction of the first business park component within phase 1 of the proposed new Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng situated along Barry Marais Road, Vredebos, Boksburg, Gauteng. This component consists of 20 hectares of land earmarked for business and commercial development. The first phase will consist of a railway park, a highway park and a business park. These different parks will boost each other’s efficiency. Each component is designed to be built to today’s world-class and up-to-date specifications and will consist of 1.2 million square meters of gross lettable area GLA in total. Amenities include CCTV cameras, armed guards, vehicle patrols in combination with secure entry points as well as active perimeter vehicle patrols. GPS Co-Ordinates -26.336569, 28.228982

 

Status Region
Procedural Boksburg
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial 2020 Onwards
Sector Class
 Public Private Partnership Invited / Negotiated


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Featured Project: Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Phase II

Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Phase II

Description
Construction and development of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The project will include the construction of a 2.3 million cubic metre dam, Polihali Dam, in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. It will also include a 19km tunnel / pumping main from the Mashai reservoir upstream of Katse Dam; Second 45km long transfer tunnel from Katse reservoir to the Muela reservoir; Upgrading of the Muela hydropower plant; Second 37km long delivery tunnel from the Muela reservoir to the Vaal River basin. Project value: R17.5 billion.

 

Status Region
Underway Lesotho
Category Value
Infrastructure R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Water 2019 onwards.
Sector Class
Public Open Tender

 

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Featured Project: The Palms – Building

The Palms – Building

The Palms

Description
Construction of a residential complex in the heart of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The development will be known as The Palms.

 

Status Region
Underway Northern Cape
Category Value
Building
R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Residential 2013 onwards
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Invited / Negotiated

 

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Women in Mining

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Women in Mining

Men continue to outnumber women in many industries and sectors. However, just because you’re outnumbered doesn’t mean you can’t be a huge success. Woman entering the mining industry is a fast growing phenomenon. Mining is seen mostly as a male dominated environment but this is changing.

Not so long ago, in the 1990’s when I was born, woman weren’t permitted to work. And now look at us! Dominating and working in all kinds of industries, showing that we can do anything and do it just as well.

Many steps have been taken to allow woman equal opportunity in this industry and South Africa is leading this movement.

Working in the mining industry can be a difficult journey and is often misunderstood. Initiatives in the form of bursaries have been introduced in an attempt to attract young women to compete in these male dominated sectors.

Barriers:

  • It’s a mine, what did you expect? It’s going to be dark, dusty and hot. Greasy workshops, muddy sites and hot furnaces. Mines were not designed with Woman in mind. Some mines lack proper toilets and hygiene facilities but this is changing as we adapt to having Woman in the industry.
“You may have to get your hands dirty

 

  • Super Woman. You have to be considered tough and be willing to work hard and long hours. Most mines require overtime and this could mean waking up at 2am or trying to organize a baby sitter for the night shifts.
  • Woman are seen as primary caregivers and you will need to balance life, childcare and work.

  • Look, you will be working with Men and might experience verbal harassment in the workplace. Treat people well and do not entertain confrontation or get defensive. Show you’re a strong independent woman. Take the proper steps to report the incident.
  • Some men won’t want to be led by a woman. “I’ve been doing this for years and don’t need to be told by a woman what to do or when to do it.”
  • Gender Equality. You will not receive special treatment just because you’re a woman.

Benefits:

  • Most Wanted. That’s right! Opportunities will come flying at you as you are one of the few woman qualified and able to work in the mining industry.
  • It is a huge achievement to work within the mining industry and takes hard work and years of studying. Bragging rights.
  • Role Model. Other young females studying mining engineering will have you as their poster on their wall.
  • The Money. Always go where the money is.

Money

I know you were all thinking it. Is it worth it? Well, just like any other job, the money depends on your experience and what position you hold in the workplace.

I read about a 37 year old woman named Bukelwa Dwenya, who works at Sibanye Mine in Rustenburg, North West. She said she earned about R20 000 a month excluding her bonus and other benefits and worked 8 hours a day like you and I do. She is responsible for lowering and lifting workers in a cage down to a depth of about 11 000m throughout the day.

The average mine worker earns about R109 to R120 per day. There are also other positions such as in management or drilling operations, drivers or safety officers.

I read that Impala Platinum Mines’ salary for a driver was sitting at R7000 per month and about R52 000 per month for a safety officer.

Tenders

More money 😉 Get tender opportunities for your mining business through an extensive resource of online tender notices at Leads 2 Business. Successfully applying for the correct tender can help you to win large orders and grow your business. By partnering with Leads 2 Business, we offer you a large database of mining opportunities in Africa and Southern Africa.

Fashion

Mining clothing has changed and is now tailored to woman and their needs. Many clothing companies have managed to create comfort through intelligent and innovative designs. There are many things to consider when creating clothing for mine workers.

  • Ensure maximum safety
  • Visibility
  • High standards and quality
  • Performance
  • Durable
  • Movability

As a woman, wearing a full overall is not ideal, especially when you need the loo and you have to fully undress in a little stall.

Covergalls is one of the sites I have been looking at and they have come up with some pretty nifty ideas. They made woman’s mining clothing with a roomier chest area, the right length and adjustable waistband (lord knows how we need this). They also have a hidden zipper leading to a trap door solving the whole bathroom dilemma mentioned previously! Immediately I went to look at the colours you can choose from – Navy Blue, Safety Orange, Royal Blue and red. Hamm I didn’t see hot pink anywhere? Hopefully this is in the pipeline 😉

 

Types of Mining

  • Coal mining
  • Gold mining
  • Surface mining
  • Underground mining
  • Subsurface mining

 

Should I do it?

Listen, from what I have read, it’s no picnic. It seems like one of the toughest industries and I’m not going to sugar coat it. You will need to work hard and be one tough cookie! Take nothing to heart and know your worth. Work until they no longer see you as “Just a Woman” but as a leader. If you feel you can do it and are passionate about mining, I’m sure it would be absolutely worth it. There are many perks and I think it would be an amazing opportunity. I would say – “Go for it.”

 

SA Schools of Mines

Proud moment as this young lady graduates as a Mining Engineer

 

Change your mind set, adapt to the ever changing world and grow with the future. Know more – do more.

 

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Mining Review

 

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Featured Project: Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone

Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone

Kathu Solar Park

Description
Construction of a cement grinding plant in the Coega Industrial Zone, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape. The cement grinding facility will be located along Neptune Road within Zone 5 of the Coega Industrial Zone which is 6km east of the town Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. Estimated value: R350 million

 

Status Region
Underway Eastern Cape
Category Value
Building R350 Million
Industry Timing
Industrial August 2017 to August 2018
Sector Class
Private Invited / Negotiated

 

cement grinding plant

 

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Featured Project: Construction of Park Square

Construction of Park Square

The Palms - Building

Description:

Construction of Park Square, a 4-Star Green Star mixed use office and retail development which will be located next to Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal. The office block has a GLA of 36 000m², comprising 32 000m² of A grade and P grade sectional title office space and 4 000m² of prime ground floor retail space. There will be 2 basement levels. The retail part of the development will be used for restaurants, bars and shops and there will be a 16-metre wide public walkway that will connect the square to the nearby CJ Saunders Park. The walkway will also provide access to the public road on the eastern side of the development.

Park Square

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Office & Commercial

Sector:

Private

Region:

KwaZulu-Natal

Value:

R 600 Million

Timing:

January 2017 to September 2018

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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Featured Project: Autumn Leaf Mall – Shopping Mall

Autumn Leaf Mall – Shopping Mall

Autumn Leaf Mall - Shopping Mall

Description:

Construction of the 29 500m² Autumn Leaf Mall with 1 770 parking bays on Portion 24 (a Portion of Portion 5) of the farm Hazia 240 JP, near Zeerust town situated in the Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality, North West Province. The Project will include a filling station and convenience store.

Autumn Leaf Mall - Shopping Mall

 

Status:

Design

Category:

Building

Industry:

Retail

Sector:

Private

Region:

North West

Value:

R 100 million+

Timing:

2018 Onwards

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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