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Engineering triumph that forged a nation: Panama Canal turns 100

18 August, 2014

Engineering triumph that forged a nation: Panama Canal turns 100

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, the 48-mile waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.  Watch this great series of images showing the timeline...

The ‘next 10’ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa

15 August, 2014

The ‘next 10’ biggest cities in sub-Saharan Africa

Foreign investors were recognising sub-Saharan Africa’s untapped potential, with Africa expected to have the biggest labour force and faster economic growth than any other region by 2040, PwC’s latest ‘Global...

Reducing long-term repair costs of a concrete structure

06 August, 2014

Reducing long-term repair costs of a concrete structure

Kryton’s award-winning Krystol Technology is by far unique in terms of not just its chemical properties, but also physical properties. This technology uses water as a catalyst to create long,...

CSIR develops durable ultrathin concrete road pavement

06 August, 2014

CSIR develops durable ultrathin concrete road pavement

The Built Environment unit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a cost-competitive ultrathin concrete pavement (50 – 75 mm thick) that, for upgrading unpaved roads,...

Corobrik-SAIA Awards celebrate architectural excellence

04 August, 2014

Corobrik-SAIA Awards celebrate architectural excellence

The cream of South Africa’s architectural talent was acknowledged for their talent and skill at the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC...

Middle Africa’s cement sector: explosive growth

01 August, 2014

Middle Africa’s cement sector: explosive growth

Middle Africa’s cement sector is undergoing the strongest period of sustained growth in its history, with multiple investments across the region to boost production capacity. On a global scale, Sub-Saharan...

Dome-shaped Binishell homes constructed from inflatable concrete

30 July, 2014

Dome-shaped Binishell homes constructed from inflatable concrete

The convex construction process starts with a wooden frame, inside of which a heavy-duty air bladder and reinforcing steel rebar is inserted.A load of concrete is poured over the structure...

Everything rosy in the global cement garden

24 July, 2014

Everything rosy in the global cement garden

The most notable observation regarding the last seven days is that cement industry news has been overwhelmingly positive. After many years of consolidations, buy-outs and financial losses, it seems the...

Cement standardisation: how new policy will foist monopoly on the industry

21 July, 2014

Cement standardisation: how new policy will foist monopoly on the industry

The author maintains that the standardisation of 42,5-grade cement strength for use in Nigeria is: “a vast conspiracy to impose monopoly on the cement market at the behest of visible...

The beamless handset system for speed on site

16 July, 2014

The beamless handset system for speed on site

Dokadek 30 is a beamless, hand-set formwork system designed as a lightweight steel construction with powder-coated frames faced with a wood/plastic composite sheet. Dokadek 30 combines the advantages of a...

Tall wood: construction’s next big thing?

14 July, 2014

Tall wood: construction’s next big thing?

In mid-rise construction, Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is a real threat to concrete and steel, for good reason. CLT panels are strong, stable, fire resistant and made from a renewable resource: wood....

Stabilising a busy concrete highway with minimum disruption

24 June, 2014

Stabilising a busy concrete highway with minimum disruption

Durban: one of Africa’s busiest ports. From here containers and goods from around the globe join the highway system to South Africa’s industrial interior. One of the major road transport...

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