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SAMCRA – POLYCLOSURES

An often debated topic when determining the waterproofing of roof cladding is the use of profiled foam filler blocks and closure …

WASHERS

The basic purpose of washers when used with cladding are to provide a larger bearing surface when transferring wind forces from …

Secondary Fastners

When it comes to metal cladding one has to consider two types of fasteners, primary and secondary. Primary fasteners are those …

Cladding – The consequences of misalignment

One of the most overlooked factors that influence the aesthetic appearance and performance of cladding is alignment, firstly of the cladding …

How to use light steel to reduce noise pollution

I have been spending some quality time in a baby hospital over the past few days. The hospital is really world-class, …

The significance of a colour’s name

All producers of colour-coated coil offer a standard range of colours the names of which may be unique to the producer …

Saving money on passive fire protection – designing composite floors in fire: the slab panel method

By Caroli Geldenhuys & *Richard Walls (Pr. Eng.), Stellenbosch University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering Research Group. Passive protection such …

Entry level into CNC controlled machines It’s not so expensive

Lessons from Spencer’s Voortman visit – Part II By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC Voortman recently invited and paid for Spencer’s …

New theories related to the structural steel process

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC It is just three and a half years since the first article in the series …

Chasing profitability – for the Small to Medium Steel Fabricator

by Danny Steyn, BSC Mech Eng About Danny Steyn Danny Steyn is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Natal …

SA Fabricators – are we no longer productive and competitive? Lessons from Spencer’s Voortman visit – Part 1

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC At the SAISC board and council meetings a subject that is often raised is “are …

Lessons from Spencer’s Voortman visit – part iii numerically controlled machines – the more sophisticated range

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC In this article, we look at the sophisticated equipment on offer from Voortman. Hopefully, you …

Cladding vs. the weather

By Dennis White, Director SAMCRA Leaking pierce-fixed roofs following hailstorms Over this summer SAMCRA received a number of requests for assistance …

Span tables: the folly of believing one size fits all

By Dennis White, Director SAMCRA In recent years there has been an increase in the incidents of both roof and side …

Stainless steels in structural applications

By John Tarboton, Manager: Fabrication, Welding and Technical, Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association   {{ vc_btn:title=Printer+friendly+version&align=center&i_icon_fontawesome=fa+fa-print&add_icon=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.saisc.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2017%252F12%252FStainless-Steels-in-Structural-Applications.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} Stainless steels have ...

What’s new and exciting in the Peddinghaus line

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Shop welded splices in beams: is there a right way of doing them?

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC {{ vc_btn:title=Printer+friendly+version&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.saisc.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2017%252F12%252FShop-welded-slices-in-beams.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} The SAISC gets numerous suggestions and/or requests to supply the correct detail ...

Drilling holes in hard wearing plates

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC {{ vc_btn:title=Printer+friendly+version&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.saisc.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2017%252F12%252FDrilling-holes-in-hard-wearing-plates.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} If you have ever tried to drill a hole in a hard ...

Lapped joints in compression

By Amanuel Gebremeskel, Development Engineer, SAISC There have been a number of structural failures in South Africa over the past few …

Galvanized bolts – an update

PART 1 By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC BACKGROUND AND HISTORY South Africa has a long tradition of specifying and using …

Should we go eurocode for steel?

By Dr. Hennie de Clercq, retired CEO, SAISC I would like to report back on the survey we did recently in …

Architecurally exposed structural steelwork (aess)

Adapted by Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC It is not difficult to comprehend why architecturally exposed steelwork can become the subject …

A summary of the welding workshop presented by Bob Shaw

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC What a month May was for visiting American experts to visit South Africa to share …

It’s all about stability how not to buckle under pressure

By Amanuel Gebremeskel, Development Engineer, SAISC Stability is one of those topics in structural engineering that most of us would rather …

SIMM Structural inspection and maintenance management of mining structures

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC BACKGROUND AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS Engineers should be aware of the legal requirement contained in the …

An update on laminations/ lamellar tearing in plate

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC It is common knowledge that from time to time (in fact quite rarely) steel plates …

An invitation for building innovation

The SAISC would like to challenge anyone who has novel ideas about how to create new buildings to come forward. We …

Comment on the quality of hot dip galvanizing when dipping imported structural steel sections

By Terry Smith, Technical Marketing Director, Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa It should be reasonably common knowledge that to achieve …

Galvanized bolts – an update

PART 2 By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC WHAT IS HYDROGEN EMBRITTLEMENT? We used the term a number of times in …

Grade 355 tubular steel an engineering solution for many applications

AN UPDATE ON THE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ARTICLE (Steel Construction March 2010) By Franco P. Mordini, Robor Market Development Engineer and Chairman …

Some gems from spencer’s steel enlightenment course for wits students

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC I have just finished my 10th enlightenment course at Wits University which started in 2002. …

Rules of thumb for steel structures

By Dr Hennie de Clercq, Executive Director, SAISC INTRODUCTION Rules of thumb have a proud history in engineering. In fact, there …

Student laboratory experience at the university of johannesburg

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC BACKGROUND Somehow we do not think of Universities of technology having laboratories or research facilities. …

Structural bolting issues in south africa – Part 2

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC The first part of this article appeared in Steel Construction Issue No. 3 and described …

Structural bolting issues in south africa

PART 1 By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC BACKGROUND I am sure it is common knowledge that the new Eskom power …

Beam distortion a study into the effects of residual stresses and the hot dip galvanizing process – a unique method of preventing unwanted distortion

By Steve Hornsey of VSR (Africa) Hot dip galvanizing is a highly cost effective method of protecting structural steel fabrications against …

Tube to tube welds prequalified welds to aws d1.1.08

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC It may come as a surprise to engineers and fabricators alike that tube to tube …

A clever connection solution for the façade cladding of the moses mabhida stadium

By Linda Ness PrEng., Linda Ness Associates (Edited by Spencer Erling) The stadium bowl façade is a uniquely designed system which …

What not to do when entering your project for steel awards!

PART 2 By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC Please do not misconstrue this article as a gripe, winge, moan from the …

How to ensure you do not win a steel award!

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC Steel Awards really is a big annual issue for the Institute. We have just come …

Tubular brace member connections in braced steel frames

By J.A. Packer Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada ABSTRACT: Diagonal bracings are extremely popular elements for lateral load …

Flattened ends are out

By Spencer Erling Education Director, SAISC Tubular construction is not exactly a new science. As early as the 1890’s iconic bridges …

Grade 10.9 s hot dip galvanized bolts quality issues rage on!

By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC Grade 10.9S HSFG hot dip galvanized bolt failures have raised their ugly heads again! Failures …

Technical differences between general or batch type and continuous sheet hot dip galvanizing

Read on and find out lots about the galvanizing process, its methods, its alloying. The information will be informative to anyone …

How safe are our reinforced concrete buildings?

By Dr Hennie de Clercq, Executive Director, SAISC Ask a fire chief in the US which type of burning multi-storey building …

Automating structural design: Getting computers to design

By R. Walls and A. Elvin, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering This article presents a method …

Technical differences between general or batch type and continuous sheet hot dip galvanizing

PART 2 By Spencer Erling, Education Director, SAISC White rust The initial silver colour that one sees on the surface of …

The specification for corrosion protection of fasteners for use with low rise light steel frame building

By Rob White, International Zinc Association – Southern Africa BACKGROUND Before the SASFA Code for low rise light steel frame building …

The SA Institute of Welding (SAIW) puts companies on the map with certification scheme

After much preparation and research, (investigation into a certification scheme started in the 90’s) the SAIW became the first authorised national …

Asymmetric and singly symmetric sections in compression – Part 3

PART THREE By David Blitenthall, development engineer, SAISC The third article in the series looks at how to assess the compression …

Asymmetric and singly symmetric sections in compression

By David Blitenthall, Development Engineer, SAISC Last year the SAISC took its “Design of light industrial buildings” course to a number …

Detailed Drawings – The Last Chapter

PLATE GIRDERS (BEAMS AND COLUMNS) The most important issue that detailers overlook (possibly caused by the engineers as well) is the ...

Flux-Cored welding an option for South Africa?

By Peter Middleton, Editor, African Fusion (Editor’s note: Article previously published in African Fusion, November 2007) “Flux-cored welding is not a ...

A study into the effects of residual stresses and the hot dip galvanizing process

Hot dip galvanizing is a highly cost effective method of protecting structural steel fabrications against corrosion. Its usage can be traced ...

Detailed drawings: What should the Engineer look for before approving them ?

Trusses Single angle construction trusses The most common issue here is inadvertently building eccentricities into the construction that the engineer has ...

Cladding Fasteners : Are we being screwed?

Despite having reasonable National Building Regulations, an abundance of National Standards and an admirable Consumer Protection Act we constantly receive complaints …

Structural Hollow Sections from an Engineer’s perspective: What size should I use?

By Franco Mordini {{ vc_btn:title=Print+friendly+version&align=center&i_icon_fontawesome=fa+fa-print&add_icon=true&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.saisc.co.za%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2017%252F12%252FStructural-Hollow-Sections-from-an-Engineers-Perspective.pdf%7C%7C%7C }} Structural Hollow Sections are being used more and more in structural applications as they have ...

South African Fabricators – Are we no longer productive and competitive?

Voortman recently invited and paid the travel costs for Spencer to visit their factory in Holland as well as a Dutch …

Numerically controlled machines – the MORE sophisticated range

Lessons from Spencer’s Voortman Visit, Part 3 In the previous article, we did some numbers as to potential savings by going …

Saving Money On Passive Fire Protection – Designing Composite Floors In Fire: The Slab Panel Method

By Caroli Geldenhuys & *Richard Walls (Pr. Eng.), Stellenbosch University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Fire Engineering Research Group. Passive protection such …

Entry Level into CNC Controlled Machines: It’s Not So Expensive

Voortman recently invited and paid for Spencer’s travel costs to visit their factory in Holland as well as a Dutch fabricator …