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Steel Awards 2013 – Yet another successful year for the Steel Construction Industry

Steel Awards 2013 – Yet another successful year for the Steel Construction Industry

This year was the 32nd Steel Awards, which recognises excellence in the use of structural steel in various construction projects.

Fifty entries of projects completed in 2012 were received this year and Spencer Erling, SAISC Education Director and convener of the Steel Awards judges, said that although the number of entries this year was less than those in the bumper years of 2009 and 2010, it was still a significant amount considering the industry has experienced a significant slowdown since then. "However, the quality of entries this year makes up for the lack of quantity. I am constantly amazed how the standard of entries seems to improve each year. Considering the history of high-level work that has been entered into Steel Awards over the years, it is most encouraging that the bar is raised on such a consistent basis," Erling says.

Medupi Wins Overall and Mining and Industrial Category Awards

The main frame and boiler grid supports project at Medupi Power Station is the Mining and Industrial category winner as well as overall winner for Steel Awards 2013.

The judges said: "The boiler support structures really exhibit excellence in the use of structural steel. It is a classic heavy engineering project of spectacular proportions. It is heavy engineering at its best. The structures look so clean and simple, especially before all the rest of the steelwork, platforms, boiler casings and piping bundles, and other equipment enclose them. And don't be fooled - these four legged braced monsters soar 105 metres into the sky!"

The main sponsor of Steel Awards 2013, which was held simultaneously in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on 19th September, was Aveng Steel (Aveng's steel cluster consisting of Aveng Trident Steel, Aveng Steel Fabrication, formerly DSE, and Aveng Steeledale).  Other sponsors were:  Macsteel (Table Décor); Cadex SA (Photo Competition); The Association of Steel Tube and Pipe Manufacturers of South Africa (Tubular Award); Stewarts & Lloyds (Light Steel Frame Award) and partner sponsors:  ArcelorMittal SA; B&T Steel; Eazi Sales & Service; Genrec Engineering; NJR Steel; Peddinghaus; Tubular Holdings; Vital Engineering.

The fabrication of the Medupi structure is worthy of special mention. The major boxed column and beam components are fabricated to the extremely exacting dimensional tolerance requirements - 2 millimetres on those massive chunky pieces of steel. The boxed columns have extensive diaphragm and stiffening requirements making it difficult to meet the 'squareness' requirements, especially taking the distortion resulting from the welds into account.

Download the document for more information on all the winners.


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