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Boiler maintenance with Layher SIM
Nelson Mandela was probably the most famous person to be born in Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city with a population of almost one million. Social rights activist and politician, Mandela, grew up in the vast township of Soweto and spent almost 27 years in jail for anti-apartheid political offences before becoming South Africa’s first black president, an office that he held from 1994 to 1999, after the apartheid system was dismantled. The Duvha power plant is located just over 100 km west of Johannesburg. It has a total capacity of 3.6 GW and delivers power to the entire region. Southey Contracting, which has operations throughout Africa and in the Middle East, was awarded the contract to perform maintenance on the plant’s boiler. The specialists created the interior work scaffolding with the Layher Allround System, using Layher SIM (Scaffolding Information Modelling) for digital project planning and support.
A forest visitor centre
At Ruhestein, a 915-metre-high pass in the Northern Black Forest National Park, a new 3,000 m² visitor centre is being built. The design for the new building complex was inspired by the lattice-like piles of deadwood that are often found on the forest floor. The various building blocks appear to have been stacked arbitrarily and the wooden shingles covering the exterior ensure that the building harmoniously blends into the surrounding forest. One of the design highlights is an open skywalk with platform providing visitors with breath-taking views. Scaffolding services provider Gerüstbau Wilhelm is supporting the entire construction project, ensuring that the necessary scaffolding for each of the construction phases is in place.
Tradition meets modern – Old Trafford and Layher Allround Scaffolding
North West England, where Manchester can be found, is one of the United Kingdom’s strongest economic regions. Many people are familiar with the city’s name because of its two premiere league football clubs, Manchester City and Manchester United – and the latter’s famous Old Trafford stadium has featured in a football thriller or two. A lesser known fact about Manchester is that the city has two universities and a shortage of living space. That’s the reason why a new multiple apartment blockis being built on Burlington Square, close to the university and several schools, with 273 residential units. The main contractor chose Rose System Scaffolding as its facade scaffolding provider over tube and fitting because it was looking for a company that used Layher Allround Scaffolding.
“Let there be a city here!”
According to legend those are the words spoken by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 when the foundation stone for the Peter and Paul Fortress was laid on Hare’s Island in the Neva river delta. It wasn’t until later that the fortress named after Peter the Great’s patron saint, the apostle Simon Peter, became a ‘window to the West’. In 1712 St. Petersburg displaced Moscow as the seat of government. By 1725 it was a prospering city with a population of 70,000. Peter the Great brought in famous European architects, engineers and craftsmen, including many Germans, to transform the city into a European technology and science centre. They created an architectural paradise on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea that rightly deserved to be called the ‘Venice of the North’.
Safety meets efficiency
In terms of fatalities per number of miles travelled, flying is the safest means of transportation in the world. Statistically speaking, a person can travel for 14,000 years in an airplane without being involved in an accident. One reason for that is safety being the number one priority in scheduled air services. Another is the strict requirements of aircraft maintenance and repair that the airlines have to comply with. When Russian A-Technics – a company in the Aeroflot Group that performs aircraft maintenance and repairs – was looking for a scaffolding system to build a universal, modular and flexible work platform, its most important requirements were safety, efficiency and minimum aircraft downtime.