Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark

As the trend towards digitisation becomes pervasive across many industries and operations, the benefits offered to power distribution systems should not be overlooked. However, due to the aging infrastructure of facilities such as hospitals, airports, wastewater treatment plants, etc., electrical distribution has not been keeping up with the latest digitisation trends. As such, most facility…

Time for SA to join the smart cities revolution

Smart cities use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance liveability, workability and sustainability, thereby improving the life of its residents. Image source: Gallo/Getty “The Smart Cities Framework captures the relationship between a city’s responsibilities (what it needs to accomplish for citizens) and its enablers (the smart technologies that can make those tasks easier),” explains…

2020 competition to design emergency operations centre in Africa launched

The Balouo Salo non-profit organisation has launched the 2020 edition of the Kaira Looro Competition which aims to design an emergency operations centre for the resolution of humanitarian emergencies in Africa. The international competition aims to raise awareness among the international community of architecture of emergencies in developing countries. First prize winner for Peace Pavilion…

Making data management do the ‘heavy lifting’ for the construction industry

Image source: Gallo/Getty Myopic mindsets have unfortunately led many to neglect managing their data. There still remain traditional views in the industry that data is not a vital component to operations. Yet AEC is a very data-dependent sector. Sharing accurate information and establishing a ‘single truth’ are crucial for timely delivery and healthier margins. Data:…