Category Archives: Design

Salzburger Dom – Salzburg, Austria

The secret to travelling in Europe (especially Austria) – ALWAYS look up!! 😀

You will NEVER be disappointed of the priceless artwork you will find on the ceilings… 🙂 **

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Prague: The Dancing Building

Also goes by The Dancing House, The Dancing Couple and the lesser known Fred & Ginger (after famous dancers Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers)…

For me – I was drawn to the structure… 😉 I have seen many beautiful photos of this very famous & controversial building, so I wouldn’t let the chance to see it just slip by… In truth, I was disappointed – the colours were not like I imagined (so I processed it to my desired effect 😉 – but it still was/is a pretty awesome & interesting building!!! 🙂 **

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DIY – Recovering Lampshade

I’ve been a Pinterest nut for a while now – I’ve only been able to try a few pins ranging from very yummy stuff to eat to a few DIY projects!!! (By the way – you can follow my Pinterest here or follow the link on the right)… Quite a while ago I got this idea (see pic below) on Pinterest & decided I could make do with this project!!! 🙂

Here is my before:

I really did NOT like the yellow at all!!! 😦

My setup:

  1. 1. My ‘before’ lampshade
  2. 2. Chosen Fabric
  3. 3. Scissors, glue, measuring tape & masking tape

I started by cutting the fabric in the correct length with 2 inches to spare on all the sides!! Then I started at a side and started to glue the fabric onto the lampshade section by section… 🙂

Once I’ve glued all the sides and tucked everything in, I taped all the joints and edges with masking tape to leave overnight for the glue to dry…

My very satisfying after:

I love the result – I’ll never miss the yellow lampshades!!! 😉

Have you been doing any DIY projects?? 😀 **

South Africa’s Gautrain…

I noticed that I’ve edited these photos, but have not shared them yet… (the photos) nothing extremely special, but the Gautrain is – – – The Gautrain is revolutionary in South Africa’s infrastructure (engineering & design) – – – Although it is not near the complexity of your standard European underground, it really is a benchmark for future South African developments!!! – – –

I know I took more photos of this trip, but I just happen to stumble upon these three unshared, edited photos & thought I’ll share it with you!!! 😀

I’ve only ridden it on three occasions, but I can tell you with total honesty – it transports me to my (extremely) happy place!!! It’s 30 minutes of pure bliss… It truly makes me feel as if I’m somewhere in Europe – I mean, who wouldn’t like that?? 😉 **

Exploring Edmonton…

By Monday we have almost totally recovered from jet lag… (finally 😉 )… & the plan was for Deborah & Debra to show us around town: where’s cool – where’s not; what’s fun – what’s not; what’s in downtown – what’s not; the enormity of West Edmonton mall; a drive by a couple of PCL’s projects and just general having a good time!!!

I found it interesting that ALL electricity boxes were beautifully painted!!!

The Mind Bender – world’s largest indoor triple loop roller coaster!!! – out of order –

Visiting my favourite-stest-stest-stest store in the whole wide world!!! 🙂

Edmonton skyline – what a change from the snowy view!!!

Probably ons of the flattest landscapes that I have seen – ever!!!

The hotel offered wine-tasting every weekday – BONUS!!!

We had some random explorations of the area close to the hotel!!!

So colourful I couldn’t resist taking a photo!!!

Visited the Old Strathcona farmers market!!

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Canada flag…

On Tuesday HWTHB (He-who-thinks-he’s-boss) was kept busy with site visits and THE big interview… Stressful day for both of us…. Fortunately I could keep myself busy – unfortunately I had no transport… but oh well… I got to eat my yummy sushi and explore all the super funky shops on Whyte avenue!!! That kept me busy for quite a few hours!!! The day was soon over… 🙂

Highly recommended – ‘Tokyo Noodle Shop’

Yumyum!!!

At the end of Tuesday, HWTHB was made a very nice offer by PCL Construction company…. He had until the Friday to think about it and sign… and so my emotional roller coasters starts…!!! Hint: He didn’t sign the documents on Tuesday!!! 😀 **

What to do the day after you’ve turned 25…

Of course the answer is simple…

1. Go on a 1day course presented by SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers) about the designing of steel structures according to the SANS code – fun! 😀

2. Ride the Gautrain 🙂

3. Take photographs with your new camera!! – – – of course 😀 – – –

First of all : Thanks for all the birthday wishes & happy thoughts!!! I do appreciate every single one of them!!! 🙂 I am very much looking forward to the year ahead!!

‘Twas soooooo much fun having a small, unnoticed & silent camera today!!! I created 3 mini summaries of the photos I took with my small snapper today!!! 😀 I hope you enjoy them… It covers my day pretty well!!!

My drawing of an infinitely long steel I-section 🙂 ; my red steel textbook; the equations that made my eyes VERY sleepy (who gives you these stuff directly after a huge meal??) 🙂 & the view from my desk!!!

While waiting for the train to arrive at the Midrand Station!!!

My shadow portrait 🙂 and a few pretty flowers!!!

Hope you all had a great day!!! I doubt my day tomorrow will be as much fun as today (reeeeeeally do not want to go and sit in the office tomorrow 😦 )… but at least I had today!!! 😀 Thanks for checking in!!! **

Hoover Dam Bridge Construction

Motivation for my work that lies ahead this week… My dream is to someday be part of such a breathtaking project!!! But for now…

PLEASE NOTE: – – – THESE PHOTOS ARE NOT MY OWN&HAVE IN NO WAY BEEN EDITED BY ME!!! I got these pics via email, thus unknown photographer!!! But… I must say well done!!! Awesome photography… Awesome structure… What’s not to love??

Photographer known!!!!! Thank you so much to http://barkumephotography.wordpress.com/ for informing me of who the photographer for these great photographs were!!! Thank you JAMES STILLINGS (click to follow link to his website – – – Awesome!!!) !!!

Yet another engineering feat!!! Definitely on my list of places to visit!!! Have you been there yet?? 🙂 Beautiful!!!!! **

Builders in the sky!!!

(Source: Personal Email )

Workers build a footpath around the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in China!!

Thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China, a team of workers, operating with hardly any safety measures, are building a footpath.

The workers are building a plank road on the side of the mountain that, once it is finished, will stretch for 3km (9843 ft) and be China’s longest sightseeing footpath.

48-year-old Yu Ji (above) is one of the workers and he has been working on high cliffs building such plank roads for more than 10 years. He comments: “Young people don’t want this job, as it requires them to stay deep in the mountains for months or even years”

Yu Ji takes charge of the most dangerous part of the project – drilling the holes to set up pipes to support the footpath.
Building a plank road on Shifou Mountain is difficult because the cliff stands vertical at 90 degrees, without any slope or alcoves.

A finished section of the footpath.

Loving it!! 🙂 – – – Hope you did too – – – **

River OVER a river!!! – – – Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany – – –

Water Bridge in Germany.   What a feat!!!

Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long . . . now this is engineering!

This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project. It is located in the city of Magdeburg , near Berlin.
The photo was taken on the day of inauguration . . .To those who appreciate engineering projects, here’s a puzzle for you armchair engineers . . ..  and physicists: Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water?

Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of  the water!

Why?  A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal, and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River. At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

The Elbe-Havel and Mittelland canals had previously met near Magdeburg but on opposite sides of the Elbe. Ships moving between the two had to make a 12-kilometer detour, descending from the Mittelland Canal through the Rothensee boat lift into the Elbe, then sailing downstream on the river, before entering the Elbe-Havel Canal through Niegripp lock. Low water levels in the Elbe often prevented fully laden canal barges from making this crossing, requiring time-consuming off-loading of cargo.

Construction of the water link was started as early as in the 1930s but due to the World War 2 and subsequent division of Germany the work remained suspended till 1997. The aqueduct was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.

So, I definitely want to visit Germany now!! Got to love engineering!! 😀 **