The Challenge for Infrastructure Management

Municipal operations, transportation, national defense and public utilities provide the infrastructure on which we depend heavily for just about everything we do.

Gautrain is a state-of-the art commuter service connecting OR Tambo international airport, Johannesburg and Pretoria – the busiest hub in the country. Its construction meant overcoming geological as well as well as logistics problems by having to tunnel under and through some of the busiest populated business centres.

Transnet is the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain that delivers goods to each and every South African. Every day Transnet delivers thousands of tons of goods around South Africa, through its pipelines and both to and from its ports. It moves that cargo on to ships for export while it unloads goods from overseas.

Perhaps one of Transnet’s most notable achievements is the 860km rail link between the Sishen iron ore mine in the Northern Cape to the Port of Saldanha. These trains are nearly 4kms long and weigh in excess of 40 000 tons. More than 3,000 of these RDP trains have been operated since launched in December 2007.

Challenges facing the Gautrain and Transnet:

Reliability of commuter service

Gautrain’s 80km reach with 24 trains can’t afford delays or stoppages – the initial design specification called 99.7% system availability.

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Safety and security of commuter service

Provision had to be made for all aspects of fire prevention and ventilation through multiple redundant systems.

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Rapid disposal of iron ore loads

The unloading, classification and storage of millions of tons of ore are key to the rapid turnaround of Transnet’s huge train loads trains.

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Customer Stories

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Customer Stories Infrastructure

Transnet National Ports Authority

Transnet’s Port of Durban outwits load shedding and plans for the future
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Customer Stories Infrastructure

Gautrain Management System

Gautrain infrastructure running on rails with help from Wonderware
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Transnet Saldanha route optimisation

Routing optimisation at Saldanha’s bulk ore terminal with help from Wonderware
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