CONSTRUCTION

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

We start construction projects with planning, then design, financing and continue until the project is built and ready for use. A Project manager is generally assigned to manage the project, along with other personnel such as a construction manager, design engineer, construction engineer while a project architect supervises it.

CREATING AND

DEVELOPING

THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF TOMORROW

RESIDENTIAL

COMMUNITY REVITALISATION

RENOVATIONS

RAIL

TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

BRIDGES

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

We offer residential construction that ranges from standalone houses, apartment developments, town houses and residential estate developments. The standalone residences range in size from single story houses to multiple story mansions. The estate developments we construct range in size and amenities depending on the client brief. The cost of construction is calculated on a per square meter basis. For some houses it can vary dramatically based on site conditions, local regulations, economies of scale, as custom designed homes are often more expensive to build.

    PROCESS FOR HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

 

  • Develop floor plans and obtain government building approval if necessary
  • Clear the building site
  • Pour a foundation with concrete
  • Build the main load-bearing structure
  • Add floor and ceiling joists and install subfloor panels
  • Install roof shingles or other covering for flat roof
  • Install windows
  • Add internal plumbing, HVAC, electrical, and natural gas utilities
  • Building inspector visits if necessary to approve utilities and framing
  • Install insulation and interior drywall panels (cement board for wet areas) and to complete walls and ceilings
  • Install bathroom fixtures
  • Spackle, prime, and paint interior walls and ceilings
  • Additional tiling on top of cement board for wet areas, such as the bathroom and kitchen backsplash
  • Install final floor covering, such as floor tile, carpet, or wood flooring
  • Install major appliances
  • Unless the original owners are building the house, at this point it is typically sold or rented

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION

We offer a variety of commercial construction services including building construction, construction management, construction add-ons and interior and exterior remodelling. Our profile reflects a broad range of ground up and remodelling including restaurants, financial institutions, churches, schools (grades R-12),

multi-family residential, hotel, custom retail and more. Gear  is also available to help with construction site selection and design. This service offers a wider dimension to our construction services as it is not offered by most general contractors. We want to be a part of all of your planning, development and building needs.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Office space
  • Commercial property
  • Real estate
  • Shopping mall
  • Industrial Property
  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Government Buildings

 

As your construction manager, we handle all aspects of the organization and implementation of the process. we provide the following project management and field operations services:

  • Evaluate Schedules, Budgets and Constructibility
  • Coordinate Construction Documents
  • Customize and Implement Project Procedures
  • Manage, Schedule and Coordinate Subcontractors
  • Monitor Construction for Conformance with Design Documents
  • Develop Construction Subcontracts
  • Monitor and Maintain Cost Control
  • Assist with Permitting and Approvals
  • Facilitate Substantial Completion
  • Project Progress Reporting
  • Project Cost Reporting
  • Billing Management
  • Procurement of Materials and Services
  • Contract Administration
  • Lead Weekly OAC Meetings
  • Lead Weekly Subcontractor Meetings
  • Project Close-Out
  • Warranty management

RENOVATIONS

Home renovations can be an exciting and yet tiring task to endevour in. From the excitement of planning and reviewing the designs to seeing the construction come alive day-by-day, you'll experience a roller coaster ride of emotions.  We improve broken, damaged, or outdated structures typically either in the commercial or residential space. GEAR does major and minor adjustments to residential, commercial, governmental buildings and infrastructure.

 

Projects involving renovation require not just flexibility, but a plan that has previously been agreed upon by multiple parties. The planning process will involve feedback from financial investors of the project, as well as the designer. Part of planning will also entail the collection of any necessary information for the completion of the project, and then the project plan will be revised and given consent before continuing with renovations.

 

The renovation process usually occurs over several processes:

  • Planning
  • Engineering
  • Structural repair
  • Rebuilding
  • Finishes

Requirements for renovation include:

  • Property or site to reconstruct
  • Structural plans
  • Knowledge of sewage disposal, water supply, and flood zones
  • Project plan
  • Funding
  • Builders

COMMUNITY REVITALISATION

Economic Development

The company’s plan include support for new and existing programs to increase job training, small business development and new business recruitment to ensure the a sustained growth for SMMEs.

 

Improving Local Schools

We are invested in local education programs to improve test scores and help prepare students for college and careers in emerging industries. The initiative will be concentrated on expanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, increasing professional development for teachers and creating state-of-the-art science and math laboratories.

 

Collaborative Planning Process

Gear has envisioned making a community investment with lasting impact, developed with the community’s input. The company hired a local economic and community development expert from Masterpiece Global, along with cross-agency data management expert from E-Corporation systems and convened a Steering Committee of community stakeholders, representing business, neighbourhoods, public safety, education and non-profit organizations to help identify high priority needs in targeted areas.

 

Program Highlights

Over the next five years, the initiative will utilize several “best practices” to resolve local economic development challenges, including:

• Developing partnerships with local institutions to provide assistance for small businesses and homeowners.

• Fostering greater collaboration among businesses, non-profits and community colleges to increase job training and adult education programs for selected workers.

• Incentivizing construction and related businesses to hire local workers.

 

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS

Highway construction and engineering includes planning, designing, and building of highways. It is evident that good roads last longer and ensures safer journey for everyone. If a road is well planned and then executed according to plan, a highway can open the gates of growth and development.

 

Public roads connect two or more places and ensure that industries, employment, and development follow. Bridges, traffic lights, pavements, bike paths, and lane dividers make up a safe highway. Modern highways are known for their high capacity, efficiency, and planned construction. Highway networks are very important for the growth of a region. Main roads open new trade routes and almost every industrial region in the world is connected to the major highway network system of that particular country

 

ROAD CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

Our modern way of road construction involves the removal of geographic obstacles, and the use of new construction materials that are far more improved and durable. Rock and earth is removed by explosion or digging. Our methods of dealing with Embankments, tunnels, and bridges are constructed, and then vegetation is removed by deforestation, if necessary. Finally, the pavement material we lay by using a range of road construction equipment.

 

Roadways we basically designed and constructed for use by vehicles and pedestrians. Storm drainage and ecological considerations are considered seriously by the company as they form a critical catalyst of road construction. Sediments and erosion are controlled to avoid damaging effects. The company drainage systems are constructed so that they should be able to carry waste water to a waterway, stream, river, the sea or man-made drainage filters like sewers.

 

 

IMPORTANCE OF EARTHWORK

Earthwork is one of our major works involved in road construction. This process includes:

  • Excavation
  • Material removal
  • Filling
  • Compaction
  • Construction

 

We control the Moisture content, and compaction is done according to standard design procedure then thereafter. Normally, we usually don’t encourage rock explosion at the road bed. While filling a depression to reach the road level, the company flattens original bed is after the removal of the topsoil. The fill layer is distributed and compacted to the designed specifications. We repeat this procedure until the compaction desired is reached. The company warrants the fill material doesn’t contain organic elements, and substances that possess a low index of plasticity. Fill material can include gravel and decomposed rocks of a particular size, but should not consist of huge clay lumps. The sandy clay material we usually use. The area is considered to be adequately compacted when the roller movement does not create a noticeable deformation. The road surface finish is reliant on the economic aspects, and the estimated usage.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT OF ROADS

With ever increasing traffic and exponentially increasing vehicular load, construction management techniques have become the need of the hour and as a business we have taken the liberty to insert our vision to accommodate such a drift. Managing maximum traffic in optimal space is what the world needs today. Safe designing of roads, highway space management and proper drainage of water are major aspects that our site engineers have to take care of. Our construction management includes putting all the pieces of puzzle together, defining project objectives, dividing the project into modules and optimizing the available resources. Time, money and resource management are important aspects. Time saved is money earned, and that is where our expertise in construction management techniques are utilized.

 

BRIDGES

Bridges of all types are vital links in infrastructure development. Beam, arch, suspension, truss, cable stayed, cantilever, truss-arch, and lattice truss, from pedestrian walkways to awe inspiring spans of spectacular gorges, each bridge we design and build has unique requirements and challenges during fabrication. The same bridge the company designs may require completely different construction methods simply due to site restrictions and accessibility.

 

In most sites we may have unrestricted areas for stockpiling of materials, equipment staging, and traffic control detours while another site we may have limited access and require unrestricted traffic flow during construction. The former may be able to use in place fabrication techniques while the latter would probably require prefabricated methods. So while there is no single construction to our method for bridge erection, there are several broad categories of fabrication techniques we use. These are:

 

  • False work or staging: temporary framing and scaffolding to support structural elements during construction.
  • Span-by-span: structural elements are fabricated in situ between supporting structures to create each span in a sequential process.
  • Full span erection: fully prefabricated spans are constructed off site, transported to the bridge construction project, and installed whole between supporting structures.
  • Balanced cantilever: segments are installed or fabricated in situ on opposing sides of a supporting pier until the span is complete.

 

Additionally, there may be more than one technique employed on a single project to achieve the most efficient construction process

 

To facilitate these techniques we at least use one of two types of heavy equipment are usually present:

  • Crane assist: structural elements are placed and temporarily held in position by one or more movable lifting cranes located on the ground, barges, or on the bridge itself as construction progresses.
  • Gantry or launch girder: typically a horizontal steel framework supporting a track and carriage which hoists and transports structural elements along a bridge span, then travels horizontally to the next span

RAIL

ROLLING STOCK

Since of commencement of Gear Intl., the company has positioned itself as not just a supplier of locomotives, wagons, bogies and other related goods to the national railways and international markets. Our Rolling Stock department is to simply deliver quality, a cost effective, customer-driven solution that roots the company’s position as a reliable global supplier to the rail market.

 

Specifically we Stock designs, outsource manufactures, refurbishes and services a complete range of rolling stock, namely locomotives, wagons and bogies for national railways, mining houses and industrial users throughout SA and international markets. Flexibility is the crucial to the company's prominent novelty.

 

SIGNAL

 

Signalling Offered In Two Ways

1. We offer a complete integrated solution in which movement authority and interlocking are integrated within wayside zone controllers; this reduces equipment and potential interfacing issues. Through integrating the management of the interlocking with train location information, as communicated through the CBTC system, allows faster response times, more tightly controlled movements, easier expandability and adaptability. Interfaces within the zone controller are more easily designed than those between subsystems. The integrated system knows the position of each train to a high degree of accuracy. It can control the behaviour of the train at all times and, in response to changing conditions, can modify the behaviour to ensure safety of the system while offering maximum service. It can adapt its algorithms to take advantage of individual train behaviour, and change parameters to ensure optimum use of resources, such as platform availability and traction power. The Limit of Movement Authority setting logic has a high impact on the end system performance, i.e. managing the interlocking in an integrated manner. Interlocking and switch control logic is optimized using position reports of communicating trains.

 

 The integrated design includes:

  • Unattended and Driver-less train operation and cab-signalling modes
  • Moving-block technology
  • Automatic performance modification
  • Fully redundant train to wayside configurations
  • Data communication option (loop or radio)
  • Automatic route setting
  • Quick-start reset
  • Solid-state interlocking and remote point machine control
  • Automatic coupling/uncoupling

 

2. A 'progressive' overlay solution:

(a) Speed and Signal Safeguard: it vitally supervises speed profiles and signal adherence and provides all the functions of an intermittent ATP (Automatic Train Protection)

 

(b) Continuous Automatic Train Protection: provides the added value of improved headway while maintaining safe train separation, without depending on axle counters or track circuits. The system will automatically generate movement authorities based on actual locations of moving and fixed obstacles. It is used in conjunction with external interlocking and provides a replacement for automatic separation signals between interlocking. It can operate seamlessly with existing track circuits, which provides an inherent mechanism to operate mixed-mode traffic.

 

(c) Automatic Train Operation offering automatic train movement allowing a driver to operate "hands-off" and thereby improve running performance.

Moving to fully automatic operation (FAO) provides an excellent means to match train supply to passenger demand

 

DATA COMMUNICATION

Our company Data communication is provided with either low frequency inductive loop or a high bandwidth, open-standards wireless system incorporating spread-spectrum radio technology.

 

Data Communication System (DCS)

  • Open-standard single integrated network providing communication between all train control subsystems and consists of three major elements:
  • Free-space radio link (to/from all trains)
  • Wayside network
  • Security system.
  • Ethernet IP network is based on the IEEE 802.3 standard.
  • Radios, compliant with the IEEE 802.11 standard, are deployed at measured intervals along the trackside and are used to provide a wireless link to the trains.
  • Each train has a mobile radio at each end used to provide an interface to the vehicle on-board computer and to complete the wireless link to the trackside.
  • All equipment used to create the DCS system is Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS).
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INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT

When it comes to rail, passengers, operators, and infrastructure management professionals– wants the same thing: safe, affordable, reliable transportation. Already demand for maintenance and growth exceeds capacity. Rail and freight operators compete for limited possession time. Passengers are intolerant of delays or discomfort in the contemporary – even if this means increased promptness and frequency in the forthcoming.

 

Gear as a company addresses the specific challenges of infrastructure management. Whether you are a network manager or a railway infrastructure contractor, as an enterprise we empower you to maximize capacity and make intelligent, financially sound decisions for operations, maintenance and growth.

 

NETWORK MANAGEMENT

 

Railway network planning challenges are wide-ranging and complex. They cover every aspect of projects and maintenance, capacity management and traffic control. They encompass long, medium, short and up-to-the-minute choices. They have to take into account rules, changing legislation and labour laws. Finalized plans then have to stand up to stakeholder scrutiny for efficiency, sustainability and responsible use of public funds.

Success lies in your ability to see the full picture. In seeing how can you best prioritize the upgrading of passenger or freight routes. Or how to most effectively plan, operate and maintain a growing transportation network. Or how to minimize delays and get trains back on schedule after a breakdown.

The company gives you full visibility across all operations and planning horizons. It takes all your rules, business priorities and restrictions into account and creates plans to advance your business goals. It enables you to transmit your plans and changes in real-time to your team’s mobile devices.

 

All-horizon Planning

Generate strategic, tactical and operational plans network-wide with a single, integrated platform

 

Transparency

Gain full visibility of current and future operations

 

Scenario Planning

Simulate alternative scenarios to prepare for disruptions and make investment decisions

 

Responsiveness

Respond to unplanned events in real time to minimize the impact of disruptions

 

Capacity Optimization

Increase your operational efficiency and asset utilization

 

Flexibility

Opting for a scalable solution that grows with your needs and network

For every planning horizon and across all operations, Gear empowers you to make decisions that are in the best interest of masque

 

ELECTRIFICATION

 

As the global use of railways continues to grow there is increasing pressure to ensure the network is reliable and efficient. A significant portion of train delays can be attributed to loss of signaling power, either by a genuine cable fault or theft. This can disrupt the network resulting in long delays and, in some cases, heavy fines for the network operator. GEAR automatically restores power to the signals to maintain supply and keep trains running, eliminating train delays.

 

Benefits of the system include:

  • Automatic isolation of cable faults or cable theft
  • Locates open circuits quickly in the event of cable theft
  • Automatic restoration of supply
  • Available in 400V and 650V for IT or TN systems
  • Brings intelligence to signaling power networks
  • Total network reliability and no delays
  • Counteracts cable theft by re-configuring the power supply
  • Automated time domain reflectometry (TDR)
  • Simple to use
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Battery charger for locomotives
  • Auxiliary converters for metros with brake excitation
  • HVAC inverter for railway vehicles
  • Modular auxiliary converters for rail vehicles and trolleys
  • Automated fault location: no manual interpretation of complex TDR traces
  • Simple user interface and display
  • Communications: alarms and events reported automatically to the network management system
  • Customised inductive components and analysis
  • High power DC/DC converter for rail vehicles and trolleys

AUTOMATED AND RECONFIGURABLE POWER SYSTEM

 

GEAR is a smart grid that is designed to maintain the supply of power during arduous fault conditions. In the event of a fault, or even when a section of the cable is stolen, the GEAR switches first open in order to protect the power system and then automatically re-configures the network to isolate the faulted or missing section and provide continuity of supply.

 

As GEAR is a fully configurable power system the faulted section of cable can be repaired or replaced at a time convenient for the network operator. Following any remedial cable works GEAR can be restored to its original configuration with no effect on train movements.

 

Our system is installed around the world; this includes the UK's most strategic route connecting London to Glasgow. The system was also installed on the East London Over ground Line, providing total network reliability for the London Olympics.

 

We bring intelligence to low-voltage power networks by remotely communicating live network conditions 24/7 to the network management system. Alarms are automatically forwarded in the event of a cable fault or theft providing maintenance teams with vital up-to-date information.

 

WAGONS

 

Rail Bam Analysis

The Rail BAM Analysis tool has been developed to monitor and identify changes in railway bearings caused by wear and tear. As a company using our acoustic monitoring to detect changes in sound frequencies emitted by railway bearings, the Rail BAM Analysis tool can provide valuable information on when maintenance needs to occur.

 

Information produced by the Rail BAM Analysis tool can be used to schedule maintenance as needed. This can save your business time and money by keeping your rolling stock on track until it needs maintaining, and by preventing track damage through railway bearing failures.

Features of the Rail BAM Analysis tool include:

  • Railway bearing acoustic monitor
  • Detect and rank axle bearing faults
  • Provide condition monitoring reports
  • Advanced warning of potential bearing failure
  • Most seen bearing lists
  • Overall and monthly statistics
  • Component fault identification, for example cup, cone, roller

 

Bogie Refurbishment

Our Bogie department is able to offer the following services:

  • Reconditioning
  • Repair
  • Sale of second hand refurbished bogies
  • Bogie components
  • Stucki constant contact side bearers
  • Side bearer conversions (Gap to CCSB)

 

Wagon Maintenance

Gear Rail provides a custom maintenance, modification, retrofit and upgrade facility for all types of railway wagons and rail associated equipment. Projects include custom bottom discharge doors, constant contact side bearer conversion, rail gauge conversion and general upgrade/overhaul of wagons.

  • Fleet maintenance management
  • Wagon re-sheeting
  • Modifications of wagons to clients requirements
  • Design and modification of discharge doors to purchaser requirements
  • Conversion of goods vans to refrigeration
  • High speed conversion of wagons
  • Gauge conversion of wagons, and
  • In-field wagon maintenance service

 

Wagon Refurbishment

The Enterprise can provide a range of options on refurbishment depending on our clients' needs. We can develop detailed specifications for refurbishment of your existing wagons, retrofit new components for improved efficiency and safety, and manufacture custom built components.

Wagon refurbishment involves stripping down wagons, reconditioning all necessary components, manufacturing new components to specifications, installing new build, testing, painting and servicing. Our clients include major rail freight organizations, mining companies, and government departments.

 

Wheel Refurbishment

Gear Rail has workshops nationally providing a full range of services for wheels, axles and bearings including refurbishment

We are experts when it comes to:

  • Reconditioning bearings, wheels and axles
  • Refurbishing wheels and axles
  • Re-profiling wheels with 3 wheels lathes for Narrow and Standard gauge

We have quality trained inspectors using state of the art machinery to recondition or refurbish various types of wheels

 

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