DURBAN-based Fibertex, a manufacturer of geotextiles and supplier of geosynthetics in Africa, has attained Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation from the South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) for its specially developed course on the “Introduction to Geosynthetics and Soil Reinforcement.”
This interactive course is free of charge and is aimed at specialist engineers and architects in various disciplines, including geotechnical and environmental sectors, road and transportation design, as well as tailings, mining and landfills.
“Fibertex hosts seminars for companies and professional associations throughout Africa, which form part of their accredited CPD programmes. These geosynthetics courses, which are designed to improve and broaden the knowledge and skills of professionals, ensure specialists remain at the forefront of global construction methods and materials,” said the company’s Technical Sales Engineer Meera Govender.
“Although many courses are held at our clients’ premises, we also encourage companies to have seminars at the Fibertex head office in Hammarsdale, Durban. This provides an opportunity to host factory tours where engineers can experience the process of nonwoven staple fibre geotextile products being manufactured from raw Polypropylene (PP) fibres. Fibertex UV-stabilised virgin PP geotextiles are the only nonwoven geotextiles produced in Africa, with certification for durability of over 100 years.”
Govender said the company planned to obtain further accreditation for other courses to be presented by its technical specialists.
Fibertex presentations cover the application of geosynthetic materials used efficiently in roof top gardens, subsoil drainage in basements and retaining walls, french-drains, soak pits and pond liners – all relevant topics for civil engineers and architects.
Fibertex South Africa supplies an extensive range of environmentally-friendly geosynthetic products from its KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Western Cape facilities that encompasses nonwoven and woven geotextiles, gabions and mattresses, drainage pipes and fittings and erosion control and cellular confinement solutions.
The company also supplies soil reinforcing products, including geogrids and geocells, as well as geosynthetic clay liners and geomembranes as part of composite lining systems used in modern landfills and for other environmental protection applications.