Inland Branch:‘Egg Protection device Competition’
The 2018 Inland Branch Egg Protection Device competition was held on the 31st of August. The event was sponsored by PPC and hosted at their Jupiter plant, with the ever-popular chairman of the Inland Branch Committee, Johan van Wyk, acting as MC of the day. The event had 150 student participants from only one of our academic institutions, University of Johannesburg (Kingsway campus). A total of 34 egg protection devices were entered into the competition this year, with 21 devices passing the qualifying requirements. The devices were cast seven days before testing, with materials sponsored by PPC, AfriSam and Chryso. The students were challenged in terms of their knowledge of concrete technology and engineering design, which included the dimensions and weight restrictions of the device.
The testing of the devices showed the competitive side of the students, who eagerly watched and counted the number of blows each device would accommodate before the egg was cracked or broken. The final winners were not obvious from the number of blows each device received, since the number of blows is adjusted according to the devices weight using a mathematical formula. Therefore, the heavier device taking a larger number of blows can be defeated by a lighter device with the same or less number of blows. This year’s winners were “The Supervisors” who not only won but broke the existing record by 1 blow. They had a total of 54 blows and an adjusted score of 25.7. Second place was awarded to “Eazy Tax” and third place to “Peligros”. Jannes Bester also won a prize for his contribution as a lecturer to the success of the event which was a great day and enjoyed by all who attended.
A big thank you from the Inland Branch Committee to PPC for the main event and cement sponsorship. It was very special having various PPC representatives attending the event, including Gauteng Business Unit Executive, Kevin Odendaal and Hanlie Turner who is also the Concrete Society’s Immediate Past President. Rajesh Harripersadh, PPC Key Account Manager, handed over the cheques to the winners. Thank you also to AfriSam for aggregate sponsorship and Chryso for admixture sponsorship and to the UJ Students who participated.
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