The Council for GeoScience's of Pretoria is reporting significant success in its plan to develop a comprehensive core-samples archive.
It states that it has obtained many more samples from a variety of
sources throughout South Africa since the start of the project in
The project is centred at a 18-hectare property in Donkerhoek,
Pretoria, which is now reportedly filled up with geological
specimens taken from across the country and donated to the project
by organisations such as Gencor and Goldfields South Africa.
Initially the plans indicated that the facility would need
upgrading in year 2020.
However, such has been the success of the project that the storage
facility was recently upgraded.
The installers of the first racking structure, Universal Storage
Systems, were called in again to plan, manufacture and install the
The specially designed new structure was created by Universal and
covers an area of 2600 sq m.
Based on their internationally renowned racking product, which is
reinforced by specially designed and reinforced quality steel, the
installation required 12 km of supporting rail and this rail
required 180 t of steel.
The cores in the system are all filed in such a way that the
warehouse workers are easily able to identify each one and remove
it from the rack for transport onto the scientists requiring the
detailed core information.