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to carpark attendant
to doctoral student
i heArD The FULL sTorY for the
first time on a train from Pisa to rome
after we had attended an international
conference at which Mbiya Baudouin
presented the work he had done for his
master's thesis. it is a story of endurance,
faith and fate.
he was always interested in electrical
engineering. he did the requisite
subjects at school, but the university he
was able to attend in Lumbushi, congo,
did not offer electrical engineering, so
he completed his Bsc in mining engineering.
After working ..
Extracted from text ... The LATesT sTATisTics sUGGesT that more civil engineers are
retiring from the profession than are entering it. More alarmingly,
'young' professional civil engineers only marginally replace retired
professional civil engineers. Although several companies have incentives
such as salary increases to encourage their young engineers to
register as professional engineers, the rate at which professional civil
engineers are entering the discipline is not sufficient. recent conversations
with young civil engineers indicated that the problem could
be attributed to lack of experience (because of the nature of the work,
the necessary experience could not be obtained), insufficient time to
complete the process ..
Extracted from text ... 26 Siviele Ingenieurswese | Januarie 2006
enGineers Who BeGAn their careers
25 or more years ago have witnessed, benefited
from, and contributed mightily to the
greatest technological leap forward in history.
And the wonders will continue during
the coming year. But those engineers who
tracked into management may scarcely
notice them, spending the year feeling,
instead, as if they're tip-toeing through a
clutch of just hatched rattlesnakes.
Automation industry executives place
worldwide growth in 2005 in the neighbourhood
of 5 %, a substantial improvement
over the past several years, and expect
to see similar overall growth in 2006.
Yet they ..
Extracted from text ... The world was reminded of the vital
work of engineers when Hurricane
Katrina destroyed thousands of
square miles of southern Louisiana
and Mississippi: no power, no water,
no fuel; failed levees, failed roads,
failed bridges; and entire cities
ruined and uninhabitable.
But at the very time that advancing
technology is driving up the
demand for engineering know-how,
American students are rejecting
careers in science in engineering.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is
so desperate for talent he asked
Congress last April to remove limits
on certain classes of visas, complaining
the company is unable to
hire domestically all the engineers
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There is eviDence that few infrastructure
asset owners, including water services
authorities (WsAs), are making adequate
provision to maintain, rehabilitate, replace
and protect, that is, to 'manage', their infrastructure
We continue to extend services without
making sufficient provision for the necessary
rehabilitation, replacement or disposal
of infrastructure assets. compromises are
being made and, increasingly, the services
will break down.
The Minister of Water Affairs and
Forestry, in her budget speech of May 2005,
stated that the monitoring of service quality
by her department shows 'how important it
is to manage infrastructure effectively. Last ..
Improving the transport network critical,
says Transport Forum.
<br>Stargazing for 2006 and other wonderful pastimes.
<br>Call for comments on the General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works (GCC 2004).
<br>History and Heritage Panel for SAICE.
<br>RedR sets up in Southern Africa.
<br>CPD - the issues, the answers, the future.
<br>Procurement issue clarified.
<br>Gijima : branch visits.