The staff of the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) said goodbye to a friend, colleague and leader - and expert in many spheres of concrete technology - when, at the end of August this year, Dr Graham Grieve retired from C&CI after 26 years' service.
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The SAICE History and Heritage Panel was formed some two years ago in response to a clear call to promote this activity in the Institution. In the past various members have collected bits of information about South African engineering history, but the efforts were uncoordinated, unrecognised and usually unpublished. Probably the greatest impetus to put things on a sounder footing came from Graham Ross's hugely successful book, The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes, which seized the imagination of the general public when it was published in 2003 and has been reprinted several times. Not only did it record the great deeds of pioneer engineers, but it increased awareness and raised the profile of the profession generally. Clearly H&H was not merely an excuse for a trip into nostalgia, but a vibrant tool for promoting SAICE and the civil engineer.
The BKS-SAICE International Bridge Building Competition 2008 started off with the 'Amazing Mystery Ghost Bus Tour' after registration on the evening of 28 August. The learners were returned safely to the venue, St Alban's College in Pretoria, to prepare for the gruelling Bridge Building the following day.
The current process of registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was implemented in January 1998. The ECSA "Discipline-Specific Guidelines for Civil Engineering" of February 2003, Clause 6.5, indicate that two essays will have to be written by candidates.
SAICE has been conducting Professional Reviews on behalf of ECSA for a number of years. Recently a few of our reviewers retired, however, and SAICE now urgently needs to recruit more reviewers to assist with the reviewing process.
The paper descriptionbes the design and construction of an 18storey steel-framed building in Johannesburg. The factors influencing the design choice are discussed. Comparative costs and construction times between a steel and concrete building are given. The building was completed to a construction cycle of one week per floor for each sub-trade, and a saving of five months compared with a concrete building was achieved. Emphasis is placed on the management necessary to obtain maximum benefit from the speed of erection of the steel frame.