The first lecture presented under the auspices of the Joint Civils Division was given by Chairman Mike Lomas. The talk focused on the drivers of civil engineering construction growth and the impact of the industry over the next decade
As the last of a long line of South African country representatives for the London Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) I think I can safely conclude that such an arrangement never worked as effectively as intended.
David Orr, the 143rd president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), on 6 November 2007 delivered his presidential address 'At the Heart of Society', which put forward his 'vision for civil engineers as people acclaimed for merit, people at the heart of society'. David argued that to achieve this, each of us must stand up for the value of civil engineering; stand up for the highest professional standards; stand up for excellence in procurement; and stand up for the unsung heroes of our profession. David is the Director of Central Procurement in the Northern Ireland Civil Service, where he leads the procurement of construction works, supplies and services. The 'excellence in procurement' portion of his address is very pertinent to South Africa and is reproduced here
Engineers Against Poverty (EAP) is a UK-based international development NGO committed to producing practical policies and innovative solutions to support the alleviation and eventual ending of world poverty.
An event occurs that is out of both parties' control. It stops the contractor from completing the works or completing the works by the date shown on the accepted programme and is not one of the other compensation events
This is the subtitle of Allyson Lawless' new book titled Numbers and Needs in Local Government. The book outlines the pressing problems faced by the country in the field of local government, but also makes recommendations to ameliorate the situation. The general conclusion is that unless rebuilding the skills base is tackled with resolve, longterm erosion of public confidence and consequent decline of the local government sector are likely as the older generation of public service professionals retire or move on and the inadequately prepared younger generation battle with their new-found responsibilities. Some salient points made by Allyson in the new publication appear below
The business World at large - and South African engineering companies in particular - is in a strategy crisis. Not because managers can not formulate a good strategy - most actually can - but the core of the crisis lies within execution or, more accurately, the lack thereof.