The annual Steel Awards have become, without doubt, the structural steel industry's premier social event. Established 26 years ago to enable 'our peers to share in our projects and to celebrate excellence in the use of steel', the reason for the Steel Awards has not changed. But what has happened is that the event has grown into an important networking occasion. In 2007, some 600 people in Johannesburg and 250 in Durban representing every aspect of the steel construction chain - developers, planners, designers, draughtspeople, quantity surveyors, fabricators, steel makers and retailers, erectors, civil and building contractors and just interested people and their spouses / partners - gathered on the same evening for the announcement of the winners
The R350 million lifestyle Extension to the Montecasino precinct north of Johannesburg was completed in March 2007 with WSP Structures Africa (as LC Consulting) in joint venture with Ndodana Consulting providing the structural design services to this demanding project.
Since past President Nelson Mandela opened the ICC Durban in August 1997, the International Convention Centre in Durban has been the venue for over 125 international conferences with 160 000 delegates.
The future direction of South African structural design standards is now the subject of intense debate (and speculation) in South Africa, following the recent introduction of the Structural Eurocodes throughout all countries of the European Union, including the UK. This article attempts to clarify the issues which engineers are most concerned with and proposes a way forward
The revised South African loading code, SANS 10160 (Draft) Basis of structural design and actions for buildings and industrial structures, has reached an advanced stage of development and will soon be published for review by the profession. Th is code will provide a suitable introduction to a new generation of codes of practice for design and construction in South Africa.
The JSD (Joint Structural Division) was established by an agreement between the Structural Division of SAICE, with some 600 members, and the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers, with some 22 000 members worldwide in over 100 countries.
Some of the research projects on concrete materials and behaviour of structures at the Institute of Structural Engineering (ISE) in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch are reflected in projects performed in the final undergraduate academic year. Very often, these undergraduate research projects serve as initial investigations or as stimuli for research projects developed at postgraduate level.
Driving himself hard has paid off handsomely for Eduard Vorster: bachelor's degrees obtained magna cum laude, scholarships galore to cover undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and several noteworthy prizes and awards recognising his research excellence and accomplishments in the field of geotechnical engineering. What is the forceful energy that propels the 33 year old civil engineer towards achievement? To find out, Lorraine Fourie visited Eduard at the offices of Africon in Pretoria where he is Technical Director (Geotechnical Engineering) of the company's Municipal Development Business Unit
Following the current electricity supply crisis, media attention has turned to questioning the sustainability of South African water and other essential infrastructure systems. The civil engineering profession is now in the limelight as the country turns to those with the knowledge and skills necessary to answer and provide solutions to these questions.
Simply finding out more about the word 'consulting engineer' in Setswana influenced me to choose a career in engineering. My dream to become an engineer was realised when I completed my university studies. This goes to show how important it is to be taught in your mother tongue, although a lot of terms do not have Setswana equivalents yet. It is imperative that we should start developing a Setswana terminology for these terms. I will give you two more examples to illustrate my point. First, in our country we have universities that offer engineering courses in Afrikaans. Some graduates from those universities speak English more fluently than any of those who regard English as their mother tongue. Second, it took long for us Batswana to understand Aids until a Setswana word was found for it. People began to understand Aids better after it came to be called 'Sephamo' in Setswana. ('Sephamo' would literally mean 'something that takes your life away'.) Let us all promote the language Setswana and begin to use it in fields such as science. I will give the example: How about calling the periodic table the 'tafole ya ditlhaka' (literally, the 'letters table')!?
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