oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - International bodies : 4 - the world according to SAICE

Volume 17, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



SAICE's networking on an international level took off during the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) convention in 1994 in Atlanta when a SAICE delegation was invited to attend the annual ASCE International Round Table. During that visit SAICE's President at the time, Brian Bruce, and Executive Director Dawie Botha not only had the opportunity to network with engineering institutions from across the world, but for the first time ever they met African colleagues, particularly those from Ghana and Zimbabwe. They returned inspired and eager to start an African Round Table, similar to the ASCE model. From this idea sprung the Africa Engineers Forum as it is known today. During subsequent years ASCE and SAICE have liaised on various matters and have developed a strong and fruitful relationship that benefits both institutions. Other relationships with other international engineering bodies followed, to the extent that SAICE is today not only contributing meaningfully to the world engineering scene, but receiving visitors from overseas on a regular basis, all to the benefit of SAICE's 9 000 members. In addition those first steps into the global engineering village created the platform for a strong African voice and led to SAICE being utilised by a number of organisations and initiatives to roll out internationally funded programmes on behalf of AEF, as well as to the benefit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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