The 2nd Middle East and Africa Convention, "Accelerating infrastructure delivery - improving the quality of life", was held in Cape Town on 15 January 2010. The hosting of this event was a milestone for the Division. Delegates from the UK, from all over Africa and from the Middle East attended and were addressed by various speakers from the UK, Singapore, Dubai, as well as South Africa.
The Joint Civils Division (JCD) has managed another bumper year of events and happenings. It has organised and hosted several very high-profile events around the country. Notable among these events were the Brunel Lecture, presented by Peter Head in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the hosting of a one-day event with Dr Martin Barnes, the originator of the NEC, support for the Wits Construction Symposium entitled "The Project Management Profession : Adding Value", as well as several very thought-provoking lectures in the JCD Lecture Series.
Trials of several routing procedures for hydrograph synthesis revealed that routing of the excess rain hyetograph through a single linear reservoir-type storage could yield a plausible direct runoff hydrograph provided the shape and drainage pattern of the catchment was not abnormal. The method requires evaluation of only one parameter, the routing constant K to define the hydrograph for an excess rain of given depth and duration. K values were determined for 92 South African catchments by seeking best-fits between routed and observedunitgraphs. To aid estimation of K for ungauged catchments the country was subdivided into veld-type zones for each of which a relationship between K and area of catchment was provided. A worked example demonstrated the method.
It is easy to think of the 19th century as the halcyon days of civil engineering, but I put it to you today that tomorrow is the time for an engineering renaissance. A time to build and rebuild our infrastructure in a burgeoning world, in the face of the complexities of climate change, in the face of a globalised economy and the fallout from the collapse of the financial systems upon which it was built - and in a world where more than half of the world's population have no access to the infrastructure platform upon which civilisation and its survival depends. Yes, Now is the Time.
Following on the success of the first Middle East and Africa Convention held in Cairo in January 2008, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) agreed to hold this event every two years, with the second convention being held in Cape Town.
The NEC3 Supply Contract , the NEC3 Supply Short Contract and the associated guidance notes and flow charts were launched in January 2010. The new documents will extend NEC3's scope beyond procurement of works and services to the purchase and supply of equipment and materials.
The NEC3 ECC does not specifically define "risk". It is therefore defined in accordance with the common usage of the term, namely "danger", "possibility of loss, injury or other adverse situation" or "the possibility of commercial loss".
Reflecting its growing international reach and influence, the Engineering Council has now dropped the "UK" from its name. One of the key deciding factors is that the professional qualifications awarded by the Engineering Council, namely Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician, are fast becoming internationally recognised standards of competence. In an increasingly globalised economy this recognition is vitally important to employers.
Project management is a very-fast moving scene. It's not like the older professions - the sort of 100-year-old professions. It's only been in existence for something like 40 years. As a modern professional activity or modern specialised activity, project management techniques are evolving all the time. For example, in the 60s, 70s and 80s people weren't talking about risk management. Now it's regarded as a fundamental part of project management.
Project management is now a well-established profession in the UK - it has established education, training and qualifications run or managed or controlled by the Association of Project Management. A Royal Charter declaring it to be a profession is expected before the end of the year.
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. EAP is supported by a number of engineering institutions, including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers and the South African Institution of Civil Engineering.
When Dr Bingle Kruger, one of the directors of BKS, became President of SAICE in 1995, he was soon a very busy man, for in the same year his chief adjutant, Johan du Plessis, served as President of SAACE (South African Association of Consulting Engineers). To relieve the time pressures somewhat Bingle asked me to assist him with the nomination of mediators or arbitrators in terms of the General Conditions of Contract that were commonly in use at that time. (In this article I am using the term "arbitrator", but it also covers the functions of mediator and adjudicator as the case may be.)
The financial position of most of South Africa's 283 municipalities is dire. According to the National Treasury, 239 of these currently face a combined debt burden of R53,3 billion. Surely this is an indication of a pervasive inability at local authority level to deal effectively with financial challenges?
CMA invites entries for its 13th awards for excellence competition
AfriSam advertising keeps clean water flowing
Concrete roof tiles - the most economical and best-looking roofing material
First commercial solar-driven air-conditioning system in SA
Munitech establishes specialist leak detection department
The Red Book now available on CSIR website
Transnet port terminals places business with local machinery manufacturer
The civil engineering industry is launching an ambitious programme in 2010 to roll back two decades of declining investment in the training of newly-qualified engineers, technicians and technologists - and to rebuild the skills foundation of this vital sector. SAICE and CESA (Consulting Engineers South Africa) will shortly be launching the Candidate Academy to support graduates on their road to registration with ECSA.
Eric Hall, the former City Engineer of Johannesburg turned 90 recently. Eric, who is an Honorary Fellow and a holder of the Institution's Gold Medal Award, is the most senior Past President of the Institution, having been President in 1973.