The Candidate Academy has run its first three Road to Registration courses - helping engineering candidates to get registered as professionals, and management to understand the process. Organisers say that there is strong take-up of the Academy's training and related products.
Section 13(k) of the Engineering Professions Act contemplates continuing education of engineering practitioners, and Section 22 of the same Act (Act 46 of 2000) makes provision for the renewal of a registered person's registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). ECSA has opted to use the system of Continuing Professional Development (CPD ) to enforce the renewal of registrations. The obligation to comply with the requirements of CPD became effective as from 1 January 2006.
The results of a pilot study on the behaviour of composite floor slabs with profiled steel decking and stud shear connectors as end anchorages are presented. The behaviour of composite slabs with and without stud shear connectors is compared. A theoretical method is developed for predicting the maximum strength of composite slabs with stud shear connectors as end anchorages. This method gives better results than the method currently recommended in Europe for the range of geometrical parameters investigated.
South Africa's lack of substantial water resources has been well publicised for decades. However, in recent years increased urbanisation and industrialisation combined with the commodity boom have again raised concern about the long-term sustainability of this resource.