A new standard which will be used to regulate the energy usage in new buildings has been published, along with the revised SANS 204. SANS 10400-XA, Energy Usage specifies the requirements for compliance with Part-XA (Energy Usage) of the National Building Regulations. This standard will now make it possible for South Africa to begin realising meaningful savings of energy, by lessening the amount used by buildings.
Following on from a very successful event for SAICE's young members and students, which took place at the SAICE Engineering Planet Future Indaba in March 2010, a road show for civil engineering professionals of the future was put together and presented to tertiary institutions around South Africa by the SAICE Young Members Panel (YMP) during the course of last year, mainly targeting final year students who were soon to become the young professionals who would spearhead change in industry.
Civil engineering students at UCT (University of Cape Town) rubbed shoulders with prospective employers when the UCT Student Chapter hosted its second annual cocktail evening on Thursday 4 August. Civil engineering students, lecturers and young professionals were invited. The evening provided a great opportunity for students to meet prospective employers, and to learn more about the various companies and what they have to offer in the civil engineering field.
Every year the UJ-Civil Engineering Student Society of the University of Johannesburg organises an educational excursion to expose civil engineering students to practical engineering projects and problems, and to enable them to understand how the concepts learnt in class are 'borne out' in practice.
Professor Peter Dunaiski, of the University of Stellenbosch, passed away on 14 September 2011 at the age of 61. He was Professor in Structural Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.