Andrew has displayed exceptional leadership skills during his relatively short professional career. Having completed a BSc (Civil Engineering) in 2007, he started working in the Transport Division of an international firm of consulting civil engineers. Over a three-year period, he progressed from graduate engineer to design engineer and then to project manager.
The glittering SAICE 2011 Awards function, held on 11 October in Johannesburg, was a festive event where not only civil engineering excellence was awarded, but where old friends met again and new friendships were forged. Judging by the feedback received after the event, the evening turned out to be a very successful networking opportunity, as well - to be repeated in a year's time!
Gansbaai's New Fishing Harbour is located in an area along the South African coastline subject to severe wave conditions (heights of 8 m to 9 m are not uncommon during an average winter season). It is located approximately 65 km northwest from the southernmost tip of Africa. Emergency repairs became vital when sections of the 200 m long leeward breakwater failed. A total of 60 m (Ch 66 to Ch 126) of breakwater had failed by March 2011 when the contractor, Guerrini Marine Construction, arrived on site.
Designing road infrastructure in Gauteng - the Lanseria N14 link
Free user-friendly, architect-designed, subsidy-housing building plans
Coloured concrete enhances majestic Emirates hotel
Recognition for SAICE past-president
Bigen Africa leads in sustainable infrastructure development solutions in Africa
During his year of exemplary and wise leadership as SAICE's 109th President, Seetella Makhetha's prime focus was on integrity within the profession. His impassioned address, delivered at his inauguration in February, moved guests to tears and prompted the first standing ovation in many years. Throughout his time in office he made use of every possible opportunity to communicate his message of ethics, locally and internationally, combining it with his inspiring Credo of the African Engineer. We thank you for your dedication, Seetella, and for your legacy, and wish you well on your way forward!
Leaders of the built environment recently met to discuss the establishment of a forum that will represent all associations and institutes within the sector, a bold step that will certainly ensure that the combined voice of the powerful sector is heard.
There has been a slow but sure realisation that the clock is ticking in terms of skills transfer and the ageing cohort of civil engineering professionals. SAICE Professional Development and Projects (SAICE-PDP) has been approached to provide a number of mentors and supervisors to support the development of civil engineering staff working in the construction sector and in various provincial roads and public works structures. The need is particularly acute in rural provinces.
The Candidate Academy has just celebrated its 1 000th trainee on the "Road to Registration" course - a milestone reached in record time due to the growing demand for support for 'mature' candidates. Counting all the courses they offer, the Academy will soon have trained 2 000 people since April 2010.
The current process of registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) was implemented in January 1998. The ECSA "Discipline-Specific Guidelines for Civil Engineering" of February 2003, Clause 6.5, indicates that two essays will have to be written by candidates.
A series of workability, compressive strength, shrinkage and creep tests on high-slag concrete, ie concrete containing large percentages of milled granulated blast-furnace slag in the binder component, have been carried out. The results indicate that the workability of high-slag concrete is superior to that of portland cement concrete and that, even at high slag/cement ratios, the strength of the resulting concrete is not much reduced. The results also show that the shrinkage and creep of high-slag concrete are greater than the corresponding values for portland cement concrete but can be reduced by adopting a mix design procedure which takes cognizance of the superior workability of highslag concrete.
A laboratory investigation of the accuracy and reliability with which tests on models, particularly small-scale models, can be used to predict the behaviour of reinforced concrete structures was descriptionbed in this paper.