The latest release of MultiSUITE Mezzanine, software for the messanine floor industry, makes almost instant quotes and layout generation possible for both single and multiple-tier mezzanine floors. It enables the user to move quickly from survey data, loading requirements and basic floor geometry, to producing member sizes including base plates and bracing, to a full quotation and preliminary sales drawing in a matter of minutes. It is very easy to try a number of alternative configurations to see how they might affect the structural calculations, quantities and pricing.
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A Southern African edition of Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (CESMM3) has recently been published, following inputs from local industry stakeholders. It is a regional customisation of a well-established standard for the preparation of bills of quantities for civil engineering work, developed by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (London).
SAICE was invites by the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) to attend the Africa Regional Workshop, which was held in Pretoria from 30 May - 1 June 2011. The event was organised by the International Council for Science (ICSU) (Regional Office for Africa) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Nairobi. Manglin Pillay, CEO of SAICE, and Lorraine de Ronde, SAICE International Liaison Officer, attended the workshop.
Richard (Dick) Loewenthal retired to his olive farm in Vermaaklikheid a few years ago. Dick was born on 26 August 1941 in Johannesburg and died at the age of 69 on 6 January 2011. Emeritus Associate Professor Loewenthal started working at the University of Cape Town in September 1974 as a Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor on 1 January 1987. He retired from UCT on 31 December 2006. Th is is a short tribute to the man that Richard Loewenthal was, rather than a record of all his academic achievements (of which there were many!).
The first stage of any investigation of groundwater conditions involves an appraisal of existing data. It is therefore important that procedures for the routine recording of borehole information be sufficiently comprehensive for the archives to constitute a meaningful basis for subsequent investigations. Unfortunately this prerequisite is not satisfied in Southern Africa. This causes much duplication of work with consequent increases in time and expense. In this paper practical recommendations are formulated for the economic documentation of water-well data to a format which would largely rectify this shortcoming. The recommended procedures are reflected in a suggested borehole report document which would furnish comprehensive basic data for any future hydrogeological study. The merits of this improved format are evident from a brief consideration of selected problems encountered in the fields of engineering geology and groundwater hydrology.