n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - 4 - The world according to SAICE - International bodies : focus on SAICE networking




The history of SAICE's international involvement is worth repeating briefly.

The Institution's networking on an international level took off in 1994 during the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) convention in Atlanta when a SAICE delegation was invited to attend the annual ASCE International Round Table. During that visit SAICE's President and Executive Director at the time, Brian Bruce and Dawie Botha respectively, not only had the opportunity to network with engineering institutions from across the world, but for the first time ever they met African colleagues. They returned inspired and eager to start an African Round Table, similar to the ASCE model. From this idea sprung the Africa Engineers Forum (AEF) as it was known until recently. During subsequent years ASCE and SAICE have liaised on various matters and have developed a strong and fruitful relationship that benefits both institutions. Other relationships with other international engineering bodies followed, to the extent that SAICE is today not only contributing meaningfully to the world engineering scene, but receiving visitors from overseas on a regular basis, all to the benefit of SAICE's members. In addition, those first steps into the global engineering village created the platform for a strong African voice and led to SAICE being utilised by a number of organisations and initiatives to roll out internationally funded programmes on behalf of the AEF, also to the benefit of the South African Development Community (SADC).


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