The Geotechnical Division of SAICE organised the 8th Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (YGEC) on the African continent. This conference was held at the Berg and Dal Camp site in the Kruger National Park from 31 August to 2 September 2011. The two-and-a-half day conference is held every three years for engineers younger than 35 years.
The SAICE Geotechnical Division held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 24 November 2011. The AGM is an excellent opportunity for like-minded professionals from the industry to meet on an informal level. The successes of the previous years are remembered proudly and the highlights of the coming year are outlined.
Bridge provides Penge community with safe access to school
Red Cap Kouga Wind Farm - geotechnical study
New accessories for ACIP and CFA Pile Installation monitoring
Paramesh - Maccaferri's flexible retaining wall solution
Mapei helps dolly up Cape Town theatre, without the drama
Restructured MBSA appoints executive director
In answer to demand for more hands-on courses for young graduates, a number of new courses have been added to the Candidate Academy line up. The first of these will be "Getting Acquainted with Concrete" and "Getting Acquainted with Concrete Durability, Deterioration and Repair". As with all Candidate Academy courses, the many exercises in the workbook will challenge delegates to solve realworld problems and develop appropriate specifications. The courses will cover the subject of "applied concrete technology" or how to specify and use concrete to achieve the highest economy and quality of structure possible.
Transportation users and professionals are all the poorer for the passing of Ivan Douglas Speed in September 2011. Ivan was a major contributor to the evolution and modernisation of both private and public transport in the City of Cape Town over the past fifty years.