In a skills- and knowledge-hungry world, where a veritable army of enthusiastic graduates and middle managers, all armed with a myopic focus on rapid promotion at the speed of thought, and who are jostling with increasing restlessness for position, whilst waiting impatiently beneath the wings of the remaining babyboomer technical experts, Intentional Storytelling offers one of the most time-tested and effective means of sharing and transferring knowledge, experience and wisdom, while at the same time being a lot of fun for both the storyteller and the listeners (refer to Part 2 of this Knowledge Transfer series where we talked about the importance of fun being used to embed the learning process in our long-term memory).
A recently constructed concrete channel, lined with specially engineered Technicrete Armorflex erosion-protection blocks, is protecting KZN's King Shaka International Airport from seasonal flooding by diverting stormwater away from the airport's vulnerable eastern boundary.
As from November this year roofing on South African buildings will have to be considerably more energy-efficient.
Building regulations have recently undergone major revision, the aim being to introduce much greater energy-efficiency into all construction materials and processes. It was an initiative driven by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the NRCS (National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications).
Rocla launches grease and oil separators for water purification
SAPPMA and IFPA donate bend testing machine for training
Driving innovation for the mining and tailings industry
Industry practitioners join forces to foster a safe working environment
Off-the-shelf precast CRCP system developed in SA
Kaytech celebrates 40 years in business - 27 of them green!
New free publications from the C&CI
Deadline approaches for 2013 Fulton Awards nominations
On page 8 of the September 2008 edition of Civil Engineering we published the following introduction to an article on the launch of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), a project of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL):
SAICE, being the secretariat of the Africa Engineers Forum (AEF), was invited by the secretariat of the Federation of African Organisations of Engineers (FAOE) to their General Assembly (GA) in Nairobi, Kenya, which took place from 8 to 10 May 2012.
Gerard Carè, an expert in finite element analysis and the principal developer of the Strand7 finite element program, will be visiting South Africa from 17 to 26 July to share his knowledge and experience, and to deliver training.
In this experimental series an attempt was made to determine the relative roughness factor 'k' and the corresponding coefficient of friction 'f' for an old concrete pipe and to compare these values over a number of years. The six-year investigation was done on an inverted concrete syphon which forms part of the Hartebeespoort irrigation scheme in the Brits district.
The Highway Capacity Manual 1965 (Highway Research Board Special Report 87) provides curves predicting the performance of trucks on up-and downgrades. These curves contain information of great value to the highway engineer but are difficult to use in practice. In order to obviate this difficulty mathematical approximations have been formulated and are presented as a series of equations. These equations achieve close agreement with the original curves and enable predictions of truck performance on grades to be made rapidly and conveniently with the aid of very simple computers. The equations are applicable to vehicles in the category 120 kg/kW.
The design of a simple and effective still for the recovery of methylene chloride used in bitumen extraction is presented and discussed. The apparatus meets all requirements of safety, simplicity and ruggedness likely to be demanded of it in use in materials laboratories in general and site laboratories in particular. Sufficient detail is given to enable similar apparatus to be fabricated at low cost from readily available materials with a minimum of specialized tooling or workshop expertise.