The year 2013 is ablaze, and Civilution is proliferating like a consuming fire. It is time for engineers and engineering to redeem their esteem, prestige and respect; to take back what rightly belongs to us - excellence, ethical business practice, sustainability, and making a difference. Like you, my first passion was to improve the quality of life for my family, my community and the people of a nation. I became an engineer because I believed in my heart that I could make this difference. Somewhere along the road, this noble orientation lost momentum.
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is in its 110th year, an achievement of which we can all be proud and for which we, as well as South Africa, owe a debt of gratitude to those who have gone before us.
Six years ago Peter and his wife Martie made a conscious decision to blend work with more fun-style activities, and catch up on family life sacrificed to a demanding career over more than 40 years. As to the workload the SAICE presidential duties will bring this year, the wiry ex-hockey player is fighting fit and looking forward to the singular challenges these will present. It is part of a process of what Peter calls "having fun while working".
The purpose of this article is to stimulate interest for financing infrastructure, driven by the announcement of government's intention to roll out and spend R4 trillion on infrastructure delivery, thereby creating a better life for all.
ISO 10845-1 defines a framework agreement as an agreement between an employer and one or more contractors, the purpose of which is to establish the terms governing contracts to be awarded during a given period, in particular with regard to price and, where appropriate, the quantity envisaged. Framework agreements enable an employer to procure engineering and construction works, goods and services on an instructed basis (call-off) over a term without any commitment to the quantum of work instructed in the absence of a fully developed scope of work. This may be achieved by issuing a package, batch or task order in terms of a contract during the term of the contract, i.e. an instruction to provide works, to supply items of goods in a batch, or work within a service within a stated period of time.
Currently, there is an increasing trend for governments to use Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) as a vehicle for achieving successful outcomes for large government projects. Although the precise reasons for this are often complex, the main motivation is that the PPP model enables governments to transfer almost all project risks to another party, the Concessionaire, which has the capability to perform the necessary work. The downside for the Government Party (GP) is that it can expect to pay a premium for the Concessionaire's carrying the increased risk.
In previous issues of Civil Engineering concurrent and global claims were discussed by consultants at Binnington Copeland and Associates: by David Jamieson on "Concurrent Delay" in October 2011, and Dawson Jenner on "Global Claims" in July 2012. In this issue David Jamieson takes another look at claims in the light of a recent English Court judgement, namely the "Walter Lilly case" which offers a new perspective on construction claims.
GLS Software develops and maintains software for the civil engineering field, with the primary focus on water and sanitation. The company is based in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape and has a 24-year track record. Its client base includes municipalities and utilities throughout southern Africa, consultants, academic institutions and an increasing number of international companies. Its associated companies are GLS Consulting and IMQS Software. GLS Consulting, who is the primary user and tester of the software, provides consulting services mainly in water and sewer system analysis, design and master planning.
Reinforcing the value of professional knowledge and education across every civil engineer's career will be at the heart of Professor Barry Clarke's year in office as the 148th Institution of Civil Engineers President. Over the last two or three years the value of infrastructure investment as a key driver for economic growth has, without question, been climbing up the political agenda. And while there are many reasons behind this renaissance, it is clear that the ICE's relentless drive to put civil engineering knowledge at the heart of the National Infrastructure Plan and wider government growth strategies has helped hugely. It is a point understood well by Professor Clarke as he prepares to assume the increasingly influential year-long role as President of the Institution. Knowledge, he points out, is the key.
The London 2012 Olympic Games was always set to be a highlight for Richard Coackley's year as ICE President. Yet, as he explained to Antony Oliver, editor of New Civil Engineer, this global event was just one standout success for the profession over the last 12 months.