In my 50 years in electrical engineering I have never heard of engineers collectively striking. I have also not experienced engineers marketing themselves by educating the community about how engineering impacts on their everyday lives.
Lafarge South Africa, a subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group (a global leader in building materials), believes that sustainability is an essential component in the construction chain. Hence the company has been an industry leader in sustainable development for over a decade. As construction projects are about people - improving their lives and laying the foundations for a better future - a balance needs to be achieved between giving customers cost-effective solutions, and respecting them and their environments.
Peter Kleynhans was inaugurated as SAICE's new president on 12 February at a joyous, well attended event in the Montecasino Ballroom, Johannesburg, at which occasion he also delivered his thought-provoking presidential address. Our new president clearly has the vision and wisdom to steer SAICE and the civil engineering profession into a new future along the Civilution route.
I am honoured and privileged to have been elected President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering for 2013.
I wish to share with you some views that have been formed through four decades of working in the wonderful world of civil engineering, and how these views can illustrate what we need to do going forward. Hence the title Reflections and Future.
As a joint initiative of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE), the Joint Structural Division (JSD) is a technical division of SAICE, and as such has a special role to fulfil in assisting in the delivery of quality structures to our clients and the country.
The 31st Steel Awards event, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), was held in September last year. The winning projects were yet again remarkable examples of excellence in the use of steel.
In terms of the National Building Regulations (NBR), the owner is responsible for his roof structure, regardless of the type of building (house, office, hospital, etc). In fact, the rule is that where a rational design is used, a professional competent person must be appointed by the owner to carry out that design. The roof inspection is an important part of the design process, and therefore the engineer (or his qualified appointee) must inspect the completed roof.
French architect and engineer, Henri Vidal, invented a new material while playing with sand and pine needles on a Mediterranean beach in 1957. He named this revolutionary new material "Reinforced Earth". The material proved to be both versatile and cost effective and its use spread rapidly throughout the world. By the early eighties a new industry had been created and the generic name for the material became Mechanically Stabilised Earth, or MSE for short.
The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) is [was] leading a special task group comprising consulting engineers, specialist precast concrete contractors, main contractors, academics and an architect, to promote the greater use of precast concrete construction in South Africa.
Many people may think that exercising 'assurance' on a PPP project is simply a matter of selecting techniques from a wide variety of well-tested quality management tools. These would include checking, inspecting, auditing and validating the outputs of the Concessionaire - and this would take place for all disciplines on the project.
"In an emerging economy, such as that of South Africa, and particularly within the context of the National Infrastructure Plan, local clinker and cement producers can add real value by working with government to support the R4 trillion, 15 year National Infrastructure Plan. The Plan can go a long way towards meeting the country's developmental needs. However, the true test lies in the execution and timing thereof." So says Pieter Fourie, Chief Executive of Sephaku Cement. In this short article Pieter shares a few more thoughts on the subject.
An ambitious project in Namibia is reducing scrub encroachment on farms and using the subsequent biomass as fuel for a cement factory. Wacker Neuson is right in the thick of things in Namibia, with a total of five tele-wheel loaders and tele-handlers, which have proved to be more than a match for the exacting conditions in Africa.
Lafarge pledges ongoing support for baby rhino project
Positive response to AfriSam's pilot 'retail outlet' container initiative
CMA pipe and culvert handbook now in its sixth edition
Aurecon to open country office in Accra, Ghana
Webster Mfebe takes the helm at SAFCEC
ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa) has prepared five case studies arising from the contravention of ECSA's Rules of Conduct for Registered Persons. These case studies are offered to the engineering fraternity as advisory notes to minimise the risk of recurrence. Civil Engineering will be publishing these case studies over five editions - herewith then the first of these case studies.