Motivated by what Peter Day calls curiosity, he followed a career in geotechnical engineering practice during which he contributed extensively to the advancement of the field. The exceptional nature of his contributions was recognised by the University of Stellenbosch when Peter was awarded the senior doctorate degree DEng in March this year. The degree is based on a compilation of his extensive set of publications into a dissertation Contributions to the Advancement of Geotechnical Engineering in South Africa.
Civil engineers are creative people, talented beyond their profession. We see their paintings hanging on walls, we hear them playing in bands and symphony orchestras, we hear their lyrics, and we read their poetry. The engineers who wrote the two poems on this page have managed to bridge the age gap through the timelessness of words. Vincent Kuo's poem is a tribute to all the dedicated men and women who have contributed so much to the civil engineering profession - the very profession to which Vincent and his young colleagues are now heartily committing themselves, and on which Paul Harper looks back with fondness, and a good measure of realism.
No sooner had we reported in the June 2013 edition of our magazine (p 60) on the fact that SAICE's Aqualibrium water competition had gone international than we learnt that the competition had also been chosen as a finalist in the annual NSTF Awards.
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 has been publishing these case studies over the last four editions - herewith number five, the last one. The first four case studies in the series appeared in the March, April, May and June 2013 editions of Civil Engineering (pages 75, 76, 83 and 86 respectively).