A friend who hails from a small village near Thohoyandou in Venda dropped in over the weekend to deliver some honey that we had ordered from a contact in Limpopo. He had kindly offered to fetch our order on his way back to Johannesburg.
The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has reiterated its call to all engineering practitioners to register with the Council.
"The nature of engineering and related fields is such that regulations and guidelines have been put in place to govern the industry," says the president of ECSA, Cyril Gamede Pr Eng. "It is a process that has seen the South African engineering profession being recognised locally and abroad, and that assures stakeholders of verified credentials and a commitment to continuing professional development.
"ECSA, in partnership with government and academic institutions, seeks to promote a high level of education and training of engineering practitioners to facilitate full recognition of professionalism in engineering, both locally and abroad."
The November 2013 edition of our magazine was the fifth attempt at presenting the formidable network of engineering bodies that SAICE liaises with on behalf of its members. Again the response from our readers was so encouraging that we decided to continue publishing an updated version every year. For this year we have updated the information where necessary, and where possible, and retained the list of all the tertiary institutions in South Africa where civil engineering can be studied (this list seems to be very popular with our readers).
The engineering profession approached government in the 1960s to request legislation to regulate the profession. The result was that the South African Council for Professional Engineers (SACPE) was established in 1969.
Although this structure served the profession very well, it became clear that the changing world and the changing political dispensation in South Africa would necessitate substantial modifications. In 1992 SAICE approached SACPE to suggest a way forward in the new democratic dispensation that would be coming about in 1994. The main thrust was to ensure that South African engineering education and professional status would be recognised in subsequent years.
The history of SAICE's international involvement is worth repeating briefly.
The Institution's networking on an international level took off in 1994 during the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) convention in Atlanta when a SAICE delegation was invited to attend the annual ASCE International Round Table. During that visit SAICE's President and Executive Director at the time, Brian Bruce and Dawie Botha respectively, not only had the opportunity to network with engineering institutions from across the world, but for the first time ever they met African colleagues.
There is a saying that those who turn up will rule the world. Sustainability has become the modern buzzword, and we could be asking whether our civil engineering profession is in step. Is our profession leading the way in the rapidly changing world of today? The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has taken some bold steps to influence the future of their profession in terms of education and training, but where do we stand? Are we preparing our young people for a world that is, or for a world gone by? Has development overtaken our ways of teaching and education?
B4Risk is a concept that describes the proactive measures an organisation should institute to mitigate the severity of an impact as a result of the risk that it realises. The underlying notion is that organisations are exposed to risks at every level - from strategic level risk, operational or technological risk, disaster risk emanating from natural hazards, to external risks such as global influences and of course the notorious 'black swans'. This article introduces a conceptual risk mitigation model (B4Risk) centred round the well-known quote by Desiderius Erasmus: "Prevention is better than cure". The variety of available risk assessment tools is such that there may be a number of tools potentially appropriate for a given circumstance, the choice of which to use has perhaps become more a matter of taste (Reniers et al 2005).
This is the final chapter in this very interesting series. The previous nine chapters appeared in the January/February - October 2014 editions of Civil Engineering. We would like to thank Dr Mitchell for sharing his extensive knowledge with us, and for the time he has spent preparing these enjoyable and informative articles.
This is the fourth in a series of articles on Dispute Boards (DBs) and is Part 3 on the operation of a DB. It describes the operation of a DB, dealing with the powers of the DB, formal referral of disputes to the DB, hearings, and DB decisions and their enforcement. The avoidance role of DBs will be dealt with in future articles. The first three articles (introductory and Parts 1 and 2 on the operation of a DB) appeared in the August, September and October 2014 issues of Civil Engineering.
It is envisaged that the 130 000 m2 retail mall's distinctive design, which was meticulously planned by MDS Architects, together with its prime location and enviable retail mix, will offer a unique shopping experience, making it a destination for both local visitors and tourists.
Concrete was specified for the airport runway, terminal building, air traffic control building, fire department building and permanent wharf. Chryso® Plast Omega 101 was used in all of the general concrete, as well as the concrete for the runway and the precast concrete used to construct the 700 precast Core-loc armour units and hollow blocks for the wharf. The 100 m long, 10 m high and 13 m wide wharf has a rock breakwater that had to be protected from any possible damage caused by ships.
In the April 2014 edition of Civil Engineering (pp 70-73) we featured a few of SAICE's golden oldies - those engineers who have remained active in, or associated with their profession far beyond 'normal' retirement. SAICE staff member Rebekka Wellmanns visited another of our inspiring golden oldies who is 96 this year.
On 16 October 2014, SAICE's Young Members Panel took its roadshow to the Steve Biko Campus of the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The event was kindly sponsored by PPS. Thanks to members of the SAICE Durban branch, who enthusiastically helped to make the roadshow a great success, students were inspired and able to learn not only about the importance of SAICE membership, but also about different aspects of the engineering industry, including the importance of ethics. And all of this happened in a truly fun environment!