Malcolm Pautz, SAICE's 2015 President, has always had an explorer's outlook. Coupled with his noticeable focus, drive and commitment, it's no surprise then that at 43 years of age he is the youngest member in the history of the Institution to serve as President.
I wish to convey my sincere appreciation to the Institution for electing me as President for this year. My election is a departure from precedent, as I have followed a somewhat unusual route in the value chain of engineering. I hope this may have the effect of stimulating enthusiasm in the Institution beyond the norm, and mostly amongst our young members.
The apps described in this article were developed to help students understand the study material in civil engineering. But professionals can also benefit from apps like these, for example by using them to quickly show clients or colleagues the effects of certain engineering solutions. As people from various backgrounds often have to work together, easy visualisation of complex concepts (as is possible with these apps) can contribute to mutual understanding and improved collaboration.
The future of how things are made is evolving rapidly to fit a changing world. Driven by disruption, it is no longer science fiction or limited to the imagination. The design-led revolution is now under way, driven by cloud and advances in collaboration, simulation, visualisation, and 3D printing and solutions.
Aurecon has been involved in data centres for over 15 years, including being part of project teams on some of the largest data centres around the world. In this short article Aurecon's Expertise Leader for Data & ICT Facilities, Peter Greaves, gives us some insight into the immensity of Africa's data needs.
The NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (NEC3 ECC), one of the standard forms of contract within a family of contracts which embody a unique, collaborative and cooperative approach to project management, makes provision for two types of target contracts. One of the target contract options is based on an Activity Schedule (Option C) and the other is based on a Bill of Quantities (Option D).
This article also incorporates Dr van Veelen's report on his attendance of the UNESCO Conference on Access to Water for All in Africa, which was held in Yamoussoukro in Côte d'Ivoire in July last year.
We are located safely at the southern tip of Africa. We go about our business every day. The sun comes up, the sun goes down. Life is good. Why should we worry about the rest of the world?