From the start of his career, Chris has been motivated by the desire to use water for peace in southern Africa. Indeed, this was the subject of his first paper published in 1973, and this vision has underpinned his career. Although his 'water for peace' focus has come full circle after an initial startling conviction during a lecture from the brilliant Prof Des Midgley, it has not always been smooth sailing for Chris - for a career in water engineering, ironically he started out working in one of the driest deserts on earth.
No-one (not even I) can really capture all that went into bringing me to this point in my life: the hopes, the fears; the weaknesses,the strengths; the failures, the successes; and the dreams of what lies ahead. But all that is in the past. Like stones thrown into a pond, or stepping stones in a stream that briefly rocked at my passing, the ripples have long since vanished to be remembered only imperfectly by a few. I won't mention the really big ripples that happened when I missed my footing. Thankfully they too are gone. But each step, some more shaky than others, shaped me and brought me a little closer to who I am now. Doubtless you may not like everything that you see. I am still a work in progress, being shaped patiently by the hand of God for a future that only He can see.
The flood of 25 January 1981 in the Buffels River, which inundated the town of Laingsburg and caused the loss of 90 lives and damage in excess of R10 million, highlighted the factors which should be taken into account when planning urban areas on flood plains.
DURING THE WEEK OF 11-14 OCTOBER 2015, Malcolm Pautz (SAICE 2015 President) attended ASCE's (American Society of Civil Engineers) annual flagship event, the ASCE Convention, which was held in New York City. With talk of new approaches and innovative engineering dominating the week, the integrated, multidisciplinary technical and educational programme had Malcolm and attendees enthralled. Malcolm also attended the International Luncheon where the Agreement of Cooperation between SAICE and ASCE was renewed for a fifth term of four years. This reconfirms the Institution's prominence in the international community, and the existing bond between the two institutions. The luncheon encompassed ASCE's diversity, and was a great opportunity to meet many people who had come from all around the world.
This article is a summary of sections of the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda, which has sustainable development at its centre, and which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September 2015. This Agenda hopes to galvanise development efforts and guide global and national development priorities over the next fifteen years. Hence its scope is of enormous importance to engineers.
Contractors who do not understand the latest amendments to the Labour Relations Act could potentially put their businesses at risk.
INTRODUCTION : It is critical that contractors make themselves au fait with the changes that have been made to the Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, as well as understanding the Employment Equity Act. While information on the amendments made to all three Acts should be freely available through the Department of Labour, the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is able to assist companies in the civil engineering sector in accessing information, interpreting the changes and explaining what these could potentially mean to contractors. Some of the more significant amendments are dealt with in this article.
Disruption has a significantly detrimental effect on any construction project, and this effect is not always realised until long after it has occurred. Disruption consists of two components, the first being one that can be measured, and the second one being more subjective than measurable. An 'expert' is often brought in to assist either party. This individual is defined as follows:
A construction expert witness must be knowledgeable in his or her field, have exceptional communication skills and be fair and objective. He or she must preferably be an experienced engineer with no ties to either party, and one who brings his/her own opinion to bear on the technical issues and opinions. The panel or judge ultimately decides who is an 'expert' and who has the requisite expertise and credibility to provide testimony.
This short series is in response to an earlier article titled "Engineering posts difficult to fill, where are we going?" published in the SAICE News of 12 July 2013. Although that article appeared more than two years ago, the issues are still real. Engineering remains the key profession in the development of South Africa, but this still appears to be poorly understood by major role players in the country. In this article, and in Parts 2 and 3, I would like to express my views on the subject and off er some suggestions on going forward. None of the ideas expressed are cast in stone, and many readers may disagree with some or all of the proposals. The idea, however, is to put engineering back in the forefront of development. Perhaps these few articles could act as a catalyst for discussion as we move towards the Civilution 2016 Congress.
The South African road network has an asset value of some three trillion Rand, and as such road administration is 'big business'. Because roads play such a major role in a country's social and economic development, generally rated second only to education in this respect, this state of affairs involving inadequate administration of the network should not be allowed to continue. World Bank and other publications have shown that there is massive wastage in road expenditures and that poor roads significantly increase road user costs with a deleterious effect on the economy.