oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The JSD list of structural engineering professionals

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Structural engineering is the science and art of designing and constructing, with economy and elegance, buildings, bridges, frameworks and other similar structures so that they can safely resist the actions to which they may be subjected. The design,construction and maintenance of structures, including temporary structures designed to provide support or means of access during construction, are regulated in South Africa through the following pieces of legislation:
  1. Construction Regulations issued in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993
  2. National Building Regulations issued in terms of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act of 1977
  3. The NHBRC Technical Requirements included in the Home Building Manual issued in terms of the Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act of 1998.

These pieces of legislation require competent persons to assume responsibility for the design of structures, including confirmation that design intent is met during erection, condition assessments to ensure that structures remain safe in use, and the provision of specifications for repairs and remedial work to the structure to ensure their continued safe functioning.

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