oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Civil engineering: A profession in distress

Volume 4, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Like Topsy this article grew. It began life in 1992 during visits to civil engineers throughout South Africa. It was then no more than a burr under the skin arising from a deep-rooted frustration among members. Our work was seldom appreciated and we were doubting our own worth. Two years later a workshop to direct the Institution's Strategic Plan brought many of these frustrations to the surface. A paper to the American Society of Civil Engineers by Michel Bruneau (1993) of the University of Ottawa helped direct the research that underpins this article and confirmed that we were not alone. Finally, a workshop at the Institution's Port Elizabeth congress in April 1995 and another with government and industry representatives in September 1995 added flesh to the bones.

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