The first International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ICSMFE) was held in Harvard in 1936. Twenty countries with 206 delegates attended the conference. No conferences were held during the war and only in 1948 the second ICSMFE was held in Rotterdam. A total of 596 delegates attended this conference. The third ICSMFE was held in 1953 in Zurich.
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In this paper various aspects of the roof drainage problem of large buildings caused by short-duration high-intensity rainfall were considered and certain research findings based on hydraulic analyses and laboratory investigations were presented with the aim of assisting designers in their general approach to the problem.
On a truly beautiful blue-sky and sunny day in Port Elizabeth, National Office staff arrived later than anticipated for their pre-event meeting with SAICE 2011 President Seetella Makhetha. Their SAA flight was diverted to East London as fog had settled prettily on top of the runway, leaving the rest of Port Elizabeth in bright sunshine!
From the date of its founding in 1820 Port Elizabeth has suffered from the lack of a reliable water supply. For forty years after the British settlers landed the little port struggled with wells, springs and other sources which were inevitably insufficient, but despite the efforts of officials and entrepreneurs, there was no sign of a permanent solution. By 1862 the Town Council was desperate and offered prizes for the best proposals for the supply of potable water to the town. The second prize of fifty guineas was won by Robert Pinchin, an engineer and surveyor, who believed that it would be possible to bring water to the town from the upper reaches of the Van Stadens River through the steep and formidable Van Stadens gorge. But the Council was unimpressed; they felt that the scheme could not be taken seriously as it would be too expensive and too difficult to construct.
Since its first road show for "Civil Engineering Professionals of the Future", that took place at the Engineering Planet Future Indaba in March 2010, the SAICE Young Members Panel (YMP) has been actively involved in integrating young professionals into the structures of SAICE, as well as educating civil engineering professionals of the future.