Can consultant engineers provide competitive solutions for innovative small firms? This was one of the questions addressed by a study carried out by the European Innovation Monitoring System (EIMS) in 1994. The resulting report answers this question by citing an Italian company: 'We use professional consulting engineering services whenever our forces are unavailable in quantitative or qualitative terms because it is the most effective solution for supporting our own internal engineering structure.' Data on the consulting engineering services (CES) sector is poor, a problem the EIMS study set out to address. It found, for example, that the market for CES grew at double digit rates in the 1980s and early 1990s, and by 1992 had reached over 50 billion ECU for the then 12 EU member states.
What projects does Iscor have in the pipeline that are of interest to civil engineers - new plant, new accommodation for workers? The bad news is that there is nothing in the pipeline that would be terribly exciting for civil engineers, but I think I must qualify that by saying why not. The fact of the matter is that steel is a mature industry, it's a mature commodity, and hence the projects that Iscor Steel has in the pipeline, apart from Saldanha, which is a separate issue, are all related to optimisation, not expansion. Our focus is on modernisation, yield improvement, productivity improvement, because we have to become more competitive in the global environment.
Very few women are engaged in engineering in Zimbabwe. This article discusses the probable causes, among them educational restraints, traditional and cultural pressures, the absence of role models and a lack of career information. The article further touches on future action to educate more women in the profession, including changing attitudes, organised career guidance, affirmative action and the promotion of women in engineering.
Woodside Retirement Village, the first development of its kind in the sought-after suburb of Rondebosch, Cape Town, was launched by Norwich Life towards the end of last year. The 9 ha development comprises 210 Cape vernacular-style cottages, two apartment buildings, a centrally situated clubhouse and a 50-bed health-care centre, and was designed to cater for every need of the retiree. With 110 deals already concluded, residents are occupying units in both Phases 1 and 2, while building activity on the apartment building, clubhouse facility and health-care centre is well under way. Construction of the village is scheduled for completion by September next year.
In 1957, in response to a request from the Northern Cape Regional Development Association, Mr Shand proposed a revolutionary concept to put the hitherto little used water of the Orange River to beneficial use. Because the Orange River runs in a deeply incised valley, the Department of Water Affairs had concentrated on the idea of tunnelling through to the Fish River, to enable Orange River water to be supplied to the Eastern Cape. Mr Shand's idea was to lift the water out of the valley by means of a very high dam at Vanderkloof, and, there being no national electricity grid at that time, to use the energy of water released down the river channel for irrigators along the Lower Orange to pump the remaining water to levels high enough to command the surrounding plateaux.
The Washington Accord is an agreement whereby the bodies of each country accrediting educational qualifications for professional engineers are accredited and mutually accepted. The signatories to the Accord are Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada and the United States of America. South Africa and Hong Kong are 'half' signatories to the Accord and FEANI is not part of it. A submission by the Canadian Council for Professional Engineers, which tabulated many facts about the registration systems for professional engineers for each country, formed the basis of the initial discussion. It appears that New Zealand, Australia and Ireland have bodies that are multi-disciplinary and non-statutory, their functions being more extensive than those of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). If one took ECSA and the Engineering Association (SAVI), added the lnstitutions and vocational bodies and rolled them all into one, one would have a similar model.
Daar het soveel veranderinge in ons land in die afgelope tyd plaasgevind dat dit moontlik wenslik mag wees om die immergroen onderwerp van die status van die ingenieur weereens aan te roer. Status, volgens die Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, is die 'position or standing in society, a profession, and the like'. Die aansien wat vooraanstaande ingenieurs in ons professie geniet was duidelik nog nooit aan enige twyfel onderwerp nie. Dit is egter ons aansien in ons breer gemeenskap wat al dikwels deur ons onder die vergrootglas geplaas is.
Die verhandeling beskryf, hoofsaaklik op 'n rugemene wyse, die aanbou van die Spoorweggoederedepot te Nuwe Kazerne (Prospect), Johannesburg. Die skema behels die oorplasing van alle goedereverkeer (met uitsondering van lewertde hawe, bederfbare markprodukte en privaatsylynverkeer) van die Ou Kazerne gebied af, die verskuiwing van aile oorlaaiwerksaamhede van Germiston af en die daarsteUing van 'n baie groot opstelterrein.