SAICE’S relationship with India

The SAICE International Panel (SIP) is looking at establishing relations with the BRICS countries, and we are happy to report that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between SAICE and the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) when delegates of both institutions attended the conference of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) in Slovenia…

Civil engineering infrastructure equates quality of life

“Sustainability begins and ends with construction, the materials used, the waste produced and the final built environment,” states the 2012 KPMG Global Construction Survey. The 2012 Infrastructure Sector Research Survey carried out by Landelahni Business Leaders Amrop SA covers a few relevant topics taken from the South African Institution for Civil Engineering (SAICE) Infrastructure Report…

Breaking News! Allyson Lawless

The Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) has bestowed an honorary fellowship on Allyson Lawless. The ceremony was held at their offices in London on Monday 5 November 2012. Later during the black tie 'New Fellows' Dinner' at Draper's Hall in London the new fellows signed the 'Roll', and Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS, proposed a…

Civilution

Like many of our readers, I am proudly South African – I acknowledge the struggle and the long road to the freedom and equality we enjoy today. Whenever I travel internationally, particularly in the US and Europe, I am asked questions about apartheid, and about our inspirational leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. I…

Car-free cities

THE CURRENT PROBLEM Virtually every city in the world today has a major problem with congestion caused by the ever increasing volume of cars on the road. Congestion results in delay, cost, unpredictability, frustration, road rage, crashes and the need to build more roads. Cars, mostly carrying one person, weigh tons more than, and take…

ASCE Conference 2012 in Montreal, Canada

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) held its 142nd annual conference from 18 to 20 October 2012. This year the theme of the engineering conference was “Civil Engineering in the new Global Economy”. The ASCE conference, which took place in Montreal, Canada, united representatives of academia, consulting, government and industry from across the globe…

Projects needed to keep civil engineers working

The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) receives requests from civil engineering professionals for assistance in finding jobs on a regular basis – this in a country where civil engineering is a priority scarce skill. South African engineers are experiencing unemployment. Despite living in South Africa where “job creation” and “unemployment” appear in everyday…

Who is to take over?

When a provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on public works throws in the towel and calls on central government to take over the province’s public works , roads and transport department, civil engineers need to put up their hands and be counted. The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) is greatly concerned about the situation…

SAICEs Young Members Panel Gauteng Roadshow

For the past two years SAICE’s Young Members Panel (YMP) has been hosting, nationally and internationally, road-shows that have yielded great success in reaching the young minds in preparing them for the working world. The aim is to provide the student in their third and final years with the necessary tools, skills and mind-set to embark…