BACKGROUND

The civil engineering university research and investigation project is part of the national curriculum for final year civil engineering undergraduate students. Students are paired in teams of two and are required to select an issue, which is current in the industry. They do so by conducting research in accordance with pre-set deliverables over a fixed period, leading up to the final year examinations. Once all the research and investigations on the specific issue is complete, the student teams then present their findings to a panel of judges, which comprises of both selected industry leaders and non-engineers. The presentations are then adjudicated based on a set of agreed criteria.

EVENT

SAICE National Office has once again joined forces with the six leading universities across the country to invite the winning teams from those regions to compete on a national level.

The following universities will be participating:

  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Johannesburg

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of this event is to create a platform for the winners to compete on a national level.

The teams will be adjudicated through:

  • Identifying if teams have gained an in-depth understanding of the research project
  • Determining if teams showcase adequate communication skills by presenting their work to a diverse audience
  • Exposing these top students to the industry and to key players within the industry.

These presentations showed that South Africa’s civil engineering future is truly in competent hands!

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