International bodies gather at first General Assembly

The 5th Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) Conference took place last month under the auspices of the South African Federation of Engineering Organisations (SAFEO). The Conference is reflective of the growing network of multidisciplinary national engineering societies and/or institutions and was appropriately themed as “Engineering Knowledge Creation, Sharing and Collaboration”.

DWS hampering its own vision with Cuban appointments

SAICE and its sister organisations have an adverse view of the first of a total of forty Cuban engineers that have arrived in the Free State. The decision undertaken by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to go ahead with the appointment of the Cuban specialists to implement their skills capacity drive, illustrate once again the DWS’ disregard for local industry body concerns.

Rhodes must fly

I don’t care whether Rhodes falls (or has fallen). It makes no difference to me. I don’t care whether he walks or stands under pigeon pooh. The narrative is a chaotic concoction of the literal over the allegorical, garnished with the ultimate spice of mob mentality.

It’s Mine

My first thoughts on service delivery strikes are that our service delivery mechanisms and structures are hopelessly incompetent. They are particularly useless in areas where the aspirations and expectations of the proletariat are high, like Malamulele

Drakensberg revived!

The SAICE presidential delegation led by President Malcolm Pautz, arrived in the quaint town of Harrismith, Drakensberg South, on 16 April 2015. The two day visit saw the delegation formalising the newly revived branch committee, chaired by Wade Ambler, PrTechEng at Miletus Consulting as well as local site visits to some of the town’s ground breaking civil engineering initiatives.

RELIABILITY-BASED SLOPE STABILITY ANALYSIS AND ASSOCIATED SEVERITY OF FAILURE OF TAILINGS DAMS

Slope stability analysis is crucial to the design of every new tailings storage facility, and while deterministic methods such as limit-equilibrium analysis are the most widely used method of analysis, the safety factors produced by them are ultimately difficult to comprehend for non-engineers and are often applied unknowingly to conditions involving widely varying degrees of uncertainty.