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…

SAICE signs MoU with Institution of Engineers India (IEI) in Slovenia

The Committees and Executive Council of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) met in Ljubljana, Slovenia from the 16 to 20 September. The WFEO standing committees  met to review and discuss their activities during the current year, as well as forthcoming programmes. Simultaneously, the World Engineering Forum (WEF) with the theme “Sustainable Construction for…

MoU signed by SAICE and BIE

The Botswana Institution of Engineers (BIE) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and its Annual Gala Dinner on 15 September 2012. BIE invited SAICE to attend these to celebrate the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BIE and SAICE. Peter Kleynhans, SAICE President-elect and Theo Jacobs, SAICE International Officer attended the event, where…

Project and people awards for excellence in civil engineering

The prestigious SAICE Awards gala event for the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievements for 2011/2012 was held at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng on 11 October. There are three categories for technical excellence in civil engineering. The winners of the 2011/2012 Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Project Achievements are: ·Community-based projects The joint winners: eThekwini…

A gift by Manglin Pillay

"I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” Stephen Grellet (Quaker Minister) 1773-1855 In a…

Building bridges for the breaking

The finals of the very successful annual BKS-SAICE International Bridge Building Competition organised by the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) were held at the St Albans College in Pretoria. BKS has once again provided the major sponsorship for the event – for the fourth year running! This exciting competition attracts the participation of approximately…

Branch visits

SAICE National Office, in close corporation with the SAICE Branches, organises presidential visits to all the Branches around the country, as well as to all the Technical Divisions. SAICE has 18 Branches and 9 Technical Divisions. These visits afford the SAICE President and CEO the opportunity to engage with members and with SAICE student chapters…