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SAICE’s structural engineering community recently celebrated the Joint Structural Division’s (JSD) 80th Anniversary at a prestigious event held on Friday 11 August 2017. The JSD’s 80th celebration banquet took place in the exclusive setting of the Johannesburg Country Club – Auckland Park.

The history of the division, goes back to 1937 when the Transvaal Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers was established. This was followed in 1993, by the merger of the Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE) and the South Africa Institution of Civil Engineers (SAICE), to form the new Joint Structural Division of South Africa.

The guest speaker for the evening was the President 2017 of the ISE Ian Firth, whom is one of the world’s leading bridge designers. His vast experience includes the management and direction of bridge design and construction projects as well as in the design, analysis and assessment of complex structures. The theme for the 80th Celebration Banquet was “Going for Gold in a Changing World” and Ian’s fascinating talk for the occasion was entitled: Engineered Elegance – the Art of Bridge Design.

In the week leading up to the 80th celebration banquet, the presidential delegation visited the main centres of South Africa including: Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Chairperson of the JSD – Marelize Visser, accompanied, Ian Firth and the ISE CEO Martin Powell throughout their visits to universities at the various centres, as well as the technical talks given to SAICE members.

Our young engineers are a vital part of the future of engineering and infrastructure development in South Africa, and the ISE and JSD took the opportunity to recognise eight top young South African engineers who have performed outstanding project work or other superior/merit worthy achievement in the field of Structural Engineering. The following students were sponsored by the JSD to attend the event in Johannesburg:

Don Ainomugisha – University of Cape Town

Mohamedjaffer Gulamhussein – University of Cape Town

Trevor Dunn – Stellenbosch University

Tinotendaishe Daniel Muzofa – Stellenbosch University

Andre Swanepoel – Tshwane University of Technology

Hendrik Louw – University of Pretoria

Fathima Mota – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Iksha Singh – University of KwaZulu-Natal

The JSD produced a publication entitled: 80 years of Southern Africa Engineering Excellence that was launched at the banquet. The publication provides a pictorial view of a series of structures that celebrate and emphasize the diversity of Structural Engineering and its contribution towards industry and communities within South Africa.

Overall the JSD’s banquet was an excellent opportunity to meet with the members of the JSD and an evening networking with leading engineering professionals was enjoyed by all.

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