The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) held its Investigative Project (IP) presentation on 28 October 2015 at the Hillman Building. IP is a part of the national curriculum for final year civil engineering undergraduate students. At the event, students who were paired in teams presented their researched work which was conducted on selected engineering problems before an audience of faculty lecturers, professors as well as students and parents. The adjudication panel was led by SAICE CEO, Manglin Pillay and MPA Consulting Director, Victor de Abreu.
Students impressed the adjudicators and the audience as they attempted to reach a balance of presenting technically sound and generally applicable solutions to complicated engineering problems – whilst fielding tough questions regarding their research from the audience. At the end of the evening, the head of the department, Professor Mitch Gohnert, announced Mercy Nyirenda, Tatenda Katsumbe and Mfundo Nkosi whose winning presentation was titled “Storm Water Characteristics of Green-roofs” as the winning team. This team will now represent WITS at the National Investigation Project presentation competition, which will be hosted by SAICE National Office on 26 November 2015, where they will compete against the winning teams from five other universities for a grand cash prize and a R20 000 bursary towards any post graduate programme of their choice.