The Department of Civil Engineering at the Witwatersrand University held its Investigative Project (IP) presentation on 1 October 2014 at the John Moffat 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 panel of adjudicators comprised of selected industry leaders and non-engineers, namely SAICE CEO Manglin Pillay, SAICE Past-President Peter Klyenhans, Kerwin Strauss – Project Engineer at Stefanutti Stocks Mining and Eddie Kalili, Digital Editor of Destiny Magazine.
The presentations are essentially a report on research conducted on a current industry issue in accordance with pre-set deliverables over a fixed period, leading up to the final year examinations.
Students wowed 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 Tsepho Lethea and Pholani Dladla as the victorious team. Lethea and Dladla presented a paper titled: The feasibility of rooftop rain water harvesting in urban schools, in Gauteng East. Lethea and Dladla will now represent Wits at the first national Investigation Project presentation competition, which will be hosted by SAICE National Office on 1 December 2014, where they will compete against the winning teams from five other universities for a grand cash prize of R10000 or an internship at a top engineering company.