11 August 2014

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Beat the drum


Who planned, designed and constructed Hitler’s gas chambers?
 
Being an avid amateur musician, I have been fortunate, on occasion, to engage with world-renowned musicians at an intimate level. A few years ago I befriended one – Ricky Lawson. Grammy award winning Lawson collaborated with artists like Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston. 

The SAICE-Rand Water Schools Water Competition – life-changing
 

The finals of AQUALIBRIUM, the exciting SAICE-Rand Water Schools Water Competition 2014 was held at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg on Friday, 25 July 2014.

It never fails to excite the teams, spectators and everybody involved!

A WEEK TO BOOST ENGINEERING


These are the words that will be on everybody’s lips during the week of 1–5 September 2014 when the Africa Engineering Week will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ). The event is being sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, and is a UNESCO initiative.

What happened in Bloem?
 

The SAICE presidential delegation and committee members engaged in discussions around some of the most pressing issues being experienced in the region. The most prominent include, the urgent need to professionalise the industry, as well as increasing the standard of engineering education and support for entry level professionals.

 

Visiting president of IStructE
 

On 7 August the visiting president of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in the United Kingdom, Nick Russell, accompanied by Tony Smith, chair of the SAICE Joint Structural Division (JSD), and Spencer Erling, education director at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), met with Stanford Mkhacane, 2014 SAICE president, Malcolm Pautz, SAICE president-elect and Steven Kaplan and Marie Ashpole from the SAICE National Office in Midrand.

Building a bridge from spaghetti?


Is it a game, or a serious task? Well, the answer is definite. Irrespective of its material, to build a strong and fine looking bridge is a serious engineering task. The spaghetti bridges building competitions is a tradition spanning through several decades throughout several countries.

SAICE AWARDS – 16 OCTOBER


Do you know someone that deserves recognition for his or her work in the industry? If so, then send through your nominations for the following institutional awards: 

For more information click here, or email brigitte@saice.org.za

Man 3D prints a concrete castle in his backyard


Content 3D printing a building isn’t a new achievement — several Chinese firms have already been experimenting with concrete printing for some time. Back in April, Winsun New Materials successfully printed 10 homes in just 24 hours. With their system, a series of panels were created and then positioned by a human crew.

AMENDMENTS TO THE SAICE CONSTITUTION
 

All Corporate Members are reminded to vote on the proposed amendments to SAICE’s Constitution. A copy of the amended Constitution together with additional background information and an explanation is available on the SAICE website (www.saice.org.za)
 
Ballot papers were distributed in the July issue of the SAICE Magazine.
Closing date is 11 August 2014

ECSA calls out for more industry feedback


The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is calling on all engineering practitioners to participate in the annual Universum professional’s survey which was launched on Thursday, July 17, 2014. This will ensure that the views of as many engineering practitioners as possible are recorded in order to influence the professions’ future direction 


 
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