SAICE AWARDS 2012
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Event: SAICE Awards 2012
Date: 11 October 2012
Venue: Emperors Palace
Engineer of the year
The winner of the Engineer of the Year award will be a current SAICE Member who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their fellow members, the Institution, the profession and local community. They will have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, will have inspired others to participate, will have given up their time and may have overcome adversity to do so.
- Dr Christopher Edward Herold
Young engineer of the year
The winner of the Young Engineer of the Year award will be a current SAICE Member who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to their fellow members, the Institution, the profession and local community. They will have gone out of their way to improve the lives of others, will have inspired others to participate, will have given up their time and may have overcome adversity to do so.
Division of the year
The SAICE Division of the year will have a great impact on the lives of its members. It will be influential with its parent institution and will have shown advances in participation rates and quantifiable impact on its members
- The SAICE Geotechnical Engineering Division
Branch of the year
The SAICE Branch of the year will have a great impact on the lives of its members. It will be influential with its parent institution and will have shown advances in participation rates and quantifiable impact on its members.
Technical excellence projects
The project should have unique or unusual features and should demonstrate some notable advance in the solution of engineering problems. It should have particular aesthetic appeal. It should display engineering ingenuity in analysis or design and/or in construction technique. The Civil Engineering industry makes a huge contribution towards infrastructure creation and the resultant economic and social development in South Africa. Exceptional projects have been entered last year and the adjudicators decided on joint winners, as well as one commendation:
- The Buitengragt Structural Steel Pedestrian Bridge – The 101 m long, six-spanned Buitengragt Pedestrian Bridge in Cape Town was necessitated by the FIFA 2010 World Cup, to accommodate the expected increase in pedestrians who would have to cross the busy Buitengragt motorway. The position of the bridge – partly founded on top of a buried parking garage and partly on land reclaimed from the sea, and situated in a narrow corridor between two of the City's busiest hotels – presented various unique design challenges that were admirably addressed. The structure blends in beautifully with the busy Cape Town City Centre.
- The Granger Bay Boulevard and Green Point Roundabout - For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, provision had to be made for large numbers of pedestrians to access the Cape Town Stadium without vehicle-pedestrian conflict while satisfying the requirements of providing efficient public and private vehicular access to the stadium and the Waterfront. To achieve this a pedestrian concourse under an elevated traffic circle was constructed. The traffic circle resembles a flat ring with an outer diameter of 75 m and a 45 m internal diameter and the deck consists of a continuous slab structure with flat tapered edges.
- The Warwick Triangle Viaduct – Outbound - This viaduct in eThekwini crosses over the busiest trading and transport hub in Africa and improves the lives of the estimated 460 000 commuters travelling through the Warwick Triangle Precinct every day. The Warwick Triangle Viaduct has created a greatly improved urban landscape and safer environment for all.
Community based projects
The project should exemplify the benefits of Civil Engineering to society at large. It should involve effective and successful co-operation between the civil engineer, the community served by the project and other interested and affected parties such as, the local authorities, non-government organisations and the labour force. The project may be a complete planning study or an exercise in community initiative and involvement and should be innovative, comprehensive and have been substantially completed in the year under review.
Winner for 2010/2011
- The Blackburn Pedestrian Bridge across the N2 freeway at Umhlanga in KwaZulu-Natal addressed the life-threatening situation of pedestrians from the Blackburn informal settlement crossing the four-lane highway and walking along its shoulder. It is a cable-stayed bridge with a two kilometre concrete walkway. Apart from providing 110 local job opportunities, the project embraced a number of community outreach initiatives, which included a bridge-building competition at the Blackburn Primary School, in-service training for two local students and training courses for local labour. The project is a good example of how a holistic approach to engineering can give people hope and improve their socio-economic conditions.
A further award may be made to the most meritorious project, located outside the borders of the country, designed and/or constructed by a predominantly South African team.
Student chapter of the year
The SAICE Student Chapter of the year will have an impact on the lives of its members and the community around it. It will set an example in professional communication and be influential with its parent institution. It will have shown advances in participation rates and quantifiable impact on its members.
The Gold Medal is considered as the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Institution on a Corporate Member
List of members who have received the gold medal award
- 2006 Allyson Lawless
- 2001 Mr RA Pullen
- 1996 Mr KG Witthaus
- 1995 Prof K Knight
- 1994 H A Loots
- 1993 Dr A C Liebenberg
- 1992 E J Hall
- 1991 H C Blersch
- 1990 Dr R J Laburn
- 1989 Dr J P Kriel
- 1979 Prof D C Midgley
- 1978 T C Watermeyer
- 1973 Prof D W de Vos
- 1968 Col W P F McLaren
- 1963 Prof J E Jennings
- 1958 Prof W G Sutton
- 1953 F E Kanthack
The Award for Meritorious Research is to acknowledge the role of research in the field of Civil Engineering and to encourage outstanding research work.
Civil Engineering accolade
The Civil Engineering Accolade is only awarded for a project of great magnitude such as last year's winner – the Gautrain.
Winner for 2010/2011
A decision was taken to have a special Civil Engineering Accolade for the prestigious Gautrain Rapid Rail Link project, which comprises the 80 km state-of-the-art, world-class, modern high-speed rapid rail network – the first in Africa. The The network includes some 15 km of tunnels in Johannesburg, and 10.5 km of viaducts along various sections of the route, while the balance of the line is on surface or in shallow open cut. With ten stations along the route, a rapid rail artery of this magnitude not only gives rise to profound land use challenges, but also to new economic opportunities.