The Joint Structural Division's goals:
- a second registration for structural
- effective implementation of the
national building regulations and the development of design rules for
- the initiation, development and review
of various codes of practice related to structural engineering
- develop the membership of the Joint
Structural Division amongst younger members, recent graduates and
established members of the profession
- investigate a framework for the
mentoring of young engineers and smaller design offices
Some points about the goals
The second registration of structural
- Section 24(a) of the constitution states
that everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to
their health or well-being. Various other acts reinforce this
- Some years ago the Joint Structural
Division embarked on a an approach that would allow for the formal
recognition of a Registered Stuctural Engineer. This approach
allows clients to minimize their risk exposure by appointing an engineer
with the necessary and appropriate credentials.
- The second registration as a Registered
Structural Engineer would be based on the core objectives and Initial
Professional Development framework of the IStructE that have been
redrafted and expressed as a set of five outcomes the experience and
training of a Structural Engineer is required to have. The
IStructE Part 3 exam is incormporated into the professional development
- A precedent that has been set some years
ago is the second registration of engineers for the design of dams.
- Ron Watermeyer is driving the process
through the national qualifications framework and SAQA.
- Interestingly the IStructE Part 3 exam is
used, or is proposed for use, as a test of the professional competence
for registration in quite a few regions around the world. (China,
British Columbia in Canada, UAE and some others).
- Concrete. A revised SABS 0100 is
being worked on and will probably be out in the third quarter. A
committee is being fromed to look at revising SABS 0144.
- Alternative materials -
soils. Development is held up by a lack of funding.
- Masonry. Revision of SABS 0164 is
being undertaken at present and will be referred to the masonry code
committee for comment.
- Steel. Work on SABS 0162 is
ongoing; a final draft is due for circulation shortly. SABS 0208
has been published. An upgrading of the steel grade to grade 350
is being considered.
- Timber. Work on the timber code
and rules for various aspects of timber construction are ongoing.
- Loading code. SABS 0100 is being
reviewed under the chairmanship of Prof Alan Kemp.