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Obituary Emeritus Professor Dereck Sparks
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 15:15

Emeritus Associate Professor Dereck Sparks passed away at the age of 85 on Saturday 10 August 2019. A/Professor Sparks joined UCT on 1 January 1965. He served as an academic in the Department of Civil Engineering for over 50 years, which includes the years he supported civil engineering as a retiree.

Trains least safe public transport for women
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 - 11:45

Although rail offers the cheapest daily commute, trains are the most dangerous mode of public transport for South African women, says an award-winning paper by the University of Cape Town (UCT) transport engineer Professor Marianne Vanderschuren.

Bio-brick exhibited in an Austrian Museum
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 - 13:15

UCT’s world-first bio-brick made using human urine is currently being exhibited at the MAK Design Lab in the Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna.

Thesis award for top honours graduate
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 - 09:30

University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering honours graduate Mwana Mwale was not only top of the 2019 class, she’s also won second place for her research thesis in the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Investigative Project (IP) Showdown.

Prof Alphose Zingoni Receives Annual UCT Book Award
Professor Alphose Zingoni Receives Annual UCT Book Award
Fri, 13 Dec 2019 - 11:15

Congratulations to Professor Alphose Zingoni who received the annual UCT Book Award for his book Shell Structures in Civil & Mechanical Engineering: Theory & Analysis...

Prof Zingoni at the SEMC Opening
SEMC 2019 a Great Success
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 - 08:30

The Seventh International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2019) was held at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town from 2 to 4 September 2019. Organised by Alphose Zingoni, Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering, the event was attended by more than 400 participants representing 62 countries and 180 universities worldwide. 

Prof. Pilate Moyo on CNBCAfrica
Africa on track for heavy haul railways 4.0
Fri, 07 Sep 2018 - 09:00

In an interview with CNBCAfrica, Professor Pilate Moyo, Director of CoMSIRU, Head of UCT Department of Civil Engineering, and Chairman of Technical Programmes at SAHHA, shares insights into new technologies for heavy haul railways and South Africa’s role in advancing these on the continent. 

Prof. Zingoni launches new book
Sun, 06 May 2018 - 22:30

Professor Zingoni’s latest book, Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, was launched in the New Engineering Building on 28 March 2018. The event was attended by more than 100 guests, who included representatives of national research institutes, engineering practitioners from industry, academics from local universities, as well as UCT staff and students. The book (464 pages), the first of its kind on the continent, has been published by ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers, London), and is an updated and expanded version of the original edition published by Thomas Telford in 1997.

Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership awards for 2 civil engineering students
Mon, 05 Mar 2018 - 22:30

The third induction dinner for newly selected scholars of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme was held at a restaurant in Constantia on 21 February 2018. A total of 14 UCT students from across all 6 Faculties were presented with award certificates by Professor Alphose Zingoni, Programme Director, and Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe, Programme Founder.

UCT on the Expresso Show - Recycling Urine
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 - 14:45

With the ongoing water crisis in Cape Town, the Expresso Show visited our department to highlight the research of Dr Dyllon Randall, and how recycled urine can be used in manufacturing fertiliser.

IITM Civil Engineering
Prof. Alexander’s work in Chennai, India
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 - 09:00

Emeritus Prof. Mark Alexander just returned from a six-week stay in Chennai, south-eastern India. As a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in Chennai, Prof. Alexander joined the faculty team...

Matongo Kabani Outstanding Student Engineering Award IHHA 2017
UCT PhD student receives IHHA award
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 - 09:00

Matongo Kabani, a doctoral student of the Concrete Materials and Structural Integrity Unit (CoMSIRU) at UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded the “Outstanding Student Engineering Award”...