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Hazvinei Tsitsi Tamuka Moyo graduated in June with her MPhil in Transport Studies from the Department of Civil Engineering. Her supervisor was Prof Romano Del Mistro and her thesis topic was “An investigation of the perceived consequences to employees of reducing employment related trip end choices in Cape Town.” Her research looked at the accessibility and affordability of transport for marginalised communities who spend above 10% of their salary on transport costs. By getting people employment closer to home, not only will it reduce their travelling costs but also address some of the climate change issues. In July, Tsitsi will be presenting a paper at the SA Transport Conference in Pretoria.
Staff members in the Concrete Materials & Structural Integrity Research Unit (CoMSIRU) have been extremely busy over the past 12 months. They have graduated 21 postgraduate students and supervised 25 final-year undergraduate thesis projects.
Welcome to the two new postdocs fellows who recently joined CoMSIRU in the Department of Civil Engineering.
Professor Kobus Van Zyl in the Department of Civil Engineering has been elected as Secretary of the Water Distribution Systems Analysis Standing Committee of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers from October 2014
Dr Denis Kalumba, a geotechnical engineering expert who specialises in foundations, is helping to ensure that South African houses stand firm – by developing the curriculum and carrying out training in the basic principles of geotechnical engineering for all National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) inspectors in the country.
Nearly R10 million has been made available for UCT students from all six faculties that display leadership potential and who wish to not only fund their studies but develop their leadership skills.
Professor Kobus Van Zyl has been short listed as a finalist for the 2013/2014 NSTF-BHP Billiton awards. He was nominated for the Aqualibrium Water Engineering Competition team in the category: Communication for outreach and creating awareness of Science, Engineering Technology and Innovation.
The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town is the oldest in the country. Since it was established in 1910, thousands of civil engineers have graduated from the university to help build, quite literally, South Africa and many other countries.
The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2013), will be held at the University of Cape Town from 1 to 4 September 2013.
Mfundo Vezi, a master’s student in the Department of Civil Engineering, received a prize for the best paper by a young engineer at the South African National Committee on Large Dams (SANCOLD) conference.
Charles Warren-Codrington, who graduated with his BSc in Civil Engineering in 2011, was recently presented the Barry van Wyk award for best final year dissertation on a geotechnical topic at a South African university.
Mr Vernon Collis has a long association with the Department of Civil Engineering. He is qualified as both a professional engineer and a professional architect. His main contribution to the department to date has been in the area of designing for sustainability in civil engineering, a field in which he is an acknowledged expert with extensive experience in both Africa and Asia. With his appointment, his specific responsibility will lie in researching and teaching of sustainable design in civil engineering, including the convening and lecturing of CIV4035C Design Project.