Finalist for a 2013/2014 NSTF-BHP Billiton award
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 NSTF Awards encourage and reward excellence in Scientific Research, Technological Innovation, Education, Management and related activities, Capacity Building, and Communication, thereby honouring and celebrating outstanding contributions to Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) since 1998, and in partnership with BHP Billiton since 2011.
The Aqualibrium competition is a fun way to learn about water supply, what civil engineers do and the importance of protecting our water resources. The aim of the competition is to distribute three litres of water equally between three reservoirs (containers) placed randomly on a grid of 16 points. Participants build a pipe network between a water source and the three reservoirs using pipes of different diameters.
The idea for the competition originated from a group of third year civil engineering students at the University of Johannesburg in response to a challenge given to them by Prof Kobus van Zyl (now at the University of Cape Town).