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UCT to host international structural engineering conference

27 Aug 2013 - 14:00

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. Founded at the turn of the millennium by Alphose Zingoni, Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics, the SEMC conferences have been held every 3 years since 2001. The series is now recognised as the foremost structural-engineering conference on the African continent, and one of the world’s leading conferences in this field. SEMC 2013 will be attended by 500 delegates from 60 countries worldwide, making it the largest structural conference ever held in South Africa.

At the start of SEMC 2013, on Sunday 1 September, UCT will award an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Professor Klaus-Jürgen Bathe of MIT (one of the top 10 universities in the world), for his outstanding contributions in the field of computational engineering mechanics. Professor Bathe will be attending the conference as one of the keynote speakers. The conference opening, attended by executives from industry, sponsors and delegates, will be held at 8:00am on Monday 2 September in the Leslie Social Sciences Building. On 3 September, City of Cape Town Deputy Executive Mayor, Alderman Ian Nielsen, will address delegates at the conference dinner.

Six keynote addresses will be delivered by world-leading engineering authorities from the USA, Germany, UK, Hungary, Japan and Portugal. From more than 800 proposals received a year ago, some 450 papers have been selected for presentation over the 3 days of the conference. To cater for this record number of presentations, eight streams of parallel sessions will run throughout the conference. The Proceedings have been published by CRC Press/Balkema, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, London. Sponsors for the event include the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Anglo American, ADINA (USA), City of Cape Town, Transnet and SANRAL.