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Notre Dame aflame: our relationship with the built environment

Notre Dame aflame: our relationship with the built environment

News of the fire at Paris’ beloved Notre-Dame cathedral was everywhere. We all saw it – a dark Parisian skyline lit up by engulfing flames as the 850-year-old cathedral blackened in the smog. Panning away from the nightmarish scene, however, was to look upon a united Parisian community, gathering together for their cherished Notre-Dame – the building that had always punctuated their cityscape so p... »

Built Environment Proffessionals should be represented at every decision making

Built Environment Proffessionals should be represented at every decision making

Let’s not be fooled by political rhetoric.  Regardless of party politics, “Rome is burning”, and desperate intervention is required across the board (both from the public and private sector as well as civic society at large) to rescue the industry and place it back in its rightful place as the leading catalyst to economic and social development in South Africa. South African built environment prof... »

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

With collaboration at the heart of any successful project, it is an area we as an industry do have to constantly develop and refine to deliver the best results. [rml_read_more] The Need for Effective Collaboration in Civil Engineering The importance of collaboration in civil engineering lays in the different groups involved in a project. These have evolved from a simple client/consultant/contracto... »

Collaboration Results in Better Project Outcomes

Collaboration Results in Better Project Outcomes

For years, construction has had extremely low productivity growth compared to other industries. Fragmentation within the industry is often cited as the primary cause of this. While other industries have been incentivized by the economies of scale they could realize by putting together large teams and sophisticated processes, such economies have been rarer in the construction industry because each ... »

Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Being asked to diagnose concrete failure from photographs is an inexact science but is a growing tendency. Over lunch today Thami challenged me to write an article on the dam failure at Benoni when all I had to go on are the photographs he posted on the website. »