Liaison with the SAIMM (South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), SAIEG (South African Institute of Engineering Geologists), SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers – Geotechnical Division), and SANCOT (South African National Committee on Tunnelling) has proven worthwhile. Read what William Joughin has to report:

Liaison brings results

Communication has been established with the SAIMM, SAIEG, SAICE and SANCOT. William Joughin serves on the SAIMM council and has attended SAIEG, SAICE (Geotechnical division) and SANCOT meetings. Information on symposia and technical evenings is communicated by email.

A geotechnical engineering code of practice was drafted by Peter Day (Jones & Wagner) for ECSA. This document is focused on the civil engineering industry, but should be more general. It deals with the identification and classification of geotechnical engineering work, levels of competence, criteria for assessment of competence, required competence, geotechnical engineering practice, interpretation and compliance.

Sanire was only involved during the final stages of the process and although several amendments were suggested, most of these could not be included in the first version because of the timing.

Peter Day indicated that he would consult with the governor of the steering committee and settle for key amendments, then consider a revision of the code after further consultation with the mining (rock) engineers. Sanire will continue to be involved in this process.

Sanire and the SAIMM jointly presented Rock Engineering for Managers in Hard Rock Tabular Mines. The course material was prepared and presented by Sanire members and the event was organised and marketed by the SAIMM. It was very successful and the profits are expected to provide significant income for Sanire.

Other events include:

  • Engineering The Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme Seminar (SANCOT), 3 December 2010.
  • Minefill (SAIMM), 21-25 March 2011.
  • Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference (SAICE & SAIEG), 31 August-3 September 2011.

Liaising with purpose

The main purpose of the liaison role is to:
  • identify synergies with other organisations.
  • identify courses and symposia of mutual interest.
  • encourage interaction and discussion.
  • address the needs of members who practice in civil engineering and surface mining disciplines.