The Division has been very busy in recent months, and we would like to share some of these with you.
- Moving on from SABS 1200 - recent developments
- Participation in SABS Committees (structural and geotechnical) and development of standards
- International Tunneling Awards 2012
- Public Lecture Series: The Effective Management of Time in Construction Projects
Please read more below.....
Moving on from SABS 1200 - most recent developments:
The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) developed the SABS 1200 (Standardised specification for Civil Engineering Construction) and associated SABS 0120 (Code of practice for use with standardised specifications for civil engineering and contract documents) series in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the support of the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) and the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (SAACE, now Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA)) and handed it over to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to publish and maintain. These series of standards, however, stagnated in that they were not further developed and most of the parts were not amended to reflect changes in technologies, practices, procedures, materials and methods since their publication. In 2000, the SABS Technical Committee for Construction Standards took the decision to withdraw the SABS 1200 series of specifications and the code of practice SABS 0120 once:
- a new series of standardised specification for Construction Works is published; and
- SAICE has put in place a standard system of measurement for civil engineering works
SANS 10403 (Formatting and compilation of construction procurement documents) was published in 2003 and the six parts of SANS 1921 (Formatting and compilation of construction procurement documents) were published in 2004. All the parts of SANS 2001 (Construction works) relating to structural materials (timber, masonry, steel and concrete) were published by 2007 while final drafts were available for all the standards relating to pipelines were available by the end of 2008. SAICE commenced with the development of a standalone standard system of measurement for civil engineering quantities in 2007 but put the project on hold due to the slowdown in SABS’s throughput of SANS 2001 standards.
In 2010 the Department of Public Works raised an issue with the Technical Committee (TC) regarding measurement and payment as the foreword to SANS 2001-CC1 (Structural concrete) stated that parts of SABS 1200 relating to concrete were withdrawn. The TC requested that the SABS secretariat convene a special meeting of the committee to discuss this issue. SABS secretariat, however, decided during January 2011 to conduct a straw poll without contextualizing the issues – “SABS is now proposing that we continue to support, develop and maintain the SANS 1200 series of Standards. These would be developed in parallel with the SANS 2001 docs, so that end users have a choice of which to use.” Their findings were that the overwhelming response (±75%) to the survey was in favour of retaining the SANS 1200 documents. SABS thereafter proposed that SABS 1200 be updated and where a part of SABS 1200 and SANS 2001 covered the same scope, the two be amalgamated into one document.
ICE-SA, a joint division of SAICE and the Intuition of Civil Engineers (ICE), published in the first half of 2011 a Southern African edition of the Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement (third edition). The Southern African edition of CESMM3-SA is a customisation of CESMM3 which has been used in the UK and many parts of the world since 1991 and was finalised with South African industry inputs and public comments.
SABS’s proposal to revise SABS 1200 was rejected by the Technical Committee at their meeting in June 2011. The committee again called upon the SABS secretariat to convene a meeting for its members to discuss the issue. SABS, however, decided to hold an open-forum discussion on 24th July 2012 to debate the future direction of the SABS 1200 and SANS 2001 standards in the belief that there was a high level of support for the continuation of the SABS 1200 documents.
Three industry presentations were made at the meeting of 24th July 2012. The first presentation made on behalf of SAICE, ICE-SA, Joint Structural Division, CESA, SAFCEC and the Cement and Concrete Institute recommended that SABS 1200 together with SABS 0120 be withdrawn as soon as the corresponding parts of SANS 2001 are published. Telkom made a presentation on one of the parts of SANS 1200 and SANS 2001 and highlighted that both these standards need to be updated to reflect current requirements. The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction noted an industry resistance to changing from SABS 1200 to SANS 2001 and recommended that the SANS 2001 / SANS 1921 approach be adopted and professional people be appointed to work with the SABS committees to complete the outstanding work. No support for the continuation of SABS 1200 was expressed by any of the participants of the workshop.
Participation in SABS Committees (structural and geotechnical) and development of standards:
SABS has established a new Technical Committee for the Structural and Geotechnical Design Standards. This TC envisages the establishment of the following Subcommittees to deal with the following standards:
SC 98A (Basis of Structures Design & Actions).
EN 1990 (EN Eurocodes series)
EN 1991 (EN Eurocode)
EN 1998 (EN Eurocode)
SC 98B (Design of Concrete Structures).
EN 1992 (EN Eurocode)
Future Standards for water retaining structures.
SC 98C (Design of Metal and Composite Structures).
EN 1993 (EN Eurocode)
EN 1994 (EN Eurocode)
EN 1999 (EN Eurocode)
SC 98D (Design of Timber Structures).
EN 1995 (EN Eurocode)
SC 98E (Design of Masonry Structures).
EN 1996 (EN Eurocode)
SC 98F (Geo-Technical Design)
EN 1997 (EN Eurocode)
ICE-SA has a mandate from both SAICE and ICE to get involved in SABS committees if they are of “mutual interest to both ICE and SAICE with particular emphasis on matters that are of international concern.” TC 98 will deal with the South African structural design and loading codes. There is a move in South Africa towards the adoption of the Eurocodes. As a result, membership of TC 98 may be of interest to our members. Does any member of ICE-SA have an interest in introducing the Eurocodes in South Africa and is prepared to represent the Division and serve on this TC or its SCs? If so, please contact the ICE-SA secretary.
International Tunneling Awards 2012:
The International Tunnelling Awards 2012, brought to you by the New Civil Engineer magazine (NCE) and the International Tunnelling Association (ITA), are currently calling for entries until Thursday 6 September 2012.
Following its previous success in London and Hong Kong, the third annual International Tunnelling Awards are heading to their third international location: Canada. These awards recognise, celebrate and reward tunnelling excellence on a global stage, moving location each year to represent the international nature of this industry.
Entries are accepted until the deadline of Thursday 6 September 2012 so we urge you to enter your projects, contractors, product innovations or environmental and safety initiatives today.
As an ICE Member, we have arranged a 10% discount for you, eligible from today; please quote: ICE10 at the payment stage.
The winners will be announced at the gala dinner taking place on Thursday 29 November at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Canada. Secure your place now; contact Bola Odusina on +44 (0)20 7728 3732 or email@example.com
Public Lecture Series: The Effective Management of Time in Construction Projects
Public Lecture by Patrick Weaver PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB
The School of Construction Economics & Management is pleased to announce a visit by Patrick Weaver PMP, PMI-SP, FAICD, FCIOB, Managing Director of Mosaic Project Services Pty Ltd, an Australian project management consultancy business specialising in project control systems and a PMI endorsed Registered Education Provider.
Attendance (and parking) is free and light refreshments will be served.
Lecture : The Effective Management of Time in Construction Projects.
Date: Thursday, 6th September 2012
Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm (to 7.00pm)
Venue: A1, Dorothy Susskind Auditorium, John Moffat Building
Attendance is free, but please book (for catering and parking purposes) by e-mailing Ruth.Billett@wits.ac.za or call 0117177652