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Road to Registration: Public Courses for 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 10 August 2017 15:56

Please find attached the schedule for various Road to Registration Courses (Public courses) during 2017. Please contact Lizelle du Preez from Candidate Academy at lizelle@ally.co.za for more information and to register. Please notify Lynette at the SAIIE office if you have registered for one of the public Road to Registration Courses. SAIIE will assist SAIIE members with securing a mentor as well as the Discipline Specific Training Guidelines upon request. 


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Last updated Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:56

INVITATION: Transport Forum SIG : 3 August 2017 :

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Friday, 7 July 2017 15:54



Visiting the Port of Walvis Bay

Morning Seminar and a Tour through the Port, including the new container terminal, Phase 1 of the SADC Gateway Port and the new Industrial area for warehousing.

Thursday 3 August 2017

Venue: Protea Hotel Walvis Bay
Corner of Sam Nujoma Avenue and 10th Road
                Walvis Bay

                Click here for map and directions


Cost:     Attendance is for free, but booking is essential

             Click here to make your booking


Venue: Protea Hotel Walvis Bay


Registration, Breakfast and Networking



Mr Harry van Huyssteen
Transport Forum


Transforming Namibia into a Regional Logistics and Distribution Centre – Namibia Logistics Hub Project

Mr Clive Smith
Project Manager: Logistics Hub
Walvis Bay Corridor Group


Mega Projects at the Ports of Walvis Bay & Lüderitz

Mr Elias Mwenyo
Acting Executive: Commercial


Is Walvis Bay the new Dubai of West Africa

Mr Dirk Hoffmann
Chief Executive Officer


Southern African Corridors

Mr Ed Richarson
African Correspondent
Freight & Trading Weekly


Panel Discussion – Facilitated by Harry van Huyssteen



Mr Bisey Uirab
Chief Executive Officer

Venue: Port of Walvis Bay


Introduction to the Port of Walvis Bay


Tour through the Port of Walvis Bay, including the new container terminal, Phase 1 of the SADC Gateway Port and the new Industrial area for warehousing.


Cancellation Policy:

Please take note that a penalty fee of R570 (Including VAT) will be charged, should you book and do not attend without cancellation at least 24-hours prior to the event. Substitution is acceptable. Cancellations should be done by email to: harryvh@transportsig.com


How to become a sponsor and get great exposure:

Download the Transport Forum Sponsorship Agreement from “Sponsorship Documentation” available under “Downloads” on the Transport Forum’s website: http://www.transportsig.com


Transport SIG Background:

The state-owned arivia.kom established a Transport Forum in 2005 with the main goal of enhancing the transport process in South Africa. This necessitated the establishment of a Transport Special Interest Group within the organisation to address challenges with participants who are passionate about the transport sector. At the end of 2009, arivia.kom was acquired by T-Systems SA (Pty)Ltd who now acts as the Platinum Sponsor of the Transport Forum.


Other events worth your while:





Kind regards


Harry van Huyssteen
Custodian: Transport Forum

Email: harryvh@transportsig.com

Mobile: 082 654 6736



Last updated Friday, 7 July 2017 13:54

CPD Courses at UCT

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:39

Please see below the list of short courses to be offered by the EBE Faculty CPD Programme, University of Cape Town. Please follow the link for each course or visit the website http://www.cpd.uct.ac.za/cpd/cpdcourses/2017 for further information and application forms.

Aspects of City Design: Theory and Practice

University of Cape Town, Department of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

24 – 28 July 2017, Upper Campus, UCT

5 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTACD17

Valuation for Land Reform and Expropriation: 3 CPD points

University of Cape Town, Department of Construction Economics and Management

19 – 21 July in Durban

3 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTVLRE17

Vibration Design of Floors and Footbridges: 2 CPD points

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

27 – 28 July 2017 in Johannesburg

31 July – 1 August 2017 in Cape Town

2 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTVDFF17

Applications close on 1 July 2017

Steel Corrosion Engineering: 5 CPD points

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

31 July – 4 August 2017

5 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTSCE17

Design of Multi Storey and High Rise Buildings

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

11 – 12 September 2017: Protea Balalaika Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg

14 – 15 September 2017: Venue to be confirmed, Cape Town

2 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTHRB17

Applications close on 4 August 2017

Design and Construction of Railway Bridges

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

25 – 26 September 2017 in Johannesburg

2 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTDCRB17

Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa

University of Cape Town, Department of Construction Economics and Management

1 – 7 October 2017

5 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTHFCSSA17

Applications close on 1 September 2017

Comprehensive Bridge Design

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

16 – 17 October 2017: Protea Balalaika Sandton Hotel, Johannesburg

19 – 20 October 2017: Southern Sun Newlands Hotel, Cape Town

2 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTCBD17

Applications close on 8 September 2017

Condition Assessment of Steel Structures

University of Cape Town, Department of Civil Engineering

23 – 24 October 2017 in Johannesburg

2 CPD points, ECSA validation no: UCTCASS17

Minerals Winter School: 31 July - 10 August 2017
Download Minerals Winter School Registration form
University of Cape Town, Department of Chemical Engineering

Individual certificated courses, each registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa for the award of CPD points

The Business of Mining (31 July - 2 August 2017) comprising:

  • Mining Basics: 31 July
  • Investment Risk and Decision Making: 1 - 2 August 2017

Introduction to the MPRDA: 3 August 2017
Regulatory Compliance in terms of the MPRDA: 4 August 2017
Leadership for Sustainable Development: 5 August 2017

Strategic Sustainability (7 - 10 August 2017) comprising:

  • Sustainability Risk Management: 7 - 8 August 2017
  • Sustainability on the Ground: 9 - 10 August 2017

Construction Business and Management Programme

University of Cape Town, Department of Construction Economics and Management

All courses take place on Friday afternoons and Saturdays for the period indicated

Each course is offered as an individual certificated course

Construction Regulations

Module 4: Understanding Statutory Regulations: 21 – 29 July 2017

Module 5: Health and Safety: 4 – 12 August 2017

Module 6: Basic Surveying: 18 – 26 August 2017

Business Expansion

Module 7: Reading Basic Drawings: 6 – 14 October 2017

Module 8: Basic Estimating and Tendering: 20 – 28 October 2017

Module 9: Basic Excel: 3 – 11 November 2017

Masters Modules available as certificated CPD courses at UCT

Urban Infrastructure Design and Management

Integrated Urban Water Management: 16 – 20 October 2017

Conservation of the Built Environment

Researching and Assessing Heritage Resources: 9 – 13 October 2017, 08h00 – 18h00

Radar and Electronic Defence

Microwave Filters: Technologies and Practical Design: 12 – 16 June 2017

FPGA Development for Radar, Radio-Astronomy and Communications: 17 – 21 July 2017

Transport Studies Programme

Management of Transport Supply and Demand: 14 – 18 August 2017

Public Transport System Design and Operations Management: 9 – 13 October 2017

Public Transport Policy and Regulation: 13 – 17 November 2017

Geotechnical Engineering

Ground Improvement Techniques: 19 – 21 June 2017

Advanced Soil Mechanics: 17 – 20 July 2017

Foundation Design: 28 – 30 August 2017

Civil Infrastructure Management and Maintenance

Bridge Management and Maintenance: 21 – 25 June 2017

Structural Performance Assessment and Monitoring: TBC August 2017

Project Management and Property Development courses

Project Finance and Procurement: 24 – 28 July 2017

Property Portfolio Management: 24 – 28 July 2017

Human Resource Management and Interpersonal Communication: 31 July – 4 August 2017

Property Valuation Theory and Practice: 31 July – 4 August 2017

Water Distribution Systems

Design and Modelling of Water Distribution Systems: 24 – 28 July 2017

Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment: 24 – 26 July 2017

Coming soon:

Space Studies

Space Mission Design: 3 – 7 July 2017

Introduction to Lunar Exploration: 10 – 14 July 2017 (mornings)

Rovers in Planetary Exploration: 10 – 14 July 2017 (afternoons)

For further information on these and other courses, please visit the website: http://www.cpd.uct.ac.za/cpd/cpdcourses/2017

For further enquiries, please contact Heidi Tait or Sandra Jemaar on tel. 021 650 5793 or email: ebe-cpd@uct.ac.za

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Heidi Tait

CPD Programme

EBE Faculty

University of Cape Town

Tel: 021 6504922

Website: www.cpd.uct.ac.za



Last updated Wednesday, 5 July 2017 14:39

Science and Sustainable Tourism: 3-4 August 2017, Kempton Park, Gauteng

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 13:00


Science and Sustainable Tourism

3-4 August 2017, Kempton Park, Gauteng

The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) is hosting a national Discussion Forum on Science and Sustainable Tourism (#ScienceTourism). The United Nations has declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (#IY2017).
Science, engineering and technology (SET) cannot ignore tourism.
Tourism can lead to increased SET awareness, influence funding,
and it involves areas directly related to SET.
Click here to register.

Tourism in SA? Travel and tourism contributed a total of $27bn to South Africa’s GDP in 2016. This is larger than that of the automotive manufacturing, agriculture, and chemical manufacturing sectors. It directly supported nearly twice as many jobs as the mining sector and more than five times as many jobs as the automotive manufacturing sector. (‘Benchmark Report 2017 – South Africa’, World Travel and Tourism Council)

What is sustainable tourism? According to UNWTO, sustainable tourism considers “current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities”. It’s about optimal use of environmental resources, respecting the socio-cultural context of host communities, and providing viable long-term socio-economic benefits to all. Sustainable tourism also encompasses poverty reduction, increased employment, biodiversity protection, and working within a Green Economy.

Tourism and science? Sustainable tourism crosses over into many science-related fields, from the green economy and environmental protection to medical tourism.

How can you become involved? NSTF Discussion Forums gather stakeholders together across the public and private sectors, to put forward recommendations to influence Government policies. This discussion forum will consider issues such as:
  • How SA’s tourism industry can help and hinder environmental sustainability and developing best practices for environmental sustainability

  • Developing best practices for eco-tourism (where ecological and social responsibility is built into the enterprise)

  • Infrastructure and technologies needed for sustainable tourism

  • Incorporating tourism into SET – examples include paleo-tourism to view fossils, archeological sites and rock paintings, and astro-tourism such as the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (SKA)

  • Considering tourism as part of science conferences and conventions

International and national policy background: The #IY2017 supports a change in policies, business practices and consumer behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular interest is resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change (environmental sustainability – hotel energy solutions, biodiversity tourism products, marine and oceans, aviation, food and wine science, and seasonality/weather).

The National Development Plan (NDP) recognises tourism as a key driver of employment, economic growth and the national transformation agenda. The Strategic Plan of the Department of Tourism details bringing a broad range of stakeholders together around initiatives that align with the NDP.
This is a FREE event for all employees of NSTF Member Organisations
Delegate registration information
NSTF Discussion Forum: Science and Sustainable Tourism (#ScienceTourism)
Date: 3-4 August 2017
Time: 08:30 for 09:00 to 16:30
Venue: Emperors Palace Convention Centre, 63 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Gauteng (next to OR Tambo International Airport)
Registration: RSVP your attendance online by no later than Wednesday, 26 July 2017
***Important: note the registration information at the bottom of this invitation***
We invite you to join us for lunch and use the opportunity for further discussion and networking.
Registration information***
Non-Member Organisations of the NSTF: Attendance is open for anyone interested but non-members of the NSTF are charged a R2,000.00 (excluding VAT) registration fee which includes attendance, documentation relating to the event, conference stationery, refreshments and lunch.

***Non-members of the NSTF – Please note, your registration fee for this Discussion Forum contributes directly to the mission of the NSTF as a non-profit company, as a consultative forum and watchdog for influencing the formulation and delivery of SET and innovation public policy in South Africa. Furthermore, the NSTF: Please note that if you do not RSVP, the NSTF cannot be held responsible for any unforeseen changes or cancellations of programmes. Communications are sent only via e-mail or through notifications on the NSTF website.

Lean Management meets Lean Engineering: 22 - 24 May 2017

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 15:02


Last updated Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:02

ORSSA: Opportunities and events

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:27


IFORS 2017

The 21th triennial conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS, the umbrella organization comprising ALIO, APORS, EURO and NORAM) will take place in Québec City (Canada). IFORS 2017 will take place in the Convention Centre, conveniently located in the heart of the World Heritage city. Tourist attractions, restaurants and Québec City's nightlife are at close proximity of this meeting place which was declared the world's best convention centre in 2006.

The conference aims at bringing together operational researchers from around the globe to discuss the full spectrum of topics in OR, with a particular emphasis on the theme “OR/Analytics for a Better World”.

All researchers, academics, practitioners, and students interested in all branches of operational research are

invited to participate to IFORS 2017 by submitting an abstract, or organizing a session or a stream of sessions.

IFORS 2017 is an exciting international forum and a great opportunity to meet new and old friends and colleagues from all over the world!

Organizing Committee

Irène Abi-Zeid (chair)

Bernard Gendron

Angel Ruiz

Program Committee

  1. Grazia Speranza (chair)

Ahti Salo

Alberto Franco

Andres Weintraub

Bernard Fortz

Bernard Gendron

Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber

Ignacio Garcia Jurado

Janny Leung

José Mario Martinez

Karla Hoffman

Luce Brotcorne

Marielle Christiansen

Natashia Boland

Peter Bell

Richard Eglese

Roger Rios

Shoshana Anily

Stefan Nickel

Svetlozar Rachev

Theodor Stewart

Important dates

Abstract Submission: From November 1st, 2016 to February 10th, 2017

Conference: July 17th-21st, 2017

We look forward to meeting you in Québec City in 2017!

IFORS June issue now available

The June issue is available from http://www.ifors.org/newsletter/ifors-news-june2016.pdf

Special Issue of INFORMS Transactions on Education

Call for Papers - INFORMS Transactions on Education. Special Issue: Field Learning Methods and Best Practices in OR/MS with guest Editor Michael F. Gorman

Field training – student educational experiences that include participation in a practical setting – with industrial partners, non-profit organizations, government agencies or in other applied settings, have great value for students of OR/MS. Combining the applied and the theoretical gives students a chance to face the challenges of using analytical techniques in the real world. Instructors wishing to use field training face several challenges, however: recruiting projects from and working with local organizations, ensuring academic rigor, and handling the vagaries of real-world client projects. The aim of this special issue is to share experiences and best practices in order to reduce the cost and improve the quality of such field work experiences for students and instructors.

Example topics for potential submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Review or survey of field-based academic courses in OR/MS
  • Detailed accounts of particularly unusual or successful field study courses or programs
  • Best practices for structuring field based coursework
  • Examples of particularly successful field-based student projects
  • Specific methods for ensuring a quality educational experience and limiting risk
  • Practical, legal and logistical issues in field based education

Authors should review the INFORMS Transactions on Education instructions on preparing a paper at: http://pubsonline.informs.org/page/ited/submission-guidelines

Papers must be submitted online at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ite

The editors encourage potential authors to contact them with ideas for papers before a full submission.

  • August, 2016: Target deadline for first round of submissions
  • November 2016: First round of reviews completed, Decisions (and requests for revision, if appropriate) delivered to authors
  • February, 2017: Second round of reviews delivered to authors:
  • May 2017: Final versions of accepted papers to be submitted
  • September, 2017: Target ITED publication date

Publication Contact Information for the Special Issue Editor:

Michael F. Gorman

University of Dayton


Last updated Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:27

ORSSA Lean Analytics Meet-ups

Posted by Lynette Pieterse on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 08:36

A new type of ORSSA event – a meet-up - was launched mid-2014. Meet-ups bring people together to learn something, do something and share something. These meetings are arranged through a site called Meetup (www.meetup.com), and follow an agenda-less format developed in Seattle called Lean Coffee. The core idea is to be able to host peer discussions of between 5-10 people without necessarily requiring anyone to prepare or be in charge of the meeting itself. At the start, attendees submit topics they would like to discuss with the group. Each person then provides a short introduction to their topics, and then everyone votes on them in order to prioritise the order in which they will be discussed. The discussion then focusses on each topic in turn and runs for about 5 minutes, after which a quick visual poll is conducted to establish if the group should continue the discussion or move to the next one. This allows time to be spent on topics that people are finding the most interesting during the course of the 1.5-2 hour long meeting. This simple lightweight format provides a forum for people involved in Operations Research and Data Analytics to make contact with people who share a common curiosity and passion for the fields in which they work. Given the current hype around big data and the increasing sophistication of tools available, ORSSA decided to take advantage of the current interest in these fields by hosting and facilitating a series of meet-ups around the country. This enables people to find out about the role ORSSA plays in both academia and industry, and for ORSSA to understand and receive feedback on the issues faced by people engaged in problems which fall under its scope.

ORRSA has so far registered and launched 2 such meet-ups; in Rosebank (Jhb) and in Cape Town. They have been very well received and the networking and mentoring opportunities amongst attendees of different ages and both backgrounds are endless. The topics discussed so far have been quite varied and have included the use (or lack thereof) of different tools and technologies, issues related to client management in projects and even book recommendations. The meetings are really very cost effective since there is no venue fee and the attendees buy their own drinks and food.

We would like to invite SAIIE members to join us at these events so that many more contacts will be established in future between people who share a passion and curiosity for this field of science. So far, coffee and ideas have come together quite well! Check out http://www.meetup.com/Lean-Analytics-ORSSA-JHB/ for more info or contact David Clark (david.clark@opsi.co.za) or Angela Rademeyer (angela.rademeyer@gmail.com).


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