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GAUTENG EVENT - 17 AUG 2016
"The Implementation Of A Work-Integrated Programme To Develop Professional Skills In Young Engineering Graduates"
By Louis Lubbe
Mr Vaughan Rimbault presented a talk on "The Implementation Of A Work-Integrated Programme To Develop Professional Skills In Young Engineering Graduates". Vaugh is the Chief Executive Officer of The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE) and he explained that Professional development at all levels is a key objective of professional institutions. Professional development in the period immediately after graduation (the Candidate phase) demands the most attention at the moment and that a working programme to develop professional skills, specifically in the Candidate phase, is an essential offering from a professional institution.
The SAIMechE couldn't find anything available which suited their needs so they developed one based on the definition of professional skills as defined by ECSA.
The following skills are identified.
* Group A: Engineering Problem Solving
* Group B: Managing Engineering Activities
* Group C: Impacts of Engineering Activity
* Group D: Judgement, responsibility, ethics
* Group E: Continuing Professional Development
These professional skills were defined as learning outcomes and assessment criteria. For a copy of the presentation go here...
Western Cape Branch Event – 23 June 2016
"The application of Systems Engineering to large scale Water Resource Planning in South Africa"
By Gerhard Le Roux
On the evening of 23 June, INCOSE members in the Western Cape were treated to an entertaining talk by Dr. Ronnie McKenzie. The talk revolved around the application of Systems Engineering to large scale Water Resource Planning in South Africa.
The meeting was opened by our President Elect – Suja Joseph-Malherbe. Suja restated the tasks she set for herself as president, commencing in 2017, and the expected results of these goals for INCOSE SA. Her main focus areas are: Developing Skills Continuity; Sharing Systems Engineering Value with other engineering domains; and Executing on the operations plan for INCOSE SA.
Ronnie, as always, gave a very entertaining talk in his signature Scottish accent. His talk seemed particularly relevant when taking into consideration the water shortages across the country and the possibility of further water restrictions coming into effect.
Dr Olis Rubin - FROM COLLEGE TO INDUSTRY - THE FORMATION OF A CONTROL SYSTEM ENGINEER
The third Gauteng event of 2016 was held on 24 February at the CSIR Knowledge Commons, where Dr Olis Rubin gave a fascinating talk about the formation of a control system engineer. The talk concentrated on the technical challenges that confronts engineers when they leave college to enter industry. He focussed on the many skills that is required by means of a case study that follow an engineer through the various stages of a development project, where he is confronted with a variety of challenges which illustrates the gaps between the classroom and the job.
Western Cape Branch Event – 26 May 2016
"Systems Engineering, Innovation and Leadership"
By Gerhard Le Roux
Members of INCOSE Western Cape were treated to a fascinating talk about Systems Engineering, Innovation and Leadership. Held at the SKA auditorium, Pinelands, Dr Dietmar Winzker presented the “bigger picture” of Systems Engineering, playing its part together with Innovation and Leadership in the quest for delivering product excellence. Presented with a rich, diverse and fascinating talk, guests were reminded of how “ticking the boxes” and “doing what we have always been doing” is not enough.
"Systems Engineering Applied to Large Scale Water Resource Planning in South Africa"
By Louis Lubbe and Ronald Smith
Dr Ronnie McKenzie presented ‘Systems Engineering Applied to Large Scale Water Resource Planning in South Africa’ at the INCOSE SA Chapter Meeting: Gauteng 20 April 2016
Ronnie had an excellent and very entertaining presentation in which he showed the complexity of South Africa’s water resource network. He explained the development of The ‘Integrated Water Resources System Model’ which is the most complicated in the world. The system model is basically a huge network model which simulates the real environment where all demand centres and catchment areas are represented by inputs or demands including the various reservoirs etc.
further on he talked about Naturalization of Stream Flow Data, Stream Flow Current Development Levels and Stochastic Yield Analysis. The yield analysis graph showed that the best bet for picking up a drought early in a ten-year cycle would be between the red and the blue levels, which were indicated on the graph. Through the use of these models, the government is able to implement water restrictions early on in a drought which can hopefully prevent more serious restrictions being introduced in the event that any of the major reservoirs run dry.
Although climate change is real, the planet does seem to be getting warmer which is based on factual temperature data which cannot be disputed. What is difficult to predict, however, is the impact of the higher temperatures on the rainfall and subsequent runoff. Ronnie did show some long term rainfall records from around Southern Africa, which highlight that the annual precipitation does not appear to be changing although he did suggest that the intensity of the storms may be increasing.
All this was done with dry Scottish wit that made it a very enjoyable talk. As usual we ended the night with some light snacks, good wine and intelligent conversations.
The first Gauteng event of 2016 was held on 24 February at the CSIR Knowledge Commons. Michael Ettershank from UJ TechnoLab at the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) presented a talk on "AfrikaBot”. Michael’s Enthuisasm for Robots is only eclipsed by his enthusiasm for educating. After the talk there was an opportunity to play with and program a few bots. For more information go to:
The year kicked off with a thought provoking talk for members of the Western Cape Branch: Gerhard Swart gave guests an insider’s view of what took place on the development of the Joule Electrical Vehicle.
This tragic, yet proud achievement was South Africa’s attempt to design and manufacture an electrical vehicle.
The nominations for INCOSE SA CMC office bearers for 2016 has resulted in multiple nominations for the position of President-Elect while the remaining positions had a single nomination each, thus requiring that the INCOSE SA members need only to vote for the President-Elect for 2016. Keep in mind when considering casting your vote, that the successful candidate will automatically become President in 2017 to lead INCOSE SA for the following 2 years.
The following INCOSE SA Members were nominated and have made themselves available to serve on the INCOSE SA CMC for 2016 as president-Elect:
Their abbreviated biographies and Goal Statements can be accessed by clicking through the link on their names above.
Each INCOSE SA Member in good standing will receive an email with a link to the Voting Site. Please utilize the opportunity to ensure that the leadership that you'd like to see take INCOSE SA into the future is elected in a free and fair manner.
The poll will remain open until midnight on Tuesday November 24 2015.
The INCOSE SA Gauteng Event of 28th October 2015 was once again an excellent event where Dr Anthon Botha of the University of Pretoria Graduate School of technology management talked about “Future Thinking”. He looked at a few things about tomorrow that will shape the way we do Systems Thinking.
Greatest Young Systems Engineers of the Year Challenge (GYSEOY) 2015
By Cobus Scannell
In 2015 INCOSE South Africa launched a first of its kind Systems Engineering Challenge for up and coming young engineers. The goal of this challenge was to foster a deep interest, and a proficiency in Systems Engineering in our young engineers by means of a challenge. This initiative was named the Greatest Young Systems Engineers of the Year Challenge and abbreviated to GYSEOY (pronounced jaai-soy).
Dr Attie Jonker on the JS1 Glider - "from concept to competition"
By Louis Lubbe
Dr Attie Jonker from the North-West University's Potchefstroom Campus School of Mechanical Engineering shared the history of the JS1 glider with us. It started years ago when he was a little boy and his dad who was a science teacher built a glider in their garage. It started a lifelong quest for him and his brother to design and build the world's best glider, an idea that grew into designing and building a sailplane that would be competitive at the highest level. This passion and enthuriasm created Jonker Sailplanes and the JS1 Revelation.
Joint meeting of the Western Cape branches of INCOSE and the System Dynamics Society
By Paul de Villiers
The Western Cape Branch recently hosted a joint meeting with the System Dynamics Society where Professor Alan Brent was our speaker. Although the South African chapter of the System Dynamics Society is still in its infancy, it was good to engage with a few new faces. The event was attended by 25 people.
Suja Joseph-Malherbe presented feedback on the INCOSE International Symposium, followed by an overview of INCOSE, before introducing Alan Brent...
Sally-Anne Käsner treated the members of the Western Cape Branch of INCOSE SA to an enjoyable and extremely relevant presentation titled "A Different Approach". With more than 12 years' experience as an environmental consultant, Sally-Anne's presentation provided fresh ideas on how the systems designed by systems engineers can better interface to the ultimate super-system – the natural environment. Her presentation focused on two topics, namely the Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis.
Beeuwen Gerryts on “R&D led industry development” – increasing R&D and industrial activity
By Jonnro Erasmus Pr. Eng. ASEP
From a fairly technical engineering presentation during the previous Gauteng meeting, to something completely different. Beeuwen Gerryts shared with us some insight into the way the Department of Science and Technology drives industry development through knowledge creation and utilisation. It is always good for us engineers and systems thinkers to gain some perspective on how our government aims to increase well-being and prosperity through science, technology and innovation.
Greatest Young Systems Engineers of the Year (GYSEOY) challenge
By Jonnro Erasmus Pr. Eng. ASEP
They say it is pronounced g-eye-soy or jaai-sooi. If you are not familiar with the new INCOSE SA Youth Outreach programme, then stay tuned. The goal of this initiative is to establish a proficiency in – and a love for – Systems Engineering in our up and coming engineers, by means of a challenge to solve a defined business problem using advanced system engineering principles, including model-based techniques.
INCOSE SA Western Cape Branch Event of 23 April 2015
Gericke Potgieter on “We Are What We Will”
By Daniël Malherbe
Gericke Potgieter of ARTIFEX Knowledge Engineering took the Stellenbosch INCOSE audience on a wonderful journey through systems theory and how it relates to human reality in a presentation titled “We are what we will – a systems perspective on decisions and relationships with practical implications for systems engineers”
Albertyn Barnard on Reliability and stupidity: common mistakes in reliability engineering
By Jonnro Erasmus Pr.Eng. ASEP
When we planned the INCOSE SA events for the year, we were concerned about April. With the numerous public holidays, April is almost as unproductive as December in South Africa. Imagine our surprise when 82 people confirmed their attendance. A quick count revealed that 76 people showed up, which is a remarkable turnout. It must have had something to do with the presenter....