Sep 14, 2012
Institute organises international conferenceBack
Johannesburg|Education|Welding|Cyprus|Netherlands|South Africa|Emperors Palace|International Institute Of Welding|Southern African Institute Of Welding|Energy|Steel|Steel Weldments|Transport|Andy Kourasaris|Baldev Raj|Christian Ahrens|Doug Luciani|Hans Jaeger|Madeleine|Michael Rhetmeier|Thomas Boellinhaus|Wits|Sub-Saharan Africa|Laser|Technology Of Welding
© Reuse this
The theme of the congress is ‘Advancing the science and technology of welding in sub-Saharan Africa’, which the SAIW notes is motivated by two main issues in welding, nondestructive testing (NDT) and other related industries in sub-Saharan Africa.
SAIW executive director Jim Guild says the congress is expected to attract between 200 and 300 attendees from various industries.
IIW president Dr Baldev Raj will be the keynote speaker at the event, addressing the topic ‘Advanced nondestructive evaluation for comprehensive quality assurance of high-performance steel weldments’.
The congress will address welding and nondestructive welding in the automotive, energy, processing and transport sectors. It will also include an exhibition of new products and technologies.Jaeger Lecture
Professor Andy Kourasaris will present the introductory Jaeger lecture, named in honour of Professor Hans Jaeger, of the Netherlands, who was instrumental in the development of the IIW and president of the organisation from 1951 to 1954.
Kourasaris was awarded an IIW gold medal in 2010 in recognition of the impact he made in the area of training for welding engineers, as well as his contribution towards the development of the IIW. Born in Cyprus, Kourasaris came to South Africa in 1975 and joined the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), carrying out research which led to his PhD. He became a lecturer at Wits in 1979.
He has been the coordinator of the Wits/SAIW welding engineering programme for over ten years. He took over the programme at a time when it was undergoing significant changes and has been primarily responsible for its rationalisation and alignment with the IIW’s International Welding Engineer programme. The programme has produced over 100 welding engineers to date.
Kourasaris will provide an overview of welding developments in sub-Saharan Africa.
Other speakers at the congress, will include Professor Madeleine du Toit, of the University of Pretoria, Professor Thomas Boellinhaus and Professor Michael Rhetmeier, of the BAM Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing in Germany, Doug Luciani, of the Canadian Welding Bureau, and Christian Ahrens, of the German Welding Institute Modern Development for Education and Training in Welding and Testing.
The speakers will host 14 sessions, covering topics such as NDT and inspection, welding in the power generation sector, welding consumables and laser welding.
Guild says the congress is of great importance to South African welding and its related industries.
“Not only will international scholars share their knowledge with us, but international relationships will be strengthened,” he says.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other SA Institute of Welding News
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...