Author: Watermeyer, R B
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Watermeyer, R B
Ron Watermeyer, the incoming chairman of the Joint Structural Division of the Institution of Structural Engineers and the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, graduated in civil engineering from the University of the Wit-watersrand in 1978.
In the previous issue sponsored by the South African Division, in 1990, Trevor Geach (an ex Vice-president) commented on the changes which had occurred in South Africa since the creation of the Division by a group of enthusiastic members in 1937. At that time, and up to the end of World War 2, it was accepted that the sign of a competent structural engineer was membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers.
The paper describes the design and construction of an aluminium smelter at Richards Bay, South Africa, for Alusaf; which was justified on the basis of unique cooperation agreements regarding the major inputs to the process. Upon completion the smelter is one of the world’s largest, and is probably the largest constructed in one building phase. It describes the history of the project from feasibility studies in 1991 to completion in 1995.
R.F. Ford and C. Lilley