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Students


Post-Doctoral

1

Doctoral

6

Masters

89
^

Postgraduate Diploma


12

Honours

47

Undergraduate

393

TOTAL


548



Research Fields and Staff



Permanent Staff

^

Professor P A Bowen


Head of Department; construction economics; construction management; building procurement systems; sustainable construction and development.

Associate Professor K S Cattell


Senior Lecturer; property and facilities management; procurement; international foresight

Dr D Root


Senior Lecturer; construction management, project management, construction project process, construction human resource management

^

Dr W Shakantu


Senior Lecturer; construction and demolition waste, sustainable construction,

benchmarking in construction

Ms K Evans


Senior Lecturer; property finance and valuation, quantity surveying

Ms K Le Jeune


Lecturer; quantity surveying; civil engineering measurement; professional practice; construction economics
^

Mr M Massyn


Senior Lecturer; construction management, project management, health and safety, procurement systems

Ms K A Michell


Senior Lecturer; construction economics; construction management; systems theory.

Mr M Mooya


Lecturer, housing policy, property values


^ Distinguished Visitors


The Department has hosted staff from both Glasgow Caledonian University

(Professor Cliff Hardcastle, Professor Akintola Akintoye, Doctor John Tookey), Strathclyde University (Professor David Langford), and Loughborough University (Professor Alistair Gibb).


^

Contact Details



Postal address: Department of Construction Economics & Management,

University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7701, South Africa

Telephone: +27 21 650 3443

Fax: +27 21 689 7564

E-mail: cemsec@ebe.uct.ac.za

Web: http://www.cons.uct.ac.za


Research Output


^ ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS


Bowen, P.A., Cattell, K.S., Michell, K.A. and Kabayadondo, E. 2006. The effectiveness of construction project briefing as an interpersonal communication process. Acta Structilia: Journal for the Physical and Development Sciences, 13(2): 19-38.


Desta, S., Root, D.S. and Diederchs, C.J. 2006. The practice of project management office (PMO) concept within the German Architect, Engineer, Contractor (AEC) Sector. Journal of Engineering Design, 4(1): 46-59.


English, P.J., Haupt, T.C. and Smallwood, J. 2006. Women, Construction and Health and Safety (H&S): South African and Tanzanian Perspectives. Journal of Engineering Design, 4(1): 18-28.


Kaatz, E.K., Root, D.S., Bowen, P.A. and Hill, R.C. 2006. Advancing key outcomes of sustainability building assessment. Building Research and Information, 34(4): 308-320.


Kajimo, K.M. and Evans, K.M. 2006. The role of banks in the provision of low-income housing finance in South Africa: Can they play a differenct role? International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 10(1): 23-38.


Povey, A., Cattell, K.S. and Michell, K.A. 2006. Mediation practice in the South African construction industry. Acta Structilia, 13(1): 44-64.


Thomson, D.S., Austin, S.A., Root, D.S., Thorpe, A. and Hammond, J.W. 2006. A problem-solving approach to value-adding decision making in construction design. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 13(1): 43-61.


Peer-Reviewed Published Conference Proceedings


Cattell, K.S., Michell, K.A. and McClatchey, J.M. 2006. Is the WWW and online retail grocery shopping a threat to shopping centres? In P.A. van Brakel (ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Annual Conference on World Wide Web Applications, 6-8 September 2006, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1-13. Cape Peninsula University of Technology. ISBN 0-620-37309-1. [Online]. Available: http://www.zaw3.co.za.


Honeywill, D., Desta, S. and Root, D.S. 2006. The financial effect of retention on the cashflow of sub-contractors within the Western Cape, in the commercial building sector. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 1st Built Environment Conference, 18-21 June 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa, 74-83. ASOCSA. ISBN 0-620-36437-8.


Kaatz, E.K., Root, D.S., Hill, R.C. and Bowen, P.A. 2006. Fostering sustainability and enhancing quality in construction with a building sustainability assessment. In D. Boyd (ed.), Proceedings of the ARCOM 22nd Annual Conference, 4-6 September 2006, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 349-359. ARCOM. ISBN 0-9552390-0-1.


Kajimo, K.M. and Root, D.S. 2006. Exploring the significance of preferential procurement policies for South African construction industry. In P. McDermott and M.A. Khalfan (eds), Proceedings of W92 Procurement Systems: Symposium on Sustainability and Value through Construction Procurement, 29 November – 2 December 2006, Salford, United Kingdom, 307-318. University of Salford. ISBN 1-905732-11-2.


Kajimo, K.M. and Root, D.S. 2006. Winners and losers in preferential procurement: A conflict theory view of preferential procurement policies in the construction industry. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 257-267. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Le Jeune, K. and Root, D.S. 2006. An investigation into the perceptions held by female cognate students of the South African built environment management professions. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 183-191. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Liu, C., Song, Y. and Root, D.S. 2006. Economic drive effects of the South African construction sector: 1993-2002. In G. Runeson and R. Best (eds), Proceedings of the 31st Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference, 12-14 July 2006, Sydney, Australia, 1-16. University of Technology Sydney. ISBN 0-9775325-0-X.


Mainga, W., Hirschsohn, P. and Shakantu, W. 2006. An exploratory review of enterprise training and technology upgrading in South African manufacturing firms in the late 1990's; Gauteng Province. In S.M. Kierkegaard (ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Business, Law and Technology: Present and Emerging Trends, 5-7 December 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark, 386-401. International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL). ISBN 87-991385-1-4.


McClatchey, J.M., Cattell, K.S. and Michell, K.A. 2006. The impact of online retail grocery shopping on retail space: A Cape Town case study. In T.I. Haugen, A. Moum and J. Brochner (eds), Proceedings of the CIB W70 Trondheim International Symposium: Changing User Demands on Building – Needs for Lifecycle Planning and Management, Trondheim, Norway, 473-484. Norwegian University of Science and Technology. ISBN 82-7551-031-7.


Shakantu, W. and Kajimo, K.M. 2006. Assessment of supply and demand of secondary construction material in Cape Town. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 213-223. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Shakantu, W. and Kajimo, K.M. 2006. Construction management and technology: Setting the research agenda for the next decade. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 79-91. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Shakantu, W. and Kajimo, K.M. 2006. The role of procurement in abetting an averting corruption in the construction industry. In P. McDermott and M.A. Khalfan (eds), Proceedings of W92 Procurement Systems: Symposium on Sustainability and Value through Construction Procurement, 29 November – 2 December 2006, Salford, United Kingdom, 520-527. University of Salford. ISBN 1-905732-11-2.


Shakantu, W. and Kajimo, K.M. 2006. Tracking a decade of procurement reform in the South African construction industry. In P. McDermott and M.A. Khalfan (eds), Proceedings of W92 Procurement Systems: Symposium on Sustainability and Value through Construction Procurement, 29 November – 2 December 2006, Salford, United Kingdom, 528-537. University of Salford. ISBN 1-905732-11-2.


Shakantu, W., Haupt, T.C. and Tookey, J. 2006. Construction automation and robotics: Their contribution to improved health and safety on construction sites. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 3rd South African Health and Safety Conference: A Team Approach to Construction Health and Safety, 7-9 May 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, 142-149. Construction Research Education and Training Enterprise. ISBN 0-620-36435-1.


Shakantu, W., Kajimo, K.M., Saidi, F. and Mainga, W. 2006. An investigation into constraints and strategies for construction micro enterprise development. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 12-22. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Shakantu, W., Kajimo, K.M., Saidi, F. and Mainga, W. 2006. Bridging the informal, formal and indigenous construction knowledge systems to resolve the construction skills shortage. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 176-182. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Shakantu, W., Tookey, J. and Bowen, P.A. 2006. Construction logistics management: A core competency for a future construction industry. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 1st Built Environment Conference, 18-21 June 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa, 174-184. ISBN 0-620-36437-8.


Shakantu, W., Tookey, J. and Bowen, P.A. 2006. Construction supply chain and logistics management: Their role in increasing efficiency and reducing construction costs. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 1st Built Environment Conference, 18-21 June 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa, 53-64. ISBN 0-620-36437-8.


Shakantu, W., Tookey, J. and Bowen, P.A. 2006. The role of reverse logistics in reducing construction transport health and safety risks. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 3rd South African Construction Health and Safety Conference: A Team Approach to Construction Health and Safety, 7-9 May 2006, Cape Town, South Africa, 71-79. ISBN 0-620-36435-1.


Wachira, I., Olima, W., Root, D.S. and Bowen, P.A. 2006. Characteristics of the Kenyan construction sector and associated impacts on the training of site production workers. In S. Hodgson (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th Postgraduate CIDB Conference, 8-10 October 2006, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 163-175. Construction Industry Development Board. ISBN 0-601-36898-9. [CD ROM].


Walker, J., Hill, R.C., Bowen, P.A., Cattell, K.S. and Michell, K.A. 2006. A sustainability assessment method for greenfields, low cost, cement block housing developements on Cape Flats, Cape Town. In T.C. Haupt and J. Smallwood (eds), Proceedings of the 1st Built Environment Conference, 18-21 June 2006, Johannesburg, South Africa, 212-225. ISBN 0-620-36437-8.


^ NON PEER-REVIEWED PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS


Evans, K.M., Khan, O., Mokweni, S. and Margolius, J. 2006. The Khayelitsha CBD development Public Private Partnership: A replicable ans sustainable model for township urban renewal in South Africa. Proceedings of Africa Region Casle Conference on Sustainable Land Management in Africa, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, 175-182.


^ THESES AND DISSERTATIONS PASSED FOR HIGHER DEGREES


Barron, K. 2006. Procurement quality management of construction projects within the Cape Town regional office of the National Department of Public Works: 1-107. MSc in Project Management.


Black, P.J. 2006. Re-engineering of the Rural Retail Sector in South Africa: Its potential for sustainable economic development: 1-85. MSc in Property Studies.


Combrink, C. 2006. The implementation of a project management office in Parliament: a case study: 1-85. MSc in Project Management.


De Wet, P. 2006. Project Management in the banking industry with specific reference to modern project management and its support to business strategy: 1-54. MSc in Property Studies.


Desta, S. 2006. An investigation of the Practice of the Project Management Office (PMO) Concept in the German Architect, Engineer Contractor (AEC) Sectors: 1-174. MSc in Project Management.


Dinthe, M. 2006. An investigation of the impact of the preferred procurement tender system on broad basis black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) objectives: 1-119. MSc in Project Management.


Hlophe, P. 2006. A study of verificaton agencies: Key drivers of broad-based BEE in RSA project environments: 1-86. MSc in Project Management.


Ishmail, Z. 2006. Evaluating the utility of participation in development projects: How project management techniques contribute to efficacy of upgrading informal human settlements - A case study of the N2 Gateway project: 1-125. MSc in Project Management.


Kaatz, E.K. 2006. Developing a building sustainability assessment model for the South African built environment - searching for new approaches to improve the effectiveness of building assessment: 1-289. PhD in Construction Economics and Management.


Karstel, A.J. 2006. Design thinking within inter-disciplinary project teams: 1-108. MSc in Project Management.


Mahlobo, M.K. 2006. Challenges faced by women contractors in housing construction: 1-76. MPhil in Housing Development & Management.


Matlhane, T. 2006. Knowledge management solutions in swarm intelligence systems: 1-78. MSc in Project Management.


Mngazi, N.Q. 2006. An investigation on the impact of cultural diversity on women in construction project teams in Mpumalanga: 1-65. MSc in Project Management.


Muteba, D.K. 2006. The level of Project Management maturity of Spoornet's rolling stock engineering department with specific reference to time, cost and quality: 1-76. MSc in Project Management.


Nxumalo, S. 2006. Applying Risk Based Contingencies to improve Class III budget accuracy at Venetia Mine: 1-70. MSc in Project Management.


Peter, T. 2006. A study exploring what property developers should be doing to respond to the water crisis in the Western Cape: 1-157. MSc in Project Management.


Plaatjies, N. 2006. Exploring the role and participation of women in people's housing process: A case study in Vitoria Mxenge and Ekuphumleni: 1-120. MPhil in Housing Development and Management.


Wonani, W. 2006. An investigation into the applicability of public private partnerships in financing road projects in Zambia: 1-89. MSc in Project Management.


^ UNIVERSITY PUBLICATIONS AND WORKS OF A POPULAR NATURE


Shakantu, W. 2006. Corruption in the Construction Industry: Forms, Susceptibility and Possible Solutions. Civil Engineering: Magazine of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, SAICE, 14(7): 43-44.


^ EXTENSION AND DEVELOPMENT WORK


Shakantu, W., Haupt, T.C. and Khan, Z. 2006. Western Cape Construction Sector Development Strategy. Southern Africa Built Environment Research Centre. SABERC, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


Department of Electrical Engineering

Research Report 2006


^ Head of Department: Professor CT. Gaunt


Departmental Profile


The Department of Electrical Engineering has 20 full time academic staff, 121 MSc. students and 40 PhD students. The research activities and projects are largely industrially based. The main funding sources are Eskom, Telkom, Siemens, De Beers, Mintek, Water Research Commission, Anglo Platinum, Department of Trade and Industry, South African National Defence Force, SunSpace, IQS and the NRF.


The Department has seen a growth in the number of undergraduate students over the past 10 years, which is expected to result in higher postgraduate numbers. There are six large research groups in the Department, which attract 80% of the postgraduate students. These are:

  • Broadband, Wireless, Communication, and Networks

  • Image Processing and Vision Systems

  • Instrumentation and Control

  • Power Engineering

  • Remote Sensing and Radar

  • Speech Processing







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