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The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment plays a critical role in producing graduates who will go out into the world and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Engineers and built environment professionals are involved in the designing and development of infrastructures – roads, railways, bridges, dams, waste management, water supply and sanitation, energy, green buildings, and digital networks.


Diseased livestock: infrared system’s early warning

Like humans, animals are threatened by deadly pandemics that spread quickly and, in the case of commercial livestock, decimate herds and flocks. But an inexpensive early warning diagnostic tool developed by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Amit Mishra and start-up company 3DIMO holds hope for small- and medium-scale livestock farmers, many of whom are black women.


COVID-19 multitool opens communal doors, taps

A novel multitool designed by a University of Cape Town (UCT) electrical engineering team will make opening doors and taps much safer for communities who rely on communal facilities but are wary of COVID-19 contaminating public surfaces.


  Construction students hungry for 4IR-driven education

In line with the growth of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the demand for digital and smart technology-based education related to the built environment is growing, driven by the demand from all industry stakeholders. And students at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Construction Economics and Management in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment are hungry for a curriculum driven by the 4IR, said Dr Alireza Moghayedi.


As a Faculty, we are pursuing SDG11 of Sustainable Cities from all different fronts! A huge part of this is analysing and improving the health of our waterways and Future Water UCT are on the pulse of the matter. Check out this video from their Peninsula Paddle event that happened earlier this month to see how they are working alongside the CT Environmental Education Trust to raise awareness -- all in the pursuit of a water sensitive city. 


Just Transition Transaction case study – towards energy equity

Three University of Cape Town (UCT) climate change experts have carried out a case study to understand what a just transition of South Africa’s energy landscape into a low-carbon environment could look like. This Just Transition Transaction (JTT) aims to simultaneously solve the electricity supply crisis in South Africa while moving the country towards renewable energy, its emissions commitments and job creation in terms of the Paris Agreement.