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Renier Oelof Heckroodt

Oelof Heckroodt

Author of a book on building materials
Emeritus Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cape Town

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Renier Oelof Heckroodt was born on 26 April 1936.

1955: BSc (Geology, Physics), University of Pretoria
1957: MSc (Geology), University of Pretoria
1963: Post-graduate Diploma in Ceramics, University of Leeds
1969: DSc (Geology), University of Pretoria

1958 – 1969: Chief Research Officer, Ceramics Unit of the NBRI, CSIR
1970 – 1971: Chief Professional Officer, Department of Planning and Environment
1971 – 1972: Research Manager, Lisle E Garlick Laboratories of BRICKOR
1972 – 1973: Chief Research Officer, Materials Group of the NPRL, CSIR
1974 – 1998: Associate Professor and Lecturer in Ceramics, and Leader of the Ceramics Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, UCT

Married to Erma (nee Toerien). Sons: Matthew and Ferdinand. Daughters: Marlette and Dorinda.


1974: Elected Fellow, British Institute of Ceramics
1979: Elected Fellow, SA Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Past Chairman, SA Ceramics Society

Favourite Quote:

„The more I learn, the more I learn that there is more to learn


More than seventy technical and scientific papers on geology, mineralogy, resources, clay materials, ceramics, archaeology and tertiary education appeared in international journals. Additionally more than fifty contributions were presented at international and national conferences on topics in these fields.

Guide to Deterioration and Failure of Building Materials, Thomas Telford, London, 2002
The Guide examines the interactions between environmental conditions, material properties and structural factors. It provides concise synopses and diagnostic tables to aid the analysis of building material failures and offers guidelines on appropriate remedial action.
A chapter and some illustrations were contributed by Tim Rypstra of Stellenbosch.
View at: www.ttbooks.co.uk/deterioration-and-failure

Text by Oelof Heckroodt, June 2003

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