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Consulting Engineers News

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     Updated 7 hours ago Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

CESA Aon Awards adds Lifetime Industry Achievement category

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2018 Ivor Evans was, on Wednesday, awarded the first ever Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Lifetime Industry Achievement Award posthumously at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence awards on Wednesday. This year close to 50 submissions were received and in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery
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Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 Increased trade and interdependence with the rest of Africa are set to bolster the anaemic economy of South Africa through the R13.4-billion Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC) and African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) South African Trade and Investment Promotion... 

Funding for SA firms seeking to increase African trade and investment exposure

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

Community project  receives Saice honours
COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

New technology can optimise project management
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change

Transnet expansion project uplifts the community

20th July 2018 State-owned freight rail company Transnet’s R2.38-billion Manganese Rail Phase 1 Expansion project created about 2 200 employment opportunities in the remote Northern Cape region and provided skills development and training to local staff. 

Transnet expansion project  uplifts the community
BENEFICIARIES Women to Women Shelter is one of the community organisations that benefited from the project

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Government is not prioritising noise reduction with the necessary vigour in industry across the board, says acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy. He notes that the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires... 

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking
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HEARING PROTECTION The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to use engineering means to reduce noise levels, barrier off high noise areas or, issue hearing protection to employees

SRK, industry loses leading light

By: Nadine James     11th July 2018 One of SRK Consulting’s three founding members, Dr Oskar Steffen, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, in Johannesburg. He was 77 years old. Steffen was born in Swaziland, where he completed his schooling. He left for Johannesburg in 1956 to study civil engineering at the University of the... 

SRK, industry loses leading light
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Dr Oskar Steffen

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
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COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

Capitalising on Big Data and analytics

29th June 2018 Enhancing shareholder value, improving the way businesses operate and compete, and obtaining real-time insight into consumers, risks, profit, performance, and productivity management are all core elements of big data and analytics, which is a digital enterprise capability available from Advisian,... 

Capitalising on Big  Data and analytics
MOHAMED MADHI Advisian assists companies in understanding how to tap into and use the big data concept by developing a comprehensive map of all data flows available

Local firm emphasises project collaboration

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup takes a collaborative design approach to their projects. Arup associate director Richard Lawson tells Engineering News that the implementation of collaborative design approaches can result in integrated, holistic design... 

Local firm emphasises project collaboration
TWISTED TOWER Arup highlights the PwC Tower as an example of what collaborative design can achieve

Service expansion expected to promote geographical expansion

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers – part of South Africa-based Bosch Holdings – has extended its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) services to include civil and structural engineering services to further extend its footprint in Africa.... 

Service expansion expected to  promote geographical expansion
GERTRUDES GARDEN CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL The project began in April this year and is scheduled for completion in mid-2020

First half of 2018 takes its toll on the industry

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 While industry role-players are hoping that industry growth will improve, industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says the first half of this year has been marred with slow growth and minimal new project investments. Having released its forecast report in December 2017,... 

First half of 2018 takes its toll on the industry
VALUE-FOR-MONEY CONSIDERATIONS Cesa is calling on government to perform proper value-for-money considerations during the infrastructure professional services procurement process

Mining downturn results in profile expansion for consulting firm

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 International consulting engineering and scientists consultancy SRK Consulting’s local non-mining contracts have become its main revenue contributor, contributing to about 40% to 50% of the firm’s overall workload over the past three years. “The company’s growth in non-mining work is not just in... 

Mining downturn results  in profile expansion  for consulting firm
MEDUPI POWER STATION SRK Consulting’s scope of work at the Medupi power station is due for completion in December

Innovative approaches deployed to overcome industry hardship

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 With construction industry growth having remained subdued since the start of this year and government spend on large construction projects having declined dramatically, there has been a trend towards lowering consulting costs to win new contracts and remain competitive, says multidisciplinary... 

Innovative approaches  deployed to overcome  industry hardship
MATHIEU DU PLOOY Consulting firms are looking to differentiate themselves and build strong relationships in the industry to remain a professional service provider of choice

Laser equipment extends design possibilities

29th June 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities, says steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode. This type of steel tubing has many advantages for the... 

Laser equipment extends design possibilities
WARNE RIPPON Allied Steelrode’s LT20 leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

Deloitte expands mining industry service offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Global professional services firm Deloitte is expanding its suite of technical and strategic solutions to the mining industry, with the launch of Deloitte Technical Mining Advisory (DTMA).  

Emission abatement technology could drive industrialisation – EPCM Global

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 South African firm EPCM Global Engineering has partnered with Luxembourg-based Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) to bring its emissions abatement technology to Africa, in a move that could spur industrialisation, says EPCM Global CEO Tumi Kgomo. He explains that the technology, which was... 

Female civil engineer appointed Saice Amathole region chair

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 Engineering and architecture company GIBB technologist Onke Ngacu has been appointed chairperson of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Amathole region. She is the first black woman to hold the position. 

Female civil engineer appointed Saice Amathole region chair
Newly-appointed chairperson of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Amathole region Onke Ngacu

Politics suppressing rail infrastructure build in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Election cycles and governance have an inherently negative impact on rail infrastructure planning and the construction thereof in Africa, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa transport and infrastructure director Vishaal Lutchman. He adds that many African countries have... 

Politics suppressing  rail infrastructure  build in Africa
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN The lack of continuity in government leads to unfinished projects and decaying rail infrastructure

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2018 Infrastructure engineering multinational AECOM is developing high-technology building information modelling (BIM) systems as part of the transition to digital business and service models and to meet changing client needs, says AECOM Africa Buildings and Places MD Tim ter Haar. The company is... 

Engineering firm aims to lead in technology, innovation to improve services
TIM TER HAAR AECOM is developing BIM systems and solutions through its interactions with clients to meet their technical requirements and includes the steel milling industry, bulk materials and commodities handling, mining and ports in South Africa

Esor postpones release of FY18 results

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Civil engineering and construction group Esor has postponed the release of its annual financial statements for the year ended February 28 to June 29. The group on Friday said it still needed to confirm various claims and provisions on certain material contracts and the related impact on revenue... 

Company offers technical advisory for clients

25th May 2018 Industrial supplier BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service on correct chain selection - a critical factor in any power transmission system. “By investing in quality branded power transmission chain, significant cost savings are achieved. Although the global... 

Company offers technical advisory for clients
CRITICAL FACTOR Budget chains help reduce costs for procurement managers

Commissioning under way following VSD supply

By: Halima Frost     25th May 2018 Following Gauteng-based SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s supply of a Movitrac LTP B variable speed drive (VSD) for a slurry application to a new mine in Zambia, tests have been completed and commissioning of the pump is under way. The mine required a 110 kW VSD for an urgent slurry application, and... 

Commissioning under way following VSD supply
DRIVING THE MINE This variable speed drive was one of the biggest ever supplied by SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
TEMA PORT The Tema Port Expansion Project, in Ghana, meets global engineering best practices for ground and civil engineering, sustainability and environmental and social impact

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage
AUTOMATION IN SOUTH AFRICA Mint Management Technologies hopes to help digitise the local engineering industry

Cesa to advance ethical leadership strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 At industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) yearly presidential breakfast, on Tuesday, president Naresh Pather discussed the organisation’s strategy for this year under the theme “the future is now”, which is aimed at harnessing effective ethical leadership to address... 

Young Professionals Forum, Cesa to mobilise young professionals in the industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 The Young Professionals Forum (YPF), which is part of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), will host six prominent events this year to aid the advancement of young professionals within the consulting engineering industry.  

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

New research group  to bridge skills gap  at Eskom
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HANDS ON Engineering students will get real world experience while helping tackle challenges Eskom faces

Nako Iliso CEO steps down

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2018 Nako Iliso CEO Clint Koopman has decided to step down from his position in order to focus on leading the company’s Structures business unit as MD. Nako Iliso executive chairperson Fuzile Fongoqa, who will add the CEO's duties to his responsibilities, remarked that Koopman has been instrumental in... 

Consulting engineers report positive confidence levels for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Despite a slowdown in investment by government and general economic conditions not facilitating growth, expectations as reflected in the consulting engineering industry’s confidence levels for the first six months of this year remain positive, reports Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa).... 

Consulting engineers report positive confidence levels for 2018
Cesa CEO Christopher Campbell

Aurecon strengthens Gauteng Built Environment team with new unit leader

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Recognising the increasing pressure on the built environment from growing populations and development in African countries, global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Kolosa Madikizela as its unit leader for the built environment, in Gauteng. “African skylines... 

Investment underpins African expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2018 Private equity fund Agile Capital’s investment in consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering Group (BBE Group) serves as a prime example of the company’s strategy to aggressively drive expansion into African markets through its portfolio of companies, Agile Capital CEO... 

Investment underpins African expansion
TSHEGO SEFOLO The investment in BBE Group represents an exciting opportunity for Agile to invest in a mining support services business with high growth potential

Power generation rental popular in developing, underdeveloped countries

27th April 2018 The rental power generation market is popular in developing and underdeveloped countries owing to power shortages being a major issue, says market research company ReportBuyer. With power an essential component for the enhancement of any country or economy and playing a vital role in the... 

Site survey recommended before installing power backup system

27th April 2018 With the winter months approaching, systems integration specialist Jasco Intelligent Technologies (Jasco) explains that before companies invest in alternative power solutions it is important to select the right solution for their needs. Jasco renewable energy consulting solutions architect Kevin... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Despite the downturn in commodity prices that led to more subdued growth in several of Africa’s resource-intense economies, there is still significant investor interest in Africa’s power sectors, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution... 

Investor interest in Africa’s power sectors remains significant
DINESH BULDOO Transmission and distribution networks are equally critical components to electrifying Africa
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