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Consulting Engineers

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,... 

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

MoU to facilitate efficient engineering services, procurement processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The invitation by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo to voluntary association Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) at Cesa’s seventh annual Infrastructure Indaba, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to spur the provision of quality-based consulting... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Civil engineering shifts  towards creative sphere
Photo by Bloomberg
TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT Digital technology has changed the way engineers work, and has enhanced the complexity of solutions they can produce

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project
Photo by LYT Architects
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Polo Fields is a massive development of 1 512 apartment units that will be located in the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

Firm reiterates  Africa’s importance  as strategic region
AFRICAN OPPORTUNITIES One area of opportunity in Africa is Ghana where Aecom is overseeing construction of the $1.5-billion Tema port Expansion Project

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Sustainable strategy engenders results
PROJECT EXPERTISE Knight Piésold is involved in a number of large-scale projects, including the second stage of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

SBS Tanks

6th April 2018 Established in 1998, liquid storage solution provider for multiple applications SBS Water Systems, manufacturer of SBS Tanks, celebrates its twentieth year in existence. The SBS range of tanks has been engineered, designed and developed from over 18 years’ practical experience in the water... 

SBS Tanks

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 With advanced technologies replacing pen-and-paper approaches across all industries, engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole stresses that consulting engineering companies must find ways to embrace the era of digitalisation in their... 

Company brings consulting engineering into digital age
Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa MD Salani Sithole discusses the influence of digitalisation in the consulting engineering sector. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Consulting engineering industry must become resilient

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 A key focus that arose out of discussions at this year’s International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference, and which will be further explored at the FIDIC International Infrastructure Conference in October, is the need for resilience... 

Consulting engineering industry must become resilient
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GOOD BUSINESS SENSE The only way to develop sustainable infrastructure in Africa is through partnerships between international and local companies

Engineers must become indispensable during challenging times

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Until the barriers to investment and development in South Africa’s mining sector are resolved so that key opportunities can be realised, engineering companies need to ensure that their expertise and services are made indispensable to the market, says specialist engineering company Paterson &... 

Partnerships key to sustaining consulting engineering sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Cultivating partnerships between larger, established firms and smaller organisations in the various sectors, is the best way to drive sustainability in South Africa’s consulting engineering industry, says consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) CEO Malani Padayachee-Saman. 

Company leads by example in new green premises

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Engineering consultant WSP Africa will be moving into its new head office in Knightsbridge office park in Bryanston, in September, providing its clients with a stellar example of a sustainable building project.  

Company leads by example  in new green premises
MATHIEU DU PLOOY South Africa has a very strong environmental stance, supported by powerful legislation

Company celebrates 70 years of success

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Professional engineering services provider SMEC South Africa’s merger with Singapore-based consultancy Surbana Jurong has further strengthened the South African company’s offering to the African market this year as it celebrates its seventieth year of operation. 

New construction contracts aim to reduce uncertainty

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 The new contract documents under development by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) that aim to reduce uncertainty for construction contractors and employers should not become overly complex and difficult to implement, says specialist commercial consulting firm MDA... 

Park upgrades provide community upliftment

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 The construction of two 35 m pedestrian bridges is under way in Paterson Park, completing the final phase of an upgrade project that will provide the community of Norwood, in Johannesburg, with a visually pleasing and functional recreational environment. 

Park upgrades provide community upliftment
UPGRADED RECREATIONAL ENVIORNEMENT In 2015, the Johannesburg Development Agency initiated a project to uplift the Norwood area that included the upgrade of Paterson Park

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Consulting engineer develops process for projects
EVERT JACOBS The PLP embodies our complete approach and tools to deliver projects throughout their life cycle

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Development projects a core part of business
SUSTAINABLE IMPLEMENTATION Rural areas are being targeted for the project as they have been poorly serviced in the past

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence
GROWING DEMAND Indipath continues to see [more] women entering the market

Engineers set benchmark in sustainable building

7th April 2017 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has achieved the first Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings’ Parkside building.  

Engineers set benchmark  in sustainable building
Photo by Duane Daws
GREEN STAR BUILDING The building was awarded its 4-Star Green Star Office South Africa-Namibia ‘Design’ rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 In its quest to mitigate the challenges that consulting engineers face, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says Cesa has developed a healthy working relationship with the National Treasury. 

Cesa backs Treasury in much-anticipated procurement standards overhaul
CHRIS CAMPBELL Cesa aims to be the body which all consulting engineering companies consider as the home of consulting engineering in South Africa

Awards in the bag for consulting engineering firm

24th June 2016 Engineering, management, design, planning, project management and consulting company Aurecon MD Ferdi Nell, reported last month that it has excelled in the national survey of consulting engineers undertaken by the management journal Professional Management Review Africa (PMR.africa).  

Awards in the bag for  consulting engineering firm
DIAMOND ARROW AWARDS Three of the six awards that Aurecon received were diamond arrow awards, signifying highest rated in category

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Consulting engineer  selected to serve on  advisory board
LEO J. TITUS Titus is motivated by his passion for education and the company president is a regular guest lecturer on multiple subjects at several universities

Powerhouse merger completed

24th June 2016 Global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company KBR announced late last month that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire specialised engineering, scientific and technical services provider Wyle. 

Powerhouse merger  completed
SMOOTH ACQUISITION Wyle will become a KBR business unit within KBR's government services segment and will maintain much of its current structure to ensure business continuity

Engineers faced with fast delivery challenge

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Consulting engineering and environmental consulting firm JG Afrika MD Paul Olivier reports that the consulting engineering industry is faced with an increased demand for fast project delivery from clients.  

Engineers faced with  fast delivery challenge
PAUL OLIVIER The employment rate of graduate engineers is set to be boosted by an increase in demand for infrastructure projects

Bridging sustainability reporting gap

24th June 2016 Taking stock of business requirements and reporting on active participation, have become a vital part of scaling up the value for any successfully-driven business, says African infrastructure solutions provider GIBB sustainability consultant Lowrens van der Merwe.  

Bridging sustainability reporting gap
STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE In an increasingly competitive market, companies continuously seek new ways to improve performance, protect reputational assets and win stakeholder trust

Two new engineers join consulting firm

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Environmental consulting and contracting firm SCS Engineers has added two specialists to its environmental management group in the Midwest region in the US, says SCS Engineers principal engineer and VP Samuel Cook.  

Two new engineers join  consulting firm
Photo by Duane Daws
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE O’Brien and Flickinger have a track record of delivering impressive environmental compliance solutions

Lack of government expenditure hits hard on firms

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Despite infrastructural investment promises made by government, engineering consulting service provider SMEC South Africa CEO Kostas Rontiris tells Engineering News that investment in civil infrastructure has not been up to scratch in recent times, which has seen big consulting firms increase... 

Lack of government expenditure hits  hard on firms
Caption: GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE The consulting engineering industry is highly dependent on government expenditure

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 Infrastructure projects, consulting and project management services provider Aecom Africa CEO Carlos Poñe tells Engineering News that low economic growth in South Africa is a major challenge for the consulting engineering industry.  

Slow economic growth challenges local engineering industry
EVOLUTION OF ENERGY Aecom is extremely strong in renewables, and very strong in nuclear and in the decommissioning of nuclear plants, including nuclear waste

SA has potential as a global centre of excellence – consultancy

By: Sebastian Whyle     24th June 2016 South Africa has the potential to become a global centre of excellence for consulting engineering services, according to Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East (AEM) region MD Dr Pierre Olivier.  

SA has potential  as a global centre of excellence – consultancy
PRIVATE VS GOVERNMENT FUNDING A large part of South Africa’s development is based on private entrepreneurial input

Cost-effective car park monitoring system implemented

24th June 2016 Machine vision is bringing a new dimension to parking – a cost-effective way of monitoring car park occupancy and on-street parking bays, without expensive infrastructure, product development engineering and technology consulting service provider Cambridge Consultants commercial director Dipak... 

Company picks up awards for major projects

24th June 2016 The Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (Fice) selected Stantec’s Caloosahatchee River Bridge Widening and Wekiva Parkway Sections 4A & 4B projects carried out in Florida, US for awards under its yearly “Outstanding Project Awards” program.  

Company picks up awards for major projects
ENHANCED TRANSPORTATION The Caloosahatchee river bridge widening project is important in the enhancement of mobility for the local community

Engineering exhibition on display at London museum

24th June 2016 An exhibition showcasing the life, work and legacy of design, planning and engineering service provider Arup founder Ove Arup was unveiled early this month at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London.  

Engineering exhibition on display at London museum
Photo by Duane Daws
EXHIBITING A LIFETIME OF ENGINEERING The displays will cover over 100 years of engineering design
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