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Consulting Engineers News

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

Piano key weir solutions investigated at ICOLD 2016

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 The investigation into the structural behaviour of piano key weirs was put under the spotlight at the 2016 annual International Commission on Large Dams Meeting (ICOLD), which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 15 to 20. Speaking at the eighty-fourth edition of the meeting,... 

Piano key weir  solutions investigated  at ICOLD 2016
PIANO KEY WEIRS The rectangular keys are made with sloped bases, which guide flow over and away from the crest of the weir

Water footprinting integral to water management systems

     27th May 2016 Professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa have shifted focus to advising clients within the private sector to focus on their water strategies in order to sustainably manage water resources while lowering operational costs. WSP have assisted companies such as private hospital... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns  

By: David Oliveira     20th May 2016 The Swiss-based International Institute of Management Development’s 2015 ‘World Competitiveness Report’ (WCR) ranked South Africa’s economy 53 out of 63, highlighting that the country’s economy remains a significant player in the global economy, said futurologist Clem Sunter during the 95-year... 

South Africa’s economy at a crossroads, Sunter warns
Futurologist Clem Sunter discusses the challenges faced by South Africa’s economy. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

SAICE launches new marine division  

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2016 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering has launched its new marine division, which will act as a forum for members in the marine environment to exchange ideas for the betterment of the sector. “The division must work towards enabling competent institutions that can either do... 

SAICE launches new marine division

Consulting engineer highlights need for new wave of technoproject managers

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 The role of traditional technical managers should be redefined and enhanced to improve project success, giving rise to techno-project managers, states South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. “Depending on the type and size of a client’s project, the roles of professionals... 

Scarce skills most attractive to engineering employers

By: Anine Kilian     12th May 2016 While there is a strong demand for engineering candidates generally, there are a handful of highly sought-after skills that South Africa’s engineering employers look for when hiring potential employees, says recruiter Bellah Nxumalo, of Network Recruitment. According to Nxumalo, black engineers... 

Scarce skills most attractive to engineering employers

Green building recognition for engineering firm’s Cape Town building

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Engineering consultancy Aurecon has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star South Africa (SA) Office v1 Design rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) for the company’s second office building in Century City, Cape Town.  

Green building recognition for engineering  firm’s Cape Town building
GREEN BUILDING The Aurecon West building is a 5-star Green Star South Africa-rated building

Quality of cement imports questionable, says industry body

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Cement and concrete advisory body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie is concerned about the quality and metrology of cement imports. He explains that all cement has to be certified by a body approved by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS)  as being compliant with... 

Quality of cement  imports questionable,  says industry body
BRYAN PERRIE The Concrete Institute MD says sample tests have shown that some cement imports are of an inferior quality.

South Africans contribute to key French nuclear project

By: Keith Campbell     15th April 2016 South African expertise has played a key role in the development programme for France’s world-leading project to create a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository (HLNWR). This is the Cigéo project, Cigéo being the French acronym for Industrial Centre for Geological Disposal. It is being... 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Jeffares & Green name-change celebrates 'Afrika', reflects company strategies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2016 Century-old engineering and environmental consulting company, Jeffares & Green on Tuesday announced that it would be changing its name to JG Afrika in an effort to renew its brand to better reflect the company’s goals and strategies. “The brand development process started with the appointment of... 

Jeffares & Green name-change celebrates 'Afrika', reflects company strategies

Financial control system helps engineers determine viable fees structure

By: Schalk Burger     19th February 2016 The Fresh Projects financial control system will enable consulting engineering companies to price their services fairly and derive commensurate value for their services to ensure the sustainability of the industry and its level of skills, says engineering software development firm Fresh Projects... 

Financial control system helps engineers determine viable fees structure
PROJECT WORK Companies and engineers can use the tool to view and plan the time spent on projects

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Renewable-energy project management company Aurora Power Solutions (APS) is involved in the development of two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, which are scheduled for commercial operation in the first half of 2017, says APS project development manager Oliver Johnston.  

Two solar plants target 2017 operation dates
UP ON THE ROOF Aurora Power Solutions is involved in implementing solar photovoltaic roof systems for private entities in Cape Town

Cesa adopts back-to-basics strategy for 2016 

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd February 2016 A back-to-basics approach is needed to ride out the current economic environment and bring the consulting engineering sector back in from the cold, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Lynne Pretorius said at her first presidential address on Wednesday. Speaking at the yearly event,... 

Cesa adopts back-to-basics strategy for 2016
New Cesa president Lynne Pretorius discusses the industry body's focus points for the year ahead. Date: 03.02.16. Camerawork and video editing Nicholas Boyd.

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.  

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th December 2015 Fifty-six per cent of engineering professionals surveyed in financial services provider PPS’s latest survey indicate that there are not enough job opportunities available for young engineers in the local sector.    Compared with the same period a year ago, 46% of respondents said there were not... 

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt

Billions being lost as a result of poor performing contractors, AG warns

By: David Oliveira     27th November 2015 The lack of consequences for poor performance and transgressions on the part of contractors remains a significant hurdle to tackling South Africa’s service delivery challenges, delegates heard at the Consulting Engineers South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, on Tuesday. Auditor-General of South... 

Design flaws in wind turbine foundations may prove costly, says engineering firm

     27th November 2015 While wind turbines are standard products that are designed, verified by prototype testing and independently certified, their foundations are designed on a project-by-project basis to suit site-specific ground conditions. This, according to engineering consulting firm Arup, makes wind turbine... 

Engineering consultancy introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities

     27th November 2015 Engineering consulting firm Hatch Goba has introduced a new approach to integrated earthing for wind energy facilities, using insulated cables to connect the individual wind turbine groundmats to the substation groundmat, taking the equivalent circuit of the entire wind energy facility (WEF) into... 

Engineering consultancy  introduces integrated earthing for wind energy facilities
Photo by Bloomberg
INTEGRATED EARTHING Hatch Goba has researched new groundmat designs for grid integration at wind energy facilities

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms

     27th November 2015 Electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens will, by 2017, have supplied a total of 157 wind turbines to wind energy projects in South Africa, following a 2014 contract that committed Siemens to supplying wind turbines to a consortium led by wind and solar utility Mainstream Renewable... 

Engineering multinational provides 157 wind turbines for SA wind farms
EN-ROUTE TO JEFFREYS BAY Siemens successfully supplied and installed turbines at the Jefferys Bay Wind farmin the Eastern Cape

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

Future planning key to public transit systems
TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest

     27th November 2015 The Northern Cape’s Loeriesfontein wind farm has announced that its wind turbine foundations comprise very low quantities of Portland cement in the concrete formulation, resulting in what is believed to be one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints for any wind farm foundation, according to... 

NC wind project’s turbine foundations among the world’s greenest
WIND TURBINE FOUNDATION The Loeriesfontein wind farm is expecte to be completed by 2017

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency

By: Nadine James     27th November 2015 Systematic independent technical inspections and independent real-time, around-the-clock condition monitoring of wind turbines, which are rarely done in South Africa, will improve their operational efficiency, maintenance and life span, advocates Cape Town-based renewable-energy consultant... 

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency
SMOOTH OPERATION Independent inspections ensure that wind turbines operate efficiently

Renewables specialist spearheads Kenyan wind power project

     27th November 2015 Engineering company WorleyParsons is one-third of the way into its 32-month contract for the Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) project, in Kenya, for which it was tasked to deliver project management services in 2014. The project aims to supply 360 MW of reliable, low-cost wind-turbine generator... 

Renewables specialist spearheads  Kenyan wind power project
UHURU KENYATTA Kenya's president unveils a commemorative plaque at Lake Turkana Wind Power groundbreaking ceremony

Cesa appoints new president 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has appointed ITS Engineers director Lynne Pretorius as president for the next two years. “South Africa is on a dynamic trajectory that requires visionary leadership and flexibility from all stakeholders and role-players to adapt to the changing and... 

Cesa appoints new president
Lynne Pretorius

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has opened its first in-house training centre to meet the growing demand for tuition by qualified members of and new entrants to the profession.  

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training
ENHANCED ENVIRONMENT Larry Feinberg and Karl Trusler at the new EduTech Training Centre of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

Globally recognised accreditation ups value for design students

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 Draughting institution The Draughting Academy has received accreditation from UK-based skills development institution City & Guilds, and claims to have ensured enhanced compatibility with the certification.  

Globally recognised  accreditation ups value for design students
ENHANCED CREDIBILITY The Draughting Academy’s new City & Guild accreditation will enhance the credibility of its students

Cesa appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has appointed Chris Campbell CEO, effective December 1. The position was left vacant when Lefadi Makibinyane resigned in January to take up the position of CEO of water utility Amatola Water. 

Cesa appoints new CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired navigate city streets

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 Local standards concerning tactile ground-surface indicator (TGSI) systems require more clarity to ensure that visually impaired South Africans can safely navigate through city streets and buildings, says local universal access specialist company Future Mobility Engineering MD Frano Combrinck.... 

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired  navigate city streets
UNIVERSAL ACCESS R&D A significant amount of research and development on universal access has been conducted with the South African National Council of the Blind

University completes bogie certification tests

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 In conjunction with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM), UP’s business division, Business Enterprises, which is situated at UP, has completed a series of static and fatigue tests on a locally manufactured locomotive bogie as part of State-owned... 

University completes bogie certification tests
TEST RIG The test involved a large-scale application of wire strain gauges, with simultaneous data logging of over 100 channels

Refurbished Cape Town community residential unit shines at Govan Mbeki Awards

By: David Oliveira     30th October 2015 The community residential unit (CRU) refurbishment project in Kewtown, Cape Town, took first place in the Best Community Residential Unit project category at the Govan Mbeki Awards, which were held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in August. The Govan Mbeki Awards, first held in... 

Refurbished Cape Town community residential unit shines at Govan Mbeki Awards
COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT External communal areas were revamped with vegetable gardens, play equipment, netball courts, trees and benches

Cesa youth forum calls for more jobs to be created

By: Natalie Greve     28th October 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) Young Professionals Forum (YPF) has expressed its solidarity with students at tertiary institutions across the country in their fight against what it claims are “exorbitant” fees and fee increases, noting in a statement on Wednesday that the success of... 

Cesa youth forum calls for more jobs to be created

Cesa yearly conference to place infrastructure delivery at its centre

By: Natalie Greve     23rd October 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has rebranded its yearly conference and exhibition, dubbing the event, which looks to stimulate debate on key issues in the consulting engineering and infrastructure industries, the Cesa Infrastructure Indaba. The conference, which would be held in... 

Cesa yearly conference to place infrastructure delivery at its centre

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