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Consulting Engineers News

Tilt-up construction chosen for clothing warehouse

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 Concrete construction company Bedrock Group has been contracted to construct a new distribution centre for clothing distributor Mr Price in Keystone Industrial Park, in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Virtualisation the future of warehouse design, says consulting firm

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 Warehouse design is becoming increasingly conceptualised in virtual reality (VR), providing construction role-players with greater access to vital information, says professional services consulting firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Industrial Africa department head Kobus de Villiers.  

Virtualisation the future of warehouse design, says consulting firm
3D WAREHOUSE DESIGN Building information modelling is becoming increasingly popular in the design phases of the warehousing industry

Too early to determine causes, financial impacts of M1 bridge collapse – M&R

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2015 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reported on Thursday that it had applied to the Department of Labour (DoL) to regain access to the site of the M1 bridge-structure collapse and that it was also in discussions with its client, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on how best to... 

Too early to determine causes, financial impacts of M1 bridge collapse – M&R
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction techniques and materials in green... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa

Disruptive innovation, paradigm shift to drive water-sector sustainability

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th October 2015 While there is increasing and broader appreciation and awareness among all stakeholder groups of the global water and sanitation challenges, the need for disruptive innovation in the water sector remains at the forefront in driving global and local water sustainability, says Water Research... 

KZN project receives turnkey water solutions

     9th October 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa is supplying a turnkey water treatment plant, the Shemula water treatment plant, to produce 20 Mℓ/d of potable water to assist the Jozini-Ingwavuma bulk water supply project, which is a government initiative to create a... 

Smart wastewater engineering to boost city’s fresh supply

     9th October 2015 An innovative system to use return effluent from the Cape Recife wastewater treatment works (WWTW) in Port Elizabeth, designed by local multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Afri-Coast Consulting Engineers, will significantly increase the water available for industrial and irrigation use –... 

Smart wastewater engineering to boost city’s fresh supply
RESOLUTION IMPERATIVE Thousands of litres of useable, treated effluent is being discharged every day through a wetland system and into the ocean, in the vicinity of the Noordhoek Lighthouse

Bioregional planning important for SEZs, says consulting firm

By: David Oliveira     25th September 2015 Bioregional planning will play an important role in determining land-use limitations in special economic zones (SEZs), such as industrial development zones, says global consultancy SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist Warrick Stewart. He tells Engineering News that bioregional... 

Bioregional planning important  for SEZs, says consulting firm
SEEKING HARMONY Bioregional planning promotes effective land use for various development activities, while ensuring that biodiversity is maintained

Laboratory gases under the spotlight

By: Dylan Slater     28th August 2015 Monitoring, adjusting and evacuating different gases in sophisticated laboratories is becoming increasingly important to ensure that detailed experiments are conducted safely, says gas products company African Oxygen Limited (Afrox). 

Laboratory gases  under the spotlight
GAS TIGHT The monitoring of gases in a dust-free laboratory is essential to ensure the safety and health of laboratory personnel and the outcomes of experiments

Cesa celebrates engineering excellence

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm Moroff & Kuhne won this year’s Engineering Excellence award for projects with a value greater than R250-million, at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for work done on The Point shopping and lifestyle centre. This involved... 

Cesa celebrates engineering excellence
An artist impression of The Point mall

ILISO Consulting establishes operations in Namibia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm ILISO Consulting has expanded into Namibia, appointing director and office manager Theunis Heunis, along with a strong board of directors, comprising chairperson Namibian ophthalmologist Dr Helena Ndume, consulting CEO Clint Koopman and Namibian operations MD Hans... 

Consulting engineering industry achievements to be recognised

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th August 2015 Top honours will be awarded to member companies of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) next week, in Midrand, at the Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which will showcase the quality, innovation and exceptional workmanship in the consulting engineering industry.  

Steel mezzanine floors boost auto dealers’ parking capacity

By: Dylan Slater     24th July 2015 Steel mezzanine structures, manufactured by Linbro Park-based storage solutions company Pandae, are assisting automotive dealerships with easy-to-install additional parking space that will not result in downtime during construction. 

Steel mezzanine floors boost  auto dealers’ parking capacity
MEZZANINE FLOOR Super Mezzanine floors comprise iron beams for vertical and horizontal support, as well as galvanised steel grating

Amendment Act will protect emerging contractors, says consultancy

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 Emerging contractors in the construction industry will soon stand to benefit from increased protection provided by a new amendment to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Act, which was proposed by the Department of Public Works, says Johannesburg-based construction consultancy... 

Amendment Act will protect emerging contractors, says consultancy
MITIGATING MANIPULATION The Construction Industry Development Board Act will empower small-scale and emerging contractors

Back-to-basics approach mitigates cost overruns

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 The escalating costs of many large infrastructure projects could be mitigated by adopting a simpler approach to root out the causes of cost overruns, preventing them from impacting negatively on the project, says large infrastructure claims and contract administration company GibConsult. 

Back-to-basics approach mitigates cost overruns
Photo by Bloomberg
COMPLEX BUILDS Large infrastructure projects have the largest negative impact, owing to significant complexities of the projects

Law firm recognised for role in project finance

     17th July 2015 Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel received the African Mining & Metals Deal of the Year Award for 2014 at an awards ceremony held in London on February 19, for its role in the financing of a project. 

Megaprojects Paradox plagues local project management industry

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 The prevalence of projects, especially megaprojects, running behind schedule and over budget is a growing concern dubbed the ‘Megaprojects Paradox’, highlights University of Pretoria: Graduate School of Technology Management professor Dr Giel Bekker. 

Megaprojects Paradox plagues local project management industry
DR GIEL BEKKER A well-written and detailed scope of work leaves little room for interpretation

New version of resource management software launched

     17th July 2015 Earlier this month, Yokogawa announced the release of version R3.20 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. 

New version of  resource management  software launched
SCREENSHOT Diagnostic information can be viewed on screen and in real-time on the PRM window

Real-time data essential in project management

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 Real-time data gathering, reporting and sharing is a key component in ensuring project coordinators are kept abreast of the latest developments, enabling them to take quick and decisive action, says Pretoria-based project consulting company SSG Consulting. 

Real-time data essential  in project management
MANAGING RESOURCES Integrating KEY360 with access to the Internet and cloud-based servers enables companies to interface with each other without firewall restrictions

Research paper highlights project management software streamlining

     17th July 2015 Software, hardware and services provider Maptek released a paper at a mining symposium, detailing how a mine’s distribution efficiency and productivity can be enhanced by using Maptek’s project management software, Maptek Vulcan Gantt Scheduler. 

Research paper highlights project management software streamlining
MAPTEK VULCAN GANTT SCHEDULER Maptek launched an extension of the existing modelling techniques and optimisation in the Gantt Scheduler tool

Value of dedicated project managers underestimated

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 Sandton-based business intelligence company Decision Inc suggests some companies do not appreciate the complexity of implementing projects, and therefore will not neccesarily invest in dedicated project management resources. 

Value of dedicated project managers underestimated
NICHOLAS BELL Larger entities usually understand the complexity of projects and assign external or specialised personnel to manage projects

Amec Foster Wheeler appoints new Middle East, Africa head

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2015 Multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler has appointed Garry Dryburgh as president of its Middle East and Africa operations, effective August 9. He would be based in Abu Dhabi and would report to Amec Foster Wheeler group president for the Asia,... 

Amec Foster Wheeler appoints new Middle East, Africa head
Amec Foster Wheeler Middle East and Africa president Garry Dryburgh

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Qualified and experienced consulting engineers are one of the primary target audiences for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course offered by the School of Concrete Technology, as the knowledge gained from the course could help an engineer at the design stage of a structure. This helps... 

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers
GARY THEODOSIOU It is important for consulting engineers to fully grasp concrete and how it works

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which expanded its services in 2013 to... 

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in  power infrastructure
ANDRE VAN DER WALT SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way

BBBEE requirements compromise quality of consulting services 

     26th June 2015 Consulting engineering firms are providing inferior, lower-quality services and completing projects over longer timeframes than necessary, owing to broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) compliance requirements, states midtier consulting engineering firm M-Tech Consulting Engineers. This... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The future of African cities lies in integrating infrastructure to provide citizens with a high level of access to residential, employment and recreational areas that are intrinsically linked through the provision of water and energy services, says consulting engineering firm Arup South Africa.... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa
RICHARD DEH South African cities still face the spatial challenges created by past spatial injustices

Consulting engineering sector sheds jobs as govt projects decline 

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 While most South African consulting engineering companies are redirecting their focus to opportunities outside of the country, others are retrenching employees, owing to a decline in government-funded infrastructure projects, which accounts for 60% of the sector’s work, according to engineering... 

Consulting engineering sector  sheds jobs as govt projects decline
CONSTRUCTION POTENTIAL Growth in the construction sector has significant benefits compared with other sectors, such as water and service delivery

Consulting firm focuses on grooming junior engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s consulting engineering sector. Gibb environmental services GM and director Dr Urishanie Govender... 

Consulting firms appointed for Lesotho water project

     26th June 2015 Three consulting engineering firms have been awarded contracts that are collectively worth more than M40-million, about R39-million, as part of the advance infrastructure works for the multi-billion rand, binational Lesotho Highlands Water project (LHWP), being undertaken by the governments of... 

Efficiency training programme includes water and waste

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is expanding its industrial energy efficiency training programme to include water efficiency and waste minimisation courses, the centre’s green skills development manager, Wynand... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The downward cycle currently facing the global mining industry has negatively affected consulting engineering firms servicing mining companies, says consulting engineering firm SRK’s newly appointed MD and principal scientist Vis Reddy, adding that this is compounded by the South African... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers
VIS REDDY SRK expects to become increasingly busy in a range of fields associated with the low carbon economy

NDP to bolster private–public sector relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Government must make strides to start implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) to strengthen the relationship between the private and public sectors, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Mathieu du Plooy. “We believe that once implementation of the NDP starts,... 

NDP to bolster  private–public  sector relations
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff aims to be a responsible corporation by empowering and upskilling young engineers

Tanzania branch of local consulting firm doing well

     26th June 2015 Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects valued at more than $10-million,... 

Energy solutions company to launch Web-based boiler monitoring system

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 Energy solutions company Energy Partners is in the final stages of developing a real-time Web-based boiler monitoring system, which will monitor and report on various operational parameters of a boiler or a set of boilers. 

Energy solutions company  to launch Web-based  boiler monitoring system
BOILER MAINTENANCE Energy Partners operates an outsourcing boiler operation business focusing on servicing coal-fired boilers in the process-steam industry

New mill drive system introduced

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN) – a consortium comprising... 

New mill drive  system introduced
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

R126m second phase of E Cape waterworks project under way

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st May 2015 The second-phase construction of the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works (WTW) in the Eastern Cape, which will cost R126.4-million, has begun. This project will double the WTW’s capacity to 140-million litres a day.  

R126m second phase of E Cape waterworks project under way
CLEAN WATER Members of the project team, from left, Edzard Verseput, Stuart Fergusson, Simon Atkins, Kiewiet and Kevin McRae who will manage the phase two expansion of the Nooitgedagt water treatments works for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

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