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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Tilt-up construction chosen for clothing warehouse
TILTING IT UP A crane erected the large wall panels that were cast in a horizontal position

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

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... 

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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... 

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... 

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