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Consulting Engineers News

Consulting company recommends discipline-orientated project management to industry

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Consulting engineering company GIBB Group CEO Richard Vries says the company’s discipline-orientated project management has given it a competitive edge in the engineering industry. 

Project house tackles skills shortage, prepares for growth

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Engineering, procurement and construction management company TWP Projects, part of the Basil Read group, established a planning school this month as part of its efforts to mitigate the shortage of skilled project managers and engineers in South Africa. 

project managers focus on philosophy of profession

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Global construction project-management firm SIP Project Managers COO Rod Oosthuizen says the company’s focus on both the science and philosophy of project management has driven its success.  

Software developer sheds light on project management in IT sector 

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 In the last eight years, there has been a notable shift in the way project management is handled in the information technology (IT) sector, says custom software development company Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. 

Software to assist mining companies

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 New Zealand-based software developer Professional Software On Demand Anywhere (Psoda) is marketing its Psoda project-management software to mining companies worldwide.  

Solutions provider enters industry with launch of new product

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Project management solutions provider Gigafusion, which began operating in January, is already reacting to market demand with the launch of its Project Navigator project-management tool in early May.  

Cronin calls on ECSA to support enlargement of engineering pool 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2012 South Africa’s newly appointed Public Works Deputy Minister, Jeremy Cronin, has appealed to the incoming Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) council, appointed this week, to work with government to develop the ‘pipeline’ of engineers by helping to deal with legacy and institutional... 

Consulting engineers team up for African market offensive

By: Joanne Taylor     29th June 2012 Australian-based engineering consultancy SMEC and local engineering firm Vela VKE joined forces to strengthen their standing in the wider African market. 

School building programme receiving top-level attention, but implementation details remain vague

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Recent high-profile media reports have exposed some the serious backlogs in the provision of basic educational infrastructure. 

Engineering consultancy offers solutions for KZN

     8th June 2012 Engineering consultancy SRK Consulting has helped to tackle some of the development challenges facing the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, where it works alongside officials in fields ranging from disaster management to rural housing. 

Hospital, prison infrastructure projects under way

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is undertaking a number of infrastructure upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), including structural and building infrastructure upgrades at the Ngwelezane and Empangeni Provincial Hospitals and the Estcourt Prison. 

Progress made at KZN water projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI will, this month, complete the commissioning of a 13 Ml/d extension module, at a cost in excess of R17-million, at the existing Sundumbili water treatment works (WTW), which treats water drawn from the Tugela river, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

CIDB moves to have all public tenders, awards registered

By: Terence Creamer     27th April 2012 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is intensifying its efforts to ensure that public sector departments, agencies and State-owned companies (SoCs) begin complying with the requirement to record all tender notices and awards in its national projects register. The drive to improve... 

Offering global prospects bolsters African talent pool, says consultancy

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2012 Multidisciplinary engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon reports significant success in its young professionals exchange programme geared at retaining professional engineers and specialists within its business by enabling them to travel to, and work in, Aurecon... 

Late payment of consulting fees rears ugly head again

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2012 A new survey by Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) shows that the late payment of fees has returned as a significant threat to the industry. The organisation’s latest ‘Economic and Capacity Survey’, which covered the period from July to December last year, showed that 24% of fee earnings... 

New global force in consulting engineering

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th March 2012 Engineering consultants Royal Haskoning and DHV have announced their intention to merge to create a highly ranked, independently owned global engineering consultancy. 

Consultancy undertaking multiple WC projects

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has been appointed by the West Coast district municipality (WCDM) to develop an integrated coastal management programme (ICMP) to determine the current state of the West Coast region’s coastal environment and identify strategies to deal with... 

Engineers can score CPD points at WCNDT 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2012 South African engineers attending the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT) in April qualify for continuous professional development (CPD) points, says WCNDT 2012 chairperson Manfred Johannes. 

Stefanutti sets up employee participation plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2012 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks on Tuesday announced the allocation of 10% of its shares to implement a perpetual employee participation plan. The Stefanutti Stocks Employee Participation Plan 2012, through a special-purpose vehicle owned by the Stefanutti Stocks Employee Participation Trust, aimed... 

Engineers back govt’s ‘integrity pact’ idea 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) said on Monday that it fully supported a proposal by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel that companies doing business with government sign an ‘integrity pact’ in which they promised to behave ethically and refrain from anticompetitive practices.... 

Engineers apply for services to be designated for local procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which has nearly 500 member firms that together earn yearly fee income of R17-billion, has made an application to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for engineering consulting services to be given ‘designated’ status under government’s... 

Engineers should look at alternative financing for businesses in 2012

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2012 Increased economic and regulatory pressure on the banking sector had forced banks to pursue new income streams such as unsecured lending with higher margins, resulting in the likelihood that securing finance to back new projects and upgrade resources will be an even greater challenge for South... 

Italy’s Tenova buys Bateman Engineering

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th December 2011 Italian engineering group Tenova said on Tuesday it has acquired Bateman Engineering, a global engineering project house with its main operational office in Johannesburg. Tenova CEO Gianluigi Nova said the acquisition would enable the company to strengthen its global network.  

Civil engineers keen for SA to emulate pre-World Cup push

By: Dimakatso Motau     4th November 2011 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Seetella Makhetha has urged government to invest on a larger scale in infrastructure projects, such as was witnessed during the period leading to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Engineering group urges SA to rebuild its productive capabilities

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2011 South Africa has to create sustainable and globally competitive industries if it is to create sustainable transformation from the legacy of apartheid. However, this can only be done by returning to the basics of growing, mining, manufacturing and building wealth, said South African consulting... 

Kenyan utility making use of international expertise in developing IPP projects

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2011 Kenya’s main listed power utility company Kenya Power has built institutional capacity by using international engineering expertise to help it with the development of independent power producer (IPP) projects, says Kenyan energy consultant David Mwangi. 

Engineers called upon to bolster Zuma’s infrastructure commission 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has called on the engineering fraternity to put forward names of individuals that could participate in the secretariat that will be established to support the newly formed Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which was convened for the... 

Foster Wheeler awarded EPCM contract at Engen’s Durban refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2011 Global engineering group Foster Wheeler said on Tuesday that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract for Engen Petroleum’s new multiproduct pipeline feeder lines and infrastructure project at its refinery in Durban.... 

PSV gives going-concern assurances

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd August 2011 Progress was being made in bringing in additional cash flow into diversified industrial engineering group PSV, which had undertaken a restructuring process, CEO Abie da Silva said on Monday. “There is no longer material uncertainty as to the company’s and its subsidiaries’ ability to continue as... 

BKS appoints new HR head

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2011 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm BKS said on Monday it had appointed Makgethwa Mokwena-Koko as group human resources manager as from August 1. Mokwena-Koko held the same position at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s material science and manufacturing business unit... 

CIDB CEO appointed as manager of Aurecon’s SA offices

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2011 The Construction Industry Development Board CEO Ronnie Khoza is to take on the role of manager for the local offices of Aurecon, the engineering consultancy and technical services provider said on Tuesday. “Khoza’s rich experience in diverse management roles at a variety of firms means that he... 

3D modelling procedures assist in reducing project lead times

     29th July 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s structural practice is reducing its project delivery schedules by up to three months, as well as improving quality control, owing to improved workflow through its in-house three-dimensional (3D) modeling procedures and shop detailing... 

Company introduces less complex model for faster integration

     29th July 2011 Enterprise project management (EPM) solution provider UMT Consulting South Africa has introduced an enterprise project and portfolio management- (EPPM-) capable organisational maturity model, which provides faster integration and buy-in for strategy portfolio throughput, as well as realising the... 

Consultancy targets Africa for further growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Consultancy firm SRK Consulting South Africa is focusing on developing its latest ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana, while building its capacity in Zimbabwe and Angola, says MD Peter Labrum. 

Correctly planned and managed projects lead to greater safety

     29th July 2011 Managing and operating projects in the built environment can be uncomfortable, risky and even life threatening for project managers, and the success of these projects can rely on effective risk analysis, says project management training company and consultants ProjectPro CEO Terry Deacon. 

Corruption, lack of business integrity continue to challenge consulting engineers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Corruption and a lack of business integrity in South Africa remains a significant concern for consulting engineers, says consulting engineering firm SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Drawing management program improves file management 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Developers of project and financial management ProMan software Akron Software has launched ProDraw, a drawing management program to better manage the drawing and file management activities of consulting engineers, says MD Arno Greyling. 

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