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Project Management

Acquisition ensures lean manufacturing expertise at all operation stages

     15th July 2016 Project management consultancy Turner & Townsend acquired UK-based operational consultancy Suiko in June, to position the company as the first independent construction consultancy to offer lean expertise at all stages of capital project delivery and operations. 

Company strengthens ties with African country

     15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement

     15th July 2016 Wind energy developments project management company Kipeto Energy, is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it formally signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power last month. 

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement
Photo by Duane Daws
ENERGY UPGRADES The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country

     15th July 2016 Fibre-optic sensors manufacturer and supplier Augusta Industries announced that the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) group entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania last month. 

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country
COMPLETE UPGRADE Augusta is helping to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

New leadership for project management company

     15th July 2016 Effective from May, project management consulting and training firm Project Management Solutions (PM Solutions), which is dedicated to helping organisations drive performance and operational efficiency, appointed project management professional (PMP) Dr Al Zeitoun as president of PM Solutions. 

New leadership for project management company
Photo by Bloomberg
NUCLEAR POWER Dr Al Zeitoun has worked for nuclear energy company Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in the United Arab Emirates

Transport projects study under way in the UK

     15th July 2016 Project management and development company Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by Solihull metropolitan borough council, in the UK, to undertake a comprehensive integrated transport study. 

Transport projects study under way in the UK
TRANSPORT NETWORK The transport network will be upgraded to link several railways and airports together

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

David Brown

     17th July 2015 Iconic engineering brand David Brown’s history of engineering high-integrity gearing systems and significant field service expertise has led to the company’s successful development of CX drives – next-generation conveyor technology for the mining industry. The mission of the engineering team was... 

David Brown

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

Project managers chosen for UK nuclear power stations

     17th July 2015 Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Foster Wheeler announced in March that it was awarded a contract by UK-based energy provider EDF Energy to provide project management services to all of its UK nuclear power stations and technical offices in Gloucester and East Kilbride. 

Project managers chosen for  UK nuclear power stations
HINKLEY POINT C EDF Energy plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point

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

Tips for successful ERP project planning

     17th July 2015 With enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects being notoriously complex to implement successfully, enterprise software company Sage provides five steps to ensure ERP projects are successfully implemented on time and within budget. 

Tips for successful ERP project planning
JEREMY WATERMAN Project managers need to be specific about the features, functions and business processes they want to roll out

Truck manufacturer focuses on projects to improve global capability

     17th July 2015 Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors is placing increased focus on projects and the management thereof to improve its global production and supply capability. 

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

Good project management guarantees success

     18th July 2014 A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client before it can successfully manage an engineering and construction project on behalf of the client, says engineering and construction company Fluor South Africa project director Arnout van Haarlem. “This requires... 

Good project management guarantees success
ARNOUT VAN HAARLEM A project management company must thoroughly understand the needs of the client

Industry relies on major infrastructure projects for survival

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 The South African project management industry is currently not thriving because the slow pace of infrastructure investments is negatively impacting the industry, professional services firm KPMG infrastructure and major projects director Jeff Shaw says. Although projects, such as power utility... 

Industry relies on major infrastructure projects for survival
JEFF SHAW The project management industry is cyclical in nature

Mining industry benefits from project management

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 Project management is useful to the mining industry, as it organises a team of specialists, such as geologists, environmental specialists, mining engineers and processing specialists, who need to collaborate to successfully complete projects, says process engineering design services provider... 

Mining industry benefits from project management
MINING IT The beneficiation of resources is a complex sequence of events

PPM training adds value to skills advancement

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 Project and portfolio management (PPM) specialist The Project Group (TPG) Africa is offering PPM training, based on Microsoft technologies, for the first time to the public. TPG Africa CEO Pieter Meyer says the training has been offered for the past ten years to its clients and more than 60... 

PPM training adds value to skills advancement
PIETER MEYER Training covers relevant skills needed to manage multiple projects in a range of industries

Project management builds efficient environments

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 In times of change, in order for the vision and strategy of a company to be realised, there needs to be proper project management, says Johnson Controls Africa Region project operations manager Yasas Jayakody. “Project management helps to drive organisations forward by building the frameworks and... 

Project management builds efficient environments
YASAS JAYAKODY Project management drives organisations forward

Project management helps with executing large-scale projects

     18th July 2014 Delivering large-scale construction projects requires project management to coordinate all the activities that are involved in the execution of the project, engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba reports. “For example, a large amount of existing services – ranging from electricity... 

Project management helps with executing large-scale projects
BRIDGE-BUILDING Delivering large-scale construction projects requires project management

South Africa needs good-calibre project managers

By: Bruce Montiea     18th July 2014 The growth of the South African economy depends on project managers successfully executing projects – whether in the information and communications technology (ICT), banking or engineering sectors. Therefore, highly skilled project managers are needed, says IT software development and integration... 

South Africa needs  good-calibre project managers
GREG VERCELLOTTI Growth of economy depends on project managers successfully executing projects

Consulting engineer increases connectivity to improve information flow

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 Cape Town-based managed services provider and Internet service provider SybaWeb added the Richards Bay branch of consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting to its connectivity backbone after it had approached the company last year with a turnkey information technology (IT) management solution... 

Keeping projects grounded vital to effective management

     19th July 2013 Before any project gets off the ground, one would hope that the costs and benefits have already been carefully weighed up to make sure they balance out and that the project plan includes measures that assist in identifying when the project costs are too high and start to outweigh the benefits. 

Project managers developed despite economic slowdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 While there are enough projects under way to employ the number of project managers in South Africa, there is a shortage of competent project and construction managers. 

Project traps need to be overcome to ensure success

     19th July 2013 Projects most commonly fail as a result of poor scheduling as many companies underestimate the time needed for their completion. 

Skills spread too thinly, being lost in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th July 2013 The good project management skills that exist in South Africa are unfortunately being spread too thinly, resulting in many projects going ahead with weak teams at the owner-team and contractor level. 

Skills spread too thinly, being lost in SA
LACK OF EXPERIENCEThe required number of project managers who are experienced enough to ensure the successful delivery of megaprojects in the country, such as power projects, is decreasing(Source: Bloomberg)

Advisory firm encourages more projects

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 The level of project-management capabilities in South Africa will increase with every large-scale project that is undertaken in the country, says global advisory firm KPMG head of global infrastructure and projects De Buys Scott. 

Business Initelligence integral to successful project management

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Business intelligence (BI) and information management services provider PBT Group emphasises the important, yet underused, role that BI plays in project management, especially for the information technology (IT) sector. 

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.  

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