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Consulting Engineers News

Fluor names Bill Langenbach as new GM

By: Simone Liedtke     31st March 2020 Engineering company Fluor Corporation has announced that Bill Langenbach has been named as the company’s new GM for South Africa. Langenbach has more than three decades of experience with Fluor, and has held various positions within the company and worked on a variety of projects. 

Equipment design vital for sugar industry

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th March 2020 A critical aspect of servicing the sugar industry is equipment design, says integrated engineering technology and project management company Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steve Rosettenstein. 

Equipment design vital for sugar industry
DIVERSE OFFERING For the sugar industry, Bosch Projects provides front-end cane offloading, cane preparation, juice extraction, sugar processing, sugar drying and refining equipment

CESA concludes productive Infrastructure Indaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th March 2020 Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) says its yearly Infrastructure Indaba, held on March 11 and 12, had ended with action-oriented resolutions that could be taken forward to help solve the challenges facing the built environment. CEO Chris Campbell said in a statement following the event... 

CESA concludes productive Infrastructure Indaba
CESA CEO Chris Campbell

Industry remains in decline

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Although the civil engineering and construction sector is the backbone of the economy and contributes significantly to employment and growth in the country, it continues to experience a slump, says engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm COENG founder and CEO Casian Dendere. “The... 

Industry remains in decline
CASIAN DENDERE The sector remains under pressure, with margins remaining tight amid a generally low market performance

CESA remains hopeful about the future 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Despite the country’s current economic uncertainty, consulting engineering firms association Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) president Sugen Pillay believes that the country is in the “catharsis phase” and that there is a sense of regeneration and renewal looking towards the future. “The... 

CESA remains hopeful  about the future
CESA president Sugen Pillay and CESA CEO Chris Campbell discussed CESA's annual media briefing as well as issues facing the industry and how it plans to mitigate them. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicolas Boyd.

Govt, SOEs urged to appreciate South Africa’s consulting engineers 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2020 Closing the infrastructure gap in South Africa is closely linked to infrastructure development on the rest of the continent, as it is to the creation of value chains that can advance Africa’s industrialisation, ultimately contributing to greater job creation, says Nelson Mandela University (NMU)... 

Govt, SOEs urged to appreciate South Africa’s consulting engineers

Use private engineers to boost State’s ability to plan and execute infrastructure projects - CESA  

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2020 Consulting Engineers South Africa is calling on government to consider immediately boosting the capacity of State departments and municipalities to plan and execute infrastructure projects by opening the way for an injection of private engineering skills and expertise into the public sector. In a... 

Use private engineers to boost State’s ability to plan and execute infrastructure projects - CESA
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Sugen Pillay on how private engineering capacity could be injected to boost the State's infrastructure-planning capacity. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 29/1/2020

AfDB signs five-year agreement to use Fidic standard contracts

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2020 Global representative body, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) has secured an agreement with the African Development Bank (AfDB) that will see the development finance institution include the use of seven Fidic standard contracts for the next five years. Under the terms... 

CESA appoints new president

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2019 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) on Tuesday inaugurated its new president Sugen Pillay for the next two years. He succeeds Neresh Pather.  

CESA appoints new president
CESA president Sugen Pillay

Codes and partial safety factor for infrastructure geotechnical designs updated

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2019 Eurocode 7, which provides detailed guidance for geotechnical designs, includes a key difference to the global safety concept, as it is known in South Africa, which is to consider partial safety factors, says German Federal Defence University Munich professor Conrad Boley. The codes are being... 

Petrochemicals industry demand forecast to slow down by 2030

22nd November 2019 Management consulting firm McKinsey predicts that by 2030, global petrochemicals demand growth may slow from 3.6% to between 2% and 3%, says data management consultants Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. 

Petrochemicals industry demand forecast to slow down by 2030
HEMANT HARIE Without effective data management and protection, organisations within the petrochemical industry may fall victim to data loss

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Small business celebrates award, charts way forward

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Consulting company ADA Consulting Engineers recently won a commendation for the Small Company of the Year award at this year’s Consulting Engineers South Africa AON Excellence Awards, held in Midrand, Gauteng in August. 

Small business celebrates award, charts way forward
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT The South African public and the private sectors need to do their bit to support the development of the infrastructure industry in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond

Cesa shines on international stage

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) was one of the big winners at the 2019 International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) Member Association (MA) Excellence Awards. 

Cesa shines on international stage
CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 The South African Roads Federation (SARF) plans to have conducted more than 50 training and capacity development programmes by the end of this year to help build the necessary capacity in terms of capital, human resources and skills in the roads sector. The programmes cover a range of topics and... 

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model
THE ROAD AHEAD A comprehensive plan, which would include the required funds and development of human capital, combined with a will to execute, could address the backlog of road maintenance

Aurecon Africa separates from global group to focus on continent 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2019 Global engineering group Aurecon has announced that it will demerge with the African business in early 2020. The African shareholders of Aurecon initiated the separation, with 98% of all shareholders having approved the demerger earlier this year.  

Aurecon Africa separates from global group to focus on continent
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aurecon Africa business MD Dr Gustav Rohde

More municipalities must undertake metering projects

By: Tracy Hancock     11th October 2019 Water loss, from a vital-asset and an income perspective, has plagued municipalities throughout South Africa for some years, says professional services engineering company SMEC South Africa management services function manager Jashmer Rajcoomar. “With drought affecting South Africa, it is... 

More municipalities must undertake metering projects
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER With drought affecting South Africa, it is important to know where and how much water is being used for planning purposes

Wind energy untapped vine of job creation

By: Theresa Bhowan     4th October 2019 The wind energy industry comprises various subsectors, each with its own degree of job creation potential, Cape Town-based wind farm developer G7 Renewable Energies tells Engineering News. 

Wind energy untapped vine of job creation
FINGER IN THE WIND G7 engineers on site deploying Sonic Detection and Ranging instruments to supplement ongoing wind measurement campaigns

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use  its photonics facility
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

Local complex-geometry globoid gears for hot-rolled steel plant

By: Schalk Burger     6th September 2019 Local precision engineering company Venter Consulting Engineers has completed two complex geometry globoid gear sets for Italian metal industry equipment manufacturer Danieli, says Venter Consulting Engineers founder and director Peet Venter. The highly technical project entailed the manufacture... 

Local complex-geometry globoid  gears for hot-rolled steel plant
GLOBOID GEAR SET A virtual image of the gear geometry

Cesa aims to fix ‘leaky pipeline’

By: Darren Parker     30th August 2019 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has established a gender diversity forum to table issues of gender inequality among its member companies to address, among other challenges, the issue of qualified women leaving the sector and factors affecting their progression in... 

Cesa aims to fix  ‘leaky pipeline’
JESHIKA RAMCHUND Cesa’s new gender diversity forum aims to engage all stakeholders and develop strategies to improve diversity and inclusivity

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

Flame-detection system set for SA launch
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has finalised the fire system due diligence checks on seven buildings for a reputed investor who intends to buy the properties to repurpose as offices. Six of the buildings are located in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD) and one in the... 

CBD buildings undergo fire assessment and upgrade
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards

Industry body welcomes infrastructure spend decision

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     16th August 2019 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) welcomes the decision by government to allocate about R100-billon as seed funding for infrastructure development. “The organisation would like to appeal to government to use competent capacity at municipal level, by leveraging the... 

New buildings to provide accommodation closer to institutions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     16th August 2019 To address the issue of the lack of student accommodation in close proximity to campus, ADA Consulting Engineers has been involved in a greenfield construction project for a Southpoint building on Jorissen street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. “Owing to Braamfontein being a densely built-up area,... 

South African engineering excellence recognised

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2019 South African engineering excellence was put on glittering display during the 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) in Midrand on Wednesday evening. Awards were handed out in the following categories: Lifetime Industry Achievement Award;... 

South African engineering excellence recognised
The 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards

EY signs up as platinum sponsor for World Energy Congress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd July 2019 The World Energy Council on Monday announced that professional services firm EY had signed on to be a platinum sponsor for the World Energy Congress. The twenty-fourth World Energy Congress will be held from September 9 to 12 in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.  

Project entered for Cesa award

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th July 2019 Multidisciplinary engineering company Bosch Projects has entered one of its recently completed projects for the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence awards, which will take place in Midrand, Gauteng next month. 

Saice bemoans the exodus of engineers from South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has called for urgent intervention by government to attract engineers who have been emigrating at an alarming rate back to South Africa. Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs in 2017 showed that eight South African... 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 There is a backlog of sufficient planned new bulk water infrastructure projects in South Africa which could potentially provide increased opportunities for engineering consultants, such as AECOM, to become involved in more infrastructure development, says AECOM water business line director Werner... 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company
WERNER COMRIE Collaboration between the public and private sectors is long overdue. We have to use our collective knowledge to solve the challenges going forward

Industry body discusses challenges at hand

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 The lack of larger projects and inconsistent application of procurement regulations are but two of the many issues holding the consulting engineering industry back, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. He mentions that infrastructure is a great... 

Industry body discusses challenges at hand
CLUED-UP CONSULTING Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Sporting complex completed two years early

28th June 2019 An innovative design-and-build solution for the Japoma Sports Complex in Douala, Cameroon has allowed for multinational engineering consultancy Aecom to decrease the proposed project timeframe by two years. The Japoma Sports Complex consists of a 50 000-seat multi-sport stadium, an aquatics... 

Sporting complex completed  two years early
TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub

Prospect of reinvestment brings hope to sector

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 A reinvestment in projects at government level will help lift the consulting engineering sector in South Africa, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting South Africa MD Vis Reddy. “Although there has been the promise of funding and infrastructure-related projects, the actual... 

Prospect of reinvestment brings hope to sector
VIS REDDY South Africa has a good record in terms of managing tailings dams, even with the risks involved

Company recognised for upliftment project

28th June 2019 The corporate social responsibility arm of consulting engineering firm holding company Bosch Holdings, Bosch Ulwazi has offered 200 unemployed young people in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, jobs focusing on construction at one of its projects. 

Company recognised for upliftment project
LAYING A FOUNDATION The company hopes to educate young unemployed people with its new programme

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Civil engineering voluntary association and learning institution, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has initiated a long-term expansion strategy to cater to the needs of its members according to their specific member segment, such as segments for students, graduates or... 

Saice embarks on long-term expansion strategy
GROWING FORWARD The diversity panel and ‘Growing Forward’ strategy will allow the institution to develop policies that address gender diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates

By: Cameron Mackay     21st June 2019 Organisations need to play a more active role in developing engineering capacity in South Africa, as new regulations are in place to provide available funding for graduate training, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) capacity building arm Civils Masakheni MD Allyson... 

Regulations enable organisations to develop graduates
ALLYSON LAWLESS Employers are mistaken in unrealistically expecting graduates to design and manage processes, projects and systems from their first day at work
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