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Consulting Engineers News

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa completed its scope of work on the new car spare parts supplier Spare Pro warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg. Peikko South Africa was contracted to provide a bolted connection solution for the 18 500 m2 facility, which is highly... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech
BIG ERECTION The 18 500 m2 structure was erected between October and January

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern
GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

Firm expands  service offering
VISHAL HARIPERSAD Knight Piésold celebrates its centennial anniversary this month

Triple warehouse project under way

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Civil engineering company Icon Group is conducting the bulk earthworks for three warehouses that will be constructed in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The triple warehouse project is being developed by property developer JT Ross Property Group on a 40 000 m2 site, with all three warehouses being of equal... 

Triple warehouse project under way
LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The bulk earthworks work packet was tendered in January and work began in February

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

M&R's subsector classification shifts to engineering and contracting on the JSE

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Effective March 23, engineering company Murray & Roberts’ (M&R's) classification on the JSE will move from Diversified Industrials to the Engineering and Contracting Services subsector – a new subsector to be introduced by FTSE Russell and the enhanced Industry Classification Benchmark. Group CE... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 The Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) theme for this year is: Rebuilding with purpose. This is aimed at encouraging the engineering and construction sectors to pursue the rebuilding of the sector and the economy in a more conscious and mindful manner so that all South Africa’s... 

Industry body seeks purposeful rebuilding
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SUGEN PILLAY Cesa’s call to purposefully rebuild the economy and infrastructure will aim to foster an enhanced social compact between all industry partners and stakeholders

Food warehouse expansion under way

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa has embarked on the second phase expansion of a production and warehousing facility for a food manufacturer in Johannesburg. The first phase was successfully completed last year and the second phase is under way, Peikko South Africa... 

Food warehouse expansion under way
DANIEL PETROV Installations on site are expected to start this month

Strategic forethought hindered by crisis mindset

By: Darren Parker     12th February 2021 With South Africa’s fiscus placed under immense strain as government attempts to combat the effects of the pandemic, South African Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Vishaal Lutchman fears that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the country’s leadership is in “head down crisis mode”, with... 

Strategic forethought  hindered by crisis mindset
VISHAAL LUTCHMAN Government has not prioritised infrastructure development for the past decade and it will likely not prioritise it in 2021 either

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

Company makes a significant  investment locally
REACHING FOR THE SKY The latest materials handling equipment will be in use, for example, narrow isle lift trucks stacking to 17 m high

M&R subsidiary Clough secures Waitsia Stage 2 construction, engineering contract

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts reports that its subsidiary, construction and engineering company Clough, has been awarded a A$400-million contract for an engineering, procurement and construction scope of work on the Waitsia Stage 2 development project in Western... 

Record number of companies disclosing sustainability impacts

By: Donna Slater     1st December 2020 The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has welcomed KPMG research that shows a record number of companies, spanning many sectors and geographic regions, are voluntarily disclosing their sustainability impacts – with the GRI Standards the most widely used for reporting. GRI is an independent,... 

Record number of companies disclosing sustainability impacts
GRI chairperson Eric Hespenheide

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards
FAR AND WIDE The new swing bridge spans 40 m and the deck is cable-stayed, with a single plane of four locked coil cables connecting to a central, upstand spine beam

Cesa Aon Awards 2020 showcase ‘resilience, commitment’ of industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 With 2020 having been an unprecedented year of "uncertainty, trauma and market complexity", Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which took place virtually, “showcased the resilience and commitment of the consulting... 

Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan presents opportunity to build a better economy, says Saice

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan tabled by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October, provides an opportunity to build a better structured economy, reports South African Institution of Civil Engineering CEO Vishaal Lutchman. Following Ramaphosa’s announcement of the plan, Finance Minister... 

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Expansion set  for completion
UPHILL BATTLE One of the challenges faced during the project entailed an uphill installation which Zimile Consulting Engineers successfully completed without complications

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss
SMART DETECTIVE The Smart Ball water leak detection an assessment tool can be deployed without having to disrupt the flow within the system

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2020 Female engineering and technical careers social enterprise Women in Engineering (WomEng) says that its work supporting girls and young women to enter technical disciplines shows that female engineer and industrial scientist role models with backgrounds comparable to prospective girls and young... 

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers
NAADIYA MOOSAJEE Professional role models and having engineering work and careers explained in one's own language are immensely relevant to motive young women

Structures assist in practical training

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Increased interest in the training of working-at-height personnel in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, and Rustenburg, in North West, has led to permanent scaffolding structures being erected at safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety’s training facilities in the two provinces. KBC... 

Structures assist in practical training
HIGHER GRADE Being able to do practical training at height is now possible with the structures erected at KBC's various training facilities

CESA’s School of Consulting Engineering forging ahead with virtual courses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd September 2020 Owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, skills development has been severely impacted owing to physical attendance of courses being brought to a halt, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa). It notes that this has not deterred the organisation’s School... 

Consulting engineer woes have spanned two decades, says Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2020 A recent dig through Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) archives has found that the push for partnership between government and private sector spans long before recent actions of the industry body, says Cesa. For more than 20 years, the organisation has been promoting infrastructure... 

Science and tech key to sector’s survival

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on infrastructure projects demands that the construction sector use its scientific and engineering expertise better, says engineering consultant SRK Consulting partner and principal engineering technologist Steve Bartels. “The Covid-19 pandemic has reminded us that... 

Science and tech key to sector’s survival
STEVE BARTELS Communication and data-sharing technologies will be increasingly important tools in the country’s ‘new normal’ working practices since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Investing in infrastructure now will boost economy

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 Now is the time to invest in infrastructure projects to ensure that the industry does not hit a lull when the economy fully reopens after the lockdown regulations are lifted, urges multinational engineering firm Aecom client and government sector Africa director Fadzai Nyamasve. “The industry... 

Investing in infrastructure now will boost economy
FADZAI NYAMASVE The industry cannot afford to wait for the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to subside

Sustainable solutions needed to build economy

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 “A sustainable infrastructure solution is required to reignite South Africa’s economy after Covid-19,” says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell. Many municipalities are incapable of handling the infrastructure procurement process from inception to completion, owing to the... 

Sustainable solutions needed to build economy
CHRIS CAMPBELL Explains that it makes sense to use private-sector capacity on a good governance model basis

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal energy mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 In about 2060, the ideal energy mix would be one with only non-carbon sources, such as wind, solar, pumped hydro and hydrogen, says global energy advisory UL. 

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal  energy mix
JAMES TRUDEAU It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio

Focus set on intellectual support services

14th August 2020 Hard face solution provider Rio-Carb is altering its business model to focus more on providing intellectual support services and is employing its own engineers to assist customers in all aspects of liner fabrication application.   Rio-Carb director Thomas Reib says the company can now provide a... 

Zutari recognised as the best in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2020 Newly rebranded consultancy Zutari, formerly Aurecon Africa, has come first in the Top 225 International Design Firm Rankings for Africa, published by US magazine Engineering News-Record (ENR). Zutari CEO Dr Gustav Rohde says this is probably the most credible ranking organisation globally for... 

Zutari recognised as the best in Africa
Zutari CEO Dr Gustav Rohde

Use of integration platforms increases in sector

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 The role, development and deployment of collaboration tools and integration platforms in the project management sector have accelerated during the past six months, says University of Pretoria (UP) lecturer and Construction Industry Institute African Chapter director Dr Giel Bekker.  “The... 

Use of integration platforms increases in sector
TECH TAKE-UP Lockdown regulations have forced organisations to take up collaborative tools and integrated platforms

Post-lockdown solution offered

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Integrated Project Alliance (IPA) has developed a complete end-to-end (E2E) project management solution to companies and landlords wanting to re-open their companies after the Covid-19 lockdown measures have been lifted. Established in March, the E2E solution – the brainchild of development and... 

Post-lockdown solution offered
RETURN JOURNEY The team has fine-tuned a workplace journey tracker that highlights where the company would need to implement safety measures before returning to work

EPC firm suggests experienced team is key factor

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services says using an experienced project management team remains one of the key factors that needs to be applied when managing, identifying and accounting for project risks in South Africa. “Our environment is unique and... 

EPC firm suggests experienced team is key factor
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON Having an experienced project management team allows Lesedi Nuclear Services to maintain clients such as State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station

New technology offers effective communication  

By: Halima Frost     24th July 2020 Blockchain solution provider DoshEx’s newest offering, Sherlock blockchain, is adapted for project managers and engineers to effectively communicate within a communal ecosystem. DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn explains that the Sherlock network combines the Internet of Things (IoT), distributed document... 

New technology offers effective communication
DoshEx CEO Alex de Bruyn discusses the use of its Sherlock blockchain solution in the project management sector. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 25.06.2020

Zutari geared with creative, collaborative approaches for infrastructure-led recovery in Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2020 After demerging from the global engineering and advisory brand Aurecon on January 1, Aurecon Africa has emerged as Africa’s newest engineering consultancy and is now called Zutari. Zutari CEO Dr Gustav Rohde says that although it is a “new” company, it is really one of the oldest in the industry... 

Zutari geared with creative, collaborative approaches for infrastructure-led recovery in Africa
Zutari CEO Gustav Rohde discusses the new company's Africa-centric approach

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

CESA supporting municipalities to improve service delivery, spending

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2020 The recently released Auditor-General’s (AG's) report on the latest municipal audit results does not paint a good picture for spending and service delivery on the part of South Africa’s local governments, says industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA). AG Kimi Makwetu states in the... 

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