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Consulting Engineers News

Company adapts to new norm, despite economic concerns

By: Cameron Mackay     26th June 2020 Despite stoppages in current projects, and a downturn in the economy that has restricted the pipeline of incoming projects, consulting engineering company SRK Consulting MD Vis Reddy says the company and its project teams have adapted well to working remotely. Cloud-based data storage systems,... 

Sustainable living created after lockdown

26th June 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering companies group Bosch Holdings is set to resume building and land development operations as South Africa lifts Covid-19 lockdown business restrictions. “Our team of engineers and architects strives to create liveable, sustainable and innovative ideas and... 

SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI

Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services
SERENA HOTEL NAIROBI Bosch East Africa Consulting Engineers in Kenya has extended its MEP services to include cvil and structural engineering and project management services

Challenges facing consulting engineers now exacerbated by Covid-19 restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2020 Since first emerging in December last year, the rapidly spreading and now ubiquitous Covid-19 pandemic has buckled economies worldwide within months, holding global industries to ransom, despite governments’ extraordinary efforts to limit the contagion. The pandemic and measures to contain it... 

Challenges facing consulting engineers now exacerbated by Covid-19 restrictions

Local company involved in Malawi railway link

26th June 2020 This year, environmental consulting engineers JG Afrika completed hydrological, topographical, sedimentation and climate studies to assist the Malawian government in rebuilding railway infrastructure. This was done in an area of the country that is prone to devastating floods.  

FLOOD TOIL TEARS AND SWEAT
Floods caused significant erosion and wash away damage on several sections of the railway line that are in close proximity to the river
FLOOD TOIL TEARS AND SWEAT Floods caused significant erosion and wash away damage on several sections of the railway line that are in close proximity to the river

Precast-concrete manufacturing complements construction sector

29th May 2020 The precast-concrete manufacturing sector is complementing conventional in-situ building methods by helping to accelerate strategic infrastructure projects and reducing construction costs. It is also augmenting the public sector’s drive to use infrastructure projects to create employment and... 

PRECAST PREFERENCE
The elements are manufactured in a controlled factory environment and then transported to site where they are assembled
PRECAST PREFERENCE The elements are manufactured in a controlled factory environment and then transported to site where they are assembled

New infrastructure creates opportunities for demolition, decontamination

By: Cameron Mackay     8th May 2020 The development of new infrastructure, particularly in the expanding local mining sector, has created opportunities for demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition to be involved in sectional demolition and decontamination projects, particularly those involving radiological decontamination.... 

ION-OPENING EXPERIENCING
Radiological decontamination and demolition projects can involve a range of procedures, including radiological scanning and testing of scrap metal after ultra-high pressure washing
ION-OPENING EXPERIENCING Radiological decontamination and demolition projects can involve a range of procedures, including radiological scanning and testing of scrap metal after ultra-high pressure washing

Public works infrastructure in dire need or maintenance, says Cesa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th May 2020 The built environment sector is an industry that has been given greater freedom to operate as South Africans settle into a Phase 4 lockdown level. Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says various industries are getting acquainted with what this means for their operations and... 

Wood secures partnership agreement with Sasol South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th April 2020 Global engineering and consultancy company Wood has been appointed as an engineering partner to Sasol South Africa. The parties have signed a five-year partnership framework agreement that will support Sasol’s portfolio of assets across South Africa. 

Pipeline repair continues despite Covid-19

24th April 2020 Repair of the Mt Albert high-pressure sludge pipeline is a critical project for city council Wellington’s wastewater network in New Zealand, and one that Wellington Water is committed to progressing during lockdown.  Repairing these pipelines is a significant technical challenge, because the... 

Aurecon assisting government with national Covid-19 response

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2020 Engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon is collaborating with the South African government and assisting where it can during the national lockdown as the country strives to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “Over a million people worldwide have been infected with the... 

Kate Roper
Kate Roper

New tech needs consulting engineers buy-in

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Construction connection technology company Peikko is working to raise awareness among consulting engineers in South Africa of the potential that its bolted column connection technology and associated solutions could have to transform the construction industry. The Finnish company entered the... 

BUILDING TRUST
Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country
BUILDING TRUST Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country

Local project scarcity causes loss of top-class engineers

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 The scarcity of public-sector projects is leading to massive retrenchments and the loss of South Africa’s world-class consulting engineers to foreign markets, says law firm LNP Attorneys CE Nikita Lalla. “Insufficient project implementation is causing the engineering and construction sector... 

NIKITA LALLA
There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation
NIKITA LALLA There is an abundance of talking without timeous, practical implementation

Adopt QCBS mindset – Cesa 

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is embarking on a focused marketing drive in the second quarter of this year as part of a renewed effort to raise awareness surrounding quality cost-based selection (QCBS) within the public and private sectors. QCBS is the notion that... 

CHRIS CAMPBELL
Cesa will be embarking on a concentrated marketing drive to promote quality cost-based selection
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell discusses some of the key concerns facing the consulting engineers sector in South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 06.03.2020

Building for sustainability promotes valuable returns

3rd April 2020 There is a direct link between the stability of an economy and ongoing development, says consulting engineers firm WSP Africa structures regional director Johan Piekaar. Currently, the local construction and property industries are experiencing a lull owing to reduced expenditure by government on... 

CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING
Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain
Photo by Creamer Media
CONSTRUCTIVE BUILDING Implementing a sustainable building philosophy provides value-add throughout the value chain

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. 

Bill Langenbach
Bill Langenbach

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. 

DIVERSE OFFERING 
For the sugar industry, Bosch Projects provides front-end cane offloading, cane preparation, juice extraction, sugar processing, sugar drying and refining equipment
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 CEO Chris Campbell
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... 

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

Sugen Pillay 
CESA is also calling for the Construction Industry Development Board to fast-track the Register of Professional Service Providers
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... 

CESA president Sugen Pillay
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 president Sugen Pillay
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. 

HEMANT HARIE
Without effective data management and protection, organisations within the petrochemical industry may fall victim to data loss
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... 

CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH
The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime
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. 

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
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. 

 CHRISTOPHER CAMPBELL 
Consulting Engineers South Africa's aspirations are in sync with those of the country's National Development Plan
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... 

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
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 business MD Dr Gustav Rohde
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... 

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER With drought affecting South Africa, it is important to know where and how much water is being used for planning purposes
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. 

FINGER IN THE WIND
G7 engineers on site deploying Sonic Detection and Ranging instruments to supplement ongoing wind measurement campaigns
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. 

PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY
The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products
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... 

GLOBOID GEAR SET
A virtual image of the gear geometry
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... 

JESHIKA RAMCHUND
Cesa’s new gender diversity forum aims to engage all stakeholders and develop strategies to improve diversity and inclusivity
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... 

BOOM BOOM
The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry
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... 

INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS
Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards
INDUSTRIAL INDUSTRIOUSNESS Careful due diligence assessments are made when looking at inner city fire hazards
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