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Consulting Engineers News

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;... 

The 2019 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards
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... 

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
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... 

CLUED-UP CONSULTING 
Delegates attending the FIDIC GAMA event spoke of infrastructure procurement and funding models
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 

BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio
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... 

TRACK RECORD The stadium was built in record time as a multifaceted sporting facility and arts and culture hub
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... 

VIS REDDY South Africa has a good record in terms of managing tailings dams, even with the risks involved
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. 

LAYING A FOUNDATION
The company hopes to educate young unemployed people with its new programme
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... 

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
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... 

ALLYSON LAWLESS

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

Broad stakeholder engagement necessary to effect 'new dawn' – Cesa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2019 In keeping with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for a “new dawn” in South Africa’s economy, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) says it would like to see the reinstatement of stakeholder engagement processes in especially the construction industry. These processes are aimed at creating a... 

Cesa CEO Chris Campbell
Cesa CEO Chris Campbell

PwC Southern Africa appoints first black female CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has appointed Shirley Machaba Southern Africa CEO, effective July 1. She is the first black African woman to be appointed as CEO within PwC in Southern Africa.  

PwC Southern Africa CEO Shirley Machaba
PwC Southern Africa CEO Shirley Machaba

Firm well-positioned for business in Botswana and Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     3rd May 2019 The working environment in Botswana is stable, and civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting Engineers welcomes the country’s focus on infrastructure development, which the company is well-positioned to support, says ADA Consulting Engineers director Paul Maitre. The company’s office,... 

DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
Last year, ADA Consulting Engineers completed work for the extension of the Airport Junction shopping centre, in Gaborone
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT Last year, ADA Consulting Engineers completed work for the extension of the Airport Junction shopping centre, in Gaborone

Hatch attains Level 1 empowerment rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd April 2019 Global consultancy Hatch has attained a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment rating. “We embrace diversity as the catalyst to grow the economy by rectifying the exclusion of previously disadvantaged groups from gaining access to South Africa’s wealth, income equality and skills... 

Hatch attains Level 1 empowerment rating

Plan required for uptake of 4IR in power sector

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 The power generation and transmission sector has been slow in the uptake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says global engineering company Aurecon Group energy unit manager Sibu Mvana.  

Digital tech can improve client and project interaction

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Professional services firm WSP is finding more opportunities to use emerging digital technologies in delivering engineering and infrastructure projects globally, points out WSP in Africa MD Mathieu du Plooy. This involves the managing of information and data, designing and collaboration efforts... 

MATHIEU DU PLOOY

WSP’s focus on the African continent is more sector-based than geographical. We will follow the countries where the need is pressing
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP’s focus on the African continent is more sector-based than geographical. We will follow the countries where the need is pressing

Consulting firm shifts to public-sector partner role

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Multinational engineering consultancy Aurecon sees a need to shift the group’s role from that of consultant for engineering design and delivery to being more of a partner to government, specifically in the capacity of adviser and decision-maker on important infrastructural challenges. This will... 

GREEN BUILDINGS

The next for green buildings will be the integration the Internet of Things and consistent use of technology through the life cycle of an asset
GREEN BUILDINGS The next for green buildings will be the integration the Internet of Things and consistent use of technology through the life cycle of an asset

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME OPPORTUNITIES 

The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Emphasis on STEM subjects at schools vital

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 The announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address in February this year that government plans to introduce more technical subjects at high schools in South Africa, is long overdue, says consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s Sibongile... 

MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION

Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community
MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION Companies should create an inclusive environment for employees to enable them to contribute to the company and community

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

NERESH PATHER

It’s pointless watching technology pass us by - reinventing, retooling and reskilling people will place the industry in a position to embrace technology
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Uptick in demand for water-sector consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Despite subdued demand for consulting engineering services in South Africa, engineering consulting firm SRK Consulting South Africa has noted an increase in demand for the group’s water-sector consulting services. “As the country faces a backlog in water infrastructure maintenance, it must also... 

THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY 

The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming
THE MATZIKAMMA MUNICIPALITY The Matzikamma municipality coastline was deemed suitable for land-based aquaculture farming

Company expects opportunities in water infrastructure

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Valve repair and engineering consulting company Brimis Engineering expects that aging and old infrastructure will result in several project opportunities focused on renewal. Brimis Engineering MD Andile Nqandela tells Engineering News that the company expects new projects from water boards such... 

WATER MANAGEMENT Brimis Engineering aims to establish a fully functioning water management consultancy division
Photo by Bloomberg
WATER MANAGEMENT Brimis Engineering aims to establish a fully functioning water management consultancy division

Lesedi exploring opportunities in Africa at PEWA

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th March 2019 Engineering, procurement, project management and maintenance solutions house Lesedi Nuclear Services will, for the second time, attend the Power and Electricity World Africa (PEWA) conference taking place on March 26 to 27.  

SHANE PEREIRA
Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa
SHANE PEREIRA Lesedi continues to support Eskom in providing electricity to South Africa

Company offers technology to mitigate floods

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 Construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV’s BlueLabel technology can be used to mitigate flooding in South Africa, says Royal HaskoningDHV business development water director Tjeerd Driessen. BlueLabel was developed by Royal HaskoningDHV in partnership with... 

FLOODING ISSUES There should be an emphasis on how urban areas are planned because if infrastructure is not adequately designed, flooding will present problems
FLOODING ISSUES There should be an emphasis on how urban areas are planned because if infrastructure is not adequately designed, flooding will present problems

Variable climate presents challenges

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     15th March 2019 A more variable climate is creating the challenges of ensuring adequate water supply in dry areas and dealing with higher rainfall in wet areas. Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd tells Engineering News that water variability in... 

RIVERBANK EROSION Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream
RIVERBANK EROSION Severe erosion is taking place in South African rivers, with sheer walls and embankments a sure sign of material being washed downstream

Labour broking not a dying breed

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Although the temporary employment sector has been under pressure over some years it has now reached a level they are regarded as legitimate for sectors in an open economy.  The industry continues to play a significant role in sectors of the economy including the Constructional Engineering... 

LABOUR LINEUP
Labour broking is still a viable option for many short-term projects
LABOUR LINEUP Labour broking is still a viable option for many short-term projects

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful that there will be an upturn in investments in the sector... 

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS
We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread
TRANSCONTINENTAL AFRICA FOCUS We’re not considering entering the HVAC industry locally we are staying in our market - where people fear to tread

M&R expects significant improvement in interim HEPS

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 JSE-listed engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R) expects a significant improvement in total earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Basic EPS for the period are expected to increase by between 57% and 75% year-on-year to between 44c... 

Cesa optimistic after president’s address

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 The 2019 presidential address of industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather, which he delivered with cautious optimism, calling for a transparent drive for the betterment of the sector, sent out a strong message about the future of the civil engineering and... 

NERESH PATHER 
Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects
NERESH PATHER Procurement policies need to be formulated to embrace the long-term needs of projects

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

NO CROP CIRCLE
The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Continental optimises tyre test with driverless test vehicle

15th February 2019 Automotive tyre manufacturing company Continental commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for an assortment of road surface types at its test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the US. The aim of the endeavour was to make test results for the company’s passenger and light trucks more... 

DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION

The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system
DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

RETAINING THE GREENERY
A green-wall solution was found to make retaining walls more aesthetically pleasing
RETAINING THE GREENERY A green-wall solution was found to make retaining walls more aesthetically pleasing
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