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Consulting Engineers News

Engineers not to blame for off-ramp death

20th February 2002 No engineering failure was to blame for the collapse of scaffolding at the Stormvoel Road off-ramp in Pretoria yesterday, when a truck rammed into support structures where upgrading was taking place. 

Project growth could expose skills backlog

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2002 A cursory glance of the tenders and appointment pages in any of South Africa’s leading newspapers makes it abundantly clear that the domestic project pipeline is fast maturing. 

Metal sector jobs conundrum

15th February 2002 Thousands of metalworkers are continuing to lose jobs in the engineering, steel, aluminium, motor, automotive, tyre and component-manufacturing industries. 

Historic ban placed on SA engineer

15th February 2002 The South African engineering watchdog, the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), approved, for the first time, a recommendation by a committee of inquiry to disqualify a professional engineer permanently from registration due to gross misconduct. 

Construction accidents damage country's reputation

8th February 2002 South African engineers are at risk of damaging their world renowned reputation as highly-skilled professionals after a number of construction accidents in the last few years. 

New vocabulary for engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st February 2002 I don’t think that anybody who has ever racked up an 11 000 V oil-insulated circuit breaker will forget the sound that the circuit breaker spout contacts make as they come into contact with the live contact fingers in the truck housing. 

Steel support structure for Africa's new 'eye to the sky'

1st February 2002 Constructing a steelframe weighing 40 t and measuring a towering 18 m, consisting of numerous steel pipes to a precise design is a challenge. 

Construction accidents damage SA's reputation

1st February 2002 South African engineers are at risk of damaging their world renowned reputation as highly-skilled professionals after a number of construction accidents in the last few years. 

Surging demand for engineering skills

28th January 2002 South Africa’s demand for skilled engineers seems to be surging. 

Our young engineers

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     25th January 2002 When my friend Claudia found out that I would do work for nothing and further that I was the original electrical engineering bore (capable of ranting on for hours about how Nicolai Tesla invented polyphase theory and the best means of plotting power line sagging curves and other riveting topics),... 

Engineering News – the writer's friend

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2002 Story relates how Engineering News was used by US author Samuel C Florman to contact EN columnist Kelvin Kemm, and how Kemm helped Florman research his novel "The Aftermath". 

Metal-sector study into job creation

8th January 2002 A research project intended to generate proposals for the retention and creation of employment in the South African metal and engineering industry will begin early this year. 

French group plans a new E Rand investment

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2001 French energy and transport multinational, Alstom, plans to take advantage of South Africa’s weakening currency position and increasing manufacturing competitiveness by upgrading its facilities in Boksburg, Gauteng, and integrating the unit more fully into its worldwide transmission and... 

Using nuclear tech to nuke malaria

By: Jill Stanford     7th December 2001 The International Atomic Energy Agency and some African states are trying to develop the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control or eradicate malaria transmitting mosquitoes, which are responsible for two-million deaths a year. 

Bidders prequalify for engineering privatisation

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2001 A handful of companies have prequalified to bid for the 30% stakes up for sale in two subsidiaries of State-owned Rotek Industries, namely Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon. 

Sticks and stones

By: Philip Lloyd     30th November 2001 Sticks and stones may break my bones But words will never hurt me There is a lot of truth in the old rhyme. I have been called many things, and I cannot think of any that have done me harm. 

Innovative process profiles

By: Karel Smrcka     30th November 2001 A revolution is currently taking place at Hoesch Hohenlimburg GmbH in the manufacture of special sections. The company is collaborating with the materials and joining technology laboratory of Paderborn University and doctors Lappe and Niemeier-Profiltechnik to develop the Davex process to... 

Sam Mosikili, Alstom South Africa

30th November 2001 Sam Mosikili Alstom South Africa 

SA electrical group in R105m R&D drive

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2001 Electronics and electrical engineering company, Reunert, will spend a significant R105-million on research and development (R&D) projects during the next financial year. 

Black-empowerment trend picks up speed in consulting engineering

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd November 2001 South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) executive director Graham Pirie says the recent merger between black-owned consulting firm Goba Moahloli & Associates and well-established consultancy Keeve Steyn is the latest in a trend which is set to continue. 

Local academics pursue vanadium-battery research

23rd November 2001 A research project involving a system that is able to supply reliable and continuous electricity has been launched at the University of Stellenbosch. 

SA electrical group in R105m R&D drive

By: Terence Creamer     20th November 2001 Electronics and electrical engineering company, Reunert, will spend a significant R105-million on research and development (R&D) projects during the next financial year. 

Engineering-merchant bank hybrid emerges

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th November 2001 Engineering-solutions company Bateman Project Holdings (Batepro) is evolving its strategy to include the facilitation of finance for the projects it implements, CE Dr John Herselman tells Engineering News. 

Enserve Engineering

16th November 2001 Enserve Engineering provides a one-stop valve-management service, which includes specification, supply and reconditioning of a range of valves, including safety, pressure relief, actuated and control valves. 

Mozal is global project of the year

16th November 2001 At an award ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee, earlier this month, the joint venture, SNC-Lavalin Murray & Roberts received the prestigious 2001 Project o the Year award of the Intentional Project Management Institute (PMI) as recognition for the delivery of the Mozal aluminium smelter in... 

Effective risk management facilitates growth

16th November 2001 Investment opportunities in Africa have grown over the past few years. This has resulted in South African organisations now actively participating in large developments in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

A letter from The D Warner

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd November 2001 I got a letter from a person who signs themselves ‘D Warner’. The letter is as follows: 

Bridge-collapse inquiry coming to a head

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2001 More than two years after the start of the Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the tragic collapse of the Injaka bridge in Mpumalanga in 1998, proceedings are expected to conclude on November 30, says DoL presiding officer Larry Kloppenborg. 

Steel jobs nearly half 1981 level

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     19th October 2001 The number of employees in the steel and engineering sector has dropped from 450 000 to 230 000 over the last 20 years, outgoing Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) president Carl Grim said last week. 

'Fix terrorism once and for all'

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th October 2001 The disgraceful attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have shocked the world into an altered state of mind. 

Power, heat and cooling from manure

By: Karel Smrcka     12th October 2001 Alternative energy sources currently enjoy good market prospects in Germany: from 1998 to 2000 alone, the number of biogas plants doubled to 1 200. 

Electrical industy faces skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     12th October 2001 THE geatest challenge facing the engineering industry today is the shortage of skilled workers. 

New software for virtual factory planning

By: Karel Smrcka     5th October 2001 At first glance, a factory consists of a chaotic array of cables, pipes and machinery. To facilitate an overview of these increasingly complex systems, planners visualise and optimise them in a virtual-reality environment. 

Boiler firm starts local manufacturing

By: Irma Venter     5th October 2001 East Rand-based Allmech earlier this year changed gears from acting only as an agent for electrode boilers, to manufacturing at the company’s facilities in Benoni, on the East Rand. 

Weir EnviroTech

5th October 2001 Weir EnviroTech manufactures pumps, valves and process equipment. The pump range includes slurry, clear water and petrochemical units. 

Engineers on the march

By: Philip Lloyd     28th September 2001 For years a common topic of conversation was “What were you doing when you heard Kennedy had been shot?” 

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