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Consulting Engineers News

SA’s ‘born again’ Africans must beware!

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Editorial 

‘Smart’ cameras set to outsmart thieves

By: System Author     27th August 1999 A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words, and that is exactly what newly-listed visual information and security solutions provider, Intervid, of Kloof, Kwazulu-Natal, is hoping to bring to the South African business environment. 

South African companies do not give logistics its logical due

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling & logistics 

Engineering in the old apartheid days

By: System Author     20th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Paradigm shift dictates change

By: System Author     13th August 1999 Consulting Engineers 

Control solution for engine plant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Automotive manufacturer Ford/Samcor is in the process of upgrading several of the key production lines at its Port Elizabeth engine plant in preparation for some large export orders. 

Khotso Mokhele - NRF

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Leaders 

R95-million sewage plant

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A R95-million sewage plant which is said to reach new heights in environmental sensitivity is under construction near Victoria on the island of Mah 

South Africa to send laser to the moon

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 SOUTH African engineers and scientists are working together to construct a laser system by the end of the year that will be able to measure the distance from the earth to the moon at an accuracy of within 10 mm. A consortium of 13 companies, led by laser technology company LaserM of Midrand,... 

Rules of thumb explained

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Every day, facilities across the country use compressed air in manufacturing, process or assembly operations, says Ingersoll-Rand air-compressor group spokesperson David Welch. In the bulk of these facilities there will be multiple air-compressor installations, in a variety of technologies and... 

R80-million extension work under way

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Local companies Concor Building and Concor Civils are working on extensions to the Vaalkop purification works, providing the client with maximum efficiency. The synergy gained by combining the skills of both group companies will result in completion of the project this month. Concor Building is... 

R8m Cape winery nearing completion

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 CONSTRUCTION of an R8-million winery at Waterford Estate, near Stellenbosch, in Cape Town, is nearing completion. The project is the result of a team effort involving winemaker Kevin Arnold, project engineer Johan Biesenbach, architect Alex Walker, landscape architect Ian Ford, Fulcrum... 

Local firm embarks on a massive export drive

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 LOCAL machine tool manufacturer Feiner Engineering is embarking on an aggressive export campaign to take advantage of the weak rand. The company will be manufacturing the well-known metal-forming machines, including the Elga Hydrashear guillotines, Promacam-type pressbrakes, plate-rolls,... 

Thin-slab casting

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 With an increasing demand for higher-quality steel grades, especially in the field of thin-gauge flat products, smaller steel mills are looking to alternative strategies and more efficient production techniques. Taking a lead in this world trend, Saldanha Steel has followed the route of... 

Steel giant keeps beady eye on managing capex

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 heavy emphasis on cashflow manage- ment is dominating Iscor Steel’s strategic vision and, as a result, capex has been managed strictly, commercial GM Ed Coetzer tells Engineering News. “We are investing only in things that we consider essential; with the steel price at the level that... 

Eastern Cape industrial park planned

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Up to 2 000 skilled jobs could be directly and indirectly created in the Eastern Cape by a planned aerospace and general engineering industrial park. This park would be established by British Aerospace (BAe) as part of its industrial participation programme (IP) in return for a contract for 24... 

Turmoil in SADC merely a blip

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Despite some turmoil within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and limited economic growth, global engineering and technology group ABB has recommitted itself to its African operations, with renewed focus on Southern Africa. The group now has a more focused approach to business... 

World clamours for South African engineers

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Since launching its services outside South Africa five years ago, Gauteng engineering and management firm BKS has established itself successfully as a competitor in the international market. Today about 20% of the company’s total business is derived outside South Africa in countries such as... 

Powering up R20-million Namibian contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 South African transmission and distribution company Alstom Power Systems has won a R20-million turnkey contract to construct the 220/66 kV outdoor Harib substation for Nampower near Karasburg in southern Namibia. The new substation, which will tap power from the Aggeneis–Kokerboom 220 kV... 

Liquid nitrogen system

By: System Author     16th July 1999 GAS equipment manufacturer Fedgas has been commissioned to install a liquid nitrogen system to cool concrete at the Paris dam site near Vryheid, Kwazulu-Natal. The contract was awarded by Stocks Structures, a division of Stocks Civil Engineering in the face of stiff competition. Cost-effective... 

Privatisation looms for 200 world airports

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is poised to take advantage of the 200 airports that will be up for privatisation around the world within the next ten years, through the formation of strategic alliances. This was revealed at the release of the company’s annual results where Acsa... 

SA gets R3m project to revitalise Zambia

By: System Author     16th July 1999 A R3-million project funded by the World Bank to develop an infrastructural, capital-investment and urban-management programme in Zambia has been awarded to South African firm Scott Wilson. Zambian cities have suffered urban-infrastructure decay over a prolonged period and, as a result,... 

US$25bn global technology company formed

By: System Author     16th July 1999 International companies Honeywell and AlliedSignal have signed a merger agreement that will create a global technology company with revenues of US$25-billion and product leadership across a wide range of industries. The merger combines two global companies to create a Fortune 50 company that... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Is there an engineer available in the house?

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Martin Gottlieb is an engineer. He is also president of the American Institute of Engineers, and he currently has a mission. He is looking for a new name for ‘engineer’. Actually he is looking for a synonym. Gottlieb says doctors can be called physicians, lawyers can be called... 

Design on R1bn casino was no gamble

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The engineers and construction workers toiling on the R1-billion Caesars Gauteng hotel, casino and convention resort are described by US architect and designer Paul Steelman as “some of the best I have ever worked with”. The complex, which is being constructed on the site of the... 

Computer model used

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Developments in the field of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided modelling show remarkable results in the development of the structural design of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, reports Lillicrap Crutchfield design engineer Con Strydom. The consulting civil and structural engineering... 

Big contract for fledgeling firm

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Fledgeling Gauteng architectural firm Paragon is making inroads into the South African building-design market after being contracted to design one of the first buildings to be established at the R3-billion Melrose Arch development, reports architect Henning Rasmuss. The company, which was... 

A merry band of architects

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The ‘designed space’ concept of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project is once more drawing attention to street fa 

R2,5m electronic management contract

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Johannesburg company Intertech Systems and its implementation partner, ISIS Information Systems, have been awarded a R2,5-million Mozal contract for the supply of an operational electronic document management system (EDMS) for the new aluminium smelter in Mozambique. “Integraph’s... 

Contract strategy slashes costs

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Alliancing, a contract strategy not well known in South Africa, but applied successfully on mega projects in the global oil and gas industry, is working well for Mossgas and Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), the programme manager for the EM gasfield development in the Bredasdorp basin. In... 

Presentation skills are the key to maintaining good business relations

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Looking into the twenty-first century, the challenge to marketers will be to find innovative and strategic ways of marketing their products. This rapid change is making companies relook at their marketing strategies. Focused marketing support and innovative tactics will become increasingly... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

One of South Africa’s first private universities

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The marketplace desperately needs people who are well qualified and who have the necessary practical skills. Skills-orientated education in South Africa received a big boost when Midrand Campus started operating as a university from January. Current and prospective students have the opportunity... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

This is the banquet tent that engineers built

By: System Author     25th June 1999 While politicians were caught in a race to obtain the most votes at the polls in the June election, the engineers of Arup Consulting Engineers of Durban and Johannesburg were racing against time to design and construct a tent to be used for the formal inauguration banquet. The project, which took... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

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