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Project Management

Project management firm upgrades sugar factory

23rd July 2021 Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent expansion at its sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal. Bosch Projects is a member of the... 

Young African project leaders highlighted

23rd July 2021 Industry association Project Management Institute (PMI) announced its second yearly Future 50 list, which features 50 rising leaders using bold and innovative thinking to transform the world through notable projects. The 50 standout project leaders, highlighted in a new digital experience on the... 

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LEADING THE WAY The 50 individuals on the Future 50 list are changemakers whose range of projects exemplify the power and potential of transformation

Municipalities’ project management falling short

By: Darren Parker     23rd July 2021 Municipalities are falling short in terms of project management in “nearly all aspects”, University of Pretoria (UP) project management associate Professor Giel Bekker tells Engineering News. Municipalities draft and present Integrated Development Plans (IDPs) every year, in which all projects... 

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CONTAINED IMPACT Construction activities were only delayed for three months by the pandemic last year

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... 

TECH TAKE-UP
Lockdown regulations have forced organisations to take up collaborative tools and integrated platforms
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... 

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
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

Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics

24th July 2020 Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics is a projects and supply chain company focussed on planning, implementing and controlling the efficient, effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from point of origin to point of consumption.  Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics... 

Nucleus Mining & Africa Logistics

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... 

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
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... 

ALEX DE BRUYN
Sherlock provides a smart contract management network using blockchain and distributed technology
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

PMI South Africa Chapter builds on PMI fiftieth anniversary

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th July 2019 PMI South Africa is joining the global fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Project Management Institute (PMI) which was established by project managers to advance the project management profession and establish world class standards and certifications.  

Project success statistics poor

19th July 2019 Project success statistics are widely agreed to be extremely poor and most project practitioners across sectors of the industry will agree that they have come across questionable practices in their project experiences, says project and engineering management consulting firm SSG Consulting CEO... 

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. 

Software crucial in project management

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th July 2019 Software solutions play a critical role in cost control to ensure that cost overruns on projects are avoided and, where possible, projects are delivered under budget to the benefit of the contractor and stakeholders, says computer software company Construction Computer Software (CCS) CEO Andrew... 

Company mitigates challenges at Mozambique project

19th July 2019 An ambitious project timeline for the construction of beverage company Cervejas de Moçambique’s (CDM’s) new brewery, compounded by a late start to the project owing to external constraints, saw geotechnical specialist Franki Africa make an effort to ensure partial handovers of the foundations and... 

Community project receives Saice honours

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 The eThekwini municipality’s Provision of Water and Sanitation to Informal Settlements project was awarded the 2018 South Africa Institute of Civil Engineering (Saice) Durban region award for the most outstanding civil engineering achievement in the category of community-based projects last... 

COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal
COMMUNITY PROJECT The Bosch Projects team worked closely with the eThekwini municipality to secure the supply of potable water and a basic sanitation service in KwaZulu-Natal

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change
MAHENDRA DEDASANIYA The capital projects industry has historically underinvested in technology and it has been resistant to change

Transnet expansion project uplifts the community

20th July 2018 State-owned freight rail company Transnet’s R2.38-billion Manganese Rail Phase 1 Expansion project created about 2 200 employment opportunities in the remote Northern Cape region and provided skills development and training to local staff. 

BENEFICIARIES Women to Women Shelter is one of the community organisations that benefited from the project
BENEFICIARIES Women to Women Shelter is one of the community organisations that benefited from the project

PMI South Africa

20th July 2018 PMI South Africa is the local chapter of the Project Management Institute, the world’s leading and largest not for profit membership association for project management. PMI South Africa is the oldest continually operating PMI chapter outside North America, chartered in 1982.   Our mission is to... 

PMI South Africa

S African project managers require business competencies

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 In the early stages of a project management career, some professionals have a lack of understanding of the link between business strategy and projects, and with this, the acumen to know what business information emanating from the project is useful to extract, interpret and provide to the... 

PROJECT MANAGERS Project Management South Africa members are currently undergoing assessment on the designations that require a review of the competencies associated with project management
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PROJECT MANAGERS Project Management South Africa members are currently undergoing assessment on the designations that require a review of the competencies associated with project management

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

IMPRINTED
Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Community consultation prompted to enter the digital era

21st July 2017 Global consulting engineering expert Aurecon communication and stakeholder engagement global lead Kylie Cochrane posits that it is time that the project approval and community consultation process step squarely into the digital age, for the benefit of all. 

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION
Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets
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WHOLE OTHER DIMENSION Three-dimensional modelling allows for a project’s building design to be viewed in virtual reality using headsets

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL
Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

New model for estimating risk proves effective in case studies

21st July 2017 Massachusetts-based business school MIT Sloan School of Management have presented new research about a new model that estimates risks and extends gate review analysis beyond “go” and “no go” options. “Today, most technical development projects go through a phase-gate process, with each gate... 

CASE STUDY
Researchers at MIT showed how their gate decision analysis method works with a case study at producer of oil and natural gas BP, in Houston
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CASE STUDY Researchers at MIT showed how their gate decision analysis method works with a case study at producer of oil and natural gas BP, in Houston

Compliance reimagining favours comic strip style

21st July 2017 As the compliance requirements in major projects can cause “a big rabbit hole” of complicated and congested information, a reimagining of the way things are done should be pursued, suggests global consulting engineering experts Aurecon major projects global director John Callaghan. He uses the... 

COMIC RELIEF 
Compliance requirements for major projects often become unnecessarily complicated and congested, and should be reimagined into a comic strip format
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COMIC RELIEF Compliance requirements for major projects often become unnecessarily complicated and congested, and should be reimagined into a comic strip format

Mobile solution launched to great effect  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting has introduced its newly developed mobile application (app) for its KEY360 management software. The app was showcased at the Mobile App Launch breakfast in May at the Johannesburg Country Club. 

Mobile solution launched to great effect
SSG Consulting CEO Steven Golding discusses the KEY360 system. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Acquisition ensures lean manufacturing expertise at all operation stages

15th July 2016 Project management consultancy Turner & Townsend acquired UK-based operational consultancy Suiko in June, to position the company as the first independent construction consultancy to offer lean expertise at all stages of capital project delivery and operations. 

COST FORECAST Turner & Townsend provides cost forecasting to various large projects like power stations
COST FORECAST Turner & Townsend provides cost forecasting to various large projects like power stations

Company strengthens ties with African country

15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Infrastructure projects to proceed in African country

15th July 2016 Fibre-optic sensors manufacturer and supplier Augusta Industries announced that the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) group entered into a memorandum of understanding with the government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania last month. 

COMPLETE UPGRADE Augusta is helping to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
COMPLETE UPGRADE Augusta is helping to improve and upgrade the infrastructure of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Transport projects study under way in the UK

15th July 2016 Project management and development company Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by Solihull metropolitan borough council, in the UK, to undertake a comprehensive integrated transport study. 

TRANSPORT NETWORK The transport network will be upgraded to link several railways and airports together
TRANSPORT NETWORK The transport network will be upgraded to link several railways and airports together

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

ROAD MAINTENANCE 
Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa
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ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

New leadership for project management company

15th July 2016 Effective from May, project management consulting and training firm Project Management Solutions (PM Solutions), which is dedicated to helping organisations drive performance and operational efficiency, appointed project management professional (PMP) Dr Al Zeitoun as president of PM Solutions. 

NUCLEAR POWER
Dr Al Zeitoun has worked for nuclear energy company Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in the United Arab Emirates
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NUCLEAR POWER Dr Al Zeitoun has worked for nuclear energy company Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation in the United Arab Emirates

Energy company signs 20-year power purchase agreement

15th July 2016 Wind energy developments project management company Kipeto Energy, is one step closer to delivering additional clean energy to the people of Kenya following an announcement that it formally signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Kenya Power last month. 

ENERGY UPGRADES
The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030
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ENERGY UPGRADES The increase in energy production forms part of Kenya’s Vision 2030

Back-to-basics approach mitigates cost overruns

By: Donna Slater     17th July 2015 The escalating costs of many large infrastructure projects could be mitigated by adopting a simpler approach to root out the causes of cost overruns, preventing them from impacting negatively on the project, says large infrastructure claims and contract administration company GibConsult. 

COMPLEX BUILDS
Large infrastructure projects have the largest negative impact, owing to significant complexities of the projects
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COMPLEX BUILDS Large infrastructure projects have the largest negative impact, owing to significant complexities of the projects

Value of dedicated project managers underestimated

By: Donna Slater     17th July 2015 Sandton-based business intelligence company Decision Inc suggests some companies do not appreciate the complexity of implementing projects, and therefore will not neccesarily invest in dedicated project management resources. 

NICHOLAS BELL
Larger entities usually understand the complexity of projects and assign external or specialised personnel to manage projects
NICHOLAS BELL Larger entities usually understand the complexity of projects and assign external or specialised personnel to manage projects

Tips for successful ERP project planning

17th July 2015 With enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects being notoriously complex to implement successfully, enterprise software company Sage provides five steps to ensure ERP projects are successfully implemented on time and within budget. 

JEREMY WATERMAN
Project managers need to be specific about the features, functions and business processes they want to roll out
JEREMY WATERMAN Project managers need to be specific about the features, functions and business processes they want to roll out

Project managers chosen for UK nuclear power stations

17th July 2015 Engineering, procurement and construction contractor Foster Wheeler announced in March that it was awarded a contract by UK-based energy provider EDF Energy to provide project management services to all of its UK nuclear power stations and technical offices in Gloucester and East Kilbride. 

HINKLEY POINT C
EDF Energy plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point
HINKLEY POINT C EDF Energy plans to build two new reactors at Hinkley Point

Research paper highlights project management software streamlining

17th July 2015 Software, hardware and services provider Maptek released a paper at a mining symposium, detailing how a mine’s distribution efficiency and productivity can be enhanced by using Maptek’s project management software, Maptek Vulcan Gantt Scheduler. 

MAPTEK VULCAN GANTT SCHEDULER
Maptek launched an extension of the existing modelling techniques and optimisation in the Gantt Scheduler tool
MAPTEK VULCAN GANTT SCHEDULER Maptek launched an extension of the existing modelling techniques and optimisation in the Gantt Scheduler tool

Real-time data essential in project management

By: Donna Slater     17th July 2015 Real-time data gathering, reporting and sharing is a key component in ensuring project coordinators are kept abreast of the latest developments, enabling them to take quick and decisive action, says Pretoria-based project consulting company SSG Consulting. 

MANAGING RESOURCES
Integrating KEY360 with access to the Internet and cloud-based servers enables companies to interface with each other without firewall restrictions
MANAGING RESOURCES Integrating KEY360 with access to the Internet and cloud-based servers enables companies to interface with each other without firewall restrictions
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