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Consulting Engineers News

Renewable energy crucial to Africa’s power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Many African leaders have realised the crucial role that renewable energy can and will play in “bringing power to their people”, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa power transmission and distribution director Dinesh Buldoo. “The return-on-investment of renewable power... 

MoU to facilitate efficient engineering services, procurement processes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The invitation by Gauteng Infrastructure Development MEC Jacob Mamabolo to voluntary association Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) at Cesa’s seventh annual Infrastructure Indaba, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) is expected to spur the provision of quality-based consulting... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Civil engineering shifts  towards creative sphere
Photo by Bloomberg
TECHNOLOGICAL SHIFT Digital technology has changed the way engineers work, and has enhanced the complexity of solutions they can produce

Efficiency certification achieved for new project

6th April 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa has achieved an EDGE Preliminary Certification for the new Balwin Properties residential apartments project - The Polo Fields; setting a benchmark for sustainable residential developments of the future in the country, and the continent. The... 

Efficiency certification achieved for new project
Photo by LYT Architects
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT The Polo Fields is a massive development of 1 512 apartment units that will be located in the Waterfall precinct, in Midrand

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

Firm reiterates  Africa’s importance  as strategic region
AFRICAN OPPORTUNITIES One area of opportunity in Africa is Ghana where Aecom is overseeing construction of the $1.5-billion Tema port Expansion Project

Sustainable strategy engenders results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 Consulting firm Knight Piésold’s sustainable, quality process ethos across the board, from executing projects to implementing transformation, has enabled the company to maintain its competitive advantage amid a currently turbulent consulting engineering industry. Knight Piésold CEO Vishal... 

Sustainable strategy engenders results
PROJECT EXPERTISE Knight Piésold is involved in a number of large-scale projects, including the second stage of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

WSP finalising port projects in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa is involved in several port-related projects across Africa, some of which will be finalised this month, says WSP Africa maritime director Andre van Tonder. WSP is undertaking the yearly National Port Plan review for State-owned freight utility... 

WSP finalising port projects in Africa
ANDRE VAN TONDER WSP’s maritime skills and expertise are globally marketable and we are involved in many projects locally and abroad

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

Association urges producers to meet standards
CHARLOTTE METCALF The quality of municipal water in South Africa is high, but it does vary daily

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Built environment summit in May

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 The Africa Summit of London-based Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) – which has entrenched itself as a noteworthy yearly event – will reconvene for the fourth consecutive year at Sun International’s Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, from May 30 to 31.  

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

African projects require integrated delivery models

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 The integrated delivery model is the best means of realising complex, multidisciplinary projects in Africa timeously, says AECOM Civil infrastructure MD Darrin Green. This is primarily because the market in Africa is less mature and project developers frequently have to deal with challenges when... 

Discovery headquarters nears completion 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 With the construction of health insurance and financial services provider Discovery’s head office set for completion at the end of this month, construction consultancy Aurecon believes that the building is set to become a pioneering green precinct concept, owing to its size and the way in which... 

Discovery headquarters nears  completion
Photo by WBHO
VISIONARY CONSTRUCTION The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing indoor environmental quality for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates road damage 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To eliminate extensive road damage, construction company Wirtgen SA sales manager Waylon Kukard explains that for an environment-friendly rehabilitation of road pavements, existing construction materials need to be fully reused, which significantly reduces material costs. 

Reuse of road construction materials mitigates  road damage
Wirtgen South Africa sales manager Waylon Kukard discusses the benefits of road rehabilitation and cold recycling. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd.

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Drones offer inspection and maintenance  benefits for built environment
JANE THOMSON Remotely piloted aircraft systems can lower costs, enhance general visibility and improve personnel safety

Senegal utility awards €197-million grid expansion contract

By: Nadine James     16th February 2018 Electrical transmission, engineering and maintenance provider Omexom, a subsidiary of Italian energy company VINCI Energies, has won the Société d’Electricité du Sénégal (Senelec) contract to install five new extra-high voltage (EHV) transformer stations, nearly 200 km of overhead and underground... 

WSP to develop 330 kV Zambia-DRC electricity transmission line

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 The Southern African Power Pool has appointed UK-based engineering consultancy WSP to develop a proposed 330 kV electricity interconnector between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business to merge with Nairobi-based firm

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2018 Global project management consultancy Turner & Townsend’s Kenyan business will merge with Nairobi-based project management firm Mentor Management Limited (MML), after Turner & Townsend acquired a majority stake in MML from growth markets investor Actis.  

Construction expo brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal

2nd February 2018 The second annual KZN Construction Expo will gather thousands of construction professionals, government officials and investors to support infrastructure development, service delivery, and the development partnerships and industry transformation currently underway in the province. KwaZulu-Natal... 

Construction expo  brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Round table discussions will focus on enabling public-private sector collaboration to achieve KwaZulu-Natal’s development milestones for infrastructure

Industry body authorised as verification authority

2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour has authorised industry body the Southern African Gas Association (Saga) to be the verification authority for the natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industrial equipment industry for South Africa.  All industrial equipment needs to conform to the SANS 329 and... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     2nd February 2018 As dam levels drop and water becomes even more scarce, Cape Town is racing against time to deal with the worst drought in the city’s history. Over the past few weeks, Capetonians have been hurtling towards Day Zero, when the City of Cape Town has warned that water to households will be cut off.... 

The actions being taken and considered as ‘Day Zero’ looms for Cape Town

High-performance chain offers enhanced strength and reliability

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 To ensure greater strength and durability, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of Tsubaki high-performance product chains now includes the robust Workhorse elevator series. 

Increasing energy cost prompts need for drive systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 The ever-rising cost of energy and the increasing pollution associated with power supply systems are continuously driving the need for alternating current drive systems with low harmonics and power regeneration, says Midrand-based variable-speed drive (VSD) and automation equipment supplier... 

Increasing energy  cost prompts need  for drive systems
U1000 MATRIX DRIVE The U1000 matrix drive does not require any additional filtering to achieve low harmonics

Misaligned pulleys affect belt efficiency and life span

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Misaligned pulleys are one of the biggest contributors to premature failed belts, negatively affecting drive efficiency and shortening the life of the belt significantly, states engineering consumables and components distributor BMG power transmission GM Carlo Beukes. 

Misaligned pulleys affect  belt efficiency and life span
FENNER DRIVE ALIGNMENT LASER The Fenner Drive Alignment Laser is designed for accurate pulley and sprocket alignment

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more  compatible installations
EASYPACT TVS The EasyPact TVS range encompasses nine sizes of contactors that cover a broad range of current ratings

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

VFD adoption triggers need for bearing protection rings

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 As the adoption of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) increases, so too will the need for the reliable mitigation of destructive shaft voltages, which will lead to increased demand for bearing protection rings, says bearing protection solutions provider AEGIS sales and marketing manager Adam... 

Investment prioritised in water industry

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recent droughts in South Africa have spurred renewed prioritisation of investments to increase capacity in water supply, treatment infrastructure and management to continuously meet demand for potable and drinkable water, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa environment... 

Investment prioritised in water industry
GREG MATTHEWS Resources are under pressure as demand increases owing to a growing population, industry and commercial operations

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects
SANDER ZWEERS The global water crisis is considered not only an environmental risk but also a social risk

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency
SIYABONGA FACILITY The facility will treat and reuse 3 650 000 ℓ/y of water (based on a treatment rate of 10 000 ℓ/d)

LHDA awards Polihali transfer tunnel design contract

By: Schalk Burger     10th January 2018 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded the contract to design and supervise the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel – the largest of all the Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase Two (LHWP II) engineering design contracts – to the Metsi a Senqu-Khubelu... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Firm completes Soweto-based project
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES The bridge, for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, comprises a five-span 65 m long and 13.5 m wide continuous composite deck

Maintenance, construction projects along N1/N4 slated for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and private concessionaire the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 toll road, in Gauteng and Limpopo, in 2018. 

Maintenance, construction projects  along N1/N4 slated for 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASING CAPACITY Bakwena has installed two pivots, each valued at about R2.4-million, at both the Doornpoort and Pumulani toll plazas

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The rehabilitation of 7 km of the N2 between Borcherds Quarry Road (M22) and the R300, and the addition of a third lane in both directions, will be completed by the end this year, under the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (WCDTPW). 

N2 rehabilitation project to be completed end of this year
LIGHTING THE WAY The upgrade will provide better ride quality, safety and visibility

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists installed temporary access platforms to allow for critical routine maintenance on the Crocodile river bridge, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. 

Assistance in overcoming bridge challenges
ABSEILING FOR ACCESS Technicians had to deploy rope access to abseil from a structure to erect the access platforms

Transverse launching method to minimise impact on traffic

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 A transverse launching method, which will be used on the completed Ashton Arch bridge in the Western Cape, will reduce the impact on traffic during the construction of this strategic route, states engineering company Aecom Africa highway and bridges lead Michael Bouwmeester. 

Transverse launching method to minimise  impact on traffic
FIRST OF ITS KIND LOCALLY The bridge is the first tied-arch bridge that will be launched into position sideways

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