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Consulting Engineers News

Consulting engineering industry achievements to be recognised

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th August 2015 Top honours will be awarded to member companies of Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) next week, in Midrand, at the Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which will showcase the quality, innovation and exceptional workmanship in the consulting engineering industry.  

Steel mezzanine floors boost auto dealers’ parking capacity

By: Dylan Slater     24th July 2015 Steel mezzanine structures, manufactured by Linbro Park-based storage solutions company Pandae, are assisting automotive dealerships with easy-to-install additional parking space that will not result in downtime during construction. 

Steel mezzanine floors boost  auto dealers’ parking capacity
MEZZANINE FLOOR Super Mezzanine floors comprise iron beams for vertical and horizontal support, as well as galvanised steel grating

Amendment Act will protect emerging contractors, says consultancy

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 Emerging contractors in the construction industry will soon stand to benefit from increased protection provided by a new amendment to the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Act, which was proposed by the Department of Public Works, says Johannesburg-based construction consultancy... 

Amendment Act will protect emerging contractors, says consultancy
MITIGATING MANIPULATION The Construction Industry Development Board Act will empower small-scale and emerging contractors

Back-to-basics approach mitigates cost overruns

By: Dylan 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. 

Back-to-basics approach mitigates cost overruns
Photo by Bloomberg
COMPLEX BUILDS Large infrastructure projects have the largest negative impact, owing to significant complexities of the projects

Law firm recognised for role in project finance

     17th July 2015 Sandton-based law firm Webber Wentzel received the African Mining & Metals Deal of the Year Award for 2014 at an awards ceremony held in London on February 19, for its role in the financing of a project. 

Megaprojects Paradox plagues local project management industry

By: Dylan Slater     17th July 2015 The prevalence of projects, especially megaprojects, running behind schedule and over budget is a growing concern dubbed the ‘Megaprojects Paradox’, highlights University of Pretoria: Graduate School of Technology Management professor Dr Giel Bekker. 

Megaprojects Paradox plagues local project management industry
DR GIEL BEKKER A well-written and detailed scope of work leaves little room for interpretation

New version of resource management software launched

     17th July 2015 Earlier this month, Yokogawa announced the release of version R3.20 of its Plant Resource Manager (PRM) software tool for the centralised management of large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment. 

New version of  resource management  software launched
SCREENSHOT Diagnostic information can be viewed on screen and in real-time on the PRM window

Real-time data essential in project management

By: Dylan 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. 

Real-time data essential  in project management
MANAGING RESOURCES Integrating KEY360 with access to the Internet and cloud-based servers enables companies to interface with each other without firewall restrictions

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. 

Research paper highlights project management software streamlining
MAPTEK VULCAN GANTT SCHEDULER Maptek launched an extension of the existing modelling techniques and optimisation in the Gantt Scheduler tool

Value of dedicated project managers underestimated

By: Dylan 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. 

Value of dedicated project managers underestimated
NICHOLAS BELL Larger entities usually understand the complexity of projects and assign external or specialised personnel to manage projects

Amec Foster Wheeler appoints new Middle East, Africa head

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2015 Multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler has appointed Garry Dryburgh as president of its Middle East and Africa operations, effective August 9. He would be based in Abu Dhabi and would report to Amec Foster Wheeler group president for the Asia,... 

Amec Foster Wheeler appoints new Middle East, Africa head
Amec Foster Wheeler Middle East and Africa president Garry Dryburgh

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Qualified and experienced consulting engineers are one of the primary target audiences for the Advanced Concrete Technology (ACT) course offered by the School of Concrete Technology, as the knowledge gained from the course could help an engineer at the design stage of a structure. This helps... 

Advanced concrete course upskills consulting engineers
GARY THEODOSIOU It is important for consulting engineers to fully grasp concrete and how it works

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which expanded its services in 2013 to... 

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in  power infrastructure
ANDRE VAN DER WALT SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way

BBBEE requirements compromise quality of consulting services 

     26th June 2015 Consulting engineering firms are providing inferior, lower-quality services and completing projects over longer timeframes than necessary, owing to broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) compliance requirements, states midtier consulting engineering firm M-Tech Consulting Engineers. This... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The future of African cities lies in integrating infrastructure to provide citizens with a high level of access to residential, employment and recreational areas that are intrinsically linked through the provision of water and energy services, says consulting engineering firm Arup South Africa.... 

Consultancy prioritises integrated infrastructure planning across Africa
RICHARD DEH South African cities still face the spatial challenges created by past spatial injustices

Consulting engineering sector sheds jobs as govt projects decline 

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 While most South African consulting engineering companies are redirecting their focus to opportunities outside of the country, others are retrenching employees, owing to a decline in government-funded infrastructure projects, which accounts for 60% of the sector’s work, according to engineering... 

Consulting engineering sector  sheds jobs as govt projects decline
CONSTRUCTION POTENTIAL Growth in the construction sector has significant benefits compared with other sectors, such as water and service delivery

Consulting firm focuses on grooming junior engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Black-owned multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Gibb is exposing its junior engineers to as many large-scale projects as possible to secure development of the company and South Africa’s consulting engineering sector. Gibb environmental services GM and director Dr Urishanie Govender... 

Consulting firms appointed for Lesotho water project

     26th June 2015 Three consulting engineering firms have been awarded contracts that are collectively worth more than M40-million, about R39-million, as part of the advance infrastructure works for the multi-billion rand, binational Lesotho Highlands Water project (LHWP), being undertaken by the governments of... 

Efficiency training programme includes water and waste

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is expanding its industrial energy efficiency training programme to include water efficiency and waste minimisation courses, the centre’s green skills development manager, Wynand... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 The downward cycle currently facing the global mining industry has negatively affected consulting engineering firms servicing mining companies, says consulting engineering firm SRK’s newly appointed MD and principal scientist Vis Reddy, adding that this is compounded by the South African... 

Mining downturn, lack of govt spend impacting on consulting engineers
VIS REDDY SRK expects to become increasingly busy in a range of fields associated with the low carbon economy

NDP to bolster private–public sector relations

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 Government must make strides to start implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) to strengthen the relationship between the private and public sectors, says consulting engineering firm WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff MD Mathieu du Plooy. “We believe that once implementation of the NDP starts,... 

NDP to bolster  private–public  sector relations
MATHIEU DU PLOOY WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff aims to be a responsible corporation by empowering and upskilling young engineers

Tanzania branch of local consulting firm doing well

     26th June 2015 Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects valued at more than $10-million,... 

Energy solutions company to launch Web-based boiler monitoring system

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 Energy solutions company Energy Partners is in the final stages of developing a real-time Web-based boiler monitoring system, which will monitor and report on various operational parameters of a boiler or a set of boilers. 

Energy solutions company  to launch Web-based  boiler monitoring system
BOILER MAINTENANCE Energy Partners operates an outsourcing boiler operation business focusing on servicing coal-fired boilers in the process-steam industry

New mill drive system introduced

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN) – a consortium comprising... 

New mill drive  system introduced
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

R126m second phase of E Cape waterworks project under way

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st May 2015 The second-phase construction of the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works (WTW) in the Eastern Cape, which will cost R126.4-million, has begun. This project will double the WTW’s capacity to 140-million litres a day.  

R126m second phase of E Cape waterworks project under way
CLEAN WATER Members of the project team, from left, Edzard Verseput, Stuart Fergusson, Simon Atkins, Kiewiet and Kevin McRae who will manage the phase two expansion of the Nooitgedagt water treatments works for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Golder Associates appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th April 2015 Global consulting and engineering firm Golder Associates has appointed Dr Hisham Mahmoud as president and CEO. Mahmoud’s career spanned some 27 years, the majority of which was spent working at diversified global engineering and construction companies. 

Golder Associates appoints new CEO
Hisham Mahmoud

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences

By: Dylan Slater     17th April 2015 Applying for an independent power producer (IPP) licence required extensive planning, with help from various industry-specific companies, said Nigeria-based energy advisory firm Lavayo Energy CEO Lolu Adubifa, who addressed delegates at the ‘How to Get an IPP Licence’ workshop at this year’s... 

Country-specific planning key to obtaining IPP licences
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STRANDED POWER It would not be feasible to propose building a thermal plant in a location far from the nearest gas pipeline

Progressive engineering projects bolster community support, long-term adaptation

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2015 Well-planned and effective engineering and infrastructure projects that are adaptable and also improve the environment and lives of people serve as benchmark examples for what society should expect from engineers, says consulting engineering firm Arup South Africa CEO Damane Hlalele.... 

Cesa worried about secondment of Cuban engineers  

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th February 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Thursday said it was dismayed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) was seconding 35 Cuban engineers on a two-year contract to share their expertise with South African engineers in the water sector.  

Cesa worried about secondment of Cuban engineers

Engineers urge use of PPPs to reinvigorate ailing infrastructure roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2015 Private sector expertise and finance should be leveraged to help reinvigorate South Africa’s underperforming infrastructure programmes, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) argues, adding that the accelerated deployment of energy, transport and water projects will be essential to stimulating... 

Engineers urge use of PPPs to reinvigorate ailing infrastructure roll-out
Photo by Duane Daws
Cesa president Abe Thela

Positioning local aviation expertise globally

By: Pimani Baloyi     23rd January 2015 International project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV says its South African aviation division has been exposing its personnel to projects outside of Africa as part of its commitment to developing South Africa-based expertise that the continent can... 

Positioning local aviation expertise globally
TESSEL SEVERS Royal HaskoningDHV is committed to exposing local aviation experts to state-of-the-art international airport design

Cesa CEO 'unexpectedly' resigns

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2015 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) on Tuesday announced that its CEO Lefadi Makibinyane had resigned and would be serving his notice until the end of January. Cesa president Abe Thela said the resignation was “unexpected” and acknowledged Makibinyane’s contribution to the organisation. “We... 

Cesa CEO 'unexpectedly' resigns
Photo by Duane Daws
Lefadi Makibinyane

Proactive industry becoming reactive

By: Dylan Slater     14th November 2014 The professional planning part of the civil engineering industry is becoming increasingly reactive in terms of preplanning, instead of its primary, and preferred, focus of being proactive, says multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm GIBB. 

Proactive industry becoming reactive
CHARLOTTE VAN DER MERWE Planning-related professions need to bear accountability

Project management, quantity surveying firms form partnership 

By: Sashnee Moodley     17th October 2014 South African-based international project management company Planning & Cost Engineering (PaCE) Services, and quantity surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors (BCQS) have entered into a strategic partnership to expand their footprint and client base in Africa.  

Project management, quantity surveying firms form partnership
Project management company Planning & Cost Engineering Services CEO Nic Bennett and quantity surveying and construction-cost consultancy Basson & Close Quantity Surveyors director Ben Basson discuss a strategic partnership between both companies.

Regulation and procurement biggest issues facing consulting engineers – Cesa survey

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2014 Regulation issues, including the procurement of consulting engineering services, remain one of the biggest challenges faced by the consulting engineering industry, indicates Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) latest Bi-Annual Economic and Capacity Survey (BECS) for January to June 2014.... 

Regulation and procurement biggest issues facing consulting engineers – Cesa survey
Cesa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Engineering and design company WSP Africa completed the preliminary design of an ammonia-based refrigeration system for Malaysian retailer Giant in June this year. WSP technical director Kobus de Villiers notes that the project has been delayed by three months, as the project team waited for the... 

Preliminary design of refrigeration system concluded
Photo by Orange Ink
3D MODELLING Using the 3D modelling software complete with associated engineering data helped to prevent the project from stalling

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