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Consulting Engineers News

10% GDFI in sight, predict engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Despite low confidence levels by industry in general in the construction sector, new president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Dr Rodney Milford believes that gross domestic fixed investment (GDFI), excluding plant and equipment, will again reach the level of about... 

Danes reaffirm commitment to South Africa

By: System Author     30th April 1999 For the first time in the life of the Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (Danced) its members have had the opportunity to view the activities it funded ‘in the field’ and assess the results of its initiatives in SA over the past five years. Over this period assistance... 

New society to boost black engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A NATIONAL society of black engineers has been formed as a platform for black engineers, technicians, artisans and students in an effort to encourage them to join the engineering profession. In an exclusive interview with Engineering News, society president Cyril Gamede says that the idea behind... 

South African laser device is a world first

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Taking science fiction laser technology and making it accessible to the average engineer in the process industry is the main aim of Midrand-based international laser-technology development company Laser M. “We will be launching two revolutionary new products at the upcoming Engineering... 

Govt facilities plan sparks empowerment bid

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A majority black- owned company, backed by its Australian specialist technology partner, has been established to tackle facility-management projects in the public and private sector alike. The Australian specialised facilities management company, Chiefton Management, signed a memorandum of... 

Engineering company is in pole position

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 International engineering firm Arup is building its reputation as a world-renowned engineer of sport and tourism facilities in South Africa with its involvement in a number of infrastructure-improvement projects around the country. One of the company’s greatest feats has been the completion... 

Leading engineer at conference

By: System Author     26th March 1999 You might not expect an engineer to know much about business, but it is this profession that is generating some of the most fascinating new theories about the way business is structured and managed. And the engineer regarded as the world’s leading thinker in systems design for business,... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

Global standards set for revamp

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The international standard for quality management is set to change for the year 2000 since the resultant management systems for the ISO 9000 series of standards have almost been exercises in futility, with little more than marketing benefit obtained through the display of the related certificate,... 

More dynamic quality approach

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The latest revision of the ISO 9000 set of standards, which is due to be issued next year, decreases the emphasis on compliance with a prescriptive set of requirements and moves towards a more dynamic approach that requires organisations to focus on improving internal processes and performance to... 

Glyn Riley

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Full name: Glyn Edward Riley Position: CEO, NEI Africa Main activity of company: Diversified engineering group Date and place of birth: December 27, 1943, Newport, UK Education: Newport High School for Boys, 1961; University of Wales, B.Eng (Hons), 1965; University of Cape Town, MBA, 1976 First... 

South Africa keeping Indians out

By: System Author     19th February 1999 While countries such as the US and UK are recruiting skilled scientific, engineering and technical personnel from India, South Africa is preventing Indians in these professions from settling in this country, Engineering News can today report. “Indian experts are very willing to come to... 

South African firm ready to take on world

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new dedicated facili- ty – on a single site, staffed by hand-picked management and operating staff – is set to put Dorbyl Engineering’s Vereeniging Works (DE) on the international map, the company says in a media release. Based on expertise developed as a manufacturer of... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

Supply-chain management event on the cards

By: System Author     12th February 1999 This year marks the twenty-first year that Sapics, the education society for supply-chain management, (previously known as the South African Production and Inventory Control Society), is holding its yearly conference and exhibition. Since 1976 the conference has been South Africa’s foremost... 

German, Danish merger

By: System Author     5th February 1999 TWO internationally well-known manufacturers of protective, predictive and performance condition-monitoring systems and portable vibration analysers, Schenck Vibro of Germany and Br 

Coastal, port engineers to converge on SA

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Cape Town has been selected as the venue for what has been hailed as the most important international conference of coastal and port engineers this year. The fifth International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (Copedec) provides an international forum for... 

Leader of 7 800

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Full name: Jo Grov 

Machine tool stockist

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Having serviced the South African engineering industry for 25 years, Machine Tool Exchange, an offshoot of AD Machinery, stocks machine tools ranging from pedestal drilling machines to heavy engineering machinery, including vertical, horizontal and floor boring mills. All items stocked are... 

New conditions of contract to be put to test

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) has released test editions of four new conditions of contract. The first edition of these documents will be published for use during the first half of this year, says Fidic arbitrator Philip Loots. “The engineer’s role and... 

West Coast offers projects

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The West Coast Investment Initiative (WCII) has progressed beyond Saldanha Steel and Namakwa Sands and is aiming to become a truly economically-diverse growth node. Several smaller projects in this multisectoral growth zone are taking off, ranging from minerals, industry, agriculture and... 

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