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Consulting Engineers News

Acknowledging engineering excellence

     31st August 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (CESA’s) CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards were held at Vodacom World in Midrand on August 15. The awards recognise innovation and quality, as well as outstanding workmanship and professionalism in the engineering industry. It focuses on consulting... 

Consultancy unveils latest cleanroom offering

By: Joanne Taylor     24th August 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI launched its newest engineering service for the pharmaceutical industry at a recent conference focusing on cleanrooms, where it provided insight into efficient cleanroom design and operation. 

SSI changes name as DHV, Royal Haskoning merger is completed 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2012 South Africa-based engineering and environmental consultancy SSI was renamed Royal HaskoningDHV on Tuesday following the completion of a merger between Royal Haskoning and DHV Group, of which SSI was part. Three other DHV companies based in Southern Africa, specialist mining consultancy Turgis,... 

Angola sugar manufacturing project under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting engineering company Bosch Projects is undertaking the largest greenfield sugar project in Angola. Bosch Projects signed a multimillion-dollar contract with Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation on April 24 to undertake this project, which entails the design of a sugar and... 

Company to host third user conference in 2012

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Autodesk Gold Partner and software solutions company the CAD Corporation plans to use its yearly user conference on August 3 to prove to current and prospective users that it is a holistic Autodesk software and services solutions provider, says MD Leon Smalberger. He points out the theme of this... 

Consulting engineering has become unattractive – industry body

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 A survey of recruitment problems in the consulting engineering sector has revealed low numbers of black professionals in the engineering, technician and technologist professions, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram highlighted. 

Consulting engineering sector to commit to attracting, retaining women

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 There is a global link between economic development and women participation, and this is evident in South Africa where a big gap exists between participation of male and female engineers, says consulting engineering firm Malani Padayachee & Associates (MPA) CEO Malani Padayachee. Consulting... 

E-learning to benefit engineering sector

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The large student-to-teacher ratio in university classrooms results in students receiving little individual attention from lecturers. They also risk falling behind in their coursework, which is a contributing factor to the skills gap in South Africa’s engineering industry, says online training... 

Engineering registration to become mandatory to fight fraud  

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is embarking on a programme to make the registration of engineering graduates as practising engineers compulsory, says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Graham Pirie.  

Firm continues geographic expansion

     3rd August 2012 Engineering consultant SRK Consulting plans to continue developing further geographically and to add to its range of services, says chairperson Roger Dixon. “Strategic initiatives include a focus on renewable energy and further nuclear site investigations, public sector service delivery,... 

Firms to develop blueprint for port terminal privatisation

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 Consulting firm SSI has partnered with European project management, engineering and consultancy services provider Royal HaskoningDHV to develop a blueprint for State-owned freight logistics group Transnet to privatise its Ngqura container port terminal operations. SSI is part of the DHV group,... 

Industry body urges members to be unquestionably ethical

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 South Africa needs to improve its business integrity to eliminate corrupt practices, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Naren Bhojaram said in June in his speech in Johannesburg during a Cesa Gauteng presidential visit. 

Seychelles development to benefit youth

By: Yolandi Booyens     3rd August 2012 The design phase of the 6 000 m² Espace mixed-use development in the Seychelles is about 85% complete. Construction company Green Island Construction, based in the Seychelles, has been appointed to design and construct the building, which is adjacent to the inter island quay at Port Victoria. 

Advisory firm encourages more projects

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 The level of project-management capabilities in South Africa will increase with every large-scale project that is undertaken in the country, says global advisory firm KPMG head of global infrastructure and projects De Buys Scott. 

Business Initelligence integral to successful project management

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Business intelligence (BI) and information management services provider PBT Group emphasises the important, yet underused, role that BI plays in project management, especially for the information technology (IT) sector. 

Consulting company recommends discipline-orientated project management to industry

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Consulting engineering company GIBB Group CEO Richard Vries says the company’s discipline-orientated project management has given it a competitive edge in the engineering industry. 

Project house tackles skills shortage, prepares for growth

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Engineering, procurement and construction management company TWP Projects, part of the Basil Read group, established a planning school this month as part of its efforts to mitigate the shortage of skilled project managers and engineers in South Africa. 

project managers focus on philosophy of profession

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Global construction project-management firm SIP Project Managers COO Rod Oosthuizen says the company’s focus on both the science and philosophy of project management has driven its success.  

Software developer sheds light on project management in IT sector 

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 In the last eight years, there has been a notable shift in the way project management is handled in the information technology (IT) sector, says custom software development company Dariel Solutions executive director Greg Vercellotti. 

Software to assist mining companies

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 New Zealand-based software developer Professional Software On Demand Anywhere (Psoda) is marketing its Psoda project-management software to mining companies worldwide.  

Solutions provider enters industry with launch of new product

By: Gia Costella     20th July 2012 Project management solutions provider Gigafusion, which began operating in January, is already reacting to market demand with the launch of its Project Navigator project-management tool in early May.  

Cronin calls on ECSA to support enlargement of engineering pool 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2012 South Africa’s newly appointed Public Works Deputy Minister, Jeremy Cronin, has appealed to the incoming Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) council, appointed this week, to work with government to develop the ‘pipeline’ of engineers by helping to deal with legacy and institutional... 

Consulting engineers team up for African market offensive

By: Joanne Taylor     29th June 2012 Australian-based engineering consultancy SMEC and local engineering firm Vela VKE joined forces to strengthen their standing in the wider African market. 

School building programme receiving top-level attention, but implementation details remain vague

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Recent high-profile media reports have exposed some the serious backlogs in the provision of basic educational infrastructure. 

Engineering consultancy offers solutions for KZN

     8th June 2012 Engineering consultancy SRK Consulting has helped to tackle some of the development challenges facing the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, where it works alongside officials in fields ranging from disaster management to rural housing. 

Hospital, prison infrastructure projects under way

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is undertaking a number of infrastructure upgrades in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), including structural and building infrastructure upgrades at the Ngwelezane and Empangeni Provincial Hospitals and the Estcourt Prison. 

Progress made at KZN water projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th June 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI will, this month, complete the commissioning of a 13 Ml/d extension module, at a cost in excess of R17-million, at the existing Sundumbili water treatment works (WTW), which treats water drawn from the Tugela river, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

CIDB moves to have all public tenders, awards registered

By: Terence Creamer     27th April 2012 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is intensifying its efforts to ensure that public sector departments, agencies and State-owned companies (SoCs) begin complying with the requirement to record all tender notices and awards in its national projects register. The drive to improve... 

Offering global prospects bolsters African talent pool, says consultancy

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2012 Multidisciplinary engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon reports significant success in its young professionals exchange programme geared at retaining professional engineers and specialists within its business by enabling them to travel to, and work in, Aurecon... 

Late payment of consulting fees rears ugly head again

By: Terence Creamer     18th April 2012 A new survey by Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) shows that the late payment of fees has returned as a significant threat to the industry. The organisation’s latest ‘Economic and Capacity Survey’, which covered the period from July to December last year, showed that 24% of fee earnings... 

New global force in consulting engineering

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th March 2012 Engineering consultants Royal Haskoning and DHV have announced their intention to merge to create a highly ranked, independently owned global engineering consultancy. 

Consultancy undertaking multiple WC projects

By: Leandi Kolver     9th March 2012 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting has been appointed by the West Coast district municipality (WCDM) to develop an integrated coastal management programme (ICMP) to determine the current state of the West Coast region’s coastal environment and identify strategies to deal with... 

Engineers can score CPD points at WCNDT 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2012 South African engineers attending the World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (WCNDT) in April qualify for continuous professional development (CPD) points, says WCNDT 2012 chairperson Manfred Johannes. 

Stefanutti sets up employee participation plan

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2012 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks on Tuesday announced the allocation of 10% of its shares to implement a perpetual employee participation plan. The Stefanutti Stocks Employee Participation Plan 2012, through a special-purpose vehicle owned by the Stefanutti Stocks Employee Participation Trust, aimed... 

Engineers back govt’s ‘integrity pact’ idea 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) said on Monday that it fully supported a proposal by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel that companies doing business with government sign an ‘integrity pact’ in which they promised to behave ethically and refrain from anticompetitive practices.... 

Engineers apply for services to be designated for local procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2012 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), which has nearly 500 member firms that together earn yearly fee income of R17-billion, has made an application to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for engineering consulting services to be given ‘designated’ status under government’s... 

Engineers should look at alternative financing for businesses in 2012

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2012 Increased economic and regulatory pressure on the banking sector had forced banks to pursue new income streams such as unsecured lending with higher margins, resulting in the likelihood that securing finance to back new projects and upgrade resources will be an even greater challenge for South... 

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