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Consulting Engineers News

Civil engineers keen for SA to emulate pre-World Cup push

By: Dimakatso Motau     4th November 2011 South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Seetella Makhetha has urged government to invest on a larger scale in infrastructure projects, such as was witnessed during the period leading to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Engineering group urges SA to rebuild its productive capabilities

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2011 South Africa has to create sustainable and globally competitive industries if it is to create sustainable transformation from the legacy of apartheid. However, this can only be done by returning to the basics of growing, mining, manufacturing and building wealth, said South African consulting... 

Kenyan utility making use of international expertise in developing IPP projects

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2011 Kenya’s main listed power utility company Kenya Power has built institutional capacity by using international engineering expertise to help it with the development of independent power producer (IPP) projects, says Kenyan energy consultant David Mwangi. 

Engineers called upon to bolster Zuma’s infrastructure commission 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2011 Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has called on the engineering fraternity to put forward names of individuals that could participate in the secretariat that will be established to support the newly formed Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission, which was convened for the... 

Foster Wheeler awarded EPCM contract at Engen’s Durban refinery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2011 Global engineering group Foster Wheeler said on Tuesday that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract for Engen Petroleum’s new multiproduct pipeline feeder lines and infrastructure project at its refinery in Durban.... 

PSV gives going-concern assurances

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     22nd August 2011 Progress was being made in bringing in additional cash flow into diversified industrial engineering group PSV, which had undertaken a restructuring process, CEO Abie da Silva said on Monday. “There is no longer material uncertainty as to the company’s and its subsidiaries’ ability to continue as... 

BKS appoints new HR head

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2011 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm BKS said on Monday it had appointed Makgethwa Mokwena-Koko as group human resources manager as from August 1. Mokwena-Koko held the same position at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s material science and manufacturing business unit... 

CIDB CEO appointed as manager of Aurecon’s SA offices

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2011 The Construction Industry Development Board CEO Ronnie Khoza is to take on the role of manager for the local offices of Aurecon, the engineering consultancy and technical services provider said on Tuesday. “Khoza’s rich experience in diverse management roles at a variety of firms means that he... 

3D modelling procedures assist in reducing project lead times

     29th July 2011 Consulting engineering and project implementation firm Hatch’s structural practice is reducing its project delivery schedules by up to three months, as well as improving quality control, owing to improved workflow through its in-house three-dimensional (3D) modeling procedures and shop detailing... 

Company introduces less complex model for faster integration

     29th July 2011 Enterprise project management (EPM) solution provider UMT Consulting South Africa has introduced an enterprise project and portfolio management- (EPPM-) capable organisational maturity model, which provides faster integration and buy-in for strategy portfolio throughput, as well as realising the... 

Consultancy targets Africa for further growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Consultancy firm SRK Consulting South Africa is focusing on developing its latest ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana, while building its capacity in Zimbabwe and Angola, says MD Peter Labrum. 

Correctly planned and managed projects lead to greater safety

     29th July 2011 Managing and operating projects in the built environment can be uncomfortable, risky and even life threatening for project managers, and the success of these projects can rely on effective risk analysis, says project management training company and consultants ProjectPro CEO Terry Deacon. 

Corruption, lack of business integrity continue to challenge consulting engineers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Corruption and a lack of business integrity in South Africa remains a significant concern for consulting engineers, says consulting engineering firm SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Drawing management program improves file management 

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Developers of project and financial management ProMan software Akron Software has launched ProDraw, a drawing management program to better manage the drawing and file management activities of consulting engineers, says MD Arno Greyling. 

Electrical contract awarded to engineering consultant

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Engineering consultancy CKR Consulting Engineers has been awarded an electrical and electronic consulting services contract by information technology services provider Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure (DDAI), as part of DDAI’s team, to design and construct the new Johannesburg Stock... 

Firm warns Act could put consulting engineers at disadvantage

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 The latest Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, No 5 of 2000 regulations, which are due to come into effect on December 7, might place consulting engineers at a disadvantage during the project tendering processes, says consulting engineering company SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

New premises incorporates green design and construction

     29th July 2011 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon has completed the construction of the new 20 000 m2 Lynnwood Bridge Office Park building, in Tshwane, of which it is also a co-owner. 

Private sector can assist public infrastructure developments, says industry body

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 In support of achieving the goals set out in government’s New Growth Path, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has welcomed the National Planning Commission’s ‘Diagnostic Overview’, published in June. 

Project group continues rapid growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Process design and project execution company Matomo, a TWP Holdings company, has merged with construction and engineering division Basil Read Turnkey to develop and expand the group’s turnkey capacity. 

Industry body hosts job shadow month

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2011 Industry body Consulting Engineers of South Africa (Cesa) is, this month, holding its Young Engineering Professional’s Job Shadow Month, where pupils from local schools are invited to follow a young consulting engineer through a day at work, from office to site, with the aim of engendering... 

Excelling beyond the norm

     8th June 2011 Ingérop South Africa is a multidisciplinary Consulting Engineering and Project Management Company which was established in 1957. With over 50 years experience and having more than 150 qualified personnel, the company is ideally placed to provide, in partnership with its clients, innovative and... 

Consulting engineers take strain from tender pricing, says new UWP MD 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     24th May 2011 The consulting engineering industry in South Africa continued to take strain from tender pricing, Johannesburg-based UWP Consulting’s new MD Craig Northwood told Engineering News Online on Tuesday. Northwood, who replaced Zulch Lötter, was the third MD of the company since its formation in 1972,... 

New push to make engineering attractive to youth, women and to meet 2014 graduate target

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Since the announcement was made that government plans to spend R215-billion on education and skills development and that priority would be given to ensuring that 30 000 more engineers were intergrated into the South African economy by 2014, there has been a surge in initiatives to draw school... 

Project management firm says new image is underpinned by cultural adaptation

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th April 2011 Fox Projects, formerly known as SSP & Associates, has launched its new corporate identity with a renewed, adaptable and forward-thinking approach to project management.  

Airport expansions under way throughout Africa

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2011 Consulting engineering firm SSI reports that it is currently involved in a number of upgrades for airports in Africa, as well as overseeing a significant maintenance contract at the Oliver Tambo International Airport (Ortia), in South Africa. 

Consultancy puts success of Nedbank’s green KZN building down to collaboration between professionals

By: Christy van der Merwe     25th March 2011 Engineering consultancy and silver founding member of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Aurecon, says that collaboration between project professionals was a key success factor in the development of the Nedbank Ridgeside office building in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Rebuilding of Waterkloof’s secondary runway under way

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2011 Construction giant Aurecon reports that it has started rebuilding the secondary runway at the Waterkloof air force base to international standards. The company was awarded the contract in December, after having completed the upgrade of the primary runway in October. 

Trust launched to help previously disadvantaged students  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th February 2011 The Arup Education Trust (AET), which owns 30% of consulting engineering firm Arup, was officially launched on January 28, 2011, at its head office in Johannesburg, with the aim of uplifting previously disadvantaged individuals through education. 

Weak public sector capex planning at the heart of SA’s service delivery dilemma 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2011 South African consulting engineers have expressed deep concern with the quality of capital-project planning within the public sector and have warned that the problem of budget overruns and poor service delivery could grow unless departments take active steps to recruit and retain a better cadre... 

Consultancy to launch internal engineering university

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Engineering and environmental consultant SSI reports that it is in the process of launching the African Chapter of its parent company’s education initiative the DHV University. 

Industry body launches new engineering certification

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reports that it plans to launch a new engineering certification by May 2011, to enhance the standard of business acumen in consulting engineering in South Africa. 

Strategic plans in place to support engineering education

By: Dimakatso Motau     14th January 2011 Consulting engineering company MPA reports that it is focused on supporting engineering education through the projects it is involved with.  

Consulting engineering firm tackles water projects

     3rd December 2010 Engineering, management and specialist technical services Aurecon, in a joint venture (JV) with R&R Consulting Engineers, has been tasked with upgrading and extending the Sunderland Ridge wastewater treatment works (WWTW) by 30 Ml/d, to meet projected demand in 2015.  

Raising contract quality remains consultancy’s 
mission as it passes key milestone

By: Petronel Smit     3rd December 2010 Engineering consultancy Binnington Copeland and Associated (BCA), which is commemorating its 25th year of existence in 2010, says it remains committed to improving the understanding of contracts among engineers and other construction professionals – a key reason for disputes in engineering and... 

SAICE questions government’s plan for 30 000 extra engineers 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th November 2010 Aspirations to train an additional 30 000 engineers by 2014 would require changes to South Africa’s education system and the government would have to ensure that there was sufficient capacity in the public and private sectors to employ more engineers, the South African Institution of Civil... 

Contracts awarded 
for aluminium complex

     26th November 2010 Engineering firm Fluor Corporation won a series of contracts from the joint-venture (JV) comprising mining firm Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), and aluminium smelter Alcoa, to provide program management consultancy (PMC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM)... 

EPCM work for diesel processing unit

     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that it was awarded the Hijau Gasoil Phase-1 project by petrochemicals giant Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaysia), Malaysia.

The project comprises a new 6 000 t/d diesel processing unit, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Fluor will perform... 

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