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Consulting Engineers News

Preferred supplier for Canada’s Parkway project

     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that an equity consortium of Fluor Canada has been named as the preferred proponent for the finance, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Windsor Essex Parkway Project in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 

SA’s under-recognised industrial designers face new threats, opportunities

By: Petronel Smit     26th November 2010 The past decade has seen a global explosion in industrial design, as a result of technology and a growing consciousness of the possibilities that design creates, in what is described as the global age of creativity. 

Lauding corporate project sustainability

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 Engineering and environmental consultant SSI has recognised three projects for exceptional contribution to its corporate project responsibility (CPR) agenda, in its recent internal CPR awards.  

Mentoring seen as vital to bridging gap created by South Africa’s dearth of engineers

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th October 2010 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) says that the country has about half the engineers it needs to meet its development potential.  

Energy and infrastructure emerge as key focus 
areas at Hatch Africa

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2010 The African unit of multidisciplinary consulting engineering and project management firm Hatch experienced its second-best year of operation in 2010 since its establishment on the continent 15 years ago, in July 1995.

But Hatch Africa MD Rory Kirk says that there is still a definite atmosphere... 

Advanced technology for wastewater treatment works

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th August 2010 The City of Cape Town is using the latest control and instrumentation technology in its green fields wastewater treatment works (WWTW), in Fisantekraal, north of Durbanville, reports consulting engineering company SSI. 

Large SA engineering group says orders on recovering trend following recession 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2010 Orders at emerging market-focused consulting engineering group Aurecon - formed in 2009 through a merger of South Africa’s Africon and Ninham Shand, as well as Australia’s Connell Wagner - have stabilised and have even started to strengthen again, following a contraction precipitated by the... 

Competition for African projects hots up 

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Consulting engineers are increasingly looking crossborder for projects in Africa says Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Zulch Lötter. 

Consulting engineers support corporate 
social investment 

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Investigations are under way to determine if training institution African Academy’s computer systems can be run off a central server, which could allow the academy to be virtually accessible to the rest of the country, reports consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch. 

Consulting firm’s strategic approach accrues projects

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Diversified consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon says that, although the company’s investments in the UK dropped during the financial crisis, its local workload did not decrease and its revenue increased during the last financial year.  

Developing a project 
pipeline in Africa

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 AMEC Minproc, part of international engineering and project management company AMEC, is developing its project pipeline in Africa through the delivery of feasibility studies, some of which it expects to convert to executable projects later this year. 

Firm increases its 
visibility in Limpopo

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 MPA Consulting Engineers’ (MPA’s) visibility in Limpopo province has increased through its involvement in the Limpopo Transport Operations Plan for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and it may capitalise on this in the future. 

Long-term, strategic planning taking 
a back seat?

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 While South Africa made some headway in overcoming water and sanitation backlogs, long-term, strategic water resources planning has taken a back seat and will result in a water crisis worse than the energy crisis, says consulting engineering company SSI CEO Naren Bhojaram. 

Multidisciplinary approach to draughting and design

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 The Academy of Advanced Technology offers a multidisciplined training approach to new and experienced consulting engineers, giving them a competitive edge, says Academy of Advanced Technology founder and director Professor Emil Dirsuwei. 

Ready for African expansion

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 As a result of its successful expansion into Mozambique, engineering and project management consulting firm RSV ENCO Consulting (ENCO) is ready to expand further into Africa, says ENCO CEO Neels Engelbrecht. 

Engineering firm completes occupational health and safety audit 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd July 2010 Engineering project house TWP Projects has completed the occupational health and safety assessment (OHSAS) 18001 audits and has received certification. 

Job shadow month to expose learners to the engineering environment

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI is participating in the Consulting Engineers South Africa’s National Job Shadow Month, in July, which aims to expose learners to the engineering environment, particularly consulting engineering. 

New programme for draughting academy

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch has developed and implemented a training programme for draughting education and training institution African Academy. 

Integrated project management 
control office key for quality

     28th May 2010 Integrated project management control office (IPMCO) is extremely important when implementing project quality systems that effectively integrate with business quality systems in the mining and engineering sectors 

Managing a £30-million 
brewery expansion

     28th May 2010 Consulting services company WSP Africa’s risk management team has been appointed to manage multinational beer, wine and spirits business Diageo’s £30-million flagship project for 2010. 

Focusing on skills development

By: Henry Lazenby     14th May 2010 As part of its focus on sustainable activities, engineers and environmental consultants SSI has introduced Saturday school classes for grade 11 and grade 12 pupils in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The extra classes, focusing on the subjects maths, science and engineering graphics and design, are offered... 

Marketing of SA’s built-environment expertise to be intensified in 2010 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2010 South Africa’s Built Environment Export Professions Council (BEPEC) is looking to ramp up its activities for the promotion of South African professional services, primarily into the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and South America, during 2010 and 2011, as recessionary conditions... 

ThyssenKrupp SA, PDNA units merge to form new empowered project house  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2010 A new black economic-empowered (BEE) project house, which will target large-scale Southern African projects, has been formed, following a merger between aspects of the giant ThyssenKrupp technology group and the industrial unit of PD Naidoo & Associates (PDNA), a leading BEE engineering company.... 

Cope wants probe into Nyanda-linked company’s TFR contract

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th February 2010 The Congress of the People (Cope) would ask the Public Protector to investigate contracts that have been signed between government departments and private sector risk advisory company GNS Security, which is linked to Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda. Cope spokesperson Juli Kilian said on... 

Outflow of engineers from public sector a ‘burning bridge' 

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2010 The continued outflow of engineering skills from South Africa's public sector, especially at the municipal and provincial levels, was a "burning bridge" that required urgent redress, particularly in the context of serious service delivery challenges, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa)... 

SA should use World Cup to showcase call centre expertise – analyst

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2010 The heightened interest in business process outsourcing (BPO) services, which saw an upswing during the financial turmoil of 2009, would continue into the coming year, growth consultancy Frost & Sullivan says. BPO services offered significant savings, and a means to control spending. 

Mondi may buy SKG’s sack converting unit

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th January 2010 Johannesburg- and London-listed paper manufacturer Mondi confirmed on Wednesday that it was in negotiations to acquire packaging giant Smurfit Kappa Group’s (SKG’s) European sack converting operations. The company said in a statement that SKG would then acquire its corrugated operations in the UK. 

Sexwale calls for SHRA council nominees

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd January 2010 Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has called on members of the public to nominate candidates to serve on the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) council. The mandate of the council included the regulation of the social housing sector; accreditation of social housing institutions;... 

Reunert makes senior appointments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th January 2010 Engineering and technology firm Reunert on Tuesday reported that the MD for its Radar Systems (RRS), James Verster, would take up a position in the Johannesburg branch, where he would be responsible for corporate business development. Carl Kies, who started Reunert software system engineering... 

Advisers to Marcus appointed

By: Sapa     27th November 2009 Monde Mnyande and Brian Kahn have been appointed advisers to South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Gill Marcus. Their appointments would come into effect on December 1, the bank said in a statement on Friday. 

Initiative targets a reduction in healthcare sector’s energy use

     27th November 2009 The healthcare industry consumes about 30% of the energy spend of State governments worldwide, making this sector the biggest energy consumer, technical building solutions company Honeywell head of healthcare South Asia Pacific Val Jovevski tells Engineering News. 

Sexwale calls on business to help fight housing corruption 

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th November 2009 Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale has called on civil society and business to join hands with government in the fight against corruption in the housing delivery sector. “Corruption is the curse of our society, and must be stamped out without any equivocation, no matter at what level of... 

CSIR researcher named IEEE Female Scientist of the Year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd November 2009 The IEEE has awarded the 2009 Female Scientist of the Year award to Professor Marlien Herselman of the Centre of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Meraka Institute. Herselman, an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and a principal researcher who leads the... 

Nampak to ‘fix, sell or close’ loss-making units, profit down

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd November 2009 JSE-listed packaging specialist Nampak on Monday reported a 53% drop in headline earnings a share for the 2009 financial year, owing to a loss on the fair value of financial instruments compared with a gain in the previous year, as well as an increase in finance costs. Headline earnings a share... 

Controversy over alcohol advertising continues

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 The Industry Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) consultant Adrian Botha reports that, while a number of government entities have proposed the partial or complete ban on alcohol advertising, the ARA believes that there is no causal link between advertising and alcohol use and abuse. 

Inert gas technology prevents oxidation

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Gas company Air Liquide reports that new inert gas technology which prevents the oxidation of wine, and thereby maintains the quality and character, has been introduced to the wine industry. 

Lonrho sees continued growth in core businesses

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th November 2009 JSE- and Aim-listed investment company Lonrho had seen continued growth in its core businesses, despite depressed global markets, with the group posting a 55% increase in turnover for the 2009 financial year. The company’s turnover increased to £90,8-million in the year ended September 30. 

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