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Consulting Engineers News

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... 

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)... 

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