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Quantity Surveyors News

Multidisciplinary platform pursued for project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 Engineering professional services consulting firm WSP Africa is making its infrastructure consultancy offering available through one multidisciplinary project delivery platform. WSP Transport and Infrastructure MD Dr Terence Milne joined the company last month to spearhead this venture and... 

South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 The South African government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to about R60-billion a year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%. This... 

South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

Local company partners with global software solutions major

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th April 2017 Provider of integrated project cost management software solutions Ares Project Management LLC, subsidiary of Ares Holding Company, and South Africa-based, multi-layered consulting company Infracon Consulting launched their strategic partnership last month. The aim of this partnership is to serve... 

Local company partners with global software solutions major
SOFTWARE PROVISION Infracon Consulting will be able to sell and distribute Ares Prism, an enterprise project life-cycle management solution to manage the complete project life-cycle of capital projects

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
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PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

Quantity surveyors can minimise inflated construction costs  

By: Nadine James     20th May 2016 Voluntary quantity surveying organisation the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) executive director Larry Feinberg would like the South African government and construction stakeholders to recognise the value of employing reputable quantity surveyors to alleviate corruption... 

Quantity surveyors  can minimise inflated  construction costs
LARRY FEINBERG The ASAQS executive director believes the South African government should forge stronger relationships with the quantity surveyor profession

SA quantity surveyors should look to Africa for new projects

     29th April 2016 Project management company Synergy Property Solutions (Synergy) says South African quantity surveyors should expand their operations to include African countries, as there are vast business opportunities in Africa, and it can assist them overcome the cyclical slumps in the South African economy. 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives

By: Victor Moolman     1st April 2016 Cost consultants and quantity surveyors can play a pivotal role in helping new building projects and decision-makers to make green building decisions during construction, says University of Pretoria Department of Construction Economics quantity surveying programme leader Danie Hoffman. 

Educated consultants, surveyors are key in green initiatives
GREEN BUILDING Success of green technologies depends on all parties being well informed about their application and benefits

Laser scanning technology vital in construction projects

By: Malusi Mkhize     11th March 2016 Using laser scanning technology, from the preliminary phase of a construction project to the detailed design construction as well as the back-end phase, is indispensable, says professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa transportation and infrastructure regional director Douglas... 

Laser scanning technology vital in construction projects
Photo by Bloomberg
INVALUABLE ACCURACY Laser technology provides irrefutable accuracy to either dispute or approve what has been built by a contractor

Building confidence falls to three-year low

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2016 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research Building Confidence Index decreased to 39 points in the first quarter of 2016, from 48 points in the last quarter of 2015, marking its lowest level since early 2013. The current level of the index indicated that more than 60% of... 

Building confidence falls to three-year low

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project

     12th February 2016 Gauteng Piling has provided 118 auger cast in-situ piles for the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit building project, as part of the extensive upgrade of the Midrand circuit following its acquisition by Porsche South Africa CEO Toby Venter last year. The complete refurbishment of the Kyalami building was... 

Foundation piles for new Kyalami building project
GAUTENG PILING Work in progress for the foundation piles at the new Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

Building confidence index drops to 44

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th September 2015 Financial services provider FNB and the Stellenbosch University’s Bureau of Economic Research Building Confidence Index fell back below 50 in the third quarter, after falling by nine points to 44. The fall was led by a sharp drop in the confidence of manufacturers and hardware retailers on the... 

Building confidence index drops to 44
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