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Consulting Engineers News

Company to promote new multidisciplinary strategy and policy group

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting South Africa is highlighting its recently formed multidisciplinary strategy and policy group, aimed at providing high-level strategic guidance for mining companies and governments at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will be held at the... 

Consultancy to launch new mining lease system at indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Mineral exploration and resource development consultancy RMSI will launch a new mining-lease management system at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, RMSI agriculture and natural resources head Dr (KS) Siva Subramanian tells Mining Weekly. The system is an enterprise software solution... 

Consultancy to launch  new mining lease system  at indaba
SIVA SUBRAMANIAN RMSI’s mining lease management solution will provide an overview of mining licences and their current status to all stakeholders in a company

Firm to showcase its Africa-focused services and operating expertise at Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     24th January 2014 Global environmental engineering consulting firm Golder Associates will highlight its service offering for the African continent at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from February 3 to 6, MD and Africa... 

Firm to showcase its Africa-focused services and operating expertise at Mining Indaba

Gaining insight at indaba

By: Carina Borralho     24th January 2014 Banking, financial and advisory services provider Macquarie Capital Securities (MCS) will participate for the first time in this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, as consultant Jim Lennon will deliver a speech to provide delegates with a global update on the current outlook for the... 

Gaining insight  at indaba
OFFERING INSIGHTS Macquarie Capital Securities' presentation will provide attendees with insight into the African commodity sectors

Indaba provides construction group with platform for networking

By: Jonathan Rodin     24th January 2014 Construction group Raubex aims to educate the market on the services diversification it has introduced in recent years at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, to be held in Cape Town from February 3 to 6, says Raumix Holdings MD Tobie Wiese. 

Software solutions provider meets mining challenges

By: Carina Borralho     24th January 2014 Software solutions provider Dassault Systemes, which has been participating in the Investing in African Mining Indaba since 2004, will exhibit its production management and reconciliation software, Geovia – formerly known as Gemcom – at this year’s event, which will take place from February 3 to... 

Software solutions provider meets  mining challenges
SURPAC SOFTWARE MODELLING Dassault Systèmes plans to demonstrate a variety of its mining software, including Surpac, for geological modelling; Gems, for mine planning; and Minex, for geology and mine planning

Specialist on getting value for money

By: Zandile Mavuso     24th January 2014 Performance improvement specialist Partners in Performance (PIP) regards the Investing in African Mining Indaba as a platform for the company to showcase its ability to assist mining companies improve performance and notes a current upsurge in interest in transitioning from being contractor... 

SRK’s Congo office to widen focus on geology and enviro, social-impact assessments

By: Chantelle Kotze     17th January 2014 Consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting reports that its office in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is set to further broaden its focus on environmental- and social-impact assessment and geology. 

SRK’s Congo office to widen focus on geology  and enviro, social-impact assessments
SUSA MALEBA It is important to engage skilled local staff from the area on project as they have a good understanding of the country’s development issues

Growing need for multiskilled geologists, says Venmyn Deloitte

By: Pimani Baloyi     29th November 2013 There is a growing need for multi-dimensional and multi-skilled young geologists in South Africa, says Venmyn Deloitte director Neil Mc Kenna. He tells Mining Weekly that local universities need to rise to the challenge by producing multi-skilled graduates who can develop the industry. 

Saskatchewan Research Council's new mineral processing pilot plant open

By: Henry Lazenby     25th October 2013 The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) officially opened its new mineral processing pilot plant in Saskatoon on Friday. The pilot plant, announced in the fall of 2012, was now fully operational and had been well-received by the mining industry, already taking requests from clients in... 

Orebody data is essential for future mine developments

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Consulting engineering firm SRK Consulting South Africa, which has been active in Zambia for several decades, says it is critical for miners to have detailed and accurate data on their orebody as a starting point for mine plans and future development. 

Pipe manufacturer awarded contract to supply copper mine with main pump columns

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor Pipe Systems (RPS) has been contracted to supply the main pump columns for the new Synchlonorium project at Mopani Copper Mines, in Zambia, which is scheduled for completion in April 2014. 

Zambia’s economy set to grow by 8.1% in the next few years

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th September 2013 The completion of major copper mining projects in Zambia next year is expected to contribute to economic growth of 8.1% from 2014 to 2016, advisory firm KPMG states. 

TWP founder Nigel Townshend steps down

By: Leandi Kolver     15th August 2013 Founder of the former TWP and current WorleyParsonsTWP sub-Saharan Africa global mining and precious metals executive director Nigel Townshend on Thursday announced that he would step down from his day-to-day involvement in the company. Townshend established TWP, which was acquired by global... 

TWP founder Nigel Townshend steps down
Photo by Duane Daws
TWP founder Nigel Townshend

Condition-monitoring device vital for pro-maintenance

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group (BMG) launched a new portable condition-monitoring device, Leonova Diamond, in January this year, which is designed for accurate analysis, with diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities in harsh environments. 

Electronic documentation crucial for plant maintenance

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 Owing to the various needs and vulnerabilities identified in its assessment of the need for proper management of documentation at mines, solutions integrator company Datacentrix has created a roadmap to increase the SAP footprint within organisations and ensure version control and the... 

Roller bearing requires no maintenance

     21st June 2013 Roller-bearings manufacturer SKF reports that it has added the sealed spherical roller bearing (SRB) to its range of quality products. The SRB is a three-barrier solution that is virtually maintenance free, which is an advantage for the mining and minerals industry. 

Software expansion to better implement preventive maintenance

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 The growing need to continuously improve asset efficiency and reduce operating costs in the mining industry were two of the key drivers in software developer Afrigle IT Innovations development of the Afrigle Resource Management (ARM) software, which offers meaningful real-time intervention... 

Mining operations must be wary of community impact – consultancy

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th June 2013 Although significant mining operations impacts on the environment, the opportunities to develop a country, its local communities and its infrastructure are far greater. 

Newly merged consulting engineering firm finding work across Africa and beyond

By: Keith Campbell     31st May 2013 The South African-based division of Hatch, the global consulting engineers and project management and implementation group, Hatch Goba (previously Hatch Africa), is targetting opportunities in the mining sector in the rest of Africa and beyond. “We’ve moved a lot of our business out of South... 

Engineering solutions provider focuses on growth of Namibian mining industry

By: Gia Costella     17th May 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) Namibia says its focus this year is on growing the Namibian mining industry through its integrated solutions. The company has had a presence in the country since 1996 and currently employs about 40 locals at its branches in Windhoek,... 

Mining consultancy opens Namibian office, a first outside South Africa

By: Gia Costella     17th May 2013 Mining consultancy firm VBKom Consulting Engineers (VBKom) will open its first office outside South Africa in Windhoek, Namibia, this month, after operating in Namibia as a registered company for two years. “We have been promising this office to the market for two years and the time has finally... 

China-based mine buys software for its copper/ gold mining project

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Mining software and simulation company CAE Mining has sold the latest version of CAE Studio 5D Planner to China Gold. CAE Studio 5D Planner, CAE Mining’s technical software solution for mine planning, will be used at the China Gold-owned Jiama copper/polymetallic mine in the Tibet Autonomous... 

Company expands footprint in Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Global market leader and third-party support company Spinnaker Support signed a strategic partnership with South African distribution company Mantrasys in March. Spinnaker Support will provide a range of advanced technology and enterprise solutions for customers of business management software... 

Demo emphasises the importance of latest technological trends 

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 With different industrial markets being influenced by constant changes in technology, it is crucial for businesses to evolve with technology. 

Mine software provided for Mongolian mine engineering students

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Mining technology developer Maptek reports that it has given fourth-year mine engineering students at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, access to opencut and underground mine design, pit optimisation and geostatistical applications through its... 

Software features improve underground mining

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th May 2013 Global supplier of mining software Geovia continues to enhance its Minex underground software as an engineering tool with input from clients and the mining industry, and it plans to release Minex 6.2 later this year. 

Company is confident about merger

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Mineral process engineering and project management firm MDM Engineering reports that its merger with Australia-based resource-sector services company Sedgman’s wholly owned subsidiary, Sedgman Africa Investments, is progressing. The company says that the proposed $109-million merger, which was... 

Consultancy faces industry challenges

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Consulting engineers in mining are facing many challenges in the market, says internationally recognised consultancy firm SMEC head of Gauteng office David Gertzen. “The challenges include a depressed economic climate, labour issues, high labour costs and an uncertain mining environment. Many... 

Consulting engineering firms finalise merger

     26th April 2013 Consulting engineering, project management and implementation firms Hatch and Goba last month announced that the two businesses have finalised their merger and will now operate as one entity, under the name Hatch Goba. The new entity, which forms part of the global Hatch group, is a... 

Consulting engineers need integrated systems – developer

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 South African consulting engineering firms need to realise the importance of managing project profitability and using the Earned Value Management (EVM) tool, says local system development, implementation and training resource company Akron Software. The company is the developer of ProMan, a... 

Electricity shortage and high prices threaten smelting industry

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Designer and supplier of high-capacity electric submerged-arc smelting furnaces and complete smelting plants Tenova Pyromet MD Chris Oertel tells Mining Weekly that increased electricity prices and a shortage in electricity supply in South Africa have hampered the country’s beneficiation... 

Marikana tragedy has changed industry forever – consultancy

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting South Africa chairperson Roger Dixon tells Mining Weekly that the breakdown of the central bargaining system in the South African mining industry has changed the industry and that of consulting engineers in mining forever. “The... 

Mining consultancy looks to increase footprint

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 Mining consultant VBKom reports that it has entered into two joint ventures (JVs) this year to expand its reach and expertise in the mining industry. “Our approach is to integrate all aspects of the mining business, including technical, social, environmental and economic considerations, among... 

Procurement of local companies an emerging trend

By: Gia Costella     26th April 2013 The acquisition of resource- and infrastructure-focused project house TWP by global technical, project and operational services provider WorleyParsons last month will have several significant benefits, WorleyParsonsTWP COO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. “In the past, consulting engineers were... 

Resource consultancy opens seventh office in Asia, fiftieth worldwide

     26th April 2013 Global resource consulting group SRK Consulting opened a new practice in Hong Kong this month, which is the company’s seventh practice in Asia and fiftieth worldwide. The company, which is part of the global SRK Group, believes the new office strategically positions it to take advantage of the... 

Tender irregularities hamper infrastructure development, says representative body

     26th April 2013 Concerns pertaining to infrastructure bottlenecks or lack of infrastructure delivery in South Africa, including inadequacies in mechanisms to procure professional services, have been raised by representative body Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) parent body, the Built Environment... 

Competition authorities approve Time Mining acquisition – SGS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2013 The Competition Commission has approved Geneva-based inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS’s acquisition of South African company Time Mining, SGS reported on Wednesday. In January, SGS CEO Chris Kirk said the acquisition would strengthen the expertise of SGS’s Minerals... 

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