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Consulting Engineers

Effective wastewater treatment crucial

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Wastewater treatment works at mines must provide a competitive solution for their capital expenditure and operating expenditure, says water treatment plants designer and developer Degrémont South Africa mining business development manager Andy de Bruin. He says Degrémont works with engineering,... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Mining houses and consulting engineering firms that continue to conduct business the way they have always conducted it will become irrelevant in the ever-everchanging environment, says  project management and consulting firm Aurecon mining services leader Eduard Vorster. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Innovation needed to remain relevant in changing environment
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MOVING WITH THE TIMES The ever-changing mining environment requires companies to constantly reinvent themselves

Mount Peake feasibility study started

24th April 2015 Australian resource company TNG earlier this month appointed mining services consultancy Snowden to complete the feasibility study (FS) needed to bring its Mount Peake titanium, vanadium and iron polymetallic project, in Australia, into production. Geotechnical drilling has already started with... 

Ukwazi

24th April 2015 Gauteng-based independent and focused mining engineering services provider Ukwazi supplies services to any size of operation, from small mines to large-scale operations moving one-million tons of material a day. Ukwazi specialises in mine design, mine planning as well as mine engineering and... 

Ukwazi

Mining companies advised to invest in the future 

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Despite tough conditions currently, mining companies should still invest in building their operations for the future, as “the cycle will eventually turn”, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon. He adds that it is important for a... 

Mining companies advised to invest in the future
SRK Consulting chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon discusses the role that consulting engineers can play in a depressed mining environment.

Economics, market analysis crucial for effective feasibility study

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 An effective mining feasibility study must provide not only the results of a geological evaluation or the development of mine plans, but also an analysis of the market and the fundamental economics of a project, says provider of upfront studies for the minerals industry PEC Consulting. Therefore,... 

Economics, market  analysis crucial for  effective feasibility study
UNDER CONSIDERATION PEC Consulting can help its clients identify all the aspects that have to be considered when planning to expand an underground or surface operation

Consulting engineers encouraged to take nontraditional approach

24th April 2015 With government pushing for greater transformation and inclusivity in the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) sector, consulting engineers are being called upon to take a nontraditional approach to the implementation of major projects and to spearhead transformation... 

Consulting engineers  encouraged to take  nontraditional approach
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AT WORK A 'back to basics' approach is needed regarding the development of a generation of young talent black engineers, technologists and technicians

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
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DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
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DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
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DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion

By: Mariaan Webb     12th December 2014 From a modest start 30 years ago as an electrical control and instrumentation company, DRA has morphed into one of the continent’s largest project management and engineering enterprises with operations in Africa, North America, Europe and the Pacific. It is to these international markets that the... 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion
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DRA CEO Paul Thomson

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more to follow

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Multidiscipline consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, “commemorating a period highlighted by global expansion and technical excellence”, enthuses SRK Consulting chairperson Roger Dixon. “The expansion of the group, since it was... 

40 years of technical excellence, 40 more  to follow
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ALCHEMY SIGNING Anglo American Platinum’s Alchemy initiative seeks to facilitate real and sustainable community development

Mining consultancy celebrates ten years

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Centurion-based medium sized mine consultancy Ukwazi will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary, says director and principal mining engineer Jaco Lotheringen, who tells Mining Weekly that the company has developed into a sustainable and reputable mining engineering consultancy over the past... 

SA consultancy acquired

25th April 2014 German consulting and engineering company DMT has completed a majority holding acquisition of South Africa-based Kai Batla Minerals Industry Consultants. The acquisition, completed in March, supports DMT’s global growth strategy in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Kai Batla is... 

Cost management services secured for town resettlement project

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Cost engineering and construction economist consultancy Mandla Mlangeni Quantity Surveyors (MMQS) is providing cost management services for JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s Dingleton town-resettlement project, in the Northern Cape. The residents of Dingleton – a small town near the iron-ore miner’s... 

Merger details to be discussed at extraordinary general meeting

25th April 2014 The details of metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering’s merger with global engineering and construction company Foster Wheeler will be announced at an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which is expected to be held early next month. Subject to the approval of the merger by MDM... 

UK subsidiary relocates

25th April 2014 Project management services company Tenova Mining & Minerals announced in February that group subsidiary Tenova Delkor UK will be relocating its business to Tenova Takraf’s global headquarters in Leipzig, Germany. As from June 1, Tenova Delkor’s business activities will be conducted and managed... 

Large mining projects under pressure as capital strategies are reviewed

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 Much has changed in the mining industry in the last two years, with large capital projects coming under pressure as major mining houses review their capital strategies, project delivery and consulting services provider WorleyParsons RSA CEO Digby Glover tells Mining Weekly. He adds that whereas a... 

Wastewater treatment specialist offers expertise to consulting engineers

By: David Oliveira     25th April 2014 International water-treatment plant specialist Degrémont has made itself available to advise South African consulting engineers on the issue of mining-focused wastewater treatment solutions, Degrémont South Africa GM Remy Jaffray tells Mining Weekly. “We conduct regular meetings with consulting... 

Wastewater treatment  specialist offers expertise  to consulting engineers

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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