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Consulting Engineers

Industry body eyes ongoing partnership with municipal govt

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd April 2016 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa), a voluntary organisation of consulting engineering firms, plans to partner with government entities on a municipal level in the long term to tackle challenges such as a lack of technical personnel and poor service delivery. “Cesa wants to... 

Client-centric approach on cards for advisory service

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd April 2016 Global engineering consultant Aurecon intends to add renewed focus to its advisory service by 2017, particularly on supply chain and asset management, by providing a more customer-centric offering for the struggling mining industry. “Our strategy is to live in our clients’ operations to better... 

PARTNERSHIPS END IN TOTAL SOLUTIONS
A client-centric apprach brings out the best results
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PARTNERSHIPS END IN TOTAL SOLUTIONS A client-centric apprach brings out the best results

Sustainability report launched to identify risks to company

22nd April 2016 In a dynamic business landscape, the four pillars of sustainability – economic, social, environmental and governance – have become a focal area for corporate South Africa, says South Africa-based black-owned engineering consulting firm Gibb. The company has, thus, launched its first... 

MUZI SIYAYA
MUZI SIYAYA
South Africa is moving towards diversifying its economy
MUZI SIYAYA MUZI SIYAYA South Africa is moving towards diversifying its economy

Course offered to sharpen understanding of Fidic contracts

22nd April 2016 The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (Fidic) deems contractual relationships between parties beneficial as this addresses the risks between contractors and employees. As such, the federation is offering a two-day course designed to offer a complete up-to-date review of the... 

CONTENTS OF CONTRACTS
Understanding minimises risks between contractors and employees
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CONTENTS OF CONTRACTS Understanding minimises risks between contractors and employees

Enhancing technical ‘excellence’ with new technology

22nd April 2016 International consulting practice providing focused advice and solutions to the earth and water resource industries, SRK Consulting, has opened a practice in Ghana’s capital, Accra, after several decades of involvement in West Africa. The company believes that this will consolidate its position... 

SRK CONSOLIDATES ITS POSITION IN GHANA
Minerals base of Ghanais broadening and thus presents great opportunities
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SRK CONSOLIDATES ITS POSITION IN GHANA Minerals base of Ghanais broadening and thus presents great opportunities

Joint forces to benefit from African mining services

22nd April 2016 Mechanised underground hard rock mining specialists Pybar Mining Services has signed an agreement with Mauritius-based drilling services company Capital Drilling to comarket underground hard rock mining services in Africa. Under the three-year agreement, Pybar will use Capital Drilling's... 

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFER CAPABILITIES 
Co- marketing to enter into the African market
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AN OPPORTUNITY TO TRANSFER CAPABILITIES Co- marketing to enter into the African market

Mining industry stands a chance through risk mitigation

22nd April 2016 Integrated engineering projects company DRA Group CEO Paul Thomson notes that to mitigate risks for investors and mining companies, he recommends investment in consulting engineers with experience, pedigree and a good track record, which will save mining companies thousands in execution. “Mining... 

RISK MITIGATION
Everyone suffers when a mine or project fail to be built
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RISK MITIGATION Everyone suffers when a mine or project fail to be built

Refined methodology to ensure faster and more efficient delivery

22nd April 2016 Outsourced operation and maintenance (O&M) specialist Minopex South Africa, a member of global multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA, believes that 2016 will be a year of diversification for the company in terms of the commodities mined by projects it will be servicing. As a specialist in the... 

PROJECT METHODOLOGY DELIVERY
Ensuring to deliver a faster service
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PROJECT METHODOLOGY DELIVERY Ensuring to deliver a faster service

Pipe manufacturer advocates plastic over concrete

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd April 2016 Consulting engineers and their clients should focus on long-term sustainability rather than short-term profitability, says high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe manufacturer Sinvac Piping MD Kobus van Dyk. “In South Africa, traditional concrete piping systems and manholes are being prescribed by... 

PLASTIC PIPING MORE SUSTAINABLE
HDPE piping has a longer life span in comparison to concrete piping
PLASTIC PIPING MORE SUSTAINABLE HDPE piping has a longer life span in comparison to concrete piping

Enhancing technical ‘excellence’ with new technology

22nd April 2016 Taking a bullish stance on commodity markets, global consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting are building on their solid performance through the current slump – fostering their discovery- driven culture through embracing technology and “youthful energy”. The company, having celebrated... 

MENTORING MAJOR DRIVE On-the-job training for the youth turns qualifications into valuable skills
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MENTORING MAJOR DRIVE On-the-job training for the youth turns qualifications into valuable skills

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

By: Bruce Montiea     20th May 2015 An optimised employee roster increases a mining operation’s productivity, reduces labour costs, satisfies employee and union needs, meets regulatory requirements and ensures a healthy workforce, says customised roster solutions provider Shiftwork Solutions Africa manager Andrew Harding. Harding... 

Efficient rosters help mines to maximise employee time

Consultancy enables miners to remain profitable

24th April 2015 Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies, while also dealing with challenges such as reducing project costs and adhering to strict environmental regulations. Consulting and process development company Hatch... 

MINERAL PROCESSING
Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies
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MINERAL PROCESSING Mines and mineral processing companies constantly have to find new ways of obtaining valuable metals from nearly depleted orebodies

Focus shifting to operational improvement

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Owing to ongoing commodity price pressure, many larger feasibility studies have been replaced by operational improvement and smaller opportunity assessment studies over the past few months, global consulting and technology company Deswik has found.  Deswik consulting manager John Buffington tells... 

DESIGNING FOR EFFICIENCY Deswik enables mines and exploration projects to make design changes and update their schedules immediately to effectively deal with operational challenges
DESIGNING FOR EFFICIENCY Deswik enables mines and exploration projects to make design changes and update their schedules immediately to effectively deal with operational challenges

Company helping mines to effectively identify mineable resources

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Geological consulting company Gemecs is assisting exploration companies and mines with the successful identification of potential mineable in situ resources using geological modelling, says company marketing director Nico Denner. He explains to Mining Weekly that Gemecs uses geological modelling... 

READY TO BE MINED
Gemecs uses geological modelling as basis for determining possible life-of-mine scenarios
READY TO BE MINED Gemecs uses geological modelling as basis for determining possible life-of-mine scenarios

Project feasibility study for Golpu under way

By: Bruce Montiea     24th April 2015 Project delivery and consulting services firm WorleyParsons started working on the feasibility study for the greenfield Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, last month. The project is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture (WGJV), one of three Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) entities, and... 

GOLPU PROJECT SITE
WorleyParsons has started work on the feasibility study for the Golpu gold mine project, in Papua New Guinea
GOLPU PROJECT SITE WorleyParsons has started work on the feasibility study for the Golpu gold mine project, in Papua New Guinea

Mozambique graphite project DFS awarded

24th April 2015 Global multidisciplinary engineering group DRA earlier this month announced that it has been appointed as the lead study manager for the definitive feasibility study (DFS) of Australian mineral exploration and resource management company Triton Minerals’ Triton Mozambique Graphite (TMG) project.... 

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,... 

BRINGING OUT THE COPPER Codelco is one of the global mining companies benefiting from Degrémont’s wastewater treatment services
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BRINGING OUT THE COPPER Codelco is one of the global mining companies benefiting from Degrémont’s wastewater treatment services

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... 

MOVING WITH THE TIMES
The ever-changing mining environment requires companies to constantly reinvent themselves
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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... 

ORCHESTRATING SURVIVAL 
Consuting engineers can assist mining companies in surviving difficult conditions by reviewing their plans and providing realistic advice
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,... 

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
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... 

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

DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis
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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  

DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk
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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. 

DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard
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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. 

DRA CEO Paul Thomson
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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 CEO Paul Thomson
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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... 

ALCHEMY SIGNING
Anglo American Platinum’s Alchemy initiative seeks to facilitate real and sustainable community development
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ALCHEMY SIGNING Anglo American Platinum’s Alchemy initiative seeks to facilitate real and sustainable community development
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