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Consulting Engineers

Power crisis and resources remain focal points in industry

25th April 2008 Consulting engineering and project management company Read, Swatman and Voigt (RSV) believes that the two major focal points in the mining industry at present are the power crisis and resources. 

Engineering company offering clients turnkey solutions

25th April 2008 In response to the increasing demand for a full spectrum turnkey contract service, mine ventilation and refrigeration specialists Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) have launched a new company under the BBE umbrella. The new company, which will be called BBE Projects, will focus specifically on... 

MDM Engineering achieves safety milestone at Ezulwini

25th April 2008 Minerals processing, engineering and project management company, MDM Engineering, announced at the end of February that the company has achieved 500 000 lost time incident free (LTIF) man-hours at its Ezulwini project site. 

New in-house design and management function now in full swing

25th April 2008 Multidisciplinary construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA Mining Contracting’s new project design and management facility, introduced in 2007 as part of the Mining Engineering Division, is now in full production. 

Saace addresses industry challenges

25th April 2008 President of the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) Felix Fongoqa, gave the opening address at the Professional Services Procurement Indaba that was held during February. The theme for the indaba was, working smarter to address supply side challenges and eliminate... 

Lucrative future winking at mining consultancy

By: Fatima Gabru     25th April 2008 The project pipeline of mining-focused engineering project house TWP Consulting has grown some R20-billion, from R50-billion to R70-billion, since its listing on the JSE last November. 

African boom for consultancy firm

By: Fatima Gabru     25th April 2008 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is turning out to be an area of great potential for consulting engineering company, SRK Consulting. 

Skills crisis challenging engineers

By: Fatima Gabru     25th April 2008 The 10% electricity cutback on mines and the current power-shortage South Africa is experiencing is forcing all South Africans to place a real value on commodities like electricity and other resources says the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace), CEO Graham Pirie. 

Sparkling prospects for consultancy firm

25th April 2008 Local mining consultancy firm, Ukwazi, has been awarded a number of new projects during 2008 for global resources company BHP Billiton, Nkomati Joint Venture, Kumba Iron Ore and various other mining companies. 

DRA makes inroads into mining industry

25th April 2008 The mining division of specialist engineering company DRA South Africa has recently completed a feasibility study for a large platinum producer and another for a chrome producer encompassing mine design, scheduling, engineering services, infrastructure, and the processing plant. The feasibility... 

Local consulting engineers attract global attention

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th April 2007 South African consulting engineers and project management firm Read, Swatman & Voigt (RSV) tells Engineering News that its specialised knowledge of the mining sector and of project management applied to mining projects, is what differentiates it from its competitors. 

Consulting engineer sees social development as key to service

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th April 2007 The social economic development (SED) services offered by Bigen Africa Consulting Engineers is what sets it apart from other consulting firms, Bigen Africa director Dirk Kleingeld tells Mining Weekly. 

Outsourcing noncore processes proves advantageous

27th April 2007 As waste management, water treatment and air pollution control processes become increasingly complex managers have some difficult decisions to make, says local company Thuthuka Group. Among these decisions is whether to continue to manage their own waste disposal, treat their own water or clean... 

Employee safety key to contractor management

27th April 2007 Contractors are part of any large-scale, mining chemical or industrial complex. They are involved in many aspects of mining operations such as maintenance, construction, commissioning, demolition, materials/waste handling and inspections. 

Platinum miner extends Marikana contract

27th April 2007 Aquarius Platinum�s Marikana platinum mine has extended its trial mining contract, originally awarded in 2005, with Murray & Roberts Cementation at its No 1 Shaft and newly planned No 2 Shaft. The estimated annual revenue from the project is R45-million and the project will, at steady state,... 

Mining proves a mainstay for global consulting company

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th April 2007 Offering a wide range of specialist services, South African founded SRK Consulting (SRK) has grown to become a global entity, with almost 75% of its business focused on the mining industry. 

Consulting firm values independent ownership

By: Shannon de Ryhove     27th April 2007 Local mining industry consultants Ukwazi tells Mining Weekly that independent ownership and the technical tools applied to mining consultancy are prerequisites to valuable mining consulting. 

Specialised water pipeline system design offered

27th April 2007 The current global demand for services in all sectors of the mining industry has resulted in a shortage of skilled professionals in the mining and minerals consulting sector. Retaining staff is a major challenge, and to do so companies need to offer their staff a challenging and fullfilling work... 

Skills dearth toll

27th April 2007 The results of the biannual South African Association of Consulting Engineer�s (SAACE) management information survey for the period June to December 2006 recently released, indicates that investment growth in the construction industry has exceeded economic growth for 19 consecutive quarters. 

SA breakthrough brings greater safety to openpit mining

28th April 2006 Greater safety and optimum production from openpit mining operations is assured following the development in South Africa of a unique risk model for opepit slope design. 

Skills dearth and declining research a major challenge

By: Mischa Drotsky     28th April 2006 SRK Consulting chairperson Peter Terbrugge tells Mining Weekly that the global skills dearth is one of the main challenges facing the consulting engineering profession today. 

Shortage of skilled engineers can be overcome

By: Mischa Drotsky     28th April 2006 The CEO of mining and minerals consulting engineering company TWP, Nigel Townshend, tells Mining Weekly that intensive staff training and sophisticated computer-based process and quality systems can help overcome the shortage of qualified and experienced engineers.Townshend states that the global... 

A ‘bottom-up’ approach used to beat skills challenge

By: khalid patel     28th April 2006 “Severe skills shortages are a growing global concern,” says Snowden Mining Consultants group manager – mining, Rick Stroud, who emphasises the need for more qualified and available engineers and operators. 

Firm at the forefront of tailings disposal

By: khalid patel     28th April 2006 Knight Pi 

Business booming despite dwindling engineer numbers

By: khalid patel     28th April 2006 Despite a global skill shortage in experienced and qualified engineers, appearing most “concentrated in South Africa”, Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) director Richard Gundersen states business is excellent. 

In-house project financing is the answer

28th April 2006 “Project financing can be challenging, particularly when you want to finance projects of between ?R5-million and R100-million,” says Thuthuka group limited financial director Etienne Meyer. 

Consulting firms upbeat despite challenges – study

By: khalid patel     28th April 2006 “Firms are extremely positive about the future for the industry, as confidence levels (weighted) are running at close to 100%”, this is the view expressed by the management information survey (MIS) carried out by the South African Association of Consulting Engineers (Saace) for July... 

MOU to create one voice for construction industry

28th April 2006 A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between four major construction industry bodies was signed at a ceremony in Midrand, in January this year. 

ECTV reaches more than 600 engineers

28th April 2006 At the end of March, Engineering and Construction TV (ECTV), operated by Life Long Learning Solutions (LLLS), had over 600 subscribed viewers after only two broadcasts. 

Firm wins contract at new anthracite mine

28th April 2006 Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B & A group, has been appointed by Tendele Coal Mining as consulting engineer for the bulk earthworks and civil infrastructure services necessary for the new greenfields ?anthracite-mine at Somkele, 30 km west of Mtubatuba, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Skills dearth will ultimately restrict consulting industry

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 Since the discovery of diamonds and gold in the late 19th century, the mining sector has always been the backbone of the South African economy and further to that, consulting engineers have ensured the continual advancement and continuity of the South African mining industry. 

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