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Consulting Engineers

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. 

Consulting firm expands into Africa

29th April 2005 South African consulting engineering practice UWP Consulting was established in 1972 and is recognised as one of the leading civil engineering consultancies in South Africa. 

Consulting engineering trends in a changing environment

29th April 2005 It is not just in South Africa that consulting engineers are experiencing drastic changes.? 

Incompetency results in poor maintenance standards

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The South African Occupational Health and Safety Act claims to have some of the highest standards in the world but this has recently been undermined by the fact that the construction regulations of 2003 are reportedly not being adhered to by the mining industry. 

Five-year town-maintenance contract awarded to joint venture

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The multidisciplinary consultancy firm Africon, in joint venture with the Southern African Contracting Services (SACS), was awarded a contract for the outsourced town maintenance for Oranjemund, Namibia, in 2001. 

New modelling software for conveyor systems

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The single-source multidisciplinary design and project construction management company 

Construction under way at R2,1bn platinum development

By: Jade Davenport     29th April 2005 The strong rand is putting immense strain on the South African mining sector and, as a result, many new projects have been put on hold until the rand:dollar exchange rate weakens. 

Project engineer boasts of a good Amandelbult track record

By: andrew lanham     21st May 2004 Few project engineers can boast eighteen years of collaboration with one mine. 

Marula plant commissioned

30th April 2004 Construction work on the Marula platinum group metals (PGM) concentrator was completed in December 2003 and hot commissioning of the plant finalised at the end of March. ? 

Alliancing is the model for the C-Cut

By: andrea marais     30th April 2004 Partnering, collaboration and innovation are the guidelines implemented by Hatch Africa as it sets off into a new venture – the Centenary-cut (C-cut) project. 

Strong safety programme being implemented on platinum project

By: andrea marais     30th April 2004 Not only is Hatch associated with effectiveness and completing projects on time, it is also known to have a strong philosophy regarding safety. 

Engineering no longer a career of choice

By: andrea marais     30th April 2004 Engineering is no longer the career of choice for many. 

Consultant argues for broad-based empowerment

By: andrea marais     30th April 2004 Although the mining industry is faced with many challenges and disquietude, SRK Consulting, a South African-founded global group of consulting engineers and scientists, remains positive. 

Consulting firm moves into mine infrastructure development

30th April 2004 Established in 1922, Jeffares & Green (J&G) is one of the oldest consulting engineering firms in South Africa, and in recent years it has become more involved in mine infrastructure projects, with the mining project in Tanzania being the most comprehensive so far.? 

N$399m Namibian diamond project commissioned by May

30th April 2004 The Elizabeth Bay Liberation project had invested around N$77-million into Namibia at the end of February this year and commissioning is scheduled for May of this year. 

Highest-ever gabion wall built at Marikana mine

By: Deborah Spicer     30th April 2004 A 21-metre vertical gabion wall – the highest ever built in South Africa – is a unique feature of the infrastructure at Marikana platinum mine. 

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