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Consulting Engineers News

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. 

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
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TWP founder Nigel Townshend

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. 

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. 

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... 

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 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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Deep-level mining safety important – contractor

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 Global mining contractor and engineering firm Redpath Mining tells Mining Weekly that safety is a pivotal factor in deep-level mining and it becomes even more significant amid the ongoing challenges that exist as a result of mines having to dig deeper for minerals. 

Vertical-drop system mitigates underground mining challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th April 2013 Explosives and initiating systems supplier AEL Mining Services says the company aims to target the African market with its vertical-drop emulsion delivery system this year. 

African mining facing huge shortage of engineering skills

29th March 2013 The mining sector’s increasing reliance on third-party consultants, owing to the lack of experienced mechanical and electrical engineers, is neither ideal nor sustainable, says independent consulting firm SRK Consulting principal consultant Steve Owen. “When we look back at how the mining... 

Database software and 3D modelling key drivers in exploration industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th January 2013 Measuring the effectiveness of geological exploration and looking for trends that will lead to improved exploration success are key drivers for continued investment in the exploration industry. 

Dutch polder model can assist with South Africa’s labour issues

By: Sashnee Moodley     25th January 2013 Mine services supplier Hencon Vacuum Technologies states that it is increasing the safety and efficiency of its technologies, resulting in reduced operational expenditure, by engineering local client-specific solutions to tackle current mining industry cost challenges, states Hencon Handling GM... 

Private investment in resources lifts Canadian construction sector

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2013 Advisory firm BTY Group said it expects significant private sector investment in resources and ongoing infrastructure spending to keep construction workloads steady with minimal price increases this year. BTY Group's yearly ‘Market Intelligence Report’ on construction costs across Canada has... 

Bolivia mining exports seen falling 20% 

By: Joachim Bamrud     21st December 2012 Bolivia’s mining exports will likely decline by 20% this year, partly as a result of reduced private investments amidst regulatory uncertainty, experts say. “The value of Bolivian mining exports will probably fall around 20% in 2012,” says Henry Oporto, a leading expert on Bolivian mining and... 

Tier 1 EPCM service provider discusses role beyond Amplats projects

By: Samantha Herbst     14th December 2012 Despite Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) operating in a challenging climate, owing to weak platinum demand and wage disputes this year, there has been sustained engagement between Amplats and engineering project house TWP, says TWP CEO Digby Glover. He says being selected in 2010 as one of Anglo... 

Industry stalwart predicts impact of US shale gas revolution on Africa 

By: Samantha Herbst     30th November 2012 With one multibillion-dollar gas export terminal under construction in the US, veteran consulting engineer and industry stalwart John Bewsey predicts a worldwide drop in gas prices in the next three to five years, as an increasing number of companies file for export permits. 

Chinese minerals trading house sets up in Joburg

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2012 The trading arm of diversified Chinese mining house China Nonferrous Metal Mining (CNMC) officially opened an office in Johannesburg on Friday – a move that the company believes will deepen trade ties between Africa and China. CNMC International Trade South Africa is a subsidiary of CNMC... 

Demand for rehabilitation skills from opencast coal miners

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th October 2012 South Africa’s coal industry has increased its appetite for rehabilitation services to ensure compliance with environmental legislation, says mining consultancy VBKom Consulting Engineers, which is undertaking a rehabilitation planning and scheduling project for an opencast operation in... 

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

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