Archive for January, 2018

Engineering institute chooses 3D design tool

Ugraneftegaz Project, a Russian engineering design institute specialising in the oil and gas industry, has selected Intergraph Smart 3D software from Hexagon PPM to improve design integrity and interoperability between different engineering disciplines. Among the key reasons cited for choosing the software are its rule-based architecture combined with positive references from other design institutes in the […]

BIM courses see uptick on continent

The BIM Academy, a training partner to the BIM Institute, has reported an uptick in interest for its BIM courses, which it attributes to the need for professional leadership in African Building Information Modelling (BIM) rollout. In the past three months alone the academy has run the two-day course in Ethiopia, Mauritius, Johannesburg and most […]

Mechatronics a new trend in 2018

SEW Eurodrive has confirmed its presence at Bauma Conexpo Africa 2018, to be hosted at the Johannesburg Expo Centre between 13 and 16 March this year. According to national sales manager Norman Maleka, the event will allow the company to showcase its products and its competence. He says that, that while the market in general […]

Understanding natural gas and LNG options in Africa

The US Department of Energy recently published a handbook authored by a number of African contributors amongst others, which focuses on the benefits African countries can derive from the development of liquid natural gas (LNG) resources on the continent. LNG exports are poised to be an important catalyst for economic growth in African countries. Natural gas and […]

Intensive energy users welcome regulator’s decision

The Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has welcomed the decision made by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) on Eskom’s revenue application for the 2018/19 financial year 15 December 2017. Eskom funding model resulting in tariffs having to be increased exorbitantly to fund internal inefficiencies is outdated and unsustainable. It is hoped that by […]

Can Eskom avoid a financial death spiral?

The challenges Eskom is facing around governance, corruption and state capture are common cause, but it is unfortunately crowding out an even more serious structural problem, which speaks to the very viability of Eskom as a utility company. Cleaning up the company, improving efficiencies and restoring it to its former glory as an efficient operator […]

Lighting company appoints new country manager

Raja Moudgil has been appointed Philips Lighting Southern Africa’s country manager as of 1 October 2017. Moudgil was promoted to the position after much success in his previous role as national sales manager at Philips Lighting India. He replaces Reggie Nxumalo, who served as general manager for two and a half years. Moudgil has nearly 18 […]