South African engineering excellence celebrated

August 15th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: PositionIT, Featured: EE Publishers, Featured: PositionIT

The Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and sponsor Aon hosted the 2019 Engineering Excellence Awards at the Vodacom Dome in Midrand, honour outstanding achievements in the industry.

Awards were handed out in the categories Lifetime Industry Achievement Award; Young Engineer of the Year; Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50-million; projects between R50-million and R250-million; and for projects with a value of over R250-million; Roads and Bridges Projects; Best International Project; Visionary Client of the Year; Small Company of the Year; Mentor of the Year; Business Excellence; Mentoring Company of the Year; Publisher of the Year; Job Shadow Initiative; and Branch of the Year.

The CESA Engineering Excellence 2019 winners.

The CESA Lifetime Industry Achievement Award was presented to Graham Burrows, a renowned specialist in water and sewer pump design and analysis, for his significant contribution to the upliftment of many lives, especially in rural communities.

Recognising young engineers contribution to the industry and to the future of the profession, CESA affords the Young engineer of the Year an opportunity to attend the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) Infrastructure Conference. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) sponsored this prize, which was awarded to Jeshika Ramchund, with Dr Tony Igboamalu receiving a commendation.

The award for Engineering Excellence for a project with a value greater than R250-million went to Aecom for their work on the Growthpoint New Lakeside Office in Centurion. Aurecon received a commendation for Discovery Place in Sandton, a joint venture with Growthpoint Properties and Zenprop Property Holdings.

The Engineering Excellence for a project with a value between R50-million and R250-million award was given to Aurecon for its Docklands Apartments in Cape Town, built for FWJK Developments. Commendations were awarded to Hatch for Rosslyn Brewery Co-Generation Plant in Pretoria for AB-Inbev; as well as to JG Afrika for construction of a new mechanised facility in Matroosfontein for the City of Cape Town.

The category for Engineering Excellence in a project with a value less than R50-million, was won by Aurecon for its Leliefontein pump-as-turbine station for Drakenstein Municipality in the Western Cape. The commendation went to Royal HaskoningDHV-SFC Engineers-Ndizani Civil Works joint venture for the Sani Pass Phase 2A structures on the Southern Drakensberg for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport.

The Best International Project category was awarded to Knight Piésold Consulting for its Azambi Hydropower Project in the DRC for Kibali Gold Mine, while the commendation went to SMEC for construction of Main Road 118 for the Namibian Roads Authority.

BVi Consulting Engineers won the Business Excellence category, and ADA Consulting Engineers was recognised as Small Company of the Year. Black Mountain Mining, a subsidiary of Vedanta Zinc International was awarded Visionary Client of the Year.

Due the large number of roads and bridges project entries this year, a special category was created. The winner in this category was SMEC for the Mount Edgecombe Interchange on the N2, Section 26 for The South African National Roads Agency. Royal HaskoningDHV was awarded a commendation for its Cornubia Boulevard Bridge over the N2 for eThekwini Municipality.

Knight Piésold Consulting won the Mentoring Company of the Year, while Kim Timm, from Aecom, was awarded the Mentor of the Year. Mariswe was the winner of the CESA Job Shadow Initiative with Knight Piésold as the first runner up and both Lekwa Consulting Engineers and Royal HaskoningDHV as second runners up.

In recognition of the role that the media plays in the industry, Creamer Media received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Trade Publications and Independent Media publishers of Business Report received recognition for Publishing Excellence: Daily Newspapers.

Contact Bonolo Nkgodi, CESA,

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