Extract from Creamer Media article on the Engineering News website:
2016 engineering awards offer glimpse into South African profession’s excellence
Creamer Media’s Engineering News was among the organisations and individuals recognised at the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, hosted by Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and Aon South Africa in Gauteng on Wednesday night.
Engineering News received recognition for Publishing Excellence in the Daily News category, while Civil Engineering Contractor received recognition in the Trade Publication category.
However, the event was, as the name suggests, mostly a showcase of outstanding achievements in the engineering industry, highlighting not only excellence in large and small projects, but also young talent and the efforts of experienced engineers in mentoring the next generation.
“Given the pivotal role that CESA members have in the South African society and economy, these awards are about thanking all the participants for the role [they] play in our country’s growth,” said Aon South Africa CEO Terence Williams.
He added that the winning projects proved that South Africa still had a lot to deliver and offer its citizenry and that realising the potential of the country would continue to require the excellence that the consulting engineering industry has to offered.
“Clearly an enormous responsibility lies upon your shoulders as the consulting engineers in South Africa but, by the same token, to deliver on these responsibilities, consulting engineers have to operate in a secure, risk-managed environment. It’s our role at Aon South Africa to facilitate that environment and to ensure that you have a professional and qualified team on your side, every step of the way,” noted Williams.
Awards were handed out in various categories, including Engineering Excellence for projects with a value of less than R50-million, projects between R50-million and R250-million and projects with a value of over R250-million.
Other categories included Best International Project, Visionary Client of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Business Excellence, Mentoring Company of the Year, Young Engineer of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Job Shadow Initiative, and Branch of the Year.
- Braamhoek Consultants Joint Venture, Royal HaskoningDHVand Knight Piesold took first place in the Engineering Excellence category for projects with a value greater than R250-million for Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage scheme. This multibillion-rand project is located between Ladysmith and Harrismith in the Little Drakensberg and has a generating capacity of 1 332 MW. A milestone was achieved this year when the scheme started generating power.
- Zitholele Consultingwas awarded a commendation in this category for the Driefontein Waste Water Treatment Works.
- The winner in the Young Engineer of the Year category was Dr Gabrielle Wojtowitz from Aurecon, while Louis de Waal from Bosch Holdings was awarded a commendation. To promote the consulting engineering industry among young professionals, CESA recognises the contribution young engineers make to the industry and to the future of the profession. The winner in this category is afforded an opportunity to attend the Federation of Consulting Engineers International Infrastructure
- Airports Company South Africa sponsored this year’s Young Engineer of the Year award.
- The category of Engineering Excellence for projects with a value less than R50 million, was won by Royal HaskoningDHV for the National Department of Science and Technology/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre Cleanroom Facility. HHO Consulting received a commendation.
- MPA took first prize in the category of Engineering Excellence for projectswith a value between R50-million and R250-million for the R103 provincial road P4-1 between Van Dyk road and Diana road in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. MPA successfully upgraded this single road to a dual carriageway. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport reports that the project has expanded the strategic public transport
- Royal Haskoning DHV received a commendation for the refurbishment of Condale substation, as well as Mott MacDonald for the Bellville waste management facility.
- Bigen Africa was the winner in the Business Excellence category. This privately owned project-based group of companies specialises in infrastructure and has the vision of creating long-term development impact within the African economies and communities in which it operates.
- In the Best International Projectcategory, sponsored by the Built Environment Professionals Export Council (BEPC), the winner was Aurecon Botswana for the Kusane Kazungula village sanitation project, while Bosch Projects received a commendation for the Nakambala product alignment and refinery.
- Bigen Africawas also named the Mentoring Company of the Year, sponsored by Bosch Holdings. Bigen, which highlights human capital as its biggest asset, designed and implemented strategies that align business objectives with individual expectations of career success.
- CESA recognised Nevin Rajasakran from Zitholele Consultingas the Mentor of the Year. In an effort to promote mentorship of young engineers, the association celebrates the contribution mentors make to the industry and to the future of the profession. With 18 years of experience, Rajasakran has personally mentored three candidate engineers over 15 years. His culminating achievement was to mentor and guide his three mentees to manage teams on some of the country’s major power
- Growthpoint Properties was recognised as the market leader in implementing ‘best practices’ for sustainable operational efficiency and ‘green’ features in its 470 properties, being named the Visionary Client of the Year.
- Royal HaskoningDHVwas the winner of the CESA Job Shadow Initiative, while UWP and Nako Iliso were runners-up.
- CESA’s Cape Townbranch was named Branch of the Year.