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Collaboration Results in Better Project Outcomes

Collaboration Results in Better Project Outcomes

For years, construction has had extremely low productivity growth compared to other industries. Fragmentation within the industry is often cited as the primary cause of this. While other industries have been incentivized by the economies of scale they could realize by putting together large teams and sophisticated processes, such economies have been rarer in the construction industry because each ... »

Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Possible cause for the partial dam wall collapse at the Benoni CBD

Being asked to diagnose concrete failure from photographs is an inexact science but is a growing tendency. Over lunch today Thami challenged me to write an article on the dam failure at Benoni when all I had to go on are the photographs he posted on the website. »

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Shifting focus: What makes good Engineers great

Who are the civil engineers who will impact the most meaningful social, environmental, economic and sustainable change in South Africa? What’s the difference between a good engineer and a great one? Surrounded by so many respected built environment professionals at the recent inauguration of Brian Downie as the newest President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), I chall... »

Ten things I hate in construction

Ten things I hate in construction

Writer and construction management consultant with 30 years’ experience, Paul Netscher, shares his dislikes in the construction industry. »

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

Is the South African Construction Industry Affected by Modern Slavery?

South Africa’s construction industry is lagging in the implementation of anti-slavery laws.  Most countries like the UK, Australia, Canada and the US have made modern slavery into law. The question is: how deep is our construction industry affected by modern slavery? »