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 challenged myself with these questions. Are we what South Africa needs and do we have what it takes to encourage the next generation of great engineers?

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About Drew Wilson


I have a passion for innovation, sustainability and making a difference in communities through Engineering... professionally registered as a PrEng & PrCPM with ECSA and SACPCMP respectively. In addition I am a Sustainable Transport Professional (STPα) with the Greenroads™ Organization and have a Masters in Engineering (Project Management) from the University of Pretoria. My dissertation was in Sustainable Construction. With 17 years related experience, my expertise includes leading large teams of construction professionals, planning, resourcing, managing and executing complex engineering projects. As husband and a proud father to two beautiful girls, my motivation is to leave the world a better place for my daughters by driving sustainability, innovation and creative leadership.