Construction

In Conversation with PrEng Jeshika Ramchund

In Conversation with PrEng Jeshika Ramchund

In this interview with The HardHat Professional, Project Lead Engineer Jeshika Ramchund (JR) talks about her career journey as a consultant engineer in the construction and built environment industry. [rml_read_more] THHP: Briefly tell us about your background. JR: I am currently a Lead Engineer in the Developments division at Bosch Projects, in Durban, South Africa. I am a professional engineer, ... »

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

7 Career Lessons That Double as Amazing Life Advice

After all, work and life aren’t all that separate from one another. Many of the lessons you learn from your job can shape your personal life, and vice versa. [rml_read_more] Below are seven career articles that double as good life advice—because yes, you should love what you do for eight hours of your day, but you should also love the life you live in the rest of those hours. There’s No Such Thing... »

The importance of off-site construction

The importance of off-site construction

It’s been proven that prefabrication can lower accident rates, reduce construction time by 30%, and material costs by 20%. So why is it that offsite manufacture of building services elements is not being fully utilised by companies? In this article, we discuss the importance of prefabrication and the many benefits that it brings.[rml_read_more] Prefabrication enables you to add value to low-intrin... »

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

How Can We Achieve Collaboration in Civil Engineering?

With collaboration at the heart of any successful project, it is an area we as an industry do have to constantly develop and refine to deliver the best results. [rml_read_more] The Need for Effective Collaboration in Civil Engineering The importance of collaboration in civil engineering lays in the different groups involved in a project. These have evolved from a simple client/consultant/contracto... »

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with new devices and products being introduced daily to help enhance the workplace. It could be argued that the construction industry has been slow in bringing this in and is yet to undergo a major transformation.[rml_read_more] Firms now find themselves in a difficult position as they compete to an international completion and having to deal with more compl... »

3 Ways Engineering Job Seekers Can Make Great First Impressions

3 Ways Engineering Job Seekers Can Make Great First Impressions

First impressions are critical when it comes to landing a good engineering job. [rml_read_more] Making the wrong first impression could result in you getting disqualified from a job interview and never getting the opportunity to work at your dream company. All because you made a wrong first impression; especially if you didn’t know, at the time, that you’re making wrong impressions. In this articl... »

11 Civil Engineering Projects That Might Define the Future

11 Civil Engineering Projects That Might Define the Future

Civil engineering has, since time immemorial, pushed the envelope of current thinking and technological know-how of the time. This hasn’t changed today, but the rate of change and demand for the development of ever more sophisticated, new and emerging technology has.[rml_read_more] The following 11 projects are great examples of this and some of them might even become the de facto standard o... »

10 Ways Construction Executives Can Drive Technology

10 Ways Construction Executives Can Drive Technology

Technology is making business smarter, more efficient and innovative. In the construction industry, technology is a game changer, allowing contractors to deliver projects on time and reduce rework. With more millennials entering leadership in the industry, technology adoption may be inevitable.[rml_read_more] Growth in construction technology during the last five years has been exponential. In con... »

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 ... »

Accelerating late-stage construction: Mastering the sprint finish

Accelerating late-stage construction: Mastering the sprint finish

Major projects in late stages of construction face unique challenges that can drive substantial delays and cost blowouts. But it doesn’t have to be this way.[rml_read_more] Major construction projects are, on average, delivered one year behind schedule and 30 per cent over budget. On many large industrial projects, high levels of complexity create productivity bottlenecks that can slow work to a c... »