Construction

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

Is an Electronic Signature Legally Binding?

The infrastructure industry is ever evolving and reinventing itself with the rise of technology. The commercial environment has shifted into a new digital era. This digital era demands instant results. Role-players in the construction sector are often expected to conclude contracts and orders from a ‘mobile’ office via e-mail. »

Infrastructure Lessons from China

Infrastructure Lessons from China

For China, infrastructure has facilitated economic development, and vice-versa. What can Africa learn from the important role of infrastructure in China’s economic development? Yao Guimei, a researcher on Africa studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, shows how Chinese infrastructure reform has helped boost economic growth and helped it lift more than 800 million people out of poverty. ... »

How to Stabilise a Project in Distress

How to Stabilise a Project in Distress

After establishing new leadership and creating a recovery strategy, teams may take months to stabilise a large project in distress. Consider the case of a turnaround at a large refinery. The project leader had a detailed recovery plan that required extensive groundwork. One major goal involved restructuring the engineering, procurement, and construction-management teams, as well as the owner’s tea... »

Are You Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Are You Ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution?

The World Economic Forum has recognised that we are approaching the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Just like the previous three, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will mark a significant change in the way we work. »

In Conversation with Senior Structural Engineer Bridgette Kerst

In Conversation with Senior Structural Engineer Bridgette Kerst

The HardHat Professional talked with senior structural engineer Bridgette Kerst about her career trajectory and being a successful female civil engineer. THHP: Briefly tell us about your background, your current position, your responsibilities, and your qualifications. BK:  I am an Associate and Senior Structural Engineer in the Industrial Projects team at ARUP, where I manage multi-disciplinary p... »