Sindy Peters
Biomimicry and the future of utilities

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[Sindy Peters] Claire Janisch, founder of Biomimicry South Africa, took to the podium at this year's African Utility Week to share how biomimicry could influence the future of utilities...

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Sindy Peters
Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?

Could Antarctic icebergs be the solution to Cape Town's water crisis?[Sindy Peters] The extensive drought in SA has brought to the fore many a creative solution...

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Neil Cameron
Smart building data makes business sense

Smart building data makes business sense[Neil Cameron] Buildings have become so much more than brick, mortar and glass...

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Andy Walker
Cape Town's 'green' map reveals water usage per household

Cape Town's 'green' map reveals water usage per household[Andy Walker] The City of Cape Town has this week made spying on friends, family or even neighbours' water usage habits even easier...

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Richard Vries
#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times

#BizTrends2018: Engineering sector - remaining competitive in tough times[Richard Vries] South African companies face an embattled business environment...

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Dorah Modise
#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa

#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa[Dorah Modise] The impact of buildings and construction on the environment is astounding...

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Ian Massey
#BizTrends2018: The skills shortage in the construction industry and what we need to do about it

#BizTrends2018: The skills shortage in the construction industry and what we need to do about it
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[Ian Massey] We don't need to be told that we live in a divided society. According to informed observers, ours is one of the most economically polarised societies in the world...

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Larry Feinberg
#BizTrends2018: Building and construction trends from a quantity surveyor perspective

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[Larry Feinberg] The built environment is often thought of in terms of only its visible results: buildings, roads, bridges, dams, and so on. A group of lesser-known construction professionals...

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Siyabonga Mbanjwa
#BizTrends2018: Interest in energy, water infrastructure to intensify in 2018

#BizTrends2018: Interest in energy, water infrastructure to intensify in 2018[Siyabonga Mbanjwa] Energy is one of the sectors of our economy most closely watched by local and international investors...

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Tommy Strydom
#BizTrends2018: Construction industry to improve technology use and safety

#BizTrends2018: Construction industry to improve technology use and safety
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[Tommy Strydom] Although the construction industry in South Africa is facing a downturn in the economy, it remains an important industry because it fulfils a major role in economic growth and infrastructure development...

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Louis Cottle
#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms

#BizTrends2018: Accessible and emerging developments for small architectural firms[Louis Cottle] Photogrammetry, cloud sharing, remote cloud collaboration, laser scanners, 3D printers, capacitive styluses, augmented and virtual reality design tools with immersive presentations, visual programming, building information modelling, parametric design...

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Lesley Squires
#BizTrends2018: A brave new world for South African stainless steel manufacturers

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[Lesley Squires] Here are some of the 'hot spots' in the local stainless steel sector over the next year...

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Alison Groves
#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

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[Alison Groves] According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

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Hanlie Turner
#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new

#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new[Hanlie Turner] Traditionally the domain of a serious set of older engineers, cement / concrete technology and civil engineering are currently undergoing a slow but steady transition...

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Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times

Shipping containers and commercial property - a sign of the times
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[Leon Breytenbach] The development of shipping containers in the 1950s transformed the face of the transport industry...

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Sindy Peters
#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources
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[Sindy Peters] There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location...

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Riaan Graham
What does the future African city look like?

What does the future African city look like?
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[Riaan Graham] What does the future African city look like? How do we identify the impact and trends resulting from urbanisation? What new regulation and governance models are needed?

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Sindy Peters
#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities

#GBCSA2017: The potential for buildings to become mini utilities[Sindy Peters] The future of large public utilities, such as Eskom, is uncertain...

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Siyabonga Mbanjwa
Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?

Does South Africa's renewable energy plan signify progress or regression?[Siyabonga Mbanjwa] The energy industry breathed a huge sigh of relief recently when energy minister Mmamoloko Kubayi announced that power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy from bid windows 3.5 and 4 will be signed by the end of October 2017...

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Sindy Peters
#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource

#GBCSA2017: Rubble is a resource[Sindy Peters] One cubic metre of concrete has a carbon footprint of 350kg of CO2, making this staple material in the construction industry one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases in the world...

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