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February 12, 2018

MICROSCOPIC LENS: INWARD FOCUS ON SELF-LEADERSHIP

in The Construction Shrink

by Charissa Bloomberg

A few days into the second month of 2018 has got me thinking about a topic that has been on my mind for a while now. I would like to share it with you HardHat Professionals. While others have made resolutions for this year (and hopefully not skipping on them…
February 12, 2018

THROW IN SOME FUN WHEN PRESENTING YOUR TECHNICAL REPORT

in Nuts and Bolts

by Elaine Matchett

Good grief! The first week of February is already gone! As with every year, I am alarmed at how fast the days flick by. Which got me thinking about time... Our topic for today. Time is both an objective and a subject thing. We use it to measure scientifically and…
February 12, 2018

IS ENOUGH BEING DONE TO ENSURE SUCCESSFUL DELIVERY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS?

in Industry News

by The HardHat Professional

The InfraCompass Report analysed 49 countries on their performance with regards to 6 Key Drivers Of Successful Planning And Delivery Of Infrastructure Projects. The countries analysed account for just over 90% of global GDP and slightly less than 75% of global population. Approximately two-thirds of the countries are classified by…
February 09, 2018

THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR HAS BEEN SLOW TO ADOPT DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

in HardHat Facts

by The HardHat Professional

Builders have traditionally been at the forefront of innovation. Each generation of structures, from ancient pyramids to 20th-century skyscrapers, arises from more-sophisticated construction techniques. However, over the past 20 years, the industry has fallen behind companies in other sectors; companies ranging from government to manufacturing have significantly reduced costs and…
February 08, 2018

6 KEY DRIVERS OF SUCCESSFUL PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

in Industry News

by The HardHat Professional

Infrastructure, delivered right, promotes economic growth and lifts communities out of poverty. But often, infrastructure projects fail to deliver their full potential because they are stymied by weak governance or regulatory structures, lost in bureaucratic density, or poorly planned. The infrastructure challenge has been discussed at length, but with very…
February 06, 2018

IS DISCRIMINATION HURTING YOUR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT?

in Career Tips

by Paul Netscher

Construction projects employ people from diverse cultures and educational and economic backgrounds. Working in this environment can be challenging, but interesting. It's easy to pigeonhole people according to who they are, or where they come from. "They are from x country so they must be bricklayers". "He comes from z…
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January 31, 2018

COLOURS ARE ALWAYS A CODE

I’ve been working on a design project for the past few weeks and I have had lots of occasions to think about how we use colour, shape and imagery to express ideas. Sometimes we see things in reports that just plain ugly, whilst other times we see things that are…
January 30, 2018

DON’T LET HISTORY DICTATE YOUR FUTURE CONSTRUCTION METHODS

We are shaped by the way we were brought up, what our parents taught us and what we learned from our teachers and mentors. Many people are shaped by the history of their country, and some even bear scars and hate because of it. History can teach us many good…
January 29, 2018

CARILLION: ANY LESSONS FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

The recent collapse of Carillion a British multinational facilities management and construction company which operated in the UK, Canada and Middle East is generating risks and opportunities that will have ripple effect across the construction industry in the countries it operated in. RISKS Carillion’s collapse holds clear risks, not only…
January 24, 2018

DAY ZERO – A WORLD TITLE THE CITY OF CAPE DOES NOT WANT

Day Zero is the day the dams that supply the City of Cape Town will be at a crucial low. This crucial low means that dam storage will be at 13.5%. On this day the City will turn off most taps, leaving only vital services with access to water. Unless…
January 24, 2018

HOW HARDHAT PROFESSIONALS SHOULD ANSWER, “WHAT IS YOUR WEAKNESS?” DURING JOB INTERVIEWS

When Hardhat Professionals look for jobs, a big part of the preparation is for the job interview. Once the CV is already placed, the next thing to be bothered about is which questions the hiring manager would ask you. Because your answers could make or break your chances of getting…
January 23, 2018

ASSET RECYCLING STRATEGY: A SOLUTION TO CLOSING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT GAPS?

Short political cycles, short-term investment horizons, a lack of viable financing structures, inappropriate risk assessment frameworks and a lack of long-term vision mean that much-needed investment does not flow to infrastructure and development. This results in a US$1 trillion annual shortfall in infrastructure alone. According to the WEF report titled…
January 22, 2018

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS IN THE CAPE TOWN WATER CRISIS?

Sander Zweers a Business Development Manager from Royal Haskoning DHV was quoted in a recent article saying societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. He further notes that the WEF considers a water crisis one of the three highest…
January 19, 2018

PLANNING CONTENT TAKES LONGER THAN YOU THINK

Happy 2018 to you! Can you believe that it’s already the third week of January? Time certainly does fly when you are having fun! Since my last post, I have been busily working away on an exciting project for a client in the chemical industry. It has been good for…
January 18, 2018

AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS OWN SEVEN OUT OF EVERY 10 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE CONTINENT

According to the 2017 African Construction Trends Report African Governments own the largest share of large scale construction projects i.e. projects valued at $50m and above. Governments owns 72.9% of these projects followed by Private Domestic firms that own 12.5%. Firms domiciled in the United States own seven of these…
January 17, 2018

BEFORE 2018 BECOME TOO HECTIC CONSIDER THESE 4 THINGS

Wow, what happened to 2017? It seems just the other day that we started 2017, now it’s all gone. How was 2017 for you? For some it was a disaster, many were disappointed, most it was ok, and a few had a terrific 2017. What will 2018 bring for you?…