Construction Engineering and Management

Construction engineering and management is concerned with management in all areas of infrastructure development, including the client, consultant and the contractor. At Stellenbosch University it deals with large projects and the research focuses on modular construction, construction risk management, design management and infrastructure management.

The construction industry needs creative and innovative graduates who can solve problems and exercise leadership.
At Stellenbosch University the Chair for Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) prepares professionals for the planning, implementation and maintenance of multi-disciplinary engineering projects such as infrastructure, industrial, process, power and building projects. The Chair stimulates innovation and creative thinking, whilst promoting best management practice for the successful implementation of major capital works.

The CEM academic programme supports the leadership pipeline at various levels through its delivery of practical, industry-related courses and post-graduate research work.
Under-graduate students are introduced to the construction industry and its challenges, as well as the concepts of construction management and engineering economy.
In addition, the Chair ensures the longevity of the Construction Management Programme: an intensive, four week middle-management programme for professionals with 10-20 years’ working experience.


Overview of Construction Engineering and Management
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Programme structure
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Course content overview
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Course Schedule 2016
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Research at the Chair in Construction Engineering and Management
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The Construction Management Programme (CMP)
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Overview

The post graduate programme in construction engineering and management aims to prepare students with technical and management skills necessary for careers in the field of construction, operation and/or maintenance of the built environment for the development of infrastructure.

DIRECTOR: Louis de Villiers Roodt
Contact details
Phone : +27 (0)21 808-4079
Email: ldvroodt@sun.ac.za)

General Information
Ms. Alett Slabbert
Phone: +27 (0)21 808 4131
Fax: +27(0) 86 581 5756
Office: S310A
Email: alett@sun.ac.za)

Postal address
University of Stellenbosch
Department of Civil Engineering
Private Bag X1
7602
MATIELAND
South Africa

2016

JURGENS CJ. iPM: The Evolution of Project Management. Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment,19th IABSE Congress, Zurich, Swaziland, IABSE 2016: 531-536.
JURGENS CJ. Creating Ownership & Value in Civil Engineering Education. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Somerset West, South Africa, 0 2016: 1-2.
MALHERBE JS, WIUM JA. An economic evaluation methodology to compare the use of self-compacting concrete with normal compacting concrete. Concrete Beton 2016; Number 146:22-29.
PIEK PJ, WIUM JAIdentification of relevant parameters for choosing an appropriate method of concrete construction. Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment,19th IABSE Congress, Zurich, Switzerland, IABSE 2016: 2050-2057.
RENS JP, WIUM JA. An Interactive Construction Deployment Planning Model for the SKA Project. Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment,19th IABSE Congress, Zurich, Switzerland, Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment 2016: 559-567.
STRASHEIM JAVB, WIUM JA. Financial Management Curricula for the Construction Management Programme. The Tenth Built Environment Conference, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa 2016: 74-90.
SCHREUDER JM, WIUM JA. The Aspect of Labour in Hybrid and In-situ Concrete Construction in South Africa. 9th CIDB Postgraduate Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town 2016: 436-445.
SCHREUDER, J-HM, WIUM, JA. The aspect of labour in hybrid and in-situ concrete construction in South Africa. 9th cidb Postgraduate Conference, February 2-4, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa.
WIUM JA. Trends in construction engineering and management. 9th cidb Postgraduate Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town 2016: vii.
WIUM, JA. Trends in Construction Engineering and Management. Keynote presentation. 9th cidb Postgraduate Conference, February 2-4, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa

2015
De la Harpe CHW, Wium JA. A procedure for prioritizing seismic risk reduction of load bearing masonry structures. In: IABSE Conference Geneva 2015. Structural Engineering: providing solutions to global challenges. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. ISBN 978-3-85748-140-6.

Smallwood JJ, Wium, JA. Mass and Density of Materials: Civil Engineering Students’ Knowledge and Perceptions. 6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and the Affiliated Conferences, AHFE 2015. Las Vegas.

Jurgens C, Wium JA. The Future Engineer: a Structural Architect? . In: IABSE Conference Geneva 2015. Structural Engineering : providing solutions to global challenges. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. ISBN 978-3-85748-140-6

2014

BARNARDO-VILOEN C, MENSAH KK, RETIEF JV, WIUM JA, VAN ZIJL GPAG. Background to the Draft SA National Standard for the design of water retaining structures. Concrete Beton 2014; • (138) : 10-19.|
KLINGENBERG WG, WIUM JA. The GCC 2010 as a modern construction contract and the impact of alterations to clauses. The Eighth Built Environment Conference, Coastlands Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa, School of Construction Economics and Management 2014: 410-421.
NEFF MM, WIUM JA. The Secondary impact of variation orders on construction projects: a qualitative analysis. The Eighth Built Environment Conference, Coastlands Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa, Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa 2014: 261-273.
KRIEL JJ, WIUM JA. A Process to assist technology investment decisions in construction: a case study on labour productivity. 8th CIDB Postrgraduate Conference, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, School of Construction Economics and Management 2014: 67-83.
KUO V, WIUM JA. The management of constructability knowledge in the building industry through lessons learnt programmes. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering 2014; 56(1) : 20-27.
SOLOMONS , WIUM JA. Investigating the impact of site activities and conditions on concrete quality between in-situ precast construction methods. 8th CIDB Postrgraduate Conference, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, School of Construction Economics and Management 2014: 385-392.
WIUM JA, RETIEF JV, VILOEN C. Lessons from Development of Design standards in South Africa. 37th ABSE Symposium, Madrid, Madrid,Spain, ABSE 2014: 860-861.

2013

DE KLERK D, WIUM JA. Precast Concrete Construction of Schools In South Africa, Concrete Beton Journal, 135, December 2013.
KUO V, WIUM JA. Knowledge sharing and constructability in structural design. The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa, CRC Press/Balkema 2013: 1801-1806.
VAN DER MERWE J, WIUM JA. Rocking shear wall foundations in regions of moderate seismicity.Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering 2013; 55(3) : 47-56.
WIUM JA, SIMUSHI SSJ. The Paradox of time and cost overruns: A review of Literature in Developing Countries. The Seventh Built Environment Conference, Cape Town, Belmont Square, Rondebosch, South Africa, Association of School of Construction in South Africa 2013: 36-44.
WIUM JA. Achieving constructability in structural design for building structures. Long Span Bridges and Roofs – Development, Design and Implementation, ITC Sonar Kolkata, Kolkata, India, IABSE 2013: 376-377.
WIUM JA. The role of structural engineers in poverty reduction. Long span Bridges and Roof – Development, Design and Implementation, ITC Sonar Kolkata, Kolkata, India, IABSE 2013: 84-92.

2012

LE ROUX RC, WIUM JA. Assessment of the behaviour factor for the seismic design of reinforced concrete structural walls according to SANS 10160-Part 4.Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering 2012; 54(1) : 69-80.
NEL CJ, WIUM JA. A formal program to deliver experienced civil engineering professionals. 8th Asia Pacific Structural Engineering & Construction Conference (APSEC 2012), University Technology Malasyia, Surabaya, Indonesia, UTM 2012: 208-213.

Modular Construction:

2011, “Increasing the utilization of hybrid concrete construction in South Africa”, By: Rojean Hanekom

2011, “Decision making between Hybrid and In-situ Concrete Construction in South Africa”, By: Adele Lombard

2015, “Modelling of temperatures during construction of mass concrete dam walls”, By: Vicci Schoeman

2014, “A comparison of construction quality between precast and in-situ concrete projects”, By: Wesley Solomons

2013, “An investigation into the feasibility of using modular shipping containers as low cost housing alternative”, By: Antoni Botes

2014, “Investigation into typical connections in precast construction in South Africa”, By: Louwrens Mostert

2014, “Maintenance management system for concrete water reservoirs”, By: Paul Duvenhage

2014, “Precast construction: An investigation to determine the difference between time and cost for in-situ and precast construction. “, By: Philip Piek

2015, “A comparative study of labour requirements between in-situ and pre-cast concrete construction”, By: Jan-Hendrik Schreuder

Infrastructure Asset Management:

2011, “Project management requirements for housing developments”, By: Robert Vosloo

2013, “A training programme towards engineering management in the public sector”, By: Coenie Nel

2015, “The Effect of Variation Orders on project Cost and Schedule Overruns”, By: Wouter Smith

2013, “Creating a sustainable environment for infrastructure delivery”, By: Elouise Le Roux

2014, “Criteria for low cost modular housing modular housing. “, By: Petrus Theart

2015, “A payment mechanism to determine payment for imported bitumen”, By: Christiaan Hanekom

2015, “Self-compacting concrete versus normal compacting concrete: A techno-economic analysis”,  By: Janus Malherbe

2012, “Irrigation Infrastructure asset Management Plan for Limpopo Department of Agriculture”, By: Tino Dube

2014, “A literature review of the impact traffic accommodation has on socioeconomic factors present in road construction projects”, By: Andre Jacobs

Construction Risk Management:

2013, “Secondary impact of change in construction”, By: Melany Neff

2013, “Design for safety”, By: Bernard Vermeulen

2013, “The development of pavement technology over the last three decades”, By: Riaan Stander

2013, “Shortcomings in the General Conditions of Contract when dealing with contractor’s risk”, By: Wolfram Klingenberg

2013, “A Comparison of the NEC3 and GCC 2010 forms of contract and their application within the Municipal Environment”, By: Conrad Frehse

2014, “Risk assessment of low cost medium density housing in Cape Town under seismic effects (etc…),”, By: Charlie De la Harpe

2014, “A comparison between the Dutch standard contract and NEC and their applications”, By: Marijn van den Berg

2015, “Narrowing the gap between the Engineers’ Estimate and the contractors Tender Estimate”, By: Neil Cocks

2015, “Application of the NEC3 as a form of contract for provincial road projects in the Western Cape”, By: Pieter Kleynhans

2015, “Fire risk: A study into the parameters which play a role in fire safety of structures in informal settlements. “, By: Ali Moradi

2014, “Risks faced by consultants”, By: Patrick Okonkwo

2015, “Risk Management in Water Supply for South African Municipalities”, By: Emile Klopper

2015, “A Risk Management Model for Civil Engineering Consultants”, By: Johan De Beer

Design Management:

2014, “A study on BIM and the teaching requirements for South African engineering faculties “, By: Mahsa Tabesh

2014, “A study into the application of technology and community participation in management of bridge infrastructure.”, By: Placide Nsabimana
2015, “Development of a roll out strategy for infrastructure of the SKA project “, By: JP Rens

Other:
2013, “Development of a procedure to evaluate the benefits of new technology in construction management processes”, By: Jean-Jacques Kriel
2015, “The Influence of Communication on Project Performance”, By: Richard Matchett

Current full time research topics at the Stellenbosch Chair in Construction Engineering and Management:

Bernard Delport (MEng):
-Investigation into aspects of safety in construction for a comparison between precast construction and in-situ construction

Petro van der Walt (MEng):
– Mitigation of urban heat island effect through retrofitting – An analysis of the change in microclimate due to the distribution of green roofs within an urbanised area, through physical and virtual modelling.

Alisia Rautenbach (MEng):
– Evaluation of modern formwork systems for constructing lift shafts in high-rise buildings.

Craig Goldswain (MEng):
– BIM as a tool for quantifying the impact of change on labour productivity.

Jean-Claude Labuschagne (MEng):
– Hydrostatic formwork pressure exerted by self-compacting concrete in the South African construction environment

Moses Malinda (MEng):
– Quality of project documentation by consultants as a major risk source in infrastructure projects in South Africa.

Tian Podges (MEng):
– Investigating the application of technology to monitor quality and programme on projects distributed over a large geographical area.

Patrick Okonkwo (PhD):
– Safety management effort versus safety performance among construction contractors in South Africa.

Sitwala Simushi (PhD):
– An integrated model for managing large projects.

Construction Engineering and Management

Research Topics

Research topics 2017+

    1. Hybrid Concrete Construction (prefabrication plus in-situ)
      • Design and fabrication standards for hybrid concrete construction
      • Application of hybrid concrete construction for accelerated infrastructure delivery
      • Behavior of connections in hybrid concrete construction under seismic loads

 

    1. Construction Risk :
      • Risks for South African consultants on design-build projects
      • Investigate the aims of the NEC form of contract and how it relates to the realization of these in the South African industry – Collaborative risk management techniques
      • Risk based tendering methods

 

    1. Infrastructure Asset Management
      • Community involvement in IAM
      • IAM through a systems engineering approach
      • Optimizing the asset portfolios of State Owned Enterprises
      • Feasibility of a rapid transit system between Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Helderberg

 

    1. Design management and large projects
      • A study on the failure of large projects : Compilation of project data (case studies) and a synthesis on lessons learned
      • Management of megaprojects towards improved Project Delivery
      • Identification of constructability parameters

 

    1. Management & Modern Technology
      • Investigate how modern technology may be used to assist in improving project execution (e.g. BIM packages)
      • Building Information Models and constructability verification (see safety verification)
      • Remote monitoring of Construction Quality
      • Modern Communication systems and their impact on Projects Management
      • The future of Project Management & its methodologies
      • Ranking tasks towards improved Project Management
      • An evaluation of traditional Project Management methodologies for modern engineering projects

 

  1. Social, Environmental & Sustainability studies
    • Investigate the socio-economic impact of Green Roofs in South Africa
    • Development of a risk management strategy to ensure that SA is ready for climate change
    • Corporate Social Investment towards improving the Construction Industry

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Term Dates 2017

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Latest Events

Advanced Geotechnics 811 – June 26, 2017

Construction Management programme 811 – June 11, 2017

Applied Geo mechanics – July 10, 2017

Sewer Systems – July 24, 2017

Intelligent Transport Systems 811 – August 14, 2017

Introduction to Port Engineering – August 14, 2017

Financial and Economic Management (Block 1) – August 23, 2017

Project Leadership and the Environment (Block 1) – August 23, 2017

Advanced Structural Concrete Design 811 – August 28, 2017

Stormwater Hydraulics – August 28, 2017