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. The field of construction engineering and management addresses all aspects of project development. From a client/owner or consultant’s side, engineering managers need to understand the financial aspects, risks, contracts, procurement strategies as well as aspects of constructability, safety and quality for successful implementation and maintenance of infrastructure projects.

Similarly, contractors are starting to play a leadership role in the project delivery process. Project leaders are expected to be well trained professional engineers, also competent in terms of legislation, procurement practice and project feasibility. International changes in the project delivery field indicate a marked shift necessitating the professionalisation of the construction industry. Engineers in general have a high work ethic and projects teams are able to deliver increasingly competitive and technically innovative projects. Engineering qualifications with sound scientific and engineering content remains imperative, but needs to be enhanced by softer skills and project leadership.

The courses and research address these aspects for improving the industry. Although it participates in the curriculum of the final year of under graduate studies in civil engineering, the focus is on the post graduate programme. Courses offered in the post graduate programme are a compilation of modules from the Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering and other departments at Stellenbosch University. Course topics are structured to provide for technical and management skills to be developed amongst all participants in the project cycle. In order to maintain close collaboration with industry, and to support continuous professional development, industry participants are able to attend modules of the post graduate curriculum.

For specific research topics currently available, contact the Head of Division, Mr Chris Jurgens.

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.

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


International Proceedings

KOTZE DJ, WIUM JA. Structural design constructability verification using BIM. IABSE 2019, New York, USA, IABSE 2019: 1574-1579.


Journal Articles

LOUW W, WIUM JA, STEYN H, GEVERS WR. The megaproject sponsor as leader. South African Journal of Industrial Engineering 2018; 29(3):173-187.

OKONKWO PN, WIUM JA. Impact of discounted professional fees on the risk exposure of civil and structural engineering services consultants in South Africa. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering 2018; 60(1):10-20.

International Proceedings

JURGENS CJ, MATCHETT RN. Communication: Megaprojects’ biggest risk that no-one is talking about. 40th IABSE Symposium NANTES 2018, Nantes, France, Mediatheque Nantes-Saint-Nazaire 2018: 1-8.

JURGENS CJ, WIUM JA, LABUSCHAGNE J. Bridging the gap between 1st world innovation and 3rd world implementation. 40th IABSE Symposium, Nantes, France, Mediatheque Nantes-Saint-Nazaire 2018: 1-7.

LOUW W, STEYN H, GEVERS WR, WIUM JA. The Executive sponsor as key factor in Megaproject success – An Exploratory Study. 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT 2018 Conference), Birmingham, United Kingdom, Aston University 2018: 1-21.

PODGES TM, WIUM JA. A decision model for the investment in technology to reduce concrete rework. 40th IABSE Symposium, Nantes, France, Mediatheque Nantes-Saint-Nazaire 2018: 1-8.

National Proceedings

JURGENS CJ, VOLKMANN JF. Retrofitting existing structures with green roofs to combat the Urban Heat Island effect. Association of schools of construction of Southern Africa, Penhill Estate, South Africa, Association of schools of construction of Southern Africa 2018: 12.


International Proceedings

WIUM JA, MOSTERT LH. Considering constructability in precast construction. IABSE Symposium Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future, Vancouver, Canada, IABSE c/o ETH Hönggerberg 2017: 994-1001.