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Our AF Consulting Team

Meet our Team of Specialist Engineers

We have a dedicated team of designers, draftsman, engineers and consultants.

We work with many of the South Africa’s best architects and visionary client teams, providing the specialized skills needed, and helping achieve architect and client ambitions. This means working closely with the whole project team in the search for effective, appropriate solutions.

We use different and selective rendering programmes to assist with three-dimensional computer models improve collaboration and decision-making, enable easy trialing of design variations and multi-user working, eliminate repetitive amendments, enable clash detection between disciplines, allow real-time scheduling, and provide accurate cost and quantity estimates.

 

We value team organisation and learning through projects

Our engineers are highly experienced in the design of Structural & Civil systems for residential projects such as high specification villas and multidisciplinary housing accommodation, and for large commercial developments such as shopping centres and hotels — where we combine sensitivity to the requirements of individual users with those of building management.

Our Team

Allen Fiford

Director & Consulting Structural Engineer

Allen has been in the structural engineering industry for over 15 years. He started as a Junior draftsman and worked towards design management in a very short period of time. His focus and attention to detail is outstanding and provides a very direct driven approach. Whilst venturing into the world of structural engineering he soon found an interest as a trainee engineer and has progressed ever since towards higher qualifications in becoming a competent professional in his field of practice. He is now in a Structural Consulting Engineering Position as head of design and director of AF Consulting Engineers and Associates. Allen has an energetic and focused approach to tasks and treats teamwork as his only asset in managing and leading projects through difficult conditions. One of his goals is to always try to do things right the first time and enjoys doing them with passion and commitment, value in this process is very important. He provides project management, engineering and consultancy services to a higher level.

Experiences to date include engineering roles on a variety of large-scale multidisciplinary construction projects in both the public and private sectors. He has successfully completed over 300 projects that have sustainably put him in a leading market in what he does as a Competent Professional.

Qualifications:

  • Specialist in RIB & BLOCK Design
  • Professional Project Management
  • Senior Structural Engineering Design Draftsman
  • Professional Competency Certificate – Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT)
  • Advanced Diploma Structural Engineering – Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT)
  • Currently busy with Bachelor of Science to obtain Engineering Degree – Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT)

DJ Govender

Senior Structural Design Draftsman

DJ has obtained a Project Management certificate from Damelin which has assisted him in the field of construction, whereby he displays his achievements in experience that aids his benefit as a team player.

DJ shows a skill like non other, he has a focused mined and charges his energy for drafting in providing effective designs that meet specified requirements for each of the appointed projects we do in a timeless manner. He uses computer-aided design (CAD) software to create blueprints and drawings that satisfy our project needs, analyze drawings, and modify existing designs to current specifications and requirements.

He is a team player and he is very committed in getting the work complete, which assures our comfort in knowing that our clients are well serviced.

DJ has worked in the steel industry for over 7 years, where he has developed a know-how and skill through knowledge for steel structures that over exceeds expectations.

He started at AF Consulting to further develop his knowledge in the structural engineering field and would like to further his studies to later becoming a Structural Engineer.

Westlee King

Junior (Trainee) Draftsman

Westee is the latest addition to the AF Consulting Team, he has been given the opportunity to develop himself as a person to learn a technical skill in becoming a fully trained structural draftsman, He is new to the industry and is motivated in building his knowledge under intense training which will provide him with experience that will offer him the ability to perform excellently in all areas related to the projects we are involved in.

Paul de Fin

Civil Engineer

Paul de Fin obtained B Tech degree in Civil Engineering in 2000 and has been registered with the engineering council of South Africa since 2006. Paul has been actively involved with the design, supervision and construction of civil and structural engineering projects for over 15 years.

Paul is a Civil engineer who services the Civil engineering sector for AF Consulting, his main responsibilities are to formulate outline scheme reports for water, sewer and storm water for submission to various municipalities for rezoning and subdivision purposes including the certifying of Flood Lines of the 1:50 and 1:100 yearly interval as defined in Section 144 of the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998).

Paul has extensive experience in the design of civil works including bulk earthworks, roads, attenuation dams, large water/sewer networks, small bridge/culvert structures.

Together we have undertaken the design and supervision of more than 200 residential homes and are registered with the NHBRC. We have also successfully completed numerous steel portal structures.

Peter Erasmus

Structural Engineering advisor – Affiliated with Aspire Consulting

He is a structural advisor, mentor and associate to the AF Consulting Team, whereby he provides knowledgeable information based on highly acquired engineering principals for structural design, covering all aspects of structures.

Mr. Erasmus is proficient in the structural engineering field and He provides Structural Engineering services to a Variety of building structures ranging from luxury houses, cluster developments to industrial and commercial buildings. He has successfully completed more than 200 projects in the past 14 years.

Mr. Erasmus started his career in 1970 as a trainee Structural Engineering Designer-Detailer with the Consulting Engineering practice of Hill Kaplan Scott and Partners (now Arcus Gibb) at their head office in Cape Town. After serving a 7 year pupillage, Mr.Erasmus worked in the practice for a further 9 years and became responsible for the design, detailing and supervision of a variety of reinforced concrete structures, most notably of these, the new building for Wynberg BoysHigh School, a 6 storey “Lettere en Wysbegeerte” building at the University of Stellenbosch,and the new Muir College in Uitenhage. In the latter part of his time with the firm, Mr. Erasmus underwent Project Management Training, and his role in the practice was extended to that of Principal Agent responsible for industrial building projects. The firm established a Hydraulics department in the late 70’s and Mr. Erasmus was responsible for the structural design and detailing of the spillway to the Sandile Dam in the Ciskei. Mr. Erasmus joined Reinforcing Steel Contractors (RSC) a division of Murray & Roberts in 1988. In 1989 he was appointed as the Site Manager for the construction of the onshore Refinery at Mossgas.

Mr. Erasmus led the site team, a Joint Venture between Murray & Roberts, Grinaker Construction and LTA Construction where he was later appointed to the Board of RSC Holdings and held the position of Managing Director at RSC (Natal) and Freyssinet in Johannesburg. Mr Erasmus Left the M&R Group in 2000 and since then has been practising as a Structural Engineering Consultant where he has extensive design expertise in the media of Reinforced Concrete, Structural Steel and Structural Timber.

Erasmus is often called on to provide forensic engineering reports on structural defects and failures, and has been appointed as an expert witness in several construction cases. Mr. Erasmus is regularly called upon to provide assessments of the condition of a wide variety of structures.

Zaid Kola

Concrete Suspended Rib and Block Specialist

In Association with AF Consulting Engineers, Zaid Kola has been involved in the Rib & Block slab industry for more than 14 Years. In his field of expertise, his hunger in this sector is motivated by providing his clients with the expert advice they require when it comes to informed decision making. His capability in becoming a Leading player in the Pre-cast suspended slab industry is highly noticeable. Zaid is very interested in providing cost effective, energy efficient slab applications that contribute to the building regulations and methods of today’s building requirements.

Zaid presents his motivation through the vision of AF Consulting engineers who helps him motivate the designs, develop engineering works and provides a good track record on all related projects we are involved in.

Zaid would like to see our vision in presenting him in becoming a leading rib and block slab supplier in the market. As a valued and associated team member he has huge potential in the services he provides, he also provides a wide range of concrete products through strong affiliated concrete manufacturing companies.

Together as a Professional Team we specialize in structural suspended RIB & Block slab components, in our association we handle the engineering design, supply and installation of Rib & Block Slab Systems. This high demand of successful, innovative design offers versatility for apertures, irregular shapes which can also accommodate for down lighters. Furthermore, precast concrete hollow block slabs exhibit excellent structural integrity, improves sound and heat insulation. It also allows for a high quality plastered soffit finish.

Krish Thaver

Associated Partner and Director – Canton Building & Civils

CANTON BUILDING & CIVILS is managed by Mr Krish Thaver who heads up our Durban branch and is committed to making a difference to the built and construction environment, he provides a knowledgeable insight to developing projects and drives his energy to developing structures to the most cost effective solutions.

AF Consulting Engineers (Allen Fiford) & Canton Building & Civil’s (Krish Thaver) got into contact several years back, in their early days of construction theory, they have worked together on different large scale multi-disciplinary projects, In the years to follow they have built up a close partnership and trusted relationship, in which they have continued to grow.

Over the years they have mastered a trusted and successful relationship together, the association has seen them grow and has allowed them privilege in getting multi million rand projects awarded to them.

Our Primary Goal is to provide Quality Services to its clients through a timeous delivery within budget and the maintenance of appropriate standards.
Through its growth in and around Durban and the Johannesburg area, Krish has provided employment opportunities to a number of previously disadvantaged individuals and has an extensive client base from private to trusted public sectors.

  • Both companies offer a wide range of specialized services in the built and natural environment including:
  • Turnkey solutions for conventional building methods including high density multistory buildings construction
  • Construction of office blocks, commercial & industrial buildings & shopping centres are part of our service offerings
  • Site preparation, earthworks & civil
  • Alternate constuction of houses by providing building materials in Readykit form
  • Skills development in constuction of homes in alternative forms
  • Provision of Readykits for the building of schools, ablution blocks, creches and community halls

Abdul Mussa Suamade Jnr

Technical Civil Engineer

Abdul Mussa graduated in 2015 from the Higher Polytechnic University Institute (ISPU) which is based in Maputo. He has 4 Years of Professional working experience.

Abdul Mussa also heads up our offices in Mozambique, we have developed a strong association in the country whereby branching out has extend our development to provide professional, fast reacting and quality services without having long distant communication delays. He also provides a knowledgeable insight to the development of projects in Mozambique.

Abdul Mussa has embarked on a journey whereby he has taken a serious leap of faith, traveling back and forth. He has a set focus in challenging himself to broaden his horizons both locally and nationwide.  He has taken the responsibility to lay his path in becoming a focused Professional of being an associated member and representative of the company. He has a very strong will and once applied, he will move mountains.

Something Abdul Mussa strives for, is the excitement of what Civil engineers create and what engineers stand for, He stands strong in believing to improve and protect the environment in which we live. He is focused of how they plan, design and oversee construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure, such as roads, railways, airports, bridges, harbours, dams, irrigation projects, power plants, and water and sewerage systems. Everything that pertains to a challenge is set out to be his playground.

In the office skills his ability to work with Software Development in the design office,  He uses computer-aided design (CAD) software, CypeCAD, ArchiCAD,  to create Visual 2D Layouts and 3D models.

He has a set of skills that shows a demonstrated history of working in the civil engineering industry.

AF Consulting Engineers & Associates believes in the relationships we build on a daily basis and people are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference which project we get involved in, a company is only as good as the people it keeps, so we strongly believe in providing the best possible advice to ensure that the information required from us is timeously provided.

 

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