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Knight Piésold was founded by Dr. F.E. Kanthack in 1921 as a sole consulting engineering practice. This practice in South Africa began our progress toward the vibrant, continually evolving company we are today. We now operate from 27 offices in 15 countries across five core industries: mining, power, water resources, infrastructure, and oil and gas.

Through organic growth for 100 years, we have expanded our geographic reach, increased to an 850-strong team, and formed a multidisciplinary approach to support full-cycle project development for our clients around the world.

We have stayed true to our roots and are proud of our stability and longevity.

1920–1939


1921

The company was founded on April 1, 1921 in Johannesburg, South Africa by Dr. Francis Edgar Kanthack, C.M.G., M.I.C.E, D.Sc. (Eng). Dr. Kanthack already had a distinguished career in the service of three governments (British, Indian, and South African), ending up as the Director of Irrigation for the Union of South Africa, a post he held from 1911 to 1920. At the age of 49, he decided to set up as a consulting engineer, operating as a sole practitioner as F.E. Kanthack. Early clients included South African Railways, Victoria Falls Power Company, Electricity Supply Commission (ESCOM now called Eskom), Anglo American Corporation, Industrial Steel Corporation, various municipalities, and other industrial and mining companies.

1937

TC (Tom) Watermeyer became a partner and the company became FE Kanthack and Partners. The principal areas of expertise were in water resources, natural draught cooling towers, thermal power stations, and hydroelectric power stations in Southern Africa.

1920–1939
1940–1959

1940–1959


1949

GHH (Hugh) Legge joined the partnership where he strengthened structural design and power station construction expertise.

1950

Dr. Kanthack retired at the age of 78. TC Watermeyer assumed the running of the company and was faced with the challenge of post-war staffing problems and the expansion of municipal and ESCOM thermal power stations in Southern Africa.

1952

DDA (David) Piésold joined the partnership with special responsibilities for the newly established Central African Federation (Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland). Projects in Central Africa included hydroelectric developments at Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River and at Nkula Falls on the Shire River, the outflow from Lake Malawi.

1957

Dr. HLB (Hans) Uhlmann joined the partnership with special expertise in the structural and thermo-dynamic design of natural draught cooling towers.

1960–1979


1964

The partnership changed its name to Watermeyer, Legge, Piésold, and Uhlmann (WLPU).

1965

The Harare (then Salisbury) office moved to London, and later Ashford, Kent in the UK to continue work in the newly independent African countries of Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Malawi, and later in Kenya.

1972

RB (Bruce) Knight, who had originally worked for the company in Rhodesia and moved to Canada in 1964 to work on the Mica Dam, established a WLPU office in Sydney, Australia.

1975

Bruce Knight established Knight & Piésold Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada. The name was changed to Knight Piésold Ltd. in 1992, and an office was later opened in North Bay in 1994.

1960–1979
1980–1989

1980–1989


1982

Knight Piésold (Pty) Ltd. (Botswana) was established in Gaborone, Botswana following an appointment as the civil engineering consultant for the Morupule A Project in 1979.

1984

The UK partnership changed its name to WLPU Consultants.

1985

Knight Piésold & Co. was established in Denver, USA. Offices were later opened in Elko in 1989 and Tucson in 2007.

1990–1999


1990

David Piésold and Bruce Knight retired and the name "Knight Piésold" was adopted by all operating companies except South Africa, which changed its name in 1995. A Global Operating Committee was established to coordinate operating companies and partnerships in South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, UK, Australia, Canada, USA, and Malaysia.

1993

Knight Piésold S.A. was established in Santiago, Chile.

1994

Knight Piésold Consultores S.A. was established in Lima, Peru. An office was later opened in Arequipa in 2010.

1996

Knight Piésold Ghana Ltd. was established in Accra, Ghana.

1999

All operating companies were consolidated under Knight Piésold Holdings International Limited (KPHIL) in 1999. The exceptions were Knight Piésold Ghana, which became a part of KPHIL in 2000, and Knight Piésold UK, which was acquired by the Scott Wilson Group in 2002.

1990–1999
2000–2009

2000–2009


2005

Knight Piésold Argentina Consultores S.A. was established in San Juan, Argentina. An office was later opened in Mendoza, which became Knight Piésold Argentina’s headquarters.

2008

Knight Piésold Consulting (Pty) Ltd. was established in Windhoek, Namibia. Offices were later opened in Ondangwa in 2009, extending Knight Piésold Namibia’s reach in the country’s northern region.

Knight Piésold Australia opened an office in Brisbane to serve the growing resources industry in Queensland.

2010–2019


2010

The Cape Town office in South Africa, which operated as Kayad Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd. since 1993, merged with Knight Piésold South Africa in 2010.

2013

Knight Piésold re-established in the UK as Knight Piésold Limited with an office in London, focusing in the mining industry and on exploring opportunities in the construction and energy industries in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, and North Africa.

2014

Knight Piésold Zambia Ltd. was established in Lusaka, Zambia in 2013. An office in Kitwe, known as Scott Wilson Piésold, was acquired from URS Corporation (now AECOM) in 2014. The Scott Wilson Group acquired the Zambian interest of Knight Piésold UK in the early 2000s and operated the Kitwe office as Scott Wilson Piésold. URS Corporation subsequently purchased Scott Wilson Piésold.

2017

Knight Piésold Argentina opened a third office in Neuquén to serve clients in the oil and gas industry.

2019

Knight Piésold Consulting DRC SARL was established in 2015 as a registered company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An office in Lubumbashi was officially launched in 2019.

Knight Piésold Consultoria Ltda. was established in Brazil in 2014 and an office was formally opened in Belo Horizonte in 2019.

2010–2019