August 1, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold had a strong presence at the 85th Annual Meeting of International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD). Dam engineering specialists from our Vancouver and Rivonia offices connected and shared insights with international colleagues, from contributing technical papers to participating in Technical Committees.
Knight Piésold Argentina Receives Certification for Quality, Environment, and Occupational Health and Safety
July 18, 2017, Mendoza, Argentina – Knight Piésold Argentina is proud to announce that it has recently received certification for its Integrated Management System (IMS), according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 standards, from the Instituto Argentino de Normalización y Certificación (IRAM).
Knight Piésold has Multifaceted Presence at 2017 HydroVision International Conference
July 6, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold had a multifaceted presence at this year’s HydroVision International, held on June 27-30 in Denver, CO, USA. Knight Piésold exhibited at the tradeshow floor and hydropower specialists from our Vancouver and Denver offices participated at the conference, from chairing sessions and acting as panelists to delivering presentations on award-winning projects.
Knight Piésold Canada Presents a Case Study on Water Temperature Modelling at the CSCE Annual Conference
June 13, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada presented a paper titled “Deterministic Lake and Stream Temperature Modelling: Maintaining Optimal Water Temperatures for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout through Informed Design” at the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Annual Conference, which took place in Vancouver, BC on May 31 to June 3, 2017.
Knight Piésold South Africa Hosts Future Engineers for CESA Job Shadow Day
June 5, 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold South Africa hosted more than 40 grades 9 to 11 students at its Durban, Cape Town, and Rivonia offices for the annual Engineering Job Shadowing Initiative. Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) and its Young Professionals Forum invited engineering consultants to partake in this initiative and celebrate with them, on May 2 to July 31, for 10 years of unearthing the country’s future engineers.
Knight Piésold Peru Names Francisco Garcia as Environmental Manager
June 2, 2017, Lima, Peru – Knight Piésold Peru has appointed Francisco García as its new environmental manager. Francisco stepped into the role to succeed Claudia Sandoval, who has assumed new responsibilities on the client-side. Francisco, an environmental engineer, has thirteen years of experience in environmental management for the mining, power, and transportation industries.
Knight Piésold USA Appoints Paul Ridlen as New President
May 23, 2017, Denver, CO, USA – Knight Piésold USA announces the appointment of Paul Ridlen as president of Knight Piesold and Co., effective January 1, 2018. Paul will succeed Tom Kerr, who will remain with Knight Piésold in a position that uses his expertise to focus on projects and clients. Paul is working closely with Tom through the end of the year to ensure a seamless transition.
Knight Piésold Recognized with Award of Merit for the Box Canyon Hydroelectric Project
April 11, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold received an Award of Merit in the Energy and Industry category, for its work on the Box Canyon Hydroelectric Project, at the 28th Awards for Engineering Excellence. The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) recognized the innovation and technical excellence of member firms at the awards gala, held on April 8, 2017, at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.
Knight Piésold Brazil Boosts Technical Expertise with Addition of Octavio Vilas
March 27, 2017, Paracatu, Brazil – Knight Piésold Brazil is pleased to welcome Octavio Vilas Boas Machado Filho as its new senior executive project manager. He brings 35 years of experience and technical expertise to the growing team in Brazil.
Octavio is experienced in various types of dams, foundations, retaining structures, waste and tailings piles, radioactive waste disposal systems, and mine waste disposal systems.
Knight Piésold Chile Receives Bronze Certification for Joint Committee on Hygiene and Safety
January 17, 2017, Santiago, Chile – The Joint Committee on Hygiene and Safety—a vital part of Knight Piésold Chile’s occupational health and safety system—has received certification from the Mutual de Seguridad CChC in November 2016. Founded in 1966, the Mutual de Seguridad CChC provides protection against occupational hazards and labor accidents and focuses on fostering a culture of safety and healthy living in Chilean communities.
Sam Mottram Receives 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Clean Energy BC
November 21, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Sam Mottram received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Clean Energy BC Awards, held on November 7th during the GENERATE 2016 conference in Vancouver. Mottram, managing principal of power services at Knight Piésold Canada, accepted the award from Clean Energy BC’s Colleen Giroux-Schmidt, chair of the board of directors, and Paul Kariya, executive director, who described his impact on the renewable energy industry.
Knight Piésold's Bokamoso Project Fosters Future for Aspiring Engineers
November 14, 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – Education lies at the very core of community and social development in South Africa. The true success of this rests not only in financial support, but also in the ability to address specific circumstances of students. Bokamoso, Knight Piésold South Africa’s corporate social investment project meaning “the future,” provides a customised programme that truly makes a difference in the education sphere.
Knight Piésold Wins Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence
October 28, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada won an Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy category for the Capilano Break Head Tank and Energy Recovery Facility (BHT & ERF). Specialist Hydromechanical Engineer Rob Adams received the award at the 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards gala on October 25th, at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.
Knight Piésold Ghana Appoints Jeffrey Coffin as New Regional Manager
September 12, 2016, Accra, Ghana – Knight Piésold announces the appointment of Jeffrey Coffin as the new Regional Manager of Knight Piésold Ghana, effective January 1, 2017. He will succeed Regional Manager Trent Collins, who will complete his three-year commitment to manage the company, focusing on driving the company’s next phase of growth in Ghana and neighboring West African countries.
Knight Piésold Chile Welcomes Mario Lazo as New Regional Manager
July 18, 2016, Santiago, Chile – Knight Piésold announces the appointment of Regional Manager Mario Lazo for Knight Piésold Chile. “It is an exciting time for Knight Piésold as we welcome our new regional manager,” said André Nieuwenhuizen, Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of the Knight Piésold Group. “Mario is a strong, highly experienced leader and will take the Chilean practice to great heights of success moving forward.”
Knight Piésold UK Appoints Richard Elmer as New Regional Manager
July 11, 2016, London, UK – Knight Piésold is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Elmer as the new Regional Manager of Knight Piésold UK. Richard, previously the Head of Mining, will be leading the UK practice, focusing on driving Knight Piésold’s footprint in the mining industry and exploring opportunities in the energy industry in Europe, Central Asia, and North Africa.
June 27, 2016 – This year marks Knight Piésold’s 95th anniversary since being established in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1921 as a specialist in water resources, hydropower, natural draught cooling towers, and thermal power stations.
Knight Piésold has grown from a one-person engineering consultancy into a global network of companies in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North and South America.
May 26, 2016, Windhoek, Namibia – On Friday, May 13, a group of roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dam specialists and dam engineers from various countries visited the Neckartal Dam site as part of a pre-conference technical tour arranged for the 84th ICOLD Annual Meeting and Symposium, which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 15-20, 2016.
April 26, 2016, Denver, CO, USA – Knight Piésold’s Denver office has recently partnered with Urban Peak, a program that supports young people ages 15-24 who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless in the Denver metropolitan area and Colorado Springs. Through street outreach, education and employment programs, supportive housing, and other services, Urban Peak aims to assist youth in becoming self-sufficient and living a successful life off the streets.
Knight Piésold Receives Award of Merit for the Capilano Energy Recovery Facility
April 15, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada was honoured with an Award of Merit in the Energy and Industry category for the Capilano Energy Recovery Facility. The award was presented at the annual Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala on April 9, 2016 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Connect with Knight Piésold at PDAC 2016 Convention
March 4, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – The PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange, the world’s leading convention for mineral exploration, will kick off this Sunday, March 6 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Knight Piésold Adopts Multi-Use Trail in the North Shore Mountains of British Columbia
March 5, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold’s Vancouver office has sponsored a trail on the North Shore of the Lower Mainland through the Trail Adoption Plan (TAP) of the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA). This multi-use trail on Fromme Mountain, called D’yer Mak’er, completes an uphill access route on the North Shore mountains.
Knight Piésold Trains Hydrology Staff of Namibia's Department of Water Affairs on Reading Floods in Ephemeral Rivers
March 3, 2016, Windhoek, Namibia – Following the start of this year’s rainy season and intense rain storms, Principal Engineer Gert Cloete of Knight Piésold’s Windhoek office provided field training to the hydrology staff of the Department of Water Affairs (Water Affairs), of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The training included post-flood surveying to determine flood peak discharge rates.
Knight Piésold Presents a Case Study on Building a Renewable Legacy Asset at the Energy and Mines London Summit
February 12, 2016, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Senior Engineer Keith Ainsley, based in Knight Piésold’s Vancouver office, presented a case study on developing hydroelectric facilities to help offset reliance on diesel fuel power generation at the Energy and Mines London Summit, held in London, UK on January 28–29, 2016.
February 1, 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold will be attendingInvesting in Africa Mining Indaba 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa on February 8-11, 2016, the world's largest conference dedicated to mining investments in Africa.
Knight Piésold Raises Funds for Local Charities in North Bay and Surrounding Communities
December 23, 2015, North Bay, ON, Canada – Knight Piésold’s North Bay office has an annual year-end donations drive that took a slightly different approach in 2015. As in previous years, the North Bay Santa Fund, which provides meals and gifts to over 800 families, was to be our main focus, but we thought we would spread our attention to many other local charities that could also benefit.
Knight Piésold Joins Thousands at Christmas Wish Breakfast
December 11, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – On an early Thursday morning, Knight Piésold Vancouver staff joined thousands of people in one of Canada’s largest toy drives, donating toys and cash at the annual Pan Pacific Vancouver Christmas Wish Breakfast on November 26, 2015. Knight Piésold donated toys and presented a cheque for $1,000 to Chris Bayliss, Executive Director of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB).
Knight Piésold UK Exhibits at the Mines and Money London Conference
November 23, 2015, London, UK – Knight Piésold UK is exhibiting at the Mines and Money London conference this week on November 30 to December 3, 2015 for the third year running. The conference is Europe’s largest mining investment and deal making forum, bringing over 3,000 attendees from over 75 countries.
Knight Piésold Hosts Rehabilitation of Main Road Technical Tour for the 2015 IMESA Annual Conference
November 6, 2015, Cape Town, South Africa – Knight Piésold’s Cape Town office hosted a technical tour to the Rehabilitation of Main Road Project on October 29, 2015. It was one of seven technical tours facilitated during the 79th IMESA Annual Conference that was held in Cape Town, South Africa on October 28-30.
Knight Piésold Recognized Nationally at the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards
October 30, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada was honoured with an Award of Excellence in the Natural Resources, Mining, Industry & Energy category for the Kokish River Hydroelectric Project. The award was presented among industry peers at the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala, held on October 23, 2015 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa.
Knight Piésold Educates Students through Model Bridge Building Contest
October 16, 2015, Accra, Ghana – Knight Piésold Ghana hosted a model bridge building contest for its annual Schools Initiative Program (SIP) on October 9, 2015. Held on the theme “Building Bridges–Connecting People,” the contest challenged students from five senior high schools in the Accra area to design a model bridge using wood, strings, and glue.
Knight Piésold Presents at the 2015 CDA Annual Conference
October 15, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold staff from the Vancouver, North Bay, and Lima offices participated in the 2015 Canadian Dam Association (CDA) Annual Conference. The conference, held in Mississauga, Ontario on October 5-8, 2015, was well-attended by consultants, regulators, and large dam owners from across the country.
Knight Piésold Participates in the 7th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Dams
October 2, 2015, Windhoek, Namibia –The Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD) and the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD) jointly hosted the 7th International Symposium on Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) Dams on September 24-26, 2015.
Knight Piésold Argentina Celebrates 10th Anniversary
September 5, 2015, Mendoza, Argentina – Knight Piésold celebrated its 10th anniversary in Argentina, having established its first office in San Juan in 2005 and head office in Mendoza in 2007. It started with a clear plan of training and developing local professionals, nurturing a local culture, and working on growth objectives.
Knight Piésold Receives Commendation at the CESA Aon Engineering Awards
August 19, 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold South Africa is proud to have received a commendation for the Rehabilitation of Main Road between Muizenberg and Clovelly Road Project in the category of projects with a value between R50 million and R250 million at the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Aon Engineering Excellence Awards.
Knight Piésold Contributes to the Cooperative Association of the Dr. Humberto Notti Pediatric Hospital
August 14, 2015, Mendoza, Argentina – Knight Piésold’s Mendoza office delivered several boxes of food, clothes, and toys to the Cooperative Association of the Dr. Humberto Notti Pediatric Hospital on Friday, August 14.
Knight Piésold Nurtures Young Talent during CESA Job Shadow Day
July 29, 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa – Approximately 20 students attending grades 10 to 12 from an underprivileged technical high school in Soweto visited Knight Piésold’s Rivonia office for the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Job Shadow Day on July 22, 2015. Knight Piésold South Africa’s CEO and Practice Leader Leon Furstenburg welcomed the students upon arriving, introducing their activities for the day.
Knight Piésold Helps Train Nisga'a Nation Students
June 5, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – In collaboration with Alloycorp Mining Inc. (Alloycorp) and Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration and Mining, Knight Piésold helped train eight Nisga’a Nation students. Students studying in the Environmental Monitoring Assistant Program (EMAP) visited the Avanti Kitsault Project for two days to round out their education with exposure to work in the mining industry.
May 21, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold’s Vancouver office hosted a sandwich making session on May 20 in support of a meal program run by the First United Church Community Ministry Society. The program, which receives support and donations from various organizations and the wider community, offers food for anyone in need of a good meal.
Knight Piésold Canada Receives ISO Recertification
May 10, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada is pleased to announce that the BSI Group (BSI), a certification body for ISO standards that conducts audits annually and re-assessments every three years, has recommended the continuation of its ISO certifications.
Knight Piésold Presents at the 2015 Nunavut Mining Symposium
April 17, 2015, North Bay, ON, Canada – Knight Piésold’s Richard Cook, a senior environmental scientist from the North Bay office, delivered a presentation on April 14 at the 2015 Nunavut Mining Symposium, held in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Over 452 delegates from companies with operating or advanced exploration projects in Nunavut, government and Inuit agencies, and industry service providers attended the territory’s annual mining forum on April 13-16, 2015.
Knight Piésold Receives Award of Merit at the 2015 ACEC-BC Awards
April 13, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Canada is honoured to have received an Award of Merit in the Energy and Industry category for the Kokish River Hydroelectric Project at this year’s Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) Awards for Engineering Excellence. ACEC-BC presented the award at the annual gala celebration on April 10, 2015, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.
Knight Piésold Peru Receives Three International Standardization Certifications
February 5, 2015, Lima, Peru – Knight Piésold is pleased to announce that its operations in Peru has received three international standardization certifications for quality management (ISO 9001:2008), environmental management (ISO 14001:2004), and occupational health and safety management (OHSAS 18001:2007) from Bureau Veritas, a world-leading testing, inspection, and certification firm.
Knight Piésold Completes Acquisition of Scott Wilson Piésold
December 15, 2014, Kitwe, Zambia – Knight Piésold has concluded an agreement with URS Corporation (now AECOM) to take over Scott Wilson Piésold, strengthening its presence in Zambia and Southern Africa.
Knight Piésold Expands Operations in Keetmanshoop, Namibia
November 1, 2014, Keetmanshoop, Namibia – Knight Piésold has expanded operations in Namibia with the opening of a full-service office in Keetmanshoop, leveraging on the growth opportunities in the country’s southern region.
Knight Piésold Hosts its Annual Bokamoso Social Development Scheme Road Show
October 31, 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa – On October 24 to October 31, 2014, Knight Piésold’s Rivonia office hosted its annual road show at four secondary schools that it currently sponsors: Jabulani Technical High School in Soweto, Ennerdale Technical High School in Ennerdale, Lenasia South Secondary School in Lenasia South, and Realogile High School in Alexandra.
Statement by Knight Piésold Ltd. regarding the Mount Polley Mining Incident
August 8, 2014, Vancouver, British Columbia – The breach of the tailings storage facility at Mount Polley is an extremely unfortunate incident and Knight Piésold Ltd. shares the concerns with respect to the effects to local communities, First Nations and the environment.
Going forward, there will be a comprehensive examination of this incident and there will be questions about the engineering and design of the tailings storage facility. As the former Engineer of Record of the tailings storage facility at Mount Polley, we feel it appropriate to provide some clarity and transparency of the role of Knight Piésold Ltd.
Knight Piésold Helps Renovate an Orphanage as Part of the Mandela Day Initiative
July 19, 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa – The Christ Church Christian Care Centre (also known as 5cees), which is an orphanage based in Berea, Gauteng, is one of the beneficiaries of Knight Piésold’s Bokamoso Social Development Scheme. The home, which houses 60 children aged between three and twenty-three, is currently undergoing a major renovation.
Knight Piésold Participates in the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work
May 30, 2014, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold’s Rivonia office hosted the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work on May 29, 2014. Fifteen Grade 11 and Grade 12 students from Lenasia South Secondary School, based in Johannesburg South, were invited to the office to learn more about the engineering profession.
Knight Piésold Ltd. once again selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
October 25, 2013, Vancouver, BC – Knight Piésold Ltd. is pleased to announce that the company has once again been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. The Canada’s Top 100 Employers project is a national competition sponsored by Mediacorp Canada Inc. to determine which employers lead their industriesin offering exceptional workplaces.
September 16, 2013, London, UK – Knight Piésold Consulting, an international engineering and environmental consulting company, continues to expand its presence globally with the opening of a new office in the United Kingdom. Knight Piésold is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Peter Jenner as Regional Manager and Mr. Richard Elmer as Head of Mining for Knight Piésold’s new UK operation.
Hydropower Expert Frans Louwinger Joins Knight Piésold
July 4, 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold is proud to announce that the internationally renowned hydropower expert, Frans Louwinger, has joined the firm as a Specialist Consultant. Frans brings his thirty years of experience in hydropower studies, design and development across the globe. He will provide both expert input and mentorship to the firms’ ever growing power and water division.
Knight Piésold Lends a Helping Hand to the Christ Church Christian Care Centre in South Africa
October 23, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold has been involved in very exciting and beneficial social upliftment projects. One of the recent initiatives was the donation of R30 000 to the Christ Church Christian Care Centre in Berea, Gauteng, South Africa to help with some of the financial challenges that the centre had experienced recently. The centre was established in July 2000 to care for the children of families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Knight Piésold Ltd. selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers
October 10, 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Ltd. is pleased to announce that the company has been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2013. The Canada’s Top 100 Employers project is an annual competition sponsored by Mediacorp Canada Inc. to recognize Canada’s best places to work. In addition, Knight Piésold was also recently chosen as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People for 2012, we also received the regional distinction in BC as being one of BC’s Top Employers for 2012!
Come Visit Knight Piésold at Hydropower Africa 2012
August 21, 2012, Cape Town, South Africa – Knight Piésold will once again be taking part in the Hydropower Africa 2012 Conference, which is the largest hydropower event of its kind in Africa attracting over 450 visitors from across the globe. This year, the event will take place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from September 4 – 5th, 2012. Hydropower Africa is a forum where comprehensive presentations, panel discussions and focused sessions will address the issues surrounding the financing and the implementation of hydropower projects in Africa – both large and small.
Knight Piésold Ltd. Selected as one of BC's Top Employers for 2012
February 16, 2012, Vancouver, BC, Canada – Knight Piésold Ltd. has once again been selected as one of BC's Top Employers for 2012, an annual competition sponsored by Mediacorp Canada Inc. to recognize Canada's best places to work . The BC's Top Employers designation "recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work."
January 9, 2012 - With the year having come to a close, Knight Piésold Consulting is proud to have celebrated its 90th year with one of its most successful years yet. Throughout the year many of the offices around the world hosted local events in celebration of the company’s success and history over the last 90 years.
Knight Piésold Invests in Education in South Africa
October 28, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa –Corporate Social Responsibility is an important part of everyday work at Knight Piésold Consulting. The Bokamoso Social Investment Scheme (the corporate social scheme in South Africa) has recently invested in another school in Ennerdale, Johannesburg.
Knight Piésold Receives Recognition at the Annual CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards
September 12, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold received outstanding recognition on August 17th at the 2011 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards. The Braamhoek Consultants Joint Venture (BCJV) took home the award in the category of "Engineering Excellence with a value greater than R250 million for the Bedford Dam, part of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.
Knight Piésold Achieves Level 2 BEE Status in South Africa
August 23, 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa – Knight Piésold Consulting further celebrates its milestone anniversary with the achievement of a Level 2 BBBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) rating in South Africa. Established in 1921, the company has undergone numerous changes throughout its existence and has adapted its business structure in order to remain competitive in a dynamic environment. The company’s BBBEE scorecard is one aspect that reflects this.
April 28, 2011 - Knight Piésold commemorates its 90th anniversary this month with celebrations happening throughout the year.
Founded in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1921, the company, which began as a one-person growing into a two-person engineering consulting office, specialized in water resources, natural draught cooling towers, thermal power stations and hydroelectric power stations.
Knight Piésold Takes Home Four Awards at the 21st Annual CEBC Awards for Engineering Excellence
March 5, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada – The Canadian office of Knight Piésold received outstanding recognition at the 21st Annual Consulting Engineers of BC (CEBC) Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held on March 5, 2011 at the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Taking in top honors for winning four awards, Knight Piésold proudly shares its remarkable achievements with clients and the entire company.