Dr Ron Watermeyer

DEng(Witwatersrand), CEng, PrEng, PrCM, PrCPM, Hon.FSAICE, FIStructE, FICE, FSAAE

Ron graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1978. He spent the first decade of his career in the employ of Transnet where he functioned as a site engineer on a mega project and as a structural engineer in a specialist design office. He worked as a consulting engineer for Soderlund and Schutte providing civil and structural engineering services for the next two decades. Over the last decade, he has worked with public sector clients in the procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects. He founded Infrastructure Options (Pty)Ltd in 2012.

He has been at the forefront of many development initiatives in South Africa since the early 1990s. He has reinterpreted building regulations, developed systems for the classification of sites in terms of geotechnical characteristics and building practice and established technical requirements for a structural warranty scheme for houses. He has also changed construction methods, technologies and practices to facilitate socio-economic development imperatives and pioneered the development of construction procurement procedures, practices, tactics and strategy and client delivery management practices aimed at improving infrastructure project outcomes.

He served as the South African Institution of Civil Engineering’s 101st President in 2004. In 2009 he obtained a senior doctorate (Doctor of Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand for his engineering development work which has significantly contributed to the delivery of infrastructure for the advancement of a changing South African society. He has published more than 90 papers and articles on various aspects on the delivery of infrastructure. He is currently a Trustee of Engineers Against Poverty (London based international charity), a visiting adjunct professor, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand and the Chair of ISO TC 59 / SC18 (Construction procurement).

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Brief career history

  • Technical advisor, Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordination Committee (2020)
  • Executive Board member (trustee), Institution of Structural Engineers, London (2017-2018)
  • Visiting Adjunct Professor, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand (2015-date)
  • Chairperson, ISO TC 59/SC 18 (Construction procurement) (2015-date) 
  • Technical advisor, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, National Treasury (2015-2017)
  • Chairperson, Technical Committee for Standards that address National Building Regulations e South African Bureau of Standards (TC60) and the Technical Committee for Buildings and Civil engineering works (TC1098)(2013 /14-2016)
  • Director, Infrastructure Options (Pty) Ltd (2012 - date)
  • Convenor of the ISO TC 59 (Building and Construction) Working Group 2 for Construction Procurement (ISO 10845) (2007 to 2014)
  • Member of the ISO Advisory Group established by ISOTC 59 (Building and Construction) (2006 - date)
  • Trustee of Engineers Against Poverty (UK registered charity) (2005 to date)
  • President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (2004)
  • Associate of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) (2002 to 2010)
  • Vice President, Institution of Structural Engineers (London) (2001-2002)
  • Chairman of the Technical Committee for Construction Standards of the South African Bureau of Standards (TC 5120.61/ TC59) (2001-2009)
  • Member of the Board of Agrément South Africa 1999-2003 Member of the secretariat of the Interministerial Task Team for Construction Industry Development (responsible for procurement) (1999-2000)
  • Procurement Task Team Member, Ministries of Finance and Public Works (1995-1997)
  • Director, Soderlund and Schutte, Johannesburg (1990 to 2013)
  • Senior Engineer, Soderlund and Schutte, Johannesburg (1988 – 1989)
  • District Engineer (Structures), Structural Design Office, SA Transport Services (1984 –1988)
  • Site Engineer, Central Yard Construction, S A Transport Services, Bapsfontein (1980 – 1984)

Academic qualifications

BScEng (1978), DEng (2009) (Witwatersrand)

Professional qualifications

Professional Engineer (1982)

Chartered Engineer (1994)

Professional Construction Manager (2004)

Professional Construction Project Manager (2004)

Honorary Fellow of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (2017)

Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers (1999)

Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (2004)

Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (2014)

Professional awards:

  • Best technical paper published in the Civil Engineer in South Africa during 1992.
  • Best technical paper published in the Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering during 1995.
  • CSIR outstanding achiever award 1999 (Construction Technologies Team).
  • SAICE President's award for meritorious service to SAICE and for significant ongoing contributions to the civil engineering profession (1999).
  • South African Bureau of Standard’s 2005 Standards Development Award for exceptional contribution to standardisation through participation in technical committee work. (2005)
  • Institution of Structural Engineer’s Lewis Kent Award (premier service award) for his role in furthering the international perspective of the Institution, in particular focusing attention on appropriate technologies in developing countries (2009)
  • Institution of Civil Engineer’s International Medal awarded in recognition of his significant contribution for the last 20 years in the delivery of enabling engineering mechanisms for the UN Millennium Development Goals in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and internationally (2010)
  • Certificate of appreciation from the International Organisation for Standardisation for his considerable contribution to the ISO activities and in particular to his dedication to the work of TC 59 (2011)
  • Honorary Fellowship of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering for his services and eminence to the institution and the civil engineering profession (2017).

Contact details

email: watermeyer@ioptions.co.za
cell: +27 (0)82 460 5963

    Dr Ron Watermeyer