A collection or papers and article authored or co-authored by Dr Ron Watermeyer covering the following topics:


Building codes and regulations

Watermeyer, R.B. (1996) Recent Development in the provision of residential units of masonry construction in South Africa, The Structural Engineer, vol.74, no.19, pp.325-331.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2000) Another look a low cost housing, Civil Engineering, vol.8, no.2, pp.12-13.


Watermeyer, R.B. and Milford, R.V. (2003) The Use of Performance Based Building Codes to Attain Sustainable Housing Objectives: The South African Approach, Global Policy Summit on the Role of Performance-Based Building Regulations in Addressing Societal Expectations, International Policy, and Local Needs, Inter-Jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee (IRCC) and the United States' National Research Council (NRC), National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., USA.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2003) Performance-based building regulations and their usage in South Africa, Civil Engineering, vol.11, no.2, pp.6-8.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2004) The impact of structural engineering on the sustainability of human settlements in developing countries,  2nd International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa.


Erling, S and Watermeyer, R. (2009) Lessons learnt from collapse. The Structural Engineer 87 (10) 19 May pp 17-21


Watermeyer, R. and Pham, L.(2011).  A framework for the assessment of the structural performance of 21st century buildings, The Structural Engineer 89 (1) 4 January.


 Watermeyer, R.B.(2014)  An overview of the current National Building Regulations and their impact on engineering practice. Civil engineering March


Watermeyer, R and Strydom, J. (2020).The fire safety performance of internal and external walls in multi-storey buildings. Civil Engineering March P1-9


Classifying residential townships in terms of ground movement

Watermeyer, R.B. and Tromp, B.E. (1992) A systematic approach to the design and construction of single-storey residential masonry structures on problem soils, The Civil Engineer in South Africa, March, pp.83-96.



Community-based / labour-based construction

Watermeyer, R.B. (1993) Community-Based Construction: Mobilising Communities to construct their own Infrastructure, XXIst International Association for Housing Science World Housing Congress, Cape Town, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1995) Community-Based Construction: A Route to Sustainable Development and Job Creation.  Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, vol.36, no.1, pp.6-10.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1995) Labour-based construction, the development of emerging contractors and the RDP, Construction Management Programme, Stellenbosch, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1995) Labour-based construction and the development of emerging contractors in South Africa, Regional seminar on Labour-based Roadworks, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1995) Evaluating employment and community opportunities presented by building and construction projects, Employment Intensive Construction Fifteenth Annual Transportation Convention, University of Pretoria, South Africa / vol.5, ATC Research Forum, ISSN 1019 -1909, pp.84-102


Watermeyer, R.B. (1995) An Overview of Soweto's Contractor Development Programme, Regional seminar on Labour-based Roadworks, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B., Nevin, G., Amod, S. and Hallett, R.A. (1995) An Evaluation of Projects within Soweto's Contractor Development Programme, Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers , vol.36, no.2, pp.17-26.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1997) Job creation in public sector engineering and construction works projects: why, what and how? Commonwealth Engineer’s Council 50th Anniversary Conference: Engineering to survive - human shelter and the relief of poverty: sustainable solutions, Fourways, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1997) Mobilising the private sector to engage in labour-based infrastructure works: a South African perspective, Sixth Regional Seminar for Labour-based Practitioners:  Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications in collaboration with ILO/ASIST, Jinja, Uganda.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1999) Soweto's Contractor Development Programme: 1988-1998, City Development Strategies, October, no.1.


Watermeyer, R.B., Larkin, D. and van Huyssteen, S. (2007) A model for the delivery of large scale employment intensive works using a programme management approach. Prioritising Employment Creation in Government Policies, Programmes and Investments, 12th ILO Regional Seminar for Labour-based Practitioners, Durban, South Africa, 8-12 October.


Watermeyer, R, Larkin, D, Kee A and Thumbiran I. (2009) Delivering infrastructure at scale: eThekwini Water and Sanitation experience in a pilot project. Civil Engineering , pg 31 to 37, March


Contract documentation and forms of contract

Watermeyer, R. B (2008) The adoption of CESMM3 as a standard method of measurement of civil engineering quantities in South Africa. Civil Engineering, Vol 16, No 1, pp 18, 19 and 56


Watermeyer, R.B. (2008) Effective implementation of NEC3: Adjudication procedures and practices. Civil Engineering, Vol 16 No 7, pp 28 to 31


Watermeyer, R.B. (2009), Getting to grips with the NEC3 ECC target contract with activity schedule. Civil Engineering. January / February.


Watermeyer, R. B. (2010). NEC3 Briefing Note – managing project risks through the NEC3 Engineering and Construction.  Contract. Civil Engineering. January / February.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2012). Selecting a suitable NEC3 Form of Contract. Civil Engineering, January / February


Watermeyer. R, Lomas, M, Macdonald, H, Jacquet, A, Griffiths, A, Baird, P and Cullen. M. (2012)  The changing landscape for civil engineering contracts: moving on from SABS 1200. Civil Engineering, January / February


Watermeyer, R.B. (2013) Unpacking framework agreements for the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure. Civil Engineering. January / February.


 Watermeyer, R.B. (2014). NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract: Activity Schedules. . Civil Engineering. January / February.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2015)  NEC3 ECC target contract option – principles and innovative applications. Civil Engineering. January / February. P4-9
Watermeyer, R.B (2016). Withdrawal of SANS 1200 and SANS 10120 as a South African National Standard, Civil Engineering, March P4-10


Construction and general procurement

Pautz, M., Watermeyer, R.B. and Jacquet, A. (2003) Public Construction procurement in a global economy, paper presented at Knowledge Construction Joint International Symposium of CIB Working Commissions, Singapore.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2004) Project Synthesis Report: Unpacking Transparency in Government Procurement- Rethinking WTO Government Procurement Agreements, In: CUTS Centre for International Trade, Economics and Environment, Unpacking Transparency in Government Procurement, CUTS International, Jaipur, India, pp.1-50.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2004) A generic approach to procurement processes, methods and procedures. Civil Engineering, November / December, pp 31-36.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2005) A generic and systemic approach to procurement: the case for an international standard, Public Procurement Law Review, no. 1, pp. 39-61.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2005) Transparency issues in government procurement, The Structural Engineer, vol.83, no.2, pp.18-20. 


Watermeyer, R.B. (2005) South African standards for construction procurement, The Structural Engineer, vol.83, no.4, pp.15-18.


Watermeyer, RB. (2011) Building trust – a platform for best practice construction procurement. Special Report. ISO Focus +, 24 to 26 September


Watermeyer, R.B. (2011). Standardising construction procurement systems. Report. The Structural Engineer, 89(20), October


Watermeyer, R.B (2011). Regulating public procurement in Southern Africa through international and national standards. Public Procurement regulation in Africa Conference 25 October, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Watermeyer, R.B. (2012) A framework for developing construction procurement strategy. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Management, Procurement and Law. Volume 165, Issue 4, pp. 223–237 (15)


Watermeyer, R.(2016). The utility of standard setting at an international level for domestic procurement regulation in Africa. Innovation in Public Procurement Regulation, International Conference on Public Procurement Law, Cape Town, 24 and 25 November



Development of dolomite land

Buttrick, D.B., van Schalkwyk, A., Kleywegt, R.J. and Watermeyer, R.B. (2001) Proposed Method for Dolomite Land Hazard and Risk Assessment in South Africa, Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, vol.43, no.2, pp.27-36.


Watermeyer, RB, Buttrick DB, Trollip, NYG, Gerber, AA, Pieterse, N. (2008). A performance based approach to the development of dolomite land. Proceedings of the Geotechnical Division of SAICE’s Conference on Problem Soils in South Africa, 3-4 November, Midrand.


Buttrick, D.B, Trollip, N.Y.G, Watermeyer, R.B, Pieterse, ND and Gerber, A.A. (2011)  A performance based approach to dolomite risk management. Environmental Earth Science 64:1127-1138.



Infrastructure delivery

Watermeyer, R.B and Thumbiran I. (2009) Delivering infrastructure at scale in developing countries: numbers or systems? The Fourth Built Environment Conference hosted by ASOCSA, Livingston, Zambia, May .


Watermeyer, RB. (2010). Alternative models for infrastructure delivery. IMESA, 68, October


Watermeyer, R.B. (2012). A systems approach to the effective delivery of infrastructure. Civil Engineering, May.


 Watermeyer, R, Nevin, G. and Langenhoven, K (2012).  The supply chain management system for the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure by organs of state, Civil Engineering July


Watermeyer, R.B. (2012). Changing the construction procurement culture to improve project outcomes. Keynote Address: Joint CIB W070, W092 and TG72 International Conference on Facilities Management, Procurement Systems and Public Private Partnerships, Cape Town, 23rd to 25th January.


Watermeyer, R, Wall, K and Pirie, G. (2013)  The case for a separate supply chain for the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure.


Watermeyer, R, Wall, K and Pirie, G.  (2013) How infrastructure delivery can find its way again. IMIESA March pp 17-29


 Watermeyer, R. (2013). Value for Money In the Delivery of Public Infrastructure. West Africa Built Environment Research Conference, Accra, Ghana, August


Watermeyer, R.B. (2014) Realising value for money through procurement strategy in the delivery of public infrastructure. 8th CIDB Post Graduate Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, February


Watermeyer, R.B. (2015). Design and Adoption of Innovative Procurement Systems in Infrastructure Delivery. West Africa Built Environment Research Conference, Accra, Ghana, August P7-10
Laryea, S and Watermeyer, R.B (2014). Innovative construction procurement at Wits University. Proceedings of the ICE-Management, Procurement and Law,167(5), 220–231 P7-11
Laryea, S and Watermeyer, R.B (2016).Early contractor involvement in framework contracts. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Management, Procurement and Law 169(1), 4–16 P7-12
Laryea, S and Watermeyer, R.B (2017).Comparison of two infrastructure project implementation models in a developing country. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Management, Procurement and Law P7-13
Watermeyer, R (2018). Client Guide for Improving Infrastructure Project Outcomes. School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand and Engineers Against Poverty. ISBN 978-0-620-79293-6. P7-14
Watermeyer, R.B (2019). The critical role played by the client in delivering infrastructure project outcomes. Civil Engineering, January/February P7-15
Watermeyer, R and Phillips, P. (2020). Public infrastructure delivery and construction sector dynamism in the South African economy. NPC Economy Series - Background Paper. National Planning Commission.  P7-16
Laryea, S and Watermeyer. R (2020). Managing uncertainty in fast-track construction projects: case study from South Africa. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law. Volume 173 Issue 2, May 2020, pp. 49-63 P7-17
Laryea, S and Watermeyer, R. (2020) Structuring architectural competitions as a competitive procurement process.  Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management ISSN: 0969-9988 Publication date: 22 July 2020 P7-18
Laryea, S, Watermeyer, R and Govender, N (2020). The Influence of Fees on the Quality of Professional Services in South Africa. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Management, Procurement and Law Ahead of Print Published Online: July 09, 2020 P7-19


Poverty reduction responses

Watermeyer, R.B. (2002) Agenda for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, The Structural Engineer, vol.80, no.16, pp.11-14.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2004) Facilitating Sustainable Development  through Public and Donor Regimes: Tools and Techniques,  Public Procurement Law Review, no.1, pp.30-55.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2006) Poverty reduction responses to the Millennium Development Goals, The Structural Engineer, vol.84, no.9, pp.27-34.



Professional Practice

Watermeyer, R.B. (2001) Appropriate construction technologies and standards - a key to sustainable development in Africa, keynote address for the African Engineers Forum on the theme of Sustainable Development in Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2004) The sustainable lifestyle: our responsibility for the 21st century, SAICE Presidential Address, (retrieved May 1, 2008 from the World Wide Web).


Watermeyer, R.B. (2007) Promoting sustainable development in the construction industry through standardization, ISO Focus, June, pp.25-28.


Watermeyer, RB. (2009) Towards a minimum standard for structural engineering work. The Structural Engineer , 87 (19) 6 October, p.p 12, 14, 16


Watermeyer, R (2011). The ICE President’s Apprentice Scheme 2009/10 - an engineer’s toolkit for a developing world. Civil Engineering, Jan / Feb, pp 11-13


Watermeyer, R and Pillay, M. (2012) Strategies to address the skills shortage in the delivery and maintenance of infrastructure in South Africa: a civil engineering perspective. Civil engineering June


 Watermeyer, R.B.(2014)  Managing structural engineering risk. Civil engineering March


Watermeyer, R.B and Smith A.J (2016). Registration, licensing and specialist list in a civil engineering context, Civil engineering March


Watermeyer, R.B,  Smith A.J and Visser, M.  (2016)., The JSD List of Structural Engineering Professionals Civil engineering March


Watermeyer, R.B. Legislation: what civil engineers and their clients should be aware of. (2019) Civil Engineering. March



Structural masonry

Lane, J.W., Watermeyer, R.B. and De Villiers, P.D. (1991) Masonry materials and design for movement, SAICE lecture course, Structural Division, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Watermeyer RB, Crofts FS, Lane JW. The structural use of masonry : SABS 0164 - Parts 1 & 2. SAICE lecture course, Structural Division, Johannesburg August 1992.


Watermeyer RB. Free-standing walls - a design guide. CMA, Randburg, 1993.



Targeted procurement

Watermeyer, R.B., Gounden, S., Letchmiah, D.R. and Shezi, S. (1998) Targeted Procurement: a means by which Socio-Economic Objectives can be realised through Engineering and Construction Works Contracts,  Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, vol.40, no.4, pp.15-25.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1999) The use of procurement as an instrument of local economic development,  Institute of Municipal Engineers of South Africa’s Biannual conference, Kempton Park, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (1999) Socio-Economic Responsibilities: The Challenge Facing Structural Engineers, The Structural Engineer, vol.77, no.17, pp.22-28.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2000) The use of Targeted Procurement as an instrument of Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation in Infrastructure Projects, Public Procurement Law Review, no.5, pp.201-266.


Govender, J.N. and Watermeyer, R.B. (2000) Potential procurement strategies for construction industry development in the SADC region, Proceedings of the second International Conference on Construction Industry Development, Botswana National Construction Industry Council in association with the Faculty of Engineering Technology, University of Botswana under the auspices of CIB, Gaborone, Botswana.


Watermeyer, R.B., Jacquet, A. and Noyana, C. (2001) Developing the capacity of targeted enterprises in contractor development programmes, Regional Conference on Developing the Construction Industries of Southern Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2002) The use of procurement to attain labour-based and poverty alleviation objectives, 9th Regional Seminar for Labour-Based Practitioners: Towards Appropriate Engineering Practices and an Enabling Environment, hosted by the National Road Administration of Mozambique in collaboration with the ILO/ASIST Programme, Maputo, Mozambique.


Watermeyer, R.B. (2003) Implementing preferential procurement policies in the public sector in South Africa, Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, vol.45, no.3, pp.11-22,


Watermeyer, R.B. (2005) Targeted procurement: aligning the government procurement system to support enhanced employment initiatives in infrastructure in the Rapid Income Recovery Program,  TAFREN/ILO RIRP CFW Technical Paper #2, (retrieved May 1, 2008 from the World Wide Web).


Watermeyer, RB. (2010). Linking developmental deliverables to public sector contracts. Workshop on Designing Efficient Public Procurement Policies to Foster Technology Transfer and Development Capacity In Emerging Markets. PGlobal Global Advisory and Training Services Ltd., in cooperation with Istanbul Commerce , University, Istanbul, 1 - 2 October 2010


Watermeyer, RB.  (2010) Developing the local construction industry through the delivery and maintenance of construction works.  Engineering is Development Conference, Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria, Abuja, 8-9 November, 2010