Francois Grobler

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

Francois Grobler is a civil engineer with 16 years of experience in civil engineering and related IT applications.  He is currently the Director of IT Development and Engineering Professional Services Division for GESS (Pty) Ltd.  He is a System Engineer designing system frameworks and architectures to meet client requirements. He is also responsible for providing engineering training, software design, architectural design, development and implementation, research into new technologies, strategic IT system planning and design, Software development standards, specifications, documentation and software architectures and is the director in charge of a professional team of software programmers.

Recently he acted as the chief architect and proof-of-concept implementer for an integrated Plant Design and Management System for a Roshcon Cabling Tender on the Medupi Power Plant, which covered the full construction lifecycle, from Conceptual Design, Detailed Design, Cable Sizing for both HV and LV Cables, Design Approval Management, Project Management and Schedule Simulation by linking Primavera to the 3D Plant Model, Document Control Procedures and Implementation, Cable Installation Management, Termination and Commissioning, Store Management and Store Access Control Integration to the Design Process, and Procurement Management linked to Store Control and the Approved Design. He is currently a technical advisor on document management and implementation including policies, procedures and delivery standards for the ProjectWise implementation on the prestigious Gautrain project (high speed rail – +-R20 billion).

He has a thorough knowledge of numerous software packages, which include several computer aided design packages, spread sheets and programming languages. In addition he has been giving training on a number of Engineering Design platforms amongst which are counted the GEOPAK Civil Design Suite, WaterCAD and WaterGEMS used for water reticulation network design and simulation, SewerCAD and SewerGEMS used for gravitic water systems analysis, simulation and design, WaterHAMMER used for transient wave analysis in pipelines, and he has been providing both training as well as custom implementations of ProjectWise, an Engineering Content Management Solution.

Francois was the initial project manager and system architect for the ProjectWise document solution at Standard Bank which he designed and deployed at the bank. Francois also designed and developed the web based sign asset system that is integrated to ProjectWise for the Bank.

During his Vela VKE career Francois gained experience as an engineer with 3 years of road design  and 5 years of project management, contract administration and ISO 9000 quality system auditing, as well as considerable experience in computer programming and Information Management Systems on Concession Toll Roads, Web based Information Systems and Road Management System projects.  His experience also includes the auditing and monitoring of the operation and maintenance responsibilities of the concessionaire on the N4 as well as the contract administration of the 40 million Rand Toll Plaza Plant Sub-Contract awarded to Tolplan.

EDUCATION:

Date Institution Qualification Obtained
1991 Afrikaans Hoër Seunskool Matriculation
1996 University of Pretoria B Eng (Civil)

EXPERIENCE RECORD:
DATE PROJECT TITLE, LOCATION & DESCRIPTION RESPONSIBILITY
2011 Films and Publication Board: Age Restriction Rating System

A software tool used to do Age Classifications for all Games, Films and Publications distributed in South Africa, according to the new recently published Classification Guidelines that complies with South African Law. This tool aims to make classifications comprehensive and objective, and to enable consistent standardised ratings.

Project Director, Chief System Analyst and Architect
2011 South Africa Green Building Council: GreenStar Rating Software

A software tool developed for the WSP Energy Africa Group that enables users to configure Green Star rating tools, setup rating projects and manage their delivery. It is a web based system and includes interfaces to Outlook for delivery milestones. This tool is used by Environmental Professionals to do Green Star ratings for buildings, commercial developments, retail buildings etc using the guidelines published by the Green Building Council of South Africa. These ratings are submitted to the Green Building Council of South Africa for adjudication. The submission process as well as required documentation forms part of the management scope provided by the software, which also includes budgets and timelines.

Project Director, Chief System Analyst and Architect
2010 Cable Management System

A cable management system for the cable industry that manages the cable installation process from start to finish including change tracking, store management and invoicing.

Project Director, Process Engineering
2009-2010 Wayleave Management System for Botswana Roads Department

Design, implementation, deployment and training for the Department of Roads and Communication in Botswana. This system is similar to the Wayleave Management system implemented for Gautrans, and includes interfaces to the Botswana Government Financial System for payment processing and management in addition to application management and inspections.

Project Director, Process Engineering
2009-2010 Roshcon ProjectWise Implementation Design

Design and Planning for the distributed ProjectWise Implementation for Roshcon across the country. This project is currently underway.

Project Director, System Implementation Specialist
2008 Roshcon Plant System

Design and Proof-Of-Concept Implementation of a fully integrated Plant Design, Content Management and Construction Management System covering all facets of the process. From Conceptual Design, Detailed Design, Cable Sizing for both HV and LV Cables, Design Approval Management, Project Management and Schedule Simulation by linking Primavera to the 3D Plant Model, Document Control Procedures and Implementation, Cable Installation Management, Termination and Commissioning, Store Management and Store Access Control Integration to the Design Process, and Procurement Management linked to Store Control and the Approved Design

Chief Architect and Integrator
2007-Date Gautrain Document Management

Implementation of a ProjectWise document management solution for the Provincial Government to manage all documents and drawings for the R20 billion Gautrain project and to facilitate collaborative design approval processes.

System Implementation Specialist
2007-Date File and Project Management System for Tongaat Development

Implementation of a web based system that facilitates the centralisation of all technical information on housing and town development projects for the Tongaat Development Group.

Project Director, System Architect, System Implementation Specialist
2006-2007 Spoornet Document Management

Implementation of a ProjectWise document management solution for Spoornet to manage roughly 3 million engineering related documents and drawings.

System Implementation Specialist