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INCOSE, SA Chapter event - 20 April 2016

On the 20 April 2016, Dr Ronnie McKenzie appeared as a guest speaker at the INCOSE (International Systems Engineering Organisation) SA Chapter event, held at the CSIR Knowledge Commons. During his presentation he introduced the complexity of the water resource network in South Africa and explain how the complicated systems have been modelled using the models developed for the South African Water Resource Yield Model. The models were discussed in general terms, highlighting some of the most important features which place them at the forefront of system modelling worldwide.

5th Regional African Water Leakage Summit 2015

The 5th Regional African Water Leakage Summit 2015 took place at the Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch, Western Cape on 23 & 24 June 2015 and at the DBSA Vulindlela Auditorium in Midrand, Gauteng on 25 & 26 August 2015. The record number of attendees was achieved and the positive feedback is a true reflection of the quality of the speakers, the quality of the organisation and the fact that the event is aimed at disseminating important information to create awareness of the need to conserve water throughout Southern Africa.
Water Summit Website

INCOSE International Symposium (IS2015)

Ronnie McKenzie recently represented WRP at the INCOSE Annual International Symposium in Seattle, WA. The symposium that took place during 13-16 July 2015, is the largest annual gathering of system engineers and attracts an international mix of professionals at all levels. This includes practitioners in government and industry, as well as educators and researchers. Ronnie Mckenzie delivered a key note on Modelling South Africa's Water Resources.
Watch Ronnie's Key Note

2015 National Water Week event: Launch of the WR2012 Website

On the 19 March 2015, during the 2015 National Water Week a  website was launched which provides country wide information to water resources experts on water resource analysis for South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. The website was demonstrated to an audience of water professionals by Royal HaskoningDHV's Dr Bill Pitman and Allan Bailey. The ground-breaking water resources study - WR2012 - is funded by the Water Research Commission (WRC) with support from the Department of Sanitation (DWS).
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Dr Ronnie McKenzie from WRP Consulting Engineers delivered a  keynote during this event and mentioned: "South Africa has a complicated system of water transfers and an economy that is very sensitive to water restrictions. In a severe drought, it is possible that water restrictions may have to be implemented after only two years and such a drought can last for many years. This can affect coal power stations, irrigation schemes, mines. The WR2012-study provides an improved hydrological assessment, which feeds into water resources yield assessment models and water resources planning models. It is therefore of critical importance to our country."

In top photo:
From Left : Mr Allan Bailey (Royal HaskoningDHV), Dr Bill Pitman (Private Consultant),
Ms Deborah Mochotlhi, Deputy Director General Planning and Information Management (DWS), Prof. Geoff Pegram
Back : Dr Ronnie McKenzie (WRP Consulting Engineers), Mr Wandile Nomquphu (WRC)

In bottom photo:
Dr Ronnie McKenzie (WRP Consulting Engineers)

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