Construction Education Summit 2024

CES24 Presenters

Prof. Francois Jacobs - Round Table - 17th BEC

Dr. Francois Jacobs

Francois Jacobs is a professor at the University of Wyoming, where he steers the Construction Management program as well as Construction Workforce training across the State of Wyoming. Francois worked in the construction sector for 15 years before his transitioned to academia, where he enjoys a guiding research agenda around, workforce training, co-teaching, and stackable credential training.

Prof Jason Eggemeyer - Round Table Panel Member - 17th BEC

Prof. Jason Eggemeyer

Jason Eggermeyer has been a professor and instructor at Casper College of more than 20 years. He is an architect by trade, where he steers and directs various degree and certificate program initiatives. Jason, also serves on various statewide committees in support of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Jason, is also a strong proponent and active instructor of cross campus teaching between Casper Community College and the University of Wyoming.

Prof Theo Haupt - CES23

Prof. Theo Haupt

Prof Theo C. Haupt is an NRF-rated Visiting Professor at the University of Wyoming in the USA; an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela University; an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management and Project Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; a Research Scholar at the University of Free State; and Program Director (part-time) at the International Council of Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). He currently teaches internationally at the University of Wyoming and has taught at Mississippi State University in the USA and in the recent past at UKZN and Mangosuthu University of Technology in KZN. He has been actively involved with the Working Commission 99 of the CIB) with focus on Construction Safety, Health, and Wellbeing, he was the joint international co-ordinator of Task Group 59 now W123 of CIB with focus on People in Construction until 2013, served as the Regional Director: CIB Sub-Saharan Africa, Senior Academic Advisor: ASOCSA-CIB Sub-Saharan Student Chapter. He currently represents South Africa on the CIB Board. He was Vice-President and President of the Association of Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and chaired the Heads Forum. He has served on an institutional audit panel at the University of Zululand, served on the Advisory Council on Occupational Health and Safety to Minister of Labour, was a Department of Higher Education and Training Research Output Review Panel member – Academy of Science South Africa, Academic Assessor for the Institute of Safety and Health and reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation. He researches construction H&S and infrastructure development and delivery. Most recent research includes inquiry-based construction education; cost effect of construction H&S regulatory framework on construction cost; sustainable construction; Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), gender studies; infrastructure design, delivery and management; SME development and persons with disabilities. He has worked on several research reports such as Western Cape Construction Sector Development Strategy, Measuring Health and Safety (H&S) Performance, Report on the Profile of Construction Skills in the Western Cape, and Status Report of Health and Safety Education at South African Universities. He was lead researcher of reports by CIDB, namely Construction Industry Status Report – 2004, Construction Health and Safety Status Report – 2009 and Construction Quality Status Report – 2011.

Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Rob Hill teaches the Core Construction program at the Pathways Innovation Center in Casper. Prior to teaching, he worked in the multi-family construction industry. Mr. Hill serves at the public policy chairman for the Wyoming Association for Career and Technical Education. He is the President of Wyoming SkillsUSA. Hill has a BS in Industrial Technology Education form the University of Wyoming and MA in Director of CTE from Ball State University. His students partner with Casper College’s architecture program to design and build homes that are marketed and sold to the general public. Students earn industry credentials and college credits as they build. Advocacy of Career and Technical Education is Mr. Hill’s primary professional emphasis.

RD (Bob) Hindle - Industry Round Table Facilitator - 17th BEC

RD (Bob) Hindle

Past President of The Chartered Institute of Building – Southern Africa,
Bob has more than 50 years involvement in the industry.

  • From craftsman to MD of major construction companies in UK and SA (30 yrs).
  • Senior Lecturer at UCT. CE&M Dept. (15 years)
  • Programme initiator & designer UCT CPM Masters
  • Deputy Director, designer & presenter CMP, Stellenbosch (1995 – 2010) Industry driven, post-grad programme.
  • Founding member & 1st Chair of the SACPCMP Construction Management Development Committee.
  • Construction business development consultant
  • Director of NGO – Development Action Group (1999-2018)
  • Researcher & writer.
  • Businessman.

He has a reputation for being a Big-Picture analyst and a Construction Industry Development Activist

Prof Claudia Loggia - CES23

Prof. Claudia Loggia

Prof Claudia Loggia is Associate Professor and Academic Leader for Housing at the School of Built Environment & Development Studies (SoBEDS), University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

She holds a PhD in Building Engineering and a MScEng (summa cum laude) from Cagliari University (Italy). She has extensive experience in trans-disciplinary research projects and consultancy work in the areas of: energy efficient building design and retrofit, green infrastructure, sustainable urban regeneration, informal settlements upgrading.

Since 2016, Claudia is a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow (2016-2023), for a project in partnership with the University of Westminster (London), titled: “Building Urban Resilience for Self-Reliance in African Cities”. She was also Principal Investigator for the South African team of the ISULABANTU project (www.isulabantu.org ) focused on Community-led Upgrading for self-reliance in informal settlements in South Africa. This project was a 3-year ESRC/NRF Urban Transformation in SA Grant in partnership with the University of Westminster, University College London, the eThekwini Municipality and a local NGO called uTshani Fund.

She is also collaborating on valuable research projects in South Africa with local governmental institutions, NGOs and local communities, such as the uMngeni Resilience Project aimed at increasing resilience of vulnerable communities in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal and the informal settlement upgrading of Khan Rd settlement in Pietermaritzburg.

Since 2018, she is Member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) International Development Peer Review College.

Since 2022, she is an NRF C-rated researcher.

Since 2012, she is a Green Star South Africa Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Colin de Kock

Colin de Kock

Retired from direct industry involvement; long term director of ASOCSA.
Colin has had many years of involvement in the industry:

  • Studied BSc (Boubestuur) mid 70s. (The name changed to Construction Management).
  • Was a manager, then director and share-holder of a general construction company (16 years).
  • Was director of the Gauteng Master Builders Association for twenty years.
  • During that time he was involved with, amongst many other issues: liaising with the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria Technicon departments of building on curriculum structuring: building industry labour relations as a council member of the Gauteng Building Bargaining Council and as a BUSA representative at Nedlac and as a board member of the Workmen’s Compensation Fund : skills training as member of the National Skills Authority and several GMBA sponsored artisan skills training programs: building quality issues while running the GMBA Building Inspection and Dispute Resolution Service and as an industry representative at the NHBRC.
  • In retirement is involved with building quality disputes in the local home building industry.
Dr. Jon Elliot

Dr. Jon Elliot

Dr. Jon Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Management (CM) at Colorado State University. Jon primarily teaches Virtual Design and Construction classes with a focus on the Scan-to-BIM and Scanning for Field Verification workflow. His research grants have included several United States government-funded projects focusing on construction workforce training and development, advanced technology integration, and off-site/modular construction.

Prof. PD Rwelamila - Keynote Speaker - 17th BEC

Prof. PD Rwelamila

Prof. P D Rwelamila is a professional project manager and a project procurement systems expert. Until December 2021, he was a Professor of Project Management & Procurement Systems at UNISA – School of Business Leadership & Currently Professor Emeritus of Project Management & Procurement Systems – UNISA-SBL.

He has experience of more than 30 years in consulting in construction economics, policy development and conducting studies in project appraisal, construction project planning, procurement, contract formulation and management, project performance evaluation and strategic project management. He has organised and conducted more than 60 continuous professional development courses for construction across countries.

He is an author of more than 200 peer reviewed journal and conference proceeding publications, research, and study reports. From 1987 to 1999 he was lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in construction management and project management that is inclusive of project procurement. From 2000 to-date he has been lecturing at postgraduate and executive level in project management, project procurement and strategic project management.

PD Rwelamila has been involved in high level assignments in South Africa, Australia and United Kingdom including the development of South African Construction Industry; Re-evaluation of Operations – Shelter Afrique; Development of CPD programmes for Senior Project Managers – at the Dutch Shell Project Management Academy, QUT, Brisbane, Australia; and Review of the Association of Project Managers (APM) thinking on project management body of knowledge – Manchester and APM, UK. Furthermore, he has been involved directly through two South African firms in planning and implementation of PPP projects in South Africa.

Until March 2018, Prof. Rwelamila was a non-executive director and board chairman of Msingi Construction Project Management (Pty) Ltd ; and Proceedings Editor, AABD. He has been a consultant to various public and private organisations in South Africa. Prof. Rwelamila is also the joint co-coordinator of CIB W107 and past president of South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). Since 1999, he has been a resource person at the Stellenbosch University’s Prestigious Executive Programme for the South African Construction Industry – Construction Management Programme (CMP) in the Department of Civil Engineering.