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Posted On 2024-07-05

Empowering Engineering Design Excellence with KBK Engineers

Established in 1968, KBK Engineers (Pty) Ltd stands as a beacon of engineering competence in South Africa. With over five decades of experience, KBK has solidified its reputation as a Level 1 B-BBEE certified firm offering top-tier consulting services across various domains, including Roads, Structures, Bulk-Water, Infrastructure Development, and Project Management. Led by visionary leaders like Chris Krugell, Director at KBK Engineers, and supported by dynamic professionals like Gilmore Munro, Civil Engineer and BIM Champion, KBK has embarked on an extraordinary digital transformation journey. This voyage has not only streamlined their operational efficiency but also ushered in a new era of innovation, enabling them to provide unmatched value to their clients.

Customer Challenges:

For a long-term project involving the revamp of a fertiliser plant and its logistical systems for a leading petrochemical organisation, KBK Engineers encountered multifaceted challenges. These included outdated infrastructure, an extreme corrosive environment exposed to the elements and inefficient logistical processes. With their reputation preceding them in the competitive landscape of petrochemical engineering, KBK Engineers sought to enhance project efficiencies, particularly in reducing rework and on-site issues. Traditional methodologies often led to delays, inefficiencies, and increased costs, posing significant hurdles in meeting evolving client demands and stringent safety regulations.

Project Goals:

To address these challenges head-on, KBK Engineers set ambitious project goals aligned with their vision for digital transformation. Their objectives were clear: With the project split in phases including maintenance repair of the existing site that includes modernising the client’s logistical systems, improving operational efficiency, and enhance structural integrity, the final phase will conclude with an extension of the plant. Through thorough structural assessments, asset management recommendations, and conceptual layouts for optimised logistical operations, KBK aimed to revolutionise their approach to this particular petrochemical engineering project.

Design Solutions:

Under the leadership of Chris Krugell and the expertise of Gilmore, KBK Engineers deployed state-of-the-art methodologies to tackle the client’s challenges. Leveraging advanced techniques like 3D scanning, KBK conducted comprehensive structural assessments, providing invaluable insights for improvement. Utilising software tools such as Cyclone and Autodesk Revit, they transformed point cloud data into detailed 3D models, facilitating in-depth structural analysis and risk assessment. This approach not only enhanced communication with the client but also facilitated collaborative decision-making throughout the project lifecycle.

Central to KBK Engineers’ digital transformation journey was the unwavering support and expertise provided by Baker Baynes. Through comprehensive training, consultation, and ongoing support, Baker Baynes empowered KBK to seamlessly integrate Civil 3D, Revit, and Robot Structural into their workflows, optimising project delivery processes and enhancing collaboration among team members.

Business Benefits:

The adoption of digital technologies yielded transformative benefits for KBK Engineers and their clients. By streamlining inspection processes and enhancing collaboration, KBK minimised project timelines and reduced errors during construction. Chris Krugell emphasizes, “The digital transformation enabled us to enhance project efficiency and accuracy, ultimately leading to cost savings for our client. By leveraging innovative technologies and effective communication strategies, we ensured successful project delivery while meeting client expectations”, positioning KBK as a trusted partner for their engineering needs.

The integration of Autodesk tools facilitated by Baker Baynes brought tangible benefits for KBK Engineers. Civil 3D optimised site design processes, leading to substantial time savings and improved project outcomes.

Similarly, the implementation of Revit for building information modelling (BIM) has revolutionised KBK’s approach to project visualization and coordination. The use of Revit enabled seamless collaboration among multidisciplinary teams, enhanced clash detection, and facilitated better decision-making throughout the project lifecycle.

Gilmore emphasizes, “Revit has been a game-changer for us, allowing us to create highly detailed 3D models that enhance communication with clients and stakeholders.”

Moreover, the integration of Robot Structural supported by Baker Baynes has empowered KBK Engineers to automate repetitive tasks and enhance productivity in their day-to-day operations. By leveraging Robot Structural for tasks such as surveying and data collection, KBK has been able to accelerate project timelines and deliverables, resulting in increased efficiency and cost savings.


In conclusion, KBK Engineers’ digital transformation journey has propelled them to new heights of excellence in petrochemical engineering. As Gilmore aptly summarizes, “We’ve shown that there’s always a better way of doing things, and by embracing digital transformation, we’ve unlocked new levels of efficiency, collaboration, and value for our clients.”

Through visionary leadership, a culture of innovation, and strategic investment in digital tools, KBK continues to set the standard for engineering design excellence. Their partnership with Baker Baynes and adoption of Autodesk tools have not only optimised project workflows but also delivered tangible benefits for their clients. KBK Engineers remains committed to driving innovation and value in the engineering industry, paving the way for continued success and growth in the years to come.

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