Etienne is a Registered Professional Engineer (Pr. Eng.) with the Engineering Council of South Africa and has over 19 years’ experience within the civil and structural industry. He is also a member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers. Etienne started his career with one of Africa’s largest construction companies WBHO. Working on projects across Africa throughout his career, Etienne has gained valuable experience in the construction and infrastructure development industries. Etienne managed large value construction projects before deciding to become involved with the design aspects of large industrial projects. He also furthered his studies and obtained a master’s degree in engineering management in 2006 from the University of Johannesburg.
He moved to a large international EPCM company (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management), Thyssenkrupp where he served as Lead Engineer on large projects such as the Temane Gas Expansion in Mozambique and the CTFE (Coal Tar Filtration Expansion) for Sasol, amongst various other Sasol projects. These projects were developed from concept stages through to detail design, construction and implementation. Etienne was promoted to Head of Civil and Structural department for Uhde, the Petrochemical division of Thyssenkrupp.
Etienne was presented with an opportunity to implement and head up the Civil and Structural division for Sedgman Africa, which is a leading Australian Minerals processing company. Etienne was tasked with planning and implementing the growth of the South African civil and structural department to meet the Sedgman group’s strategic growth objectives in Africa. This lead to Etienne heading up the engineering department of the South African Office, where he was responsible for the interfacing and general management of the various engineering disciplines.
Etienne started EVH Consulting Engineers in 2008. EVH Consulting grew from humble beginnings serving mostly the residential and light industrial industries. With Etienne’s full-time management and involvement since 2015, the company grew considerably and expanded its service offerings to a multi-disciplinary engineering company. This was possible due to the relationships Etienne has built up over the years with other small consulting companies, industry specialists and various satisfied clients.
Following a successful working relationship established with Erudite Strategies in 2017, the management of Erudite and EVHC decided to embark on a merger as it fitted both companies’ growth strategies.