April 1 marks a historic milestone for consulting engineering firm Knight Piésold, which began operations on April 1, 1921, when founder Dr. F. E. Kanthack started a private practice as a consulting engineer in Johannesburg, South Africa.
A pioneering water engineer, Dr. Kanthack explored rivers in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) during the 1920s to assess their hydroelectric potential for lead-zinc and copper mines. He, and later the company F. E. Kanthack and Partners, consulted for such clients as the South African Railways and Harbours, Victoria Falls and Transvaal Power Company, Anglo-American Corporation, and Electric Supply Commission.
Over the past 100 years, the company changed names, expanded geographically beyond Southern Africa, and branched out to other industries and service areas. Its mining expertise has been applied to hundreds of surface and underground mining projects in every major mining district in the world and has pioneered and advanced the development of alternative tailings management technologies, according to a press release. The company has also identified and developed renewable energy projects since it started working on its first hydropower project in 1925 and continues to assess the hydroelectric potential of rivers around the world, together with solar, wind and hybrid clean energy solutions.
“Few companies reach such a significant milestone, and none do so without the hard work and dedication of its people,” said Devin Field, chairman and chief financial officer of the Knight Piésold Group. “Knight Piésold has endured many challenges, but these challenges are what have cultivated the culture and work environment that now propel us to greater heights.”
Knight Piésold has a team of 850 people and operates from 27 offices in 15 countries. Norm Bishop, senior executive project engineer with Knight Piésold in the U.S., has served as the New Development track chair for HYDROVISION International for several years.