Ron Watermeyer

Ron Watermeyer is a director of Infrastructure Options (Pty) Ltd, a visiting adjunct professor, School of Construction Economics and Management, University of the Witwatersrand, and the Chair ISO TC 59 SC 18 (Construction Procurement), International Organisation for Standardisation.

Ron Watermeyer graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in civil engineering in 1978. He then joined South African Railways and Harbours, where he gained invaluable site experience on a mega project and structural engineering experience in a specialist design office. In 1988 he joined Soderlund and Schutte Inc, a firm of civil and structural engineering consultants. He founded Infrastructure Options (Pty) Ltd during 2012.

During the 1990s he programme managed Soweto’s contractor development programme, a project included in the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) Global 100 Best Practices. He was a member of the South Africa government’s Procurement Reform Task Team (1995–1997). He project-led the development of the ISO 10845 family of standards for construction procurement (2005–2011). He has in recent years been intimately involved in the client team responsible for delivering two new universities for the South African government and the development of much needed guidance for clients aimed at improving infrastructure project outcomes.

He was the 2004 president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering. He was awarded, in recognition of his significant contributions over time, a Doctor of Engineering (senior doctorate) from the University of Witwatersrand in 2009 and the 2010 Institution of Civil Engineers’ International Medal, for the delivery of infrastructure for the advancement of a changing South African society and enabling engineering mechanisms for the UN Millennium Development Goals, respectively.

Ron has been a Trustee since 2005 and his qualifications include a BScEng, DEng, PrEng, CEng, PrCM, PrPCM, Hon.FSAICE, FIStructE, FICE and FSAAE.