Hennie Karsten


Hennie Karsten co-founded EKCON Engineers and Project Managers in January 1996 after heading the Western Cape Mechanical Department of a well-known multi-disciplinary company. He has extensive experience in mechanical building services design and provides rational fire design and provides rational fire design expertise country wide.

His experience in commercial-, retail-, residential and industrial developments allows him to provide fully integrated mechanical and fire related cost effective solutions to his clients. He completed his engineering degree in 1989, and started his consulting engineering career immediately thereafter.


Key Experience

He gained extensive experience in a wide variety of building services including: air conditioning and ventilation to various building applications; water reticulation and internal sewer systems design; fire protection services and rational fire designs for building; all Mechanical Engineering services to hospitals; and transportation systems including lifts and escalators.

His industrial related projects experience covers the following: industrial ventilation, air conditioning, evaporative cooling and process cooling; steam installations; process water installations; compressed air installations; pump installations; refrigeration; pressure vessels and certified high-pressure installations. Project Management also forms an integral part of his experience including the planning, design and installation phases of projects.



Profession: Mechanical Engineer

Position in Firm: Director

Specialisation: Mechanical Building Services, Rational Fire

Academic Qualification: B.Eng (Mechanical), University of Stellenbosch – 1989 and Hon. B (B & A) University of Stellenbosch – 1993

Professional Membership: Member of South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC), Member of the South African Association for Consulting Engineers (SAACE) and Member of the Engineering Council of South Africa (No 940184)