Dr van Veelen has a total of 38 years of experience in engineering, environmental management and project management, mainly in water related projects. Extensive experience in water quality, especially water quality management, water quality monitoring and water quality assessment.
Dr van Veelen was responsible for the planning of various water supply schemes, including the Lower Fish River Government Water Scheme and the Mossel Bay Regional Water Scheme (Wolwedans Dam), for both of which a planning report and a White Paper were prepared. Preparation of a strategic water supply and sanitation plan for the Southern District Council, North-West Province. Optimisation of a Regional Waste Water Treatment Works for the Makwassie-Wolmaransstad area. Team Leader for a feasibility study and preliminary design for a 500 km, 2 m diameter water transfer pipeline in Botswana.
He was responsible for an environmental assessment of various options of power generation (mainly hydropower) in Ethiopia, a water supply and distribution scheme for Blantyre in Malawi, the Kampala Drainage Master Plan, a proposed oil pipeline from Kenya to Uganda, and water supply and sanitation for seven towns in Uganda. He was the team leader for the determination of the ecological flow requirements for the Orange River and Orange River Mouth. Project leader for the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Primkop International Airport and the Wonderboom Airport. Project leader for the determination of the ecological reserve for the Olifants River. Project leader for various environmental impact assessments for waste water treatment works, pumping stations, pipeline routes, reservoirs and water towers.
Dr van Veelen was instrumental in the investigation into the management of the Orange-Fish-Sundays Transfer Scheme to optimise water quality, planning of a National River Water Quality Assessment Programme, the development of a water quality management plan for the Jukskei River, an impact study on the Johannesburg Northern Sewage Treatment Works and the Kelvin Power Station, a project for setting new waste discharge standards for South Africa and the planning of a National Radio-activity Monitoring Programme for South Africa.
Service to Professional Bodies
Dr van Veelen has served in various committees since 1989. In 1992 he was the chairperson of the Water Engineering Division of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE), after having served as the treasurer for a number of years. He was the Chairperson of the Finance and Admin Committee of SAICE from 2002 to 2005. In 2012 he was the President of SAICE and has continued to serve on the SAICE Council as a Past President. He is currently the Chairperson of the Finance and Admin Committee of SAICE.
Martin was elected as President of the Federation of African engineering Organisations (FAEO) in 2012, and served in that position for two years. He is currently the Immediate Past President of FAEO. During his term of office FAEO was recognised as representing the African Engineering Society by a number of international organisations, including the African Union, UNESCO, and the African Development Bank.
Dr van Veelen is a member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) Strategic Planning Task Force, the WFEO/UN Relations Committee and the Standing Technical Committee Support Group.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Central University of Technology, Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa).