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London fire: Many killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed - Lessons for Maltese Engineers and Facilities Managers

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said questions will need to be answered over the safety of tower blocks.
He stated that "we can't have a situation where people's safety is put at risk because of bad advice
being given or if it is the case, as has been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced or
maintained," he told BBC Radio.
Matt Wrack, of the Fire Brigades Union said something had clearly gone badly wrong with fire
prevention procedures at the building.
Firefighters would normally fight a fire in a tower block from the inside, going up the fire escape,
and fighting using the internal dry-rising mains, he said, but that's not been possible in this case. –
BBC Report

This incident brings to light now more than ever the importance of the proper facilities management
of buildings. In places like Malta, with its densely populated areas, Developers need to carefully
consider the importance of life safety systems from design to execution and eventual maintenance
under the Facilities management regime. A word of caution goes to those engineers involved in the
design of such buildings and others in the management of such facilities. We, as Chamber of
Engineers, strongly recommend that professionals have to be extra vigilant and make sure that no
one is allowed to compromise on costs both when it comes to the construction of the projects and
then when it comes to maintaining and operating them. Ethical considerations need to be looked
into here. There cannot be cases where buildings are certified as achieving compliance to the
necessary requirements from a fire aspect to ensure proper life safety when they are not compliant
just to anticipate that a building is deemed to be ready to be occupied. Such practice would only
endanger the lives of occupants within the development and puts Directors and Professionals
heavily burdened with the liabilities that would emanate from such actions.

We therefore encourage the Government to push forward the process of local building regulations
that should also cover the fire safety aspects of buildings. These regulations should also induce the
requirement for periodic inspections of systems within such buildings and to this effect no distinction
should be made between residential and non-residential buildings.

The Chamber of Engineers is always ready to work with the Government and its competent entities
as we strongly believe in the overarching principle that is core of our profession and that is ensuring
constantly public health and safety.

Inġ. Norman Zammit
President, CoE

 
CoE Annual General Meeting 2017 - Election

As communicated to you, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held on Friday 24th February 2017 at 5.45p.m. The General Secreatry has received six nominations in total for election on the executive council. The number of vacancies for the upcoming council term will be that of four and hence a formal election needs to be held as detailed in the statute of the Chamber of Engineers. At a meeting held on the 24th January 2017, the council agreed to provide members with the possibility of voting by post as was done in previous years.

Short biographies of the nominees please click here. You are kindly invited to vote either by post or during the AGM itself. A postal voting document is also in the post together with the short bios, election procedures and guidelines,  a voting document specimen, a self  addressed and prepaid envelope and the numbered ballot envelope  with a covering letter.  This is for those who have already paid their 2017 membership fee and any arrears. Those who have not yet paid their 2017 membership fee or any arrears the bios only are included with the covering letter. Those members who did not yet pay their fee can still attend the AGM and vote, provided they renew their membership at the door.

Voting documents that are submitted by post must reach PO Box 02 Zabbar by latest noon of Tuesday 21st February 2017. The paid up members who intend to attend the 24th February AGM and wish to vote at the AGM rather then sending the voting document by post,  are reminded to get the voting document and ballot envelope with them on the 24th February. All voting documents will be placed in a sealed box and opened only during the AGM at the counting stage of the election.

While the postal voting system has been in place for a number of years, members are still strongly encouraged to participate in the AGM. Much is being discussed and actioned during these crucial times for our profession and your involvement and support is highly appreciated. We cordially remind you of the following AGM agenda:

  1. Reading and approval of minutes
  2. Matters arising
  3. Correspondence
  4. President’s address
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Motions and amendments to the Statute
  7. Election of Auditors
  8. Other matters
  9. Election of Council Members (Opening of Voting Session)

Motion/s should be forwarded to the Chamber’s Secretariat at least one week prior to the AGM for such proposals to be discussed during the meeting.

 
CoE Annual General Meeting 2017 - Students' Election

As communicated to you, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held on Friday 24th February 2017. At 5.45p.m. The undersigned has received two student nominations in total for election on the executive council. The number of vacancies for student members is that of one and hence an election needs to be held as detailed in the statute of the Chamber of Engineers. At a meeting held on the 24th January 2017, the council agreed to provide student members with the possibility of voting by post.

Short biographies of the nominees can be viewed here. You are kindly invited to vote either by post or during the AGM itself.  A postal voting document is also in the post together with the short bios, election procedures and guidelines,  a voting document specimen, a self  addressed and prepaid envelope and the numbered ballot envelope  with a covering letter.  This is for those who have already paid their 2017 membership fee and any arrears.

Those who have not yet paid their 2017 membership fee or any arrears the bios only are included with the covering letter. Those members who did not yet pay their fee can still attend the AGM and vote, provided they renew their membership at the door.

Voting documents that are submitted by post must reach PO Box 02 Zabbar by latest noon of Tuesday 21st February 2017.   The paid up members who intend to come to the 24th February AGM and wish to vote at the AGM rather then sending the voting document by post,  are reminded to get the voting document and ballot envelope with them on the 24th February. All voting documents will be placed in a sealed box and opened only during the AGM at the counting stage of the election.

Despite of the possibility for students to vote by post, members are still strongly encouraged to participate in the AGM. Much is being discussed and actioned during these crucial times for our profession and your involvement and support is highly appreciated. We cordially remind you of the following AGM agenda:

1.         Reading and approval of minutes

2.         Matters arising

3.         Correspondence

4.         President’s address

5.         Treasurer’s report

6.         Motions and amendments to the Statute

7.         Election of Auditors

8.         Other matters

9.         Election of Council Members (Opening of Voting Session)

 
Commencement Notice

A consultation document to simplify laws regarding construction has been launched by the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Simplification of Administrative Processes.

The ‘Commencement Notice’ document can be found here.

Feedback regarding this document should reach the Chamber via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by not later then Sunday 18th December 2016.

 
H.E. The President of Malta meeting on 18/10/2016

 
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