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Benefit with Alternative Energy & Waste Management - Seminar

The Chamber of Engineers recently organised a seminar on the benefits of alternative energy and waste management. Held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana, the seminar also gave participants the practical implications by presenting various case studies.

The first presentation was given by Mr. Francis Micallef, an industrial chemist. Mr. Micallef covered the concept of waste management, as well as the latest trends, legal responsibilities and the current situation in Malta.

He was followed by Ing. Matthew Spiteri, Director at Altern, who discussed sustainability in industry, Malta’s objectives, and green technologies for industry, details on the legal notice on the feed in tariffs for photovoltaic energy amongst other ways on how to reduce energy consumption.

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Chamber of Engineers elects new council

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DATE: 6 MARCH 2013

The new Chamber of Engineers (CoE) Executive Council for the coming year was elected during the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held at the end of February 2013.

Saviour Baldacchino, Daniel Micallef and Johan Psaila were re-elected while Jason Vella and Neal Borg were elected for the first time. Ray Vassallo, Ray Muscat and Paul Refalo remain on the Council to serve their second term.

This year the CoE introduced voting by post to encourage wider member involvement. As expected, a considerably larger number of members participated by casting their vote to express their preference in selecting their representatives.

During his address, Chamber President Ing. Baldacchino noted with satisfaction the achievements of the Chamber during the past year and highlighted the enhancements made in the governance principles of the Chamber. He made specific reference to the restructuring of the training services division, the increase in membership and the challenges that have to be dealt with by the new council over the coming term. These include a review of quality levels of emerging engineering academic qualifications, updating of the Engineering Act and eligibility for the engineering warrant to maintain the high professional standard which merits today's society and the economy.

He mentioned that during the past years, the Chamber turned its focus on contemporary topics that include the environment, energy alternatives and water challenges. This year it will be focusing on engineering as the backbone of healthcare. The latter is already attracting the attention and interest of peer organisations and exponents from the biomedical engineering sphere.

He thanked the outgoing council and augured that the new Council would build on these efforts to continue to strengthen the voice of the engineering profession with enthusiasm and determination.

 
Successful seminar on basic acoustic concepts, sound behaviour, sound insulation


On 4th January, the Chamber of Engineers held a well attended seminar covering basic acoustic concepts, sound behaviour and sound insulation. The audience were from different sectors, which included engineers, architects, representatives from the University of Malta, importers,  hospitals,  and even the hospitality industry.

In the first part of the seminar, the key speaker, Dr. Benjamin Fenech, covered the fundamentals of sound, measuring sound, sound, noise and health effects, as well as room acoustics. In the second part of the seminar he then discussed acoustic design, environmental noise and planning, and vibration and vibration isolation. At the end of the seminar, the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions.

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Commercialisation of research positive for industry and economy

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DATE: 21 December 2012

The Chamber of Engineers (CoE) was pleased to note the recent investment made by Methode Electronics. During the announcement, President and CEO Donald Dua highlighted Methode’s capabilities in engineering, design and manufacturing systems, which have led the company to be selected to produce a technologically advanced sensor at the Malta plant.

In meetings with political party leaders earlier this year, the Chamber reaffirmed that research and development in Malta should be further developed by industry. This would facilitate eventual commercialisation of resulting developments. The Chamber stresses that every effort should be made to make research in industry more attractive to the entrepreneur. In this regard the Chamber encourages the setting up of technical support centres made up of professional engineers from various disciplines together with other supporting professionals to engage and support the smaller industries and businesses which do not afford their own R&I facilities.

The CoE also emphasises that more intensive efforts are required to attract high technology and engineering industries to invest in Malta. Such industries are normally associated with more long-term high-value added jobs at various organisational levels and generate a higher rate of economic activity and growth.

The Chamber of Engineers commends Methode for being a role model in bringing R&I to its local plant and for illustrating the tangible initiatives being promoted by the CoE. The Chamber encourages other firms to follow this company’s example and assures them that it will continue to do its very best to support them by raising and maintaining a top notch local engineering professional standard.

 
High level projects awarded at Malta Engineering Excellence Awards 2012

 

Professor Joseph Mifsud, Ing. Carmel Cuschieri and Hoter Ltd were the proud winners of the 11th edition of the Malta Engineering Excellence Awards (MEEA) 2012.

Over 250 engineers and guests attended this year’s ceremony, which is organised annually by the Chamber of Engineers (CoE). The MEEAs are an opportunity to recognise the capabilities of engineers in Malta, and is a flagship event of the CoE. CoE President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino and Lieutenant Commander William Woytyra, representing the United States Embassy presented the awards.

The award for Industrial Excellence was awarded to Hoter Ltd, run by Ing. Marco Cremona of Sustech Consulting.  Ing. Cremona has invented, built and tested the HOTER process leading to the development of the world’s first sewage-to-potable water plant for hotels and large commercial buildings. The HOTER process meets all the 1st class and 2nd class water needs of a hotel, safely and reliably, with the product water from the process meeting and exceeding EU Drinking Water standards.

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