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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
CoE presents recommendations to Prime Minister and Opposition Leader

 

CoE meets Prime MinisterThe Chamber of Engineers recently met with both Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and Leader of the Opposition Joseph Muscat during separate meetings, in order to present the Chamber’s recommendations for both parties’ electoral programmes.

Profession

The Chamber stated that The Engineering Act, which regulates the profession, needs updating to reflect today's circumstances. A Council sub-committee is working on a draft update of the Act. Salient points will include obligatory continuous professional development for engineers, professional indemnity insurance for all engineers and streamlining of the definition and duties of the engineer.

Engineers' supporting technicians should also be obliged to undergo continuous technical updating on the subject matter of their respective competences.

Regulation

The Chamber stated that engineers would be pleased to assist government and society at large to make the best use of technology in various areas. The Chamber believes that this can be achieved by regulating engineering systems. Such regulation should be in place at conceptual stages and not as an afterthought.

 

It was remarked that green technology schemes should be devised to not only benefit government to reach stipulated EU objectives, but should also better protect the consumer who is sometimes driven into buying technology which is not up to acceptable standard.

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CoE awards UoM Final Year Students’ Projects

final year projects coe awardsChamber of Engineers President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino recently took part in the Faculty of Engineering’s award presentation ceremony. The CoE's awards for best projects went to:

ICT - Roberto Drago, Graphic VU Meter Display for Sound Mixers Implemented Using FPGAs

Electrical - Josef Mizzi, A grid connected brushless DC drive for micro wind turbines

Mechanical - Dennis Formosa, Corrosion Testing of Kolsterised® Biomedical Ni-Free Stainless Steel and Luke Said, Aesthetic Laser Marking

 
University academic honoured by worldwide aviation industry

engineer honoured by aviation industryThe Chamber of Engineers would like to congratulate Dr Ing. Andrew Sammut, lecturer within the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering at the University of Malta, who was awarded the prestigious William E. Jackson award by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) for his research dealing with aircraft safety.

Ing. Sammut’s winning submission involved the design of an avionic system with the capability of detecting conflicts between aircraft on the runway. The technology has the capability of determining the safest avoidance manoeuvre that the pilots should take to clear the conflict, which is then communicated directly to the pilots in the cockpit using a novel alerting technique.

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Utilising Voltage Optimisation for Energy Saving Purposes

The Chamber of Engineers in collaboration with CD Power Saving Co Ltd organised a short morning seminar entitled "Utilising Voltage Optimisation for Energy Saving Purposes" by Dr Alex Mardapittas. This seminar was held on Tuesday 29th May from 08:30 - 11:30 at the Professional Centre, Gzira.

 

 

 
Water: A 21st Century Challenge: CoE Conference a well attended success

The water challenges that we experience today are clear. The increasing population growth, urbanisation, increased industrial activity, and climate change are amongst the many factors which give rise to water problems. Now more than ever, countries are faced with this problem in a similar way as they are faced with problems related to energy. For this reason, the design of appropriate water management strategies becomes essential. Scientists and engineers are required to create immediate solutions for the present as well as for the future.

During its Annual Conference held on 9th May, the Chamber of Engineers tackled the issue of water sustainability from a number of different view-points, including water management, innovative desalination technologies and a detailed look at the local scenario. The conference aimed to analyses ongoing developments and challenges being faced both locally and internationally.

The event was opened with an address from the Hon. Dr. Mario de Marco, Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Environment and Inġ. Saviour Baldacchino, President, Chamber of Engineers.

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