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  • Student Story: Roslyn Rountree

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:55 am

    Student Story: Roslyn Rountree Roslyn Rountree is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate who is obtaining a second qualification through the institute while working in the biomedical engineering field.She completed her 52810WA - Advanced Diploma in Mechanical in 2018. She is now working through EIT’s 52705WA - Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Engineering program.Her daily responsibilities include ensuring that medical equipment is working correctly, efficiently, and — most importantly — in a safe manner. Her job is two-pronged because she has to ensure both patient and hospital staff can use the biomedical devices.“My industry has multiple areas in which it cares for people,” she said.“All of which are continually growing and developing every day, not only to improve patient care but also to improve how patient care is implemented.”Rosyln’s journey has been everything but traditional. Her career initially began in agriculture. After graduating high school, she enrolled at Emerald Agricultural College. She acquired her Diploma[…]


  • The engineers of the future

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:42 am

    The engineers of the future Technology is rapidly transforming the world of work. Traditional curricula in tertiary education institutions must change with the times to better prepare graduates for the technologies they will need to utilize once they enter the workforce. Likewise, students are wondering what roles they might have post-graduation, as the job landscape is continually evolving with automation.Australia’s Institute Centre for Future Work agrees that students might enter roles that their degrees have not prepared them for. They conduct economic research on work, employment, and labor markets, and believe that educational institutions need to begin evolving their offerings to cater to the skills of the future within the majority of industries.“Individuals with university degrees are more likely to be employed, to have more stable jobs, and to be paid more,” they stated in their report.“But this relative advantage enjoyed by university graduates does not negate the fact that employment conditions have become much[…]


  • The art of relocating

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:22 am

    The art of relocating On a Tuesday morning in late October, Danish engineers engaged in a risky and costly rescue operation to move one of Denmark’s most beloved landmarks. The Rubjerg Knude Fyr lighthouse was first lit in 1900 and is the Danish north coast’s jewel and a national treasure. However, due to coastal erosion, engineers have said the tourist attraction needed to be relocated.The 76-foot tall lighthouse was 656 feet away from the coast when first lit in 1900. Each year, the sand dune has been eroding by approximately two meters. Before the relocation, the lighthouse was just 20 feet away from plummeting into the ocean.As a consequence, the local government contracted local engineers to try and save the structure.Engineers drew up plans to move the 720-tonne lighthouse in a way that would not compromise its structural integrity. The idea was to move the structure 70 feet away from its original position.Source: Zairon/WikimediaThe[…]


  • Predicting and preventing climate events to save bridges

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:13 am

    Predicting and preventing climate events to save bridges Could climate change prediction models and regional data collected by cities help ensure the safety of infrastructure in the future? Securing infrastructure like bridges and making them weatherproof is pretty important work. However, with more extreme weather events predicted for the future, how can engineers be sure their bridges will stay standing?Engineers have life-cycle projections for bridges they have constructed. Although in a world threatened by more fierce climate events, the life cycle of bridges could be under threat. Predictive and preventative maintenance on bridges could be done in a much more informed manner if engineers were aware of future climate events and how those events could damage the structural integrity of bridges.Source: PenndotA less predictable threat to the structural integrity of bridges is scour. Scour is the erosion of soil around the foundation of a bridge caused by fast-moving water underneath it —typically during floods.Scour is the most significant[…]


  • Student Story: Hendru Coetzer

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:53 am

    Student Story: Hendru Coetzer Hendru Coetzer is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate who completed the 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering in May 2016. It has been a twelve-year journey for Hendru, as he endeavored to learn everything he could about the engineering industry across the world.From a young age, Hendru was obsessed with the engineering industry.“It all started at a young age, where I used to either work with my father in his workshop or trying to assist his team at the tender age of 13. It’s in my blood. I still call my dad on a daily basis to assist with the most technical questions out there. Also, there is a certain smell to greased overalls and uncomfortable safety shoes which simply keeps me coming back for more.”His first job was as a Junior Construction Manager at a low-cost housing project, where he began to save money in hopes[…]


  • Online digital tools for engineers

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:46 am

    Online digital tools for engineers Engineers are the driving force behind the digital revolution. In just the last decade, there has been a rise in automation technologies that have turned menial tasks at almost every level of society into an automated process.Emerson, a global technology and engineering leader, is designing automation solutions for engineers that they believe could propel the industry forward and increase efficiency. Emerson serves up automation solutions for a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, including Automotive, Chemical, Industrial Energy & Onsite Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power Generation and Water & Wastewater.Their latest solution to engineering efficiency is a set of new digital, cloud-based tools that can help individual engineers stay on top of their projects. The MyEmerson engineering tools promise to save engineers time and allow them to work on the things that matter.Source: MyEmersonFor instance, the online tool repository has on-demand CAD drawings and diagrams, plus configurators that can help[…]


  • Cybersecurity can no longer be ignored in a world of IoT devices

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:35 am

    Cybersecurity can no longer be ignored in a world of IoT devices It was the curse of the commentator. Deloitte Risk Advisory Africa had just released a report on the lack of organizations’ preparedness for cybersecurity attacks in Africa. Soon after, hackers attacked the government of the City of Johannesburg in South Africa.On the 25th of October 2019, employees of the City of Johannesburg found the following message displayed on their terminals:“All your servers and data have been hacked. We have dozens of back doors inside your city. We have control of everything in your city. We also compromised all passwords and sensitive data, such as finance and personal population information.”The hackers asked for a ransom of 4.0 Bitcoins, which would amount to US$30,392. They threatened that if the city did not pay it by the 28th of October, that they would upload all of the data onto the internet. In July 2019, the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility, City Power, was[…]


  • Coffee and construction: an unlikely pairing

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:28 am

    Coffee and construction: an unlikely pairing Could the used coffee grounds from your morning coffee have a second life? Melbournian engineers think so — they have found the perfect use for coffee waste. In the future, houses and roads may have traces of coffee in them.Concrete contains up to 80% sand, which is one of the planet’s most used resources. However, the demand is so high that we will not have access to this resource forever. Plus, sand is often part of fragile ecosystems, and extracting it can have a significant impact on that environment.RMIT University’s School of Engineering is working on reducing the need for sand in construction materials along with the amount of coffee waste that ends up in landfill. They suggest replacing up to 10% of the sand in concrete with used coffee grounds.Senior lecturer at RMIT’s School of Engineering, Dr Srikanth Venkatesan, is at the helm of the research.“The biggest challenge is[…]


  • Australia’s crown achievement of engineering set to expand

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:20 am

    Australia’s crown achievement of engineering set to expand Snowy Hydro is an energy company that provides electricity to one million homes in Australia. They are the fourth-largest retailer in the energy market in Australia. Their crown achievement is the Snowy Mountains Scheme.The Snowy Mountains Scheme was the most significant public works engineering scheme ever undertaken in Australian history. It was a quintessentially Australian engineering endeavor that began 70 years ago, to provide energy to the nation. In 1949, construction began on their hydroelectricity and irrigation complex in Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales. The Scheme would go on to consist of sixteen major dams, seven power stations, one pumping station, and 225 kilometers of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts.Source: By Cmh at the English language WikipediaThe scheme’s initial design saw it collecting and storing water that would have otherwise flowed east down the Snowy River to the coast. It was used for irrigation and environmental purposes. The engineers diverted that[…]


  • Moodle Upgrade and Redesign

    Nov 5, 2019 | 06:36 am

    Moodle Upgrade and Redesign Hi everyone,The Engineering Institute of Technology will be rolling out two major changes throughout early December. These changes consist primarily of an upgrade of the system, and a complete design overhaul. These updates will occur throughout the 11th – 12th of December; with your access to Moodle intermittent throughout these periods. Moodle Upgrade – 11th DecemberEIT’s Moodle platform will be upgraded on the 11th of December. While we undertake a Moodle upgrade annually, this upgrade will also encompass a total server enhancement; consequently extending the maintenance hours required. We expect the upgrade to take the entire day on the 11th, and will be prepared to resolve any residual issues that occur throughout the 12th.  It is essential for us to keep our systems up-to-date. We undertake an annual upgrade of our Moodle site for two primary reasons:Additional protection against hackers and spammers; protection of student data is EIT’s highest priority.Consistent patches;[…]


  • Turning to biogas in the face of load-shedding

    Oct 31, 2019 | 03:17 am

    Turning to biogas in the face of load-shedding Volkswagen Group South Africa intends to take its manufacturing plant in Uitenhage, a town in the Eastern Cape Province, off the national electricity grid.It is not surprising that companies are looking at more sustainable (and renewable) means of powering their facilities in South Africa. The country’s state-owned electricity utility has been plagued with problems in 2019 that have forced them into scheduling load-shedding on several occasions during the year. The impact of the resulting power cuts reportedly costs the country R2.5 billion (US$181 million) in business revenue every day the lights are off.Thomas Schaefer, chair and MD of VWSA, explained how the power cuts affect the manufacturing plant. “The robots are in the welding process, which takes about 30 seconds,” he said.“If you get a spike in between, the robots forgets where it is. It’s an immediate shock and everything comes to a standstill. For safety reasons, you have to bring[…]


  • To infinity and beyond (with Australia)

    Oct 30, 2019 | 07:29 am

    To infinity and beyond (with Australia) Australian and American engineers are working on a series of space missions that could ultimately culminate in putting humans on Mars.The first mission, named Artemis, will involve getting humans back on the moon in 2024. It is expected to see the first woman walk on the lunar surface.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on the 21st of September in Washington. The two nations’ space agencies have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see an exchange of engineering technology and expertise that will facilitate the continued development of the upcoming lunar and future Mars missions.Australia will spend US$150 million over the five collaborative years. According to the Queensland Times, the partnership will see the Australians delivering automated robots for use in space and telecommunications setups that will communicate between earth and the moon.Nonetheless, Australia’s continued involvement with NASA is good news for future engineers[…]


  • Engineers skip work to protest for climate change

    Oct 30, 2019 | 06:41 am

    Engineers skip work to protest for climate change “Engineers can be a part of the solution. We all need to get together as a planet and do it collectively.”Those were the words of engineer and sustainability consultant at BuroHappold Engineering, Trevor Keeling. He was taking part in the Global Climate Strike along with 1,799 other employees of BuroHappold Engineering worldwide who stopped work to encourage better climate practices from government and businesses alike.In the last week of September, people in over 150 countries gathered to demand an end to what they describe as the ‘age of fossil fuels.’ Construction professionals, civil engineers, and architects were part of these strikes.The Green Building Council in the United Kingdom skipped work on Friday the 20th of September to protest in London. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) supported the movement too.The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) wrote on LinkedIn, “The built environment is a significant contributor to carbon emissions. We[…]


  • American Factory focuses on globalization, multiculturalism, unionization in engineering

    Oct 29, 2019 | 08:22 am

    American Factory focuses on globalization, multiculturalism, unionization in engineering During the Great Recession of 2008, in the United States engineering companies began closing down. General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, was one such company that had to shut its doors due to the economic downturn.This meant a factory was left empty and ready for a new tenant, and  2,000 workers were out of jobs.Eventually, a new tenant from 7000 miles away, made their way into town in 2013. This was Fuyao Glass Industry Co. Ltd., a company owned by a Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang.Source: NetflixFuyao is China’s largest automotive glassmaker that exports to both Chinese and international regions.The factory takeover is the focus of a new documentary, ‘American Factory.’ It is the first film produced by Michelle and Barack Obama’s production company and was released on Netflix.The documentary delves into the several complexities an engineering workplace would naturally see when two cultures meet. Factory workers used to an American leadership[…]


  • Making fuel out of a world of plastic

    Oct 29, 2019 | 07:54 am

    Making fuel out of a world of plastic Turning waste into a source of power is a big opportunity in the modern age. With the amount of plastic that is produced every day, building a cyclical ecosystem that can reuse plastic quickly is one way to reduce waste.Emerging technologies invented by collections of scientists and engineers are springing up to assist with ridding the world of an overload of plastic.A team of scientists at Washington State University has been hard at work turning plastic waste products into jet fuel. Hanwu Lei, an associate professor at Washington State University’s Department of Biological System Engineering said, “Waste plastic is a huge problem worldwide. This is a very good and relatively simple way to recycle these plastics.”Source: Washington State UniversityThe team’s project saw them mixing low-density polyethylene and daily kinds of plastics like water bottles, milk bottles, and plastic bags. They reduced the plastic down to the size of a grain[…]