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  • Perth’s Best Day Trips

    Jun 20, 2018 | 08:01 am

    Perth’s Best Day Trips Perth is surrounded by some amazing destinations that are only a couple of hours out of the city. If you’re looking for something to do during your study-break or on the weekend, why not explore some more of Western Australia? Here are some of our favourite day trips.Araluen Botanic ParkThis stunning park is home to 59 hectares of native Australian bushland and 14 hectares of manicured gardens showcasing exotic plants. In the spring, it features more than 100,000 tulips in full bloom against a backdrop of eucalyptus trees.  Visitors can take a train ride around the park to take in the scenery and learn about Western Australia’s native flora. Located in Roleystone, it is only 35km south-east of the Perth CBD. Source: Department of Parks and WildlifeYanchepThis is the perfect place to spot koalas and kangaroos in their natural environments.  There are also a number of walking trails, where you can[…]


  • Brave the Cold at Perth’s Winter Wonderlands

    Jun 15, 2018 | 05:26 am

    Brave the Cold at Perth’s Winter Wonderlands This winter, get your skates on and brave the cold at winter wonderland events in Fremantle and Elizabeth Quay. If you’re not too keen on ice skating, there will be snow-man building, inflatable slides,food stalls and markets.Winterworld This outdoor ice skating rink in Fremantle will be complete with falling snow. There will also be a giant inflatable slide and a snow pit, where you can build your own snowman. If you’re feeling cold, don’t worry — inside the National Hotel is a warm and cosy Cabin Bar. You can relax here with a warm hot chocolate, roast marshmallows around a fire pit, or visit local producers and retailers showcasing their wares at the marketplace. There will also be food trucks serving food, perfect for a cold winter’s day.Australia’s largest open-air ice skating rink will be open from 23 June – 15 July at the Fremantle Esplanade Park.Source: WinterworldSkating At Festival This open-air[…]


  • Learning how to become a leader

    Jun 13, 2018 | 23:55 pm

    Learning how to become a leader Can leadership be inherited? Can leadership be learned? In a study published in 2013 by Science Direct, the answer to both those questions is ‘yes’ - but learning how to lead significantly outweighs the likelihood of the former working without some input. The researchers of the paper entitled, Born to lead? A twin design and genetic association study of leadership role occupancy, believe that inheritance contributes little to leadership qualities:“Employing twin design methods on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we estimate the heritability of leadership role occupancy at 24%”The study would go down as the only study to ever use genotypes to determine whether or not humans could inherently be born with a leadership gene. The result was that leadership is more easily taught than inherited.In engineering the likelihood of being thrust into a position that involves having to manage a team is high. So those new[…]


  • Australia’s 1.3GW renewable energy platform coming soon

    Jun 11, 2018 | 03:05 am

    Australia’s 1.3GW renewable energy platform coming soon 110,000 Australian homes are to be powered by renewable energy sources before the end of 2018. Much of this is thanks to Partners Group - the global private market investment manager. They will be investing a total of AUD$700 million in a renewable energy platform named the Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform.The investment will, over four years, help add 1.3GW of new wind power, solar power, and battery storage projects in Australia. It is not the first time Partners Group has thrown their weight behind the Australian renewables sector. In 2015, they pledged AUD$450 million for the building of the Ararat Wind Farm in Victoria. The local developer utilizing the funds and building the farms is CWP Renewables. They are in the business of delivering energy, and powering communities.Then in 2016, the investment firm pumped a further AUD$250 million to complete the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm in New South Wales. This[…]


  • What should an engineering resume or CV look like?

    Jun 11, 2018 | 00:28 am

    What should an engineering resume or CV look like? What modern curriculum vitae should look like is a question that prospective employees are asking themselves all over the world. For those seeking employment in the engineering industries this is a particular challenge because it requires some creative aptitude – not always something that comes naturally to technical gurus. And yet, fierce competition in the modern workplace means that perfecting a CV and marketing oneself as the best possible candidate is critical, despite being tedious.Thankfully there are some basics that graduates can apply to their CVs that will help them at least be considered by employers.Steve Mackay, the Dean at the Engineering Institute of Technology, believes that the rules of CVs have changed. What used to work in the past does not necessarily work today. He said:“First of all, ensure your CV is designed for the particular job you are applying for. Most people think they can use a generic resume[…]


  • Paul Celenza – thoughts on building the hybrid college of the future

    Jun 8, 2018 | 03:39 am

    Paul Celenza – thoughts on building the hybrid college of the future Paul Celenza is the College Manager at the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT); he has worked for the college for eight years. Upon a recent visit to South Africa, Paul reflected on eight years of change and innovation in the education sector and revealed more about EIT’s novel approach to the future of engineering education and trainingEIT’s sister company, IDC Technologies, began offering courses to students over 25 years ago; short engineering professional development courses, on site and in classrooms around the world – a branch of the business which still exists today.With the reach of the internet and emerging online technologies EIT began offering these short certificate courses online. The platform is live and interactive and provides students, in all corners of the world, with access to engineering and technical training. The college also now awards Australian qualifications in a range of diplomas, advanced diplomas, BSc and Master degrees[…]


  • The (new) tallest building in the world

    Jun 8, 2018 | 03:28 am

    The (new) tallest building in the world The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is about to be dethroned. 1,200 miles away, a new tower is nearing its completion in Saudi Arabia. In 2020, the tallest building in the world, the Jeddah Tower measuring in at one kilometer, will open. That is if engineers can complete the audacious towering skyscraper on the desert sand.The tower’s construction is estimated to cost the Kingdom Holding Company around US$1.5 billion. Jeddah Economic Company website initially reported that the tower would stretch “over 1000 meters” but Engineering360 says those plans have changed. Nonetheless, the tower will also have the world’s highest observatory deck ever built. The tower will also be the centerpiece of an almost Singaporean city, a center for business and commerce. This city will be called the Jeddah Economic City. The entire district is to cost US$20 billion. It will include a new airport and cutting-edge infrastructure, replacing[…]


  • The largest, most efficient 3D printer in the world debuts

    Jun 8, 2018 | 03:12 am

    The largest, most efficient 3D printer in the world debuts A startup in Melbourne, Australia, has introduced the world’s biggest 3D printer. The company in question is Titomic; they are experts in industrial scale additive manufacturing.They boast that they also have the industry’s fastest metal 3D printing production line.Source: TitomicThey specialize in titanium, of course. They print for an assortment of industries. They produce and manufacture metals for space ships, automobiles, skyscrapers, bicycles, military marine vessels, yachts, wheelchairs, mining equipment, and offshore oil and gas drilling stations.Their 3D printer stands at 1.5 meters high, has an area of 9 meters and is 3 meters wide. The 3D printer can produce 45kg (99lb) of printed material per hour. Smaller machines, CEO Jeff Lang says, can only do 1kg (2.2lb) per 24 hours. The size and efficiency of Titomic’s machine is clearly second to none. CEO of Titomic, Jeff Lang, says printing a submarine is not an impossibility in the future. He[…]


  • The 4G automated warehouse of the future is here

    Jun 8, 2018 | 03:03 am

    The 4G automated warehouse of the future is here If you aren’t utilizing a service that delivers your groceries to your door now, you most likely will use one in the future. Thanks to automation, you won’t have to cast your mind to the nonexistent workers that are packaging all of your groceries up for you - because all of the workers will be robots.Source: BurstIf it sounds like a persuasive brochure from a futuristic sci-fi novel, it isn’t. It’s already happening. Ocado warehouse in Hampshire, England, utilizes hundreds of robots on a metal grid, speedily transferring groceries from holding cell to packet to your front door. And we have engineers to thank for that.The warehouse where the robots perform their gymnastics is completely unmanned. Pick-and-place robots are abundant, carefully lifting and then putting down items that will be shipped to the demanding customer.It is all made possible through an automated solution named the Ocado Smart Platform Automated Fulfilment[…]


  • Order up!Engineering graduates open automated restaurant

    Jun 8, 2018 | 02:37 am

    Order up!Engineering graduates open automated restaurant Food and beverage processing has been achieved by heavy duty machinery controlled by ‘robots’ for many years. Now the world is poised to experience an automated dining experience.With the rise of automation the kitchen is beginning to look different. Not only are the chefs and kitchen staff being replaced by robots, the kitchen itself is being automated. The front of house is not immune either; the waiting staff are beginning to disappear in some restaurants.Fast food giant, McDonalds, is increasingly automating most operations. Cashiers are being steadily replaced with order kiosks run by software and computers. Pick-and-place.Four MIT engineering graduates have gone into the restaurant business and shown the world the future with their automated kitchen. It is the brainchild of Michael Farid, who during his Masters in Mechanical Engineering, found that he had almost no time to cook himself meals.Source: Mimi Phan, MIT Management Sloan School He recruited Braden Knight,[…]


  • Insect robots have taken flight

    Jun 6, 2018 | 03:36 am

    Insect robots have taken flight Ahead of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia, a group of engineers from the University of Washington have announced something that might have tongues wagging at the conference.They are releasing a study they have conducted that will show the feasibility of wireless, flying, robot insects.Looking like something out of the film ‘Eye in the Sky’ the engineers have created the world’s first wireless flying robot insect. The engineers have said this is “one small flap for a robot” and “one giant leap for robot-kind”.The video they have released shows the robot flapping its wings quicker than the eye can see. When slowed down, the robot’s wings look eerily similar to that of a fly’s wings. And have aptly dubbed the robot, ‘RoboFly’.How it fliesThe methodology behind how it flies (how it is powered) is impressive. The engineers have devised a scheme whereby a laser beam is[…]


  • Engineering companies face new data protection laws

    Jun 6, 2018 | 03:29 am

    Engineering companies face new data protection laws If you start an engineering company today a lot of your operations - both on-site and at the enterprise levels of your business - are vulnerable to being hacked. This is due to the number of technologies which are connected to a cloud-based or internet-connected framework.The infrastructural technologies of the world are not the only entities under attack - the data the technologies generate and the general data that a company stores can also be potentially stolen. In 2017, ransomware attacks became more frequent than ever. Small businesses were targeted, but so too were UK and US hospitals; they were slowed to a halt due to being locked out of their in-house, internet-connected technologies.Source: PixabayThe topic of data protection became compelling when companies like Facebook - who have the data of more than 1 billion people - allowed data to be sold to bidders. The issue, therefore, needs to be[…]


  • Things to Do in Perth this Winter

    Jun 6, 2018 | 03:15 am

    Things to Do in Perth this Winter While Perth is known for its beaches, wildlife and hiking trails, the cold and wet weather doesn’t always make these activities seem so appealing. So, we’ve come up with a list of things to do which will keep you warm and dry this winter.AQWASource: Explore Tours PerthThe Aquarium of Western Australia is passionate about generating respect for marine life through their education programs, rehabilitation of sick and injured animals and conservation efforts. Their exhibits feature marine life from five different zones: the great southern, shipwreck coast, Perth coast, the far north and the danger zone. These include one of the world’s largest living coral reefs, fish, sharks, rays and turtles. It also features Australia’s largest walk-through aquarium tunnel. There are a number of experiences on offer at AQWA as well. These include diving, snorkelling and behind the scenes tours. AQWA is located at Hillarys Boat Harbour, approximately 20 minutes north[…]


  • How Engineers Pumped Water to the Goldfields

    May 28, 2018 | 05:25 am

    How Engineers Pumped Water to the Goldfields The Swan River Colony was settled in 1829, and in its first 60 years Western Australia made little progress. In 1881 the state had a population of less than 30,000 people, however by 1911 theSource: Goldfields Tourism Networkpopulation had grown to 282,000. This was a result of the gold mining in the eastern “desert” from 1893, which drew people from across Australia and the rest of the world. The scarcity of water in the Goldfields area caused many deaths and the rapid spread of disease, so the government decided they needed to implement a scheme to address this problem.Western Australia’s Engineer-in-Chief C. Y. O’Connor proposed the construction of a 30 metre high dam, 521 kilometres of steel pipeline and 8 steam-driven pump stations with associated reservoirs. He was met with criticism due to the cost of the project and the fact that many people believed this plan wouldn’t work. However,[…]


  • Top Free Tourist Attractions in Perth

    May 21, 2018 | 07:36 am

    Top Free Tourist Attractions in Perth Perth is home to many natural attractions, including bush walks, beaches and waterfalls. Here are some of the top places you can visit for free.Kings Park and Botanic Garden Source: Lonely PlanetThis is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, boasting a total area of 400.6 hectares. The landscape is made up of a combination of cultivated gardens and natural bushland, featuring 319 species of native plants and approximately 80 bird species. There are a number of attractions you can enjoy at Kings Park , such as taking a guided tour to learn more about the area, or following one of the trails. The Lotterywest Federation Walkway takes visitors through the botanic gardens and up into a canopy of trees. The trail begins at ground level and then travels up into a glass and steel footbridge, with a maximum height of 16 metres. It offers a panoramic view[…]