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  • To solve our energy crises interdisciplinary engineering becomes critical

    Nov 20, 2018 | 07:28 am

    To solve our energy crises interdisciplinary engineering becomes critical Future generations will judge us for not taking the necessary precautions to offset the effects of climate change on our world. The blame will inevitably involve our reticence to cut down on fossil fuels. In reality, however, the task is massive and will rely on science, technology, engineering and government all committing to solving the problem.Mark Lynas, a British journalist and environmentalist, has been issuing warnings since 2007. He explains what will happen to the world if the earth continues to warm, Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet.In one chapter he writes about the Palmer Drought Severity Index — a computerized forecast run by the Hadley Centre at Britain's Meteorological Office. This computer model calculates the likelihood of drought in the century to come. In 2007 he wrote the following:"The results were deeply troubling. The incidence of moderate drought doubled by 2100 — but worst of all, the[…]

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  • Number of women in engineering still low

    Nov 20, 2018 | 07:10 am

    Number of women in engineering still low By all accounts engineering remains a male-dominated industry.In 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that women fill 47 percent of all jobs, while men take up the other 53 percent.However, according to more recent figures from the National Science Board, women only filled 24 percent of STEM jobs in 2018. And the industry in which women are least represented? Engineering.TechCrunch writer Dr. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science in Boston, says the numbers are ‘startling.' He writes:“At a young age, girls internalize long-lasting stereotypes that tell them that boys are better at engineering and computer science, and that girls simply aren’t engineers. And during these formative years, they never have an opportunity to imagine themselves as engineers.”Dr. Jordan B Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, explains why that might be:“Women are tilted towards empathizing and males are tilted towards systematizing. That[…]

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  • Higher Education Practical Engineering Experience

    Nov 15, 2018 | 07:30 am

    The EIT remote and virtual lab platformThe EIT lab hosting platform, Electromeet, connects students with lab computers in real time using TeamViewer software. Once connected, students will have access to a wide range of engineering software and connected hardware, which will be used in practical assessments throughout their course. Utilizing the Electromeet scheduling system, students are able to pre-book exclusive access to the required labs for when they are needed. The labs consist of: Virtual labs; computers hosting software for a multitude of engineering applications, including: modelling and analysis, science education, programming, power network design, construct models, design and drafting, project management, industrial process control, and virtual plant field operations.     Remote labs; computers connected to physical equipment and sensors equivalent to the traditional university engineering lab. These practicals are interactive, controllable, variable, and viewable over webcams in real-time, with examples including; data communication and protocols, scientific instrumentation, physical[…]

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  • Grand Egyptian Museum nearing completion

    Nov 9, 2018 | 05:56 am

    Grand Egyptian Museum nearing completion At the foot of the pyramids of Giza, a new museum is taking shape.Five thousand Egyptian civil engineers are hard at work to complete the Grand Egyptian Museum. Construction began 16 years ago, and the doors are expected finally to open in early 2019.One of the firms attached to the build is Buro Happold Engineering. They say the museum will be a construction where ‘mathematical precision meets elegant vision.'The initial call for proposals for the museum was in 2002. The winning designers were Heneghan Peng from Dublin, Ireland. They worked alongside Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, and engineers. The exhibition design was completed by Metaphor and Cultural Innovations Ltd.It is expected to assume a 50 hectare stretch of land and will go down as one of the most audacious museum builds in world history. Director General of the museum, Tarek Tawfik told CNN:“This will be the museum of[…]

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  • Startup unveils purely mechanical bowling machine

    Nov 9, 2018 | 04:19 am

    Startup unveils purely mechanical bowling machine Mechanical engineers are flexing their eco-friendly and business savvy muscles in the startup industry. Pratheek Palanethra was a mechanical engineering student in Bengaluru and is also passionate about cricket.During his student years - studying for his Master of Technical Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania – he was sad to discover that there was really no cricket culture in the US. He struggled to find students who wanted to practice cricket with him. Instead of allowing it to perturb him it inspired him; he decided to engineer something to enable his practice.He enlisted the help of his roommate Justin Jacobs, who was studying civil engineering at the time, and they began work on an affordable, non-electric bowling machine.Source: Freebowler.com“We really wanted to be innovative the cricket market. Everyone’s going high-tech, we are going low-tech,” Justin said.Usually, cricket bowling machines are quite expensive. In South Africa — where cricket bowling machines[…]

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  • Automation won’t replace skilled workers, say experts

    Nov 9, 2018 | 03:59 am

    Automation won’t replace skilled workers, say experts As 2018 comes to a close, the industrial automation market is preparing to further digitize and automate industries into 2019.McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) reports that by 2030 about 15 percent of workers around the world will be displaced by automation. However, they also note that employees are unaware that eight to nine percent of them will work in jobs that don't yet exist.Consequently, automation will not only replace repetitive jobs, but also create new opportunities in many industries. This is why a culture of life-long learning is critical; a willingness to upskill and cross-skill.Dean of Engineering at the Engineering Institute of Technology, Steve Mackay, believes emphatically that automation will preserve the engineer, not replace him/her. However, Steve notes that they should take responsibility for their futures, by being aware of the changes occurring in the industry."You may be doing something today, but tomorrow you will be doing something completely different,"[…]

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  • The UK electric vehicle deadlines may be too ambitious

    Nov 9, 2018 | 03:32 am

    The UK electric vehicle deadlines may be too ambitious Is the move to electric vehicles on track?Last year the UK government pledged that the manufacture of petrol and diesel cars would cease by 2040. In July, they then amended their pledge to also exclude hybrids (cars powered by electricity and petrol/diesel).  MPs in the United Kingdom are, however, growing ever more skeptical about the viability of a majority electric vehicle future by 2040.On the other hand, a new report has been released by the Business, Energy and Industrial Committee, ‘Electric vehicles: driving the transition.' They believe that the initial pledges by the government were ‘vague' and lacked ambition. They recommend that government ban the sales of fossil-fueled vehicles by the year 2032 and make the necessary investment to facilitate it.Chair (and engineer) of the Business, Energy and Industrial Committee said:“We cannot expect consumers to overcome ‘range anxiety’ and switch to electric vehicles if they cannot be confident of finding[…]

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  • 3D printed bridge debuts

    Nov 8, 2018 | 07:02 am

    3D printed bridge debuts At this year's Dutch Design Week, the world's first 3D printed stainless steel bridge was unveiled.The bridge was produced by a Dutch robotics company named MX3D. It will serve as a crossing over one of Amsterdam's oldest and most famous canals, the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.Its construction utilized optimization software and a robotic additive manufacturing technology to layer molten steel repetitively. The traditional construction engineering approach to building a bridge has potentially been altered forever.Source: MX3D.comSix industrial robots equipped with ‘purpose-built tools' assisted in controlling welding machines that fused the bridge together. Reflecting on how the final design of the bridge changed, MX3D said:“The initial design changed significantly due to the engineering concerns. The lightweight tree-like structure is built on four main bearers. The concern was that if one of these bearers gets hit by a boat, the structure could critically fail. Therefore a totally new concept was created that took into[…]

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  • A Scholarship Reminder

    Nov 8, 2018 | 06:52 am

    A Scholarship Reminder Are you planning to study towards a degree with EIT during 2019? Our 2018 scholarship winners - students online and on-campus - are working hard, making the most of the windfall they received.If you plan to study with us next year you should consider sending in your application very soon. If your preference is online study you need to be quick! You must have your scholarship application in by Friday 23rd of November, 2018. For those of you planning to study on-campus, you must have your scholarship application in by Friday 11th January, 2019.How to apply?Please see our Scholarship Page for eligibility criteria and application requirements.Please contact Ms Caroline Mackay on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions. Otherwise submit your scholarship applications directly to her, after you have formally applied for the degree you wish to study.

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  • Hop aboard the self-driving fleet of ships

    Nov 8, 2018 | 01:01 am

    Hop aboard the self-driving fleet of ships Rolls-Royce and Intel have joined forces to develop an Intelligent Awareness System for future autonomous shipping projects.The first entirely unmanned, crewless ships, with the self-sailing tech, are set to hit the oceans in 2025.Inevitably, they will see crewed vessels working alongside them.Don’t assume that this technology has rendered the lighthouse useless though. In the official simulated pictures published by Rolls-Royce, the lighthouse remains the beacon announcing land that it has always been.Source: Rolls-RoyceNonetheless, the new system packs a punch in the technology department; the setup includes LIDAR, radar, thermal camera, High Definition cameras, satellite data and weather forecasts. With all of the data being generated by these technologies, Intel has fitted the system with their 3D NAND solid-state drives. The drives will store up to one terabyte of compressed data per day.It’s possible that industrial-sized, autonomously controlled vessels could be greenlit by governments across the globe before autonomous vehicles! Only[…]

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  • Engineers design tape measure for the blind

    Nov 8, 2018 | 00:44 am

    Engineers design tape measure for the blind Innovation is sometimes all talk and no action. What actually gets engineers inventing and creating novel solutions to everyday problems? Handsome rewards, of course. The James Dyson Award is an international design competition that ‘celebrates, encourages and inspires the designers of new problem-solving ideas.'A curious advent of engineering design has already won a team of engineers the Australian Dyson Award. They are now in the running to win the international James Dyson Award. These engineers managed to reinvent the tape measure, to showcase one defining characteristic: its accessibility to the visually impaired.They are calling it the Macaron. The tape measure interfaces with a smartphone app that utilizes Bluetooth and audio feedback to assist with the measuring process.Source: James Dyson Award | TwitterThe engineers explained that the tape measures accurately, records and stores your measurements. Inbuilt audio then reads them out.The four engineers behind the design are Jake Dean, Yuma Decaux,[…]

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  • Brian Masemola

    Nov 2, 2018 | 00:35 am

    Brian Masemola Brian Masemola graduated high school in 2006. By 2007, he had joined a college and started studying Instrumentation, which led to an apprenticeship with Anglo American Thermal Coal in 2009. In 2012, he qualified as an Instrumentation Mechanician after completing his National Diploma in Instrumentation.In 2016, he joined the Engineering Institute of Technology, pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation. Brian had subsequently unlocked a new community of engineers he had never come across before.“I met people from various countries. It was awesome! We networked, exchanged information and shared experiences. EIT’s set-up is great and convenient — especially for someone in the working class. It’s always awesome for the fact that classes are attended in the late evenings, it is a comfortable space for the learner.”He is currently working in the chrome smelting industry, where his daily responsibilities include the installation and commissioning of new instruments. He also assists with[…]

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  • EIT Graduation Rebate

    Oct 31, 2018 | 06:57 am

    EIT Graduation Rebate Enroll in an Advanced Diploma with the Engineering Institute of Technology between 31 October 2018 and 28 February 2019 to be eligible for our Graduation RebateStudying with the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is guaranteed to be an exciting and rewarding journey, given that student success and satisfaction is a very high priority for us. That's why we have created a Graduation Rebate, to reward students who graduate from our Advanced Diploma courses for their hard work and committment to their studies.This rebate is designed for high performing & committed students who do not defer or withdraw from any units and graduate in their original intakes.  We understand that juggling work and study commitments is not always easy. Upon graduation with EIT, eligible students will receive a US $400 or equivalent rebate as a gesture of appreciation. Please note those students who want to apply for this rebate must enroll in[…]

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  • The 2018 graduates in Africa are celebrated by the Engineering Institute of Technology

    Oct 26, 2018 | 06:44 am

    The 2018 graduates in Africa are celebrated by the Engineering Institute of Technology On the 18th October the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) hosted their 2018 African Graduation Gala, in South Africa.Almost 60 graduates attended; having completed either a Master of Engineering degree or an Advanced Diploma, and in a couple of instances, a Professional Certificate course.Despite the tyranny of distance the EIT graduates who were able to attend, haled from ten African nations: Chad, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa.The live, online platform of learning reaches EIT students in their homelands around Africa (and indeed the world). The graduates’ discipline, persistence and determination were applauded; the vast majority of them have studied while working full time. The 2018 graduates were addressed by the CEO of the South African Council of Engineering (ECSA), Mr Sipho Madonsela and Mr Johan Maartens, the CEO of the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC).Both gentlemen expressed their support for an education[…]

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  • Industry Presentation: Ethics in Engineering

    Oct 19, 2018 | 06:17 am

    Industry Presentation: Ethics in Engineering EIT alumnus Allan Butler conducted a presentation on “Ethics in Engineering” for our students at our East Perth campus last Thursday.Allan, who is currently a SCADA Engineer at Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, graduated from EIT’s Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) in 2018. His main role is to manage the SCADA system at the Dampier Bunbury Pipeline.EIT is committed to delivering education programs that are aligned with real industry needs. We also want our students to have ongoing access to relevant information, so they can continue learning and improving well into their career. As a result, we’re collaborating closely with industry to bring our students relevant guest speakers who can provide meaningful technical insight.With over 20 years of experience in the engineering industry, Allan was able to share his advice about life beyond the classroom.His presentation started with a question: “Would you rather take a 50% chance of getting the problem[…]

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