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Talking Point: Facing our Water Problems

This article appeared in The Times of Malta on 12th May 2011.

by Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, President, Chamber of Engineers

The original Storm Water Master Plan planned by Government aimed to address the problems of flooding (storm water) and of ground water resources shortages. The key target was to harvest approximately 5-8million m3 of rainwater per annum.

At some stage in the process, the authorities deemed the original targets unfeasible. Thus it was decided that the best course of action was to scale back its scope and targets. Now only addressing the flooding problem, the downsized project aimed to incorporate 10,000m3 of storage and to facilitate the seepage of 650,000m3 per annum into the aquifer.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:55
CoE congratulates New Dean for Faculty of Engineering

DATE: 10 May 2011

The Chamber of Engineers would like to congratulate Dr. Ing. John Betts on his appointment as the new Dean within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta. Dr. Betts succeeds Prof. Ing. Robert Ghirlando. He is also the new head of the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering.

Prof. Betts has been a lecturer at the University of Malta for over the past ten years. His previous posts include Manager of the Steel Outfitting Department at Malta Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, where he worked for over four years, and was involved in the construction of six timber carriers, one tanker and two rig supply vessels. Prof. Betts was also Production Engineer at Stainless Steel Products Ltd. and Remote Sensing Project Engineer at the Euro Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics.

Chamber of Engineers congratulates MGPEI on 50th Anniversary

DATE: 10 May 2011

The Chamber of Engineers would like to congratulate the Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions (MGPEI) on its 50th anniversary, since its establishment in 1961.

The MGPEI celebrated this landmark anniversary on 5th May. Representing the Chamber of Engineers at this well attended event was President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino. The guests of honour included the Presidents of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (I. Mech.E) Dr Nigel Burton and Mr. John R. Wood respectively, as well as Mr. Richard Coackley, Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The MGPEI represents these prestigious organisations in Malta. The British High Commissioner, H.E. Ms. Louise Stanton was also in attendance.

Chamber of Engineers 20th Annual Conference: Energy: The Alternatives

DATE: 10 MAY 2011

The Chamber of Engineers held its 20th Annual Conference with the theme of Energy: The Alternatives on 19th May 2011 at the Hotel Corinthia San Gorg, St. Julians. This year's conference focused on alternatives to the well known technologies, going beyond the renewable energies that have been tackled time and time again.

The conference delved into the non-conventional renewable energy technologies that can be taken advantage of, the market opportunities for such technologies, and how the local renewable energy scene is evolving.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 January 2012 20:45
Chamber of Engineers hosts WFEO President

DATE: 14 APRIL 2011

This week, the Chamber of Engineers hosted the President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), Ing. Adel M. M.J Al-Kharafi, during his visit to Malta. WFEO is an international, non-governmental organisation representing the engineering profession worldwide. The WFEO represents around 100 organisations, including both national and international entities.

During his visit, Ing. Al-Kharafi met with Prime Minister Dr. Lawrence Gonzi, with whom he stressed the importance of engineers in society. Ing. Al-Kharafi stated that it is imperative for governments to support the development of the engineering profession in the country. He noted that this could be done in a number of ways, but primarily through tangible support and more exposure of the engineer in society.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 20:34
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