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Triton Submarines have taken man to where no man has gone before...to the bottom of the ocean.

Businessman and amateur pilot, Victor Vescovo, went down to what is believed to be the deepest point of the ocean a human being has ever travelled to. Its name is the Challenger Deep, located in the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of the Mariana Trench. From surface to seabed the underwater marvel is 10,928 meters deep and is the deepest point in the Earth’s hydrosphere. The vessel would have to...

We are only five months into 2019 and America has already seen 693 tornadoes tear across their sky. Just over the last couple of weeks, the American Midwest has been battered by over 100 tornadoes that have left several states with billions of dollars of damage to recover from.  And so, with many buildings left destroyed, civil engineering is quick to come to into action.

The immediate concern when any storm hits is flash flooding. Over the last 12 days Oklahoma has witnessed rivers and...

Engineering is transforming Kenya into an innovative hub of new technologies that are both helping the poorest of the poor and assisting the growth of the business sector.

A startup from the Penn State College of Engineering, Kijenzi, has been training Kenyans in the art of 3D printing. The startup also helps address several key issues encountered in the rural medical facilities in Kenya.

In Kenya, clinics are being faced with many issues like outdated machinery, unrefined supply chains...

Sam Bates is a graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology who recently earned his 52708WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. He works in the automation industry in the United Kingdom and is employed as a controls engineer. But, it has been a journey to get to where he is today. Sam says:

“I left school at the tender age of 16 and went to engineering college to learn the very basics in engineering. While I was there, I got offered an apprenticeship at a local engineering...

In the 1800s the United States was industrializing to the point where New York and San Francisco, states that were quite literally on opposite sides of the country, needed to figure out a central point at which they could trade with each other. They would, via their respective railroads, meet in the middle at a trading port in New Orleans. However a lake stood in their way, Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain. 

The railway, at over nine kilometres long, is the longest railway crossing over...

Google I/O has kicked off in Mountain View, California. A keynote speech opened the conference, which will see software and hardware developers from all over the world descend on Silicon Valley to watch and learn how Google do what they do.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked the proceedings off by outlining Google’s Mission, which is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”. They continued on to announce a plethora of notable additions to their product...

In 2017, the world got its first taste of the future of electric mobility and looked like something straight out of a science fiction film. An unmanned remote-controlled electric ‘jet’ prototype that took to the skies and experts were more than impressed. The engineers at Lilium, a Munich based startup, were providing the world a glimpse of what might one day be possible - a fully electric jet taxi.

Fast forward to 2019 and the company announced their fully electric five-seater prototype...

Anglo American’s coal mining operations in Mpumalanga, South Africa, are becoming more efficient and safer. They are starting to roll out underground Wi-Fi and equipping their miners and engineers with smartphones. It’s a setup that will cost only $690,000..

Currently in South Africa, telephones are used inside mines to communicate above and below the mine, but they are not immediately available to everyone involved in the mining operation. Communications is just one of the many benefits of...

Jessica Ann Mckenty is an Apprentice Communications Technician at Ergon Energy. She is a noteworthy graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology. In October of 2018, Jessica graduated with a 52782WA - Advanced Diploma of Industrial Data Communications, Networking & IT. 

Jessica completed the Advanced Diploma in the final eighteen months of her apprenticeship at Ergon Energy. Through her academic endeavors and her apprenticeship, Jessica became equipped with everything she...

At the end of the 80s, in the far west of outback New South Wales, in an inland mining city known as Broken Hill, Cindy McGeorge embarked on an Electrical Fitting apprenticeship. And now, with a 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering, she is an alumnus of the Engineering Institute of Technology.

Her life has been defined by becoming a mother, relocating, pursuing further education and her dreams in the electrical engineering industry. What follows is an interesting...

Wireless charging technology has had a serious hit or miss relationship with the mobile industry. With some standards being cleared, some technology being engineered and some being still stuck in pre-production, it’s hard to know what’s going on sometimes. However new developments might mean we are closer than we think.

Qi is the charging standard that defines wireless power transfer using inductive charging methods. The increasing development of this technology has gotten engineers minds...

Nokia wants to show the world what is possible with 5G networks and automated factories. Not only is the company now manufacturing mobile technologies with 5G embedded within their architecture, but they are also using it to automate their factories.

Based in the Finnish city of Oulu, Nokia has built a factor which they consider to be the future of modern industrial production and manufacturing. Whilst the plant has always belonged to Nokia, the company has now retrofitted the plant with new...

It was a story of ineptitude, willful ignorance, and oncoming catastrophe. But that didn’t stop civil engineers in the state of California from bouncing back and rectifying what had been neglected. In February 2017, Oroville Dam’s main and emergency spillways were damaged due to heavy rains which exposed the ill maintenance and general corrosion of the main and emergency spillways.

The reservoir is California’s second-largest provider of water. The dam’s capacity is 4.363537 km3, which...

Engineers and scientists have embarked on the race of a lifetime to perfect energy efficient refrigeration technologies. At this point in time, refrigeration technologies are a large contributor to greenhouse gases due to their amount of electricity consumption.

A group of international researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reported that they have come closer to perfecting a new form of refrigeration that achieves a cooling effect utilizing crystal plastics.

Instead of...

Dear Colleagues

I would respectfully suggest that most people and their companies go about their day-to-day work without a strong sense of purpose. However, in achieving success and fulfillment it is absolutely critical for both you and the business you work for to seek an overriding purpose.

 

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Research clearly shows that the finest companies are those that have a deep sense of purpose and employ people who similarly derive meaning from this purpose. This...

Roads are something we use every day. Whether it’s for going to work, school or anything in-between, the quality infrastructure of roads are detrimental to our safety. So what do you do when they start to fall apart?

Road infrastructure in Johannesburg, South Africa, is currently under threat. 94% of bridges are in just fair to extremely poor condition meaning out of 902 bridges, only 6% are acceptable. 707 bridges are categorized as poor to very poor in terms of structural integrity. These...

There are two schools of thought when people see a back flipping robot. Some - and they’re probably engineers - find it absolutely awe inspiring. And some have overtly negative reactions and feel a little creeped out by it.

Nonetheless, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory have designed a robot that can backflip on demand. It is called the Mini Cheetah. The engineers proclaim the robot is ‘powerful, robust, and inexpensive’ and it is...

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been left questioning media bias after fallout coverage of a Tesla Model S electric vehicle that caught fire in a Shanghai car park.

The released CCTV footage shows a white Tesla sedan emitting smoke from either side of the car, and then suddenly bursting into flames. The video shows how quickly, as a result of the fitted lithium-ion batteries, the car burns.

Bloomberg recently reported that there were over 40 fire-related incidents with new-energy...

As the world begins to demand increasingly sustainable and renewable methods of power, engineers are having to rise to the challenge to change the routines of established industries that have been operating the same way for hundreds of years.

Some of the oldest trades in the world which have constantly evolved to keep up with newer engineering technologies are eagerly looking to cut down on the amount of emissions they produce.

One of those trades is the art of cheese making.

If you...

Plagiarism is any creative industry is an incessant problem, allowing people to get away with ideas that are not rightfully theirs. This is particularly evident in China, who is notorious for their knockoffs of products from around the world. However a landmark victory in a recent court case might be changing that as China’s engineering industry is put under the spotlight.

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) celebrated the victory which is being called a ‘first’ for the global car industry in which they...

On a mild autumn day on the 26th of April 2019, the Engineering Institute of Technology hosted a seminar in Midrand, South Africa. Inquisitive, prospective engineers gathered to learn how EIT’s unique Australian qualifications, which are driven by industry, can transform engineering careers.

Dr Steve Mackay, Dean of Engineering, streamed in from Australia to introduce the session and respond to some questions. He spoke of EIT’s academic pathways which can be accessed by students directly...

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With the rapid technology change occurring today resulting in tremendous career opportunities, there are increasing stories of engineering professionals changing their careers. There is always a huge risk when you change – you could be currently working in a great job paying well and you decide to change because you perceive there are better opportunities and perhaps, more exciting technical challenges. There is certainly a huge amount of change occurring in the engineering...

The Port of Ngqura is a deep-water port located on the east coast of South Africa, 20 kilometers north east of Port Elizabeth. Not only is it South Africa’s newest port, but it is also the only port in the country with green status. The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), who owns the Port of Ngqura, says they won the ‘green’ title by perfectly mimicking nature.

Their key to success is in the way they dredge sand - among other things. Dredging 240,000 tonnes of sand per year is no easy...

Douglas Black is a graduate of the Engineering Institute of Technology. He recently completed his Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation and was a perfect candidate for online education and training. 

Douglas currently works in the iron ore mining industry. His daily responsibilities include controlling one of the world’s largest bulk ore loading facilities — which pertains to control system governance, fault finding and general maintenance, and productivity...

It survived the French Revolution and two world wars. The landmark is part of Paris’ soul, embodying the city’s history and partially shaping its identity through its religious and architectural significance. The Notre Dame de Paris, a jewel in the French crown, and a marvel of civil engineering, has suffered extensive damage due to fire.

The stunning monument has stood for over 850 years, which made watching it go up in flames so quickly on live television all the more devastating. It has...

Taking a high-rise structure from concept to completion is no easy task — structural and geotechnical engineers usually face an array of design-related challenges. From vulnerability, to seismic activity, to understanding the risks of underlying soils, designing a tall building is a feat within itself.

However, engineers in Kenya can rejoice as The Britam Tower in Nairobi has been named as having the best in mechanical and electrical engineering by The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban...

Scientists believe if we’re going to combat climate change, we need to electrify all forms of transport. In fact, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the demand for air travel by 2050 could increase aviation sector greenhouse gases by 700 per cent compared to emissions in 2005.

As it stands, aviation is responsible for two percent of the world’s carbon emissions. While at cruising altitude, conventional aircraft release nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere, which also...

Flying cars could be the key to lowering carbon emissions through sustainable transport in the future, according to a new study.

The University of Michigan has found while flying cars — which are technically called electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs — are not justifiable for short trips, they have a niche role in sustainable transport for trips further than 100km.

The researchers also found that flying cars could be crucial to reducing congestion in big cities...

Judith Resnik never planned on being an astronaut. Her dreams were initially set on being a professional concert pianist. However, in the end, she was neither. Resnik was an American electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot, the first Jewish American in space and the fourth woman in space.

Born in 1949 to Sarah and Marvin, both Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, Resnik grew up in a simple home in Akron, Ohio. Her father was an optometrist and her mother a former legal...

Until yesterday, every image you have seen of a black hole has been digitally rendered.

Despite being theorized for well over two hundred years and being common knowledge to even those outside the realm of astronomy, it has been all too easy to forget that we have never actually seen one.

Looking a bit like an out of focus doughnut, this groundbreaking first image shows a supermassive black hole found at the center of M87, a galaxy near our very own Milky Way.

The image is composed of...

Multinational oil and gas corporation Exxon Mobil is working towards a clean energy future. They are embarking on a process of introducing technology into industrial plants that will make them more sustainable into the future.

A new television advert from the company shows that their engineers and scientists are working towards refining carbon capture technology for industrial plants. By replicating the real process of how plants capture carbon dioxide, they are hoping industrial plants and...

The Paris Climate Agreement is ringing alarm bells for engineering industries around the world. The message of the agreement seems clear: transition or die. Extreme weather events, rising sea levels, smog pollution and deforestation issues are no longer something we can undermine.

Australia was one of the participating nations who signed the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. The Australia Labor Party made a promise to the public that they would cut emissions by 26 percent by the year 2030 if...

Engineering legacies are all around us. They are constant reminders of the hard work done by engineers who came before us and how, against all odds, they were able to create incredible industries, build amazing marvels, and improve the world that they lived in.

What kind of engineers paved the way for the industries we know and love today? Well as it turns out, they were no different to the engineering students who are endeavoring to change the world we live in today.

Henry Royce never...

World Water Day (22 March) has come and gone - blink and you would have missed it. However, an organization that didn't miss it was The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the United Kingdom. They used this day to celebrate the civil engineers making a difference in the world of water infrastructure.

ICE hosted an exhibition with real-life engineers, both active and retired, who dressed up as engineering-inspired superheroes. They hosted two exhibitions named ‘Invisible Superheroes' and...

Pick-and-place robots are predicted to fully replace factory floor workers in the future. However, before these robots take over the floor, they will have to become more flexible with the objects they can pick-and-place. It all has to do with the robot's ‘vision.'

Making pick-and-place robots ‘see’ the objects they are to be picking up is not easy work. Things can often go wrong when a robot tries to pick up an object it has never encountered before.

However, a team from MIT’s Computer...

A priority of all engineering companies is the implementation of workplace safety and with the development of new safety technologies, industrial environments are closing than ever to achieving accident-free workplaces.

British-Dutch oil and gas company Shell has pledged for the last five years to continually ensure impeccable safety across every level of their company.

It all started with their Goal Zero ambition to achieve no harm and no leaks across all of their oil-related operations...

India’s government is under scrutiny after a bridge collapse in Mumbai left at least six people dead and 36 people injured.

This is the third foot-overbridge tragedy India has seen in just two years, placing a harsh spotlight on the shortcomings of India’s infrastructure sector who struggle to stay up to date with modern practices and maintenance requirements.

Source: Bhushan Koyande

Shirish B Patel, an urban planner and civil engineer, says that what’s happening in the case of the...

Algate Panyika Mtemah is an Engineering Institute of Technology born and bred in Zimbabwe. He is currently working in the Metal and Minerals Processing Plant industry. He studied EIT's 52724WA - Advanced Diploma in Civil and Structural Engineering. To say he has done it all is an understatement.

He is fond of the application of knowledge in innovative engineering design, construction, operation, and maintenance. His daily responsibilities include quantity costing of mining project processing...

A private research university in Rhode Island is making substantial strides in the world of nanoscale engineering.

Researchers at Brown University have figured out how things stick together at the nano level, and this discovery could help inform micro and nanoscale device manufacturers.

The researchers have published their findings in Scientific Reports.  The lead author of the study, Haneesh Kesari, says there have been theories about how things stick together at the nanoscale level...

Mildred Nanono is a Control and Instrumentation Engineer at the Nalubaale and Kiira Power Stations, maintained and operated by Eskom Uganda Limited (EUL). She is using her engineering skills in hydropower generation. She says:

"I joined Eskom Uganda as a graduate Electrical Engineer trainee. While working towards graduation, I gained experience in both high voltage and low voltage hydropower plant systems. Currently, I am specializing in control and instrumentation with a special interest in...

The progressive left and the hardline right: The United States' seemingly endless political stalemate seems to set the tone for how issues are discussed around the globe. And this conversation has extended into the world of electricity generation.

The discussion on the types of energy producing technologies America should employ has reached a peak with the release of a bill called the Green New Deal. Certain Democrats are trying to pass it through Congress.

The legislation's most...

At the Mobile World Congress 2019, Microsoft came out swinging. They announced the second iteration of their mixed-reality headset, the Microsoft HoloLens. It is aptly named the HoloLens 2.

The new headset will cost US $3,500 but will only be available to companies - and not consumers - for now. The HoloLens is a head-mounted (wearable) technology that integrates 3D virtual elements within the field of view of the wearer.

The HoloLens only weighs 1.25lbs (0.57kg) and fits comfortably on...

Chinese scientists have developed an unmanned vessel upon which weather rockets will be launched. It is called rocketsonde and was launched from the semi-submersible vehicle (USSV) network built by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics. It is reportedly expected to generate ‘long-term, continuous and real-time marine meteorological measurements, including atmospheric sounding in the lower troposphere.'

The Institute has conducted trials in rivers and seas from May 2016 to November 2017.

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Carol Moverley and Alison Brown have been at the helm of the Engineering Institute of Technology’s (EIT) branch in the United Kingdom for the last twenty years. Their story not only details how technology has impacted on education and training over the years, but how the company itself has adapted and grown. They certainly did not join the Engineering Institute of Technology that we know today.

Carol and Alison joined one of the initial iterations of the company – Instrument Data...

Dear Colleagues

One only needs to think of the huge cases of lying and dishonesty within large industrial companies such as Volkswagen (car emissions fraud), Enron and Tyco (both accounting fraud), and the increasingly cynical commentary about these cases from a weary public to wonder whether this is a fast growing trend. I often wonder whether it is simply about people regarding it as a playful attempt at gaming the system rather than believing these cases are fraudulent.

However, there...

It seems engineering terms are becoming buzzwords within the industry.

For example, words like The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, the Blockchain — and more — are all misused in quickly rattled off articles and political speeches.

In fact, it seems that the people peddling these terms are not actually aware of their meaning. It is easy to refer to the Fourth Industrial Revolution without giving credence to the technologies that are bringing...

A decade of corruption, mismanagement, sabotage, poor power station designs, and a recent natural disaster has led to the implementation of more rolling blackouts in South Africa's energy sector.

At the end of 2018, Eskom admitted that they were unsure when the next break in transmission was going to be. Initially, they wanted to ensure that South Africans would not be in the dark during their Christmases.

During that time, an intensive investigation into the problems Eskom was...

It was close to being the first giant leap for womankind but is now a very public stumble for one of the world's leading space agencies.

NASA announced on Monday that the first all-female spacewalk in history would be cancelled due to a somewhat confounding mistake from the same agency that sent human beings to the moon; they didn’t have a spacesuit in the right size.

Anne McClain and Christina Koch were scheduled to walk together in space on Friday to change the batteries on some of the...

Students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and at the Technical Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) institutions in South Africa are facing a horror situation at the beginning of their academic year.

At DUT some of the students are responsible. Their protests have been followed by vigorous retaliation from private security and have resulted in the shutting down of the institutions.

Students at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) have protested at the living...

Cameron Russell Bourne is an engineering and technical specialist with a background in Energy, Oil & Gas and Heavy Marine industries. He is currently employed at Synergy, a large energy supplier in Western Australia as a Mechanical Technician.

His day-to-day responsibilities at Synergy see him presiding over a plethora of systems. He says:

“I perform a wide range of tasks including inspection; fault diagnosis, investigations, condition monitoring, reliability testing, balancing...

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