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South Africa's energy utility is in dire straits. On the 11th of February 2019, the utility's engineers implemented Stage 4 load shedding on South Africa's main energy grid. Stage 4 load shedding indicated that the country was short 4,000MW of the peak capacity requirement of 27,000 MW due to what the utility called ‘continued pressure’ on the national grid.

The utility has 45,000 MW of energy capacity installed, but cannot meet the peak demand of 27,000MW. Experts say the current situation...

Today is International Women's Day. EIT is celebrating the women who are currently filling positions in the engineering industry across the globe. However, most experts are cognizant that more needs to be done to encourage women to enter the engineering industry.

The World Economic Forum reports that women account for just 11% of employees globally in architecture and engineering. The number is shockingly low, but the fight for women’s representation in engineering is beginning to gain...

In the United States, the Midwest and Northeast have shivered their way through a winter they won't forget. They are calling it the coldest temperatures in a generation. If boiling water was thrown into the air, it would instantly freeze. The deep freeze is reminiscent of the Sci-Fi film The Day After Tomorrow.

The North Polar Vortex has caused these freezing conditions — it pushed Chicago's temperatures down to -46 degrees Celsius. That is colder than Antarctica, Alaska and the North...

Hassan Mwanjali is an Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) graduate who acquired his Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering. He is currently working at the Diplomatic Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Tanzania as a Maintenance Engineer.

“I oversee the satisfactory conduct of property services including but not limited to Embassy of Japan general maintenance, power systems, power generators installations, and maintenance, electrical installation works, air conditioning...

Industrial automation can transform the landscape of a country's workforce and economy.

Countries are transitioning from mining economies, into manufacturing economies with the sometimes unseen fourth industrial revolution's slow march.

Berg Insights reported that 4.6 million wireless devices were shipped globally in 2018 for the purpose of industrial automation. Industrial automation accounted for six percent of newly connected IoT nodes. It also meant that the number of devices...

Petro Chisale is never in one place for too long -- he goes where his electrical and instrumentation expertise is required. He graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) with an Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities.

After high school, Petro attended Masvingo Polytechnic in Masvingo, Zimbabwe to do an electrical power engineering course. After he obtained his qualification, he became a class one journeyman...

Universal access to clean drinking water is a challenge our world continues to face.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home. That equates to 3 in 10 people worldwide.  Moreover, twice as many people don't have access to basic sanitation.

The treatment of wastewater throughout the world is essential — that recycled water is used as drinking water in some cases.

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Dear Colleagues

As we all know – projects fail at a regular rate. Particularly software projects. Gary Klein has referred to doing a thorough review of a project before it actually commences by visualising that it has finished in outright failure – something he labels a pre-mortem.

We all do post mortems on projects – particularly ones that flame out spectacularly and where one often is seeking to…. as the old adage goes: ‘to reward the guilty and punish the innocent.’ So this is an...

Making computers think like humans is undeniably the next frontier that scientists and engineers are to trying to reach.

However, machine learning, a field of computer science that programs computers with the ability to learn from data and make informed, adaptive, dynamic predictions, is currently reinventing the wheel in engineering industries.

In the last decade, technology has taken a gigantic leap forward. Machine learning has empowered these technologies, and today we have virtual...

Dear Colleagues,

Surely, the KISS principle is one of the most useful engineering tools we have in our armory (KISS means Keep it Simple Stupid, for those who have forgotten). This should be applied to our writing so that it is simple and easy to understand.

But this principle is often forgotten. Perhaps, the overriding consideration we mistakenly have is to impress our audience with lots of gigantic words. I believe it is a privilege when someone is reading your communications...

Gorataone is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology; he has an Advanced Diploma of Industrial Automation. He is also a married man with three children; we congratulate him for ably juggling full time work, a family and his studies!

His career in the engineering world began at the Debswana Diamond mine in Botswana. While at the mine he became a control and instrumentation technician and, within the coal-fired plants, he worked with a 33MW pulverized boiler and 600MW fluidized...

The prototype of the world's longest aircraft is being retired, with new aircraft innovation promised to hit the market soon.

The aircraft in question was the Airlander 10: a weirdly shaped plane-airship/blimp that showed what the future of air travel could look like. Needless to say, it does not look like your regular Airbus.

It was the product of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company based in Virginia in the United States. The company surprisingly obtained the Civil Aviation Authority's...

India's most famous civil engineer, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, once said: ‘Work is worship.'

Gustave Eiffel, the French civil engineer responsible for the Eiffel Tower, said: “Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren’t the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony? Besides, there is an attraction, a special charm in the...

In January 2019, the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it seems mechanical engineering, propped up by artificial intelligence, is the talk of the town.

Mercedes-Benz rolled their latest marvel of mechanical engineering out on the floor, touting some impressive artificially intelligent add-ons. The car’s name is the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Coupe, and the AI software is called MBUX (Mercedes-Benz user experience).

The company’s presentation kicked off calling...

Pearlitic steel, or pearlite, is one of the most durable materials in the world. This microstructure occurs in steel and can be made into steel wire.

You might have seen these wires bundled together into ropes for suspension bridges or steel cords for tire reinforcement. They are also prevalent in piano wires. 

Kanazawa University students in Japan have been studying its atomic structure and have made a few first-time discoveries. They hope the atomic properties present in pearlite...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been working on nano-electrofuel (NEF) flow batteries for electric aviation.

This means they could eventually power aircraft with non-explosive liquid rechargeable batteries.

The development of these flow batteries is being done by the Armstrong Flight Research Center's Aqueous Quick-Charging Battery Integration for Flight Research (Aquifer) within NASA. The aerospace company has always been innovative in the flow battery space —...

The World Economic Forum is inviting other industrial companies to study nine world-leading smart factories they have identified as having the latest in automation technology.

Not surprisingly, these ‘manufacturing lighthouses' as the WEF call them, utilize the Industrial Internet of Things, and in their opinion show the most promise in Fourth Industrial Revolution implementation.

WEF are helping build seven more to join the other nine already in existence.

Factories are becoming far...

Artificial Intelligence may be the key to empowering rural education and ensuring a future where no students get left behind.

At least that's what venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee believes.

The momentum behind Artificial Intelligence does not seem to be slowing down. Some of the biggest companies in the world are utilizing it: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Tesla.

According to Kai-Fu Lee, the best place to capitalize on AI is China. It's there that he is known as the Oracle of AI. He is also a...

The Engineering Institute of Technology visited Kathmandu in Nepal, meeting with students and families in the area to encourage ongoing engineering education and skills development. Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia and is located mainly in the Himalayas. It has an estimated population of 26.4 million people. It is the 48th largest country by population in the world.

In December, the Nepali Times published an article entitled: The Science of Learning. It highlighted the need for...

The Australian government is favouring universities and neglecting the vocational training sector. This is according to recent reports issued by the Australian Industry Group (AI Group). They charge the government with funding bias.

The AI Group says that tertiary education is “seriously unbalanced, has no coherent policy and lacks a universal funding framework”.

Source: AI Group

AI Group chief executive Innes Willox indicated that funding for qualifications heavily favours...

In 2002, Fortunate Nyamidembo began pursuing a career in the engineering industry. By 2005, he had graduated with a National Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering and acquired a Trade Test Certificate.

He also obtained a Certificate of Compliance to become a Wireman License holder. Recently, he graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).

He has recently experienced a period of transition within his...

Oyama Khanyisile Vundla is a 24-year old young woman from a township named Madadeni in KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa. She recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology, acquiring an Advanced Diploma of Civil and Structural Engineering.

A middle child, Oyama has two brothers, but was raised by her grandmother after her mother died. She says that her grandmother was dubious about her wanting to become an engineer.

“She had her doubts that I would make it in an...

David Beeson is a former metallurgical engineer who discovered a passion for process control, despite his initial misgivings when still an undergraduate student; he found it a difficult and confusing subject at university. Now he has a blossoming career in the field and ensures he stays abreast of changes in the industry by pursuing professional development.

In fact David has recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology, with a Master of Engineering in Industrial...

Dear Colleagues

It is always hard to know genuinely how well or badly you are doing in your job when you try and get honest opinions from those around you. Especially if you are leading a team. The last thing on their mind is for a team member to give you an honest appraisal of how you are doing. In case it damages their position or irritates you. Thus you will often hear that you are tracking extraordinarily well and are the epitomy of success. Often this is very far from the truth.

Thus...

The week of the 14th of January 2019 was an eventful week in Zimbabwe. Weekend protests against the doubling of the fuel price in Zimbabwe spilled over into the Monday - and the government was ready to retaliate.

Citizens woke to an SMS alert from their biggest mobile operator, EWZ:

“Further to a warrant issued by the Minister of State in the President’s Office for the National Security through the Director General of the President’s Dept, acting in terms of the Interception of...

We are proud to announce our 2019 Student Ambassador is Tatenda Nherera. He is a member of EIT’s alumni community and will now be representing our current and prospective students.

Tatenda recently graduated from EIT’s 52684WA – Advanced Diploma of Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities. He said EIT’s online delivery mode allowed him to continue working full-time, while improving his instrumentation knowledge and technical writing skills. This...

Hi everyone,

A few weeks back we sent an email out to our students regarding their overall experiences with the Remote Labs. The feedback we received was extremely comprehensive; allowing us to identify and mitigate the primary points of confusions.

To subsequently amend this, we are rolling out a new version of the Remote Labs. The new version consists primarily of minor tweaks and fixes, but we have a few major updates listed below that you might like.

The new version will be rolled...

Mechanical engineers are ready to unveil the mechanical clean energy technology that has been 10 years in the making.

The engineering firm behind it is named Makani, a company tied to Alphabet’s Google X Lab. The purpose of the company is to ‘create radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s hardest problems’.

One of the more renowned projects that have come from Google X Lab is Project Loon; specially engineered balloons that could be launched into the stratosphere and provide...

As 2019 begins another year of engineering innovation lies ahead.

This year’s engineering buzzword is: REVOLUTION. The cutting edge technologies that have begun to change the way engineers are educated and the way they perform their tasks in the workplace will only increase.

The Engineer, a UK based engineering magazine, has outlined what technologies will see ongoing development in 2019:

  • Electric-powered mobility
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Artificial...

An earthquake rocked the city of Anchorage in the state of Alaska on Friday the 30th of November 2018. On the Richter scale, it measured in at 7.0. Since then 1,000 aftershocks have been observed. Not since 1964 had there been such an intense earthquake in the area.

Thankfully, there were no deaths or serious injuries reported in the aftermath of the quake. However, infrastructure was hit incredibly hard. Roadways in Anchorage were damaged, and water lines were ruptured. Natural gas workers...

A substantive reduction in the global workforce - due to automation - is expected to occur in the next 3 years. However, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), some businesses are more excited than anxious.

The WEF report states that 38% of businesses are positive about the future of jobs; they ‘expect to extend their workforce to new productivity-enhancing roles’. Inevitably the new roles will entail new tasks, so to avoid skills shortages companies and educators need to...

McLeod Boipuso Sibanda is a dedicated scholar and works hard in the worlds of geology and engineering.

He is a husband, a father of three children, and the Managing Director of a reputable civil engineering company in Botswana.

He was born in the village of Pandamatenga, Botswana, and as a youth he realized he had the knack for engineering.

“From a young age I was passionate about Mathematics and Physics and the civil engineering industry suited my passion for application,” he...

Engineers often borrow from the natural world and biological processes for their work. But there was one natural process engineers could not fathom, or rather failed to take the time to figure out. Why, or how it is that a wombat’s faecal matter is cube-shaped.

The process of copying some of nature’s principles and using them as inspiration for engineering design is called ‘biomimicry’. But how the study of wombat stools could contribute to the engineering industry has not, up until now...

Another Black Friday and a Cyber Monday have come and gone, as has Christmas and Boxing Day.

According to VOX, it is estimated that the US Postal Service makes 850 million deliveries from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That equates to a lot of parcel deliveries via a host of transportation technologies.

Executive Director at The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago pointed out back in 2016 that US C02 emissions from transport eclipsed power stations for the first time...

With the proliferation of renewable energy, industrial automation and electrical engineers are banding together to create the power grids of the future. The latest automated mechanisms making factories more efficient are also making their way into the electricity distribution industry - for smarter power grids.

Future-proof energy grids which use intelligent, automated technologies are being targeted by governments around the world. They are, however, expected to improve on coal-powered...

On Friday, 23rd November, at the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Graduate Gala Event in Perth, Brian Lord was awarded the 2018 Graduate of the Year. He recently graduated from the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering (Electrical Systems).

There are two reasons why this is remarkable: firstly, he now has another qualification under his belt and secondly, he worked full time while he studied. Like many EIT students, Brian had to become...

On Friday 23rd November the Perth team at the Engineering Institute of Technology was all dressed up and in celebration mode: we were delighted to be gathered to congratulate our 2018 Australian graduates.

A number of these clever people had convened, from all around Australia, and were also joined by Algate Mtemah, a student who had flown in from South Africa.

We not only celebrated the graduates themselves, their persistence and hard work, but also their incredible families and friends...

Johannes Kapeuasha is a graduate from the Engineering Institute of Technology and at our 2018 African Graduation Gala in October he was awarded Graduate of the Year.

After completing high school in 2007 he enrolled at a college in Bulawayo, in Zimbabwe. Here he completed a certificate in computer science (database systems) and then another one in 2009 which certified him to work as a computer technician. He worked in the field for a year, but felt he needed to learn more and kick-start his...

At TEQSA’s third annual conference in Melbourne, at the end of November, Dr Steve Mackay presented a paper on the Development of a Career Advisory Site; it summarised his research to date - applying machine learning techniques to millions of job adverts around the world. Caroline Patterson also attended the conference and interacted vigorously at the QA Online Learning Forum.

Despite the software still being in its infancy, Steve’s presentation (his latest project) involves the creation of a...

The technological advancement in education has lagged behind other industries. Yet there are technologies available that would transform the classroom, the lecture hall, or even a person’s home, and ultimately transform learning.

The Future of Management Education Alliance wants to bring these technologies to the learners of the 21st century. The alliance is headed up by the Imperial College Business School who plan to introduce hologram technology to their MBA students.

The Imperial...

2018 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. On the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, of the eleventh hour in 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany signed a treaty that ended the war.

World War I was a turning point in warfare. In its time, it was the most significant war with the most modern warfare equipment ever invented — Mortars, machine guns, rifles, poison gas and the surprising entrant of the flamethrower. But it wasn't just the handheld equipment and biological...

With the festive season just around the corner, it might be time to start planning your next vacation. While on holiday, you might be able to admire some impressive feats of civil engineering. That much is true if you're visiting the Maldives this year.

A structural engineer from Auckland is making news around the globe. His name is Michael Murphy, and he has built a hotel...underwater. Murphy is world-famous for his work on aquariums and underwater restaurants. He graduated with a Bachelor...

President of the United States, Donald Trump, phoned American Navy service members on Thanksgiving to discuss their aircraft catapult system.

On the phone with the commander of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, Trump asked a few questions about the system they were using. Catapults are used to get the aircraft airborne which would otherwise be impossible with the short runways the ships have. The USS Ronald Reagan is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, utilizing a steam-powered...

It's the year 2021. You are on a cruise ship, soaking in the sun, inhaling crystal clean air, and drinking a cocktail. While you're on this vacation, it never occurs to you that the very ship you are on is being powered by rotten fish.

Yep. The Norwegian cruise liner group Hurtigruten is planning to power their ships using biogas, liquified natural gas (LNG) and solar-powered battery packs. Biogas is made with organic material like dead plants and animal waste. The company will speed up the...

For 15 years, the city of Gweru in central Zimbabwe has been increasingly dry, with water failing to flow into one of their reservoirs. However new water infrastructure would cost the council US $10 million. Since Zimbabwe is enduring extraordinarily tough economic times, an expense of this magnitude was daunting.

As is so often the case, a group of engineers managed to save the day! With little in their public coffers, the Zimbabwean government enlisted the help of the German Development...

Can a construction crew finish building a house in a week?

What about in 24 hours?

Winsun (also known as Yingchuang Building Technique) is a Chinese construction company that can 3D print a house in 24 hours. The company is at the forefront of 3D printing architecture. Founded in 2003, Winsun currently holds 151 national patents pertaining to their construction materials.

The company has also been recognized as an essential contributor to the ‘one belt one road' policy. The Chinese...

Friday 30 November is Systems Engineer Day!

A systems engineer's job is to create and manage complex systems. They ensure that the system has a good life cycle and that all systems are running efficiently.

This celebration debuted in 2012, lauding the engineers who, through design and implementation of digital solutions, make a difference in the many workplaces globally. On the day, everyone is encouraged to high five their systems engineer and show their appreciation.

Systems...

Mthulisi Mlalazi Thenga is a 28-year old, qualified Control & Instrumentation technician. He mainly specializes in system integration & automation. In 2005, Mthulisi graduated from high school in Zimbabwe, but decided to migrate to Botswana. He would visit Kgalagadi Breweries in the region and be fascinated by the automated processes at the plant.  He ended up spending some time in the technical departments there assisting with the electrical, control and instrumentation...

The Engineering Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome representatives from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, on the 29th October 2018.

The delegation was made up of a wonderfully enthusiastic group of ten students, the university’s principal, Dr B.T. Hang Tuah Baharudin, and the students’ chaperone.

For an education provider dedicated to engineering we are conscious of the need to lure females to this largely male-dominated industry. It was very exciting, therefore, to meet these...

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...

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