on July 1st, 2024

In a few days, Perth and Johannesburg will play host to a series of highly anticipated workshops and conferences designed to enhance professional knowledge and skills across various technical domains.  

These workshops and conferences, organized by the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) and IDC Technologies, promise to deliver valuable insights and practical learning experiences to attendees. 

A Conference: Static Electricity in Hazardous Area Workplaces: Ensuring Safety and Compliance 

Kicking off the series is the conference hosted by IDC Technologies on “Static Electricity in Hazardous Area Workplaces: Ensuring Safety and Compliance,” scheduled for 9 August 2024.  

Held at the Parmelia Hilton Perth from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm AWST, this event will address critical safety measures and compliance standards related to static electricity in industrial settings. 

Click here to find out more about the conference and the speakers.  

A Workshop: Practical Financial Fundamentals and Project Investment Decision Making 

Following closely on 14 August 2024, is a specialized workshop focusing on “Practical Financial Fundamentals and Project Investment Decision Making.”  

This one-day face-to-face workshop held at 6 Thelma Street, West Perth will be followed by two, 1.5 hour live and online webinars, on the same topic.  

Here are the dates for the online webinars:  

Monday 19 August (1.5hr online webinar) 

Location: Live and online (please note that these webinars will be recorded, and a copy of the recording will be sent to you) 

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm AWST  

Tuesday 20 August: (1.5hr online webinar) 

Location: Live and online (please note that these webinars will be recorded, and a copy of the recording will be sent to you) 

Time: 5pm – 6.30pm AWST  

These workshops aim to equip participants with essential financial skills necessary for effective project investment decisions. 

The presenter: Branden Dekenah 

Branden is an experienced entrepreneur and consultant specializing in technology, business strategy, and digital transformation. He co-founded Conducive in 2006, merged it with Empired (now Cap Gemini), and launched Interfuze in 2018. With a diverse background in ICT, transportation, healthcare, and finance, Branden now leads Sangoma Consulting in Perth and serves as a non-executive director for local businesses. He holds an Honours Degree in Commerce, Diplomas in Engineering and Computer Science, and an MBA from Curtin University, and is affiliated with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. 

A Workshop: Mastering Power System Protection – Principles and Design Techniques 

This two-day workshop will be running on 21 & 22 August 2024 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm SAST at Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Midrand, South Africa. The workshop will explore advanced principles and design techniques crucial for power system protection.  

The presenter: Jerry Walker 

After completing his National Higher Diploma in Engineering (Electrical) in 1986 and spending almost 23 years in industry, Prof. Walker joined Vaal Triangle Technikon – now known as Vaal University of Technology (VUT) as a lecturer in the Department of Power Engineering. In 1996 he completed his BTech degree and in 1997 started with post graduate studies, specializing in diagnostic testing of XLPE-insulated cables. In 2004 Prof Walker completed his DTech degree at VUT. Title of his Doctoral thesis: “Diagnostic Evaluation of Water Tree Aged XLPE-Insulated Cables”. In 2005 he was appointed as Associate Professor at VUT and then as Head, Institute for High Voltage Studies. He retired from VUT in 2006. 

A Workshop: Grounding, Bonding, and Lightning Protection 

Looking ahead to the 25 & 26 September 2024, EIT will host another essential two-day workshop titled “Grounding, Bonding, and Lightning Protection“. Taking place at Waterfall Office Park, Bekker Road, Midrand, South Africa from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm SAST. 

This workshop will provide comprehensive insights into effective grounding, bonding, and lightning protection strategies. 

Attendees will be able to claim CPD points for this workshop. 

The presenter: Avril Adendorff, Engineering Consultant 

Workshops and Conferences ahead with many academics and instructors
Avril Adendorff

Avril Adendorff is an engineering consultant, with over 38 years of experience ranging from Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC), electrical, power quality, earthing of utilities, substation earthing and pumps. 24 years ago, Avril invented and built the unifridge which is currently being used and studied in many universities in South Africa. 

These workshops represent invaluable opportunities for professionals to expand their expertise, network with peers, and stay abreast of the latest industry trends. Whether it’s mastering technical intricacies or understanding financial fundamentals, each event offers a tailored learning experience aimed at fostering professional growth and development. 

As Perth and Johannesburg prepares to welcome industry leaders and experts, online and in person attendees can look forward to engaging sessions, practical demonstrations, and the chance to gain insights from renowned instructors.  

For those eager to enhance their skills and contribute effectively to their respective fields, these workshops serve as essential platforms for knowledge exchange and advancement. 

Stay tuned for detailed coverage and insights following these dynamic events, as we explore the impact and key takeaways that will shape the future of technical and financial practices in the industry. 

Look out for any more exciting events and workshops that EIT is hosting here. EIT also hosts a range of weekly technical topic webinars, be sure to register here.

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