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  • Simulation, gamification and online learning revolutionizing education and training

    Dec 12, 2019 | 06:44 am

    Simulation, gamification and online learning revolutionizing education and training The Fourth Industrial Revolution has had a significant impact on the worlds of education and work. The advent of the internet and its subsequent development over the last three decades has led to immense changes and has produced incredible technological leaps. The interconnectivity of internet-connected technologies has dually given rise to the Internet of Things. This has meant that a plethora of technologies are now online: household appliances,  houses themselves, laptops, smartphones, watches, virtual reality headsets, and virtual assistants.The development of mobile internet-connected technologies has not only revolutionized consumer technologies, but it has also created a seismic shift in the ideologies that underpin education. The methodology behind remote, online education and training is an ongoing process with the goalposts constantly shifting in the industry.The focus of the last couple of years in the online education and training space has been on simulation - which has also led to gamification. Gamification[…]

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  • World Engineering Day officially set for 2020 debut

    Dec 12, 2019 | 05:44 am

    World Engineering Day officially set for 2020 debut Starting from 2020, 4 March will now be the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development as designated by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). Previously known as ‘Engineer’s Day’, the celebration was formerly observed in several counties on various dates throughout the year.The announcement was made on November 20th at the 2019 World Engineers Convention by WFEO President, Dr Marlene Kanga.The WFEO is one of the biggest engineering collectives in the world, bringing together national engineering organizations from over 90 nations and represents around 20 million engineers worldwide. The federation was founded on March 4th 1968, making the new date for World Engineering Day an obvious choice.The resolution to get the day officially recognized as the World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development was adopted at the 206th UNESCO Executive Board session. It was decided on that day in April to set the announcement for the World Engineers Convention of[…]

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  • EIT attends TEQSA's fourth annual conference

    Dec 12, 2019 | 01:12 am

    EIT attends TEQSA's fourth annual conference Just after returning from presenting a round of seminars in Asia (in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka), Steve Mackay landed in Melbourne on the evening of the 26th November, with three colleagues, for the TEQSA Conference.The theme at the conference this year was Partnerships driving Quality – a topic close to our hearts:  in essence, as educators, we partner with our students. One of our Master students, Santosh Ghimire, based at our campus in Melbourne, attended the conference as EIT’s student representative.Another important partnership, which helps us drive quality, is the one we have with industry. We engage practicing engineers to guide us in the design of our course content and experienced engineers from around the world instruct and lecture for us. Furthermore, our students complete internships in engineering industries and ultimately our graduates work within them.Dean Steve Mackay presents at the fourth annual TEQSA conferenceSteve Mackay and our Resources[…]

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  • Unsinkable metals could revolutionize engineering industries

    Dec 12, 2019 | 01:01 am

    Unsinkable metals could revolutionize engineering industries Engineers at the University of Rochester in New York are working to develop “unsinkable” materials. Once perfected, these metals could be used to build unsinkable ships, create puncture-proof life jackets, and protect electronics from water damage.The work is being conducted in the Femtosecond Laser Laboratory at the university. The researchers have been making metals superhydrophobic by utilizing femtosecond lasers.Femtosecond lasers are traditionally used in cataract surgery. The laser is used to cut patterns into a surface at the nanoscale — in this case, into a metallic structure. The result is a surface that can trap air bubbles.The researchers put together two aluminum plates facing inward with just enough space in between them to trap the minimum amount of air needed to float. But that’s only half the battle.Trapping air bubbles is only a short term solution, and after a while, the structure will sink. Researchers have been looking for a[…]

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  • Meet Mildred, EIT's Student Ambassador for 2020

    Dec 12, 2019 | 00:49 am

    Meet Mildred, EIT's Student Ambassador for 2020 “I would like to use my experience as an inspiration for current students as well as those contemplating enrolling for online classes. Studying while working is no easy task, but with the right counsel and advice from someone who has gone through the process, it can be a big drive for those experiencing the same.”Mildred Nanono completed her Master of Engineering (Industrial Automation) through EIT, and we are proud to announce she is our Student Ambassador for 2020.Studying online from Uganda while working full-time as an electrical engineer presented some challenges; however, Mildred says that EIT’s unique delivery model made it achievable even on her busiest days.“The online studying experience was remarkable for very busy employees like myself. At the time of studying, I was engaged in big projects back home. The online classes allowed me to carry my class everywhere I went, even on days away from home, during[…]

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  • Imagination and Engineering collide at the 'Happiest Place on Earth'

    Dec 12, 2019 | 00:36 am

    Imagination and Engineering collide at the 'Happiest Place on Earth' Imagineer.Verb.Gerund or present participle: ImagineeringDevise and implement a new or highly imaginative concept or technology.How do engineers instill a feeling of magic in people’s minds? Some have spent the last 70-years creating innovations that stir up a sense of awe and wonder in anyone who experiences Disney – its theme park has even been dubbed the happiest place on earth.These engineers have been working creatively in a space that has been described as equal parts design studio, design center, think-tank, and innovation laboratory. This laboratory of innovation is known as Walt Disney’s Imagineering. And the engineers that work there are called Imagineers.These Imagineers are the fascinating individuals behind the scenes at Disney who invent and design the magical feats that have cemented Disney as one of the greatest entertainment brands in the world.And the world has never really heard their story, until now. In November, Disney released their streaming video[…]

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  • Collaboration in engineering is key

    Dec 12, 2019 | 00:29 am

    Collaboration in engineering is key Engineering companies in the United Kingdom are ensuring the engineers of the future engage with engineering through collaboration and innovation. To achieve this, the Royal Academy of Engineering has developed a day to celebrate engineers and their contribution to the world. The day is aptly named: This Is Engineering Day, and it took place on Wednesday, the 6th of November. “From the shoes you wear and the phone in your hand, through to the music you listen to and the games you play, engineering is at the heart of everything. It brings ideas to life and turns dreams into reality. Whether you’re into sports, beats, fashion, festivals, trainers, or tech, there’s a place in engineering for you.” On the same day the fourth iteration of the Engineer magazine’s 2019 Collaborate to Innovate (C2I) awards took place, recognizing some of the most awe-inspiring UK-led engineering projects from the past year. Neil McDougall, Managing Director[…]

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  • Automation in mining may be unavoidable in 2020

    Dec 12, 2019 | 00:24 am

    Automation in mining may be unavoidable in 2020 “With global developments characterized by higher demand for transportation, increasingly congested roads, and major environmental challenges, the industry needs to provide transport solutions that are safer, have a lower environmental impact, and are more efficient.”Those were the words of the Volvo Group, the Swedish multinational manufacturing company, in their recent media statement. Volvo busies itself with the production and distribution of automobiles, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. Naturally, their equipment finds its way into the mining sector. This means that their aim of creating safer transport solutions trickles into mining as well.They are manufacturing in a rapidly transforming world, effecting change in the mining industry and warping the traditional practices of the industry at large. To meet the demands of safety and efficiency in mining, Volvo has announced a new automated solutions business area - aptly named Volvo Autonomous Solutions -  that will hit the ground running in 2020. The[…]

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  • Student Story: Anicet Herve Engoue Koungoue

    Dec 12, 2019 | 00:16 am

    Student Story: Anicet Herve Engoue Koungoue Anicet Herve Engoue Kongoue is an EIT graduate, who completed our 52684WA - Advanced Diploma in Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Engineering for Oil and Gas Facilities in 2018. He said this program helped him advance his career, so he has now enrolled in our 52764WA - Graduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies. He is a professional in the electrical engineering industry and currently works at Fayat Energie Services International. They specialize in electrical engineering projects and are focused on powering the smart cities of the future.Anicet was always fond of engineering. From a young age, he was dreaming big. “My dream was to be a leader in the engineering industry,” he said.His engineering journey began when he acquired a high school diploma in Electrotechnical Engineering from the Martin Luther King College in Bafoussam in Cameroon. In July 2007, he became a trainee technician at the FERMENCAM factory, which produces whiskey[…]

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  • Student Story: Roslyn Rountree

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:55 am

    Student Story: Roslyn Rountree Roslyn Rountree is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate who is obtaining a second qualification through the institute while working in the biomedical engineering field.She completed her 52810WA - Advanced Diploma in Mechanical in 2018. She is now working through EIT’s 52705WA - Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Engineering program.Her daily responsibilities include ensuring that medical equipment is working correctly, efficiently, and — most importantly — in a safe manner. Her job is two-pronged because she has to ensure both patient and hospital staff can use the biomedical devices.“My industry has multiple areas in which it cares for people,” she said.“All of which are continually growing and developing every day, not only to improve patient care but also to improve how patient care is implemented.”Rosyln’s journey has been everything but traditional. Her career initially began in agriculture. After graduating high school, she enrolled at Emerald Agricultural College. She acquired her Diploma[…]

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  • The engineers of the future

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:42 am

    The engineers of the future Technology is rapidly transforming the world of work. Traditional curricula in tertiary education institutions must change with the times to better prepare graduates for the technologies they will need to utilize once they enter the workforce. Likewise, students are wondering what roles they might have post-graduation, as the job landscape is continually evolving with automation.Australia’s Institute Centre for Future Work agrees that students might enter roles that their degrees have not prepared them for. They conduct economic research on work, employment, and labor markets, and believe that educational institutions need to begin evolving their offerings to cater to the skills of the future within the majority of industries.“Individuals with university degrees are more likely to be employed, to have more stable jobs, and to be paid more,” they stated in their report.“But this relative advantage enjoyed by university graduates does not negate the fact that employment conditions have become much[…]

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  • The art of relocating

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:22 am

    The art of relocating On a Tuesday morning in late October, Danish engineers engaged in a risky and costly rescue operation to move one of Denmark’s most beloved landmarks. The Rubjerg Knude Fyr lighthouse was first lit in 1900 and is the Danish north coast’s jewel and a national treasure. However, due to coastal erosion, engineers have said the tourist attraction needed to be relocated.The 76-foot tall lighthouse was 656 feet away from the coast when first lit in 1900. Each year, the sand dune has been eroding by approximately two meters. Before the relocation, the lighthouse was just 20 feet away from plummeting into the ocean.As a consequence, the local government contracted local engineers to try and save the structure.Engineers drew up plans to move the 720-tonne lighthouse in a way that would not compromise its structural integrity. The idea was to move the structure 70 feet away from its original position.Source: Zairon/WikimediaThe[…]

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  • Predicting and preventing climate events to save bridges

    Nov 7, 2019 | 01:13 am

    Predicting and preventing climate events to save bridges Could climate change prediction models and regional data collected by cities help ensure the safety of infrastructure in the future? Securing infrastructure like bridges and making them weatherproof is pretty important work. However, with more extreme weather events predicted for the future, how can engineers be sure their bridges will stay standing?Engineers have life-cycle projections for bridges they have constructed. Although in a world threatened by more fierce climate events, the life cycle of bridges could be under threat. Predictive and preventative maintenance on bridges could be done in a much more informed manner if engineers were aware of future climate events and how those events could damage the structural integrity of bridges.Source: PenndotA less predictable threat to the structural integrity of bridges is scour. Scour is the erosion of soil around the foundation of a bridge caused by fast-moving water underneath it —typically during floods.Scour is the most significant[…]

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  • Student Story: Hendru Coetzer

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:53 am

    Student Story: Hendru Coetzer Hendru Coetzer is an Engineering Institute of Technology graduate who completed the 52726WA - Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering in May 2016. It has been a twelve-year journey for Hendru, as he endeavored to learn everything he could about the engineering industry across the world.From a young age, Hendru was obsessed with the engineering industry.“It all started at a young age, where I used to either work with my father in his workshop or trying to assist his team at the tender age of 13. It’s in my blood. I still call my dad on a daily basis to assist with the most technical questions out there. Also, there is a certain smell to greased overalls and uncomfortable safety shoes which simply keeps me coming back for more.”His first job was as a Junior Construction Manager at a low-cost housing project, where he began to save money in hopes[…]

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  • Online digital tools for engineers

    Nov 6, 2019 | 07:46 am

    Online digital tools for engineers Engineers are the driving force behind the digital revolution. In just the last decade, there has been a rise in automation technologies that have turned menial tasks at almost every level of society into an automated process.Emerson, a global technology and engineering leader, is designing automation solutions for engineers that they believe could propel the industry forward and increase efficiency. Emerson serves up automation solutions for a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, including Automotive, Chemical, Industrial Energy & Onsite Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Power Generation and Water & Wastewater.Their latest solution to engineering efficiency is a set of new digital, cloud-based tools that can help individual engineers stay on top of their projects. The MyEmerson engineering tools promise to save engineers time and allow them to work on the things that matter.Source: MyEmersonFor instance, the online tool repository has on-demand CAD drawings and diagrams, plus configurators that can help[…]

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