Press Summary - July 2016
The launch of one of CIBSE’s premier Guides took place this month, with the first replacement of Guide B to be launched since 2001. The new guidance on Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Cooling has been expanded to include new legislation, sections on vibration and noise control, district heating and a new chapter; Part 0.
This new chapter was added in response to changes in the engineering sector since the last update in 2005, which has seen more collaboration between sectors and more engineers coming into building services from other disciplines. It contains an overview of a series of building types, from hospitals to gyms, providing generic information about them that prepares engineers for working in unfamiliar situations.
The new Guide B is available from the CIBSE website as four hard-copy volumes or in digital form, at a discounted price to CIBSE members. Part B0 is only available in a digital form, and can be downloaded free of charge from the CIBSE website.
This news was covered by Building Engineer, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, FM Link, ACR News and The Construction Index, and was featured in a CIBSE Blog
National Women in Engineering Day 2016
CIBSE once again lent its support to National Women in Engineering Day, a day organised by the Women's Engineering Society in which we celebrate the past, present and future of women working in the engineering sector.
This year, we conducted an online poll to determine the most celebrated women in engineering past and present, and found Civil engineer Emily Warren Roebling and mathematician Ada Lovelace leading the pack. What was also surprising was the sheer variety of individuals and professions represented, with 25 women from physicists to pilots receiving nominations.
Modern engineers were also nominated from a great range of fields including Environmental Design, Renewable Energy, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering and Energy Consultancy. Citing their leadership and inspiration for younger engineers as well as their technical achievements, voters particularly highlighted Tamsin Tweddell, Senior Partner at Max Fordham, and Cathie Simpson, founder of Building Simulation Ltd. and CIBSE vice-president.
The survey was covered by Heating and Ventilating Review, and was featured in a CIBSE Blog and Podcast.
Ken Dale Travel Bursary
This year’s annual Ken Dale Travel Bursary award was won by Dubai-based engineer Elie El Choufani for his proposal to study the ways in which airports around the world manage their energy needs efficiently.
Using the prize fund Elie El Choufani, from WS Atkins & Partners Overseas – Dubai, plans to visit San Francisco, Mexico City, the Galapagos Islands and Hong Kong. This will allow him to study airports in a variety of climates, and how they have adapted the various buildings and systems in place to be more efficient in local conditions.
The Ken Dale Travel Bursary, last won in 2015 by Luke Ramsey, was set up in order to give young engineers a chance to experience engineering in different environments and cultures during the early formative stages of their careers. It is also designed to strengthen their own contributions to the industry by allowing them to adapt what they learn to work in their home industry.
This news was covered in Tomorrow’s FM
CIBSE’s second ever podcast was this month themed around National Women in Engineering Day, and looked at the current place of women in the industry with the help of special guests Sara Kassam, Juliet Rennie and Susie Diamond of Inkling LLP. We set out to get a quick snapshot of some of the great challenges and opportunities facing women engineers today.
The Podcast is hosted on the CIBSE Blog on the 3rd Friday of every month, and is also available through the iTunes app and other popular podcast apps by searching #Build2Perform. Next month’s podcast is on National Women in Engineering Day, so for future editions check out #Build2Perform on Twitter. We will also produce a blog for each episode with links to more information about the topics discussed.
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