Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Report - Eco Towns for Asia

A Technical Talk was organised by the Chemical Engineering Technical Division (CETD) entitled “Ecotowns for Asia” on 24th Nov 2009 at C&S Lecture Room, 2nd Floor of Wisma IEM. The talk was conducted by Mr Joe Eades, the Vice Chairman for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE - Singapore Branch). Twenty-three (23) IEM members and 1 non-member attended the workshop.

The talk started at 5.30 pm. The talk began identifying what are the key issues facing us today for sustainable development, then proposing a solution in the form of a sustainable town development that combines green build techniques with an integrated decentralized infrastructure system. This would lead to a reduction net electrical consumption for a town by 80%, a net reduction in potable water consumption by 60%, then by integrating energy from waste technology, can reduce the landfill significantly as well as reduce the carbon footprint. On top of this closing the loops also become a net generator of food. This can be done economically using currently available and proven technology. This radical new approach when applied will provide power, water and food security for this region which soon will be facing huge challenges from population growth, urban migration as well as the potential loss in arable land due to global warming over the next 40 years.

The workshop concluded at 6.45 pm.

Reported by,
Engr Assoc Prof Dr Dominic C. Y. Foo

Monday, May 10, 2010

Shout Out - Use of Organic Matter from Agro-Industrial Processes in Malaysia

This is a shout out for the IEM. The Chemical Engineering Technical Division will hosting a talk on the 13th May, 2010. It'll be at 5:30 pm (makan-makan at 5:00).
Malaysia is one of the leading countries in agricultural-based industries in the ASEAN region. Many industrial processes are used in the chain of agro-based industries. ... There are several technologies available to manage the organic matters from the processes
Two speakers will be making the presentation. The first speaker is Mr. Reza Dzulkiflee, who is a Mechanical Engineer by qualification. Currently he is the Operation Manager of BIOTEC. The second speaker is Mr. Baptiste Kervyn who is an Agronomical Engineer. He is the CEO of BIOTEC.
Get the form here.  Flyers for the above and other events may be obtained here. A map to Wisma IEM is presented here. It's the building identified as 'Puteri Nursing College.'

Thursday, May 6, 2010

IEM 2010 Young Engineer Award

Congratulations to Ir. Dr Dominic Foo Chwan Yee for being conferred the award.