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All that is VALUABLE in HUMAN SOCIETY depends upon the OPPORTUNITY for

DEVELOPMENT accorded to the INDIVIDUAL. -Albert Einstein

Newsletter Team Richard Atkinson Peta-gaye Beadle Anthea Reynolds Taraja Jackson Melissa Townsend

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Introducing the 2014-2015 JIE Council Members

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President’s Address

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Welcome New Members!

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Engineers’ Week 2014

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And the Award goes to….

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Upcoming Events and Notices

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INTRODUCING THE JAMAICA INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS (JIE) COUNCIL MEMBERS 2014-15

President Andre White 

Immediate Past President Dr. Noel Brown

President Elect Gary Walters

MSc. Structural Engineering– University of Sheffield BSc. Civil Engineering - UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 2008

JIE Member since 2004

Occupation: Senior Project Manager - N.O.Whyte and Associates Limited

Occupation: Senior Project Manager - National Water Commission

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PhD. Mechanical Engineering, MSc. Mechanical Engineering - University of Oklahoma, USA MSc. Aeronautical Engineering, Diploma in Education, - Kiev Institute of Civil Aviation Engineers, Ukraine

JIE Member since 2009

Occupation: Associate Professor, Head, School of Engineering, University of Technology (UTech)

Vice President Anthea Reynolds

Vice President Christopher Hamilton 

MBA, Manchester Business School BSc. Civil Engineering– UWI, St. Augustine

Masters in Business Administration - University of New Orleans, USA BSc. Civil Engineering - UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 1997

Occupation: Project Manager Port Authority of Jamaica

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Vice President Dr. Kavian Cooke

MBA Engineering Business Managers - Manchester Business School BSc. Chemical & Process Engineering– UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 2004

Occupation: DCS Coordinator– Petrojam Limited

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Occupation: Programme DirectorMechanical Programme, UTech

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PhD. Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Calgary MPhil. Mechanical Engineering – UTech B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering-UTech

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Honorary Secretary Dwight Rickets

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MEng. Water Resources Engineering -University of Guelph BSc. Agricultural Engineering— UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 1997

Occupation: Senior Director, Facilities and Property Management -Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries

Chairman, Civil Division Dionne Sampson

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Honorary Treasurer Dave Barnaby

Chairman, Mechanical Division Carlos Pitter

BEng. Mechanical Engineering— UTech

JIE Member since 2010

Occupation: Engineer, Geddes Refrigeration Limited

JIE Member since 1983

Occupation: Managing DirectorBarnaby Engineering and Testing Services Ltd

Chairman, AACI Division Paula Henry

Chairman, Electrical Division Leighton Facey 

JIE Member since 2008

Occupation: Project Manager National Water Commission

BSc. Mechanical Engineering— UWI, St. Augustine Diploma in Mechanical Engineering—College of Arts Science and Technology (CAST)

MBA (General) - UWI, Mona BSc. Civil Engineering - Central University of Villa Clara, Cuba Diploma in Project Management Management Institute for National Development

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MSc. Sustainable Energy Systems University of Edinburgh, UK BSc. Electrical And Computer Engineering-UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 2006

JIE Member since 2012

Occupation: Senior MEP Design Engineer, Basil Nelson & Associates Ltd

Occupation: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at UTech

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Ordinary Member Alan Hamilton

Ordinary Member David Allen

BEng in Chemical Engineering -UTech

BSc. Civil Engineering -UWI, St. Augustine

JIE Member since 2012

JIE Member since 2006

Occupation: Project Engineer National Water Commission

Occupation: Civil/Structural Engineer - National Environmental Planning Agency

BEng. Chemical Engineering – UTech

JIE Member since 2014

Occupation: Project Engineer National Water Commission

BSc. Civil Engineering -UWI, St. Augustine MSc. Civil Engineering - UWI, St. Augustine.

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JIE Member since 2005

Occupation: Director, Technical Services, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing

Ordinary Member Capt. Taraja Jackson

Ordinary Member Lawrence Barrett

MSc. Infrastructure Asset Engineering & Management– University of Leeds, UK BSc. Civil Engineering -UWI, St. Augustine Diploma in Structural Engineering UTech

JIE Member since 2014

JIE Member since 2012

Occupation: Projects Officer-Jamaica Defence Force

Occupation: Project ManagerStanley Consultants Inc.

Ordinary Member Peta-Gaye Beadle 

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BSc. Civil with Environmental Engineering -UWI., St. Augustine

JIE Member since 2012

Occupation—Project Engineer - National Water Commission

Graduate Member— Melissa Townsend JAMAICA

Graduate Member— Richard Atkinson

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BSc. Civil EngineeringUWI., St. Augustine

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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS It is indeed an honour for me to have been selected and given the responsibility to serve as the President of the Andre White — President, JIE Jamaica Institution of Engineers for the Council Year 2014/2015. I will begin my address by recalling a statement from one of the prominent philosophers of our time and I quote: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations, and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them”. End of quote. I would also like to recall the themes of our recent Past Presidents: Eng. David ChungEngineering Wealth Through Productivity Eng. Lenworth Kelly- Engineering National Development Eng. Omar Sweeney- Engineering Standards for Integrated Regional Development Eng. Dr. David Smith- Engineers Embracing Change Eng. Dr. Noel Brown- Engineering Change – we must be the change we want to see in the world.

guidance and advice from them has helped me to prepare me for my current role and I bestow my most sincere honour upon them all. They have helped to create this heritage and entity that we now pride ourselves in called, the JIE. The theme for this year is “Engineering for Human and Social Development”. This, I basically describe as looking at how our engineering endeavors such as, building structures; water supply; mechanical and electrical systems; and the whole gamut of engineering infrastructure improves or affects the quality of human lives, whether it be government workers, or business owners or vendors. In addition to improving the quality of life of the common man, it also helps to improve the quality and the strength with which we as engineers go about our discipline; that we will not compromise our design and specifications, because we are always mindful that someone else’s life will be made better because of it. That beyond everything else, even the commercial benefits that we gain from our engineering, we have a responsibility to enhance the quality of life of the persons around us.

Areas of focus for 2014/2015 Core Platforms: 1. To foster development of new relationships with key stakeholders while strengthening relationships with our members. 2. Strengthening the internal capacity of our Council and membership so as to help us to better deliver our mandate. This includes looking at ways to strengthen our financial and cash flow position with a view to move us to a place of financial viability. As well as organizing socials or meetings with the membership, say three for the year (to have fun while we work). 3. To foster the development of greater partnerships with various government entities and other related entities such as the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing , MSTEM, NWA, ODPEM etc. 4. Continuing to focus on achieving some of the objectives in our "three" year plan while developing and refining the plan if required during the year.

On that note, I would also like to commend all of the Past Presidents who have helped to lay the foundation which I and the other members of Council will continue to build. It is very important that we remember those who went before us and the role they have played in shaping us and making us into JAMAICA INSTITUTION what we are today. Undoubtedly, I can say that the

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In order for the engineering profession to be viable and well developed the government must have a strong interest in its development and put in policies to make this a reality otherwise we are moving around aimlessly, chasing after the wind. We must partner with the Government to put policies in place that will redound to the development of our local engineers and by our local engineering consultancies. In order for new engineering consultancies to arise and the older ones to be re-energized and remain a growing concern the policies in place must support us. It is no secret that our local consultancies are struggling; some have downsized and some have had to shut down. However, it is in this economic space that we have to find life and seek new ideas to emerge from the ashes and continue to have a solid existence. We have to find new energy and new ways to emerge. I am not seeking to create disharmony with the international organizations that come and find a livelihood here and also provide tremendous assistance with infrastructure and other technical issues, but the balance of power has to shift such that our local engineers have a space that will promote their continuous growth and development. 2. Finding funds either through grant funding either from NGO or donor agency (trends from Past Presidents’ reports; subscriptions are low, financial resources are low) 3. The development of the Young Engineer: Continue with our internship program by helping to place graduates from U-tech into a WIP program. Establishment of student chapter at UWI; to participate in career days, in high schools, to introduce students with the capacity for science, mathematics and technical competence to Engineering; the Presentation of a Young Engineers Award Annually. If we have this, some criteria would have to be set or a competition had to select the Young Engineer of the Year; we may have to categorize and then offer one top award but we will have to flesh this out. I believe it is a new day for the JIE: A new day of partnerships and relationships A new day of development and innovation It was indeed heartening to see the various organizations that came on board to support us. I am hoping at this time that our eyes would have been opened further to see what the JIE is, where the JIE intends to go in the future, what it is that you are contributing to the JIE and do hope that it will create the impetus for you to commit to supporting us.

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Welcome New Members!! The JIE would like to welcome the following persons:

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Lawrence Barrett

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Peta-Gaye Beadle

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Duran Crossman

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Kevin Henry

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Kenneth Lawrence

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Duane McDonald

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Ian Michelin

Electrical

Sanjay Phillips

Mechanical

Dwight Reid

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Dayne Robinson

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Terica Sinclair

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Mark Thomas

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Sahlu Baker

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Thomas Bolas

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Shamel Boothe

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Lisa Bramwell

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Vaughn Brown

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Rupert James

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Jenine Knibb

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Kevon McAnuff

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Mark Newman

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Brian Pottinger

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Tauseef Rose

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Zuri Scott

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Nicholas Stewart We will move forward to continue to build the JIE together. Thank you J A tremendous. MAICA INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS all. Your support to us has been Nicholas Wood

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JIE ENGINEER’S WEEK 2014 The JIE Engineers Week was observed during the week of September 21 – 28, 2014. The week of activities was officially launched on September 4, 2014 at the University of Technology. The week’s activities included a church service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a three-day conference at the Knutsford Court Hotel, a site tour to the Maggotty Hydro Power Plant and culminated with the Race for Hope at the Hope Botanical Gardens. Launch Ceremony The Engineers’ Week Launch Ceremony was held on September 4, 2014 at the University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Computing Conference Room. The week’s activities were launched by the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport Housing and Works, the Honourable Dr. Morais Guy, who deputized for Minister Dr. Omar Davies who was unable to attend the launch. Also in attendance were the acting University of Technology President, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman; Dr. Felix Akinladejo of the University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering and Computing; Past Presidents J.P. Morgan and Desmond Young; sponsor representatives from the main sponsors, Jamaica National Building Society; and platinum sponsors, Caribbean Cement Company. Representatives from gold sponsors, Cemex Jamaica and Isratech Waterworks were also in attendance along with members of the JIE and others.

Jamaica Institution of Engineers’ commitment to play their part in being an agent of change to help Jamaica overcome the challenges being faced and grow the economy. Dr. Brown’s remarks were followed by the address by Dr. Guy, who launched the week of activities while observing the contribution the engineering organizations has made to the development of codes and standards locally. He also highlighted the contribution the profession will make to the development of the Logistics Hub Initiative and the Island’s Vision 2030 plan. Church Service The JIE Engineers’ Week commenced with a church service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Gibbs Avenue in east Kingston on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The JIE was well received by the congregation and the service included participation by two of the JIE Council members who read lessons during the service.

The JIE provided a number of back-to-school items for the children and engaged in fellowship with congregation by providing refreshments after the service. Members took the opportunity to fellowship The launch included opening remarks by the then with the congregation members and provided JIE President, Dr. Noel Brown who declared the J A M A I C A I N S T I T U T I Oinformation N O F E N on G I the N E week E R S of activities.


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The JIE also continued the recent partnership with other institutions such as the University of the West Indies (UWI) Physics and Geography Departments and the University of Technology (UTECH) in presenting topics on renewables, robotics etc.

Opening Ceremony The JIE Engineers’ Week 2014 Opening Ceremony was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel on the morning of Monday, September 22, 2014. The ceremony which was followed by Day 1 of the three day conference, included remarks from the JIE President Dr. Noel Brown and greetings from the Chairman of the Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB), Mr. Garth Kiddoe. The greeting was followed by the address and official opening by Professor the Honourable Errol Morrison OJ, Director General of the Commission for Science and Technology. Professor Morrison on arrival toured the sponsor booths where the products and services on offer were displayed or explained in detail, after which he delivered and excellent presentation on the theme ―Engineering Change‖ and how the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics has influenced and will continue to influence growth in the future. Professor Morrison also encouraged the engineering fraternity to lobby for changes in legislation which would improve the effectiveness of the profession and ultimately the country. Conference This year the Conference Committee sought to present not only papers of academic interest but also topical issues which affected Jamaica in recent times. The Committee was able to collaborate with agencies such as the National Contracts Commission, the Development Bank of Jamaica, The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Jamaica Public Service Company in presenting on a number of relevant topics. JAMAICA

Day 1 Day 1 of the Conference featured three Technical sessions, the first of which focused on Construction Infrastructure & Regional Development, with presentations on concrete, asphalt, rock fall protection systems and strategies for the sustainable urban renewal of Downtown Kingston. Technical session 2, featured the planned changes to the government procurement procedures and the promulgation of the proposed new Jamaica Building Code. The 3rd and final session of Day 1 featured presentations on Industrial Logistics Robot for Possible Use in Jamaica Logistics Hub Development, Change Order & Time Impact Analysis Using Building Information Modelling and Consideration of the Use of Pedotransfer Functions in Soil Water Management. Day 2 The morning session of the second day of the Conference featured Climate Change Adaptation commencing with a Key Note Speech on The Effects of Climate Change on Economic Development in Jamaica by Mr. Colin Bullock, the Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

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on the effect of the theft of electricity and the systems implemented to reduce the theft, along with a presentation on the management and implementation of the JPS Co Maggotty Hydro Power Plant and on the future of LNG as a fuel for electricity generation. The morning’s session also included the presentations in relation to the Jamaican experience in reducing non-technical losses in power systems and options for the Financing Energy Projects by the Development Bank of Jamaica. The presentations featured Flood Risk and Hazards, Disaster Risk Reduction, Effects of Climate Change on Infrastructure Design and a Pilot Project Delfland Sand Engine, An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Development of Coastlines. The afternoon session included presentations from the PERB on the Professional Engineering Registration and the planned changes to the registration process followed by the ever popular Engineering Student Macaroni Bridge Competition.

The afternoon session represented the final session of the three-day conference and included presentations under the popular topic of Alternative Energy and Technology. The session saw the continued participation of the UWI and UTECH with presentations on Improving Power Transformers, Wind Prediction Models Photo Voltaics and Photo anode doping. We also saw presentation on Grid Tied Solar Energy.

The competition was again sponsored by the Macaroni Company of Jamaica and saw the participation of five tertiary institutions, which included the UWI, Knox Community College, Portmore Community College and 2 teams from UTech, one of which represented the JIE Student Chapter. The competition continues to be a crowd pleaser and generates a lot of anticipation and excitement. The committee intends to expand on the concept to include a number of other features to the completion which will ensure a greater engineering relevance and reward. The final session of the day featured a presentation on the Geotechnical Challenges on Segment 2 of the North South Highway. Day 3 This day was focused on energy issues and commenced with a Keynote presentation on Jamaica’s Energy Policy and Growth by Mr. Albert Gordon, Director General of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR). Mr. Gordon outlined the OUR’s role in development of the sector and more specifically the energy sector.

Generally the conference continues to attract speakers from our local universities and post graduates within and outside the region and included speakers from Germany and the Netherlands. Overall the conference was well received by attendees, speakers and sponsors alike. Engineers’ Week 2014 Site Tour The JIE Engineers Week 2014 Site Tour took the participants to the JPS Co. Hydro Power Plant in Maggotty, St. Elizabeth. The tour which was fully sponsored by the JPS Co. took place on Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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The tour of the hydro plant was completed at approximately 3:00pm, after which the group moved to the intake at the head of the Black River close to the town of Maggotty. At this point Messers Baker and Brown outlined the design features of the water intake, the maintenance procedures and safety feature included in the intake and pipeline design. A complement of 32 participants (17 students from the UTech and 15 Engineers) left the meeting point at the UTech at 7:30am on route to Maggotty, St. Elizabeth. On arrival to the Plant, the group was greeted by JPS Co Engineers Peter Baker and Renwick Brown. The JPS Co representatives after a brief introduction to the facility, conducted the mandatory safety orientation and presented a brief history of the plant. Mr. Baker of the JPS Co explained that the Maggotty Hydro Power Plant underwent an upgrade in 2013 which added an additional 7.2 MW of electricity to the national grid. The upgrade included the replacement of the old pipeline from

Race for Hope The week came to a close on Sunday, September 28 with the 7th annual Race for Hope 5K event. This event is an initiative of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers and is a fun and healthy way to contribute to the refurbishment of the Hope Zoo. The JIE wishes to thank all the sponsors and attendees for the participation in the 2014 Engineers’ Week Activities.

the head of the Black River in Maggotty to the hydro plant some 2-3 km downstream. The rehabilitation also included the installation of two new turbines along with the rehabilitation of the existing turbine. The plant was commissioned in March 2014 and has been performing satisfactorily since. The plant is currently performing at capacity with all three turbines in operation. During the tour, the JPS Co engineers, Baker and Brown outlined the operation and engineering features of each unit.

Engineer’s Week 2014 would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Engineer’s Week committee members. Special thanks are in order for the organizing committee members below:         

The JPS Co also provided lunch for the group at a nicely prepared area along the bank of the Black River. JAMAICA INSTITUTION

Christopher Hamilton - Committee Chairperson Dr. Noel Brown Anthea Reynolds Paula Henry David Allen Edward Shakes Camara Nelson Andre White JIE Secretariat- Juliene Holt/Medease Harris/ Susan Martin OF ENGINEERS


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A number of distinguished Engineers and Engineering students were honoured at the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) Annual Awards Dinner and Gala under the theme 'Engineering for Human and Social Development'. It was held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel with Ralston Hyman, economist, financial journalist and member of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) as the guest speaker. The awards that were presented at the event included 'The President's Cup', which is given to the JIE Council Member who has contributed the most to the JIE over the past year; and an award for the 'Best Division Committee' which was presented to the most outstanding JIE Division or Committee. Also, for the first time, an Engineering student of UWI, Mona was presented with an award at the event. Public relations consultant, Marcia Erskine, was also honoured at the event, in recognition of her invaluable contribution and support to the JIE for over 20 years. Congratulations are in order to the recipients of the following awards shown below: The President’s Cup

Eng. Christopher Hamilton

Best Committee Award

Engineers’ Week Committee

Outstanding Graduate Member

Eng. Melissa Townsend

Most Outstanding Student in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech Delano Mighty Most Outstanding Student in the Faculty of the Built Environment, UTech

Tiffany Givans

Most Outstanding Jamaican Engineering Student , UWI-St. Augustine

Miles Harris

Most Outstanding Jamaican Engineering Student , UWI-Mona

Raymour Wilson

Engineering Project of the Year

China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd (CHEC) Section 2 of the Jamaica North-South Highway

Award of Excellence in Engineering

Eng. Noel Whyte

Recipients of the JIE Student Awards (from left) Raymour Wilson , Tiffany Givans, Delano Mighty and Miles Harris JAMAICA

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Award for Excellence in Engineering presented to

Engineer Noel O. Whyte, BSc, M.Sc., MASCE, FJIE, P.Eng, JP a period of five years. While at Nelson O’Callaghan & Associates, he was involved in the design of a multiplicity of projects including

housing

infrastructure,

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training, a rail bridge, municipal sewers as well as the preparation of a wastewater master plan for a major town. Having proven himself as a competent and Engineer Dr. Noel Brown (right) presents the Award of Excellence in Engineering to Engineer Noel Whyte (left) with last year’s recipient Engineer Peter Morais looking on.

hardworking engineer, Noel established his own engineering consultancy firm—N.O. Whyte & Associates Ltd.— in 1982. As its

Noel O. Whyte, who is recognized as one of

principal director, Engineer Whyte has overseen the successful implementation of projects for a

the premier practitioners in the engineering

wide variety of clients, in both the private and

profession

formal

public sectors, including international funding

the University of

institutions. The extent to which these clients have

Portsmouth, England where he graduated with a

repeatedly engaged the firm is a clear indication of

BSc in Civil Engineering with first class honours

Engineer Whyte’s leadership and his commitment

in 1974. A year later, he pursued an MSc in

to providing professional services of the highest

Construction Management at the University of

quality. In addition to the many water supply/

Leeds. After working with the internationally

wastewater facilities, as well as new, expanded,

renowned contractor, George Wimpey & Company

and renovated building structures, N.O. Whyte &

Ltd., Engineer Whyte honed his skills as a site

Associates Ltd. has been integrally involved in the

engineer, and returned to the land of his birth in

planning, design, and construction supervision of

1976, where he gained employment with the

highways, airports, a sports stadium, fishing beach

Jamaica Industrial Development Corporation as a

amenities, an underground fuel farm as well as an

Civil/Structural Engineer. He was subsequently

industrial park complex. His analytical and

engaged by one of the largest engineering

systematic approach to problem solving has

consultancy

resulted in him being commissioned to provide

in

Jamaica,

engineering education

firms

began

at

in

his

Jamaica—Nelson

O’Callaghan & Associates—where he worked for JAMAICA

services beyond the shores of Jamaica.

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Engineer Whyte, who also serves as a Justice of the Peace, has extended himself and his successes to other civic areas including serving as board member for his alma mater, Cornwall College; chairman of the St James Chapter of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust; president of the Montego Bay JAYCEES and of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East; board

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Environmental & Planning Agency; director of the Montego Bay Co-op Credit Union as well as a member of the Salvation Army Advisory and the Sam Sharpe Teachers College Boards. In his chosen profession, Engineer Whyte is a member of the American Association of Civil Engineers, and has served as a director of the Caribbean

Water

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Wastewater

Association, vice president of the JIE and chairman of the Professional Engineers Registration Board. For his tremendous achievements, outstanding service, and exceptional contribution to the advancement of his chosen

profession,

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Institution of Engineers is pleased to present Engineer Noel O. Whyte, BSc, M.Sc., MASCE, FJIE, P.Eng, JP, with the 2014 Award for Excellence in Engineering.

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OIL PRICES DON’T ADD UP! Continuous oversupply and weakening demand have resulted in the price of Brent crude oil falling by approximately 50% since mid-2014, yet the cost of gasolene and other related products in Jamaica have not followed suit. Many consumers have complained that they still have not benefited from the reduction in oil prices, since, to date, the prices of consumer goods and services have remained at the same elevated levels experienced in early 2014. These matters resulted in discussions with Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell and various stakeholders on the potential reduction in the cost of energy for the average consumer. The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) also engaged in discussions about the cost of energy and the Office of Utilities Regulation has since reduced rates by an average of 2%.

Institution of Engineers is that, over the years, the relatively high cost of energy has had a debilitating effect on the manufacturing and production sectors in Jamaica. The main contributor to the high cost of production is the high cost of crude oil. It should, therefore, stand to reason that a reduction in the cost of crude oil should see a reduction in the cost of energy and redound to the benefit of the manufacturer and subsequently the consumer. Potential Beneficiaries Some of the manufacturers who we would have expected to benefit include the manufacturers of: wood and its byproducts, furniture, chemicals and their byproducts, rubber and plastic products, electrical machinery and electronic items, food products and animal feed.

The primary concern of the Jamaica JAMAICA

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This expected benefit is supported by an article published in the IAEE international conference proceedings on Effects of Oil Prices on the Manufacturing Sector in Turkey (2008). C. Emre Alper and Orhan Torul found that increases in the price of oil - and, by extension, the related products - robustly impede production growth of several manufacturing subsectors. We could, therefore, conclude that the reverse would be true, that is, the lower cost of oil should result in an increase in the growth of production. We must state here that we are not disregarding that Turkey has a different economy from Jamaica and has different geopolitical issues. If the same model were used to conduct a study in Jamaica, it might have to be tweaked to suit our conditions, but in the final analysis, we would expect to see greater benefits accrued to the manufacturer. Dissatisfied Majority Although the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and its subsidiary, Petrojam Limited, recently held press conferences to clarify the small decrease in the price of oil in Jamaica relative to the significant decrease on the world market, they did not seem to achieve this objective, and the participants did not seem satisfied with the explanations given. In fact, there seems to have been dichotomy in the arguments presented by the team from PCJ and Petrojam. In an article published by Nationwide News Network in January 22, 2015, the PCJ states that it was operating at a loss as it absorbs the pressure being built up on it because of falling oil prices.

Christopher Cargill, states that it would be unfair to put a ceiling or a floor on the price of oil and that the PCJ is a commercial entity driven to make a profit and cannot be expected to subsidise oil. This varies from what was said earlier and would tend to suggest what we would have expected, that is, they will do whatever it takes to ensure that they are making a profit regardless of the economic conditions. In another article published by the JIS on January 22, 2015 titled, 'PCJ Explains Pricing Mechanism'; after explanations for Petrojam's fuel pricing mechanism were given by the PCJ chairman and general manager respectively, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, stated that: "With the limited understanding of the mechanism, what we hope to achieve is to have a dialogue and to close that gap, and bring the public up to date on how the agency works." The minister further said that while most persons have been anticipating lower fuel prices, due to a rapid fall on the global oil market, a gap also exists where the public needs to understand "how Petrojam decides on the pricing of its various products, and the impact". However, to date, there is still some confusion on the mechanism and we are not satisfied with the outcome, as the explanations given appear to be inconclusive. This article was published in the Jamaica Gleaner on March 20, 2015 and contributed by Mr. Andre White, President of the JIE. Email feedback to jiejamaica@gmail.com

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The JIE in association with the CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING and the BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS presents

ENGINEERS’ WEEK CONFERENCE 2015 CALL FOR PAPERS The annual Engineers’ Week Conference addresses recent innovations and developments in engineering and related fields. It is a leading forum in Jamaica for academics, researchers, and practitioners from the Caribbean and the rest of the World. The conference will take place from September 21 - 23, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. The theme of this year’s conference is “Engineering for Human and Social Development”.

JAMAICA INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS 54 Molynes Road, Kingston 10. Tel :(876) 758-5559 Fax (876) 758-7412 E-mail: jie@cwjamaica.com website: www.jiejamaica.org Facebook: Jamaica Institution of Engineers—JIE To volunteer or contribute to the next newsletter Email: jie@cwjamaica.com with the subject ‘NEWSLETTER’

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TOPICS Paper submissions are invited on the conference theme and related topics. They may include but will not be limited to the following:

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Infrastructure  Transportation  Air and sea ports  Highways  Rail and Transit  Water & Wastewater  Energy  Utilities Industry  Tourism  Agriculture  Mining  Manufacturing  Logistics

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Health Care Education Justice Housing Environment Climate Change

Disaster Risk Reduction Institutional Strengthening Capacity Building Codes and Standards The Business of Engineering Continuing Education for the Engineer Telecommunications, and Cyber security Private Public Partnerships  Government Policy  Business Case Methodologies  Risk Transfer  Value for Money  Procurement Models  Contract Administration  Best Practices  Case Studies  Engineering Opportunities

Abstracts (of not more than 300 words) should be submitted for consideration by May 31 2015 to the JIE CSCE BSE Conference Planning Committee, 54 Molynes Rd Road, Kingston 10 or by e-mail to jie@cwjamaica.com. Abstracts should be in English and contain a title, author’s names and full contact detail(s). Successful authors will be notified by June 15, 2015 and will be required to submit an electronic copy of the paper (not exceeding 10 pages) along with a passport sized photograph and a brief resume, including affiliation. Full papers should be submitted no later than July 30, 2015. Papers should focus on applied research, case studies and lessons learnt. JAMAICA

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June 2015

JIE New Members Social

Sept 20-27, 2015

Engineers’ Week 2015 Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kgn. 5

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

Annual General Meeting

Saturday Nov 21, 2015

Annual Awards Dinner and Gala Jamaica Pegasus Hotel 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kgn. 5

ENGINEERS

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