Change strategies offered to engineers
Members of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) are poised to embrace a series of change strategies articulated during their annual conference, under the theme 'Engineering Change' slated to take place at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew starting today.
The three-day forum will provide the context in which engineers, researchers, architects, planners, academics and industry professionals can dialogue about 21st century concepts and innovations to facilitate 'Engineering Change' in Jamaica.
It is against that background that the Jamaica National Building Society, a leader in providing mortgages for homes and commercial properties in the Caribbean for 140 years, is partnering with the JIE to support the conference, to the benefit of the building construction and other sectors, Tiffany Gordon, JN mortgage sales executive, said recently.
"We welcome the depth and scope of the proposed conference presentations, which are geared to influence transformation in areas such as building codes and standards, disaster-risk reduction, energy generation and renewable energy, and other topics relevant to engineering," Gordon stated.
She pointed out that the technical aspects of engineering, which are critical in the construction industry are not of immediate interest to all purchasers of homes and commercial properties; however, the quality of the technical inputs are essential to the end products that they purchase.
"Therefore, Jamaica National commends the leaders and members of the JIE for the conference initiatives to transform the engineering infrastructure in our country, against the background of climate change, and innovations in the sector," Gordon said.
Presenters at the meeting will include JIE members, overseas speakers, academics from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, engineers from the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited and Carib Cement Company, as well as technical personnel from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining and the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.
"It is our hope that persons in the building construction and real estate sectors, and not only engineers, will attend the conference and tour the JIE's exhibits at the Knutsford Court Hotel, to apprise themselves of 'change elements' which will influence the housing sector, in the short term," Gordon said.