“Autism: How can technology assist”.
FAMILY DAY 2016
PAKISTAN ENGINEERS FORUM
Invites all its Members with Families to Family Day at
Al Banush Club Mesaieed Qatar
Friday 25th March 2016 from 2pm to 5:30 pm
Smart Cities Innovation Strategies
The seminar will be focused on smart city initiatives in
global and regional perspectives. Who are the
stakeholders, what technologies are being applied. How
future integrated cities will look like. You will also get to
know about center of innovation. How governments are
using technology to bridge gap with people and improve
service delivery. What is the role of universities. Speakers
will share case studies. And most important you will get
the chance to ask questions from panel during Q&A
Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Imperatives for Prog
PEF has invited Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman to speak about "Education, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Imperatives for Progress".
Innovation Opportunities in Construction
Doha, Qatar, 28 October 2014: In the wake of the nation’s construction boom, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), and the Pakistani Engineers Forum (PEF), hosted a joint seminar exploring innovation opportunities and challenges in Qatar’s construction sector.
The event, which took place yesterday (Monday) at Qatar Foundation, was attended by more than 100 construction practitioners and sustainability experts. The seminar supported QF’s objective to ensure cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, and QGBC’s commitment to working in collaboration with key stakeholders to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.
Addressing the gathered experts, Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of Qatar Green Building Council, said: “QGBC is focused on promoting green practice across Qatar’s construction sector so we were delighted to host this conversation between sustainability experts, innovators and building specialists. We are committed to helping the nation deliver the Qatar National Vision 2030, and our discussions highlighted some interesting ideas and themes for reform and growth.”
Asfandiar Ansari, President of the Pakistani Engineers Forum, highlighted the importance of organisations working together to achieve common objectives: “The Pakistan Engineers Forum was established in 1997 with the main objective to disseminate knowledge within the community. Since knowledge knows no boundaries, we joined hands in our knowledge sharing efforts with key engineering organizations in Qatar like QSE and QGBC. The informative discussions at this event enable our members to connect with others and generate new insights into the construction industry in Qatar. We would like to thank QGBC for providing a great networking opportunity for our members.”
Among Qatar’s large construction projects over the coming decade are Qatar Rail, the FIFA 2022 World Cup stadia, Msheireb Downtown Doha and Lusail Real Estate Development amongst many more.
Dr Alex Amato, Head of Sustainability at QGBC, said: “Innovation opportunities in the construction sector are abundant. The real question we need to answer is, ‘to what extent is innovation and research encouraged in this sector?’ As part of our efforts to encourage innovation and research in the construction sector, QGBC has brought together members of the construction industry to conduct vital innovative research as part of its landmark project, the Qatar Case Study Passivhaus. The project is now undergoing the research phase and is aimed at reducing energy consumption by half.”
Engineer Mohamed Al-Sada, Chairman of Gulf Scientific Gateway, focused on the important role of entrepreneurs in encouraging innovation in the construction sector. He said: “Qatar’s current regulations and laws help entrepreneurs and innovators in many ways. However, they do not adequately address the main challenge facing new entrepreneurs in Qatar, which is capturing market gains while competing with existing market giants. We hope that we will witness further modifications in this regard.”
Dr Azhar Iqbal, Managing Director of Gulf Scientific Gateway, offered a potential solution. His presentation suggested that increased innovation and the introduction of new concepts to the construction industry will help minimise competition between new entrants and established market leaders.
The event featured another informative presentation by Dr Uvais Qidwai, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Qatar University that highlighted the challenges innovators face in Qatar He also presented how old innovations can provide answers to the modern age challenges.
He explained: “New concepts such as Zero Energy Design housing or the Passivhaus will encourage innovative thinking in Qatar’s market by pushing both the new entrants and existing giants to join forces and work together for their mutual benefit.”
Workshop on PMP Orientation
PEF Offers a Workshop for you on PMP Orientation!This workshop is intended for those who are seeking PMP certification.A complete walk-through of a proven approach to acheive the PMP credential.Our Special Guest speaker from PMI authorized trainong center.
Challenges & Opportunities of Energy Sector in Pakistan
As a part of this initiative, PEF organized an event titled, ‘Challenges & Opportunities of Energy Sector in Pakistan’. The objective was to provide the Pakistan engineering community in Qatar with awareness of the current energy situation in Pakistan and also identify possible solutions to the crisis that could help the country come out of this situation.
The program was opened with the recitation of the Holy Quran and a welcome note.
PEF President Asfandiar Ansari formally opened the program by introducing PEF to the members and guests. PEF is the oldest professional Pakistani organization in Qatar and has been hosting programs for the community while allowing for development and networking opportunity for members.
Mr. Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui, former Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources and former CEO & MD Siemens Pakistan, Cluster CEO West Asia Siemens graced the occasion and spoke on ‘Opportunities in Energy Sector in Pakistan’.
Mr. Sohail Wajahat Siddiqui initiated the talk and discussed the current energy mix and the issues around it.
While describing about a number of energy sources, and provided solutions, their economics and its financial implications. He recommended handling the issues internally by assigning dedicated teams of industry experts and by improving coordination between players in the Energy sector. The Government has to do its policy making function effectively while creating the environment to favor investment, productivity & value-addition.
The second presenter is a renowned energy expert, Mr. Hasan Mobin Qureshi, who did his M.S. in Energy Management from NYIT, New York. He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) from NY State. Mr Qureshi has done several presentations and talks in the past and many of these are available on the internet.
The program moderator was Rehan Ansari, GS PEF. He thanked the sponsors and introduced them as they were handed souvenirs.
In the end, PEF Vice President, Muhammad Riaz said “the excitement and support for this event is inspiring, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how many delegates have come together to make it a successful event.” He thanked PEF EXCOM members for a great show of teamwork.
The success of this event illustrates just how many professionals understand the importance of achieving excellence through continued education and achieving recognized certifications in the area of their expertise – a good sign for the professional community.
Pakistan Engineering Forum PEF Qatar hosted prominent scientists and personalities in the field of Satellite and communication, from the Pakistan Institute of Space Technology and Qatar Satellite Company, Es’hailSat. The program discussion was on the advances made in satellite and communication technology and the role of Qatar and Pakistan in these developments. In addition to sharing the developments in the field, the program will also serve as a platform for a first-ever Qatar-Pakistan collaboration to share knowledge and open ways to future joint programs between Qatar, a latest addition into the world of satellite technology, and Pakistan who is in this industry for past four decades.
The program was opened by tilawat of the Holy Quran. PEF President Asfandiar Ansari thanked the participants for showing up in great numbers. He highlighted the past activities of PEF, he paid tribute to PEF members who were always present in PEF events and made the organization a great success.
Mr. Khokhar briefed the participants about the role Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan and the role it is playing to advance and promote research and development in the area.
Professor Qamar ul Islam made the first presentation on the development of i-cube, a satellite developed by Pakistani scientists. Prof QUI is the head of department of the Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at the Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan. The latest launch of Pakistan’s first cube satellite (iCube) in 2013, designed completely by the Institute of Space Technology (IST), is an excellent example for Qatar to build upon as they too are working on the design of a cube satellite indigenously at Qatar University. (need some technical material on the presentation).
Anthony Baker Chief Strategy and Corporate Planning officer at Es’hailSat, Abdalla Al Hajj an Engineer also made presentations. (need some technical material on the presentation).
PEF is oldest Pakistani professional organization serving the interests of Pakistani Engineering and associated professions in Qatar, it was formed in 1996.
The program was closed by Vice President PEF Mr. Riaz, who thanked the guests on behalf of PEF EXCOM and invited everyone for dinner. The program moderator was Azeemuddin.
Cyber & Mobile Security Symposium
Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) organized a Symposium on Nov 30’ 2013 titled ‘Cyber and Mobile Security’. The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Doha.
Cyber and mobile security is an increasingly critical necessity for world business and present society. We live in a world where information technology and associated communications' networks and services affect every aspect of our lives. This makes the protection of our digital assets and activities in cyberspace of serious magnitude, whether individually or as a society. But the challenge to understand cyber risk and deliver effective and accessible security becomes harder as technology continues to evolve briskly and our systems become more and more complex.
A recent example of such security breaches was seen in the GCC where various organizations suffered due to these attacks affecting productivity and bringing businesses to a standstill. Multi-million dollar losses were suffered due to these attacks.
Recognizing the urgent need for creative thought leading to the next generation of cyber security capability, PEF has invited renowned professionals working in Qatar to discuss the issue and offer insights on latest developments and challenges facing this issue.
The speakers for the program:
1st Lieutenant Yasser Ali Al-Malik, a Qatar University Graduate, from Information Security Centre (ISC), where he plays a leading role in Information Security Management Systems and Operational Procedures. Lt. Al-Malik has long list of distinctions both in field and in leadership roles.
Dr. Ryan Riley who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Qatar University and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, Indiana, USA. His main research interests are operating systems and security.
Dr. Junaid Chaudhry who is an affiliate academician, and a Consultant at Certified Professional at the Ministry of Interior, MoI at the state of Qatar. His specialization is in Research and Analysis (R&A) of both network and application centric products.
QGBC, PEF sign agreement to promote sustainability
Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) Qatar and Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) have jointly planned to establish linkage and co-operation to maximize the utilization of their resources through mutual cooperation and sharing of expertise and efforts in education, training and promotion, to raise the profile and recognition of professional management in construction and projects for the benefit of industry, its clients and society at large.
In this connection, Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) and the Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) in Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), intended to maximise utilisation of their collective resources and expertise. The agreement will help deliver relevant education, training and promotion to enhance sustainability efforts within the construction industry, to the benefit of industry stakeholders and the wider community. This goal will be achieved through joint research projects and outreach activities undertaken by both organisations.
The MoU signing was attended by Ahmad Al Jolo, QGBC board member, and Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director of QGBC, & Mr. Mohammad Riaz, Vice President of PEF alongside other senior representatives from both organisations.
Commenting on the alliance, Al Jolo said, “We are delighted at the opportunity to team up with the Pakistan Engineers Forum in Qatar, as this agreement will allow us to collectively raise awareness on key sustainability issues regarding the built environment, and we will achieve this through various upcoming outreach activities.”
Mohammad Riaz, Vice President of the Pakistan Engineers Forum in Qatar, said, “We believe it is through partnerships with prestigious organisations such as QGBC that the Pakistan Engineers Forum is able to contribute towards the environmental and human development goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030, by raising industry and public awareness through
premier training, education, research and development.”
Secrets of Amazing Animation by Dr Muqeem Khan
Secrets of Amazing Animation The Pakistan Engineers Forum Qatar proudly presents a fascinating program entitled " Secrets Of Amazing Animation". This program is developed and will be presented by Professor Muqeem Khan. A Pakistani visual effect artist, Muqeem Khan's motion picture credits..
Renewable Energy Seminar
Power Generation through wind has a great potential in energy starved Pakistan. Renowned Environmentalist Dr. Uvais Qidwai presented many viable options of renewable energy generation in Pakistan. He was speaking at a technical presentation organized by Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF) Qatar. Dr Uvais Qidwai is an Assistant Professor in Qatar University. Through his comprehensive research, he presented various solutions to the present energy crises in Pakistan.
In his presentation through various statistics and maps, he mentioned that wind power can be an answer to present energy crises in Pakistan.
According to wind maps generated by National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL Colorado, USA in June 2007 there is huge potential in Pakistan to generate 346,000 MW of energy from wind. Total current generation capacity in Pakistan is only 20,000 MW through all sources
Requirement for energy in Pakistan is huge and Needs additional minimum of 15,000 MW right away. The fastest and cheapest way is to supply mid-sized turbines of 100-350 kW range
Session was attended by a large number of PEF Qatar members and other dignitaries. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Guest of the ceremony, H.E. Mr. Zahid Nasrullh, Deputy Head of Pakistan Mission assured the audience that Pakistan embassy Qatar will support all such ideas and invited leading business community of Pakistanis in Qatar to come forward to support such initiatives. He also stressed the need of putting these recommendations and suggestions into reality by initiating some small scale projects in the country.
PEF President Nadeem Bashir thanked the presenter, Pakistan Embassy and NECON (sponsor of the event) for their support. He also thanked the prominent community representatives, Pakistani schools officials for their interest and participation. He also lauded the support of PEF members, EXCOM and all the audience for making this event a success and very interactive.
Chairman of Society of Engineers Qatar Mr. Mohammad Jasim Al Jolo was also present during the session. Presentation in pictures .
Pakistan Engineers Forum Celebrate Grand Finale
Pakistan Engineers Forum Celebrate Grand Finale It has all the ingredients of a successful Grand Finale: excitement and entertainment, active participation of lively audience, shower of gifts and mementos, some serious deliberations and thought-provoking speeches, followed by a majestic dinner in the royal tent of a local hotel.
Dinner with Mr Muhammad Zubair - Governor Sindh Pakistan