Engineers for Change Trustees delivered Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Sierra Leone

Trustees from Engineers for Change (Sierra Leone) delivered 2 CPD break-out sessions whilst attending the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers Biennial Conference in June 2018.

Laurence Pratt delivered a half-day workshop on Structural Engineering in Practice

The presentation provided an overview of some of the key principles of good structural engineering design practices and procedures.

The presentation was aimed at graduate engineers and students to provide:

  • general awareness of the principles of good structural engineering design
  • a feel for or grasp of the responsibilities of a structural designer
  • good appreciation of management of key procedures governing good structural engineering practice

The presentation also demonstrated an example of how the plastic properties of structural steel can be applied to the design of a single bay, pitched roof portal frame.

Modupe Williams and Mariama Whitmore delivered a day’s workshop on the Analytical Techniques in Managing Infrastructure Projects

The workshop was aimed at infrastructure professionals and engineers with prior or limited experience of delivering large/multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects.

This was an introductory level session on the evaluation techniques to be applied on complex infrastructure projects/programmes at the initiation and options evaluation stages.

The sessions included:

  1. An overview of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
  2. Role of the Sponsor, Client and Project/ Programme Manager
  3. Developing a Project Business Case for publicly and privately funded infrastructure projects
  4. Risk Management including Quantitative Risk Analysis
  5. Applying Value Management and Value Engineering Techniques

The attendees worked through a case study of a simulated scenario to reinforce the practical application of the techniques covered on the course.

Both workshops were well attended with keen interest and participation shown at the sessions.  The feedback surveys undertaken after the workshops were very good with requests made for EfCSL to deliver further CPD training sessions in Sierra Leone.

CPD Training in SL

Attendees at the workshop on Analytical Techniques in Managing Infrastructure Projects

CPD Training (session 2)

Laurence, Mariama and Modupe at the CPD session