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"I have represented CIBSE across the globe" #IamCIBSE

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I am an Energy Consultant I am a Ken Dale Travel Bursary winnerI have represented CIBSE across the globe
Lucy Pemble is an Energy Consultant at ICF and one of the winners of the CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary 2018. As a recipient of the bursary, Lucy was funded to visit Zambia, South Africa, California and Wales for her research project on ‘Demand Management: Photovoltaics, Electric Vehicles and the Strive for Decarbonisation’


What first attracted you to apply for the Ken Dale Travel Bursary?  I’d heard of the bursary long before I applied but the year I did, I was studying for a masters. I felt it was the right time, knowing that if I was successful I could plan my research trips around my studies. I knew it would be a fantastic experience and a unique career episode.
What made you choose your particular research topic? I looked at CIBSE’s research priorities and ‘systems thinking and integration’ struck me. Decarbonisation of electricity is a hot topic in our industry. Electric vehicles a…

"I am playing a part in the move towards more sustainable building services" - #IamCIBSE

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I am YEN ScotlandI am a Graduate Mechanical Building Services Engineer I am playing a part in the move towards more sustainable building servicesWelcome to the first of our #IamCIBSE blogs, where we'll be speaking to different individuals within the CIBSE community. We've started with Andrew Griffiths, a Graduate Mechanical Building Services Engineer at Arup and part of the Young Engineers Network (YEN) in the Scotland region. 

On Building Services Engineering… 
I work in mechanical building services engineering working on thermal modelling, CFD, ventilation, heating, cooling and domestic water supply in a wide range of sectors

I always had an interest in engineering, buildings and renewable technologies, but it was not until visiting Northumbria University on an open day and going to a talk about Architectural Engineering, that I realised building services was the best option for all of my interests.

Playing a part in the move towards more sustainable building services makes me p…

Why are role models critical to the engineering industry? - An article by Gemma Taylor

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To celebrate International Women's Day, we're sharing this thought-provoking article by CIBSE YEN South West Chair, Gemma Taylor on the importance of role models (male or female) in the engineering industry. 
Why are role models critical to the engineering industry?I have always been the type of person that likes to solve problems. I like to make the impossible, possible – and that’s why I’m an engineer.

I was brought up in the real world, not a pink and blue one. A world where Dad does the ironing, and mum does the DIY. It’s hardly surprising that there have always been zero barriers in becoming an engineer for me. I plotted my path through school, college and university to achieve the same qualifications, if not more, than the male counterparts that work around me - so I ask a simple question, ‘what’s with all the recent fuss of females in engineering?’

My mum has worked as a Mechanical Building Services Engineer for her entire life. At the age of 18, she was told engineering w…

#BalanceforBetter - “Hold your breath and just dive right in. You will swim.” | An interview with... Rimmy Vij

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To celebrate International Women's Day 2019 CIBSE has conducted a series of interviews with different women across the industry.

Rimmy Vij, Associate Director at WSP Façade Engineering and member of the Society of Façade Engineers (SFE), shares with us her story...

CAREER SUMMARYRimmy Vij is a Chartered Façade Engineer and has been working at WSP Façade Engineering since 2013. With an academic background in Architecture and Façade Engineering, she has worked on interesting projects, gaining significant experience in the design and construction of a variety of buildings with signature architects and blue-chip clients. 
Rimmy worked for other leading Façade Contractors before joining WSP and has experience in developing bespoke design solutions, which enables her to have a sensitive and collaborative contribution to the work of a Lead Façade Engineer. 

Rimmy is continually involved with the SFE and has been organising SFE’s Façade of the Year Competition since 2016; promoting the import…

The infamous operable window by CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 Opening Keynote Speaker

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Whilst we all agree about the occupants needing to have more meaningful influence on their built environment, it is the infamous operable window that will allow, at the forthcoming CIBSE Technical Symposium, for an exchange of views and practices on an enhanced end-user involvement (and understanding) as a key input in the process of transforming the engineering of built environments. 

By Stuart Shell, AIA at BranchPattern

The theme for this year’s CIBSE TechnicalSymposium jumped out from the clutter of my inbox: transforming built environments; driving change with engineering. Why does it seem true that we have plenty to learn about driving change? As technical experts, what would it look like for us to be leading innovation in how we use buildings? I’m honoured to be presenting an opinion paper on this topic at the symposium. To prime the conversation, I would like to tackle a contentious subject that’s beleaguered me for years – the operable window.
There are dozens of reasons to fear…

How in-house training could benefit your company

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CIBSE has seen a sharp increase in the uptake of its in-house corporate training courses in recent years. From 2017 to 2018, the demand for CIBSE in-house courses being run more than doubled, leading to the number of employees completing training soaring from just under 300 to almost 2,000.
The CIBSE Training Team has taken a look into why companies are choosing to train their staff in-house.
Expert external trainers
Experts in a particular subject are chosen by a trusted training provider to create and facilitate the in-house training. These trainers are selected for their wealth of knowledge and skills to conduct the training and tailor the course appropriately for the host company. This also means that all staff are trained on best practice principles for the given subject, which can be built into existing processes. The trainer will have experience of training other companies - often from within the same sector - which can feed into the training.

Time efficient – working with your sch…

Focusing on your priorities

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Throughout your working day, you may often get the feeling that every task is both important and urgent, but stop and ask yourself are they all truly a priority?
It's essential that you're able to identify, amongst the various tasks that make up your workload, the ones that must be done immediately, those that can be delayed, and any which can be delegated or even dropped, meaning you must have the ability to prioritise.
The CIBSE Training Team has come up with 5 top tips, which will aid you in planning your tasks by focusing on your priorities, providing you with practical strategies to help avoid time management issues.
5 Top Tips: Always start with your most important tasks fitting in the more minor ones around them.Group similar tasks together to be efficient and save yourself time.Avoid delaying an important task until it then becomes urgent.Don't interrupt yourself by following all the way through with tasks.Plan tomorrow's tasks at the end of today in order to avoid…