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BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 Mar 26th, 2013
PEB 2013 Register of Professional Engineers Mar 26th, 2013
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 Mar 04th, 2013
BSE February Luncheon Meeting Update - Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 Sep 16th, 2012
Annual BSE Freeport Site Visit/Mini-Conference - Friday, September 21st, 2012 Nov 14th, 2011
BSE Installation Banquet - Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 May 17th, 2011
Student Members Seeking Intern Positions Apr 19th, 2011
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BSE Members Tour the New LPIA Jan 10th, 2011
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2010 BSE Engineering, Design & Construction Conference
Monthly Luncheon Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP (AGM) MEETING
Each year, the organization holds the annual general membership meeting to inform the membership of things going on in the Society and to make changes in the organization through the electoral process. Every other year, a new Board is elected and ratified at this meeting. The next Executive Board elections are scheduled to take place in October 2013.
BSE ANNUAL FREEPORT DAY TRIP
Each year, the organization plans and hosts an annual day trip to visit its BSE Freeport Members. The trip has usually been held in July and includes breakfast, tours to several industrial sites and an informative luncheon with a guest speaker. In 2012, the luncheon was rescheduled to September and included a well-attended morning seminar and informative afternoon luncheon meeting along with the traditional industrial site tours. The total cost of the trip is usually estimated at $200 for members travelling to the island. All members are invited to attend this awesome Networking Event.
Information will be COMING SOON for the 2013 Annual Freeport Trip!!!
The Milestone News Archive provides an overview of monumental events that took place with the Bahamas Society of Engineers (BSE) since its inception in 1998. The organization has come a long way and continues to increase its membership and its benefits to the engineering community.
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The Peter Gordon Scholarship Fund initial seed money ($40,000) was turned over to College of the Bahamas for management and administration.
The BSE sponsored and participated in the 2nd annual Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum that took place on October 13th-15th at the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island. The 2011 CREF conference will be held in Barbados.
The 1st BSE Engineering, Planning and Design Conference and Awards Luncheon was held at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort on December 3rd 2010. The conference was a one day event and included informative business and professional development workshops.
The year 2007 opened with the monthly BSE membership luncheon. The guest speaker for the luncheon was the Hon. Vincent Peet, MP, Minister of Financial Services & Investments and his talk focused on the Opportunities for Engineers in 2007.
The year 2006 was the landmark establishment of the Professional Engineer’s Board in the Bahamas.
The organization participated in and completed the first in a series of Professional Engineering Workshops.
The BSE also participated in Certified Workshops on the Canadian Electrical Code.
The BSE had active participation on many National Committees & Consultations as well as various public relations initiatives, and membership recruitments.
BSE established a new office with a part-time office administrator and set-up Standard Operating Procedures in order to provide better service to the membership.
BSE made courtesy calls on the Ministers of Housing and Financial Investments during this period.
In May 2004, the BSE received confirmation from the Minister of Works and the Senate that the Engineer’s Bill had been passed with the Amendments that were recommended by the BSE. The Engineers Bill was signed into law and made effective August 2004.
BSE produced and circulated various Position Papers, the majority of which were on issues related to the Engineer’s Bill. The organization also revised the paper on Plan Stamping and produced new papers on Capacity Building in the Local Engineering Sector and Foreign Direct Investments. The organization was still working on the Drafts for Drainage and Energy Usage at this time.
BSE continued to lobby for increased involvement of Bahamian Engineers in major projects. In this regard, Kerzner International responded and was thanked for hosting BSE Members to a special luncheon at the One & Only where plans of their expansion at that time were revealed. This jump started the process for increased participation and increased working relationships.
BSE has remained active in various trade shows and Technology Fairs as well as a special forum to discuss the promotion of Science.
The Engineer’s Bill was unanimously passed in the Lower House of Assembly on September 24th, 2003.
The Society saw a membership growth of approximately 40%. The membership totaled (150) persons at the end of this year.
Monthly luncheons continued to be held. These included speeches from the Ministry of Works, Ministry of Financial Services, BTC, NEMA, The Island School, The Developers of Cotton Bay, and others. Average luncheon attendance was approximately (35) persons.
BSE played a major role in the national emergency response initiative. More than (20) members of BSE volunteered their time and experience to assist with the initial damage assessment for the numerous hurricanes.
The year opened with Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas addressing the group on “The State of the Bahamian Economy.” Other guest speakers at the luncheons included the Minister of Works, the Parliamentary Secretary, The Ministry of Financial Investments and Senator Trevor Whylly.
BSE continues to lobby for Engineering Registration.
BSE participated in the Women in Science & Technology, the Bahamas Association for Career and Technical Educators (BACTE) and the New Plumbers Permit Seminars. BSE also participated in the History Pays Workshop, The Construction Seminar Group initiatives, various WTO, FTAA, and CSME Workshops and meetings, the Annual Caribbean Water & Wastewater Association Conference and the Bahamas Home & Building Show.
Elections were held in the country and BSE member and Engineer John Carey was honorably elected to the House of Assembly.
BSE organized a social event for students of the College of The Bahamas. At this event members from BSE were able to interact with the students and provide them with information on BSE and the Engineering Profession in a relaxed atmosphere.
The Public Relations Committee of BSE launched its school career’s day campaign during this year. As a result of this campaign BSE members visited various local high schools to inform students about careers in the Engineering Profession.
The Engineering Forum, which was the brainchild of BSE, was hosted by the MOPW. The BSE participated in this lively debate on the Engineer’s Bill along with Engineers representing the Ministry of Public Works, Public Corporations, Engineers from Grand Bahama and the Bahamas Institution of Professional Engineers. It is from this meeting that the current draft of the Engineer’s Bill was formulated.
The BSE signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) at the CSCE’s annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The BSE held its second annual meeting in Grand Bahama this year. This entailed site visits and a luncheon with guest speaker the Hon. Kenneth Russell, M.P. who was currently the Minister responsible for Public Works. The Minister addressed the group on the Draft Legislation for the Registration of Engineers.
Lobby letters were issued to Members of Parliament, Ministers of Government and Senators to encourage support for the Proposed Engineer’s Bill. Panel discussions were held with young candidates representing the three major parties to pledge their parties’ support for the Proposed Bill.
The first Annual Trip to Grand Bahama was organized this year. Thirteen BSE members went to various sites of interest during this trip including a luncheon and a tour of the Our Lucaya Resort that was under construction at the time.
The second election of officers was held and the following persons were elected to serve for the 2000-2002 term:
The Second Installation banquet was held where the newly elected board was installed along with twelve new members.
BSE wrote Minister Knowles (Minister of Works at the time) to request that the MOPW host a meeting to discuss the proposed Engineering Bill. The purpose of this meeting was to bring together all of the representatives and stakeholders for the Bill and reach an agreement on the content of the proposed legislation.
1998 – 1999
The new engineering body, the Bahamas Society of Engineers was formed and the first election of BSE officers was held on June 24, 2008. The following persons served on the first board of the BSE:
Within a few months of being formed, the BSE Constitution was drafted and ratified by its current board and membership.
In the first year of being formed, the BSE membership registry consisted of about fifty (50) persons.
The first Biannual Installation Banquet was held in 1998 and the newly elected board was installed.
The organization began holding monthly meetings for the membership in its first year.
The organization started planning educational field trips to sites for its members. The following sites were visited:
The “New” Paradise Island Bridge Construction
Phase II Atlantis Construction
Reverse Osmosis plant
BEC Expansion at Clifton Pier
The Society began making Courtesy Calls to Government Officials. The following Minister’s, Public Officials and Business Institutions were visited during this time:
A Steering committee was established to begin discussions on creating a voice in the community for Engineers.