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November 14th, 2011

BSE Installation Banquet - Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

The Bahamas Society of Engineer's Bi-Annual Installation Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at The British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay Street.  The banquet's program commences at 7 p.m.  Ticket donation are $70.00.  Reserve your ticket TODAY by contacting a BSE Board Member.  Advertising space available in the program booklet also. 


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BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 Mar 24th, 2014
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 Mar 19th, 2014
BSE Site Visit - BEC Clifton Pier Power Station - Thursday, March 20th, 2014 Feb 21st, 2014
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 Jan 27th, 2014
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 Sep 04th, 2013
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 Aug 16th, 2013
BSE Site Visit - PMH Critical Care Block - Saturday, August 17th, 2013 Jul 24th, 2013
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 Jun 25th, 2013
BSE Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 May 22nd, 2013
BSE Monthly Meeting - BEC Site Visit @ Blue Hills Power Plant - Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 Apr 23rd, 2013
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
Attention Members! Feb 22nd, 2011
BSE Members Tour the New LPIA Jan 10th, 2011
Happy New Year BSE Members!
MONTHLY LUNCHEONS

Monthly Luncheon Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

  • Location: Luciano's of Chicago, East Bay Street - (242) 323-7770

  • Time:  12:00p.m. – 1:15p.m.


Please CONTACT US for more information on this event or information on becoming a LUNCHEON SPEAKER OR SPONSOR.

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 - September 26th & 27th - 2013

Each year, the organization plans and hosts an annual day trip to visit its BSE Freeport Members.   This year, the trip has been extended to (2) two intense days of meetings, networking and informational sessions and industrial tours.  This meeting will include engineering presentations, tours to several industrial sites and informative luncheon meetings with interesting guest speakers.

Please contact the BSE (admin@bahamasengineers.org) for more information on travel costs for those coming from other islands to participate.  All members and friends of the Society are invited to attend this awesome event!

Note:  The meeting agenda will be distributed to the membership very soon!
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.

Select a date to view details:
2009-2010

  • Scholarship Fund Update


The Peter Gordon Scholarship Fund initial seed money ($40,000) was turned over to College of the Bahamas for management and administration.

  • Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF)


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. 

  • BSE Conference


 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.
2007-2009

  • Monthly Meetings


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.

2005-2007

  • Professional Engineer’s Board


The year 2006 was the landmark establishment of the Professional Engineer’s Board in the Bahamas.

  • BSE Workshops


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.

  • BSE Activities


The BSE had active participation on many National Committees & Consultations as well as various public relations initiatives, and membership recruitments.
2004

  • BSE Operations Revised


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.

  • Courtesy Calls


BSE made courtesy calls on the Ministers of Housing and Financial Investments during this period.

  • Engineers Bill Passed


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.

  • Position Papers Published


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.

  • Special Luncheon hosted by Kerzner International


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.
2003

  • BSE Participation


BSE has remained active in various trade shows and Technology Fairs as well as a special forum to discuss the promotion of Science.




  • Engineers Bill Update


The Engineer’s Bill was unanimously passed in the Lower House of Assembly on September 24th, 2003.




  • Membership Update


The Society saw a membership growth of approximately 40%.  The membership totaled (150) persons at the end of this year.




  • Monthly Meetings


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.  




  • National Emergency Response Initiative


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.

2002

  • BSE Monthly Meetings


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.

  • Professional Engineer Registration


BSE continues to lobby for Engineering Registration.

  • BSE Professional Forums


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.

  • General Elections


Elections were held in the country and BSE member and Engineer John Carey was honorably elected to the House of Assembly.
2001

  • COB Social Event


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.

  • School Career’s Day


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.

  • Engineering Forums


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.

  • Agreement with the CSCE


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.

  • Second Annual Freeport Trip


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.

  • Engineers Bill


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.
2000

  • Freeport Annual Trip


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.

  • Officer Elections


The second election of officers was held and the following persons were elected to serve for the 2000-2002 term:

  • President - Sonia Brown

  • Vice President - Kevin Basden

  • Secretary - Gregory Stubbs

  • Treasurer - Cadrington Coleby

  • Directors -  DeCosta Bethel, Dwight King, Nicholas Dean, Damian Francis, DuWaine Edwards, Cyprian Gibson, *Keith Bishop (Elected to replace DeCosta Bethel who stepped down during the term.



  • Installation Banquet


The Second Installation banquet was held where the newly elected board was installed along with twelve new members.

  • Engineering Bill Meeting


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

  • BSE Organization Formed


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:

  • President – Hammond Rahming

  • Vice President – DeCosta Bethel

  • Secretary - Peter Gordon

  • Assistant Secretary – Sonia Brown

  • Treasurer – Adrian Rollins

  • Directors -  Kevin Basden, Melanie Roach, Patrick Hanna, Dwight King, Lambert Knowles, Carleton Blair and Racquel Greene



  • BSE Constitution


Within a few months of being formed, the BSE Constitution was drafted and ratified by its current board and membership.

  • Membership Numbers


In the first year of being formed, the BSE membership registry consisted of about fifty (50) persons. 

  • First Installation Banquet


The first Biannual Installation Banquet was held in 1998 and the newly elected board was installed.

  • First Honorary MembersThe first group of Honorary Members was inducted into the organization at the Biannual Installation Banquet and included the following persons: 

    • Ivern Davis

    • Peter I. Bethel

    •  Calvin Cooper

    • John Steer




 

  • Monthly Meetings Instituted


The organization began holding monthly meetings for the membership in its first year.

  • Annual Field Trips


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  




  • Courtesy Calls


The Society began making Courtesy Calls to Government Officials.  The following Minister’s, Public Officials and Business Institutions were visited during this time:

  • Minister of Public Works, Hon. James Knowles, M.P.

  • Publisher of Nassau Guardian

  • General Manager of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation

  • General Manager of the Water & Sewerage Corporation

  • General Manager of the Bahamas Telecommunications Corporation

1997

  • BSE Initial Interest Meeting


A Steering committee was established to begin discussions on creating a voice in the community for Engineers.