Mr. Sohail Kibria, Vice President/Head Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering Division, presented a technical paper titled “Use of Reinforced Earth for Landslide Control” on November 7, 2016 at an international seminar on Innovative Construction Techniques organised by Planning and Development Department, Government of the Punjab. The presentation elaborated various conventional remedial measures in vogue for landslide control and use of reinforced earth as an innovative stabilisation technique for landslide control with special reference to Jhika Gali Landslide in Murree. The presentation was well received by the audience. Mr. Kibria was awarded a commemorative shield by Mr. Jehanzeb Khan, Chairman P&D Department, Government of the Punjab.
Mr. Muhammad Umar, Senior Engineer Water Resources and Mr. Adil Latif, Senior RS/GIS Analyst Water Resources Division authored a research paper titled “Comparative study of performance of real-time satellite-derived rainfall in Swat Catchment”. The paper is published in Volume 10 (No.6), March 2017 proceeding of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Springer. Impact factor: 1.224 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12517-017-2894-3)
This paper will be helpful in various types of hydrological studies, especially in those areas where the density of rain gauges is sparse. This research paper describes in detail the different methods to compare satellite based rainfall.
Under the mandate of Government of Pakistan, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority initiated the Development of Building Code of Pakistan (Fire Safety Provisions-2016) in October 2015.
A high-level task force comprising eminent engineers, was constituted by the PEC for the development of Fire Safety Codes-2016, for which on the request of PEC, NESPAK nominated Engineer Abdul Qayyum Chaudhry, General Manager/Head Building Services Division, who by virtue of his vast experience in firefighting systems made substantial contribution.
The launching ceremony of Building Code of Pakistan – Fire Safety Provisions 2016 was held at President House Islamabad on February 27, 2017 wherein the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Mamnoon Hussain awarded the Certificates of Appreciation to PEC task force members in recognition of their distinguished hard work and outstanding contribution for Development of Building Code of Pakistan-Fire Safety Provisions 2016.
These provisions provide unified system of fire prevention, fire protection and life safety standards for safeguarding human lives and reducing material loss to residential, commercial and industrial buildings. PEC lauded the role of NESPAK as usual for the national cause.
NESPAK former Managing Director Asad I.A. Khan was elected as the chairman of the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP) in the recently held elections which concluded on February 25, 2017. The PCATP was established in 1983 under an Ordinance promulgated by the President of Pakistan in line with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).
The PCATP is a corporate body for the regulation of Architecture and Town Planning Professions. Over 3,500 registered architects and town planners throughout Pakistan are eligible to vote, the total strength of both the professions is over 5,500. It is indeed a proud recognition that one of NESPAK's longest serving Architect who rose to become the first architect Managing Director of NESPAK, was elected to this prestigious office of the chairman PCATP.
Mr. Sohail Kibria, Vice President, Geotechnical & Geo-environmental Engineering Division delivered a lecture to the participants of 19th In-service Course for Senior Executives (BPS-19 officers) of Engineering Departments of Punjab Govt. on October 19, 2016 at Government Engineering Academy, Lahore. The topic of his lecture was “Effective Communication in Organization”. Mr. Kibria emphasized on the dire requirement of improvement by engineers in various communication skills including reading, listening, writing, speaking as well as body language.
The Environmental and Public Health Engineering (E&PHE) Division of NESPAK hosted a farewell party in honour of Mrs. Mumtaz Ashraf, General Manager, on January 11, 2017 at NESPAK House, Lahore. Mrs. Ashraf is the first ever female professional retired from E&PHE Division. She was bestowed with words of appreciation and gifts by Mr. Muhammad Zubair, General Manager/Head and other senior members of the division for dedication, time and outstanding performance given by her to E&PHE division for more than 30 years. She also shared her views and experiences and paid a token of thanks to everyone for giving support & affection throughout her professional career and making it successful & memorable.
Mr. Hassan Mehmood, General Manager Highways & Transportation Engineering Division, Mr. Fazal Rehman Kashif, Principal Engineer and Mr. Rameez, Hydrologist Water Resources Division, visited Havelian-Thakot (KKH) Phase-II to assess the hydrologic and hydraulic aspects of cross-drainage structures. This section of motorway is the part of the CPEC Project.
Mr. Ahsan Anwar, General Manager/Head Overseas Division, visited NESPAK Regional office Dubai from January 30 to February 2, 2017. During his stay, he attended several meetings with associates like Al-burj Engineering Consultant and Government Institute Dubai Municipality and discussed future business opportunities in Dubai.
Mr. Khalid Iqbal Khan, Regional Manager, NESPAK Qatar, attended a meeting with Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Mr. Shehzad Ahmad, Ambassador of Pakistan to the state of Qatar. Mr. Khalid briefed them regarding the salient features of the New Embassy Complex to be constructed in Diplomatic Enclave in Doha. The bid evaluation report has been completed and the recommendation for award of construction contract has also been submitted to the Embassy as well as to the Foreign Office, Islamabad by NESPAK. The decision regarding Award of Contract is in the final stage.
Mr. Muhammad Ali Awan, Senior Economist and Mr. Shahzaib Nasar Shaikh, Senior Economist Economic Study Division visited WASA Multan and held a meeting with MD WASA Multan for master planning of water supply, sewerage and drainage system of WASA Multan.
Ms. Ayesha Faraz, Principal Engineer and Raja Ammad Nazir, Senior Engineer Structural Engineering Division, visited Nandipur Irrigation Research Institute for the model study of spillway of Mahmand Dam Hydropower Project in February, 2017. Mr. Eric, Hydraulics Expert from SMEC International accompanied them along with other professionals from the joint venture. The purpose of the visit was to record the transient pressures in the upper and lower stilling basin of the spillway for various flow conditions.
Under the aegis of Pakistan Geotechnical Engineering Society(PGES), the Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering (GT&GE) Division NESPAK in collaboration with FAST-NUCES University successfully organised the 14th International Conference (ICNCGE-2017) on January 23, 2017 in Lahore. Dr. Tahir M. Hayat organised the conference with his team as Chairman Organising Committee. The theme of this conference was “New Challenges in Geotechnical Engineering”. This conference acted as a platform for exchange of technical ideas among the Clients, Consultants, Contractors and Manufacturers.
The conference was attended by more than 300 participants including the esteemed international guests from Japan, Korea, Kazakhstan, Australia, Norway, Malaysia and Singapore. Four lectures were delivered by the top experts in the field of geotechnical engineering viz. Prof. Ikuo Towhata from Japan, Prof. Eun Chul Shin from Korea, Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov from Kazakhstan and Mr. Robert Goldsmith from Australia. In addition, 29 research papers of high standing were also presented in the three technical sessions and displayed in the poster session by highly experienced engineers/geologists from Pakistan and abroad, in the broad areas of hydropower, deep foundations, geohazard, rock mechanics and geo-investigations.
Mr. Syed Badar-Ul-Hussnain, Senior GIS & RS Analyst GT&GE Division and Ms. Menal Zaheer, Engineer GT&GE Division served their role to excellence as Secretary Organising Committee and Coordinator ICNCGE-2017 respectively. They put their enormous efforts in making this International conference a big success.
A thematic exhibition was also arranged on the day of the ICNCGE-2017. Engineers, Contractors, Manufacturers and Importers of engineering equipment exhibited their services and products in the exhibition. GT&GE Division, NESPAK also exhibited the NESPAK in-house capability of Electrical Resistivity Survey, Seismic Refraction Survey, Down-hole Seismic Survey and Sonic Integrity testing. State of the art Geophysical Instruments "Terraloc-MK6, WADI, Terrameter-300B of ABEM Sweden, PET Pro SIT equipment of Netherland and Profound SIT equipment of U.K" in ICNCGE-2017. A sight-seeing tour of the walled city of Lahore was also organised for the interested delegates on the next day of the Conference.
Ms. Iman Meer, Senior Environmental Scientist, Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering Division, Environment, Resettlement and General Engineering Services Section (ERGES) participated in 37th Pakistan Congress of Zoology (International) from February 28, 2017 till March 2, 2017. The Congress was held by Zoological Society of Pakistan under presidency of Prof. Dr. Abdul Rauf Shakoori in the Government College University Faisalabad. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman of HEC Pakistan, Islamabad attended the Congress as a chief guest. The Congress focused on research studies conducted in Ecology, Entomology, Physiology, Fisheries, Freshwater and Marine biology, Molecular biology, and Genetics. Ms. Iman presented her research “Ecological Linkages of Aquatic Biodiversity in the Left Marginal Water Reservoir of the Chashma Barrage”, which lies upon the River Indus in Mianwali.
Mr. Raheel Jamil, Senior Engineer Karachi has successfully completed Primavera P6 course. His course training will be beneficial for NESPAK. Currently he is posted at EMAAR Crescent Bay Residential Towers site.
Mr. Tahir Shamshad, Vice President Islamabad presented 10, 20, & 30 years Long Service Award shields to the employee of his division. Ceremony was held in Sabir Perviz Chohan Board Room on April 03, 2017 at NESPAK House Islamabad. The employees include Mr. Mukhtar Arshad, Chief Engineer, Mr. Mzhar H. Jami, Sr. Engineer, Mr. Rashid Ullah, Sr. Engineer, Ms. Hinna Mumtaz, Sr. Engineer, Ms. Nida Afzal, Sr. Engineer, Mr. Fareed Ellahi Sheikh, Sr. Programmer, Mr. Muhammad Ashfaq, Associate Engineer, Mr. Muhammad Afzal, Account Officer, Mr. Farooq Ahmad, CAD Officer, Mr. Muhammad Irfan, Associate Engineer, Mr. Muhammad Saleem, CAD Officer, Mr. Abdul Mujeed, Driver and Mr. Ijaz Ali, Driver. Mr. Faiz Ul Hassan, Manager Accounts, working at Regional Office Riyadh was presented Long Service Award by RM KSA after completion of
30 years service with NESPAK. The award giving ceremony was arranged at Regional Office Riyadh and attended by RM. Mr. Tariq Mahmood Tahir and staff members. RM KSA appreciated the services of Mr. Faiz Ul Hassan and congratulated him for achieving this millstone in service life with NESPAK. Mr. Faiz Ul Hassan thanked the RM KSA & Staff members for this honour.
The launching ceremony of Former Managing Director NESPAK Dr. Amjad Parvez' book titled Melody Singers-1 was held at Alhamra, under the aegis of Lahore Arts Council on February 2, 2017. Dr. Amjad Parvez is former Managing Director of NESPAK. An engineer by profession, Dr. Parvez has held prestigious positions during his career.
The ceremony was attended by Director General Walled city of Lahore Authority and Chairman Lahore Arts Council Kamran Lashari. Former information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed and veteran singer Suraiya Multanikar were the chief guests. Prof. Dr. Asghar Nadeem Syed, Captain (r) Atta Muhammad Khan, Dr. Sughra Sadaf, Shaukat Ali, Dr. Ghazala Irfan, Muhammad Azam Khan spoke on the occasion. People from different walks of life attended the event. Senator Pervaiz Rasheed stated that such work as done by Dr. Amjad Parvez truly represents soft image of Pakistan.
Dr. Amjad Parvez said that music had been his passion since childhood and so he started his career from Radio Pakistan as a child artist in 1954. He said that the book was his first in-depth work in which 25 singers and general articles on traditional music from 1950-80 melody eras had been discussed.