NESPAK celebrated the 71st Independence Day by organising a simple but impressive ceremony at NESPAK House, Lahore on August 14, 2018. The ceremony was started with recitation from the Holy Quran.
On this occasion, Dr. Tahir Masood, Managing Director NESPAK, hoisted the national flag amid Independence Day drill performed by NESPAK security guards. Later, he cut a cake along with senior officials to mark the celebration. The national anthem was played with patriotic fervor. A large number of NESPAK officials attended the ceremony and paid homage to Muslims who rendered sacrifices for the creation of a separate homeland. At the end of ceremony, light refreshment was served to the guests.
Mr. Irfan Ullah, Project Manager, Kachhi Canal Project finalising a suitable location for 8.8 MW Power House near UCH Power House in Naseerabad Division of Balochistan.
The World Bank organised a two-day training workshop in its office at Islamabad from September 27-28, 2018 to strengthen the effective implementation of World Bank safeguards, including operational policies and the newly effective Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) by the PMUs of CASA 1,000 and Community Support Project (CSP). The invitees from NESPAK who participated in the workshop include Mr. Abdul Hameed Senior Sociologist Water & Agriculture Division, Mr. Waqar Saleem, Senior Sociologist and Mr. Shahzad Hasan Rizvi, Senior Sociologist Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering Division. Other participants included experts from consultancy firms, PIU of NTDC and academia.
The training session was coordinated by the World Bank team comprising senior environmental and social development experts namely, Mr. Imran-ul-Haq, Ms. Salma Omar, and Mr. Ahmad Aslam. These experts delivered a series of multimedia presentations and made the sessions more interactive through group exercises. The workshop got more productive when each participant shared his/her professional experiences gained while working in the mega/World Bank funded projects.
In the end, World Bank appreciated the active and purposeful participation of NESPAK experts in the training workshop.
Mr. Tahir Shamshad, Vice President Islamabad office bid adieu to the organisation on July 23, 2018 after contributing more than 35 years of his splendid career.
Mr. Tahir Shamshad joined NESPAK in 1982 and since then he has worked on more than 200 projects controlled by NESPAK either independently or in association with various International Consultants. In order to honour his altruistic efforts, a farewell was organized for Mr. Tahir Shamshad followed by a
lunch on behalf of the employees of NESPAK Islamabad office and DM&R Division on August 09, 2018. The management wishes him a blissful journey ahead.
Mr. Asim Masud, Chief Engineer Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering Division attended a seminar on Engineering Project Management for Developing Countries held in Shanghai - China from September 5-25, 2018. The seminar was sponsored by Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China and organised by Shanghai Business School. Forty eight participants from fourteen developing countries participated in the seminar.
Mr. Asim Masud took active part in the seminar particularly in discussions, Q & A sessions and preparation/presentation of final report. He was awarded the certificate upon successful completion of the seminar.
Pakistan Planning and Management Institute (PPMI), Ministry of Planning, Development & Reform, Government of Pakistan organised a training workshop on “Methods for Monitoring and Evaluation” from September 11-14, 2018 in Islamabad.
The training course was intended to build awareness and develop capacity on monitoring and evaluation tools, implementation methods, technical and administrative difficulties and future benefits of effective monitoring and evaluation system. The opening session of the training was chaired by Dr. Muhammad Ali Noor, Director General PPMI. The training was imparted by experts from public and private sectors and attended by various representatives from public, private sectors and corporate entities. Ms. Sadaf Saeed, Principal Engineer Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering (GT&GE) Division and Mr. Fahad Saleem, Environmental Engineer from Environment, Resettlement and General Engineering Services (ERGES) Section, GT&GE Division, NESPAK participated in the training workshop. The Director General (DG), PPMI appreciated the participation of experts from different sectors for valuable contribution to the workshop. The participation certificates were also granted to all the participants at the end of the training course.
Brig. Tanvir Ilyas, Chief Engineer/Dy. Secretary DHA Peshawar, visited NESPAK House, Peshawar, one last time before being promoted/transferred. Brig. Tanvir Ilyas highly praised the efforts of Regional Manager (RM), Design Coordinator and entire NESPAK Design staff involved in the DHA Peshawar
project. On this occasion, Regional Manager (RM) thanked him and presented him a NESPAK shield with best wishes in future.
In continuation of the initiative for conducting in-house training sessions for all professional employees of Construction Management (CM) Division, Mr. Arslan Zamir, Principal Engineer, CM Division NESPAK delivered a lecture on the topic of High-density polyethylene Water Supply Piping System on September 18, 2018.
Mr. Abdul Qayyum Chaudhry, General Manager/Head Building Services Division assumed the additional charge of Power & Mechanical Division on July 03, 2018. The management wishes him best of luck for his new assignments.
Mr. Aneeque Ahmad, Senior Engineer Environmental & Public Health Engineering Division, has written a research paper on “Study of rainwater harvesting potential in an industrial area using Storm water Management Model (SWMM V 5.0) – a case study of Quaid-e-Azam Apparel Park, Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan” which has been published in International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2018.
Mr. Hassan Bin Tahir, Senior Engineer, Highways and Transportation Engineering Division, has successfully published a research paper on the topic “Predicting the permanent deformation behavior of the plant produced asphalt concrete mixtures: A first order regression approach” in an international journal named Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier. This journal is well-reputed having an impact factor of 3.485 and the acceptance rate of articles is 36.1%. A first-order multiple linear regression model for predicting the rutting behavior is developed, which can characterise plant produced mixtures and can help in QA/QC of the pavements during construction phases of projects, whereby, engineers and/or practitioners can ensure the quality of asphaltic pavements on different sections of the same project. The DOI of article is https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.08.164
Dr. Tahir Masood, Managing Director NESPAK, has taken an initiative to refurbish NESPAK House Interior office spaces to enhance overall corporate environment. At first stage, the refurbishment of Architecture & Planning Division Lahore was completed on August 14, 2018. The division office spaces have been given a fresh look by using stimulating and vibrant color scheme, rich plantation, feature walls and other interior design accessories enhancing overall ambiance of the work environment. The Managing Director NESPAK highly appreciated the efforts made by A&P Division Lahore staff for successfully accomplishing the task and advised refurbishment of other divisions on the same lines.