ASCE has signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Engineering Institute of Thailand, a connection fostered by the officers of the Thailand Section.
The AOC is renewed on a triannual basis and was due for renewal in 2018. ASCE-TIS President Piya Pongse discussed and reached agreement on the AOC with EIT’s Board and arranged for the signing by both parties, first by ASCE in Reston, VA, and subsequently by EIT in Bangkok.
The AOC opens up the possibility of joint events between the two groups in the future, with a hope that such events will further promote Thai interest and activity in ASCE.
It’s been a busy few months for the ASCE Thailand International Section.
In addition to the new AOC, several ASCE-TIS leaders participated in the Society of Professional Engineers Thailand (SPET) annual dinner in Bangkok, Jan. 18.
ASCE-TIS works closely with SPET and often sponsors events and speakers. ASCE supported the annual dinner by sponsoring a table.
And last fall, Region 10 Governor GL Sivakumar Babu visited Bangkok for a full program of activities arranged by the ASCE-TIS Board.
Babu’s visit included:
• A dinner meeting with the Section’s Board at the British Club in Bangkok.
• A lecture at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus – the first university in Thailand to establish an ASCE Student Chapter (mentored by ASCE-TIS Vice President Kridayuth Chompooming.
• Babu spoke to the students about sustainability, compatibility issues, and the benefts of ASCE membership.
• Attendance at a monthly SPET meeting.
• A site visit to MRT Blue Line Extension’s two stations in Chinatown. The MRT Blue Line was the first underground subway line in Bangkok and commenced operation in 2002.