Tomislav Đorđević

“Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.”

Franz Kafka, “The Trial”


In 1975, at the age of 25, Tomislav Đorđević became the technical director of oil factory “Mladost” under construction, in the town of Šid.

He coordinated Serbian and Russian specialists in the design of production technology, and nostrified all projects, for the first processing plant for sunflower seed with Russian technology in former Yugoslavia and the largest grain silos in the Balkans. He organised the construction of the factory, negotiated equipment contracts with international suppliers and secured an international loan for one of the largest investments in Yugoslavia at that time (USD 50 million). He ran test production and put the factory into operation.

As there was no literature for this technology in the former Yugoslavia at that time, in parallel he wrote three books for internal use and training of employees: “Technology of crude oil”, “Boiler systems” and “Silos and storage machines”.

In 1979 he founded the “Institute for Economic and Technical Operations and Urban Planning” in Šid. He coordinated spatial planning for municipalities in Srem. He designed strategic infrastructure projects for water regulation and water supply, and other production and business facilities.

He expanded the institute’s activities through the creation of profit centres “Construction design and overseeing” and “Automated data processing” and created new jobs for a large number of architects, construction and electrical engineers, as well as IT professionals.

He designed information systems and automated data processing for Basic Bank Srem – Sremska Mitrovica, Credit Bank – Slavonska Požega, the land registry, tax processing in agriculture and so on.

In 1981 the Institute received an award for its contribution to IT development in Vojvodina.

In 1982 the municipality of Šid was among the first in Yugoslavia to have a complete spatial plan.

The following people tell us about Tomislav’s work in this period: Đorđe MitrovićJovan CvetkovićDušan TadićMiroslav FodoraŽeljko Jakšić and Ivan Kopić.

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