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Archive for July, 2004

Microsoft EPDC/5 (No. 17 Jul-04)

In 2000, Microsoft celebrated fifteen years of business in Ireland. In the same year, Microsoft sited a three-acre greenfield site at the IDA South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Co Dublin for its new European Product Development Centre, EPDC5. This site is adjacent to the existing EPDC/2 product development facility, which opened December 1995.

The new ai??i??42m EPDC/5 facility consists of 11,488 square meters of floor area together with 322 car-parking spaces. Read the rest of this entry »

Army Corps of Engineers (No. 17 Jul-04)

The Irish Army Corps of Engineers, in addition to providing military engineering support to Defence Force units, has responsibility for the maintenance and upgrading of all military posts, including Air Corps and Naval facilities. To facilitate this role the Corps establishment includes for architects, engineers of various disciplines, a quantity surveying section, technicians and drawing office staff. A major programme to upgrade Defence Forces building infrastructure and services has been underway for a number of years. Projects are either designed in-house or using outside consultants, depending on the resources available at any given time. Read the rest of this entry »

Introduction of the Eurocodes (No. 17 Jul-04)

In the next seven or eight months the Eurocodes will be published with National Application Documents; they will be in use as alternative codes of practice for engineering design. This transition period will show designers who take the trouble to read the documents that there are savings to be made in the structures designed with theses new rules and in some cases they will highlight shortcomings in or current methods of design. Read the rest of this entry »

Study Confirms Steel as Best Option (No. 17 Jul-04)

A new study comparing steel and concrete building costs reveals the size of the competitive gap that has opened up between steel and concrete. The study – “Comparative Structure Cost of Modern Commercial Buildings (2004 Revision)” – confirms that despite price rises, the frame and floor costs for multi storey commercial buildings show a 30% cost advantage for structural steelwork based solutions compared to the reinforced concrete based alternatives. Read the rest of this entry »