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Archive for April, 2011

The Fourth Wall – a season of Film and Architecture

The Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Irish Film Institute presents ‘The Fourth Wall’, a season of Film and Architecture which will run at the IFI in Dublin from 5th to 16th of May 2011.

Rolex Learning Centre, Lausanne

Curated by Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and Samantha Martin-McAuliffe, UCD School of Architecture, this collaboration explores the relationship between architecture and the moving image. To view the list of specially selected films (many which are being shown for the first time in Ireland) please click here.

In particular, Wim Wenders short film ‘If Buildings Could Talk (3D)’ is sure to be one of the highlights of the festival. Created for and shown to great acclaim at last year’s Venice Biennale, the film explores the Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, a building comprising a single, flowing space of thousands of square metres.

In addition, there will be a specially curated selection of footage from the IFI Irish Film Archive, and a symposium organised by GradCAM (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media) in collaboration with UCD, IAF and the IFI.


Engineers Ireland Evening Lecture: Deep Excavations – Measuring the Stiffness of the Ground

During the early days of geotechnical engineering the focus was on preventing failures. This was largely achieved by the 1970s. The subsequent growth of cities, with concentrated construction, deep excavation, tunnelling, services etc. has meant that increasingly engineers need to predict deformations around new construction.

On Wednesday 27 April the Annual Guest Lecture by the Geotechnical Society of Ireland will address this topic. Bringing together data from real sites, and placing it in the framework of elasticity, Professor Chris Clayton (University of Southampton) will review what is required, how stiffness parameters can be obtained and what further development is needed in this area. 

For further information please click here or contact Mr. Michael Looby (Chairman GSI), BLP Consulting (Email:

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2011
Time: 18:00 (Tea and coffee from 17:30)
Location: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

This event will also be broadcast live on Engineers TV (Password:  DeepEx1).

Engineers Ireland Evening Lecture: Deep Excavations – Measuring the Stiffness of the Ground

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2011
Time: 18:00 (Tea and coffee from 17:30)
Location: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Please see the event post for further information.

Call for applications for Fellowship of the Institution

The Republic of Ireland Branch committee would like to encourage members, who meet the relevant requirements, to apply for Fellowship of the Institution. The Grade of Fellow (FIStructE) is the most senior grade of membership within the Institution, the attainment of which recognises excellence in structural engineering achievement and contribution to the engineering profession. 

For election to fellowship, candidates should be engaged in the profession of structural engineering, should not normally be less than 35 years old and should have at least five years of senior professional experience. Additionally, candidates must have made a significant contribution to engineering and must be able to provide evidence of CPD over the previous five years.   

Chartered members and associates who meet the relevant criteria are encouraged to apply. For further information, please refer to the Institution of Structural Engineers main website.

The President’s Visit and Annual Dinner 2011

The Republic of Ireland Branch were delighted to host Prof. Roger Plank, the current President of the Institution, for four days in February this year. During his visit, the President had the opportunity to meet with the next generation of Structural Engineers, at University College Dublin, to visit the award-winning Eircom Building and to be given a tour of the first mega-data centre outside of the US, the Microsoft Data Centre in Grange Castle. The Branch Committee would like to entend their thanks to all members who helped to organise these events. 

Visit to the Eircom Building: (L-R) John Dunny, Sadhbh Ni Hogain, Prof Roger Plank, Pearse Sutton, Owen Wynne, Phelim Devine

On Thursday the 3rd of February, the President addressed members of the Institution and their families in DIT, Bolton Street. In his engaging speech, Prof Plank spoke on how the structural engineering profession can add value and considered the growing opportunities for structural engineers to provide their expertise. On the same evening, those who have recently become chartered members of the Institution were presented with their certificates. The runners-up of the Branch student prize also received their certificates of merit from the President. 

2011 Annual Dinner

The highlight of this visit was the Branch Annual Dinner, which was held on Friday the 4th of February, in Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge Read the rest of this entry »

Seminar: Design of Concrete Anchors

HSA Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors
The Institution of Structural Engineers and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland will hold a half-day seminar on Design of Concrete Anchors, in May 2011 (Date to be confirmed). This seminar will be presented by Mr Bryan Carroll of Masonry Fixing Services Limited. Bryan has been a key participant in the development of the new Irish Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors, which came into effect in May 2010. He is also is currently active in the development of a European Code on the same subject. ACEI delegates will also discuss the new advice note to members in relation to design responsibilities for concrete Anchors.

The half-day seminar will be split into two sessions. The first session will address recent Design Codes, legislation, design requirements and the pending European Code. Following an interval, the second session will be an open forum with examples and answers to questions submitted by seminar attendees in advance. All participants will be issued with copies of design codes and other relevant documents.

This seminar is open to non-members and will be beneficial to Civil/Structural Consulting Engineers, contractors and other high volume users of concrete anchors. We would like to encourage members to pass this notice to friends or colleagues who may be interested in the subject matter.

Please check back soon for further information.

Date: May 2011 (Date to be confirmed)
Time: Seminar from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street (Room to be confirmed)