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Archive for October, 2011

Graduate Evening (Dublin)

On Tuesday, 8 November, the Republic of Ireland Branch will host their annual Graduate Evening, in conjunction with the Irish National Group of IABSE and UCD’s Struct Soc. This event offers engineering students a chance to learn more about the various career paths available to them following graduation and will be of particular benefit to final-year students. On the evening three recent graduates will make presentations detailing their personal experiences, and will answer questions from the audience. This year the speakers will be:

  • Niamh Gibbons – Niamh studied civil, structural and environmental engineering at Trinity College Dublin at both bachelors and masters level. Following graduation, she worked for Grontmij (formerly Carl Bro) in their bridge team on highways projects in Ireland and Scotland. Currently Niamh is a PhD student at University College Dublin studying the assessment of masonry arch bridges.
  • David Deally – David is a Design Engineer with Arup in the Dublin office. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering in 2010. David has experience working with the Eurocode and finite element packages, in particular Sofistik, for 3D modelling and long term analysis of flat slabs.
  • Julie Harkin – Julie is a graduate engineer from University College Dublin with a MSc in Durability of Structures from Queen’s University Belfast. Currently, Julie is working as a bridge engineer with Roughan & O’Donovan and has gained experience working on cable-stayed bridge analyses, strain monitoring and inspection of bridges. She also has experience in traffic and transport engineering, having undertaken work on network improvement schemes and traffic modelling.

The evening promises to be highly informative and is open to all interested members of the public.

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Venue: Room F14, Newstead Building, University College Dublin (Map)
Date: Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Time: 18:30

Deadline 20 November: Application for Chartered Membership through MRA Route

For candidates intending to apply for Chartered Membership through the Mutual Recognition Agreement route (and to sit the Chartered Membership exam in March 2012) please note that Form M/MRA and the relevant supporting documentation should be returned to the Institution no later than 20 November 2011. For further information, please contact the membership department at

Evening Lecture: Under the Arches – Choosing a life in the cold and the damp

Date: Thursday 20 October 2011
Location: Millenium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Time: 7.00 pm (Tea/coffee available from 6.30 pm)

Please see the event post for further information.

Evening Lecture: Under the Arches – Choosing a life in the cold and the damp

On Thursday 20 October 2011, at Cork City Hall, the esteemed engineer Dr Bill Harvey will present an evening lecture entitled ‘Underneath the Arches – Choosing a life in the cold and damp‘. Dr Harvey has been a committed bridge engineer since 1954. He began properly working on bridges in 1971 when he spent some time on big steelbridges (Humber, Ouse, Dunkeld) before settling into academic life working on masonry arch bridges in 1981. Since then he has become an internationally renowned bridge engineer and has spent many happy hours in cold damp places but also in libraries and sometimes even in the sun, learning about how arches came about, how they were built, how they work and how they deteriorate. He has worked as an independent consultant and software developer since 2000.

This lecture will skim through various aspects of bridge history: using pictures and videos of bridge behaviour to explain what we think we know and the gaps that remain in our knowledge and understanding of these economically vital structures. There will also be brief excursions into aspects
of more modern structures.

This event will hosted by Engineers Ireland – Cork Region, in conjunction with the Institution of Structural Engineers, Republic of Ireland Branch, and is open to the public.

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Date: Thursday 20 October 2011
Location: Millenium Hall, City Hall, Cork
Time: 7.00 pm (Tea/coffee available from 6.30 pm)

Call for new committee members

The Republic of Ireland Branch of the Institution of Structural Engineers are always looking for and welcome new committee members. We would like to invite anyone interested in joining to contact Dr Colin Caprani, Branch Secretary, at or come along to one of our Branch events to talk to us.

Pearse Sutton, Branch Chairman

Student Prize Presentations 2011

On Tuesday, 11 October the Republic of Ireland Branch will host the annual Student Prize competition evening, in Room 259, DIT Bolton St. Starting at 18:30 the nominees will each make a 10 minute presentation on their project and then answer questions from three industry-representative judges. This years entrants, representing the seven accredited degree programmes within the Branch area, are:

  • CIT: Gerard Murphy – Experimental investigation of foundation solutions for offshore wind turbines;
  • DIT: Kevin Coughlan – Effectiveness of tuned liquid column dampers to supress structural vibrations;
  • TCD: Andrew Lohan – An investigation into finite difference analysis as a method for solving engineering problems;
  • UCC: Michael O’Byrne – Image processing based detection and clustering of surface features;
  • UCD CivEng: Karen Concannon & Jennifer Keenahan – Thermal performance of precast insulated concrete sandwich panels;
  • UCD SEA: Michael Dowd – Remote tuned mass dampers for the suppression of cable-stayed bridge dynamics.

The evening promises to be highly informative for both industry practitioners and students (especially final-year students).

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St. (Room 259)
Date: 11 October 2010
Time: Tea and coffee reception at 18:00. Presentations start at 18:30.