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Archive for September, 2014

St Mel’s Cathedral – “Engineering our Heritage”; Evening Lecture

Engineers Ireland Heritage Society in association with Structures & Construction Division & The Institution of Structural Engineers 

St Mel’s CathedralEngineering our Heritage

Gutted by a fire on Christmas Eve 2009, St Mel’s, one of Western Europe’s largest conservation projects, currently underway, is nearing the end of its complete refurbishment.


Presented by:-

Kevin Fay BSc (Eng.), Dip Eng., MIEI

Kevin is a qualified Structural Engineer and Contracts Director with GEM GROUP, one of Ireland’s Leading Construction & Joinery Manufacturing Companies. Kevin, previously an associate Director of Malachi Cullen & Partners Consulting Engineers has over 20 years’ experience in both design and construction. Currently Kevin is the Director of Gem Purcell Ltd, a JV Company with the responsibility for delivering the conservation and restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral.

Jonathan Macauley BEng CEng MIStructE MIEI

Jonathan is a director of DESIGN ID, employed by Gem Purcell Ltd for the specialist timber design of the large span replacement timber roof & ceiling structure to St. Mel’s. Jonathan graduated from Queen’s, Belfast with a 1st Class Honours Degree and while working with O’Connor Sutton Cronin was nominated Chartered Engineer of the Year by Engineers Ireland 2006.  Jonathan brings a creative yet practical edge to the design of buildings and unusual structures.  He is also currently a tutor on the MArch course at Queen’s University, Belfast.

 7.30pm Monday 20th October 2014

At Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, D4

For further details or email Lisa Edden at

All welcome. Admission Free.

A flyer is available to publicise the event via the following link.

Young Members Group – About


This year, the Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the IStructE has this year been working hard, in conjunction with colleagues in HQ in London to establish a “Young Members Group” in the Republic of Ireland.

According to the Institution’s main website ( via the following link;

“The Young Members’ Group primary objective is to represent the views of young members of the profession within the Regional Group and to develop initiatives that will generate the interest of Young Members in the Institution. It is also intended that the group involves young members in the community who aspire to be Civil and Structural Engineers and are therefore not members of the institution.

The Group aims to supplement normal Regional Group functions with programmes particularly designed for young members. The Group is responsible for undertaking initiatives independently without the direct involvement of the Regional Group but accountable to it. Young Members and aspiring members are encouraged to express their views and ideas on all matters of Regional Group interest.”

The Group will be organising a series of events throughout the year, including professional lectures, interesting site visits, social events such as pub quizzes, in conjunction with the numerous events already run by the Regional Group Committee.

The  first event has been organised to take place on Tuesday, 30th September 2014 at 6.30pm in Room 281, DIT Bolton Street. Kieran Ruane, Director at RPS Group, and Roger Tegart, Director at Cronin & Sutton Consulting will deliver a lecture entitled “Roads to Chartership” helping Young Members on their way to IStructE chartership (M.IStructE).

Young Members Group – Inaugural Lecture – 30th September 2014


The Republic of Ireland Young Members Group of the IStructE are pleased to announce their inaugural lecture entitled “Roads to Chartership”. The lecture will take place on Tuesday 30th September 2014 at 6.30pm in Room 281, DIT Bolton Street. The lecture will be delivered by Mr Kieran Ruane, Director, RPS Group, and Mr Roger Tegart, Director, Cronin & Sutton Consulting Engineers.

Kieran and Roger will discuss the chartership exam and provide advice and some useful tips based on their own personal experience. Kieran and Roger have over 40 years combined experience in the field of structural engineering and will provide invaluable advice for those intending to sit the exam in the future.

A flyer is available to help publicise the event: IStructE Road to Chartership Flyer

All are welcome to attend and support the event.

Student Prize 2014 – Tuesday 7 October 2014

images1On Tuesday, 7th October 2014, the Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the IStructE will host its annual Student Prize
competition evening, in Room 281, DIT Bolton St. A reception will take place at 18:00 followed by presentations from the nominees at 18:30. Each nominee will make a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation on their project. Each presentation will be followed by questions from three industry-representative judges, after which some questions shall be invited from the floor.

This years nominees are:

  • CIT: Andrew Meehan – “Construction and Design of Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts”
  • DIT: Pavel Trofimov – “The Four-Hinge Method of Analysis of Masonry Arches”
  • TCD: Amy Flanagan – “Life Cycle Cost-Benefit Analysis of  a Seismically Retrofitted Integral Bridge” (nominated in absentia) 
  • UCC: Deirdre O’Donnell & Robert Wright – “Finite Element Modelling of a Historic Steel Suspension Bridge through the Correlation of Experimental Data from a Novel Sensor System
  • UCD: Nora Gyetvai – “Field Study of the Guinness Bridge for Documentation and Safety Evaluation Purposes

The Regional Group would like to congratulate all of the students on their nomination and is looking forward to hearing their presentations. The evening promises to be highly informative for both industry practitioners and students.

Click to download a flyer to publicize the event: Student_Prize_Flyer_2014

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St. (Room 281)
Date: 7 October 2014
Time: Tea and coffee reception at 18:00. Presentations start at 18:30.