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IStructE James Daly Lecture 2014 – “Engineering The Shard” 11/12/2014

IStructE James Daly Lecture 2014 – “Engineering The Shard” Thursday 11/12/2014


At 306m above ground level, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. It was designed by structural engineers WSP and architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop for client Sellar Properties. The structure combines innovation and elegant simplicity to provide a building that delights its users and London as a whole; and was economical, rapid and safe to build. Pioneering techniques included a core built downwards at the same time as it was rising upwards; a tower crane that rose continuously as the building grew; and modular construction of the spire.

Presented by: John Parker MA CEng FICE FIStructE

John is a Senior Technical Director in the WSP London structures team. His experience includes buildings, railway stations and footbridges and he has worked with many of the most respected architects in Europe.

Date: 6.30pm, Thursday 11th December, 2014
Venue: Room 281, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

(Admission FREE – All Welcome)

A flyer is available to publicise the event here: The Shard Flyer IEI IStructE

The lecture will be directly preceded by the Republic of Ireland IStructE Regional Group AGM, at 5.30pm in DIT Bolton Street, Room 251. The notice of AGM can be found here: NOTICE OF AGM 2014

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Graduate Evening 2014 – Tuesday 18th November


On Tuesday, 18 November 2014, the Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the IStructE will host their annual Graduate Evening. 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:

  • Aaron Condren, BEng (Hanley Pepper Civil & Structural Consulting Engineers). Aaron graduated in 2013 from Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, with a First Class Honour in Structural Engineering. Prior to joining Hanley Pepper, Aaron worked for 5 months in London with Duffy Associates Consulting Engineers where his work was primarily associated with residential refurbishments and basement installations. Upon joining Hanley Pepper, Aaron has gained extensive experience on various projects from small scale residential developments up to large scale data centres, including extensive experience on steel frame structures, in 3D modelling programs such as Revit, CADS and SCIA. Aaron also works closely with architects and other design consultants on project development plans.
  • Tom Tobin BE(Hons) (Walls Construction Limited) is a 2013 graduate of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin. As part of his degree, Tom spent time with Golder Associates on site in Aughinish Alumina Co. Limerick, and Lisheen Mine Co. Tipperary. Since Tom’s graduation he began working with Walls Construction Limited as a Graduate Engineer, and has recently been promoted to Site Engineer based on the St Luke’s Hospital extension in Kilkenny.
  • Darragh Noble BA, BAI, MAI (Trinity College Dublin) – Graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 at both bachelors and masters level. Currently undertaking a PhD in Structural Engineering, specifically looking at how prestress force magnitude and eccentricity affects natural vibration frequency for prestressed concrete structures. Darragh has previously undertaken internships in 2010 and 2012 with Buro Happold, UK and Hilti AG, Liechtenstein in 2011.

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

Click here: Graduate_Evening_2014 to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Venue: Room F14, Newstead Building, University College Dublin (Map)
Date: Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Time: Tea/Coffee Reception – 18:00, Lecture 18:30

EVENING LECTURE – CORK, Rana Plaza: A Catalyst for Change



Rana Plaza: A Catalyst for Change

Structural Safety Assessments of Textile Factory Buildings in Bangladesh



The sudden collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in April 2013 killing 1,132 workers forced the global garment industry to question the true cost of clothing. As a result, Arup was approached to develop a methodology which could be used to assess factory buildings and be applied to a large number of factories over a short period of time. Over 2000 factories have been assessed to date, with Arup undertaking 600 of those.

In this lecture, Aidan Madden and Billy Allen of Arup will outline the challenges faced in setting up and implementing the methodology and give details of their experiences both on the engineering and cultural aspects of working on such a project.

 6.30pm, Tuesday 25th November, 2014

Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork


(Admission is Free, All Welcome)

A flyer is available to help publicise the event via the following link: Bangladesh Flyer 25-11-2014

For Further Information Contact:

Kieran Ruane, Chartered Engineer                  (086) 1938642

John J. Murphy, Chartered Engineer                (021) 4326741