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Evening Lecture: Design of Baha’i Temple, Santiago, Chile

Opened in September 2016, the Baha’i Temple north of Santiago, Chile, is the eighth and final continental “mother temple” of the Baha’i faith. The vision of architect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, was to create an inspirational “temple of light”.  As a member of the design team, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger was structural engineering and cladding consultant.

Achieving Hariri’s vision posed many challenges.  The project is located in a high seismic zone in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The exterior cladding uses custom slumped borosilicate glass panels developed specifically for this project. The combination of new materials in a high seismic environment required advanced performance-based design, seismic base isolation, extensive computer simulation of structural reliability, and comprehensive testing in SGH’s laboratories to characterize the performance and durability of the novel materials.

The Temple has won numerous awards for architecture and engineering including the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Structural Artistry in 2017.

Date: Monday May 20th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: 2037, SL ROBERT EMMET THEATRE (A), Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Glenn R. Bell is a Senior Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) a structural engineering firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Video of the presentation can be seen below

Evening Lecture: Design and Construction of the Northern Spire Bridge Sunderland

A joint lecture arranged by Engineers Ireland and the RoI Branch of the IStructE

The Northern Spire is a landmark new bridge dominating Sunderland’s skyline, which opened in August 2018. It is central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, United Kingdom. The innovative project has raised the profile of civil engineering both in the UK and internationally. The 105m A-frame pylon was transported by sea and river to site, before being raised into position during a carefully orchestrated two-day operation. The 330m deck was built alongside and launched across the river. It has been commissioned and overseen by Sunderland City Council. The £117 million project was funded by the UK Government and Sunderland City Council. In May 2015, the Council awarded the main construction contract to FVB, an international joint venture set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction and the Design Joint Venture of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and BuroHappold Engineering.


Date: Monday May 13th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4


Simon Fryer, Chartered Engineer, MEng CEng MICE MIStructE, is a Technical Director of BuroHappold Engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.

Tony Dempsey, Chartered Engineer, BA BAI PhD CEng, is a Director of Roughan and O’Donovan and has over 25 years’ experience on the design of international bridge projects.

Stephen McCaffrey, Chartered Engineer, BEng CEng FICE MIEI CMgr MCMI was the Project Director for the Construction Joint Venture, Farrans – Victor Buyck.

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Evening Lecture: Modular Construction Low to High Rise Some Assembly Required



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Date: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Time: 18:30

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street Rm 281

Presented by: Michael Hough BSc(Eng), DipStructEng, MSc, CEng, MIEI, MStructE Owner/Director MJH Structural Engineers.

Further Info:

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

Video of the lecture can be viewed below

Evening Lecture: Precast Innovation

Precast Innovation

This lecture will be of interest to all practicing engineers and engineering students with an interest in large scale infrastructure projects.

Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast, will present details of recent innovations in the precast concrete industry and the role of innovation in contributing to the successful completion of some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK in recent years.

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Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016

Time: 18:30 (Tea/Coffee from 18:00)

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street

Speaker: Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast

Further Info: Kieran Ruane (086) 1938642; email:

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

The full recording of the lecture is available to see below

Evening Lecture – Maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge

When opened in 1964, the Forth Road Bridge (FRB), with a main span of 1006m, was the 4th longest in the world and was the 1st long span bridge to be built outside the US. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary the FRB now transports over 25 million vehicles per year and is a vital link in Scotland’s strategic road network. However, the operation and maintenance costs of large cable supported bridges such as the FRB are often underestimated by those funding their initial construction. It would also appear that new design and construction of large cable supported bridges are still undertaken without much reference to those who have the experience of maintaining and operating them. This presentation will delve into these topics and describe the maintenance works carried out on the FRB over the past 15 years so as to ensure structural integrity for its remaining service life.

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Presented by: Barry Colford Chief Engineer & Bridgemaster, Forth Road Bridge

Barry is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Barry is author of a number of technical papers on bridge engineering and is a European Committee member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association. He represents the Long Span Bridges Group on the UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum. He is involved with both Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University in their MEng and MSc courses. He is the Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge.


Date & Time: 6.30pm, Tuesday 10th March, 2015

Venue:  Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

Admission Free – All welcome

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Building Regulations Lecture

Building Regulations Lecture by John Wickham, held in conjunction with the RoI Regional Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Date: Wednesday, 25th September, 2013
Time: Reception: 18:00, Lecture: 18:30
Location: Rm 281 DIT Bolton St.

Committee Meeting

Date: 4th June 2014
Time: 17.30
Location: Boardroom, DIT Bolton St.

Committee Meeting

Date: 7th May 2014
Time: 17.30
Location: Boardroom, DIT Bolton St.

Committee Meeting

Date: 2nd April 2014
Time: 17.30
Location: Boardroom, DIT Bolton St.

Committee Meeting

Date: 5th March 2014
Time: 17.30
Location: Boardroom, DIT Bolton St.