Engineers Ireland calls on public to vote online for Best Engineering Project
29 October 2015
Engineers Ireland is calling on the Irish public to vote online for what they consider to be the Engineering Project of the Year before the deadline at midnight, on Thursday, November 5.
The competition, part of the sixth Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards which take place next week in association with ESB, features projects from across the country that embody the best in engineering creativity while also making significant contributions to local communities and the national economy.
This year the shortlist is made up of six engineering projects spanning the country including: the restoration of an iconic cathedral in Longford; the redevelopment of a water treatment plant in Cork; the design and construction of multi-city public bike sharing schemes in Galway, Limerick and Cork; the design, build and delivery of a world-class food technology facility in Kildare; and a high-spec technology manufacturing facility and complex process transfer system, also in Kildare.
“The standard and variety of the entries for Engineering Project of the Year have been extremely impressive, with the number of submissions from all across Ireland the highest to date, which is great to see,” said Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland director general. “The shortlisted projects are a testament to the reputation and talent of engineers who are making a valuable impression on society.
“I encourage the public to review and vote for the project they think deserves recognition and has most benefited Irish society over the past 12 months, by visiting our website, EngineersIreland.ie/Awards.”
The full shortlist for the Engineers Ireland Engineering Project of the Year 2015 includes:
- Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) – Cork County Council
Clonakilty WWTP project is shortlisted for its success in upgrading an outdated WWTP, suitable for a population of only 5,333, to one which enables residential and industrial growth for a capacity of 20,500 people, and all the while maintaining operation during construction. Cork County Council is also the first in Ireland and the UK to adopt the new and innovative water treatment technology called Nereda.
Intel Ireland’s 14 nanometre project at its Fab24 facility in Leixlip is shortlisted for its success in the design and construction of a sophisticated facility and process transfer by a world-class engineering team to enable the manufacture of Intel’s most advanced 14 nanometre semiconductor process.
ARUP is shortlisted for the delivery of full engineering services including the design and delivery of the state-of-the-art, flagship global technology and customer innovation facility at the European headquarters of Kerry Group’s Global Technology and Innovation Centre in Kildare. Built over four storeys, it comprises 25,000m2 of research and development laboratories, production facilities and accommodation.
- Regional Public Bike Scheme – ARUP
ARUP is shortlisted for the delivery of the Coca-Cola Zero Bike Share Scheme at more than 70 sites simultaneously in three different cities, Galway, Limerick and Cork. Between the three cities there are 740 bikes at 73 docking stations available offering benefits including reduced traffic congestion, reduced pollution, improved the health benefits, and increased accessibility in and around the cities.
ARUP was heavily involved in the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, which was engulfed in flames on Christmas morning 2009, by recreating optimal conditions for the atmosphere of worship. The internal restoration objectives including aesthetics, acoustics, energy efficiency, comfort, maintainability, flexibility, health, safety and future proofing were achieved without compromise in other areas.
- Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral (Structural) – PUNCH Consulting Engineers
The fire that broke out in the sacristy of St Mel’s Cathedral destroyed the interior and roof of the cathedral. PUNCH took on the challenging structural task of replacing 28 ornate blue limestone columns, moving three-tonne stone drums, without the use of an overhead crane, and replacing the timber roof all while retaining the integrity of the arch structure overhead in time for Mass to be celebrated on Christmas Day 2014, the five-year commemoration of the fire.
The winner of the Engineering Project of the Year award will be announced on November 6 at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin. Other award categories to feature on the night include ‘Chartered Engineer of the Year Award’, ‘Geoscience Ireland Award’, ‘Tech Innovation Award’, ‘Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award’, ‘Protecting the Built Environment Conservation Award’, ‘CPD Employer of the Year Award’, ‘Engineering Education Award’ and ‘Best Presentation Award’.
For further details on the awards, log onto http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx.
Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2015
Award categories and shortlist
Engineering Project of the Year sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland
- Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant – Cork County Council
- Intel Ireland’s 14 nanometre project at its Fab24 facility in Leixlip – leading edge technology deployment by a world class engineering team – Intel Ireland
- Kerry Global Technology and Innovation Centre – ARUP
- National Public Bike Scheme – ARUP
- Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral Longford (structural engineering) – PUNCH Consulting Engineers
- Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral Longford (electrical, mechanical engineering) – ARUP
Chartered Engineer of the Year sponsored by Arup
- Richard Browne, L&M Keating Ltd, civil contracts manager
- Rory Burke, J.V. Tierney & Co, managing director
- Ellen Diskin, ESB Networks, senior professional engineer
- Anthony Heery, Irish Naval Service, head of tech TRG School
- John O’Connor, ESB International, programme director
Geoscience Ireland Award
- AWN Consulting – Seveso Capacity Building in Turkey
- B. Barry and Partners Limited, Consulting Engineers -Ballaghadreen Bypass
- GDG Ltd and Openhydro (Joint entry) – Development of a novel geotechnical framework for the optimisation of tidal turbine foundations
- Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd. and Apex Geoservices Ltd. (Joint entry) – Blantyre Water Supply (Water Intake on Shire River, Water Treatment Works, Pump)
Tech Innovation sponsored by NSAI
- Dairymaster -The Swiftflo Goat Rotary – A Revolutionary Way of Milking Goats!
- Intel Ireland – Unleashing Wearable Device Innovation
- OpenHydro Technology Ltd – OpenHydro Technology Turbine Control Centre
Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award sponsored by ColdChon (Galway) Ltd
- Carlow County Council – Carlow Better Energy Community Projects
- Cork County Council for the project Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Kerry County Council – Destination Dingle Peninsula Tourism App
- Kilkenny County Council & Kilgallen & Partners – Ossory Pedestrian Bridge
Protecting the Built Environment Conservation Award sponsored by the OPW
- Lisa Edden Consulting Structural Engineer – No9/9A Aungier St, Dublin D2, Realignment of Staircase
- PUNCH Consulting Engineers – Restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford
- TRLCO Consulting Engineers – Conservation of the Old Constabulary, 35, South Street, New Ross, Co Wexford
CPD Employer of the Year Award sponsored by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland
- Boston Scientific – A Systemic Approach to Problem Solving
- Farran’s Construction – Focus on Execution
- KCI – CPD strategy to tackle increased manufacturing demand
Engineering Education – Best in Class 2015 Award sponsored by CRH
- University of Limerick – Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Engineering
- Cork Institute of Technology – ’30 Years A Growing’ Cork Mechanical, Manufacturing and Biomedical Exhibition – Ireland and Europe’s Largest Educational Engineering Event
Best Paper/Presentation Award sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour
- Green Gas, Agriculture and Food Engineering division; Presenter: Prof Jerry Murphy, UCC
- Borders Rail Project – From Design to Construction, Cork region; Presenters: Brendan Meaghar, Keith Tully BAM Contractors
- Coastal Erosion in a Warming World – Implications for Ireland; North West region; Presenter Adrian Bell RPS Consulting Engineers