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Why I became an engineer: Elaine Clarke of Jacobs tells her storyJune 13, 2019

I was inspired by the diversity and flexibility offered by a career in engineering, and regardless of whether it’s the nanobot delivery of personalised drugs or a world with zero carbon emissions, engineering gives you the tools to go out there, be creative and make an impact
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How your firm could net a 37.5% saving via the R&D tax creditJune 13, 2019

A common misconception is that only multinationals benefit from the R&D tax credit but, in reality, many Irish SMEs are engaged in the development of new and improved products, manufacturing processes, tools, machinery or tech which could be eligible for the credit and which could cut R&D costs by more than a third, writes Bernard Doherty

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Paving sustainablyMay 29, 2019

Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub study the many factors that influence a pavement’s environmental footprint

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‘Engineering contributions to humanity through the ages and challenges for 2050’May 20, 2019

The Institution of Structural Engineers' Joe Kindregan says today's engineers need a more holistic approach to meet the challenges of climate change, globalisation and urbanisation, and the leadership expectations of tomorrow’s engineers will be significant and there will be less emphasis on technical skills and a stronger focus on soft skills
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Improvements to Belfast-Derry road: An overviewMay 20, 2019

The ‘Regional Development Strategy 2025’ and the supporting ‘Regional Transportation Plan for Northern Ireland 2002-2012’ set out the vision for the spatial growth of Northern Ireland and the need for this to be supported by a fit for-purpose strategic road network, writes David Porter
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Assigned assessment of contaminated land risksMay 20, 2019

One of the main risks and misconceptions in our industry is the thought process that if providing radon protection to a development you are also providing protection against all other ground gas and vapour risks, which isn’t necessarily the case, writes Michael Sweeney
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Glass skyscrapers: A great environmental folly that could have been avoidedMay 20, 2019

As part of my research into sustainable architecture, I have examined the use of glass in buildings throughout history, and if architects had paid more attention to the difficulties of building with glass, the great environmental damage wrought by modern glass skyscrapers could have been avoided, writes Henrik Schoenefeldt
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Structural engineering: A peak into the futureMay 7, 2019

In this article, submitted to the Institution of Structural Engineers Kenneth Severn Award 2018, and which received a commendation, RPS' Michael Minehane asks what structural engineering practice will look like in 10-15 years’ time and how can the professional community help with preparations

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‘The Chief’ Down Under: The life and works of engineering hero CY O’ConnorMay 7, 2019

Unwarranted criticism and libellous accusations of corruption badly affected O'Connor's mental health and led him to take his own life, but one of Ireland's and Australia's greatest engineers left an extraordinary legacy - in a mere 10 years he transformed Western Australia and today, more than 100 years after his death, he is regarded as a local hero
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The I-35W Highway Bridge collapse: Lessons learnedApril 23, 2019

From its initial design to the stockpiling of materials during subsequent renovation, Sean Brady details a succession of failures and missed opportunities that resulted in the catastrophic collapse of a highway bridge in Minnesota

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Recycling plastic waste in cement composites: An analysisApril 23, 2019

Gurbir Kaur and Sara Pavía explore the possibility of raising the amount of recycled plastic (34%) by replacing sand with plastic waste in mortars and concretes, as this would not only reduce plastic incineration and landfill but would also lower raw material extraction with the consequent economy in fuel and carbon emissions

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Professional indemnity market in Ireland: Update and overviewApril 23, 2019

The professional indemnity market in Ireland is undergoing significant change. This also applies to those that purchase design and construct professional indemnity insurance. Brian O’Mara looks at the current state of the market, and revisits important steps every firm should take regarding their own renewal