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Students as consulting engineers: An Irish Water case studyJuly 29, 2019

From March to May 2019 Engineers Ireland worked with Irish Water and the TU Dublin School of Civil Engineering (Bolton Street) to deliver a pilot case study for final-year undergraduates, and it is envisioned that it will be used by Irish third level institutions as a template for future industry case studies

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The Knowledge Development Box: An overviewJuly 29, 2019

The Finance Act 2015 introduced the Knowledge Development Box (KDB), and its broad objective is to promote innovation and provide an incentive whereby profits arising from patented inventions, copyrighted software and certain other specific asset classes can effectively be taxed at a reduced rate of 6.25 per cent
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Obituary: Ted MooneyJuly 15, 2019

The death has taken place of Ted Mooney BE CEng FIEI, who died in Tavira, Portugal, on June 27, 2019. He had been ill for some time
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How to produce natural gas while storing carbon dioxideJuly 15, 2019

Research at the University of Texas, Austin, shows that injecting air and carbon dioxide into methane ice deposits buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico could unlock vast natural gas energy resources while helping fight climate change by trapping the carbon dioxide underground
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How our floating homes will help people in flood-prone countriesJuly 1, 2019

About 40% of the global population live in coastal areas less than 100km from the ocean, facing various climate challenges. The Dream Homes project designed resilient floating homes that would enable families to survive in the aftermath of extreme flooding while producing food, water and energy, and also provide sustainable ways to make a living
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Innovation: How do you measure up?May 29, 2019

In a fast-moving and globalised economy, innovation is no longer optional but essential in order to achieve success, writes Joe McDonald, who clarifies what is meant by ‘innovation’ and considers the characteristics of those organisations that embed it apparently so seamlessly into their day-to-day operations

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Counter-intuitive climate change solutionMay 29, 2019

A seemingly counterintuitive approach - converting one greenhouse gas into another - holds promise for returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane, a powerful driver of global warming

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Factors affecting fire safety in heritage buildings: An analysisMay 20, 2019

The recent fire at Notre Dame in Paris has, once again, turned the spotlight on how susceptible heritage buildings are to fire and recent analysis has indicated that most of the devastating fires that have occurred in historical buildings occurred during restoration works, through faulty electrical systems or through adverse weather events, writes Pat Hunt
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Notre Dame: Medieval stonemasons built vaulted ceilings to protect against firesMay 20, 2019

The challenge of restoring Notre Dame after the fire in April presents an opportunity to unravel the techniques of the time, says Professor David Wendland, chair of construction history at Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany, who recently deduced how intricate, late Gothic vaults were constructed