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Branch AGM and Evening Lecture – The Aviva Stadium


The recently completed Aviva Stadium, a joint venture between the IRFU and the FAI, opened its doors on 14th May 2010. The state of the art stadium has a seated capacity of 50,000 and has already established its landmark status on Dublin’s skyline.

The distinctive stadium roof, with its continuous curvilinear shape, was designed as a horseshoe shaped steel truss. The main stand structure was constructed using in situ concrete, with sustainability playing a key role throughout. This lecture will describe the structure, and outline the complex construction programme undertaken.


  • John Harte is a civil engineer with PM Group and was deputy project manager on the stadium project.

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Eurocode publications available from IStructE Library

The IStructE Library is an invaluable resource for information on all aspects of structural engineering. The online catalogue contains over 60,000 references, including an up-to-date collection of books, journals, reports, standards, and papers. Specifically, the collection includes a variety of Eurocode publications which may be particularly relevant at present. The October 2006 edition of the Eurocode publications list can be downloaded here.

As part of the Library service, postal loans are available to all IStructE members resident in the European Union. Photocopies can also be supplied worldwide, within the restraints of copyright law. See the Library website for further information.

Report on Student Prize Competition 2010

The Branch Student Prize Competition was held in DIT Bolton street on 12 October 2010. The prize is awarded each year, for the best Final Year Project in the subject area of structural engineering. The competition is open to students of all accredited Engineering course in the Branch area and this year seven nominated projects were received, as follows:

  • CIT: Michael Minihane – Reinforced concrete beam-column connections;
  • DIT: Neal Renehan – An investigation into torsion of reinforced concrete beams;
  • NUIG:  Conor Murray – Advancement of a design-life prediction model for flexible risers using FEA;
  • TCD: Michael Day – An investigation into the response of typical steel and concrete wind-turbine towers;
  • UCC: Martin Walsh & Alex Humphreys – Event-driven structural analysis software;
  • UCD CivEng: Javier Sedó del Campo & Olivier Egger – Effect of damping on the dynamic response of a structure;
  • UCD SEA: Jack Browne – Modal analysis of a 4-span post tensioned reinforced concrete bridge.

At the evening meeting, the graduates presented their projects to a panel of industry-representative judges. The judges had an extremely difficult job deciding the eventual winner, and were particularly impressed with the standard of the presentations. The winning entry was the joint project by Martin Walsh & Alex Humphreys from University College Cork. Read the rest of this entry »

Inaugral Lecture of the Irish Group of IABSE: Design of Major Bridges – State of the Art and Current Trends

Venue: Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin (Map)
Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Time: 19:15

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Inaugral Lecture of the Irish Group of IABSE: Design of Major Bridges – State of the Art and Current Trends

The Inagural Lecture of the IABSE Irish National Group will be held on the 16th November 2010, in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin (at 7:15 pm).

This lecture, covering the subject of Current Trends in the Design of Major Bridges, will be delivered by Miguel Angel Astiz from the Spanish firm Carlos Fernandez Casado. Miguel Angel Astiz is a Spanish bridge engineer with more than 30 years experience in major bridge design. He shares his professional activity between academia, where he currently holds the chair in bridge design in the Civil Engineering School at the University of Madrid, and professional practice in Carlos Fernandez Casado, a worldwide prestigious bridge design firm which he joined in 1977. During the last 40 years, the firm of Carlos Fernandez Casado has carried out detail design of a multitude of major structures worldwide such as:

  • The River Suir Cable stayed bridge (Waterford, 2010)
  • Barrios de Luna Cable stayed bridge (Spain, 1984)
  • Cadiz Bay Bridge (Spain, 2011)
  • The Danube crossing in Vidin (Bulgaria, 2011)
  • Contreras high speed train Arch (Spain, 2009)

This event is being staged in co-operation with the Engineers Ireland Structures and Construction Division and the IStructE (RoI Branch), and is a CPD approved event. We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

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Venue: Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin (Map)
Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Time: 19:15

Committee Meeting – May 2011

Venue: OCSC Offices
Date: 4 May 2011
Time: 17:30

Committee Meeting – April 2011

Venue: OCSC Offices
Date: 6 April 2011
Time: 17:30

Committee Meeting – March 2011

Venue: OCSC Offices
Date: 2 March 2011
Time: 17:30

Committee Meeting – January 2011

Venue: OCSC Offices
Date: 26 January 2011
Time: 17:30

Sustainability Seminar

Date: Wednesday 14 September 2011
Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street
Time: Coffee & registration from 8.30 am. Seminar from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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