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2012 James Daly Lecture – Dr Allan Mann

See event post here for details.

Venue: Rm 281, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St.
Date: Thursday, 8 March, 2012
Time: Reception 18:00, Lecture 18:30

2012 James Daly Lecture – Dr Allan Mann

Dr Allan Mann will deliver the 2012 James Daly Lecture, based on his Institution of Structural Engineers Gold Medal Address: Passing on Knowledge. This event is co-hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton St which is celebrating the 100th academic year of technical education in Bolton St.

A flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

Summary: Our Institution was founded for members to share knowledge and learn from each other: that need remains today. Over the last half century there has been an explosion of structural information, more complex codes, phenomenal analytical power and an ability to understand the forces nature imposes on structures to a degree hereto unimaginable. But all that information has to be collated and disseminated to successive generations. What are the challenges and how do we do it?

The Speaker:Dr Allan Mann has been involved in truly unique international structural engineering projects over the course of his career. Highlights include:

  • Rides for the Singapore Sentosa theme park
  • Beijing wheel (208 m high: successor to London Eye)
  • Belchatow Power Station Poland (180 m high concrete cooling tower)
  • Wembley International Stadium
  • London Eye: working as technical advisor on design and construction
  • NIREX (underground nuclear repository)
  • Royal Opera House construction
  • THORP nuclear reprocessing facility
  • Chin Shan Off Gas Stack (150m)

Venue: Rm 281, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St.
Date: Thursday, 8 March, 2012
Time: Reception 18:00, Lecture 18:30

Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design to EC2

Branch and former committee members, Prof. Eugene OBrien (UCD) and Andrew Dixon (Downes Associates) have joined Dr Emma Sheils (Roughan & O’Donovan) to release the Second Edition of their textbook: Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Design to EC2: The Complete Process.

The back cover information is:

Concrete is an integral part of twenty-first century structural engineering and an understanding of how to analyse and design concrete structures is a vital element in the subject. With Eurocodes having replaced European national standards it’s important to get to know the new codes which, for most countries, are more complex than before. Newly revised to Eurocode 2, this second edition retains the original’s emphasis on qualitative understanding of the overall behaviour of concrete structures.

A unique feature of the new edition is a whole chapter on case studies. This provides a unique insight into the way a structure is put together and the alternative structural schemes that are considered in the early stages of design. The concept has been used very successfully in a Problem Based Learning environment at University College Dublin. Groups of students are assigned case study problems, and after a few days they present their solutions to expert judges who give feedback on the practicalities of their chosen solutions. This highlight of the undergraduate experience teaches the students communication as well as design skills.

This book provides civil and structural engineering students and graduates with complete coverage of the analysis and design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. Great emphasis is placed on developing a qualitative understanding of the overall behaviour of structures and on bringing together all the strands in the design process – load paths, developing a structural scheme, preliminary sizing, analysis and detailed design.

Eugene OBrien is Professor of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin.
Andrew Dixon is Director of Downes Associates Consulting Civil & Structural Engineers.
Emma Sheils is employed by Roughan & O’Donovan, a Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy and is a former Postdoctoral Research Fellow of University College Dublin.

Further information is available at the publisher’s website here. It can be inspected at Amazon.co.uk here.

Graduate Evening Presentations – Cork

Venue: Room G10, University College Cork
Date: Wednesday, 22 February2012
Time: 18:30

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Please see the event post for further information.

Contact:

  • Dr Vikram Pakrashi 021 4903862 V.Pakrashi[at]ucc.ie
  • Donogh Coleman 021 4326312

Graduate Evening Presentations – Cork

On Wednesday, 22 February, The Institution of Structural Engineers (Republic of Ireland Branch) in association with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork will host a Graduate Evening. Recent graduates undertaking postgraduate research and graduates working across a range of engineering firms will give brief presentations sharing their experiences since graduating.

The aim of the evening is to provide an insight for students and other members of the structural engineering fraternity into what it is like for Graduate Engineers working with Consultants today and show the opportunities that are available for research. It is intended that the evening will be relatively informal and there will be ample time for questions and discussion. The speakers will be:

  • Daniel Goulding (CIT) – Bord Gáis
  • Alan Leen (UCC) – ARUP
  • David Hodge (CIT) – CIT (Post Grad)
  • James Browne (UCC) – UCC (Post Grad)
  • Michael Minehane (CIT) – RPS

Venue: Room G10, University College Cork
Date: Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Time: 18:30

Click here to download a flyer to publicize the event.

Contact:

  • Dr Vikram Pakrashi 021 4903862 V.Pakrashi[at]ucc.ie
  • Donogh Coleman 021 4326312