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Archive for September, 2013

The Essential Changes for Building Industry Professionals – Dublin Lecture

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Many of the building regulations have been updated and revised recently to reflect the move to Eurocodes and the introduction of the Construction Products Regulation.  John Wickham Architecture/Building Standards in The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government will present to the Institution of Structural Engineers on these changes in a talk entitled “The Essential Changes for Building Industry Professionals”.  The talk will also cover the Construction Products Regulation which requires mandatory CE MARKING of all construction products from July 2013 in line with the harmonised European Standards.

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The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations will come into force on the 1st March 2014.  Following on from the hugely successful presentation held by the Institution of Structural Engineers in conjunction with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) we are delighted that Martin Vaughan Architecture/Building Standards Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government will provide an update on the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations.

A flyer is available for download here.

The Draft Code of Practice can be downloaded here: DRAFT Code for Inspecting & Certifying Building Works- Building Control Regulations.

Venue: Rm 281 DIT Bolton St.
Date: Wednesday, 25th September, 2013
Time: Reception: 18:00, Lecture: 18:30

 

NSAI Standard on Aggregates and Unbound Materials

nsaiThe National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) have recently opened a public consultations period for new standards being introduced.  In particular, topics such as;

  • S.R. 21: “Guidance on the use of I.S. EN 13242:2013 –Aggregates for unbound and hydraulically bound materials for use in civil engineering work and road construction”,
  • I.S. 440: “Timber frame dwellings”, and
  • S.R. 325: “Recommendations for the design of masonry structures in Ireland to Eurocode 6”

To view the proposed documents and submit your comments please visit www.nsai.ie.

The Structural Engineer – Call for Papers!

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Do you have an interesting project you would like to tell us about or perhaps just a smart design shortcut that is worth sharing ?

‘The Structural Engineer’ is calling for submissions. We actively encourage our members in the Republic of Ireland Regional Group to submit articles (in pdf form) to the editorial office at: editorial@istructe.org. If you are unsure as to whether your contribution is suitable for initial consideration, we welcome the submission of a synopsis on which an initial determination can be made.

Please visit www.istructe.org/thestructuralengineer/guidetocontributors for more details.

GEM – Earthquake Engineering Initiative

Are you interested Earthquake Engineering?

Do you want to get involved in helping develop tools and resources for seismic hazards and risk assessment in Ireland and across the globe?

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GEM (Global Earthquake Model) is an international forum where organisations and people come together to develop, use and share tools and resources for transparent assessment of earthquake risk. It’s motto is: ‘Working together to assess risk.’  GEM achieve this through international scientific consortia developing global best practice, datasets and tools, as well as through regional partnerships in all continents, collaborative projects, open-source software development, rigorous testing and knowledge sharing. GEM are currently looking for structural engineering volunteers in the Republic of Ireland to assist in our development.

The GEM initiative aims to establish an independent, uniform standard to calculate and communicate earthquake risk worldwide, a Global Earthquake Model.  Most countries do not currently consider earthquakes in the design of conventional structures, with the exception of nuclear power plants, which are designed for very rare earthquakes. GEM is interested in the nature and extent of construction in all countries, including Ireland. Initially, the assistance that GEM is looking for from its members worldwide is the taxonomy of the built environment in members’ own countries.

If you are interested, please visit www.globalquakemodel.org.

Student Prize 2013 – Tuesday, 8 October 2013

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On Tuesday, 8th October 2013, the Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the IStructE will host its annual Student Prize competition evening, in Room 259, DIT Bolton St. A reception will take place at 18:00 followed by presentations from the nominees at 18:30. Each nominee will make a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation on their project. Each presentation will be followed by questions from three industry-representative judges, after which some questions shall be invited from the floor.

This years nominees are:

  • CIT: James Barry – “Stressing Geometry Control of Cable Stayed Bridges”
  • DIT: Aaron Condren – “The Effect of Pylon Sway on Cable Vibrations in Cable Stayed Bridges”
  • NUIG: Peter Berrill & Paul Moran – “Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of a University Building in Ireland”
  • TCD: Daniel O’Brien – “Analysis of the Earthquake Response of Steel Structures using OpenSees” 
  • UCC: Cian Long & Patrick O’Kelly-Lynch – “The Structural Design Implications of Attaching a Point Absorber to a Wind Turbine Monopile”
  • UCD (BEng): Evan Brennan & Eoin Dunleavy – “Hybrid Foundation Analysis for Offshore Wind Turbines”
  • UCD (Struct. Eng. & Arch): Brian Kealy – “An Investigation into Finite Element Testing of Hybrid Gravity Base Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbine Use”

The Regional Group would like to congratulate all of the students on their nomination and is looking forward to hearing their presentations. The evening promises to be highly informative for both industry practitioners and students.

Click to download a flyer to publicize the event: Student_Prize_Flyer_2013

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St. (Room 259)
Date: 8 October 2013
Time: Tea and coffee reception at 18:00. Presentations start at 18:30.

Open House Dublin 4-6 October

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Members of the IStructE in the Republic of Ireland may be interested in the upcoming “Open House Dublin” event, organised by Irish Architecture Foundation. Over the weekend of Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October, many iconic Dublin buildings will be opening their doors to the public. A full list of the buildings to be open to the public is available on the official website. It should be noted that certain buildings have certain admission times and members are advised to consult the official website for full details.

Structural engineers may be especially interested in some of the following:

  1. Donnybrook Bus Garage,
  2. Commissioners of Irish Lights, Dun Laoighaire,
  3. Old Terminal Building, Dublin Airport,

It should be noted that the majority of the buildings are open for viewing, but some may have limited capacity and are accessible on the basis of application and a lottery system. Full details are available on the official website.

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