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Activities

The main activities of the branch are outlined below. More information on the upcoming activities will be posted on this website so please check back regularly.

Chartered Member Examination Preparation Course

Chartered Membership (CM) of the Institution is an aspirational goal that is only achieved by the best creative engineering minds. Many engineers see membership as a career pinnacle, their highest demonstration of personal professional achievement.  This is because the CM Exam is widely recognised as a rigorous test of structural engineering capability.

The annual membership examinations are held worldwide once a year, normally on the first Friday (following Easter) of April. The examination registration closing date is generally at the end of February, six weeks before the examinations commence. The branch organises and runs a CM Exam Preparation Course for those who are registered to sit the exam (only). It is usually held over 6 weeks in February/March and is largely responsible for the better-than-average results of Irish exam candidates.

James Daly (1973)

Evening Lectures

As a professional learned society, part of our mission is to share the latest developments and techniques in the rapidly advancing fields of structural engineering. We hold about 9 evening lectures a year which are given by invited national and international speakers. These lectures help contribute to members’ CPD returns, as well as provide a forum for discussion and networking.

One of the highlights of the Branch calender is the James’ Daly Memorial lecture, usually held in early March. The topics of this evening lecture have included The Grand Canal Theatre, The Chicage Spire and Pont de Normandie

Seminars

Each year, around May, we hold day-long seminars on topical subjects. This format allows the detailed technical aspects to be explained by invited speakers at the forefront of the particular area.

Branch Awards and Presentations

The branch awards two prizes each year in recognition and promotion of excellence in structural engineering:

  • The Branch Award for the best evening lecture or paper presented to the branch;
  • The Student Prize for the best final year undergraduate project in structural engineering in the country

In addition, we arranges the presentation of certificates to successful candidates of the CM Exam, Associate Member Exam, and Technician Members, as well as presentations of certificates to new Fellows

Annual Dinner

The branch Annual Dinner, now held in early February, is the prime event of the calendar for meeting fellow structural engineers, entertaining clients, and meeting the institution President and dignitaries of related institutions.

Site Visits

Periodically we organise visits for members to sites of particular interests, such as novel construction techniques or landmark structures.

Graduates’ Evening Course

Every two years, in liaison with the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), we run an evening course for new graduates, with about 2 years design experience. This course covers all aspects of the practice of structural engineering and the lectures are given by recognised experts in the different areas. The course is typically attended by around 300 graduates and is held in high regard by employers.

Publications

We publish a Branch Newsletter about every 6 months to keep members informed of branch activities. We also organise and publish Special Branch Editions of The Structural Engineer: 21 April 2009 and 16 August 2005 being the most recent (see also 5 February 1991). These publications give our contributing members valuable international exposure. Finally, we are committed to improving our communication with our members through this website and email in the coming months as we move away from more costly and less effective means.

21 April 200916 August 2005