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January 2020
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Evening lecture on Updating CIRIA C580

The presentation will cover the publication of C760 the update to the existing C580 document “Embedded retaining wall – guidance for economic design”. Since its publication in 2003, C580 has become one of CIRIA’s best-selling guidance documents finding a readership and application far beyond the UK

Date and Time: Tuesday 28th January 2020, 6.30pm

Venue: TU Dublin Bolton Street, Dublin 1 (Room 281).

Admission: Free

Speaker: Stuart Hardy Associate Director in the London geotechnics group of Ove Arup & Partners Ltd

Notice of AGM

AGM – 10th December, Room 236 at TU Dublin.

The AGM starts at 6pm and the evening talk on the Curragh Racecourse will follow immediately afterward at 6:30pm.

Evening Lecture: Designing an Icon – The Curragh Racecourse

The new Curragh Racecourse is an iconic venue on the historic Curragh plain. Michael Orr, of AECOM, will present the story and challenges behind the design and development of the razer-sharp cantilevering roof and supporting precast concrete grandstand, designed in coordination with Grimshaw & NMA Architects.

Flyer for the event is available for download

Venue: TU Dublin, Bolton Street
Date: Tuesday, 10 December, 2019
Time: 18.30, Tea/Coffee from 18:00

Institute of Structural Engineers Newsletter 2019

You can now view our Newsletter 2019 here

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

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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.

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Evening Lecture: New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The presentation describes aspects of the structural design for the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium and explores the use of precast and post-tensioned concrete and fabricated steel in a number of applications and how these solutions effectively combine to create a high quality, visually
stunning product that is sure to delight the fans.


Date: Tuesday April 30th 2019

Time: 18:30

Venue: Jonathan Swift Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin

Speaker: Spencer Robinson CEng MICE, CEng MIStructE

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Evening Lecture: Design and Construction of the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower in Brighton – the World’s Most Slender Tower

The British Airways i360 Viewing Tower at Brighton is 162m high and only 3.9m in diameter – it is the world’s tallest moving observation tower and was officially recognised as the “World’s most slender tower” by Guinness World Records.  It was completed in early August 2016 and has already carried almost 1 million passengers.  This is a unique opportunity to hear the inside story of this £48 million project from the first design proposals (back in 2005), the detailed design, through to the construction work on site, and the operating arrangements.  The steel tower has been designed with two novel structural systems to mitigate any dynamic responses during high winds and was erected, without the use of a crane, by a unique “top-down” jacking method specially designed for this project.


Date: Tuesday 9th 2019, 6.30pm

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

Venue: TU Dublin, Bolton Street, Michael O’Donnell Theatre (Room 259)

Speaker:Dr. John Roberts, Past-President IStructE

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Recording of the lecture can be seen:

Evening Lecture: Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering has seen a rapid growth of interest in risk assessment methodologies. This seems a logical evolution, since soils and rocks are among the most variable of all engineering materials, and geotechnical engineers must often make do with materials they are dealt with at any particular site. A probabilistic analysis may lead to a “probability of failure”, as opposed to the traditional “factor of safety”, representing a fundamental shift in the way engineers need to think about the suitability of their designs. The seminar will review some of the benefits and potential pitfalls of these different approaches and describe some introductory methods of probabilistic analysis.

Date: Thursday March 7th 2019, 6.30pm

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

Venue: TU Dublin, Bolton Street, Michael O’Donnell Theatre (Room 259)

Speaker: Dr. John Roberts, Executive Director of Operations of Jacobs

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Evening Lecture: Monitoring of Six Bridges for Twenty Movements of 427 tonne Superloads

With just two weeks’ notice, Monash was tasked with instrumenting and monitoring six bridges for multiple superload movements of U-trough bridge beams intended for a Level Crossing Removal Project in Melbourne to take place over 4 weeks. This project entailed multiple aspects atypical of even usual superload movements, most particularly the short time frame, the need to maintain traffic flows under the bridges, and the consideration of vandalism. In this talk, Dr. Caprani will outline the background to the project, the extraordinarily compressed timeframe, and the structural health monitoring solutions for each bridge adopted. The technical aspects of the theory and the instrumentation will be introduced.

Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019

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

Venue: TU Dublin (DIT), Bolton Street

Speaker: Dr. Colin Caprani, Senior Lecturer, Monash University

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Video of the presentation can be seen below