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IStructE Notice of Annual General Meeting 2016

LogoIStructELocation:   DIT Bolton Street, Room 251

Date:   Tuesday 6th December 2016

Time:   5.30pm – 6.00pm

Agenda in flyer attached


Evening Lecture: Engineering Victory: Structural Advances during World Wars I & II

Allan’s original paper was published in ‘The Structural Engineer’ to coincide with the 70th anniversary of VE Day. It recognises the contribution made by structural engineers to the war effort during the periods of conflict between 1914 and 1945.


Speaker: Allan Mann, IStructE Gold Medal winner 2011

Venue: Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Date: Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Presentation: 6.30 pm

See full details on our flyer

Video of the lecture can be viewed below

Student Prize Presentation

The Regional Group Student Prize is awarded each year, for the best Final Year Project in the subject area of Structural Engineering.

At the evening meeting, the nominees will each make a short (10 minute) presentation on their project and then answer questions from three industry-representative judges. The evening promises to be highly informative, especially for final-year students.

Venue: Rm 281, Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Date: Tuesday, 25th October 2016

Reception 6 pm, Presentations 6.30 pm

See full details on our flyer

For further information, contact Shane Lally –

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

CPD Seminar: Understanding and mitigating risk in modern methods of construction


Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) are now playing an increasing role in large and small scale residential and commercial projects across the sector. The use of MMC including volumetric & panelised systems, OSM sub-assemblies and components can have significant advantages in time, labour, environmental impact and cost over traditional bricks and mortar. However, as Ireland settles in for a second upsurge in construction in as many decades, this seminar will look at what lessons can be learned from our own recent history with MMC and what can be done to mitigate or eliminate future risk.

Date: Wednesday 1st June 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Fee: Early Bird Member €195/Early Bird Non-Member €245
Regular Member €245/Regular Non-Member €295
N.B. Early Bird expires on 24th May 2016

01 6651305 OR

Evening Lecture: Cape Clear Island Hydraulic Storm Gates


Cape Clear

The presentation will demonstrate the novel approach taken to the design and construction of the new automated storm gate harbour entrance to Cape Clear Harbour. It will detail how engineering challenges associated with underwater and overwater building works on Ireland’s most southerly inhabited island were overcome through novel design and temporary works.

For full details see our Flyer

Date: Tuesday 10th May

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

Venue: DIT, Bolton Street

Speaker: Richard Browne, Director, L&M Keating Building & Civil Engineering Contractors

Admission FREE          Booking Not Necessary         Non-Members Welcome

Professional Development Workshop: Avoiding Design Errors

The objective of this one day workshop is to provide structural engineers with insight into how to avoid the design errors that ultimately lead to unsatisfactory performance or failure in engineering structures.

The workshop explores how structural failures occur in reality, how the errors that lead to them can be prevented, and culminates in practical approaches on how to manage these risks in a design office. This workshop will be of interest to engineers wishing to accrue CPD points, both technical and risk management.

Please see full details on flyer

For Further Information Contact: Sean Brady, Brady Heywood Pty Ltd on (07) 3010 9494 or email:

Date: Tuesday March 17 2015

Venue:The Institution of Structural Engineers 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Price: £320 (plus VAT)
Members of The Institution of Structural Engineers will be eligible for a reduced rate of £290 (plus VAT).

Evening Lecture: Management of Metal Bridge Stock

ISstructE_EIThe talk will cover many aspects of the management of the metal bridge stock in Irish Rail. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Number and nature of the bridge Stock
  • Bridge Management System
  • Common defects
  • Design criteria
  • Repair specification
  • Paint specification
  • Case study- The Boyne Viaduct


Presentation by: Stephen Bateson Principal Engineer-Structures, Iarnrod Eireann/Irish Rail

6.30pm, Tuesday 12th April, 2016

Room 281, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

For further Information Contact:

Reception 6pm

(Admission FREE – All Welcome)


Video of the lecture is available from our channel here



Evening Lecture: A new long term water source for the Eastern and Midlands region

The lecture will outline the need for the project, the appraisal of Options to date, and the next steps involved in the current ‘Environmental Impact Assessment and Planning Stage’ of the project. It promises to be a very interest lecture.

Presentation by: Gerry Geoghegan BE Eur Ing CEng MIEI

Senior Engineering Project Manager, ERVIA (Irish Water)

Full details are available here on our flyer

6.30pm, Tuesday 8th March, 2016

Room 281, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Admission FREE – All Welcome, Reception 6:00 pm

For further Information Contact:


Click here to view the overview lecture slides

water supply project

Evening Lecture: The Institution of Structural Engineer’s Gold Medal Address


The Institution of Structural Engineer’s most prestigious award, the Gold Medal is awarded to an individual for exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of structural engineering.

The award was first initiated and presented in 1922 to Professor Henry Adams (who had been President of the Institution from 1914 to 1916). Many eminent structural engineers from around the world have been presented with the Gold Medal.

The 2014 Gold Medal was awarded to Tristram Carfrae.


The Gold Medal Address

Designing with computers

It is relatively common to hear the senior members of our profession exhort our more junior members to “stop using computer models”, particularly early in the design process. However, a computer analysis programme is really just a superior calculator (slide rule or log table). Why shouldn’t they be used by engineers to get a fast appreciation of the structural behaviour of their idea? What is it about making a quick sketch and a hand calculation that makes it so more informative than a computer model, which is replete with stresses, defected shapes, loads, reactions and many other informative results?


Surely what we really want is the wise use of computer models, even early in the design process. A virtual exploration of the design space; many models of different complexity, cross checking for fundamental structural behaviour; sensitivity studies against various input parameters; to name a few of the different strategies available.

Full details are available from our flyer here

Speaker:  Tristram Carfrae RDI MA FREng FTSE FIEAust MIStructE

Date:  Thursday, 25th of February

Time: 6:30 pm

Venue:  Engineers Ireland, Clyde Road