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IStructE Newsletter January 2016


The January 2016 version of the IStructE Ireland Regional Group Newsletter is now available!

The Newsletter includes…

  • an address from Chairman Peter Finnegan
  • an invite to the IStructE Annual Dinner at Trinity College
  • info on IStructE routes to membership
  • a brief on an upcomming lecture on the Shard by Kieran Ruane, RPS
  • IStructE Members Awards
  • an article on Shaping a Better World Aidan Madden, Arup
  • an article on Building Control Regulations by Shane Lally, ORS
  • an article on the Young Members Group by Orla Mannion, Arup

The Newsletter is available for download here

IStructE Annual Dinner 2016

Annual Dinner

Friday 19th February 2016

The Dining Hall, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2.

The Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers is pleased to announce details of the Annual Dinner 2016. This is the principal social event for members and we would like to welcome all members, guests, colleagues and friends in groups or as individuals.

In line with last year, we are conscious of the current economic situation and so;

o    Ticket price is €85 per head.

o    Ticket price will include a pre-drinks reception and half a bottle of wine per person.

o    Members will be seated at dining tables which are more suitable to accommodate individual members as well as company groups.

The dinner will be attended by the President of the Institution in 2016, Mr Alan Crossman, the Chief Executive, Mr Martin Powell and our speaker for the evening is Mr Sean Boylan, former Meath Football Manager, Internationally Renowned Herbalist and Motivational Speaker.

Annual Dinner 2016

Pre-dinner drinks reception starts at 7.00p.m with the dinner beginning at 8.00p.m. (black tie).

To confirm your place, please download our reservation form here.

It can be posted, or scanned and emailed to:

Orla Mannion,


50 Ringsend Road

Dublin 4.

Email:     Phone: 086 3757510 .
Please return all reservations by Friday 5th February. 


See a selection of our gallery photos of a very successful night




The RIAI and the BRE Academy present a series of BRE Academy BIM training courses leading to BRE BIM Membership for RIAI members. These courses are non-technical aimed at Project Leaders & Managers. The RIAI is offering this course to RIAI members because, as the use of BIM in construction projects increases, it is vital that architectural professionals take on the role of BIM Information Manager to complement their role as Design Team Leader.
The RIAI are actively endorsing and promoting the use of UK PAS1192 standards in Ireland, and accreditation provides a means for companies to demonstrate their BIM capability. This is particularly relevant to practices delivering services in the UK & Northern Ireland, where BIM will be mandatory on public projects by 2016.

Full details are available here

STAGE 1: BIM LEVEL 2 FUNDAMENTALS (BIM AP) Date:  2nd & 3rd February 2016

Time:  Day 1 09:00 – 17:00; Day 2 09:00 – 16:30

Venue: RIAI, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

CPD Points: 12 structured points  Course Price: €915

Evening Lecture: Medieval Museum Waterford

In this lecture Frank Fox CEng EUR ING FIEI MIStrutE RConsEI will review the new award winning Medieval Museum in Wateford City, from conception to design and construction.

Medieval Museum Waterford

See accompanying flyer for further details

6.30pm, Tuesday 8th December, 2015

Room 281, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin

(Admission is Free – All Welcome)

Video of the Lecture is available to see below

For Further Information Contact:

Una Beagon
(01) 402 3638

Graduate Evening 2015 – Tuesday 10th November


On Tuesday, 10 November 2015, the Republic of Ireland Regional Group of the IStructE will host their annual Graduate Evening. This event offers engineering students a chance to learn more about the various career paths available to them following graduation  and will be of particular benefit to final-year students. On the evening three recent graduates will make presentations detailing their personal experiences, and will answer questions from the audience. This year the speakers will be:


  • Aideen Maguire, BSc, ME (Arup). Aideen graduated from University College Dublin in 2014, with Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Structural Engineering with Architecture. As part of her degree Aideen completed an eight month work placement with PUNCH Consulting Engineers. Since graduation Aideen has been working as a graduate structural design engineer with Arup, as part of the Dublin Buildings team. She has been working on scheme and detailed design for a number of projects in Ireland, consisting mainly of education facilities. She has also spent some of her time working on International Projects including Abu Dhabi International Airport and the European Investment bank.


  • Tom Tobin BE(Hons) (Walls Construction Limited). Tom is a 2013 graduate of Civil Engineering at University College Dublin. Since Tom’s graduation he began working with Walls Construction Limited as a Graduate Engineer, and within a year was promoted to Site Engineer. Having worked on the St Luke’s Hospital extension in Kilkenny and Apple Computers Façade and Wellness in Cork, he is now part of a big team of Engineers working on one of the large city center jobs just off Baggot Street.


  • John Hickey BA, BAI, MAI (Trinity College Dublin). John graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2015 at both bachelors and masters level. John is currently undertaking a PhD in Structural Engineering, specifically looking at how braced steel frame structures respond to seismic loading. John has previously undertaken an internship with Arup Dublin.

The evening promises to be highly informative and is open to all interested members of the public.

Full Details on our Flyer

Venue: Room F14, Newstead Building, University College Dublin (Map)

Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Time: Tea/Coffee Reception – 18:00, Lecture 18:30

IStructE AGM 2015


Location:   DIT Bolton Street, Room 251

Date:         Tuesday 8th December

Time:         5.30pm – 6.00pm

The AGM will be followed by an evening lecture. See for details of the lecture which will be at 18:30 (following a tea/coffee reception at 18:00).

Full evening details here

34th Irish Concrete Society Awards

The Irish Concrete Society will again make an award for excellence in design or construction of a completed building, structure or concrete element, irrespective of type, scale or complexity in concrete…read more


Completed forms must be returned to the Society at the address below before the closing date of Monday 2nd November 2015

Please download application form here

Evening Lecture: Foundation and Retaining Wall Design in Dublin’s Soil.

This lecture Eric Farrell of AGL will review the extensive information on the ground conditions in Dublin gained since 1990 and relate this to foundation and retaining wall design to EC7.

Date: Tues 3rd Nov 2015 @ 6.30pm

Venue: Room 281, DIT Bolton Street

Full details on Flyer

Further Details Contact: Henry Mullen,, 01 402 3765


The video of the lecture is now available to view

Student Prize 2015

The Regional Group Student Prize is awarded each year, for the best Final Year Project in the subject area of Structural Engineering. This year’s nominees are:

CIT: Kieran Ward – “Design and Testing of Bridge Half-Joints”

DIT: Shane Lally – “Investigation of Alternative Moment Resisting Connection Detail for Portal Frame Eaves”

TCD: John Hickey – “Numerical Analysis of Steel Braced Frames Subjected to Earthquake Loading”

UCC: Tadhg Buckley & Phoebe Watson – “Mitigating the Structural Vibrations of Wind Turbines using Tuned Liquid Column Damper, Integrating Soil-Structure Interaction”

UCD: Conor Lyons – “Topology Optimisation of  Structures for 3D Printing”

UL: Kevin Cahir – “Structural Examination of a Geodesic Dome”

See Full Details on our Flyer

Date & Time: Tuesday, 6th October 2015, Reception 18:00, Presentations 18:30

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

All Welcome

Building Control (Amendment) Regulations BC(A)R 2014

…18 Months On…

Building Control Regulations provide for matters of procedure, administration and control for the purposes of securing the implementation of the requirements of the Building Regulations and of demonstrating how compliance with such requirements has been achieved in relation to the building or works concerned.
On the 1st March 2014, S.I 09 (or BC(A)R) was introduced relating to the commencement and certification of construction works came into effect.

This lecture is an insight into the progress of the industry 18 months on from implementation of these new regulations.

Building Control

Flyer Details here

Presentation by: Cormac Meaney C.Eng (MIEI)

Time: 6.30pm, Tuesday 8th September, 2015
Venue: Room 281, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1
(Admission FREE – All Welcome)

For further information contact:
Reception 6:00 pm


See below video of the lecture