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CPD Seminar: Conservation Engineering: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 30 April 2013
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €195
    Non-Members: €245
    WEB PRICE: Book online and receive a further 10% discount

  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1


This one-day CPD seminar will provide delegates with a clear understanding of the concept and philosophy of conservation engineering, the legislation governing historical buildings, practical tips and techniques when working with specific materials as well as information on future funding,  and on CARE (the Conservation Accreditation Register for Engineers).


Conservation Engineering can be defined as managing a building’s fabric and structural wellbeing and prolonging its life for future generations while understanding and respecting its past. It can also be seen as striking a discrete and sensitive balance between ensuring the safety of a building and preserving its authenticity, between meeting current building regulations and safeguarding the building’s history and patrimony.
It is not readily appreciated that the conservation component of the repair and maintenance sector of the building industry (RMI) involving Protected Structure, Recorded Monuments, buildings of solid wall construction such as houses and public buildings as well as masonry bridges etc, is reckoned to be worth some €1.4 bn per annum, gives full time direct employment of 17,000 and contributes €700 m to Ireland’s Gross Value Added (GVA). It is a vital part of a €2.67 bn per annum heritage sector activity within tourism employing some 37,000 overall.

With fewer new builds taking place more attention is now being placed on our existing stock of aging historical buildings and the need to maintain or transform them for sustainable use as safe, energy efficient, easily accessible buildings.

Speakers and Topics

Jacqui Donnelly, Architectural Conservation Advisor, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Building Conservation: Policy and Guidance
Nicki Matthews, Conservation Officer, City Architects Division, Dublin City Council
Conservation Officers:  What they are looking for    
Ivor McElveen, Conservation Engineer, Ivor McElveen Associates
What is Conservation Engineering?    
Dermot Nolan, Consulting Engineer, Demot Nolan & Associates Historic Building Consultants/Consulting Engineers
Discovering the Past: Investigation, Research and Analysis    
Lisa Edden, Consulting Structural Engineer
Historic Building Materials - Understanding the Form and Fabric of the Structure    
David Maher, David Maher & Associates, Civil, Structural & Building Conservation Engineers
Dealing with Common Problems    
Chris Southgate, Conservation Engineer and Director, Southgate Associates
Specialist Techniques for Historic Structures
Kevin Clancy, Consultant, Punch Consulting Engineers
Case Study: St Mel’s Cathedral - Dismantling & Replacing Stone Columns
David Kelly, Senior Partner, David Kelly Partnership
Case Study: Youghal Town Wall

Learning objectives

At the end of the seminar delegates will:

  • Be familiar with the legislative context and available guidance
  • Understand the mechanisms for selecting structures for protection
  • Discover the principles of building conservation and how these are applied in practice
  • Be able to understand the form and fabric of historical structures
  • Learn how to Identify and assess existing building components
  • Specify repair materials and methods sympathetic to the historic form and fabric
  • Recognise re-occurring themes in the planning process pertaining to structure and condition in historic fabric
  • Know how and where to research the evolution of a building
  • Know why it is important to conserve

Who should attend?

This seminar will be beneficial to engineers, architects, chartered surveyors, planners and other built environment professionals currently working on or looking to work on projects with historical buildings and structures.

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30 April 2013