Competition for Best Irish Engineering Project Spans Three Continents

Competition for Best Irish Engineering Project Spans Three Continents

23 October 2014 at 17:23

Public Vote Now Open

Engineers Ireland has announced the six shortlisted engineering projects in the running for the national title of Engineering Project of the Year. The public is invited to vote for the winning project online at and the winner will be announced at the Excellence Awards ceremony in November.

This year, the shortlist features three local and three international projects carried out by Irish engineers. These include the construction of an iconic bridge in Dublin, the design and coordination of a light rail public transport system in Norway, the redevelopment of Ireland’s largest water treatment facility, the building of the largest operating wind farm on the continent of Africa, the construction of Ireland’s longest tunnel and the structural safety assessment of buildings which are used as factories by the European clothing industry in Bangladesh.

In addition to exceptional engineering expertise, entries for the engineering project of the year are required to demonstrate the particular influence and benefit the engineering profession makes to society.

Speaking about the shortlist John Power, Chartered Engineer and Director General of Engineers Ireland said, “It is remarkable to realise the reach and meaningful impact that Irish engineering has contributed to communities and economies worldwide. The six projects span three continents and range from ensuring the safety of workers’ lives to introducing renewable energy to a large country.

“It is evident from the shortlist that when Ireland was hit by challenging economic times a numbers of years ago, Irish engineering organisations reacted with flexibility. They sought opportunities outside Ireland which provided employment for Irish engineers.” Power continued, “The shortlisted projects are a testament to the reputation and talent of engineers who are making a valuable impression on society both at home and abroad. I encourage the public to review and vote for the project they think deserves special recognition.”

The 2014 shortlist for the Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by the NRA is:

  • Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant involved the redesign and rebuilding, by RPS Group, of Ireland’s largest existing water treatment plant into one modern integrated development which serves Dublin, Kildare, DĂșn-Laoghaire and South Dublin with 300 mega litres of water daily.
  • Bergen Light Rail Stage III involved the complete engineering design and coordination, by Mott MacDonald, of the construction of 7.8 km of double track with associated structures (bridges, tunnels, etc.), and a tram depot for maintaining and stabling 50 trams, in the City of Bergen, Norway.
  • Corrib Tunnel, a key element of the Corrib Gas Project, the tunnel built by the BAM Civil / Wayss & Freytag joint venture is 4.9km long, 4.2m in diameter, runs underneath Sruwaddacon Bay in north-west Mayo. Constructed using a tunnel boring machine named Fionnuala, it is now the longest tunnel in Ireland and the longest gas pipe in Europe.
  • Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, South Africa involved a team of young pioneering Irish engineers in Mainstream Renewable Power, who developed and constructed Africa’s largest operating wind farm which today supplies power to 100,000 South African homes.
  • Rosie Hackett Bridge, developed by Roughan & O’Donovan is the newest bridge appearing in the Dublin cityscape. The graceful and iconic structure connects the north and south of the city centre with two southbound bus lanes, one southbound light rail (LUAS) track, two footpaths and two cycle tracks.
  • Structural safety assessments of garment factory buildings in Bangladesh involved the expertise of an Irish engineering firm Arup Ireland which developed and implemented a methodology to assess the structure of unsafe buildings. The programme was adopted nationally and allowed for rapid risk-based structural assessments in over 5,000 garment factories to help ensure that there was no repeat of the Rana Plaza building collapse.

The public can cast a vote for its favourite project, on before midnight on Thursday, 6th November. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 7th November in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

The shortlist for the remaining categories is as follows:

Chartered Engineer of the Year sponsored by Hanley Energy 

  • Bridget Mullane, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for her contribution to the project Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transport (KV MRT) Line 1 - Sungai Buloh to Kajang
  • Bronagh Lennon, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for her contribution to the project Bergan Light Rail Stage III
  • David Cashman, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project East-West Interconnector
  • David Quinn, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project 'Heavy vehicle access crossings for Griffin Wind Farm, Perthshire'
  • John McGivney, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project National Network for Radiation Oncology Services
  • Martin O'Halloran, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘Exploring New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Detection using Microwave Imaging’

CPD Employer of the Year sponsored by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland     

  • DePuy Synthes Ireland – The Journey from Follower to Global Leader, DePuy Synthes Cork
  • 30 Million by 2017 – A Business Transformation Roadmap, GE Healthcare
  • Delivering value through knowledge management and external learning linkages, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers
  • RPS GMIT BIM Revolution, RPS Group Ltd
  • Continuous Improvement and Adaptability brings growth for Zimmer Shannon, Zimmer Orthopedics Manufacturing Ltd.

Best Paper/Presentation Award sponsored by Griffiths & Armour and Beale and Company

  • “Greystones Harbour - Civil and Maritime Works" - presented by Sean Mason, Chartered Engineer and nominated by Engineers Ireland Civil Division
  • “P60 Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel" - presented by Cdr Michael Malone and nominated by the Engineers Ireland Cork Region
  • “Geotechnical properties of the Dublin Port clay" - presented by Dr David Gill Chartered Engineer and nominated by the Engineers Ireland Geotechnical Society

Local Authority Initiative by Groundforce

  • New Ross Quayfront Redevelopment, Wexford County Council
  •, South Dublin County Council
  • Life Saving Training Centre, White Strand, Clare County Council
  • Ongar Cycle Network, Fingal County Council

Volunteer or Volunteer Group of the Year Award

  • Brendan Mulligan, Chartered Engineer, West Region
  • Cormac Bradley, Chartered Engineer, Civil Division
  • ESB Engineers, 100 volunteers who took part in Engineers Week 2014
  • Michael Higgins and Henry Mangan, Chartered Engineers, Board of Examiners

Technological Innovation sponsored by NSAI

  • Building Control Management System (BCMS), Fingal County Council
  •, South Dublin County Council 
  • Assisted Domestic Robot, School of engineering, Trinity College Dublin

Protecting the Built Environment Award sponsored by OPW

  • Carlow Main Drainage, RPS Group Ltd
  • Tullamore Flood Alleviation Scheme
  • River Wad Flood Alleviation Scheme

Engineering Education Award – Best in Class sponsored by CRH PLC

  • UCD Bologna Compliant Engineering Programme Development - Enhancing Design Thinking, Industry Engagement and Internationalisation - UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
  • Aviation Training, Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Engineering Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), IT Sligo