Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards Shortlist Announced

Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards Shortlist Announced

14 October 2019 at 12:01
  • 32 engineering projects shortlisted over 7 categories
  • Three Cork-based engineering initiatives shortlisted for Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award
  • Public called on to vote for top engineering project

From flood relief schemes to parklands, castle conservations and an airport control tower, Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland, today revealed the 32 engineering projects shortlisted for the 2019 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB.

The awards, founded in 2010, are presented annually in recognition of the achievements of engineers that have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills. As well as identifying leaders within the engineering industry, the awards provide an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society.

Cork engineering initiatives have led the shortlist in the Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award category, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions, with three of five shortlisted projects based in the city and county. Five initiatives which aim to inspire and develop Ireland’s future engineering talent at third level have also been shortlisted for the Engineering Education Award, sponsored by Accenture.

Additionally, the shortlisted projects for the newly introduced Sustainability Award, sponsored by Irish Water, the Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the OPW, the Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland and the Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour were also announced by Engineers Ireland today, full details of which can be found here.

As part of the shortlist announcement, members of the public are encouraged to vote online for what they consider to be the best overall national Engineering Project of the Year before the midnight deadline of Friday, 8 November. This award is one of the most hotly contested categories with the winner decided by a voting process involving an online public vote and a panel of expert judges.

Shortlisted in the Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland, are:

  • IAA Visual Control Tower, Dublin Airport by Arup
  • Cruiserath Biologics by Bristol Myers Squibb
  • East Tip Haulbowline Island Remediation Project by Cork County Council, RPS, PJ Hegarty & Sons and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Dublin Port Ro-Ro Jetty by Keating
  • Ocean Pier Berth 31-34 by Keating
  • Center Parcs Longford Forest by ORS

To cast your vote for the national Engineering Project of the Year, please click here.

Commenting on the shortlist announcement, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “The shortlisted projects for the Engineering Project of the Year Award, and indeed for the each of the shortlisted projects announced today are a testament to the reputation and talent of engineers.

“The initiatives shortlisted further showcase the many creative and ingenious solutions engineers implement for communities in Ireland and overseas.  We look forward to showcasing the work of talented engineers at our Excellence Awards ceremony on 15 November and celebrating leaders in the field”, Ms Spillane concluded.

Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, said: “The quality of projects shortlisted epitomise engineering excellence and remind us of the impact that the engineering profession has on the daily lives of families and communities across Ireland.

“Engineers make an incredibly valuable contribution to society and play a critical role in addressing some of society’s biggest challenges, from providing renewable energy to delivering smart, sustainable infrastructure and protecting our water supplies. It is important therefore that we work collectively to inspire young people to consider engineering as a career choice, so that we can build the skills necessary to meet the long-term needs of our society.”

The black-tie Excellence Awards ceremony will take place on Friday, 15 November, where a number of additional category awards will be presented on the evening, including: the ESB Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award; the ESB International Engineer of the Year Award, the Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens; the Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup; the CPD Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland; and the President’s Award, sponsored by CRH.

For further information on the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards and to view the shortlist in detail, please visit: www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx

Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards Shortlist 2019 – full category list (Listed by company name alphabetically):

Engineering Project of the Year Award,  sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland

  • IAA Visual Control Tower, Dublin Airport by Arup
  • Cruiserath Biologics by Bristol Myers Squibb
  • East Tip Haulbowline Island Remediation Project by Cork County Council, RPS, PJ Hegarty & Sons and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Dublin Port Ro-Ro Jetty by Keating
  • Ocean Pier Berth 31-34 by Keating
  • Center Parcs Longford Forest by ORS

Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions

  • Clare County Council Engineers to the Fore! Preparing for the Irish Open in Lahinch by Clare County Council
  • Mary Elmes Bridge by Cork City Council, Keating and Arup
  • East Tip Haulbowline Island Remediation Project by Cork County Council, RPS, PJ Hegarty & Sons and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  • Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme by Cork County Council, supported by the Office of Public Works, and in partnership with RPS and Jons Civil Engineering
  • Kilkenny StreetLight LED Retrofit Pilot Project by Kilkenny County Council in partnership with 3cea (3 Counties Energy Agency) and Hayes Higgins Partnership

Sustainability Award, sponsored by Irish Water

  • Fernhill Park & Gardens by Arup and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Fixed Electrical Ground Power  by daa AMD
  • Kerdiffstown Landfill Remediation Project by Kildare County Council and Jacobs
  • Dŵr Uisce by Trinity College Dublin and Bangor University

Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by OPW

  • Swords Castle – East Tower Consolidation by Fingal County Council, David Kelly Partnership and CORA Consulting Engineers
  • Kilmallock West Wall Walkway by Limerick City and County Council
  • Cork Courthouse “Model School”, Anglesea Street, Cork by Malachy Walsh & Partners Civil & Structural Engineers
  • Hillsborough Castle and Gardens by O’Connor Sutton Cronin & Associates (Belfast) Ltd

Engineering Education Award, sponsored by Accenture

  • Where There is No Engineer – Designing for Community Resilience by Engineers Without Borders Ireland
  • Certificate in Building Control Management by the National Building Control Office, Institute of Technology Carlow and Local Authority Services National Training Group 
  • Inspiring Collaboration to Create and Develop Engineering Talent by Limerick for Engineering
  • EDGE Programme by CONNECT Centre at Trinity College Dublin
  • Inspiring Future Civil Engineers by the School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin.

Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland

  • Lidl Regional Distribution Centre, Newbridge – Enabling Works Contract (Ground Improvement) by AGL Consulting, John Paul Construction and Newton Ground Engineering
  • Improving drought resilience of Irish Water Groundwater Supplies in the South West by Arup
  • GFG Alliance, Overburden Beneficiation Plant SIMEC Mining by CDE Meta
  • Landslide Hazard and Risk Mapping in Guatemala City by Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions
  • Concrete End of Waste by Golder

Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Co and Griffiths & Armour

  • Presentation: Design and Construction of the Northern Spire Bridge Sunderland by: Simon Fryer (Burro Happold Engineering), Tony Dempsey (Roughan O’Donovan) and Stephen McCaffrey Chartered Engineer (Farrans-Victor Buyck) Nominated by: The Civil division.
  • Presentation: New Materials and Control of 3D Morphology – a game changer for many applications by: Dermot Brabazon, Chartered Engineer. Nominated by: Mechanical and Manufacturing division.
  • Presentation: Lean Management Systems applied to Hyper-scale Data Center Construction Breakfast Briefing by: Fiachra O Muíneacháin, Kevin McHugh, Stephen Walls and Pat Egan CEng, MACE. Nominated by: Project Management society.

Chartered Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Arup

  • Declan Gavigan, MSD
  • Ciarán Hanley, Malachy Walsh and Partners
  • Tony McGuinness, ESB Generation
  • Frances Murray, Cork County Fire Service
  • Dr. Cristina Paduano, B-Fluid
  • Brian Twohig, Arup