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Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 23 and Thursday, 24 October 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members:  €645
    Non-Members: €745

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.

  • CPD Credit
    14 hours   C2


Current legislation, in particular the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, imposes statutory duties on promoters of most construction projects, including the duty to appoint a Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP). This programme is designed to provide those  engineers who will be appointed as PSDP to carry out their statutory duties with the necessary understanding and skills to perform these duties correctly. Course will cover all the statutory duties and all the essential competences required of the project supervisor for the design process.

Course aim

The module is directed towards engineers who will fulfill the role of Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, a participant will be able to:

  • Assess his/her own competence to take on the role of PSDP in the case of a project of a particular size and complexity
  • Advise a client (in particular an inexperienced client) of his statutory duties
  • Demonstrate one’s competence to act as PSDP’  to a potential client


Topics covered during the course will include :

  • Accidents in Construction and Maintenance
  • Overview of the 2013 Regulations amendments
  • Duties of the Client
  • When is a PSDP appointed?
  • Duties of Project Supervisor Design Process
  • General Application Regulations PSDP & Designer Interface
  • Asbestos
  • First Steps for PSDP
  • Anchor Code of Practice
  • Underground Services Code of Practice
  • Designers Role - A PSDP’s Perspective,Designer’s Assessment of Safety
  • Co-ordination of designers and organising co-operation between designers
  • Getting Agreement on Practical Solutions,Preparation of Preliminary Safety & Health Plan
  • The PSDP Role during Construction Stage
  • The Safety File

The lectures will be interspersed with short workshops, involving active participation by the course delegates, reinforcing the critical steps for the PSDP in meeting their obligations and generating the key deliverables for the PSDP over a variety of practical construction cases. The course will include an open book written exam.

Who should attend?

It is highly recommended that participants on the PSDP course have successfully completed the Designing for Safety in Construction course developed jointly by Engineers Ireland and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI).

It is assumed that participants will be chartered engineers who will have experience of or a good understanding of design and construction in one or more of the engineering disciplines applicable to construction projects (e.g. civil, structural, mechanical, electrical).

In order to gain maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants have some prior knowledge of the current legislation and are familiar with the designer’s duties and the designer’s interaction with the PSDP.

Exam criteria

An ACEI/Engineers Ireland 'Certificate of Completion' will be presented to the successful candidates.

The pass mark  for the written exam is 60%.

Trainer/course designer profiles

Ian Anderson is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.  He has 25 years’ experience as a Civil Engineer and has worked almost exclusively fulfilling PSDP duties on over 200 projects for Arup for the last 8 years, involving a wide range of project types and design disciplines.

Kevin Rudden is a Registered Consulting Chartered Engineer. He has 18 years experience as a Structural Engineer and is Managing Director of Thomas Garland & Partners. He has acted as The Convenor of the Joint Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland/Engineers Ireland, Health & Safety Committee for the past 7 years. He has also represented the European Federation of Consulting Engineers Associations on the European Construction Safety Forum for two years.

Michael Moriarty is a Registered Consulting Chartered Engineer. He has 34 years of experience in the planning and design of major structural engineering projects and is a Director of T.J. O'Connor & Associates. He was involved on behalf of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) in the consultations on the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 and associated Guidelines. He also worked on behalf of the ACEI in the consultations with the GCCC on the conditions of engagement for the new DOF Forms of Contract. He is the President of the ACEI for 2012/2013.

Páid Cassidy is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Registered Consulting Engineer.  His background is in civil engineering design, principally in the water services sector.  He also is a member of Engineers Ireland Panel of Conciliators.  He is a former director of T J O’Connor & Associates, Consulting Engineers and currently is a consultant to that firm.

Make a Booking

23 October 2019


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.


"Very detailed and worthwhile course"

Albert Looby, AOL Design Ltd.:


David McCormack, ORS:

"Very good and informative course."