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Current Challenges & Future Trends for Local Authority Engineers

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 23 February 2017
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Gleeson Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member rate:  €245
    Non-Member rate: €295

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details

  • CPD Credit
    7 hours   C1

Seminar overview

The Local Government Division Seminar 2017 is centred around the theme of identifying and addressing the current challenges and the emerging technological developments which local authority engineers have to address and adapt to in the areas of transportation and water supply. Other issues Engineers need to address include capacity issues for a growing population and expanding economic activity all against a backdrop of limited funding for local authority engineering projects and a changing delivery model through private sector initiatives.

Alongside these challenges, new technologies and public expectations are expanding the range of engineering options which local authority engineers must think about for new transport, civic buildings and housing projects. Sustainable infrastructure with intelligent features is emerging in planning for local communities as societies seek to create sustainable transport and energy use

While enhancing the quality of life for citizens. Local Authority engineers will need to show leadership to adapt to these new ways of engineering services for the local community.

Irelands engineering community has always looked outward to international trends in technology over the last 150 years in the transport, energy and building technology sectors so the new sustainable technologies of today are just the latest evolution of this trend which has always been changing the local authority engineering model.

The Local Government Division Seminar 2017 will discuss how local authority engineers might respond to the changes associated with these new sustainable technologies, alongside the maintenance of our existing infrastructure as Ireland economic growth and the growing public awareness of sustainability places new expectations on local authority engineers in terms of engineering solutions.

Who should attend?

This one day seminar will be of interest to Local Authority engineers, suppliers, consulting organisations, contractors and technical specialists with a focus on Smart Cities, drinking water quality and transport issues. 



Programme includes: 

Niall Brady, IBM

‘Smart Cities & Urban Areas’

Padraic Larkin, Former Director General of the EPA

‘Environmental Impacts in Ireland and the New Challenges for Local Authority Engineers’

Victor van der Walt, Water Treatment Strategy Specialist, Irish Water.

Ensuring a safe and reliable drinking water supply in Ireland

Peter Hynes, County Manager, Mayo County Council

‘Sustainable Infrastructure -  The Changing Role of Engineering in Local Authorities’

Lydia Rooney, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

‘Sustainable Transport Policy’

Donal Daly- EPA

‘Water Quality Challenges’

Paul MacDonald Chartered Engineer, Training Officer, Kildare County Council.

Smart Cities; The Case for a New Tech Landscape

This Seminar is Kindly Sponsored by: 

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23 February 2017

Terms and Conditions

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.