Engineering Project of the Year 2013 Shortlist Announced

Engineering Project of the Year 2013 Shortlist Announced

09 October 2013 at 14:55

Engineers Ireland has revealed the five shortlisted entrants for the Engineering Project of the Year Award 2013. The public is now invited to vote for their favourite project and the winner will be announced at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards on 8 November in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

The Engineering Project of the Year award was open to entries from all disciplines of engineering and industry sectors, and applicants were asked to highlight the particular influence or benefit the engineering in the project has on society.  

An online public vote will now run in conjunction with Engineers Ireland’s media partners, The Irish Times, Silicon Republic and the Engineers Journal, in order to decide the winner.

Commenting on the shortlist, Engineers Ireland Director General and Chartered Engineer, John Power said, “The standard of entries in 2013 was extremely high, and I would like to congratulate the five shortlisted projects which feature an outstanding variety of Irish engineering.

“The ingenuity, innovation and creativity employed in the projects this year clearly demonstrate the quality and excellence of engineering in Ireland. Extending across a range of disciplines, each of the finalist projects showcases the invaluable contribution the engineering profession makes to society and our communities on both a local and national level. We now call on the public to get behind their chosen entry and vote to decide Ireland’s Engineering Project of the Year 2013.”

The 2013 shortlist for the Engineering Project of the Year, sponsored by the NRA is:

  • An Post Automation Programme, has significantly improved the mail sorting services and is facilitating the introduction of the postcode system in Ireland
  • Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre, is a compact building in Finglas, Dublin featuring a low energy design concept with a high quality and permeable work environment for the Dublin operations of Bord Gáis Networks
  • The East West Interconnector, enables cross-border electricity flows between Ireland and Britain, enhances grid reliability and security of electricity supplies
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, The Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Building, is a landmark 5,400 sqm, three-storey over basement building designed as a centrepiece to the expansion of research facilities on campus by NUI Galway
  • Srowland Water Treatment Plant, secures a wholesome supply of quality water for the Kildare population for many years to come and reduces future demand pressures on the Greater Dublin Area

To vote for your favourite project, please visit before midnight on Thursday 7th November. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8th November in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

This year sees the introduction of two new categories to the awards. The first, Leadership Award, will celebrate an individual who demonstrates inspirational and articulate vision in realising goals and objectives. The second award, in recognition of The Gathering, will acknowledge the contribution of the Irish engineering Diaspora by recognising the excellent work of Irish engineers around the world in the International Engineer of the Year Award.

The shortlist for the remaining categories is as follows:

Environmental Infrastructure Award, sponsored by the EPA:

  • Mullingar Sewerage Improvement Scheme - J.B. Barry and Partners Limited
  • Kilmallock Water Supply, pioneering a new approach to risk reduction and international certification for potable water in Ireland through ISO 24512:2007 - Limerick County Council
  • Srowland Water Treatment - Veolia Water Ireland Limited, BAM Civil Limited, Nicholas O'Dwyer Consulting Engineers/TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Kildare County Council

Technology of the Year Award, sponsored by the NSAI:

  • Enhanced Wind Turbine - Airsynergy
  • Next Generation SatNav Technology - Vicinity Systems

Engineering Education Award – Best in Class 2013

  • B.Eng. (Level 7) in Audio Visual Media Technology, DL133 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
  • Teaching Engineers As If They Were Human - University of Limerick
  • Online Engineering Education – Institute of Sligo
  • Education in the Clouds; Cloud Computing - Cork Institute of Technology

Chartered Engineer of the Year Award

  • Daire Cummins, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘The Lumley Tokeh Highway: Meeting the Challenges of Construction Supervision in a Developing Nation’ with Edward Davies & Associates
  • Kevin Harnett, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘Development of a Commercial Scale Tidal Stream Turbine’ with OpenHyrdo
  • Dr. Eoin King, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘Noise Mapping Ireland’s National Road Network’ with Roughan & O’Donovan
  • Claire Looney, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for her contribution to the project ‘Moyle Interconnector HVDC Cable Repair’ with ESB International
  • Laura Tobin, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for her contribution to the project 'Laggan Tomore - Shetland Gas Plant'  with Roadbridge
  • Bryan Whelan, Chartered Engineer shortlisted for his contribution to the project ‘The Redevelopment of Thomond Park’ with Punch Consulting

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • David Denieffe, South-East region
  • Niall English, Chartered Engineer, Board of Examiners
  • Paul Quigley, Chartered Engineer, IGSL, Geotechnical society
  • Peter Tiernan, Chartered Engineer, Thomand region

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

‘Titanic Belfast – Designing an Icon’

  • Nominated by: Engineers Ireland Civil Division
  • Presented by: Dr. Michael Shaw, Chartered Engineer, Barry McAllister, Chartered Engineer, Paul McGettigan, Chartered Engineer, RPS Group Belfast

‘Some Geotechnical Aspects of the Construction of Autoroute 30, Montreal’

  • Nominated by: Engineers Ireland Geotechnical Society
  • Presented by: Paul Quigley, Chartered Engineer, Arup, Alan Phear, Associate Director, Arup 

‘Trihalomethane Formation in Public Drinking Water Supplies: The Development of New Technical Guidance for the EPA’

  • Nominated by: Engineers Ireland West Region
  • Presented by: Michael Joyce, Chartered Engineer, Victor Van Der Walt, Chartered Engineer, Ryan Hanley Ltd, Galway

Leadership Award, sponsored by Shell E&P Limited

  • This award category is not open to the public. The most worthy recipient will be decided by the Director General and the officers of Engineers Ireland.

International Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by ESB

  • Judging is currently in process and the shortlist will be announced before the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards ceremony.

Innovative Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens

Winners announced in May 2013 were:

  • Patrick Byrnes, Cork Institute of Technology, Innovative Student Engineer - Level 8
  • Alastair Chambers, Institute of Technology Carlow, Innovative Student Engineer - Level 7

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

Winners announced in October 2013 were:

  • Abbott Ireland
  • Dromone Engineering


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Editor’s Note:

Engineers Ireland is one of the largest representative bodies on the island of Ireland, with over 23,000 engineers. The membership incorporates all disciplines of the engineering profession in Ireland across industry, the public service, semi-state organisations and academic institutions.