Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme voted best national engineering project of 2018

Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme voted best national engineering project of 2018

12 November 2018 at 09:23

Aoife Murphy wins prestigious Chartered Engineer of the Year Award for project on earthquakes

The Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme has been voted national Engineering Project of the Year for 2018, it has been announced.
 
The €30 million project is now providing a safe and secure water supply for over 62,000 residents as well as industry and agriculture in the region, and serves the more than 1.1 million tourists who visit the region annually across Tralee, Killarney, Castleisland and Castlemaine.
 
The scheme’s new water treatment plant is amongst the largest in the country and provides over 50 million litres of drinking water every day, with the improved quality of water available now meaning the 62,000 local customers have been removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Remedial Action List (RAL).
The project by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, and undertaken by Nicholas O'Dwyer Ltd, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua Ltd, won out in the flagship category of the ninth annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, held in association with ESB, at a ceremony in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.  The Engineering Project of the Year category is sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and is voted for by a panel of judges and the public.
 
Speaking about the development, Eamon Gallen, Managing Director of Irish Water said: “Until the completion of this project, the local water supply lacked an effective system to treat the raw water abstracted from Lough Guitane. This meant that the areas supplied by the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme were at risk due to the lack of sufficient water treatment.
 
“Complicated by its scale, nature, and location, the project required advanced water treatment processes, including recycling to conserve water and the use of pumping stations and pipelines, culminated in the creation of a new sustainable supply of drinking water for residents, businesses and industry in the region. The project also included an upgraded hydroelectric power turbine and water storage of up to 15 million litres of water, which is the equivalent of six Olympic-sized swimming pools. We are delighted to receive this award tonight, so I’d like to thank all the project team including staff in Irish Water, Kerry County Council, Nicholas O’Dywer, Tobin Consulting and Glan Agua who met the size and scale of the challenge of this project and developed a solution that would safeguard the supply of safe, clean drinking water for so many people in Kerry. I also want to thank the public and the Engineers Ireland judges for this recognition which is hugely appreciated.”
 
In other award categories, Aoife Murphy won the prestigious ‘Chartered Engineer of the Year Award’ for her work relating to earthquake-damaged residential buildings in New Zealand.  The ‘Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award’ was won jointly by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O'Donovan & Partners Limited for the Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course Project, and by Wicklow County Council for the River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme.
 
Pat O’Doherty, ESB Chief Executive, said: “This year’s awards once again highlight the outstanding and diverse achievements of engineers across Ireland who have demonstrated exceptional engineering skills through their work whether at home, or aboard.  Taking action and leadership to help Ireland build a fit-for-purpose and sustainable infrastructure is a national imperative, with engineers a critical part of making this a reality - and so ensuring Ireland has a ready supply of skilled engineers remains a vital societal and economic priority.  Events like the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards inspire and encourage in this respect, and I commend all the participants in the various categories of this year’s awards.” 
 
Kevin Hayes, Muireann Hickey, Cian O'Leary and Jonathan Mullane of Cork Institute of Technology won the Siemens ‘Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award’ for their mobility device, StrydeTech, a life-changing mobility enablement device providing independence and confidence to those who are unable to stand up on their own.
 
Liam Coleman won the ‘Best Presentation Award’ for his submission on Auckland's Motorways, while the Aran Sweater Market in Galway by TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Architectural Conservation Professionals, won the ‘Heritage and Conservation Award’.  Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon won the ‘CPD Employer of the Year Award’.
 
Also honoured were Eoghan Lynch, Chartered Engineer and Chairman of Arup Ireland, who was presented with the ‘ESB Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award’ and Siobhan Kennedy, who received the ‘ESB International Engineer of the Year Award’. Siobhan, an NUIG graduate, previously worked in Haiti to support reconstruction following an earthquake in 2010 and is currently a Recovery Advisor with the Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform in Nepal where she has supported coordination efforts since the 2015 earthquake which killed almost 9,000 people and destroyed more than 810,000 homes. David Porter, Divisional Roads Manager at the Department for Infrastructure, Northern Ireland,  also recieved the ‘President’s Award’, which was presented to him by the President of Engineers Ireland, Peter Quinn, and sponsored by CRH.
 
Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers are people who create, explore and innovate. Behind every design-led engineering solution are communities and families that benefit.  These winning projects are the embodiment of the immense contribution the engineering profession makes as a community of creative professionals to Irish society.  They are eloquent testimony to the capabilities of Irish engineers working both at home and abroad.  I offer my congratulations to all the entries involved, with a special word of recognition for the overall Engineering Project of the Year winner - the Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme. This is an enormously impressive body of work that has transformed the water quality provided to 62,000 residents in that region.”
 
Other awards on the night went to Sunderland’s Northern Spire Bridge which won the ‘Geoscience Ireland Award’, while the ‘Design-Driven Innovation: Combined Sewer Interceptor Physical Model Test-Bed Project’ by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and the National University of Ireland, Galway won the ‘Technical Innovation of the Year Award’ category. 
 
The full list of winners by category from the ninth Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards are:
 
Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, Nicholas O'Dwyer, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua
 
Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup
Aoife Murphy, Chartered Engineer - Project title: Earthquake: The Silver Lining - An Opportunity in a Time of Disaster
 
ESB Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award, sponsored by ESB
Eoghan Lynch, Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Arup Ireland
 
ESB International Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by ESB International
Siobhan Kennedy, Chartered Engineer, Recovery Advisor, Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform, Nepal
 
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens
Group winners: Kevin Hayes, Muireann Hickey, Cian O'Leary and Jonathan Mullane of Cork Institute of Technology for their mobility enablement device, StrydeTech
 
Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland 
Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O’Donovan; Buro Happold; Farrans Construction; Victor Buyck Joint Venture; Quinn Piling; and Fugro-Loadtest
 
Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour
Liam Coleman, Chartered Engineer, Principal Bridge Engineer at OPUS International Consultancy  
 
Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions
Joint winners
  • Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course Project by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O'Donovan & Partners Limited
  • River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme by Wicklow County Council
Technical Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by NSAI 
Design-Driven Innovation: Combined Sewer Interceptor Physical Model Test-Bed Project by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and the National University of Ireland, Galway
 
Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the Office of Public Works
Aran Sweater Market – Galway by TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Architectural Conservation Professionals
 
President’s Award, sponsored by CRH
David Porter, Chartered Engineer, Divisional Roads Manager with the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure
 
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and supported by the Department of Education and Skills
Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon