The engineering industry is continually innovating as the technology developments they introduce enable a more connected society and more efficient business operations. The consequences of these engineering developments are widespread for industry, the economy and indeed national infrastructure.

In Ireland, we have witnessed the growth in data, driven by cloud computing based software-as-a-service (SAAS), streaming online services and user generated content on social media platforms. 

Data to grow globally 25% year on year

With data predicted to grow globally 25% year on year, this has already resulted in a succession of announcements of new data centres being built here.

In fact, Ireland is already one of the fastest-growing data centre hubs in Europe with 20 facilities expected to be operational in the next two to four years.

These developments in turn are triggering innovation in renewable energy to cope with the demands on the power network, in an environmentally sustainable way.

At Cronin Movers Group, our specialist teams are focused on providing valuable support to the Irish engineering profession as they tackle these challenges. Our highly experienced teams provide essential services in transporting, rigging, offloading and final positioning of critical infrastructure and equipment in data centres across Ireland.

Our team undertakes extensive planning and risk assessments on every equipment move to ensure the safe transportation of data servers, HVAC systems, Air Handling Units, Chillers, Cooling Towers & Condensers, Dry Coolers, Electrical Generators and UPS Systems.

The onsite schedules are critical during a major data centre build project. As a result, the timing of equipment arriving on site is crucial, as any delays can have a knock-on impact on the whole build schedule.

One of the reasons our engineering clients value working with our team, is that our centrally located secure warehousing facility, just off the M50, can safely store equipment and transport it to site when needed.

In addition, our team typically perform quality assurance, initial testing and equipment preparation at our storage facility, for example asset labelling, installing moisture barrier protection and building bespoke crating to protect equipment in transit or to enable safe crane lifting onsite.

Data centres are complex and fascinating environments, with stringent requirements on temperature control, humidity levels, air handling and dust control. Consequently, they present specific challenges for moving and installing equipment onsite.

Laser alignment of AHUs and data server racks

From delivery, offloading, lifting and positioning AHUs on roofs to the shimming and laser alignment of AHUs and data server racks in the secure data hall, our team are familiar with the specific requirements, precision and care needed to ensure the safe final positioning of highly sensitive equipment.

As  our consumption of data increases, over the next two to four years it is clear that we will see more  will data centre build projects around Ireland.

Engineers that are involved with the construction of these new data centres will want to ensure that any sensitive equipment is delivered in a timely manner onsite, protected during transportation and safely offloaded and positioned onsite for engineers to finalise the installation.

Our team at Cronin Movers have the skills, experience, specialist equipment and attention to detail to support engineers in getting large sensitive equipment into the final position in these important data centre build projects.

Alan Jordan, project manager, Cronin Movers Group