Data Centres: Introduction to M&E Services


1-day course

CPD Credit: 7 hours, C1

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to give mechanical and electrical engineers a good understanding of the data centre industry and in particular, provide an introduction to the design of the power and cooling systems.

This course will benefit mechanical and electrical engineers and contractors involved in the supply chain for data centres and other mission critical projects. It is also an ideal introductory course for anyone wishing to attend other CPD courses in relation to power and cooling systems for mission critical projects.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course attendees will have a good understanding of the following:

Types of Data Centres, Tier classification etc.

Critical Systems and Redundancy

Power systems

Cooling Systems

Fire, Security and Building Management Systems

Course Programme

Part 1 – Types of Data Centres

Colocation – CoLo / Wholesale DCs

Hyper Scale / Enterprise DCs

Small Scale - Private & Edge DCs

Understanding Resilience, Reliability, Redundancy

DC Tier Classification

Layout of Typical Data Centres

Part 2 – Energy Usage and efficiency in DCs

Energy efficiency metrics

Energy usage

Improving energy efficiency in existing DCs

Part 3 – Power Systems

MV and main LV Distribution Typical configurations

Generator Systems

UPS systems

Part 4 – Cooling Systems

The need for cooling

Environmental Classes of IT Equipment

Chilled Water CRACs

Air and Water Cooled DX CRACs

Pumped DX CRACs

Direct and indirect Adiabatic Cooling

Air management issues

Hot and cold aisle containment

Part 5 – Fire, Security and Building Management Systems

Fire Suppression Systems

Security Systems – Intruder, Access Control and CCTV

Building Management Systems

Trainer’s Profile

Brendan Dervan is a Chartered Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of mechanical and electrical building services including design, installation, commissioning and maintenance. After completing an electrical apprenticeship in 1982 he went on to study electrical engineering in DIT.

He has worked in M&E consultancy at senior engineer / director level since 1990. In 1999 he started his own M&E consultancy, Dervan Engineering Consultants (DEC), which merged with Cundall in 2016. His Company provided M&E consultancy and project management services to a diverse range of clients in both the public and private sectors. In 2013, Brendan completed an MSc in Energy Management with TU Dublin. His thesis researched the improvement of energy efficiency in existing data centres.


  • Stephen McNulty, Metec Consulting Engineers: “Very interesting topic. Brendan is very knowledgeable and explains the topics very well.”
  • Kieran Finn, ESB: “Found it good and informative. Course material handbook is very useful.”
  • “I found this course very informative and well delivered”
  • “Excellent presenter and excellent material. An obvious wealth of experience and it's imparted very well.”
  • “Brilliant course and great overview of the Data Centre Industry”
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  • “Enjoyed the course, very informative.”

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email