Engineering Excellence Digital Series

Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, shines a light on the creative ways Ireland’s engineers seek to support and transform society. In addition to the engineering skill needed to deliver these projects in 2021, the series also highlights the engineers behind these projects and how their work benefits communities in Ireland and overseas.

Following a free-to-enter competition and judging process, five engineering projects were selected to represent the top engineering initiatives undertaken in the fields of innovation, sustainability, buildings and structures, and infrastructure in 2021. The sixth video in the series recognises Engineers Ireland’s Engineer of the Year.

This STEPS Engineers Week, students are encouraged to view the six part video series and gain insight and advice from the engineers featured, by downloading each of the accompanying ‘Meet the Engineer’ resources.

Watch now and be inspired

The Load Reduction Device was developed by marine engineering specialists Dublin Offshore to support offshore wind development. In addition to cost savings of over €300m for a 1GW project, the device is set to reduce the risk of mooring failure and will bridge the gap between the cost of floating and fixed offshore wind. Students - find out more about the project and how you too can pursue a career in offshore wind development from Darren Hayes, Technical Director at Dublin Offshore

Download PDF on Darren Hayes here

Dunderrow Solar Farm is the largest solar farm in the Republic of Ireland and was developed by Eli Lilly Kinsale and Enerpower. The annual power generated by this solar farm is equivalent to the power consumption of Kinsale town. This will allow Lilly to reduce its annual use of electricity from carbon sources by almost 6GWH and its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes. This STEPS Engineers Week, find out more about why Luke Deasy, Director of Operations at Enerpower, decided to pursue a career in engineering

Download PDF on Luke Deasy here

The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project has ended the practice of discharging the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Cork Harbour every day. This project by Irish Water has also greatly improved the amenity value of the Cork Lower Harbour for the surrounding communities of Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Passage West, Monkstown, and Cobh Town. Students, find out more about how to pursue a career in engineering from Déaglán Healy who features in this video

Download the PDF on Déaglán Healy here

The L12 Heat Pump is the world’s largest solid state, zero emission heat pump, developed by Exergyn, a Dublin-based creative clean-tech company. The heat pump is currently the only refrigerant free, and carbon neutral alternative to vapour compression technologies and is putting Ireland to the forefront of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Students are encouraged to find out more about how they too can pursue a career in engineering from Dr Kevin O’Toole and Laura Fox who both feature in this video

Download the PDF on Dr Kevin O'Toole here

Download the PDF of Laura Fox here

The National Children’s Hospital Concrete Frame is a structurally ambitious and intricately engineered frame which forms the heart of the new Children’s Hospital in Dublin. From exposed concrete finish elliptical columns, to 20-metre tall inclined columns, the frame, developed by Kwik RC Frames and BAM Ireland, is vast in scale and incorporates innovative construction methodologies. This Engineers Week, gain insight and advice on a career in engineering from Peter Bryant, Suzy Hackett and Brian Kirwan

Download the PDF on Peter Bryant here

Download the PDF on Suzy Hackett here

Download the PDF on Brian Kirwan here

Aisling Hahessy, a Senior Structural Engineer with Arup, also features in the series having been chosen by Engineers Ireland’s Officers as the Engineer of the Year in recognition of the impact and contribution of her work on communities both in Ireland and overseas. Find out more about Aisling’s career journey today

Download the PDF on Aisling Hahessy here

Engineering Endeavour of 2021

Undertaken by Irish Water, the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project was awarded the prestigious accolade of Engineering Endeavour of 2021 in December 2021. The project featured  in Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB, and was chosen by the public and members of Engineers Ireland as the top engineering project of 2021 following an online vote. 

Following seven years of extensive engineering works and completed in September 2021, the drainage scheme now prevents the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage from Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Passage West, Monkstown and Cobh Town being discharged untreated each day into Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. The project was completed in a number of phases by Irish Water, who invested €144 million to ensure that wastewater was collected and fully treated before its safe discharge into the harbour. In addition to constructing a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Shanbally, the project also involved two of the longest horizontal directional drills ever undertaken in Ireland to install sewer pipes over 1km long, some 60m below the Lee Estuary. Over 20,000 businesses and homes are now connected to the new wastewater scheme, which will protect the environment and support the sustainable development and growth of local communities.


The Engineering Excellence Digital Series is held in association with ESB. 

As Title Sponsor of the Excellence Awards since 2010 and now our new Digital Excellence Series, we would like to thank ESB for their ongoing support in recognising Ireland's engineering profession.

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We would also like to thank Accenture and Geoscience Ireland for their commitment and support of the Engineering Excellence Digital Series, held in association with ESB.

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2020 Engineering Excellence Digital Series
Watch last year's 6 entries for the Engineering Excellence Digital Series.