Roads and transportation


The Roads and Transportation society is for engineers with an interest in road and rail design, transport planning and traffic engineering.

The Active Travel Series shares knowledge on the planning, design and delivery of walking and cycling schemes. The free-to-attend webinars are delivered by the National Transport Authority in collaboration with the Engineers Ireland Roads and Transportation Society. Learn more here

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Roads and Transportation in the Engineers Journal

Harnessing energy to improve mobility - and conquer the world

Engineers Ireland president Dr Kieran Feighan gave his presidential address in the organisation's headquarters in 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Thursday, 21 September. Here we provide a transcript of his speech. Read the second of this two-part series here. I will examine how harnessing energy to improve mobility has been the foundation for the development of many of the great empires in the world over the course of history. Mobility has a number of different facets. ...

Forensic investigation – human factors and bridge failures

Engineers Ireland is delighted to host a workshop delivered by Sean Brady, entitled 'Forensic Investigation of Engineering Failures', on Thursday 28 September. For further information, please click here. [caption id="attachment_37701" align="alignright" width="300"] CLICK TO ENLARGE Fig 1: Bridge over Barton Highway, Canberra, Australia. 15 workers were injured[/caption] The engineering profession is well aware that lessons learned from past failures can play an important role in ...

Electric vehicle charging – best practice for sustainable developments

For many years, items such as air conditioning, fire detection and access control have been list-items on almost every construction development. For most of these, there is a myriad of case studies and previous projects that can guide the engineer; moreover, the terminology and standardisation is all well matured, so conversing on the topics is straightforward. One of the newest members of the ‘A-list’ is electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), which is required for more and more new ...

Fare deal – BusConnects project aims to increase passenger numbers by 50%

[caption id="attachment_36712" align="alignright" width="300"] CLICK TO ENLARGE Peak-hour congestion map[/caption] With the economy continuing to grow, the upward trend in the number of people making the bus, train or tram their transport mode of choice is very encouraging. Earlier this year, the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced an increase of almost ten million people (up 4.4 per cent) using State-supported public transport services in 2016. Passenger numbers on Dublin ...

Engineer develops solar-powered buggies on the DIT Grangegorman campus

Finding sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse emissions and producing new forms of home-grown energy are all on the national agenda in Ireland and beyond. Ayda Esfandyari is determined to help meet some of these targets. Her enthusiasm for finding renewable energy sources is infectious. Originally from Iran, Esfandyari has been living in Ireland since her teen years. She became interested in renewable energy while studying for her master’s degree in energy ...

Minimising fluid friction makes ships more fuel-efficient and reduces emissions

Imagine walking from one side of a swimming pool to the other. Each step takes great effort: that's what makes water aerobics such effective physical exercise. The resistance you feel is caused by fluid friction, or 'drag', and it is the same force that acts upon boats and other objects as they move through water. However, seafaring vessels have evolved into shapes aimed at minimising drag, and ships are designed with powerful engines that overcome drag to propel them faster and more ...

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