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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William Dargan – the engineer who rejuvenated a nation on its knees

[caption id="attachment_32163" align="alignright" width="259"] William Dargan: engineer, entrepreneur and humanitarian[/caption] In 1867, a great Irishman was laid to rest. An honour guard of 700 rail-workers and a funeral cortege of 230 carriages mournfully processed to Glasnevin Cemetery and his mortal remains were reverentially placed beside that of another great Irishman, the ‘Great Emancipator’ himself, Daniel O’Connell. But who was this man who was so greatly honoured? An ...

Irish inventor extraordinaire Louis Brennan: father of the torpedo and monorail

“Well, sir, there's nothing on earth, Like a genuine, bona fide Electrified, six-car monorail, What'd I say? Monorail! What's it called? Monorail! That's right! Monorail!” The mention of monorails today invokes the classic Simpsons’ song above and its associated imagery of expensive, useless, ‘white elephant’ infrastructure. However, the reality is that monorail systems are used extensively in the cities of some of the most technologically advanced societies in the world and have become ...

Protecting the asset: investing in the future of Ireland's motorway network

With significant economic development in the 1990s and 2000s came the construction of the motorways in Ireland. In 2000, the network extended to approximately 350km. This increased to 1,224km by 2010, when the last of the inter-urban dual carriageways (mostly motorways) linking Dublin and the other major cities was completed. The National Roads Authority (now incorporated into Transport Infrastructure Ireland [TII]) oversaw the delivery of a massive road-building programme, which now ...

Victoria State 'future proofs' with investment in major transport and infrastructure projects

Engineers Ireland continued its strong focus at maintaining and supporting links with its regional branches as it arranged for a representation earlier in the year at the annual Engineers Ireland Australia/New Zealand Region Saint Patrick’s Day Seminar, held this year at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Australia. ICE president Sir John Armitt earlier this year delivered his presidential address, ‘Civil engineers: Shaping ourselves and our world’, to Engineers Ireland members at Clyde ...

Transport Infrastructure Ireland's new high-friction surfacing specification

The March 2015 revision of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII, formerly the National Roads Authority) ‘Specification for Roadworks Series 900’ is completely new for high-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’. This new 'performance’ specification within document CC-SPW-00900-07 supersedes the old Clause 924, and allows more opportunity of choice for highway engineers. This is a very constructive development by TII for due commendation. However, it has also generated ...

Great miscalculations: the importance of validating project management assumptions

Project management applies previous experience to delivering current projects. Traditionally, this meant delivering ‘the agreed scope on-time and within budget’. Today, other parameters such as quality, environmental protection and safety are considered equally important. While the basic methods are mostly simple, it is their careful application which often makes all the difference. This article illustrates the importance of identifying and validating project assumptions. Projects are ...

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