086_WEST_LOGO_REVThe West region is a hub for members across all sectors of engineering and who are based in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon. It represents many sectors of the industry, including third level education, local authorities, central government, contractors, companies, researchers and many more. The region provides CPD and social networking events for engineers of all grades and disciplines.

The Gaeltacht region of Galway and Mayo is also included in the West region and welcomes participation "as Gaeilge" with an annual  Leacht as Gaeilge.

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Application of sewage sludge to farmland can damage environment and human health

Sewage sludge is the organic by-product of urban wastewater treatment. The production of sewage sludge in Ireland, similar to other European countries, has generally increased: in 2015, for example, more than 58,000 tonnes of sewage sludge was produced. This is largely attributable to the implementation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and other legislative measures. In Ireland, approximately 80% of treated sewage sludge (‘biosolids’) is reused on agricultural land (Table 1), ...

MOREFISH research project: engineering sustainability in Irish aquaculture

Aquaculture is an industry that has enormous potential to grow. It is estimated that Ireland’s annual output for seafood (captured and farmed) will be worth €1.25 billion by 2025, with an additional 250 jobs created and with the largest growth being from aquaculture (1). Farmed fish is an efficient foodsource when compared to traditional protein production (2). There are still areas in the production of freshwater fishes that must be addressed but, with the application of innovative ...

‘Animated Language Learning’ program reaches 300 families with autism

Enda and Valerie Dodd’s innovative software solution, ALL, is named after their company, Animated Language Learning. It is driven by the belief that they can change the world for children with autism and their families. Since its inception in 2016, ALL has been adopted by 300 families and schools in Ireland, Europe and the US and is on track to reach its 301st customer and far beyond that number by the end of 2017. Based at NUI Galway’s Business Innovation Centre, ALL is an effective ...

Why we must invest and innovate to future-proof Ireland's medtech success

For a small country, Ireland punches well above its weight when it comes to the strength of its biomedical sector. It is one of Europe’s largest medtech hotspots and is home to 300+ such companies, employing in excess of 25,000 people. And yet, we cannot afford to sit back, pat ourselves on the back and rest easy in our complacency. Technology moves quickly in the biomedical field, with resulting life-changing developments regularly hitting the headlines. According to Jonathan Kidd, chair ...

Embedded instrumentation as a teaching tool for construction students

Civil engineering and construction-management students from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) visited the recently constructed Human Biology Building (HBB) in NUI Galway and took part in a load test on a concrete slab with embedded sensors. The HBB is a four-storey building over basement and roof-level plant enclosure with a gross floor area of 8200m2 (Figure 1) and was constructed by BAM Ireland. The HBB is primarily constructed using precast concrete elements, including the ...

A note-perfect path from engineering to conducting

If you met an engineer who went on to become a professional conductor, you would probably ask them about their new job. But I was interested to find out why Sinéad Hayes had studied engineering in the first place. ‘It’s a very good question. I think engineering seemed like the sensible choice, and NUI Galway was really close and has a fantastic engineering department. When I was 13, I won a music scholarship to study in the Royal Academy in Dublin and that was really intensive practice ...

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