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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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 ...

Ocean energy: an Irish opportunity for economic and societal benefits

The ocean is Ireland’s greatest energy resource. Our location at the westernmost edge of Europe places us at the receiving end of a vast transmission line of energy, with waves generated across the expanses of the Atlantic Ocean converging on our shores. The energy available to be captured from this resource well exceeds our current electricity requirements - 29 TWh in 2015. In comparison, our tidal energy resource is more modest, while still offering the potential for up to 3GW of ...

Exploring the ability of mesenchymal stem cells to sense mechanics of 3D environments

Tissue engineering is an exciting area of research that aims to use cells, biomaterials and biochemical factors to replace or repair damaged tissue. Advances in tissue engineering may provide a means of treating damaged tissues such as cartilage for which currently the only viable treatment is replacement with artificial prosthesis. Additionally, continued progression of tissue-engineering technologies may eventually overcome the shortage of donor tissue available for organ transplants. A ...

CÚRAM – helping Ireland to lead the way in medical-device research

CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices, based at NUI Galway, is working on ways to make life easier for patients suffering from chronic illness by enhancing and developing medical devices that can last longer in the body and be more in tune to the needs of the individual patient, so as to alleviate human suffering. One of 12 national Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, CÚRAM was established in 2015 and is funded both through SFI and ...

Galway Wind Park - greening our national energy and decarbonising power generation

[caption id="attachment_30849" align="alignright" width="300"] Fig 1 (l-r): David O'Malley, SSE; James O'Hara, SSE; Marion Jammet, IGBC - Award Sponsor; Una Power, Coillte; Liam Power, Roadbridge[/caption] The Galway Wind Park (GWP) Delivery Team is delighted to have been announced as the winners of the ‘Excellence in Sustainability’ category at the recent Irish Construction Industry Awards. The GWP Delivery Team consists of SSE and Coillte as the client and Roadbridge acting as the ...

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