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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Refurbishing and extending Hughes Bridge, Sligo

Michael Hughes Bridge links the N4 National Primary Route with the N15 and the N16. Construction of the bridge commenced in July 1987 and it was opened to traffic in December 1988. It carries the N4 national primary road over the Garavogue River in Sligo city. The general topography around the bridge is level. The surrounding areas are urban, with Sligo city centre to the southeast of the site and Sligo harbour immediately west of the bridge. The carriageway was 13.42m wide with footpaths ...

A look at the final stages of construction of Corrib Gas pipeline tunnel

Finalising works on the Corrib Gas Pipeline Tunnel, under Sruwaddacon Bay in north-west Mayo, marked the completion of the longest tunnel in Ireland and the longest utility tunnel in Europe. Some 3.5m internal diameter, 4.2m outer diameter and measuring 4.9km it is approximately 300m longer than the Dublin Port Tunnel. The tunnel is part of the Corrib Gas Project, which is now in its final phase of construction. The Corrib gas field was discovered in 1996 by Enterprise Oil which ...

NUIG and SMEs collaborate in EU Horizon 2020 project in energy-efficient buildings call

National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway research team, led by Dr Marcus Keane, have recently hosted the second project meeting of the European Commission Horizon2020 Built2Spec project in the Engineering Building at NUI Galway. Built2Spec stands for Built to Specifications - Tools for the 21st century construction site (http://built2spec-project.eu/). The project consortium of 20 European partners brings together a new and breakthrough set of technological advances for ...

Improved problem solving capability reaping rewards for Galway medical device company

  Author: Peter Delmer, principal manufacturing engineer, Boston Scientific, Galway Boston Scientific Galway develops and manufactures critical-to-life medical devices in an evolving and competitive environment. Excellent performance in safety, quality, service and cost is crucial to patient care and maintaining position as a global market leader, but this cannot be achieved without a mechanism for continuous improvement. Background The journey to becoming a CPD award finalist ...

How implementing the Bike Share Scheme in three regional cities under one tender became a first

  Author: Shane Fitzgerald MIEI, chartered engineer, is a senior engineer with Arup in Dublin and is working with the National Transport Authority as the project manager for the regional bike share schemes in Galway, Limerick and Cork The Coca-Cola Zero Bike Share Schemes were deployed in Cork, Limerick and Galway in late 2014, and the multi-city project follows the dublinbikes scheme in the capital, which is widely regarded as one of the more successful in the world. The first ...

Industry and academia collaborate to improve energy efficiency in concrete buildings

  Authors: Magdalena Hajdukiewicz, postdoctoral researcher and adjunct lecturer, and Jamie Goggins, senior lecturer and chartered engineer, NUIG Energy provides safety, comfort and mobility to people and is essential for industrial, commercial and societal growth. However, generation and consumption of energy emit greenhouse gases and various air pollutants, and issues such as waste generation and oil spills are associated with various fuels. All of those factors have a negative impact ...

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