Multiple Galway prize winners at Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

Multiple Galway prize winners at Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

Galway’s engineers shined at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards recently, taking home multiple prizes at this prestigious ceremony.

The Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, supported by the ESB, recognise the exceptional work done by Irish engineers at home and abroad.

Siobhan Kennedy, a graduate of NUI Galway, was named the ESB International Engineer of the Year for her work in disaster zones around the world.

In 2010 Siobhan worked in Haiti to support reconstruction after the earthquake, and is currently serving with the Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform in Nepal, where she’s been since the 2015 earthquake which killed almost 9,000 people and destroyed more than 810,000 homes.

The Heritage and Conservation Award went to the Aran Sweater Market on Quay Street by TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Architectural Conservation Professionals.

The Technical Innovation of the Year award went to NUI Galway and local engineers Ward and Burke Construction Ltd for their Combined Sewer Interceptor Physical Model Test-Bed Project.

Carol Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said, “Engineers are people who create, explore and innovate. Behind every design-led engineering solution are communities and families that benefit.”

“These winning projects are the embodiment of the immense contribution the engineering profession makes as a community of creative professionals to Irish society.”

“They are eloquent testimony to the capabilities of Irish engineers working both at home and abroad,” she added.

The Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme was voted national Engineering Project of the Year for 2018, providing over 50 million litres of drinking water a day.

While the Chartered Engineer of the Year is Aoife Murphy for her work relating to earthquake-damaged residential buildings in New Zealand.

The full list of winners from the ninth annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards is:

Engineering Project of the Year Award, sponsored by Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Kerry Central Regional Water Supply Scheme by Irish Water, in association with Kerry County Council, Nicholas O’Dwyer, TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Glan Agua
Chartered Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Arup
  • Aoife Murphy, Chartered Engineer – Project title: Earthquake: The Silver Lining – An Opportunity in a Time of Disaster
ESB Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award, sponsored by ESB
  • Eoghan Lynch, Chartered Engineer, Chairman of Arup Ireland
ESB International Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by ESB International
  • Siobhan Kennedy, Chartered Engineer, Recovery Advisor, Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform, Nepal
Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by Siemens
  • Group winners: Kevin Hayes, Muireann Hickey, Cian O’Leary and Jonathan Mullane of Cork Institute of Technology for their mobility enablement device, StrydeTech
Geoscience Ireland Award, sponsored by Geoscience Ireland 
  • Northern Spire Bridge by Roughan & O’Donovan; Buro Happold; Farrans Construction; Victor Buyck Joint Venture; Quinn Piling; and Fugro-Loadtest
Best Presentation Award, sponsored by Beale & Company and Griffiths & Armour
  • Liam Coleman, Chartered Engineer, Principal Bridge Engineer at OPUS International Consultancy
Local Authority Engineering Initiative Award, sponsored by Colas Bitumen Emulsions
Joint winners
  • Lough Rinn International Rowing and Canoe Course Project by Leitrim County Council and Jennings O’Donovan & Partners Limited
  • River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme by Wicklow County Council
Technical Innovation of the Year Award, sponsored by NSAI 
  • Design-Driven Innovation: Combined Sewer Interceptor Physical Model Test-Bed Project by Ward and Burke Construction Ltd and the National University of Ireland, Galway
Heritage and Conservation Award, sponsored by the Office of Public Works
  • Aran Sweater Market – Galway by TOBIN Consulting Engineers and Architectural Conservation Professionals
President’s Award, sponsored by CRH
  • David Porter, Chartered Engineer, Divisional Roads Manager with the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Award, sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and supported by the Department of Education and Skills
  • Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon
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