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 20/02/2018 Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage
Speaker: Mr Shane Cosgrove, Associate Nicholas O Dwyer Ltd

Time: 18:30 for Tea/Coffee – Lecture starts at 19:00

The Cork Lower Harbour Drainage project represents a significant investment in the infrastructure serving Cork Harbour (approx. €135m). This project for Irish Water is managed by ERVIA Major Projects team due to its scale and complexity. It is the first large water infrastructure scheme to be advanced by Ervia Major Projects and, in many ways, is at the forefront in terms of a model for delivering major infrastructure to the requirements of Major Project. The presentation will give an overview of the project, looking in more detail at the permitting and technical engineering challenges which had to be managed and highlighting some of the procurement and contractual mechanisms used to achieve this.

The project includes several complex and technically challenging engineering solutions such as a 1.2km drill beneath Cork Harbour for transfer of flows from Cobh to Monkstown, micro tunnelling in soft ground in close proximity to residential developments, rehabilitation of trunk sewers within an SAC and subject to tidal influences. The project also contains many commercial and procurement challenges in terms of bundling packages of works into various Lots which are programmed to run either simultaneously or sequentially.

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel
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 22/02/2018 Stricter controls for wastewater and waste gas emissions in the chemical sector
IChemE / Engineers Ireland Event

Time: 1830 (Tea/Coffee from 1800)

In May 2016, the European Commission adopted the Commission Implementing Decision (CID) 2016/902. establishing Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions and associated emission ranges, under the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) for common waste water and waste gas treatment/management systems in the chemical Sector.
This presentation will give a practitioners view of the implications of this European decision and will examine who and what is in the scope. It will consider the key challenges facing industries within the chemical sector, tasked with meeting the deadline for compliance of May 2020 and provide recent examples of the strategic planning required to meet compliance. In light of what is arguably the most imposing piece of the legislation, the presentation will include a specific focus on the new emission limits for wastewater discharges to receiving waters.

About the Speakers:

Brian Tiernan BSc (Hons) MSc MCIWEM MCIWM AIChemE is a Senior Environmental Consultant and Deputy EHS Manager with PM Group. Brian has 15 years’ experience in environmental assessment, planning, compliance and advice for a range of clients in the Chemicals sector. His speciality in these areas has afforded him considerable experience in liaising with the Regulatory Authorities. He is a full member of both CIWEM and CIWM and is an Associate Member of IChemE.

Tim O’Shea, BE (Hons), MIEI, is a Senior Environmental Consultant with PM Group with over nine years of experience in roles supporting a variety of assignments in environmental management and impact assessment, regulatory compliance, planning and technical advice for a range of clients. Tim’s experience includes Industrial Emissions licensing and regulatory consent for chemical sector clients in both Ireland and the UK.

Cost: Free of charge, open to all

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Location: Rochestown Park Hotel (Syndicate Suite 2), Cork
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 24/02/2018 Engineers Week
Our annual nationwide celebration of engineering will take place between 24th February and 2nd March 2018. We call on you, the engineers and volunteers who are the driving force behind every successful Engineers Week, to mark your calendars now and begin formulating ideas and plans that will highlight engineering as a fun, interesting and achievable career option, while raising its profile nationwide. Visit for further details

Location: Nationwide

 27/02/2018 Continuous API Processing

Speaker : Regina Lynch, Eli Lilly

About the event

This presentation will give an overview of continuous processing in the pharmaceutical industry, with practical examples from Eli Lilly’s continuous manufacturing facility, “Small Volume Continuous” (SVC). Key areas to be discussed include safety, throughput, design, PAT and continuous unit operations.

About the speaker

Regina Lynch is a Process Engineer with the Kinsale division of Eli Lilly. Regina has been with Eli Lilly for over eight years. Regina is a graduate of UCC and is a chartered engineer. Regina has had many roles within Eli Lilly, her most recent being on their continuous API processing project, SVC.


Free - all welcome!

Tea/coffee from 6:00 PM, presentation starts at 6:30 PM

Location: Room IT3, Cork Institute of Technology
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 28/02/2018 Engineers Skill Shortage – Solutions and Actions
Engineers Skill Shortage – Solutions and Actions
Wednesday 28 February 2018, 13:00 sharp [Tea/Coffee 12:30]
Millennium Hall, City Hall Cork

Due to a skills shortage in the engineering sector, the retention of early to mid-career engineering professionals is crucial to the continued success of an organisation. However, a recent study states that women are disproportionately more likely to drop out of STEM careers, with many stating dissatisfaction over pay and promotion opportunities. This situation can impact on the diversity of a leadership team and further exacerbate the problem. There is however significant scope for improvement.

This lunchtime panel discussion, comprising experts across the medical, financial and engineering fields, will explore the lessons they have learned and the benefits to their organisation in adopting a proactive approach to retention and progression of female professionals. The panel discussion will be of interest to engineers and other professionals who want to enhance their business performance.

About the speakers
Our panel of speakers will include:
Professor Mary Horgan – President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Donal Sullivan – VP and General Manager Johnson Controls
Sinead O’Donnell – Technical Services Manager ESB

Admission is free and all are welcome. Places are however limited so pre-booking is required using the link provided (copy & paste into web browser)
Location: Millennium Hall, City Hall Cork
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 28/02/2018 Engineers Week - STEM event
Engineers Work - STEM event, Cork
28 February 2018, 19:45 start

The All Ireland Members Group is proud to support an Engineers Week STEM event at University College Cork organised by WiSTEM, a group of female university students, seeking to form a society to support, help and encourage women to achieve their full potential in STEM, within the university and at the beginnings of their careers

The night itself will be a series of talks from women in STEM covering a range of topics such as careers, challenges, opportunities and the future of STEM.

The event will take place on the UCC Campus on 28 February in Boole 1, doors open at 19:45, all are welcome!

20:00-20:15 Unconscious Bias - Dr. Gillian Murphy, Applied Psychology UCC
20:15-20:30 Culturewise Interactive Talk - Culture as a lens in social perception - Dr Alvina GROSU Director Culturewise

Women Working In STEM:
20:30-21.15: (Each speaking about her career)
• Magaly V. Mora, WITS Executive Committee Member
• Representatives from WES Industry/Research

Future and Opportunities:
21:15-21:30: WiSTEM2D - Liz Dooley, Johnson&Johnson
21:30-21:45: Athena SWAN - Ann King, UCC Project Officer Athena SWAN

For further information or if you would wish to support this initiative please contact:

Location: UCC, Boole 1

 06/03/2018 IET Joint Lecture
Speaker: TBA

Time: 18:30 for Tea/Coffee – Lecture starts at 19:00

Location: To be advised

 13/03/2018 Public Procurement - Procuring for the future
In a changing procurement environment, this seminar will give participants insights into current best practice and future trends in Public Procurement from an multidisciplinary panel of experts in both the private and public sectors.

Speakers will include:
• Paul Quinn, CEO of the OGP;
• David Browne, Barrister & Author;
• John Murphy, Deputy Divisional Manager Europe, Mott MacDonald;
• Billy Morrissey, Arbitrator, Chair of Dispute Avoidance SIG, CIArb Ireland;
• Brian Cassidy, Senior Executive Engineer, Housing Dept., Cork City Council
• Oliver Moroney, Senior Estimator/Project Manager, BAM;
• Maurice Murphy, Procurement Officer, Cork County Council;
• David O Brien, Chair of the Government Construction Contracts Committee at the OGP;
• Finola McCarthy, Partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn
• Michael O Mahony, Director of Cumnor Construction

This seminar will be of interest to engineers and other procurement professionals involved in the public procurement process, from both the public and private sectors.

Tickets may be purchased at (copy & paste link into your web browser):

Member €135; Non-member €180; Student/unwaged €30.

Location: Páirc Uí Chaoimh

 10/04/2018 N25 New Ross Bypass
Speaker: Mr Joe Shinkwin & Mr John Murphy, Mott MacDonald

Time: 18:30 for Tea/Coffee – Lecture starts at 19:00

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel

 17/04/2018 Presidential address & Conferring of Registered Titles

Time: 20:00

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel

 01/05/2018 Annual General Meeting

Time: 18:30 for Tea/Coffee – AGM starts at 19:00

Location: Rochestown Park Hotel