Tag Archives: CIBSE Ireland

CIBSE Ireland ‘Florida Scramble’ Success

Overall winners — Alan Hogan, Heat Merchants with Team Winthrop Engineering members Michael Murray, Donal Clavin, Barry Hennesy and Darren Kavanagh.

This year’s primary gold sponsor was Heat Merchants, with Wilo (longest drive) and Mitsubishi Electric (nearest the pin) the two silver sponsors, and a broad cross-section of the industry sponsoring all of the individual tee boxes.

The decision to have a holiday voucher to the value of €1000 for the hole-in-one competition made for great excitement as each of the 104 golfers on the day knew that one of them was going to go home very much in the holiday mood. As it happened, Brian Harrison was the lucky winner and Alan Hogan of Heat Merchants on hand to make the presentation during the after-golf meal.

Indeed, an additional benefit of the Florida Scramble format is that virtually everyone stays on for the meal and presentation of prizes so the atmosphere is electric right up to the departure of everyone at approximately 7pm.

Apart of their generous overall sponsorship, Heat Merchant’ prize selection was also excellent and went down very well with all the winners.

Given the beautiful weather and near-perfect condition of the course, scoring was high with Winthrop Engineering emerging triumphant to claim first prize and the much-coveted PJ Doyle Perpetual Trophy. Second was the Air Movement team with Unitherm coming in third.

Longest drive was won by Declan Sherlock of Team Air Movement while Mark Fallon of the Team Heat Merchants A  won nearest the pin.

All credit to the CIBSE Ireland team on the day for making it such a special occasion, and particularly Declan Kissane who handled the registration and scoring, and then acted as MC for the evening.

Adam Dent of the CIBSE Ireland Committee made the presentations as Chairman Paul Martin, who was present for most of the day, unfortunately could not make the presentations.

 

 

‘Deep Retrofit’ Breakfast Briefing at Architecture Expo

Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment withJim Gannon, Chief Executive, SEAI and Ms Victoria Burrows, Project Manager, World Green
Building Council.

With an estimated one million homes in Ireland considered to be significantly energy inefficient, SEAI is undertaking a Deep Retrofit Pilot Programme to identify the depth of the problem, and to highlight the large-scale opportunities it presents to those engaged in the sector. It will also inform the nature of SEAI’s grant support for deep retrofit going forward.

Deep retrofit means just that … a holistic approach to retrofit that involves a whole-house solution, based on a fabric-first approach, twinned with the deployment of renewables and a move away from fossil fuels.

As part of its engagement with industry SEAI has teamed with CIBSE Ireland and ASHRAE to present a Deep Retrofit Breakfast Briefing at Architecture Expo, the RIAI show held in conjunction with the RIAI Annual Conference. Date is Friday, 6 October and the venue the Main Hall, RDS. It will commence at 10.30am and conclude at 12noon. Teas/coffees/croissants etc served from 9.45am. Participation is free.

The event will be “hosted” by a select panel of industry experts. After very brief introductions, 90% of the proceedings will comprise panel members fielding questions from the floor, and inter-acting with one another, to share their respective views and opinions. The open forum format is designed so that all participants — panel members and audience alike — contribute to the learning curve.

SEAI is currently looking for pilot projects to kick off the initiative and will provide 50% funding of the total capital costs, and project management costs (including design fees), of the projects selected. Consequently, the Pilot Programme in itself is also a major opportunity for industry to engage with SEAI in this process.

Log on to www: form.jotformeu.com/AGHF/deep-retrofit-breakfast-briefing to pre-register your attendance.

 

 

Building Services Engineering Graduate Builds Career from Level 6 Start

Paul Martin, SEAI Programme Manager and CIBSE Ireland Chairman

Looking back to his Leaving Cert subjects — accounting, geography and business studies — Paul comments that they weren’t “traditional” engineering subjects but his interest in engineering was evident from an interest in how things worked … much to the detriment of his sister’s CD player. From his Level 6 Higher Cert, Paul progressed onto a level 7 add-on and, from there, he went to the UK to do further studies.

“Now that that the economy and construction are picking up“, notes Paul, “and there is a huge demand for building service engineering graduates and says that, compared with traditional engineering qualifications, building services engineers are paid more.”

Paul is now a Chartered Engineer and Programme Manager for Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and in charge of Technical Standards Development. “My day to day job is developing standards that will insure that we will live in a more sustainable country, and in influencing other EU countries to follow our lead,” he explains.

In 2017 he was elected Chairperson of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Ireland Region. “This position will allow me to help influence our members (and beyond) in the latest and greatest engineering developments.”

“I am a very proud graduate of WIT and I was delighted to see the standard of the course held high (20 years on) when I judged the Building Services Student Awards last year in WIT. The lecturers always had time for their students and in particular were always helpful when I couldn’t get my head around some of the aspects of the course.

“I couldn’t recommend the Building Services course in WIT more. I know talking to employers that graduates from WIT are held in high esteem”, concluded.

Related Courses in WIT

Higher Certificate in Engineering in  Building Services Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering in  Building Services Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in  Sustainable Energy Engineering

 

Paul Martin elected Chairman of CIBSE Ireland

Paul Martin (left), newly-elected Chairman of CIBSE Ireland being congratulated by outgoing Chairman Brian West

The annual general meeting of CIBSE Ireland was held recently in the Sandymount Hotel in Dublin. Outgoing Chairman Brian West reported on the successful year and summarised events held throughout the latter end of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

These included 24 CPD events at various locations throughout the country, along with the Irish Lighter Awards, the membership briefing, WIT and DIT student awards, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering student awards, the SDAR Awards, the Pat Benson lecture and the Annual Christmas Lunch.

New Chairman Paul Martin and Vice Chairman Damien Flynn were elected, along with a new committee for 2016/17, including some fresh faces. The formalities concluded with a meal, networking and social interaction.

The new committee will work on the forthcoming programme of events over the summer months but the season will kick off with the CIBSE Ireland annual golf outing at Castlewarden Golf & Country Club on Friday, 1 September next. Main sponsor is Heat Merchants Group but there are also other sponsorship opportunities.

For details, and to enter a team, log on to http://www.cibseireland.org/

Keith Brazill joins RED Group Design

Keith Brazil

Keith Brazil

Keith Brazill has been appointed Senior Design Manager at RED Group Design. Keith is a chartered engineer and has experience working on a wide range of projects within multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Ireland and the UK. He is also regional representative for the CIBSE Ireland Limerick Region.

The Red Group has been providing electrical and mechanical design, installation and maintenance services to clients across the industrial, commercial, retail and entertainment sectors, in the greater London area, for over 15 years. Some of Red Group’s key clients include Papworth Hospital and Arsenal Football Club.

Recently the company relocated its Building Services Design HQ to Nenagh, Co Tipperary from where Red Group now offers mechanical, electrical, sustainability and BIM consultancy services to clients in Ireland and the UK.

Contact: Keith Brazill, Red Group Design. Tel: 085 – 133 1571;

keith.brazill@redel.co.uk

END

Brogan joins Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan, Tritech

Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer, Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan has been appointed Project Engineer at Tritech Engineering. Aaron has four years’ experience in the building services industry having previously worked for Hevac Ltd as both a building services engineer and projects manager.

Tritech Engineering is a leading mechanical and electrical contractor established in 1999 and is now listed as one of the top 20 M&E contractors in Ireland. It is currently engaged as the lead mechanical contractor on some major developments, including the Ballsbridge and Capital Docks projects.

Contact: Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer. Tritech Engineering. Tel: 01 – 413 1000; email: info@tritech.ie

‘Construction Dream Team’ Debate

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in the centre of Dublin was the scene for CIBSE Ireland’s recent Breakfast Briefing. From 7am people began gathering for a unique construction debate entitled “The Construction DreamTeam”. This was the first collaborative all-industry event hosted by CIBSE Ireland in a unique, studio-like, setting.

A panel of industry experts including Sean Downey, CIF, Carole Pollard, RIAI, David Corrigan, ACEI and CIBSE and Dr Kevin Kelly, DIT and CIBSE made up the representative team with the audience encouraged to become the fifth panel member by David Doherty, Chairman CIBSE Ireland in his opening address. The event facilitator was entrepreneur and Dragons Den panellist Sean Gallagher. Because of his experience in, and knowledge of, the sector, he also played an active role in the debate.

The panel discussed stimulating topics from sustainability through to the challenges posed by industry growth. The Construction Contracts Act — which coincidently was been signed across town at the same time by Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash — was also analysed and debated. Each speaker laid out their views from their respective institutions before moderator, Sean Gallagher, challenged them on topics and ideas. Issues raised included labour shortages, failure to get students to enter the sector, and the cost of capital for projects. Towards the end of the briefing an enthuasitic Q&A session from the audience followed.

The event drew to a close just before 10.30am with Sean Gallagher thanking all involved, especially Enda Gilroy of Electric Ireland, whose generous sponsorship contributed so much to its success.

 

Enda Gilroy, Electric Ireland with Carole Pollard, President, RIAI, Sean Gallagher and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

 

CIBSE Membership Briefing Meeting

Gill Francis, CIBSE with Kevin Kelly, DIT and David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

Tom Keane, PM Group with Gill Francis, CIBSE and Kevin Kelly, DIT

CIBSE Ireland hosted a membership briefing at the Dean Hotel in Dublin recently at which Gillian Francis, CIBSE Senior Membership Officer, gave an informative presentation on grades available to candidates in CIBSE. She also detailed their options on achieving chartership through academic and experience routes.

Following the presentation the audience heard first hand from a recent MCIBSE candidate, Kevin Coleman, CIT, on his experience of gaining membership. In addition, two CIBSE interviewers – Tom Keane, PM Group and Kevin Kelly, DIT – gave a short address on what they look for from candidates at the interview stage.

The event concluded with a lively Q&A from the floor, followed by networking and informal questions over food and refreshments.

CIBSE OUTING A ‘SHOT GUN’ SUCCESS

John Valentine, Daikin Ireland with David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

John Valentine, Daikin Ireland with David Doherty, Chairman, CIBSE Ireland

In a change from the usual format, this year’s outing featured a shot gun start with 24 four-ball teams participating. All entered into the spirit of the occasion and arrived in excellent time for registration and collective tee-off at 12.30pm sharp. There was some slight drizzle early in the morning but, by the time the teams went out, it was dryand warm, with a notable wind that added another dimension to the “longest drive” competition.

Scoring was calculated under a Florida scramble in a bid to allow for fairer team results. This meant that the player whose shot was selected as best shot did not get to play the next shot. This also meant no delays on the course, the format working so well that after two hours of play the teams were exactly half way round. Four hours after tee off the first teams began appearing back.

With all the score cards returned by approximately 4.45pm, the golf committee undertook the difficult task of selecting the various category winners, while the golfers showered and adjourned to the bar for some post-golf banter and socialising.

Thanks to the shot gun format, virtually everyone who played remained on for the dinner and presentation of prizes with the meal being served at approximately 6pm and the presentation of prizes being completed by 7.15pm.

Individual prizes were presented for longest drive, nearest the pin and inside the pro, with team prizes going to third, second and first. The premier team award is the PJ Doyle Trophy, first presented in 1990 in memory of Patrick J Doyle following his premature death. PJ was widely known and respected throughout the industry, was CIBSE Chairman from 1988 to 1990, and a director at HA O’Neil

Doherty elected CIBSE Ireland Chairman

David Doherty, newly-elected Chairman CIBSE Ireland being congratulated by outgoing chairman Sean Dowd.

David Doherty, newly-elected Chairman CIBSE Ireland being congratulated by outgoing chairman Sean Dowd.

David Doherty, previously Vice-Chair, was unanimously elected Chairman of CIBSE Ireland at the recent annual general meeting in Dublin. In his outgoing address former Chairman Sean Dowd reported on the many successes of the last 12 months, and in particular on the emergence of CIBSE YEN as an active representative force for young engineers within the Institute.

As Sean’s “shadow” over the last 12 months David has been actively involved in all events and activities. He now intends to develop and build on recent achievements to further strengthen the membership, and authority, of CIBSE Ireland within the building services sector.

The CIBSE YEN technical evening and BBQ at the end of May signals the start of summer, the end of the CIBSE Ireland programme, and always attracts a great attendance.

This year was no different with the business end of the evening commencing with a number of lectures and discussion in DIT Kevin St before everyone adjourned to the famous (infamous?) Dicey Reilly’s in Harcourt St for burgers, pints, chat and craic.

Engineers young and old mingled together until late into the evening before the sensible “oldies” made their excuses and left, while those without sense tried to recapture lost youth and paid for it the next day!