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DIT Advanced Plumbing and Heating Course

Professor Brian Norton, DIT Preisdent, with successful graduates of the Advanced Plumbing and Heating Technology Programme DT151a.

Professor Brian Norton, DIT Preisdent, with successful graduates of the Advanced Plumbing and Heating Technology
Programme DT151a.

Students who attended the Dublin Institute of Technology Advanced Plumbing and Heating Technology Programme DT151a were presented with their certificates at the DIT graduation ceremony which was held at St Patrick’s Cathedral in November.

This is a two-year part-time Level 6 Higher Certificate programme run in the Bolton St Campus. The programme is available to qualified craftspersons who wish to advance to higher levels within the industry. It is designed to enhance and develop existing skills and to provide, within a modular framework, a sound understanding of the technology and techniques employed in today’s plumbing and heating industry.

The main emphasis of the programme relates to system design and plant selection, management, employment and communication techniques. The range of modules on offer gives graduates the capacity and confidence to face the challenges that are likely to confront them in the workplace.

This includes a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of mechanical building services principles, techniques and methods, combined with a high level of management competence in communicating, planning, organising, controlling, motivating and forecasting. Graduates may also seek progression to management and supervisory level within the mechanical services industry.

Anyone interested in participating on the programme should contact Michael Gleeson, Programme Chair DT151a, at email: michaelj.gleeson@dit.ie

DIT Postgraduate Certificate in BIM Technologies

Dr Kevin Kelly, DIT

Dr Kevin Kelly, DIT

DT9775 (Springboard) and DT9876 (self-funding) — The Postgraduate Certificate (BIM Technologies) (Level 9-National Framework of Qualifications) is a stand-alone qualification that also forms part of DIT’s multidisciplinary, collaborative MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management (aBIMM).

This one-year, part-time, up-skilling programme is aimed at graduates of engineering and built environment programmes, including building services engineers, architects, surveyors (quantity and geomatics), architectural technologists, construction managers, and facilities managers.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate programme learners will be able to:

Define and explain the principles underpinning a wide range of current and potential Building Information Modelling and Management technologies and processes.

Use BIM technologies and processes for a variety of tasks within their discipline (domain), and will have an understanding of how BIM will impact on other domains. They will be able to select appropriate technologies and methods for domain-specific and cross-domain tasks, with an ability to work with other professionals in a BIM context, to review the BIM work of others, to lead domain-specific teams, and to take responsibility for quality assurance.

Advise clients on small to medium-scale BIM projects, selecting appropriate BIM technologies and standards for project planning and execution of tasks.

Evaluate the performance of BIM projects and assess their compliance with specifications and standards, and recommend new approaches to domain-specific BIM, with due regard to collaborative BIM processes.

Evaluate their strengths and limitations in terms of their own knowledge through critical reflection on project performance and through possessing an appreciation of the beneficial and detrimental effects that BIM processes may contribute in relation to industry and society.

Programme delivery & application process: The programme will be delivered outside normal working hours, with classes taking place typically on evenings between18:00-21:00 (see www.dit.ie/bim for timetables).

A limited number of places are still available on this highly sought-after programme. Applications will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis with a final deadline of August 31st 2014.

Anyone interested can get further information from Programme Director Dr Avril Behan: Avril.behan@dit.ie or kevin.kelly@dit.ie 

CIBSE YEN Mix-‘n-Match

Michael McDonald, CIBSE YEN and DIT with raffle winner Paul Mooney

Michael McDonald, CIBSE YEN and DIT with raffle winner Paul Mooney

The CIBSE YEN dual-venue technical evening and social function proved an enormous success with a large attendance participating in the lecture/workshop in DIT Kevin St, before adjourning for food, pints and craic in Dicey’s Garden Bar in Harcourt St.

The CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN) is now coming of age with Michael McDonald of DIT and his YEN colleagues working very hard to devise and implement a programme of events aimed specifically at young engineers.

The final gathering before the summer break-up proved especially successful and augurs very well for the last quarter once the programme resumes in September.

Calling All Building Services Engineers — Get Published!

SDAR LaunchThe SDAR Journal is Ireland’s authoritative source of information for engineers, researchers, designers and all involved in building services, and the broader built environment. Its strength is that all the published articles represent exhaustively-analysed real-time data gathered over a significant post-occupancy period. In addition, all are peer-reviewed before being accepted for publication.

A key factor is that they report the good and the bad results, the objective being to disseminate insightful findings to the industry at large so that all can learn, and benefit from, evidence-based research data.

The SDAR Journal is a DIT-led initiative representing the successful collaboration between the building services professional community and academics and researchers in the education institutes. It is published annually and distributed with Building Services News by post.

It is also published online on the Building Services News website, and arrow.dit/sdar/, the DIT electronic publishing site.

If you have valuable/interesting post-occupancy information on a project to share with the building services community, then contact Dr Kevin Kelly at kevin.kelly@dit.ie or keith.sunderland@dit.ie  


Vincent Gibson

The origins of Lean lie in the automotive industry but the processes involved in producing a product are interchangeable across all industries. Lean itself is a process of continual improvement and, as will be outlined in this article, the newly-formed Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice (CoP) recognises this fact and intends to expand the knowledge of Lean through debate and education.

Lean construction concentrates on construction planning that uses Lean concepts that approach value rather than cost, and efficiency rather than schedule. LCI’s Community of Practice is a movement initiated to reflect and promote that for the benefit of all stakeholders in the construction process.

John French, Project Manager at Intel Ireland, has promoted Lean construction processes with his colleagues at the Co Kildare site for many years. Following a number of meetings with Paul Ebbs of PhathomHQ earlier this year, a group of like-minded people eventually formed a core group to set up LCI Ireland in March.

Core Team                                                                                                                                                         LCI core group corporate members include John French, Intel; Kevin White, Jones Engineering; Paul Sexton, SCEG Ltd; Raymond Turner, Construction Innovation Lab and Paul Ebbs PhathomHQ.

True to the core fundamentals of Lean, only two weeks were allotted to prepare for the inaugural meeting and official launch of LCI in the Glen Royal Hotel on 16 April. Keynote speaker was John Pemberton, Global Construction Manager, Intel Corporation and LCI Board member.

The LCI wants to transform the processes in the construction industry by eliminating waste when delivering capital assets. As John Pemberton pointed out, the clients the industry serves operate in highly-technical sectors where their customers expect better and cheaper products year on year. In response to this he urges that the construction supply chain be constantly reviewed to remove wasteful activities.

Leadership acceptance of the principles and value of introducing Lean takes time because of the added planning and buy-in from stakeholders but, once introduced, the results prove the system’s worth, says Niall Healy, MBA, Operations Manager and Lean practitioner. Because of its multiple professions, trades and sub-contracting practices, the construction process must work as a total industry, driving the Lean system from educational institutes and within companies from top down.

Mission of LCI                                                                                                                                                                             The mission of the LCI is to transform design and construction through new approaches to project design and delivery. Lean theory, principles and techniques, taken together, provide the foundation for a different, more collaborative and more effective form of project management. Lean design and construction represents a transformational way to design and build capital facilities. The Lean approach generates significant improvements in schedules with dramatically-reduced waste, particularly on complex, uncertain and quick projects. Key objectives are:

• Grow and sustain members;

• Develop knowledge;

• Create industry capacity;

• Develop collaboration and distribution channels;

• Create industry demand and cultivate relationships with other key associations.

The purpose of the LCI is to act as the catalyst to transform the industry so that projects are delivered using a Lean operating system centred on a common language, fundamental principles and basic practices.

LCI Community of Practice                                                                                                                                                     The LCI believes that the deep application of Lean principles improves the definition of needs, design, construction and operation of capital facilities. It also believes that the application of Lean principles to run the day-to-day operation of any organisation improves the ability of the organisation and its employees to deliver better services to their customers.

To apply Lean principles, conversations must include all members of the industry. It has been discovered that holding meetings to share what has been learned with representatives of the facility owner, designer, contractor and trade supply chain in a given region accelerates the benefits to the people and the projects in that region.

As processes continue to improve, these too are shared to advance the benefits to companies and projects. A Community of Practice (CoP) therefore accelerates and expands improvements to facilities, projects and companies in its geographic area.

The CoP also helps the supply chain in a region make this new way of doing business the “new common sense”. It enables the supply chain to learn rapidly and to continue to improve the value delivered to customers of capital projects, as well as the value to all who use the facility in the future.

Further to the inaugural LCI meeting in April, the Lean movement began to gather momentum and so a second public event was held in the Clyde Court hotel on 18 June. Sponsored and presented by Kevin White of Jones Engineering, it is testimony to the willingness of the sector to embrace new Lean processes that over 100 people from a cross-section of the industry attended.

Keynote speakers Dr Richard Keegan and Richard Donnelly delivered highly-informative and professional presentations. Both men are recognised experts in the field and very effectively made convincing arguments for Lean in construction.

Dr Keegan pointed out that Lean is shorthand for best practice and is a war on waste. In keeping with the ethos of Lean he reduced the explanation to four words – Quicker, Better, Cheaper and Together. Richard Donnelly is a consultant in Lean and he presented data from a fascinating case study that demonstrated examples of waste and the cost implications of waste. His presentation began with a simple slide showing … Activity = Work + Waste.

He spoke of the “next customer” theory. He illustrated how concentrating on batch reduction theory achieves a better line of balance. Adding value is at the core of Lean and firms who refine their expertise in Lean gain competitive advantage and win repeat business. Their clients (owners) also gain throughout the operation and FM life cycle of the building because better quality is delivered.

The LCI Community of Practice encourages all-industry participation and membership, along with attendance at events, is free. There is now a recess for the summer months but the autumn programme will commence in September with an event sponsored by Mercury Engineering.

All the presentations delivered at the two events held so far this year are available to view through links on the LCI web site, www.leanconsgtriction.org.

There is also a LinkedIn Group. Contact: Vincent Gibson, Construction Innovation Lab, School of Surveying and Construction Management, DIT. Email: d12127244@mydit.ie


Presentation of BIM Diplomas & Certs at DIT

Ms Orna Hanly, Head of Architecture with Cormac Allen, Head of Architectural Technology andDuncan Stewart, former lecturer DIT;

Minister for Training & Skills, Ciaran Cannon, TD, recently officiated at the inaugural presentation of BIM diplomas and certificates to 65 mature students at DIT Bolton St. The evening was a major success with approximately 150 people attending to witness the awards ceremony, and to hear presentations from a diverse range of academic and industry experts.

Dr Kevin Kelly, Head of the new School of Multidisciplinary Technologies at DIT, opened the proceedings and put the occasion into context. He outlined how the demands of the construction sector have dramatically changed and explained that DIT has responded accordingly, devising a whole programme of courses to satisfy this new environment.

“BIM is especially important in this respect”, said Kevin, “because BIM is not just about software but is a paradigm shift that brings collaborative design forward in a way that combines the best design ideas with organised implementation and excellent communications. This allows for off-site construction and speedy delivery of low-energy projects in a cost-effective way.

“The creation of the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies breaks down silos between disciplines and builds collaborations, BIM being an excellent example”, continued Kevin. “BIM is not about the future … it is about now. Building professionals and contractors not adopting BIM are like airlines not using online booking … they will soon go out of business”.

Professor Gerald Farrell, Dean of  the College of Engineering and Built Environment, echoed and reinforced Kevin’s sentiments. He explained how, in response to the need for change, DIT amalgamated two areas, the Built Environment and Engineering. “One of the key drivers of this restructuring was to allow us to deliver more multidisciplinary education” he said, “reflecting a world where everything around us that we plan, build and use is developed by teams of people drawn from many disciplines.”

Following restructuring, the College now consists of seven schools. Each school covers a range of disciplines and one school in particular, the School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, demonstrates DIT’s commitment to provide all graduates with the multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a diverse range of careers. The School of Architecture also reflects a strong multidisciplinary nature, through its combination of architecture and construction-related programmes.

Many of the graduates on the BIM course were funded through the Government’s Springboard initiative. This allowed DIT develop new technologies and techniques in building information management education to deliver useful CPD programmes, among them the BIM courses.

The BIM graduates have gained a fresh and very relevant set of skills and knowledge that will enhance their careers and employability. Of equal importance for Ireland is that they will, in turn, transfer their skills and knowledge into Irish industry, in particular construction. They will also redress the emerging skills deficits in the sector.

DIT will continue to collaborate in developing programmes and modules in areas with the potential not only to underpin successful careers, but also to help Ireland develop a sustainable construction sector capable of meeting the many challenges it faces. In this context teams in the College and the wider DIT have applied for further Springboard funding with a view to running these programmes, and others, again from next September.

In closing Professor Farrell thanked Minister Cannon for his support and for attending the proceedings. He also acknowledged the support of Government in providing the resources nationally for the Springboard initiative over the last few years, explaining that it was a critical component of the Government’s strategy to achieve full employment in Ireland by 2020.

Finally, he thanked DIT President Brian Norton and all his colleagues in DIT for their contribution to the success of these Springboard programmes, and in particular the staff of the College of Engineering and Built Environment. “I am only too aware that the development of new initiatives at a time of constrained resources and decreasing budgets is a very significant challenge”, he said. “However, I firmly believe that the graduates here this evening are tangible evidence of the ability, and willingness, of DIT to overcome constraints to the benefit of our stakeholders.”


SDAR Journal 2013 official launch

Professor Gerald Farrell, Head of School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, gave the welcoming address with Martin Shanahan, Forfas Chief Executive, formally introducing the Journal and linking it to opportunities in the green economy.

Professor Brian Norton, DIT President, responded and then Dr Kevin Kelly, Head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies – and SDAR Journal Editor– spoke about the contents. Dr Mike Murphy, Dean of College of Engineering and Built Environment, closed the proceedings.

The SDAR Journal is now an annual research journal published jointly by CIBSE Ireland and the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in DIT, with Electric Ireland as the third sponsor. Up to now, papers have been mainly by Irish authors about Irish projects. Initially, the plan was to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly of the application of low-energy projects in the built environment in Ireland.

To a large extent that is still the main objective but for next year’s edition the publishers also want to encourage more of the SDAR Journal’s many international readers to submit papers. Indeed, this current edition includes the first international papers. One is a joint paper from Belgium and the UK on demand-controlled mechanical extract ventilation system, while the other is from a world-renowned UK expert on daylighting of buildings.

To submit abstracts for the SDAR Jurnal 2014 log on to http://arrow.dit.ie/sdar/

SDAR Journal 2013

Kevin T. Kelly C Eng FCIBSE FSLL FIEI; President SLL; Head of School of Multidisciplinary Technologies, College of Engineering & The Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology.

Dear reader, welcome to the third of what has become an annual journal published by CIBSE Ireland and the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering in DIT. This is a successful collaboration between a community of professional building services engineers with academics and researchers in the largest higher education institute in Ireland.

We will maintain a once-a-year publishing frequency while the number of entries and level of papers remains at its present rate, but we may increase the frequency of publication if the number of goodquality entries increases.

Up to now, papers have been mainly by Irish authors about Irish projects. Initially we wanted to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly of the application of low energy projects in the built environment in Ireland. The intention was to encourage applied research and postoccupancy evaluation in low energy engineering of construction projects, publish the results to disseminate insightful findings to the industry, and so help improve practice on the ground in Ireland.

To a large extent that is still our main objective but we also want to encourage more of our many international readers to submit papers. This current edition includes our first international papers. One is a joint paper from Belgium and the UK, which featured in the CIBSE Symposium in Liverpool in 2013. This might whet the appetite for the 2014 CIBSE/ASHRAE International Symposium to be held in DIT, Kevin Street Campus, Dublin, on 3/4 April 2014. The other international paper is also from the UK, from a world-renowned expert on daylighting of buildings.

If you have post-occupancy evaluation data, interesting feedback on low energy installations, or new ideas you have tried and evaluated, then please submit your proposals online to arrow.dit.ie/sdar/

All our previously-published papers are there alongside papers from the 2013 International Lighting Conference from Dublin. We would be delighted to receive your abstracts or ideas and can offer assistance and support in writing up papers.

Working engineers in industry have access to data and are often data rich and time poor, while researchers in academia are data poor but sometimes have some time for research. We in DIT will help you interrogate your data in order to publish a scholarly paper. If you would like to explore this then please contact me at kevin.kelly@dit.ie

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Dublin Institute of Technology

Professor Gerald Farrell

The school currently delivers programmes to over 1200 students and, along with a number of well-established research centres in areas such as photonics, energy, antennas, communications and electrical power, it also has a broad range of research outputs in areas such as biomedical engineering, audio engineering, sustainable design and assistive technology and health informatics.

After the recent merger of the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering and the School of Electrical Services Systems (as part of a larger scale college restructuring), Head of School Professor Gerald Farrell will now lead SEEE into the future as a key contributor to the electrical and electronic engineering sector in Ireland.

Engineering education — Professor Farrell believes “that engineers of the future will have to be ‘T-shaped’ thinkers, that is deep in one field but also able to work across a wide range of fields. Career paths have become less linear and the days of specialising in one field only are gone”.

This November, Proessor Farrell will congratulate over 350 graduates from the school as they receive their qualifications in programmes such as electrical and electronic engineering, energy management, electronics and communications, networking technologies, electrical and power engineering and computer and communications engineering.

He is also very aware that as these graduates begin their careers that new professions are emerging all the time and by the time the current first year students graduate, their employability skills must be compatible with the new demands of industry.

Professor Farrell states: “Engineering is vital to a successful and sustainable industry base in Ireland. Furthermore, so much rests on the shoulders of these future generations of engineers that we must give them the best possible foundation to their professional lives. To do this, engineering programmes must keep pace with the changing requirements of industry, with the responsibility lying in the hands of industry and colleges where strong collaboration is needed”.

Renewable energy, sustainability, low carbon technologies and energy management are just some of these new emerging professions. For professionals to gain a qualification in these areas graduates are returning to college to complete their masters to broaden their skill set. One of the most popular postgraduate programmes in DIT is  the MSc in Energy Management provided by the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. This programme caters for graduates and professionals with an engineering or energy related science background who wish to pursue management level careers in the energy businesses.

This MSc combines energy technology with MBA-level business modules to deal with energy issues all the way to board room level. Graduates of this programme find themselves working in management positions in every area of energy. The major sectors are energy supply (electricity and gas), facilities energy management, sustainable building design, energy consultancy and renewables. Graduates are currently working in companies such as ESB, Board Gais, Eirgrid, Dalkia, SEAI and many other major players in Irish energy.

The programme is available on a part-time or full-time basis and it is accredited by the Energy Institute as a partial requirement for C Eng status. It is aimed at the green economy where a shortage of skills and qualifications has been identified. This programme is supported by a range of sophisticated research facilities e.g., a rooftop installation with a wide variety of green energy experimental setups, including PV and wind energy equipment.

The school is just catching its breath after hosting the 48th International Universities’ Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2013). With over 200 delegates from more than 30 countries in attendance, Dr Michael Conlon from SEEE led this event and acted as conference chair. This conference provided a major international forum for the presentation, discussion and exchange of information and research outputs concerning new trends in electrical power engineering. It was co-hosted by the DIT Electrical Power Research Centre (EPRC) and the Dublin Energy Lab (DEL) at DIT.

The new school is embarking on a process of strategic planning over the coming months aimed at strengthening its position as a recognised premier provider in undergraduate and postgraduate education in the electrical and electronic engineering fields, while continuing to excel nationally and internationally in selected research areas and by building stronger collaborations with industry partners.

For more information on SEEE and the programmes provided contact: Tel: 01 – 402 4575/4550 email: kevin.gaughan@dit.ie

‘Moving to a new world of building systems performance’

Professor Tim Dwyer

The symposium will platform to the latest practice and research from around the world in active and passive building systems that will shape an effective future for the built environment with minimum resource impact. The principal aim of the symposium is to encourage the participation of young and experienced researchers, and industry practitioners, to share experiences and develop networks.

The organisers have now issued a call for papers for possible presentation at the symposium. The invitation is for papers concerning research and development that may address the following:

• Enhanced building engineering solutions through modelling and prediction;

• Innovation in passive and active building systems;

• Design and operation of future cities;

• Improving the operation of the built environment;

• Maintaining and improving legacy building systems;

• The development and impact of benchmarks, standards and regulatory measures;

• Communication, skills and workforce development.

This list is not exhaustive but provides the intended context of the symposium that will focus on aspects that are of interest to CIBSE and ASHRAE members. Material is welcomed based on recent or current research and application, as well as the actual or potential impact of that research on the built environment.

For the first time the symposium in Dublin offers additional opportunities for the presentation of relevant case studies supported by keynotes (as opposed to a formal paper).

All papers will be peer-reviewed and published electronically through CIBSE. Selected papers may be developed for publication in BSERT.

For details visit: www.cibse.org/ symposium2014