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CIBSE Ireland Golf Outing Results

Liam McDermott, Grundfos, main sponsor (standing, second row, left) and Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland Chairman (arms folded) with CIBSE Ireland Committee members and prize winners on the day.

The annual CIBSE Ireland golf event took place at Lutrellstown Golf Club recently with Grundfos as this year’s primary sponsor. The event attracted a huge turnout with 25 teams participating and all four-balls teeing off at 1pm in a shotgun start. A special mention goes to Stephen Weir who led the assigned CIBSE Ireland Golf Committee, managed the registration process, and officiated at the scoring. Paul Martin, CIBSE Ireland, presented the prizes on the night.

 There were many prizes won on the day including:

— €1,000 holiday voucher draw for hole in one/nearest to the pin on the 6th which was won by Eugene Smith playing with Jones Engineering with a nearest pin shot of 0.87m;

Other opportunities to win were on the 18th for Longest Drive sponsored by Edpac which was won by Paul Kinsella playing with Safeguard;

— Nearest the Pin,sponsored by Wilo, was on the 4th hope and this was won by Liam O’Reilly playing with the McKeon group;

— Along with individual prizes, the coveted PJ Doyle Trophy for the best score was won by Team Jones Engineering.

What made the win extra special is that PJ Doyle, who the Memorial Cup is named after, was an engineer with Jones Engineering Group. He died prematurely in 1989 and the trophy was donated to CIBSE Ireland in 1990 with John Purcell registering the first win in that year. In 2011 the format changed to a team prize, which continues today

Second place in the team event went to Edpac with Calpeda Pumps coming in third.

Teams starting returning to the clubhouse just under the four-hour mark with all reporting a good day … with little or no comment on their score cards! Following showers and refreshments, 100 people sat down in the clubhouse for their meal with prize giving taking place over desert.

See cibseireland.org for full picture gallery.

How Jones Engineering has Embraced LEAN

Simon Watson, Team Development, Jones Engineering

Simon Watson, Team Development, Jones Engineering

The following quote from the Toyota Motor Company reinforces this statement: “At Toyota we get brilliant results from average people managing a brilliant process. Others get average results from brilliant people managing broken processes.”

With this in mind we at Jones Engineering, utilising our long history  of training and developing people have fostered and implemented new ideas throughout the business in key areas which support our continued expansion. In doing so we have totally embraced the LEAN concept and find that it has considerably contributed to the development of both our employees and the company.

“A Better Way” – Suggestion box scheme                                                                          Our company has close to 2,500 employees each of whom is an expert in the daily operations they carry out. In order to harness all this expertise, we introduced a suggestion box scheme to allow them propose improvements in their own work areas. All suggestions are reviewed locally on each project and, for any that are implemented, the employee is rewarded with a gift voucher (we have had 32 winners to date).

Every suggestion (successful or otherwise) receives a response and an explanation why it was either possible, or not possible, to implement. In order to further encourage this we introduced a monthly newsletter called LEAN Times.

LEAN Times                                                                                                                                                                 Three years ago, when we introduced “A Better Way”, we were receiving that many suggestions that we were struggling to respond in a timely manner to everyone who had contributed. In order to improve this process we then established the

LEAN Times. Updating all staff across every project and office on a monthly basis has proved a great way of sharing new ideas, and celebrating the success and innovation of each of our winners. We have had 48 editions of our newsletter to date!

LEAN Steering group                                                                                                                                                    In order to coordinate the introduction of innovations across Jones Engineering Group as a whole, we set up a steering group with a representative from each of the companies attending. This has given us another outlet for generating and sharing ideas and helps to ensure that all companies within the group develop simultaneously.

Continuing education                                                                                                                                            To start off our LEAN journey we recruited the help and guidance of an expert consultant. We ran multiple workshops designed to introduce various levels of staff to the fundamental principles of LEAN, and to raise peoples’ awareness of how to use these to make systems better.

We then realised that to be self-sufficient in this area we needed to increase our internal expertise. We looked for in-house volunteers who  has strong connections with LEAN Construction Ireland (LCI) and recently sponsored the latest LCI event at the Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Grand Canal Square. Representatives from all the major players across the construction industry were present.

The theme for the evening was “People are our greatest assets. How can we maximise their potential?

See the full report on Pages 39 to 41 of the current issue of Building Services News which can be freely accessed by clicking on the Cover of the magazine right.