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Excellent Presentations at SDAR Awards Final

21. Dr. Mick McKeever (DIT, SDAR Winner), Padraic O'Connor (SISK, Sponsor)

SDAR Award Overall Winner Dr Mick McKeever, DIT, receiving his award from Padraic O’Connor, SISK,  the  SDAR Awards sponsor

Two of the presentations came from graduates of the DIT BSc Electrical Services and Energy Management programme. Stuart Dunne’s presentation covered energy management protocols he developed for the Mater Hospital while Aidan Byrne discussed his role in the certification of the Aviva Stadium to ISO 50001. Both completed these projects as undergraduate students.

Stuart’s work resulted in a saving of €115,800pa for the Mater Hospital, whereas Aidan’s work led to the Aviva being the first sports stadium globally to be accredited to the ISO 50001 standard. Aidan’s work is already published in both the SDAR Journal (arrow.dit.ie/sdar/) and the CIBSE Journal (portfolio.cpl.co.uk/CIBSE/201503/aviva-stadium/).

DIT’s Dr Mick McKeever (also of Dragon’s Den fame) presented pioneering work in energy entrepreneurship. His paper considered how to build market sentiment for his “Phase Change Material Thermal Energy Storage Tank/Micro-CHP” project (including recently-patented technology) and how it achieves a factor 6.5 times more heat energy storage capacity when compared to a standard water thermal energy system.

Conor McManus, an MPhil candidate in the School of Construction Department of Construction Management, presented thought-provoking arguments on construction philosophies. He asked if the focus on reducing operational energy usage through technology is failing to consider national eco-systems and broader sustainable development goals.

Another example of energy entrepreneurship was presented by DIT lecturer Dr Niall Holmes. His work concerns a novel approach to sustain the integrity of steel concrete reinforcement through an innovative cement-based battery system to power cathodic protection in reinforced concrete structures.
The judges for the competition included Brian Geraghty, BGA and CIBSE; Paul Martin, SEAI and CIBSE; and Kevin Gaughan, DIT School of Multi Disciplinary Technologies (formerly of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering).

The standard of paper/presentation was excellent but there can still be only one winner. On this occasion Dr McKeever’s work was chosen. He was presented with his prize of €1000 by SISK Buildings Services Department Manager, Mr Padraic O’Connor, who is the main sponsor of the SDAR Awards.

All the other participants were awarded €250 runner-up prizes and certificates of participation.

SDAR* Awards 2013 entry deadline

The SDAR* Awards is a joint initiative between DIT and CIBSE, supported by bs news, and sponsored by John Sisk & Son. The awards are different to other competitions in that they are intended to encourage research, disseminate knowledge gained from this research, and raise the level and quality of innovation in projects.

Entries must critically evaluate what they are doing and examine, in a transparent way, mistakes as well as successes on innovative projects. In this way the building services profession builds capacity to innovate successfully, and moves from ideologically-driven projects offering poor value to evidence-based innovations that add value.

One-page abstracts are due in by Wednesday, 12 December 2012, for all entries into the SDAR* Awards 2013. They should be emailed directly to Michael McDonald, DIT at email: michael.mcdonald@dit.ie

SDAR* Awards highlight value of evidence-based case studies

Thursday 29 March witnessed the third annual SDAR* Awards final, organized and hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering Systems in Kevin Street DIT. This is one of two major CIBSE Ireland applied research events intended to disseminate best practice in innovation and evaluation. As usual it was sponsored by John Sisk & Son and supported by bs news.

The second CIBSE applied research event is the IrishLighter/Young Lighter competitions and news of this event is detailed elsewhere on the bs news website.

Both events are growing in popularity each year. This is evident from the quantity of papers submitted, and also the quality of the papers. Industry now seems to realise that research is not just people in white coats in a laboratory but is applied real-world evaluation of new technologies and innovations in case studies.

The four finalists’ papers were all real world industry-based research papers. Presentations were very well received by both the audience and the panel of expert judges. The papers presented were:

Dermot Lyons, GSH
Establishing Current Energy Management Practices in Irish Manufacturing SMEs

Edel Donnelly, BDP
Comparison of Ice-bank Actual Results vs Simulated Predicted Results in Carroll Refurbishment Project DKIT

Stephen Timlin, BDP
Improved Automation Routines for Automatic Heating Load Detection in Buildings

James McConnologue, RTE Radio Telefís Éireann
Retrofit Energy Strategy for the Television Centre’s Chilled Water System.

The SDAR* Awards promotes collaboration between industry and academic institutions. At a pivotal time in the economy when companies require savings in all areas of expenditure to maintain trading, it is heartening to see such energy reduction potential offered from these critical evaluations. The idea is to move from ideologically-based ideas and innovations to proven value and energy reduction for clients.
The role of CIBSE is to facilitate this process and disseminate the findings. Credit also to staff in the School of Electrical Engineering in DIT, particularly Michael McDonald, for their organisation and collaboration in this work.

The well deserved winner this year was James McConnologue, from RTE, who presented a paper investigating the energy performance of a building’s chilled water system (CHWS), primarily focusing on the system’s direct electrical energy consumption.

The successful retrofit of the CHWS delivered an impressive cost saving of about e100,000 within the first year. This was achieved with a minimal capital investment of €3,400 for the purchase of a MODBUS interface. This paper will be available to view through the CIBSE Ireland website shortly and will also be published as part of the next SDAR* Journal. This will be issued in late summer or Autumn 2012.