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SDAR Awards 2020 entry deadline fast approaching

The SDAR Awards is a joint initiative between CIBSE Ireland and TU Dublin, supported by Building Services News. The awards are unique in that they are intended to disseminate knowledge, encourage research in sustainable design of the built environment and raise the quality of innovation and evaluation of such projects. Entries are required to critically evaluate real life data, and examine both successes and challenges within leading-edge projects throughout Ireland or further afield. This competition is open to architects, engineers and all professionals involved in construction projects, as well as postgraduate students.

Short abstracts (between 100 and 200 words max) for entry into the awards are now being sought and must be submitted by Monday, 17 February 2020, via email directly to Michael McDonald (Lecturer) of TU Dublin and CIBSE Ireland at michael.mcdonald@tudublin.ie.

Now that the built environment has well and truly regained full momentum, and is delivering many award-winning projects, this unique synergy between industry and academia allows greater potential for integration of modern low-carbon technologies and low energy design methodologies.

The SDAR* Awards competition is intended to create a platform for the growth of applied research in the area of sustainable design. Post Occupancy Evaluations (POEs) and similar critical appraisal of low-energy projects facilitate the transition from ideologically-driven innovations, sometimes offering poor value, to evidence-based applied research that proves value or identifies weaknesses that the industry can learn from. These successes and failures help inform the professional community across all the building industry disciplines.

From the abstracts submitted by the 17 February 2020 deadline, a shortlist will be selected by peer review, and those selected will be invited to prepare final papers by March 2020.

Candidates that present at the awards and also have a chance of publishing their papers in the SDAR Journal (arrow.dit.ie/sdar/)

This year’s final will take place in March/April 2020 in one of TU Dublin’s campuses. For further information contact:




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 

M&E skills shortage in west of Ireland

Niall Toland, Senior Manager, Hays Recruiting

Earlier this year the Supreme Court declared Registered Employment Agreements to be unconstitutional. While the full ruling is yet to be publicised, it is widely anticipated that this effectively tears up the restrictions that these agreements have placed on terms and conditions for workers in the construction industry. This could be a hugely positive step towards increased competiveness and job creation.

Businesses will need to adapt quickly to the new environment. Existing workforces will be bound by current contractual arrangements, but new enterprises will not be similarly encumbered. It will be imperative for organisations to address this imbalance.

The other major issue facing construction companies at present in Ireland is the shortage, yes shortage, of degree-qualified engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers within the mechanical and electrical sector of the construction industry.

The lure of jobs in Canada, Australia and the Middle East has left Ireland bereft of degree-qualified professionals and the talent pool is struggling to be replenished with CAO applications for construction and engineering courses ever decreasing.

There has been a migration of our construction professionals due to the lack of opportunities in Ireland over the last five years. As the industry declined, many of the country’s most talented professionals moved overseas.

However, Ireland is currently at a crossroads. Now that there is a bit more life in the industry, there is a shortage of these same professionals and companies are struggling to find the right people. Here in Galway we have several construction firms – particularly in the mechanical and electrical/building services sector – retaining our services to source various staff for upcoming projects.

With the various refurbishment and new-build work that is scheduled for 2013 in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sector, there is a high demand in the west of Ireland for candidates with experience in those areas.

While there will always be a requirement for HVAC experience, process piping experience is in major demand at present. Project engineers and managers with this background should have no difficulty securing employment in the west of Ireland”.

Hays in Galway is currently dealing with a number of clients that are looking to hire mechanical project managers and mechanical engineers (process piping/pharmaceutical/hvac experience), a mechanical quantity surveyor and estimator, as well as a mechanical quality engineer and commissioning manager. There is also a senior-level vacancy for a mechanical bid/tendering manager. These vacancies are based in Galway, Mayo and Sligo with salaries ranging from €30,000 to €80,000.

Contact: Niall Toland, Hays Recruiting. Tel: 091-533586; 

email: niall.toland@hays.com