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United We Stand! There is something extremely reassuring to hear about any initiative that brings out a united front and voice from the Industry. In my comments for this issue, I am referring to the sterling work of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) in bringing together 6 Irish industry bodies to push for a transition to digital business platform. And I am also referring to our own efforts regarding BMAP Expo 2015, which is another initiative that brings together the entire industry; this time to an event that showcases the latest innovations and thinking in the building materials sector - there is more about BMAP Expo inside. When you see various associations supporting both of these exciting initiatives, you realise the meaning of strength in numbers. Fair play to Enterprise Ireland who hosted the opening reception of Digital Construction Week, where Kevin Rudden, President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) spelt out the Construction Industry Council (CIC)’s vision for the industry, which brings together 6 Irish major industry bodies to lead and accelerate Ireland’s transition to digital for the sector. These include The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), Association of Consulting Engineers Ireland (ACEI), Engineers Ireland, Construction

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Industry Federation (CIF), Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) and the Building Materials Federation (BMF) in Ireland. Kevin Rudden on the future of the Irish construction sector said: “the Construction Industry Council (CIC) embraces a BIM enabled world and actively encourages the Irish Construction and Built Environment Sector to continue to take full advantage of current and emerging information and communication technologies to remain at the forefront of the industry in Europe.” Some of the aforementioned industry associations - together with some others - have talked about BMAP Expo 2015 in a similar fashion, suggesting that the event will prove to have contributed significantly to the development of the whole building sector. With such a unified voice being heard loud and clear, there is ever more reason to be optimistic for the future of the construction industry in Ireland as it takes the lead in driving the whole economy forward. United we stand!


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Cover Story

Budget & Capital Investment – As well as recent budget

measures to stimulate economic growth, the Government has announced a large scale investment programme that will increase the State’s infrastructure, support economic recovery and jobs, support sustainable communities throughout Ireland and provide modern, fit for purpose buildings



European Perspective – According to the European Construction Industry Federation FIEC, the construction industry in Europe has an important role in protecting critical infrastructure from hazards such as terrorism and extreme weather 24

Industry insight – Irish Construction industry Magazine gauges the

industry’s reaction to the measures announced in Budget 2016 and the plans detailed in the ambitious €27b capital infrastructure programme 6

Construction Performance – A further sharp rise in new business was

central to improvements in activity, employment and confidence at Irish construction firms in October, reveals the latest Ulster Bank Construction PMI 12

NAMA & Building – NAMA says that sites capable of delivering

14,000 units are commercially viable to develop based on current sales prices, current planning and current completion costs

Legal view – Born out of the supply shortage and the Government’s Construction Strategy 2020 and Social Housing Strategy 2020, the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015 (the “Act”) has been introduced to make provision for vacant land and social and affordable housing



Your essential guide the BMAP Expo 2015: Exhibitors, Technical Talks, Key Facts and Details


with Sarah Ingle, the recently appointed Secretary General of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland


Engineering Q&A – Irish Construction Industry Magazine caught up

Urban Planning – Cities can explore eight steps to capitalize on their

strengths, address their weaknesses, and achieve brilliance, writes Stephen Engblom, an urban planner and designer, and global director of AECOM Cities 50

Social Housing – Investment in housing infrastructure has again been given priority in the recent Budget and over 17,000 housing units will be delivered in 2016, according to the Government 52 October/November 2015


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ExHIBItOr IndEx E6 & E7 ACO is a world leader in the design, development and implementation of sustainable surface water management systems. For over 50 years ACO has pioneered unique solutions that satisfy the need for high performance, environmental excellence, optimal return on investment and long operational life across a vast range of applications. For more information visit

C12 & C13 For more than 60 years, ARDEX has been the quality leader for an entire industry, offering excellent building chemicals with supreme processing reliability – the brand of choice for installers and wholesalers. ARDEX today is still an independent family-owned business. This means that in our permanent efforts to achieve marketshaping innovations, we have been able to retain our most important tradition: uncompromising quality. This is something we guarantee by applying the latest rigidly enforced quality assurance procedures. It’s no coincidence that ARDEX and BAL is regarded as the premium partner in the buildings chemicals sector.

B9 CIS is Ireland's market leader in supplying construction project information across AllIreland. We provide real time, in-depth information on construction projects from preplanning to on-site stages. Our innovative online product ensures your business can make important decisions quickly and generate all specific leads for your pipeline. CIS Online is compatible with all mobile and tablet devices meaning our customers always have the latest project opportunities with them no matter where they are. CIS Online is designed to let you dictate the criteria for your desired project leads based on what construction sectors you’re focused on as well as location, project stage and value range.

B20 Construction Specialties is a global manufacturer and supplier of a range of specialist building products for healthcare, education, pharmaceutical, retail, transport, leisure and industrial sectors. We provide project support from start to finish and work closely with architects, contractors and end users, providing solutions to their building problems.

C20 C10 This year Basta is celebrating its 60th year in business and is Ireland’s leading manufacturer and distributor of builders hardware. Basta manufactures high quality locks, hinges and handles for Timber, PVCu, Steel and Aluminium doors and windows. We have 2 manufacturing facilities, one is based in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo and the second in Birmingham, UK.

E12 Bekaert, headquartered in Belgium, is the worldwide leader in steel fibre technology. Dramix® steel fibres for concrete reinforcement are an easy-to-use, high performance alternative to traditional steel mesh and bar reinforcement, with applications in industrial flooring, floors suspended on piles, external yards, composite steel decking, precast elements, tunneling and mining.

C16 Ireland's leading supplier of acoustic insulation, sound absorption and vibration control products for the commercial, residential and industrial sectors.

If you’re designing or constructing apartments and are concerned about thermal bridging, you should drop by Contech’s stand. We can show you how the Schöck Isokorb thermal break connector can assist you in minimising thermal bridges at balconies or canopies. Schöck have also made some product improvements which we’d love to share with you.

B7 Cork Plastics is a wholly Irish owned company manufacturing plastic products for Building, Civil and Agri industries. From it's Cork base since 1969, Cork Plastics has developed a comprehensive range of PVC-UE Roofline, Window & Cladding Systems, Rainwater Systems, Underground Drainage Systems & PVC Pressure Pipes to suit all requirements.'

B11 CRL are experts in providing 10-year structural insurance for residential and commercial properties. Passionate about new ventures, our policies are based on strong foundations to protect your investments. With offices throughout the UK and Ireland our team of dedicated Relationship Managers are well placed to assist on your individual circumstances.

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B13 Doon, Co, Limerick Tel 061 380110 Website E Mail Importers and suppliers of construction equipment and hand tools

D12 & D13 Ecological Building Systems will showcase our extensive range of sustainable building products such as award winner pro clima, Gutex, Calsitherm, Wellhofer, Loft Expander, Elka, Celenit, Thermo-Hemp,Thermafleece and much more. We will be exhibiting on stand number D12 & D13 and would be happy to answer any question you may have.

C9 Eurobond is the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of non-combustible core internal and external wall, ceiling and roofing solutions. All systems provide built in passive fire protection, tested and approved to stringent UK and European standards. Specified on a number of high profile projects across key sectors, every project has benefited from Eurobond’s best practice benchmark of responsible panel design.

D9 Galco are also a leading provider of surface water management solutions for modern urban landscapes. We supply a wide range of Access Covers and Drainage Systems. With an in-depth understanding of the market and technical support we can provide the complete drainage package for all needs and applications

A18 Gas Networks Ireland is part of Ervia. Our core purpose is to ensure that over 673,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We own, operate, build and maintain the natural gas network in Ireland and connect all customers to the network. Natural gas is the cheapest form of fossil fuels and the most environmentally friendly. To connect your business to the natural gas network, contact businesslink at 1850 411 511 and we will be delighted to assist you. Alternately you can contact us by email or visit our website



GEOCELL is a new revolutionary insulated hardcore product which saves on time and money. it succeeds at this by its light weight, load bearing, and insulating properties. Foamed glass aggregate is a sustainable replacement for traditional building materials which is also pyrite free. Visit us at stand B12.

B23 Gerard Daniel Worldwide expanded its presence within the concrete industry in late 2013 with the acquisition of the Ideal Reel Company. GDW also distributes tie wire rebar coils .Coils are typically 2kg and fit perfectly into the Ideal Reel. GDW stocks a variety of wire packages including bulk coils, spools, bar ties, and Handi-Paks™ Alloys available include black annealed, stainless steel, galvanized, copper & PVC-coated in various wire diameters.

D10 At G4S we invest heavily in creating bespoke security solutions for our clients through the creation of new product ranges that offer a more cost effective solution to our clients within the construction sector. Our bespoke systems, complimented by our Manned Security, Patrol & Response, Monitoring and Support Services teams, ensure we offer our clients an all encompassing service unparalleled by any other security provider in Ireland.

D22 Groundforce is the leading structural support and specialist equipment rental provider in Ireland. From its depots in Portlaoise and Lisburn, Groundforce supports a range of customers in Ireland working on Ireland’s major civil engineering projects. Groundforce is the premium provider to the construction and civils industry across Ireland north and south.

D6 & D7 A world leader in all aspects of concrete cutting, core drilling, surface preparation and demolition.

D11 KBI Flexi-Pave offers porous surfacing solutions which simultaneously reduce maintenance costs, increase safety and improve the environment.

E9 Killeshal is a leading manufacturer and supplier of building components, civil, drainage and decorative products to the construction industry. The Killeshal brand has been trusted by buyers and specifiers since 1969 and the company remains a pillar of employment in county Offaly.

B18 For the past fifty years Kilsaran International, a family owned and run business, has been synonymous with innovative concrete and asphalt products and award-winning design in Ireland and the United Kingdom. Kilsaran specialize in making superior quality paving and walling, road surfacing materials, pre-mixed mortars, renders, screeds and, of course, ready-mixed concrete and blocks. Proud to be a exhibiting at BMAP, Kilsaran will be showcasing our new Grange Flag paving range. Available in 120mm depth with a standard smooth, ground or textured finish the Grange flag is ideal for use on patios, paths, domestic driveways, commercial pedestrian and trafficked areas.

C2 & B26 Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks is a joint venture formed in 2009 between two industry leaders; Country Manor Bricks of the outHaus Group and Kingscourt Bricks of the Lagan Group. Between these two great companies they offer over 100 years of experience as leading suppliers of quality brick products coupled with a first class service to Irish and UK construction projects. Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks are sole distributors in Ireland for Forterra Brick, Lagan Brick, Desimpel Brick, Vandersanden Brick Solutions, FLB Brick plus an a new exclusive range of products from Wienerberger Brick. Our name is synonymous with quality and we are renowned for providing customer service at the highest level coupled with a delivery service second to none in the industry.

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The Icynene Spray Foam Insulation System and air barrier system is a soft flexible insulation that is 100% open cell and 100% water blown, Icynene is the most certified foam on the market having achieved IAB, BBA and ETA certifications and approvals

E13 Jungheinrich Lift Truck Ltd. is an international expert in material handling solutions, including complete warehouse design, racking and shelving, automated driverless solutions, IT solutions for material handling and is the leader in supplying very narrow aisle solutions. Jungheinrich also supply new & used forklifts, a strong aftersales service, short-term rental and driver training. Headquarters are based in Hamburg, Germany, with Irish subsidiaries located in Maynooth Co. Kildare & Cork. Visit Jungheinrich at

KORE is a manufacturer of high-quality expanded polystyrene based in Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan. With over 40 years of experience, KORE offers solutions for the construction industry, civil engineering and consumer applications. Our product lines include building insulation, ventilation, draught proofing, void formers, packaging, polysculpting and EPS cut profile design.

E11 Leica Geosystems creates complete solutions for professionals across the planet. Known for premium products and innovative solution development, professionals trust Leica Geosystems for all their geospatial needs. Leica iCON is more than a product line and a software package, it enables you to enhance your performance, and increase your profitability through perfecting your construction workflow.

B12 LINHAM Construction Ltd. is a company with a dedicated team of professionals and craftsmen who work to a consistently high standard to deliver high quality buildings to its clients. LINHAM are also heritage contractors providing construction services to Trinity College, UCD and other notable clients. Visit us at stand B12.


Naylor is a leading manufacturer of construction products which include both traditional and new innovative solutions. Products include clay drainage, chemical drainage, jacking pipes, grass grids, hydrocarbon removal and land drainage systems. Visit our stand at booth D19 to find out more.

C17 Nord Roofs Ltd are a sole representative of TechnoNicol Group, one of the largest roofing material manufacturers and providers across Europe and the wider world. At Nord Roofs we supply bitumen roofing membranes, Logicroof PVC single ply membrane, heat insulation Carbon Pro high strength XPS boards and Izospan breathable felt. Nord Roofs Ltd is aiming to become a market leader supplying high quality roofing materials.

D18 Ordnance Survey Ireland is the national mapping agency in the Republic of Ireland. It is an information organisation whose business is to capture, process and distribute spatial information by means of advanced technology. Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography /orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licensees the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

D21 Qual-PEX from Pipelife is Irelands leading plumbing & heating pipe with over 800,000km manufactured in Ireland in the last 25 years. The Qual-PEX range has evolved to now include pre-insulated Qual-PEX ECO, insulated & ducted twin Qual-PEX ECO DUO, and Qual-PEX UFH is Irelands leading supplier of custom designed Underfloor Heating systems.


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B8 Construction and Distributor of Watermain Products. Address:- Brennan’s Yard, College Lands Rathcoole, Co Dublin. Tele 01 2570388 Website:- Proflo Ltd was established in 2002 to provide a first class distribution service, coupled with quality products, to the Construction Industry .Our business ethos is to provide premium products direct from source at a competitive price straight to you the customer. We are totally customer orientated and our goal is client satisfaction, first time, every time. We are a nationwide supplier of Ductile Iron, PVC and Polyethelene pipe systems. We offer a comprehensive range of Pipes, Fittings, Valves, Access Covers and associated products from our stock yard based in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. Proflo Ltd. specialise in quality products coupled with the best service, expert technical knowledge and a 24 hour nationwide delivery service all at competitive rates.

C23 Roadstone is the leading manufacturer and supplier of building materials in Ireland. Since our foundation in 1949, Roadstone has been at the cutting edge of the construction industry in Ireland and our commitment to our core values remains steadfast. Today we are as dedicated as ever to providing unrivalled product quality, reliability, innovation, choice, sustainability and customer service.

B19 The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is the independent professional body for Chartered Surveyors working and practicing in Ireland. Working in partnership with RICS, the pre-eminent Chartered professional body for the construction, land and property sectors around the world, the Society and RICS act in the public interest: setting and maintaining the highest standards of competence and integrity among the profession; and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide.

C22 Sika Ireland is a supplier of speciality products to the construction industry. Sika operates in a number of Target Markets including, Concrete, Waterproofing, Sealing & Bonding, Refurbishment, Flooring, Roofing and Industry. Sika offers a full range of products accompanied by market leading technical and application support as well as unique guarantee offerings. For further info please contact: Sika Ireland Ltd, Sika House, St Margaret’s Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11, D11 DA2V 01-8620709

SURFASOLOGY™ is an evolution of IBC Limited, a leading Irish owned manufacturer and distributor of construction chemicals and systems. Established in 1976, the company has a proud tradition of providing innovative solutions in the areas of structural waterproofing, damp-proofing and remedial, and specialist screeds. Our product range conforms to EU regulations and National standards and is accompanied by an ongoing technical support.

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Why Photovoltaic ? • Most cost effective solution to compliance for Part L of the building code. • Quick installation and less labour intensive than Solar Thermal. • No expensive plumbing required.

D15 Safegard Systems, established in 1994, is an Irish Company specialising in Smoke/Fire Dampers and Damper Control & Monitoring Systems. With their experience and range of market leading products, they offer the complete solution to achieving smoke/fire containment /extraction in HVAC systems for offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, apartments, shopping centres etc. Safegard Systems offer their experience and knowledge in the form of design advice, product selection, product supply, commissioning and final system certification.

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TPS is Ireland’s leading independent distributor of engineering materials and solutions to the multi-utility, infrastructure and construction sectors. Operating from fully stocked strategic locations in Dublin and Lisburn, with an extensive fleet of specialist vehicles and unrivalled technical knowledge we support the needs of our customers operating in a demanding environment.


D17 Soler and Palau supply Commercial, Industrial, Industrial Process, Corrosion Proof and Residential fans. Grilles, Diffusers and Fire Dampers by Waterloo, Madel and Waddell.

Unipipe are the specialist distributors for renewable products such as Heat Pump manufacturer Nibe Sweden, Unipipe Floor Heating systems & controls. Unipipe have been supplying Nibe products in Ireland now for 15 years with ground-source (geothermal), Air to Water and also Exhaust air units available. For BMAP we are launching a new high output exhaust air heatpump which will give builders the chance to use this technology without any outdoor parts..


Storage Systems Limited is the premier supplier of industrial and commercial storage solutions in Ireland. Our solutions include Glass Partitions, Mobile Shelving, Library Shelving, Shelving & Pallet Racking are designed to the best of international standards. We understand the need for versatile, cost-effective systems that make the maximum use of available space.

VRF is Ireland’s leading supplier of wireless and hybrid fire detection solutions, from single panel systems to multi-panel networks with 1000+ wireless devices. Any building, any layout, any construction – our permanent and temporary fire detection solutions in commercial, residential, industrial and construction sites are designed to comply with and in many cases exceed I.S. 3218 (2013) & EN54 - part 25.

C7 D8 Storage Systems Limited is the premier supplier of industrial and commercial storage solutions in Ireland. Our solutions include Glass Partitions, Mobile Shelving, Library Shelving, Shelving & Pallet Racking are designed to the best of international standards. We understand the need for versatile, cost-effective systems that make the maximum use of available space.

In any commercial build, water management is one of the essential elements that everybody has to contend with. Wavin is uniquely qualified to assist. At every stage – from initial planning and on-site issue resolution to assured one source supply and product certification at handover – we connect you to better solutions, better partnerships, better value and better outcomes.


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GENIUS LOCI The Shakespearean Theatre has strong historical foundations. It’s built on a site where a wooden playhouse stood in the 17th-century, an unroofed building with vertical wooden elements supporting it from the outside, which hosted performances of Shakespeare’s plays. The outer walls were devoid of windows, while inside was an open courtyard surrounded by galleries for the audience.

LABYRINTH The spatial arrangement of the Shakespearean Theatre creates a multi-dimensional types of activity. In this case, the theatre is not only seen as a building, but also as a multi-dimensional space in the scale of the city. The theatre is a kind of synthesis of the city: with its narrow corridors (streets), squares (courtyards), and a complex

BELGIAN BRICK The facades feature a handformed anthracite brick, produced in Belgium with a mix choice of brick was certain from the beginning. Gda sk has a red-brick milieu, but Rizzi was also captivated by the nearby medieval churches and their atmosphere, so he introduced a dark material contrast.

It’s taken almost a quarter of a century to become a reality, but the Gda sk open to the public. Located next to the remnants of the city’s 14th-century walls, the exterior contains some of the Gothic elements that dominate the style of Gda sk’s Old Town. At the same time,


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Venetian architect Renato Rizzi introduces a new kind of hue in the city fabric – a very dark and monotone anthracite brick. Maciej Czarnecki reports on the r e a l i z a t i o n o f th e b u i l d i n g th a t s o m e locals liken to a treasure chest: sturdy polished inside.

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New Voice in Consulting Engineering Irish Construction Industry Magazine caught up with Dr Sarah Ingle, the recently appointed Secretary General of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) ICIM: What first attracted you to engineering as a career? SI: I always enjoyed maths and physics at school and was very interested in the practical application of technology, especially in relation to systems and processes. I also felt that working in this field would involve engagement with people across many levels and disciplines in an organisation which was important to me. ICIM: Chart your path as an engineer and an academic to your present role. SI: I am proud to say that I was the first woman to complete a degree in Production Engineering from DIT Bolton Street. Following graduation, I held industrial engineering posts in three multinational manufacturing companies in Ireland. In 1993, I was awarded both my chartered engineer qualification (C.Eng) and a first class honours Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering (MIE). Following a decision to undertake full time doctoral research, I graduated in 2000 with a PhD in Strategic Management from Dublin City University (DCU). I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship, and was appointed lecturer, subsequently senior lecturer, in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development at DCU Business School. My research interests there included business incubation policy and entrepreneurship education and in 2006 I was privileged to be awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to Arizona State University. My most recent post in DCU was a five-year secondment appointment as Director of Quality Promotion. Reporting to the Deputy President, I was responsible in this role for managing and co-ordinating the internal quality review process for all academic areas and support/service offices and providing training and other support for quality assurance and enhancement initiatives throughout the university. I have been a Board member of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association since 2008, most recently finishing up my two year term as President earlier in 2015. I was also appointed by the former TĂĄnaiste, Eamon Gilmore, to the Board of the Irish Fulbright Commission in 2014. ICIM: What attributes do you possess that made you think about going for the role of Secretary General in ACEI? SI: I was interested in the role as I saw it as a very real opportunity to assist in advancing the consulting engineering profession in Ireland and the public perception of engineers in general. I have governance type expertise from previous


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positions as well as hands-on people, organisational and management experience. I believe I have an analytical and logical approach to problem solving and enjoy working in a varied and fast-paced environment. I also have a lot of expertise in developing training events as well as more general event management and organisation. ICIM: What role is the ACEI playing in developing and advancing the profession? SI: ACEI promotes best practice and standards in consulting engineering as a profession as well as providing continuing professional development opportunities for members and others. The association also provides a forum for information and education in relation to enquiries from the public. It is important to ensure ACEI can provide the wider community with access to current information about the different disciplines within consulting engineering in order that they can determine the best outcome for their requirements. ICIM: Does the ACEI have targets and priorities? SI: As well as growing the association and continuing to add value for members, attracting creative, innovative and bright young women and men into the profession is an essential task for the coming years. Due to the recession’s impact on the construction industry in particular, there will be a real shortage of skilled and trained engineers over the next few years entering the sector. ACEI is committed to continue working with Engineers Ireland and associated professions in order to have a joinedup-thinking approach to finding solutions to this problem. ICIM: What are the top challenges facing consulting engineers and what strategies and solutions best meet these challenges? SI: The work of an engineering professional is changing; it requires increasing flexibility and adaptability as the methods used to design and develop consulting engineering projects evolve. Engineers are embracing online based working tools and are employing virtual as well as faceto-face communication techniques with multidisciplinary, internationally based project team members. However, an increasing utilisation of systems such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) will be required in the near future and many firms will have to adapt accordingly. Another big challenge is the need to encourage more women into the sector and facilitate an attractive career path. Young women

are doing just as well as their male counterparts in honours maths at Leaving Certificate level, but this is not translating in the same numbers to STEM choices at third-level. The industry as a whole needs to urgently address this imbalance, promoting consulting engineering as a fulfilling and rewarding career, as well as facilitating the opportunity for young engineers to assist in making sustainable building and infrastructural decisions for the environment and the community. ICIM: What advice would you have for those starting out in the profession? SI: Fundamentally, engineering is about problem solving, so being awarded a qualification in this field is translatable to a huge variety of career options. There are many international companies, for example, that only hire engineers as the CEO. If you have an engineering degree, you can work anywhere in the world, it is a global passport. ICIM: Do you have a vision for the future of the ACEI? SI: To develop the on-going work in relation to adding value for current and future members and to grow the association in terms of both membership numbers and services. ACEI aims to ensure that membership of the association provides many benefits to member firms using a variety of means. The association will continue to reinforce the message that the expertise of ACEI’s members needs to be heard at Government level when important decisions are being made about issues in relation to Irish construction and infrastructure. I would also welcome an even stronger and more unified voice being presented to government from all the construction industry related associations and professions to ensure strength in numbers for the greater good. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the sector to make this happen.

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Tougher targets needed for commercial kitchen flooring New research testing how safety flooring performs with ‘real world’ commercial kitchen contaminants highlights the need for tougher standards, says Peter Daulby, Altro’s Technical Services Manager. The commercial kitchen can be a dangerous place. Oil evaporates into the air and settles on the floor when it cools – requiring constant cleaning to prevent a slippery surface. Small spills like milk or flour could cause a very real slip hazard. A busy lunch hour would mean a lot of oil and cooking ingredients on the floor, and not enough time to keep the floor clean and hazard-free at all times. The law requires that employers ensure the health and safety of all employees, which is why safety flooring is a popular choice in commercial kitchens. We decided to put safety flooring to a real world test, using a variety of common contaminants found in a Water Vegetable­Oil Greasy­water Milk Flour Plastic­wrapping


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commercial kitchen, to gain a better understanding of real world risks in commercial kitchens, and to identify the best ways to mitigate these risks. Standard slip resistance tests Across the world safety flooring is tested in various ways. The standard Pendulum Test is often used in the UK. Wet flooring that measures PTV ≥36 translates to a one in a million chance of slipping and is classed as having a low slip potential. The contaminant used for this test is water. In most areas, this is the most common contaminant, making the test robust and reliable. However, this is definitely not the case for kitchens, where clean water represents only a small proportion of the hazards a worker would encounter on a

daily basis. Testing real world contaminants We used the standard PTV pendulum test BS7976, but instead of using only water as the test contaminant, we used a range

having a low slip potential. This table shows the risk of slipping on the safety floors we tested and how they perform with the different ‘real world’ kitchen contaminants. All of these floors maintained their low slip potential when the contaminant was clean water, and they performed well with some other common contaminants, but when it came to vegetable oil and greasy washing up water, it was a different story - only Altro Stronghold 30 with the very highest slip resistance maintained a one in a million chance of slipping.

of other typical kitchen contaminants, as shown in the table of results, and tested three of our safety floors, all classed as

The results showed that choosing your safety flooring based on how many customers you serve each day could leave you exposed - what matters most is the contaminants. In commercial kitchens our expert opinion is that flooring with PTV≥36, R10 is not recommended. Your chosen flooring needs to be able to perform against wet and dry contaminants and you also need to be confident that it provides sustained lifetime slip resistance rather than a coating that will wear away.

Altro­Classic R11­PTV­≥45 1­in­a­million 1­in­100,000 1­in­100,000 1­in­a­million 1­in­a­million 1­in­a­million

Altro­R10 PTV­≥36 1­in­a­million 1­in­20 1­in­20 1­in­a­million 1­in­a­million 1­in­a­million

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Specifier Saint-Gobain Gypsum National Trophy awards open for entries

Saint-Gobain Gypsum National Trophy celebrates the contribution that contractors and architects make to the construction industry and the craftsmanship and skill it takes to turn a vision into a reality. Entries close on the 30th November 2015. Gyproc, Ireland’s leading manufacturer of plaster and plasterboard solutions is calling for entries to its 10th National Trophy Awards 2016. Contractors and Architects are invited to enter completed projects in the following categories: • Plasterboard • Plaster • Innovation & Sustainability • Education, Healthcare and Hospitality • Residential • Commercial (non-residential buildings, including leisure and retail) Entrants will be shortlisted and the shortlisted projects will be invited to the National Trophy Awards, where the category winning Contractors and Architects will be awarded a €2,500 prize each.These category winning projects will then go on to represent Ireland in Prague next year, competing alongside finalists from 33 countries around the

world at one of the largest international competitions of its kind, the Saint-Gobain Gypsum International Trophy. Historically Ireland has been extremely successful at the Saint-Gobain International Trophy where Terminal 2, Dublin Airport was awarded first place in the plasterboard category and the runner up position secured in the commercial category for the Titanic Building in Belfast.

Michael­Scullion,­Oakleaf­Contracts­winner­of­the­plasterboard­category­for­Dunlin­Airport Terminal­2­being­presented­by­Claude-Alain­Tardy,­Gypsum­Activity­President,­Saint-Gobain

SIERRA WINS ALL-IRELAND NISO SUPREME SAFETY AWARD Recognised for its continuous commitment to health and safety in the work environment, Sierra, a leading outsource service provider in Ireland, the UK and the Caribbean, was awarded the prestigious Supreme Safety Award at the 24th Annual National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) Awards 2015. To receive the Award’s top accolade is a major endorsement of Sierra’s continued commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety in its workforce and highlights the company’s drive to become industry leaders for outstanding safety performance. TJ MALONE, CEO, SIERRA said: “It is a major achievement to win a> NISO Award and I am very proud of the company’s ability to achieve> this year on year. This prestigious Supreme Safety Award is an acknowledgement of the stellar work carried


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out by our employees and recognises our commitment to staff and customer safety. Sierra has invested heavily in training including our Health and Safety Training Academy or ‘Home of Learning’, a bespoke two storey house designed to offer a more practical environment in which a range of key scenarios can be replicated. Health and safety is always top of our agenda at every weekly senior management meeting and board meeting.” Sierra has over thirty years’ experience in outsourcing solutions and through its quality of work and safety performance, the company has secured contracts to deliver integrated solutions to blue-chip clients including ESB, Bord Gais, Electric Ireland, Sky,

Virgin Media, Digicel, Scottish Power and a multitude of public sector bodies. Within the company, safety, health, environmental and quality performance (SHEQ) are viewed as core business values and this ethos is evident as Sierra has been a consistent Category 1 winner since 2006. Wille Ryan, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Director at Sierra explained: “The annual NISO Safety Awards submission gives Sierra the opportunity to conduct a detailed review of what the company has achieved over the preceding 12 months and to help set the strategy for the coming year(s). Health and Safety is at the centre of what we do. Over the past number of years, the business has developed an impeccable SHEQ record and, as a result, this has opened doors to new business opportunities. We work hard every day to make sure our employees come to work and go home safely. This award is recognition of all the hard work carried out by our 35 full-time SHEQ advisors and our 1,954 strong team.” Sierra’s project management capability covers the full remit of a project from recruitment and selection to training, deployment, field force management, KPI monitoring and reporting, health, safety and environment, back office and call centre support, scheduling, billing and reporting. Installation of inhome telecommunications equipment, servicing and repair of gas boilers, installation of pre-payment electricity meters, power line refurbishment, trenching and ducting, network upgrades and installation of water meters are some of the other activities undertaken every day by the Sierra team. It is critical to have the necessary health and safety controls in place to> support these activities. Sierra has registration to ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001. This commitment to health and safety has been recognised through the achievement of the IOSH 2013 Award for Best Training Course (the first Irish Company to win such an award), RoSPA Gold Award for five consecutive years, along with the NISO Bronze Award in 2014, ‘All Ireland President’s Large Organisation Award’ in 2008 and 2009, and subsequent successes in these prestigious awards.


Groundforce provides shoring equipment for work package T02 of Paris metro line 14 extension Groundforce has supplied complex propping solutions to work package T02 -the extension of line 14 of the Paris metro. The northern extension of line 14 of the Paris metro for the RATP/STIF (the Paris and Greater Paris transport operators), which is being project managed by SYSTRA. (global leader in mass transit and rail engineering), is being extended to reduce traffic on line 13 of the Paris metro, which has already reached its maximum operating capacity. The next phase of the project will consist of connecting line 14 to line 15 at a newly created Saint-Denis Pleyel station, as part of the Greater Paris project. Work package T02, which covers part of this northern extension, was awarded to a consortium of companies including Bouygues TP / Soletanche Bachy France / CSM Bessac / Soletanche Bachy Tunnels, and is due to be completed in five years. The project consists of building the Mairie de Saint-Ouen station, creating new connections with the existing station on line 13. Two shafts, Pleyel and Pierre, which also provide exits for the tunnel boring machine, strengthening of the RER line C tunnel for the passage of the tunnel boring machine, plus 2.2 km of tunnel, in 3 sections bored by an earth pressure tunnel boring machine, and the central Glarner shaft, where all three tunnel operations will start from.

Groundforce supplied 10, MP500 hydraulic props for work on this structure located in the district Saint-Ouen. This shaft provides the starting point for all 3 tunnels with a total length of 2,219m and will be in the long term an access for the emergency services, and will house a pumping station, a ventilation shaft and a transformer/rectifier for the electrical supply.. Once the peripheral diaphragm walls were in place, this phase of the works on the so-called Glarner shaft consisted of open shaft as far as the underside of the base slab at a depth of 27 m and the construction of the 2m thick base slab. The props were installed in parallel with and following the groundwork operations. The three levels of props were installed as follows:• Level 24.50 NGF (French National Levelling Network), installation of metal struts and braces • Level 18.00 NGF, construction of reinforced concrete struts and braces • Level 11.00 NGF (at a depth of 20 metres): installation of metal struts (with a partial hydraulic strut solution) that will be removed once the base slab has been completed. dêçìåÇÑçêÅÉDë=ÜóÇê~ìäáÅ=éêçéë=ïÉêÉ áåëí~ääÉÇ=~í=íÜÉ=íÜáêÇ=äÉîÉä=çÑ=Äê~ÅáåÖ= Groundforce’s hydraulic props were specified for this project because they offer a number of advantages: they are quick to install and remove, are highly versatile, suited to a range of shapes and sizes of excavations, and offer a very high load capacity. In view of the complexity of the trapezoid-shaped Glarner shaft, which is 50 m long and between 12 m and 25 m wide, and the high structural tonnage stresses, Groundforce's MP500 props offered a very good solution, as they can support loads of up to 5000 kN. One of the advantages of Groundforce props is that they comprise different sized modules with standard lengths between 1 m and 12 m. "This offers greater flexibility for assembly and dismantling onsite, because the workshop does not intervene

and no special parts need to be made", explains Franck Vacheron, Civil Engineering Manager for work package T02 of the extension of line 14 from Bouygues Travaux Publics. Another is that their dimensions are not fixed, meaning that they can be adjusted in 20 or 50 cm intervals in relation to the actual configuration of the diaphragm walls using the hydraulic system.” Also, they are relatively easy to install. Weighing between 8 and 12 tonnes, they can be installed by a 100-tonne mobile crane and two to three site workers, and deployed rapidly. "We saved installation time thanks to this technology. We were able to install three props per day, while only two per day can be installed with a traditional solution", adds the civil engineering manager.

Actually on this shaft only the Groundforce props were removed after 3 months. They were delivered by truck in mid-July from the UK and returned at the end of August after completion of the concrete base slab. The remaining levels of propping will remain in place until the completion of the shaft in approximately 18 months. Already used by Bouygues Construction on the Batignolles project in Paris Groundforce can now add another project in Paris to its growing list in mainland Europe. cçê=ãçêÉ=áåÑçêã~íáçå=îáëáí ïïïKîéÖêçìåÇÑçêÅÉKÅçã



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