On Thursday the 30th of March the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Multidisciplinary Technologies in DIT hosted the 7th annual SDAR* awards final. Sponsored by John Sisk & Son and supported by BS news, this is one of two key CIBSE Ireland applied research events with the intention of disseminating best practice in innovation and evaluation.
First prize on the night was presented by Padraic O’Connor (Sisk & Son) to Paul Wynne from Callaghan Engineering. Paul’s paper was ” Energy Audit of a Fitness/Leisure Centre”. His research focused on the potential energy reduction in a gym environment. The two runners up were: Methods of Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation Techniques in Low Voltage Systems by Eoghan Hickey of Callaghan Engineering and Improvement of Thermal Performance in a Historic Building by Aine Doyle of OCSC.
The expert judging panel consisted of Kevin Guaghan (Chairman) (DIT), David Doherty (CIBSE / T Bourke) and Gerry Farrelly (DIT).
As the life sciences sector in Ireland is a major target market of Callaghan Engineering, our Managing Director Donal O’Callaghan was invited by Pharmaboardroom.com to share his views on the importance of this sector to the Irish economy and outline his plans for the future of Callaghan Engineering.
See his interview here
Update 27/02/2017: We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who applied as part of our recruitment drive. All of the vacancies have now been filled.
Callaghan Engineering is delighted to offer new openings for talented individuals to join our existing teams in both Dublin and Cork. This is a unique opportunity for people with excellent analytical and communication skills to join a well established organisation with a proven track record in delivering high quality projects.
As one of Ireland’s leading Consulting Engineering firms we provide multi-discipline professional engineering design, validation, procurement, project and construction management services. The firm has successfully undertaken projects in the Biopharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Data Centre, Healthcare, Cosmetics, Food & Beverages, Industrial, Commercial, Educational, Government Agencies, and Tourism and Leisure Markets.
Successful candidates will therefore find themselves exposed to a wide range of engineering challenges across multiple industry sectors but with the backing and leadership of a highly experienced and dedicated team of professionals. Within Callaghan Engineering quality of staff resources is paramount. The development of the company has been based on the two fundamental concepts of attracting high calibre staff & using modern technology.
In addition to highly competitive remuneration packages, all of the above positions offer a range of benefits and incentives including CPD support, flexible working time and time in lieu.
To apply for any of our vacancies simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a current CV and with a brief covering letter.
Callaghan Engineering is an equal opportunities employer.
Callaghan Engineering would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Suppliers and Friends a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Our offices will close for the Christmas break on Thursday 22nd December at 5.30pm and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 8.30am.
Thank you for your continued business throughout 2016 and we look forward to serving you in 2017 and beyond.
All at Callaghan Engineering
On Friday November 18th – over 400 UCD graduates and friends entered O’Reilly Hall to celebrate 60 years of UCD Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering. Having produced more than 1400 graduates since 1956, the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering is the largest and oldest of its kind in Ireland.
Callaghan Engineering was one of the event sponsors on the night and our Managing Director Donal O’Callaghan (Class of 1973) attended the event along with our Senior Process Engineers Emma McGillycuddy (Class of 2000) and Pedro Rivera (University of Oviedo Class of 1998). There were representatives from classes covering the years 1957 to 2016, with some graduates travelling from as far apart as the USA, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and all over Europe and Ireland. The MC for the evening was Pat Kenny (Class of 1969). The Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering degree programme is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and IChemE President Prof. Jonathan Seville attended the event which was hosted by Head of School, Prof. Eoin Casey.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of awards for Outstanding Contributions to Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering to Prof. John Kelly and Paddy O’Flynn both from graduating class of 1957.
Photos of the night can be found HERE along with a selection of video interviews can be found HERE.
The recorded history of Spike Island begins in the 7th Century when it served as a Monastic site, but its chequered past has seen it serve as a Cromwellian deportation hub, a Royal Navy base, convict depot, naval garrison and later a prison, though much of its earlier narrative was also centred on detention and punishment.
Today’s visitor attractions on Spike Island tell its history through the newly constructed interpretive centre which was some 3 years in the planning eight months in construction.
The guided tour begins in the adjacent café which started out as a church and later served as a military drill hall. The tour covers each part of the new interpretive centre which itself consists of 4 distinct buildings, the Café, the Gaol, the Shell Store and the Gun Park.
Known as “Ireland’s Alcatraz”, Spike Island is now considered a go-to destination comparable with attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and Bunratty Castle. It is anticipated that visitor numbers will exceed 100,000 per year by 2020.
Callaghan Engineering were responsible for the full M&E design which included converting the drill hall into a café and adding a new toilet block. The Spike Island complex has listed status and the design had to ensure limited visible effect on the buildings. Lighting was upgraded throughout, while an internal and external Wifi system was also installed.
Callaghan Engineering was recently involved in a refurbishment project at Riverview Educate Together School in Walkinstown, Dublin 12. The building was a former primary school built in the early 70’s which had been lying dormant for over 2 years. The works included a major upgrade of all mechanical and electrical services to modernise them in line with the Department of Education’s technical guidance documents. The previously dormant heating system was refurbished and recommissioned including reconnection of the gas main to the building.
Under a fast track schedule, four classrooms, an office, staff room, toilets and new entrance area were fully restored, redecorated and handed back to the school for the new school term in a time frame of just 8 weeks.
It’s crunch time for all leaving cert grads and CAO applicants as the round one points are released for every course in every third-level institution across the country. For many, the offers will indicate what they will be studying and where they will be living for the next few years.
Required points offered in Round One reflect the increases and decreases in student applicant numbers for each course. The areas which saw the biggest increase in student application numbers this year are – construction, nursing, engineering/technology architecture, business & pharmacy.
The points for General Engineering have increased by as much as 75 in UCC, with the biggest demand for places in the construction related sector. Entry points requirements for architecture are up 15 in DIT & 25 in UCD. Architectural design is up 15 in WIT and Sligo. Construction management & economics courses have risen between 10-30 points and property and quantity surveying is up by 20 -30 points in DIT and GMIT.
Planning approval has been granted to Apple for a new data centre on a 500 acre site at Derrydonnell near Athenry, Co Galway. The new facility is expected to become operational by 2017 and when complete will run exclusively on renewable energy. Once operational, it is expected that the facility will employ up to 150 people.
Apple is investing €850 million developing the new data centre which will support its online services such as iTunes and Maps. As part of the selection process Apple inspected some 25 sites across Galway before deciding on the Athenry location. The main reasons given for choosing the site were the “uniquely attractive” lands, road quality and the scale of the site which is expected to be more than adequate to cope with Apple’s 15 year plan to build another data centre in the same location.
A number of global tech companies are either in the process of establishing data centres in Ireland or are significantly expanding existing operations in an overall investment valued at almost €3.7 billion. Alongside companies like companies Facebook, Google, Microsoft, IBM, eBay, Vodafone an Yahoo! some less well known names including BT, Eir, EMC and Equinix have data centre operations here.
Ireland has become popular with companies wishing to set up data centre facilities in Europe due to the country’s energy and communications infrastructure, low corporate tax rate and a temperate climate which helps to reduce running costs.
Callaghan Engineering, one of Ireland’s leading consulting engineering & project management firms, is currently involved in multiple Data Centre projects for multinational clients.
Callaghan Engineering can now offer the service of BREEAM Assessment following the recent qualification of Declan Hughes, Director of Projects & Mechanical Engineering, as an assessor under the BREEAM International New Construction scheme. Declan has over 25 years of experience in engineering design, construction, manufacturing, procurement and sustainability activities.
BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. BREEAM New Construction evaluates the design, construction, intended use and future-proofing of developments and includes the local, natural and man made environment surrounding the building.
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