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  • ACEI
    of Engagement In October of 2000 the ACEI in conjunction with Engineers Ireland launched the revised Conditions of Engagement agreements for all engineering disciplines The main changes to the agreements relate to the withdrawal of Fees Scales in compliance with the requirements of the Competition Act 1996 and a major redraft in the liability of the Consulting Engineer area The liability aspect of each document agreement has been revised particularly

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/conditions-of-engagement (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    bring environmental concerns into the design phase of engineering To achieve this manner of operating the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland has adopted a set of values which invokes a responsibility to find sustainable engineering solutions These values expand the definition of the engineer beyond that of just problem solving to problem solving with the additional specific goal of enhancing the quality of life for all and preserving the quality of their environment It is the policy of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland that the role of the engineer in the context of sustainable development should result in careful evaluation of the environmental benefits and of the adverse impacts of proposed projects conservation of energy reduction in the use of non renewable resources and increased re use of materials reduced waste production by means of improved industrial processes better transportation and distribution systems and recycling of waste products sound agricultural and other land management practices restoration or improvement of damaged land polluted water supplies and disturbed ecosystems effective transfer of environmental knowledge and experience The implementation of this policy means that consulting engineers take a leading role in defining and recommending effective sustainable development practice Short term costs to consumers which may be associated with the choice of sustainable development should be contrasted with the long termcost to future generations if unsustainable choices are made Consulting engineers may findit necessary to refrain from participating in a project if it becomes clear that the uncertainties regarding the potentially negative impact of a project on the environment far outweights the potential benefits Consulting engineers should and do inform their clients of the uncertainties associated with any major development project The necessary resources must be made available to the engineer to allow him carry out sufficient investigation to establish the

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/consulting-engineers-environmental-management (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    of resources applied to the task Existing quality buildings are easily recognisable they are in harmony with their surroundings They are aesthetically pleasing They have low maintenance cost They have happy contented inhabitants Recognising an existing quality building or structure is one thing but how do you plan a new quality project Firstly we must examine the overall life cycle cost of a building Research has shown that a typical project life cycle cost is as follows Therefore to achieve quality in the built environment we must take cognisance of these costs The construction cost must be within the client s budget or the project will not get built However if the budget estimate is too low and we try to meet the client s requirements by reducing the specification and quality of the building it will inevitably lead to an increase in the Operation and Replacement Cost For example if our aim is to have an energy efficient building with inbuilt measures to reduce maintenance and to achieve a construction cost saving we decide to reduce the quality of our weathering of the building or insulation quality we are transferring a minor capital cost saving to a major operation cost For a quality building there is a balance between Operation and Replacement Cost and Construction Cost and this can only be achieved by putting more time and effort into the design phase Adequate funding for planning and design early in a project can result in substantial savings either in the construction phase or operational phase or possibly in both Therefore to achieve Quality in the Built Environment we must give more recognition to the effect of the design It has been shown that the addition of only one percent of the life cycle costs added to the design phase

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/consulting-engineers-delivering-quality-in-the-built-environment (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    communications The importance of a healthy vibrant and technically advanced Consulting Engineering industry in Ireland is underlined by the role which these companies have played in delivering the National Development Plan 2000 2006 to date whereby The largest group of Engineering professionals ever engaged in public works in Ireland were assembled through the development of native skills recruitment of professional engineers from Britain Europe Australia South Africa and throughout the world Mobilisation of additional skills and resources through liaison and contractual arrangements with international companies operating through the leadership of their Irish partners Enhanced capacity through procurement of facilities such as buildings computer and technological facilities up skilling and diversification in order to meet the challenge of the Plan At various times during the last 30 years Governments and their agencies have correctly identified infrastructural deficit as a primary constraint on development in Ireland Notwithstanding the advances achieved this continues to be the case due to the chronic level of past under funding in infrastructure generally Over recent years and subject to budgetary constraints this country demonstrated through the leadership of Consulting Engineers that it has the capacity to overcome this deficit and facilitate continued economic development and growth in Ireland through Development of transportation infrastructure including National Roads Railways Urban Transport systems Traffic Management and Transportation Planning This development is now at a critical stage where the investment decisions must be made to deliver the agreed strategies The development of water services to meet society s needs for potable water and disposal of wastewater while protecting surface ground and coastal water resources is well advanced using innovative technological and procurement systems Waste Management Infrastructure is among the most critical constraints on development in Ireland going forward It requires the development of integrated Waste Management Planning based on the principles of sustainability with priorities to minimisation recycling re use and energy recovery and ultimately disposal of final residues in a safe manner in approved landfills Energy and telecommunications systems are critical to supporting the economic life of the country Consulting Engineers continue to lead the development of the National Gas Industry the development of power and telecommunications systems and the development of alternative energy sources wind biomass etc A wide range of buildings and facilities is required to meet the needs of industrial development storage and distribution of goods the provision of health education and welfare facilities private and public buildings in which Consulting Engineers play a major role Environmental management sees Consulting Engineers at the heart of sustainable development facilitating water resources management through the EU Water Framework Directive efficiency in energy utilisation air quality monitoring and treatment pollution control and conservation in all aspects of the environment Consulting Engineers recognise that sustainable development requires the integration of environmental along with technical and economic criteria in the development of major projects We deliver environmental appraisal and assessment at strategic and project level to incorporate these principles In this way Irish Consulting Engineers combine economic environmental and technical criteria to

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/consulting-engineers-economic-development (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    advances in the development of road networks worldwide Cable stayed and suspension bridges have been equally innovative and are fast becoming part of our daily environment With regard to building structures technical innovation has seen a dramatic revolution and growth in precast and prefabricated structures Fastrack construction is the order of the day and this has been achieved largely through rapid assembly techniques such as composite concrete steel floor plates architectural precast cladding panels fabricated off site and erected by high capacity mobile cranes All of these fast track methods have been driven by cost reductions and optimisation of resources in times of significant labour shortages The benefits of these innovations are there for all to see and have resulted in structures that meet the requirements of sustainable development particularly in regard to re cycling of building components and future land re development by subsequent generations But probably of greatest significance is the radical change in the Built Environment with regard to the extent and complexity of building services required of the engineer The traditional Mechanical and Electrical services now include Building Transport systems computer controlled environments complex telephony and data systems infrastructures support services for critical medical process and industrial installations to name but a few Modern building services designs are also committed to the concept of low energy buildings the use of natural ventilation where possible the integration of services with function the consideration of future proofing and in built services flexibility and the whole area of eco friendly building services The early improved internal environment of buildings designed in the mid 1960 s and early 70 s relied heavily on large amounts of heat with mechanical ventilation to achieve an acceptable working environment These designs were extremely energy intensive and with rising oil prices became very costly

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/consulting-engineers-technical-innovation (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    focus on the key strengths and expertise of our member firms This important development for the association contains a brand new directory presentation of our member companies along with latest news upcoming training opportunities and events updates We also emphasise the important role of both the ACEI and of consulting engineers in promoting the need for sustainable developments The use of social media will be important to drive traffic to

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/blog/acei-updates/welcome-to-our-new-website (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    focus on the key strengths and expertise of our member firms This important development for the association contains a brand new directory presentation of our member companies along with latest news upcoming training opportunities and events updates We also emphasise the important role of both the ACEI and of consulting engineers in promoting the need for sustainable developments The use of social media will be important to drive traffic to

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/resources/blog/welcome-to-our-new-website (2016-02-18)
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  • ACEI
    College Dublin Masters in Industrial Engineering She has worked as a production engineer in several Irish multinationals including Fruit of the Loom AT T and Cabletron Systems Sarah s most recent post was in Dublin City University DCU where she was Director of Quality Promotion from 2010 Previously she was a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at DCU Business School having been awarded a PhD in Strategic Management in

    Original URL path: http://www.acei.ie/blog/acei-updates/welcoming-Secretary-General-Dr-Sarah-Ingle (2016-02-18)
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