Thursday, 6 September, 2018:
Professor Mark Richardson (University College Dublin) and Professor Roger West (Trinity College Dublin) were jointly awarded a life time achievement award from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI) for their outstanding achievements made over a sustained period in the disciplines of engineering. The collaboration of these men, together with Prof. Simon Perry, Seoirse MacCraith and others, resulted in the very successful first Colloquium on Concrete Research in Ireland at TCD in 1997. This was the foundation of what developed into the Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI) conference series that is held every two years. When presenting the awards, Dr Jamie Goggins, President of CERAI noted that ‘So many researchers and engineering professionals in Ireland and beyond have experienced their encouragement, generosity, collegiality, high standards, organisational skills, and capacity to cajole. Both Profs Richardson and West have played significant roles in the development of concrete standards in Ireland and are well recognised for their international outreach. It is fitting that on the 21th anniversary of the conference series that they are both presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018.’
Two young researchers (under 35 years) were also recognised at the CERI2016 conference banquet for their outstanding contribution to research and practice at an early stage in their careers. Dr Magdalena Hadjukiewicz is a postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway, specialising in the use of computational fluid dynamics in building energy performance. Having successfully competed for and won no less than 7 significant research contracts amounting to some €13m over the last five years, including two substantial Horizon 2020 projects, she demonstrates an ability to work closely with industry, converting research into practice. The second recipient, Declan Gavigan, also an alumni from NUI Galway, lead a multi-disciplinary team of 12 engineers at Openhydro Ltd conducting research into tidal energy and collaborated with third level institutions in winning H2020 funding amounting to some €18m in the last 3 years and had a patent filed last year. Speaking at the award ceremony, Prof Roger West, chairman of the selection committee, commented: ‘This year the judges were faced with a very strong field of candidates for this award, reflecting the exceptionally high quality of international research being undertaken in Ireland. ’
This year, the Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI2018) conference was jointly held with the Irish Transport Research Network (ITRN2018) conference at University College Dublin on 29-30 August. A broad range of papers on civil engineering and transport topics were presented at the conferences including 147 full peer-reviewed technical papers and 8 keynote speakers. There was an emphasis on applications, as well as theory, to maintain relevance to both industry and academia. According to Prof Vikram Pakrashi, Chairperson of the CERI2018 conference and Assistant Professor at UCD: ‘We were delighted to host the largest conference to date with over 220 people registered for the conference. The quality of the papers were, in general, of excellent quality. We were honoured to have eight eminent keynote speakers at the CERI2018 and ITRN2018 conferences, who were Professor Ken Gavin from TU Delft, Professor Ahmed Elghazouli from Imperial College London, Professor Lizbeth Goodman from UCD, Dr. Sree Nanukuttan from QUB, Andrew McIntosh from Banah UK, Professor Laurence Gill from Trinity College Dublin, Dr. Christine Buisson from the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks. It was particularly pleasing to have Tony Dempsey, Director of Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers, give the Joe O’Donovan Memorial Lecture on the 10th anniversary of the death of Joe O’Donovan. The lecture series, given every two years at the CERI conference, was instituted in 2010 to recognise the contribution made by Joe O’Donovan to civil engineering in Ireland.’
Organised by CERAI in partnership with ITRN, the conferences aim to nurture early-career researchers and offer opportunities wherever possible to the next generation of leaders in research and industry. Thus, the best papers with a student as lead author in a number of streams of civil engineering received awards, including a cash prize of €200 and a €750 travel bursary to present at an international conference in the next two years. The award winners were Alan Carty (NUI Galway) on ‘An investigation into hydrodynamic effects on vortex drop structures liners using fluid-structure interaction techniques’, Alexandra Micu (UCD) on ‘Estimation of traffic load effects on Forth Road Bridge using camera measurements’, Luke Oakes (Ulster University) on ‘A simplified mix design procedure for geopolymer cement mortars based on metakaolin and industrial waste products activated with potassium silicate’, Suzanne Meade (Edinburgh Napier University) on ‘Measurement of Cycling Risk to underpin Quantitative Policy’, Jessica Holmes (Queen’s University Belfast) on ‘The Use of Near Surface Geophysical Methods for Assessing the Condition of Transport Infrastructure’ Jennifer Kirkpatrick (NUI Galway) on ‘The Effect of Climate Change on Flooding in Cork City’, Siyuan Chen (University College Dublin) on ‘Automated Bridge Deck Evaluation through UAV Derived Point Cloud’ and Federico Perrotta (University of Nottingham) on ‘A big data approach for investigating the performance of the road infrastructure’.
The award for the overall best paper at the conference was presented to Dr Lin Zhang from Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd for her paper on ‘TAGS: How the GSI is making AGS data available to the geotechnical community’. This paper was co-authored with Mr. Paul Quigley (Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions Ltd), Mr. James Trench (Geological Survey of Ireland) and Mr. Michael Sheehy (Geological Survey of Ireland).
The next Civil Engineering Research in Ireland (CERI2020) conference will be hosted by Cork Institute of Technology on 28-29 August 2020.
Photo caption: Professor Mark Richardson (University College Dublin) and Professor Roger West (Trinity College Dublin) jointly awarded a life time achievement award from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI)
Photo caption: Professor Mark Richardson (University College Dublin) and Professor Roger West (Trinity College Dublin), who were jointly awarded a life time achievement award from the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI), with the 2016 recipient, Martin Mannion (Centre) (Cork Institute of Technology)
Photo caption: Declan Gavigan receiving the Young Researcher’s Award from Dr Jamie Goggins, President of the Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI).
Note to editors: The Civil Engineering Research Association of Ireland (CERAI) was formed in 2012 for the purpose of promoting civil engineering research and practice in Ireland, and its communication to academics and practitioners. The principal activity is the sponsoring and overseeing of the organisation of a conference series dedicated to this goal.