31 episodes

Keep pace with the engineering industry in Ireland and abroad with Engineers Journal, the voice of the engineering community in Ireland and beyond. Each episode brings you thought-provoking one-on-one discussions with industry leaders who share stories on favourite projects and greatest challenges, what the future may hold for the industry and advice on how to progress your career.

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Keep pace with the engineering industry in Ireland and abroad with Engineers Journal, the voice of the engineering community in Ireland and beyond. Each episode brings you thought-provoking one-on-one discussions with industry leaders who share stories on favourite projects and greatest challenges, what the future may hold for the industry and advice on how to progress your career.

    Water for the Future | Karl Zimmerer MD Glanua

    Water for the Future | Karl Zimmerer MD Glanua

    The water sector needs the help of engineers to develop plans and innovative solutions for the maintenance of one of our most essential commodities. 
    Today we hear of all the challenges facing the sector, from inefficient leaky infrastructure to an urgent focus on sustainability thanks to the rapidly changing climate.
    Our guest has been a leader in this area for 25 years since founding his company in Loughrea, and has had success not just here in Ireland but across Europe and to the USA. He is Group Managing Director of Glanua, Karl Zimmerer.
    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    ●       Working with water as a valuable resource and commodity 
    ●       The history of Glanua and the group MD’s career path 
    ●       Innovation to meet customer needs and regulatory standards 
    ●       Balancing supply, sanitation and sustainability in improving treatment plants 
    ●       Where to improve water knowledge as an interested engineer 
     
    GUEST DETAILS Karl Zimmerer is Group Managing Director of Glanua. Karl has over 25 years experience in the design, construction and operation and maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure throughout Ireland, with over 15 years in a Senior Management position. Karl’s professional qualifications include an Honours Degree in Structural Engineering and a Master Degree in Project Management. 
    Karl is a founding member of Glanagua LTD and has successfully developed the business into one of the leading companies in the water sector in Ireland, providing a full range of services throughout the industry. 
    https://ie.linkedin.com/in/karl-zimmerer-4b73a319 
    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/   
     
    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.
     
    QUOTES
    It is a very expensive resource that is absolutely essential to life. - Karl Zimmerer
     
    It is something that requires a significant level of investment to ensure that that is provided at a certain standard and a lot of governments aren't allocating enough for that. - Karl Zimmerer
     
    Innovation is something that we feel very, very passionate about, because innovation can be how you dig the hole, how you construct the tank, it can be about the technology, the pump system, the mortar that drives the pump, water efficiency, setpoint and understanding what the needs are for your customers. - Karl Zimmerer
     
    There's absolutely no stupid questions. Don't come to me with questions, come to me with solutions, and just ask me to do I think the solutions are right - Karl Zimmerer 
     
    KEYWORDS
    #water #Ireland #engineering #challenge #wastewater #treatmentplant #sustainability

    • 29 min
    When Art & Engineering Collide | Eoin Casserly VOLUTA

    When Art & Engineering Collide | Eoin Casserly VOLUTA

    Engineers are naturally creative, from problem solving to designing and planning. But when you combine that with visual creativity, it leads to unique and beautiful things. 
    Today we meet an Irish engineer who is using his engineering skills and artistic flair to design some of the most impressive structures across the world, including a very well known New York tourist attraction.
    Our expert guest has worked in over 20 countries across the globe and is passionate about the architectural response to the climate crisis. He is Principal and Founder of VOLUTA, Eoin Casserly. 
    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    ● Engineering as a passport to the world ● Working through design limitations with efficiency ● Complex design with user experience in mind ● The architectural response to the climate crisis ● Chartered Engineer of the Year award and its benefits 
    GUEST DETAILS
    Eoin Casserly is principal and founder of VOLUTA, a specialist structural engineering consultancy operating internationally, based in Sligo. Previously, he held structural engineering positions in Paris, New York, and Stuttgart. He has designed advanced structures such as gridshells, cable nets, facades, stadia, and artworks in more than 20 countries, working through six languages.
    Project highlights include the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere, the world’s first cable net with curved glass, the largest-spanning glazed roof in South America, and gridshells for the largest botanic garden in the world. His current research combines pre-industrial materials with innovative construction and analysis techniques. 
    Eoin won the Engineers Ireland Chartered Engineer of the Year Award in 2023. 
    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/   
    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.

    • 30 min
    Decarbonisation Challenge | Declan Wynne MD Skanstec

    Decarbonisation Challenge | Declan Wynne MD Skanstec

    Engineers are on the frontline of influencing our future and play a key role in the race against climate change. 
    As we embrace the digital transition, one Irish company is leading the way in decarbonisation. Today we hear how the firm has achieved rapid success in just three years of business, how they develop passionate and innovative teams and the incredible creative opportunities available to Irish engineers across Europe. 
    Our expert guest believes in the power of combining engineering and business and is passionate about Ireland’s ability to be world leaders in this space. He is Founder and Managing Director of Skanstec, Declan Wynne.

    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    Filling the market gap for decarbonisation innovationTransitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy in Ireland’s grid The challenges causing a race against time for engineersHow Ireland can be a world leader in energy and digital CPD and opportunities for Irish engineers across Europe The role of data centres in decarbonisation 
    GUEST DETAILS
    As Founder and Managing Director, Declan Wynne leads the Skanstec Executive Management Team and sits on the company’s board. Declan has a strong Engineering background with dynamic business acumen and a human approach. Declan has over 20 years’ experience in the Engineering sector and has a passion for Engineering and sustainability.
    The transition to a climate neutral society, coupled with the convergence of Digital Energy and Connectivity, inspired Declan’s vision for Skanstec to be a leading specialist Engineering company in the Energy and Telecommunication Sector with a focus on Decarbonisation and the Digital Transition.
    Declan holds a Degree in Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), including Level 9 Post Grads in Project Management and Coaching.
    www.skanstec.com 

    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/   

    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.
    QUOTES
    I've always had a passion for engineering and particularly a passion for business, and I think both work very much hand in hand, particularly in an Irish context. I think Irish engineers are quite good at being innovative and have a way about doing business that seems to be quite successful in many parts of the globe. - Declan Wynne 

    Engineering becomes more and more important in terms of what we're trying to achieve at a national level and at a global level in terms of decarbonisation, and the digital transition that we're experiencing. - Declan Wynne 

    The world is changing, and we've got to act, we've got to adapt. - Declan Wynne

    Irish engineering businesses are dominating across Europe. It's a huge opportunity for engineers. - Declan Wynne 

    The data centres are absolutely fundamental to decarbonisation. We can't decarbonize without data centers. Ireland's challenge at present is power. It's not data centers in my own view, and that's something that we're proud to be involved in. - Declan Wynne 

    KEYWORDS
    #engineering #decarbonisation #opportunity #datacentres #business #sustainability

    • 30 min
    From Engineer to Entrepreneur | Tara Dalton CEO Altratech

    From Engineer to Entrepreneur | Tara Dalton CEO Altratech

    Irish engineers are incredibly creative thinkers and innovators, but it's a big leap going from innovator to entrepreneur, and taking an idea you might have to market. 
    Today we hear from a prominent engineer with a fascinating career history, which took her from aeronautical engineering into the biomedical space. We'll be finding out how she looks at problems, overcomes obstacles, where she sees innovation and opportunity, and getting some great advice for any engineers who are thinking of launching their own business. 
    Our guest is CEO of Altratech and the Assistant Director of the Stokes Research Institute at University of Limerick, Dr. Tara Dalton.

    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    Transitioning through different disciplines of engineering The benefits of working within interdisciplinary teamsLearning to ‘skate where the puck is’ Being aware of trends and spotting gaps in the market Striving for progress over perfection and asking for help 

    GUEST DETAILSDr Tara Dalton, CEO of Altratech and Assistant Director of the Stokes Research Institute in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Limerick.
    Dr Dalton is a fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineers. She is one of the founders of Stokes Bio – a spin-out company that was sold to Life Technologies that developed high throughput microfluidic instruments for PCR. Her research interest is in the development of microfluidic devices for biological assays. She has graduated 20 PhD Students, published over 100 refereed papers and has over 50 granted patent and patent applications.
    https://altratech.com/ 
    https://ul.ie/research/dr-tara-dalton 

    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/   

    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.

    QUOTES
    In my mind, in engineering, you don't want to be at the cutting edge of absolute new science. You want to be just behind it, so you can help people with that science. - Tara Dalton 

    When you work with interdisciplinary team, and I work with medics, physicists, chemists or even with other entrepreneurs, it's just amazing, because I find that everybody wants to help you be better. Nobody, at least in my experience, gatekeeps their knowledge. - Tara Dalton

    Skate where the puck is, right. It didn't matter that I had this great product, but to get venture capital funding, that was never going to happen, because it wasn't in that ecosystem at the time. So that was one really big learning lesson. - Tara Dalton 

    Ask for help. Everybody, ask for help. Go talk to people, go talk to Enterprise Ireland, go talk to lawyers, go talk to VCs. Don't go saying I want, want, want, just say, What should I do? How could you help me? You'd be surprised how many people will give you their time. - Tara Dalton 

    KEYWORDS
    #engineering #problemsolving #entrepreneurship #biomedical #aeronauticalengineering #science

    • 36 min
    Record Breaking Wind Power | Noel Cunniffe CEO Wind Energy Ireland

    Record Breaking Wind Power | Noel Cunniffe CEO Wind Energy Ireland

    2023 was a ‘record breaker’ for wind power in Ireland, but have we got the resources to reach the government's goals for a renewable future? 
    Today we learn about some of the engineering problems behind Ireland’s long-term strategy for increasing wind power, the challenges caused by policy, regulation and mother nature, along with a huge career drive to get more people, including engineers, working in the wind sector. 
    Our guest is extremely passionate about Ireland’s renewable energy potential. Also a chartered engineer, he uses his many years of experience fighting tirelessly to help us make the most of our natural resources and meet our sustainability targets for 2030. He is CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, Noel Cunniffe. 

    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    How Ireland is leading the way and breaking records in wind energy generation Innovative engineering work happening in Ireland’s renewable energy sector Policy, planning permission, community engagement and other challenges facing the wind sectorOffshore wind and why it’s Ireland’s energy future The Work In Wind recruitment drive and why engineers are needed GUEST DETAILSNoel Cunniffe is the CEO of Wind Energy Ireland which is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association and works with a wide range of stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of wind and renewable energy. Prior to becoming CEO, Noel led Wind Energy Ireland’s Policy department in driving policy development across all aspects of the onshore and offshore renewable industry in Ireland.
    Previously, Noel was the Renewable Integration Lead in EirGrid, the Transmission System Operator of Ireland, and worked across several departments including electricity grid planning and operation, and the design of the electricity market of Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineer’s Ireland.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/noel-cunniffe-b34a1429 
    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/   

    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.

    QUOTES
    A lot of people in the country don't know we're actually a world leader when it comes to the amount of our electricity that comes from wind. - Noel Cunniffe 

    Last year in total over 1/3 of Ireland's electricity came from wind. As you can imagine, it's very weather dependent. In December, over 50% of Ireland's electricity during the course of December came from wind. One in two times when you were boiling a kettle, turning on your TV, using your internet, it was thanks to wind energy. - Noel Cunniffe 

    I get asked a lot. What happens when the wind doesn't blow. Where does our backup come from? And in the short term, the answer is going to be gas generation. That's the least polluting fossil fuel that we have. We should not be using oil, we should not be using coal, unless it's an absolute emergency. - Noel Cunniffe 

    I know this is probably very bonkers to think about, but if we didn't have wind energy over the past two years our electricity bills would have been much, much, much higher than they already were. - Noel Cunniffe

    Wind energy helped to push the most expensive oil and gas off the electricity grid. - Noel Cunniffe 

    We're really at the point now, where we as a country need to get in, jump in and invest in the grid again. That means building overhead lines, underground cables, new substations, it is the heartbeat of a thriving economy, and decarbonisation and ensuring that our lights stay on. - Noel Cunniffe 

    KEYWORDS
    #wind #electricitygrid #offshorewind #windfarm #energy #electricity #renewableenergy #turbines

    • 37 min
    The Secret Life of 999 | Michael Kelly BT

    The Secret Life of 999 | Michael Kelly BT

    Engineers are primed to think on their feet and solve problems in record times, but dealing with the weight of a whole country’s emergency call service requires lightning approaches and a ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude. 
    Today we dive into the world of the most important telecommunications operation in the country, the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS). We learn how the service operates in ways people may never consider and the contingency plans that help it weather any storm, or pandemic. 
    Our expert guest has been at the cutting edge of data and communications in Ireland since the introduction of the internet and is now Head of Operations with ECAS, Michael Kelly. 
    THINGS WE SPOKE ABOUT
    How Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) operatesProblem solving in an industry with 99.999% uptime  Adapting to weather and pandemic phenomena  Lessons learned from introducing the internet to Ireland  Why we shouldn’t fear AI and start seeing it as an asset GUEST DETAILS
    Michael Kelly is the Head of Operations at the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS). Michael has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry including his role with PostGEM where he helped introduce the public internet during the late 80s/early 90s. He has also served as Director of the Internet Services Provider Association of Ireland until he joined BT as their Head of Engineering Planning & Design. Since 2012, he has been Head of Operations for the 112/999  Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS).
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kelly-a5312810/ 
    QUOTES
    It's like that old adage about the 747, in the air, we're changing the engines without landing the plane. There's never a good time for us to do maintenance. So therefore we're constantly working on the system round the clock and making sure that our change control is absolutely state of the art engineering so that, even if we do make a mistake, we can roll back without anybody realizing that there was ever a problem in the first place. - Michael Kelly 
    What I can say is because of our engineers, and one in particular, I think we were probably the first country to identify what the problem was. - Michael Kelly 
    While it's stressful at the time, and you think ‘how are we going to solve this problem?’ Nothing is impossible, if you set your mind to it. And that genuinely is our mantra, it has to be that way. We can't just give up. - Michael Kelly 
    MORE INFORMATION
    Looking for ways to explore or advance a career in the field of engineering? Visit Engineers Ireland to learn more about the many programs and resources on offer. https://www.engineersireland.ie/  
    Engineers Journal AMPLIFIED is produced by DustPod.io for Engineers Ireland.
    KEYWORDS
    #telecommunications #engineers #internet #datacentres #emergencyservices

    • 44 min

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