Engineers Ireland opens up online voting for ‘Engineering Project of the Year’

11 Oct 2013

The five shortlisted entries for this year’s Engineers Ireland ‘Engineering Project of the Year Award’ have been revealed. The public is now invited to vote for their favourite project online.

The eventual winning project will be announced at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards on 8 November in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

An online public vote will now run in conjunction with Engineers Ireland’s media partners in order to choose the winner. As well as, the other media partners are The Irish Times and the Engineers Journal.

John Power, director-general at Engineers Ireland, said the standard of entries in 2013 was “extremely high”, featuring an “outstanding” variety of Irish engineering.

“We now call on the public to get behind their chosen entry,” he said.

So here’s a taster of who you can vote for, amongst the five projects:

Srowland Water Treatment Plant
This plant has apparently secured a steady supply of quality water for the Kildare population for many years to come, and reduces future demand pressures on the Greater Dublin Area for water.

National University of Ireland, Galway, The Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Building
This is a landmark 5,400 sq m, three-storey over basement building that was designed to be a focal centerpiece during the expansion of research facilities on campus by NUI Galway.

Bord Gáis Networks Services Centre
A compact building in Finglas, Dublin, this particular centre features a low-energy design concept with a permeable work environment for the Dublin operations of Bord Gáis Networks.

An Post Automation Programme
Apparently, this programme has significantly improved the mail sorting services and is facilitating the introduction of the postcode system for the Republic of Ireland, just announced by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte, TD, this week.

The East-West Interconnector
Pioneered by EirGrid, this interconnector, which went live late last year, allows for cross-border electricity flows between Ireland and Britain. The goal here is to enhance grid reliability and security of electricity supplies.

And, for the 2013 awards, two new categories will be added to the line-up.

The first, the Leadership Award, will celebrate an individual who demonstrates inspirational and articulate vision in realising goals and objectives.

The second award, in recognition of The Year of The Gathering, will acknowledge the contribution of the Irish engineering diaspora by recognising the excellent work of Irish engineers around the world in the International Engineer of the Year Award.

To vote for your favourite project, you can click here before midnight on Thursday, 7 November.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 8 November in The Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin.

And to see who has been nominated in the other categories, click here.

Engineering image via Shutterstock

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic