Exhibition highlights Engineers’ contribution to Dublin’s decade of change

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Dublin City Council will celebrate 10 years of engineering achievement in the city with an exhibition which Lord Mayor Andrew Montague will launch at the Civic Offices Atrium, Wood Quay at 3pm on Friday 23rd September. Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD will also attend. The exhibition will run at the council’s Civic Offices until Friday 14th October.

Lord Mayor Montague says “This fascinating exhibition will be of interest to anyone who would like to know more about issues like where our water comes from, how it gets  to your tap and what the council does when events like the Big Freeze last winter interrupted our water supply.

You’ll also discover a mine of information on areas like how our traffic keeps moving, the fire service, and what happens to the waste you put into your bin. The full range of services Dublin City Council’s engineers provide is very well represented. The exhibition is a testament to their professionalism and expertise and I am honoured to be opening it.”

The exhibition also features displays on some of the memorable projects that have transformed Dublin city over the last 10 to 15 years. These include fascinating insights into how the Dr. Santiago Calatrava designed Samuel Beckett Bridge was built in the Netherlands and transferred to Dublin by sea before becoming an iconic part of Dublin’s skyline. Other projects featured include Sillogue Water Tower, Millennium Bridge, the restoration of Ha’penny Bridge and the major engineering feat that is Dublin Port Tunnel.

Minister Quinn commented “The ethos of continuous professional development that has been instilled within the engineers of Dublin City Council is a shining light to public servants across the country.  The Department of Education and Skills, through the National Training Fund is delighted to fund the Engineers Ireland CPD accredited employer scheme.  This wonderful exhibition clearly displays the value and results of that funding throughout our capital city.”

Tom Leahy, Executive Manager (Engineering) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)Director with Dublin City Council says” This celebration shows the commitment of the City to a continuous process of up-skilling of our Engineering staff and how our staff have then used these skills for the benefit of the City and the communities they serve. Looking to the future the exhibition lecture will show how the Dublin Region is creating an environment where creativity and innovation thrive and leading a smart economy to create sustainable jobs and business opportunities”.

Celebrating Dublin City Council’s achievement, John Power Director General of Engineers Ireland said “Through CPD, engineers make a commitment to engage in the upkeep of the highest professional standards throughout their careers.  Since 1999, Engineers Ireland has been to the fore in promoting excellence in lifelong learning for the engineering profession through our CPD Accredited Employer standard. Dublin City Council continues to act as a public-sector role model in this regard.”

For Further Information please contact: Dublin City Council Press Office Tel. 222 2170 / 087 7400277

Information on all the projects featured in the exhibition is on http://www.dublincity.ie/node/6195


Notes to the Editor

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): CPD is a project that encourages engineering staff to acquire new skills and abilities. This keeps engineers’ knowledge bases up to date and increases their personal capabilities and career satisfaction. Dublin City Council began its CPD programme in 1999 in a partnership with Engineers Ireland.

Innovation Dublin: The exhibition will also run as part of Innovation Dublin which runs from 17th October to 18th November. For further details see www.innovationdublin.ie