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    RPS-led study finds that Subsea Grid connecting Scottish, Irish and Northern Irish Offshore Renewab

    24 November 2011

    RPS-led study finds that Subsea Grid connecting Scottish, Irish and Northern Irish Offshore Renewab

     

    Pictured at the Launch of the Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) in Glasgow: Acting Scottish First Minister, John Swinney, RPS Project Director, PJ Rudden, Northern Ireland Energy Minister, Arlene Foster, Scottish Minister for Energy, Fergus Ewing and Irish Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte.

    The Irish-Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES) was launched in Glasgow yesterday by government ministers from Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Funded by the EU's INTERREG IVA Programme, the ISLES project was a two-year collaboration between the Scottish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Government of Ireland. RPS led the international consultancy team in examining the feasibility of constructing, in the Irish Sea and Atlantic Coastal areas, an offshore grid linking Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

    The ISLES report highlights the huge potential benefits of a new electricity grid under the Irish Sea connecting power sources on Scottish, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland electricity networks. The study has found that development of an interconnected transmission network within the decade would help drive further growth in the renewables sector, create jobs, generate revenues and ensure future sustainable energy supplies by better connecting and exporting electricity.

    Speaking at the launch of the report at the ISLES Conference in Glasgow, Pat Rabbitte, T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, said the study is “further proof” of the economic potential of renewable energy.

    “With a sea area that is almost ten times the size of our landmass, Ireland has an abundance of ocean renewable energy resources, potentially a multiple of the energy requirements of our own system” he said. “By co-operating with our neighbouring administrations, we can work together to create a viable market for these resources, initially across our own islands but in time to continental Europe. The study shows that we have the long term potential to reduce infrastructure costs by working together to develop a planned network design.”

    The ISLES report contains crucial data and hard evidence to help understand the financial, regulatory and technical challenges of building an offshore interconnected transmission network and subsea electricity grid to support generation of electricity from renewable sources in coastal waters off Western Scotland and in the North Channel/Irish Sea area.

    Pat Colgan, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which manages the INTERREG IVA Programme, said “Increased use of renewable energy is a core objective of the EU's ‘20-20-20 targets’ which commits all 27 member states to source 20% of their energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2020. This study links into these targets as it has the potential to make a significant impact upon the future of the renewable energy sector.”

    Contact
    PJ Rudden
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: pj.rudden@rpsgroup.com

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    New Compost Standard for Ireland

    21 November 2011

    New Compost Standard for Ireland

     

    Pictured at the launch were (left to right) Conor McGovern, Organics Manager rx3, Olivier Gaillot, Programme Manager rx3, NSAI CEO Maurice Buckley, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment and PJ Rudden, Business Development Director, RPS.

    A new Irish Standard for Compost, I.S. 441:2011 was launched by Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on October 26th 2011.

    I.S. 441 is a joint initiative between the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG), the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and rx3.

    The Market Development Programme was developed by RPS for the Department of the Environment and published in 2007. The Programme sets out a strategy for market development for recyclables in Ireland. The primary focus of the document is paper, plastics and organics.

    In 2008, the DECLG appointed RPS to implement the Market Development Programme over a 5-year term. The RPS team was branded as rx3 ‘rethink, recycle, remake’ to reflect what the programme is trying to achieve. rx3 is tasked with project managing the key objectives and deliverables of the Market Development Programme for Waste Resources 2007 – 2011.

    A key area for rx3 is to help develop markets for organic materials including composts. Barriers to market development for compost products in Ireland include the lack of a compost quality assurance scheme (CQAS) and national compost quality standard (CQS) to prove that the process has been independently verified as being bona-fide and the compost is high quality and suitable for the intended purpose. Accordingly, rx3 is tasked with helping compost producers to improve the quality of their product. This will instil confidence in consumers as to the quality and contents of compost and will facilitate market development for compost products, leading to increased composting facility revenues.

    Therefore, in 2009, rx3 requested the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) to develop a CQS for source separated biodegradable derived compost. NSAI developed a standard using published research that compared Irish compost quality databases with databases and standards from other European countries. This Irish Standard is designed to promote the development of the composting industry and to create markets for compost as well as providing purchasing guidance for consumers and businesses.

    Copies of I.S. 441 are available to purchase online from NSAI through www.standards.ie, email info@standards.ie or phone 01 875 6730.

    For more details, see www.rx3.ie/Minister-Hogan-launches-irish-standard-IS-441

    Contact
    Conor McGovern
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: conor.mcgovern@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Triple Success at Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

    08 November 2011

    RPS Triple Success at Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards

     

    RPS has won three awards at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin on Friday night, 4th November.

    The €1.8m reconstructed Mizen Head Footbridge in West Cork won two awards. It scooped the coveted Project of the Year award, which was determined by an online public vote, as well as the award for Best Paper of the Year for a presentation given at Engineers Ireland headquarters in Dublin in May 2011. The Portlaoise Main Drainage project was awarded the Environmental Infrastructure Award, which recognises excellence in the performance of public wastewater or drinking water treatment infrastructure in terms of value for money, treatment performance and waste prevention.

    The Mizen Head Footbridge at Ireland’s most south-westerly point spans 50m across a dramatic sea gorge connecting the Mizen Head Lighthouse with the mainland. The bridge has attracted some 55,000 visitors since March 2011. The Mizen Head area is a Special Area of Conservation and a bridge has existed at the location since 1909. The new Mizen Head Footbridge, delivered by RPS on time and within budget, is a near-replica of the original structure. The key challenge facing the RPS design team and the contractor, Carillion Irishenco, was to design and build a new high quality bridge, while programming the safe demolition of the existing bridge with minimal disruption to the local environment. There was a delicate task of ‘building a bridge to build a bridge’, as the old bridge was used as part support for the new bridge for the initial construction phase. The bridge is a well known and loved landmark in Ireland. It is of considerable heritage and tourism importance.

    The removal of the old bridge was recognised as an excellent opportunity to study the degradation of reinforced concrete over a 100-year period, an area of huge economic importance given the investment required to repair and replace ageing concrete infrastructure worldwide. This ongoing research at Cork Institute of Technology in conjunction with University College Dublin will further raise the status of Irish engineering.

    Speaking at the award ceremony, Noel O’Keeffe, County Engineer, Cork County Council said “This footbridge is the culmination of a lot of team work allied to what we believe is the best in engineering creativity. This is a great example of engineering excellence as a driver for economic recovery. It is a landmark structure in terms of using reinforced concrete as a construction material and is now a noteworthy facility for the locality as well as a valuable tourist attraction. That this has been acknowledged today by Engineers Ireland is extremely rewarding.”

    The Portlaoise Main Drainage Scheme, delivered by RPS and contractors Murphy International and an Aecom – Bowen JV for Laois County Council, was officially opened in October 2010. The project comprises a new collection system, upgraded wastewater treatment plant and a new sludge treatment facility. It provides significant environmental benefits for the town of Portlaoise, its environs and the wider community. The use of a gravity sewerage system in place of older pumping stations has reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Improvements in water quality and the local environment were also achieved, particularly water quality in the Triogue River, which has allowed aquatic life to return and has provided enhanced protection to the River Barrow Special Area of Conservation 5km downstream. The project included a state of the art sludge management facility, which treats the waste sludge generated at the wastewater treatment plant, but also has the capacity to treat all other municipal sludges generated in County Laois.

    Contact
    Mizen Head Footbridge
    Kieran Ruane
    T: +353 (0)21 466 5900
    E: kieran.ruane@rpsgroup.com

    Portlaoise Main Drainage
    Gary Gibson
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: gary.gibson@rpsgroup.com

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    Award Winning Health & Safety

    31 October 2011

    Award Winning Health & Safety

     

    Left to right: Tom Stephenson, NISG Chairman, Mr. Sean Kelly, MEP, Joan Gallagher, RPS, Dermot Carey, Head of Safety Services, Construction Industry Federation and Pauric Corrigan, NISO President.

    RPS has won another major safety award at this year’s National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) Safety Awards. The award was presented to Joan Gallagher, RPS Environmental, Health & Safety Coordinator, in Killarney on 7th October.

    This year, RPS was awarded the overall Construction Award - Consulting Engineers Award, which was a new category of award for 2011.

    Our Health & Safety team have a strong track record at the NISO Awards, having won the Construction Civil Engineering Award in 2010, an award usually awarded to Contractors, and the President’s Prize for Construction in 2009 (Best in Construction category - a Category 1 award).

    Jim Leahy, RPS Health & Safety Manager and Joan Gallagher

    “Our strong performance at these annual safety awards reflects the commitment of all RPS staff to health and safety standards” said Joan. “We are continually improving our safety management systems and this has really been recognised at the NISO Awards over the past five years.”

    Contact
    Joan Gallagher, Environmental, Health & Safety
    Coordinator T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: joan.gallagher@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Delivers High Level Water Supply Scheme

    29 September 2011

    RPS Delivers High Level Water Supply Scheme

     

    Pictured at the official opening of the Sandyford High Level Water Supply Scheme, left to right: Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan, TD, An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Councillor John Bailey, Jerry Grant and Aoife Carty of RPS

    The Sandyford High Level Water Supply Scheme was officially opened by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan T.D. on 12th September. This state-of the-art water supply scheme will provide improved security of supply and enhanced water quality for over 25,000 Dublin residents in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area.

    RPS designed and project managed the €27.5m project on behalf of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

    The project addresses a number of issues relating to drinking water supply by providing a single source of supply, elimination of small variable sources, adequate storage, adequate pressures and capacity to meet future demand. The new water supply scheme has the potential to serve up to 60,000 residents in the lower reaches of the Dublin mountains overlooking Dun Laoghaire between Sandyford and Stepaside .

    The Sandyford High Level Water Supply Scheme comprises two supply areas, a low level supply area with a new 12,500m3 storage reservoir at Aiken’s Village and a high level supply area with a new 10,000m3 storage reservoir at Burrow Road in Stepaside. Two pumping stations, a chlorination plant, a control building and 12km of new watermains have also been constructed as part of the project. A new telemetry / SCADA system has been provided to monitor, record and interpret key data such as flows and pressure and alert operators of any faults or alarms.

    “The construction of the scheme was very challenging in a variety of environments, from the busy Sandyford Industrial Estate to more rural areas such as Stepaside. The completed works are visually attractive, in particular the pumping station at Stillorgan adjacent to the Sandyford LUAS stop. The project has been successfully completed ensuring greater security of supply to customers well into the future”, said RPS Project Manager Aoife Carty.

    Contact
    Aoife Carty
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: aoife.carty@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Appointed to Provide Evidence-Based Environmental Studies for EirGrid

    14 September 2011

    RPS Appointed to Provide Evidence-Based Environmental Studies for EirGrid

     

    RPS has recently been appointed by EirGrid, Ireland’s electricity transmission system operator, to carry out evidence-based environmental studies of existing grid infrastructure. These studies will be carried out by RPS staff from across Ireland and the UK and will comprise a suite of scientific studies designed to examine the actual effects of existing transmission infrastructure on the environment.

    Topics to be covered include ecology, soil, water, landscape, cultural heritage and human population. The driver for the studies arose through the process of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Grid25 Implementation Programme. They will provide actual evidence of environmental impact, to inform the design of future projects, and to support planning applications and oral hearings.

    The studies are part of a wider process of the integration of environmental best practice into Ireland’s planning for future transmission projects and will inform future guidance in terms of planning and design.

    Contact
    Jennifer Haddow, Associate
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: jennifer.haddow@rpsgroup.com

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    Wave Technology Progresses as Site Study is Successful

    06 September 2011

    Wave Technology Progresses as Site Study is Successful

    RPS successfully completes studies to install wave technology by major Australian wave energy developer.

    CETO installation. Image courtesy of Carnegie Wave Energy.

    RPS has now completed the initial studies into potential near-shore sites for commercial demonstration of Carnegie Wave Energy’s CETO wave energy unit, successfully identifying two possible sites that are viable for the unit array to be installed in and benefit the Irish ocean energy target.

    The conceptual design and the site project study have been 50% funded by the energy developer, and 50% by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (under the Ocean Energy Prototype Research and Development Programme), and is managed by Carnegie’s Irish subsidiary: CETO Wave Energy Ireland.

    RPS carried out a detailed site evaluation and conceptual design study examining grid connection feasibility, environmental sensitivities, wave resources, and structural issues for the installation of the innovative marine energy technology.

    CETO offloading. Image courtesy of Carnegie Wave Energy.

    It is the primary phase of the project for a potential 5MW commercial demonstration in Irish waters. Ireland has set a national target to produce 33% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, including 500MW from ocean energy. The Irish Government is providing grant funding for the research, development and deployment of tidal energy in Ireland –with an established €220/megawatt hour feed-in tariff for ocean energy.

    The CETO wave energy units self-tune to sea-state and wave patterns. The installation is anchored to the ocean floor, and uses seabed pumps which are driven by submerged buoys. The pumps pressurise the water to a high-level and it is transferred to shore by pipeline where it will drive hydroelectric turbines to generate power. The high-pressure water can also supply a reverse osmosis water-desalination plant –removing the requirement for the electrically driven pumps (which emit greenhouse gases) that would normally serve such plants. Only a few wave energy technologies magnify wave pressure variations to produce fresh water from seawater.

    CETO unveiling. Image courtesy of Carnegie Wave Energy.

    Following the very positive results of the study, the Irish Government will continue to work with Carnegie and key stakeholders to progress the implementation of the project to trial the technology in Atlantic waters.

    RPS has been engaged recently to assist Carnegie Wave Energy Limited to develop the new CETO 5 unit design. Dr. Nick Wells will be spending several weeks working on this assignment with the Carnegie team in their office in Perth, Australia.

    Contact
    Dr. Michael Shaw
    T: +44 (0) 28 9066 7914
    E: mike.shaw@rpsgroup.com

    Dr. Nick Wells
    T: +44 (0) 28 9066 7914
    E: nick.wells@rpsgroup.com
     

    Thumbnail image is a crop of CETO unveiling. Image courtesy of Carnegie Wave Energy.

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    RPS Celebrates the Official Opening of Mizen Head Footbridge at Ireland's South Westerly Point

    10 August 2011

    RPS Celebrates the Official Opening of Mizen Head Footbridge at Ireland's South Westerly Point

     

    On Friday 5th August, the Mizen Head Footbridge was officially opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadker T.D. The opening marked the successful completion of a very complex engineering project for RPS, our client Cork County Council and the contractor Carillion Irishenco.

    Mizen Head Footbridge is located at the south westerly tip of Ireland. Spanning 50m across a dramatic sea gorge, it leads to the Mizen Head Lighthouse owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The original structure was built in 1909 and was considered to be the longest reinforced concrete bridge of its type in Europe at the time.

    After 100 years of service, the iconic bridge has been demolished and faithfully reconstructed to its original form. The complex project was delivered on time and within budget to the satisfaction of the funding authorities – Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. “102 years later, the Project Team has successfully delivered a new, replica reinforced concrete structure, following careful removal of the original structure”, says Kieran Ruane, Project Manager, RPS. “The successful completion of the project has preserved a landmark structure on the coast of Ireland for future generations to enjoy.”

    Mizen Head is a site characterised by dramatic cliffs with steep, narrow footpaths and spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. The bridge is a twin arch structure, which supports a pedestrian bridge deck. The original reinforced concrete bridge displayed many of the defects associated with concrete structures in a marine environment.

    The landmark bridge project provided significant challenges to the design and construction teams. Access to the site was extremely difficult, via a steeply inclined footway, less than 1 metre wide. The bridge was located in an environmentally sensitive marine location and was subject to severe weather due to the exposed, coastal nature of the site. The bridge had a clear span of 50m and the soffit of the deck was located 45m above a sea gorge.

    “The key challenge was to design a scheme that would allow safe demolition of the existing bridge and safe construction of a new bridge, with minimal disruption to the local environment”, noted Kieran Ruane. “The bridge is a well known and loved landmark in Ireland and the project drew considerable interest from the general public during construction.”

    The new bridge is a structure of identical nature and form to the original structure, though marginally wider (700mm). The innovative concept allowed for the initial construction of new structural members using the old members for support. The scheme progressed as an integrated series of demolition and construction of individual structural elements. The concept garnered significant support from heritage professionals and other interested parties, as it preserved the form of the original structure. The structure comprises an intricate framework of elements and the details of these elements were faithfully recreated from the original structure.

    RPS designed additional tourism facilities during construction of the bridge. These include walkways and viewing platforms, from higher viewing levels above the bridge, to enhance the visitor experience.

    Contact:
    Kieran Ruane
    T: +353 (0)21 466 5900
    E: kieran.ruane@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Serves Ace with SD Masters

    15 July 2011

    RPS Serves Ace with SD Masters

    RPS Group Business Director launches key course in sustainability management.

    PJ Rudden, Professor Richard O’Kennedy and Dr Anne Morrissey at the launch.

    RPS Group Business Director, and President of Engineers Ireland, PJ Rudden gave the keynote address at the launch of a first of its kind post-graduate degree course in Ireland, together with Dublin City University’s Vice-President for Learning Innovation Professor Richard O’Kennedy.

    “The launch of the University’s Master’s Degree in Management for Sustainable Development is a timely and positive forward-looking action, taking place the day after the release of the preliminary results of the 2011 census –showing Ireland’s population to be at its highest for over 150 years –at 4.5 million”, PJ stated in his address.

    PJ was invited to deliver the keynote address for the launch as President of Engineers Ireland, and in recognition of the recent Engineers Ireland report on The State of Ireland’s Infrastructure.

    “As our economy is threatened, there is a temptation to go for ‘quick fix’ solutions that lack the advantage of long-term social, environmental or economic sustainability. We have to avoid that temptation and be known for what we build, not what we destroy,” he said.

    “I referred to the banking and property crisis and remarked that we needed "to get back to 'plan led' sustainable development not 'developer led' which had created much of our current difficulties”. I also expressed my amazement that not a single town planner, architect, engineer or environmental scientist had yet been employed by NAMA so it was impossible for them to accurately assess the true value of the distressed assets under their control, concluding that "Never was the content or timing of this course on Management for Sustainable Development more needed in Ireland than at present”, PJ explains.

    The course is operated by the University’s distance learning unit, Oscail –pioneered via online and blended learning to ensure the greatest possible practical access to the course for students. Its philosophy is based on effective management of economic, social and environmental challenges in an holistic way. Its core areas are waste, water and energy –key aspects in the process of economic recovery. The course also incorporates extensive coverage of Procurement as a study area –an unusual and complex focus for such a course, but essential for interfacing with technical, legal and commercial issues.

    Course Director, Dr. Anne Morrissey and Head of Oscail, Seamus Fox demonstrated the course tutorials, with a student who is enrolled on the course for September discussing the flexible benefits of distance learning. Vice President for Learning Innovation, Professor Richard O’ Kennedy, said, “The new Masters offers students a great opportunity to enhance their expertise in a key area that will underpin future economic growth –both nationally and internationally.”

    Contact:
    PJ Rudden
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: pj.rudden@rpsgroup.com

    More details of the course launch can be found at:
    PJ Rudden’s Engineers Ireland blogspot: apresidentsblogbypjrudden@blogspot.com
    The Dublin City University website: http://www.dcu.ie/news/2011/jul/s0711a.shtml

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    RPS Manages Nationwide Reuse Service & Development of Smart Phone App

    16 June 2011

    RPS Manages Nationwide Reuse Service & Development of Smart Phone App

     

    Brenda McEvoy, RPS and An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. at the launch of FreeTradeIreland.ie

    An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. officially launched FreeTradeIreland.ie on Monday 30th May in Co. Mayo. The innovative, web-based service to encourage and facilitate the free reuse of household and business items nationwide has been designed and managed by RPS. In addition to managing the website design, build and testing and the Free Trade Ireland Facebook page, RPS has also led the development of the FreeTrade Ireland App, one of the first smart phone services developed and funded by local authorities in Ireland.

    Using the free service, householders and businesses can pick up and pass on quality items such as home and office furniture, baby goods, electronics, DIY / construction materials and tools, sports equipment, musical instruments, toys, gardening accessories and motoring items. Users can view ads for items as well as post items of their own once they are a member of the site. The service has been designed to be as user friendly as possible with an innovative search engine the centre-piece of the website. The website also records reuse data, features mapping and alerts which help users with their searches.

    The FreeTrade Ireland service is supported by Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and funded by the Local Authorities across Ireland. The website aims to help prevent usable items going to landfill and increase the lifespan of items for reuse. Approximately 40% of items on Free Trade Ireland fit into the furniture category. Generally these items are bulky in nature, difficult to take to recycling centres, take up most of the space in a costly skip and most importantly are reusable or restorable.

    “I commend the local authorities for this fantastic initiative and I encourage people in homes, community and leisure organisations and those in business or setting up a new enterprise to make FreeTradeIreland.ie their first point of contact when they need to find furniture and equipment at no cost” says An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. “We need to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill to protect our environment and enhance our economy. This initiative is a very positive step encouraging the reuse of items in line with the European Waste Hierarchy, which was given statutory recognition by the Minister for the Environment in the European Community (Waste Regulations) 2011 on March 31st 2011.”

    The Free Trade service originated as a regional reuse service for Dublin, on DublinWaste.ie, which was developed and managed by RPS from 2006. Due to its success it was then expanded to become FreeTradeIreland.ie in July 2010 with Mayo County Council acting as the lead authority. Since the service has commenced, over 38,000 items have found new homes. In the ten months FreeTradeIreland.ie has been operational nearly one million people have visited the website and over 7,600 items have been passed on and reused.

    Contact:
    Warren Phelan, Associate, West Pier
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: warren.phelan@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Director is new President of Engineers Ireland

    27 May 2011

    RPS Director is new President of Engineers Ireland

     

    PJ Rudden, Group Business Director for RPS in Ireland, was last night inaugurated as President of Engineers Ireland. RPS staff joined with a full house of members and an international audience via podcast to hear PJ’s inspirational inaugural presidential address. Engineers Ireland is the representative body for engineers in Ireland with over 24,000 members across industry, the public service, semi-state organisations and academic institutions.

    In his address, PJ captured the sense of Hope that engineers in Ireland must have to drive their way out of the current severe recession, particularly in the construction industry. He said that new social media offered an untapped opportunity for the engineering sector to highlight its vital input into national policies and its role advancing new technologies in emerging sectors.

    “Leadership is about making the difficult things happen. If the engineering sector is to lead in the economic life of our country we need to do more than Engineer - we need to Influence - We need to Invent - We need to Innovate - We need to Communicate - We need to Inspire - how to make new smarter Transport systems to move people and products, how to truly develop and protect our finite Water resources, how to better manage our recoverable resources in Waste, how we harness our Energy sources, renewable or otherwise, how to better manage our Environment including assisting a low carbon Economy to combat Climate Change and how we Communicate our Message that ‘Engineers make things happen’. It’s time for Engineers to come out of the evening shadows and face the bright lights of mass media and social media - to comment on National Policies, to promote Project Need in infrastructure and to Show the Way with technological advances. We need to do so in a way that John and Mary Citizen and our younger generation will appreciate. We need to go on Facebook, to Tweet and to Blog.”

    From last night, PJ has started a new President’s blog to chart his stories and experiences throughout the year: http://apresidentsblogbypjrudden.blogspot.com

    PJ also said in his address that the engineering profession is still not subject to the same statutory rigours as other professionals which remains an anomaly: “While we adhere to international and best practice guidelines, our profession - unlike the legal and medical professions - remains unregulated and this is a concern that we hope to address at Government level in the year ahead.”

    PJ Rudden has over 35 years experience in the Irish engineering sector, and is Group Business Director for RPS in Ireland. His main areas of experience are in the energy, waste management and environmental business. More recently he is Project Director of the European Green Capital Award and the Irish Scottish Energy Links Study on offshore renewable energy for the Governments of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

    RPS Managing Director in Ireland, Jerry Grant said “This is a huge honour for all of us, his colleagues, and is due recognition of PJ's contribution to engineering in Ireland, especially in setting the national agenda in waste management and now in developing national energy strategy. We all extend sincere congratulations to PJ.”

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    RPS Delivers Landmark Bridge

    26 May 2011

    RPS Delivers Landmark Bridge

     

     

    Mizen Head Footbridge is located at the south westerly tip of Ireland. It spans 50m across a dramatic sea gorge leading to the Mizen Head Lighthouse owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The original structure was built in 1909 and was considered to be the longest reinforced concrete bridge of its type in Europe on completion. In 2011, RPS has successfully delivered a new, replica reinforced concrete structure, following careful removal of the original structure. The successful completion of the project has preserved a landmark structure on the coast of Ireland for future generations to enjoy.

    Mizen Head is a site characterised by dramatic cliffs with steep, narrow footpaths and spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. The bridge is a twin arch structure, which support a pedestrian bridge deck. The original reinforced concrete bridge displayed many of the defects associated with concrete structures in a marine environment. These included extremely high chloride levels with severe reinforcement corrosion and spalling of concrete. Since 2000, RPS conducted a number of studies on the structure. In 2007, the Commissioners of Irish Lights requested RPS to design the removal of the existing structure and to build a replica structure in reinforced concrete to be constructed in its place.

    The project provided significant challenges to the design and construction teams. Access to the site was extremely difficult. The only access was via a steeply inclined footway, less than 1 metre wide. The bridge was located in an environmentally sensitive marine location and was subject to severe weather due to the exposed, coastal nature of the site. The bridge had a clear span of 50m and the soffit of the deck was located 45m above a sea gorge. The key challenge facing the designers was to design a scheme that would allow safe demolition of the existing bridge, and safe construction of a new bridge, with minimal disruption to the local environment. The bridge is a well known, and loved, landmark in Ireland and the project drew considerable interest from the general public during the construction phase.

    The solution developed by RPS was a structure of identical nature and form to the original structure, though marginally wider. The innovative concept allowed for the initial construction of new structural members using the old members for support. The scheme would progress from this point as an integrated series of demolition and construction of individual structural elements. On completion, the new bridge would be some 700mm wider than the original bridge but, otherwise, identical. The concept garnered significant support from heritage professionals and other interested parties, as it preserved the form of the original structure. The structure comprises an intricate framework of elements and the details of these elements were faithfully recreated from the original structure.

    Project funding was provided by Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council and the Commissioners of Irish Lights. RPS designed additional recreation facilities during the construction period. These included walkways and viewing platforms throughout the site to enhance the visitor experience. The project was opened to the public in March 2011.

    Contact:
    Kieran Ruane
    E: kieran.ruane@rpsgroup.com

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    Waterford City Flood Alleviation Scheme

    24 May 2011

    Waterford City Flood Alleviation Scheme

    Minister of State, Mr Brian Hayes, officially opened the Waterford City Flood Alleviation Scheme – Phase 1 and Phases 2 & 3 Advance Works on 16th May 2011. The RPS designed scheme included over 1km of 1.1m high glass floodwall along the River Suir quays and on sections of the John’s River in Waterford City

    View of Glass Floodwall at Adelphi Quay in Waterford City

    ‘As the first flood relief scheme to use glass, the kilometre of glass wall is truly fitting for the ‘Noblest Quay in Europe’ and for a city with a strong association with glass’ said Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr. Mary Roche, reflecting on how the city remains the world centre for the manufacture of the trademark Waterford Glass.

    RPS was involved in all aspects of this scheme from the early stages which included; the preparing the preliminary report for the OPW in 2001 under the title John’s River (Waterford City) Flood Relief Scheme; the Environmental Impact Statement in 2002; Public Exhibition in 2002; and the phasing study which divided the scheme into 4 separate phases (Report on Potential for Phasing of Works in 2004).

    In 2007, the Waterford City entered into a formal agreement with the OPW to deliver the scheme in Phases on behalf of the OPW. It was agreed by all involved that the quay in Waterford was unique and continued connectivity with the river was important. Any flood defences proposed could not impede the views of the River Suir. From this principle the concept of a glass wall was born.

    RPS was responsible for the design of a glass floodwall that would withstand loadings from flood events up to the 200yr return period but would also aesthetically enhance the existing quays. RPS researched similar glass floodwalls around the world and organised a delegation from Waterford City Council and the Office of Public Works to visit a number of sites in Germany where glass floodwalls had been constructed. RPS then designed a glass floodwall appropriate to the conditions and locations in Waterford City.

    View of Glass Floodwall at Merchant’s Quay in Waterford City.

    Flood Defences on Scotch Quay in Waterford City

    Contact:
    Gavin O’Donovan, Associate
    E: gavin.odonovan@rpsgroup.com

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    Asbestos Management in Irish Schools

    21 April 2011

    Asbestos Management in Irish Schools

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    For the past year, RPS in Dublin has been managing a national asbestos management project in schools throughout Ireland. The Office of Public Works (OPW) appointed RPS along with two other consultants to complete asbestos surveys in schools identified for refurbishment. The surveys are carried out in cooperation with two other consultants and schools are assigned to each consultant on a rotational basis, therefore evenly distributing the work involved.

    The RPS project team has involved training and utilising staff from the Dublin, Cork and Galway offices and involves four tasks including:

    • Refurbishment asbestos surveys to identify Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs)
    • Preparation of reports and removal specifications for the asbestos
    • Follow up supervision of the removal works
    • An air test and approval / clearance of the works

    Whilst the asbestos consultancy in Ireland is still in its early stages, it is steadily growing and in addition to surveying over 70 schools for the OPW, RPS has worked with other clients on asbestos related services including health boards, local authorities, VEC’s, government departments and transport authorities.

    Contact:
    Warren Phelan, Associate
    E: warren.phelan@rpsgroup.com

    Paddy Lambe, Project Scientist
    E: paddy.lambe@rpsgroup.com

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    Attaining the Energy Standard for Baileys

    07 April 2011

    Attaining the Energy Standard for Baileys

    RPS helps Diageo Baileys Global Supply to become Europe’s first food and drinks company to achieve certification to EN 16001.

    Diageo personnel receiving the certificate –with RPS’ Ken Bruton second from left. Photograph courtesy of Diageo Baileys Global Supply.

    The European Energy Management Standard (EN 16001) provides a structured platform for embedding energy efficient practices within an organisation. Through effective and efficient management of energy, EN16001 provides an enabling scaffold to boost the resilience of a business to adverse fluctuations in the energy market while simultaneously increasing cost competitiveness. It is the most widely deployed standard employed by companies to define their Energy Management System (EnMS) activities, and is very similar in structure to the widely adopted international quality (ISO9001), safety (OSHA18001) and environmental (ISO14001) standards.

    The RPS energy efficiency team in Cork has provided expert technical support to Diageo Baileys Global Supply in assisting them to become the first Food & Drinks Company in Europe to attain certification to EN 16001. Throughout 2009, Diageo Baileys built on a firm foundation of energy conscious operations already in place at the organisation with the adoption of a structured approach to energy management in line with the requirements of EN16001. RPS and Diageo Baileys understood that EN 16001 is not a headlong rush into green or other technologies; it involved the measured and structured adoption of lean processes, the prudent use of finite resources, and the eradication of all non value-add activities responsible for energy waste. To ensure effectiveness, the Diageo Baileys bespoke EnMS reflects these activities; namely it is lean in nature (with the minimum of paperwork) ensuring that energy project teams spend available time optimising onsite efficiency levels rather than maintaining a labour intensive management system.

    Since achieving certification to EN16001, Diageo Baileys and RPS have continued to work together to both operate and improve energy management activities at the company. Based on a request from Diageo Baileys in 2010, RPS developed a statistical energy forecasting model based on planned production outputs which is now used by Diageo Baileys personnel to forecast future budgetary requirements. This outcome resulted from fostering a greater understanding of the factors driving the energy consumption of site operations, something that EN16001 champions. It has also led to the redefinition of site energy performance indicators (EnPI’s) which are monitored both internally by site personnel and externally by RPS expert technical support staff with a view to the identification and remediation of periods of underperformance. Diageo Baileys and RPS are now looking firmly to the future, and to a transition to ISO: 50001, the international energy management system standard, which is in final draft format, in order to continue striving for continuous improvement.

    There are a number of crucial advantages in soliciting the services of external experts in EnMS implementation when endeavouring to implement a structured EnMS. An experienced EnMS consultant will;

    • Be knowledgeable in the technical and systematic requirements of the standard and in the most efficient means to achieve each;
    • Ease the burden of integrating a management system into everyday business operations;
    • Ensure that the energy savings potential of the organisation is fulfilled at least cost.

    Many Irish companies have already utilised RPS expert support services resulting in their subsequent certification to EN16001. These include Pfizer, Little Island; the first Irish company to achieve certification to I.S.393:2005, the precursor to EN16001.

    There is tangible economic benefit in adding expert consultants to a company’s EnMS team. Their fresh perspective and experience will ensure that a company will achieve its energy saving potential, enhance sustainability, and ensure continuous improvement at least cost in terms of time, money and resources.

    Contact:
    Richard Morrison
    T: +353 (0) 21 466 5900
    E: Richard.morrison@rspgroup.com

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    RPS Assists EPA with Emergency Operations at Kerdiffstown Landfill

    29 March 2011

    RPS Assists EPA with Emergency Operations at Kerdiffstown Landfill

    News headlines across Ireland were recently focused on an unfolding national environmental emergency at Kerdiffstown Waste Management Facility. The facility is near Naas in Co. Kildare and is located within sight of the busy M7 motorway.

     

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had closed the facility in early 2010 on foot of a High Court order, but on 18th January 2011 a fire was discovered in the main body of waste landfilled on-site.

    Spearheaded by local fire services and the EPA, 24 hour emergency operations kicked into action immediately upon discovery of the blaze. The main objective was to bring the blaze under control and limit the overall environmental impact the incident may have on the local environment.

    One week into the emergency operations, as questions arose about the composition of the burning material, the Dublin RPS Waste team were called to the assistance of the EPA. Having carried out numerous waste characterisation studies across the country, the team were appointed to devise a plan for analysis and classification of the material extracted from the burning landfill and stored on site.

    Within hours, the RPS team were onsite to assess the material and devise a sampling and characterisation plan for the immense body of material (~6,000m3 of material). A day later, the approved plan kicked into action and RPS joined operations onsite, involving over 100 site personnel from organisations, including the EPA, Local Authorities, Fire Services drafted in from up to 4 separate jurisdictions, ground works contractors and a selection of specialist environmental consultants.

    From 18th February, the Fire Service followed a phased withdrawal from the landfill site and the fire was formally declared extinguished on 25th February, when control of the site was formally handed back to the EPA.

    Findings from the work undertaken by RPS has remained classified, but it is hoped that the sampling and characterisation plan developed on behalf of the EPA may play a vital role in saving millions of Euro in potential remediation costs at the facility.

    Contact:
    Richard Kennedy, Design Engineer, Dublin
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: richard.kennedy@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Designs New Salmon Weir on Moy River

    10 March 2011

    RPS Designs New Salmon Weir on Moy River

    The Moy River in the West of Ireland is regarded as one of Europe’s premier salmon angling rivers. RPS designed the new salmon weir on the river in Ballina, Co. Mayo, which was completed in February 2011.

    Image: RPS
    View of the completed works showing new access walkways on restored piers

    The weir is a large hydraulic structure located in Ballina town centre.  RPS successfully completed the civil and structural design of the works, which included in-stream concrete u-boxes, access bridges, hydraulic gates, masonry pier restoration, new building works and enabling works for crane and gate opening plant.

    A weir for the trapping of salmon has existed in this location since the 14th Century, with the current weir constructed in the early 19th Century.  The weir is a protected structure and all works were the subject of strict planning conditions.  RPS worked closely with the client’s conservation architect throughout the design process to ensure all details developed were in keeping with the form and fabric of the structure.  The refurbishment attracted keen interest from local residents, and fishermen throughout the entire project.  The short stretch of the Moy River immediately downstream of the weir is known as the “Ridgepool”.  It is regarded as an extremely important environmental, economic, and tourism resource internationally.

    Under a Design and Build contract, RPS were civil and structural engineer for the contractor - Ward and Burke Construction Ltd.  The client, the North Western Office of Inland Fisheries Ireland, awarded the €1.1 million contract for the refurbishment works in June 2010.

    Works began on site in July 2010 with the temporary damming of the eastern side of the river, and the removal of the existing steel gates, gantry frames, and cleaning, re-pointing, and raising of four of the nine existing stone piers.  Precast reinforced concrete walkways were lifted into place to allow permanent safe passage from pier to pier.  The replacement weir gates, including all the associated hydraulic fixings, and long reach cranes were also installed on new foundations carefully constructed within the fabric of the weir.  RPS worked closely with the hydraulic plant designer, the gate fabricator and the Italian based crane manufacturer to ensure that all systems were carefully co-ordinated and delivered to the Contractor’s programme.

    In October 2010, the temporary dam was moved to the western side of the river, where the refurbishment works were repeated.  The winter of 2010 / 2011 proved difficult for the design and construction teams.  The River Moy was in flood throughout this period.  Sub-zero temperatures were recorded on site throughout December and January.  In spite of these challenging conditions, the refurbishment works were completed safely and on programme. 

    The refurbished weir allows the safe and efficient monitoring and control of salmon, and other fish species.  Automatic fish counters and wirelessly operated weir gates are controlled from a new masonry built control room at one end of the weir.  The newly installed cranes allow for the removal of any debris that may accumulate upstream of the new gates.  The client, local residents, and fishermen have all expressed great satisfaction with the new look of the weir, confirming the successful conclusion to the project.

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    Underwater Kites

    07 March 2011

    Underwater Kites

    RPS supports tidal energy device developer Minesto in development of new tidal device.

    RPS is supporting Swedish tidal energy device developer Minesto in the development of the new Minesto tidal device. The acclaimed device has been named as one of the Top 50 Inventions of 2010 by Time magazine, and has received the Rushlight Marine and Hydro Award for Deep Green technology at the recent Rushlight Awards. RPS is providing the concept and detailed design of foundation structures and resource assessments for the tidal device.

    See below Press Release for more details.

    Underwater kites set to power all households
    in city the size of Newcastle by 2020

    Carbon Trust provides £350,000 grant for first seagoing trials of innovative tidal energy device.

    Tidal energy device developer Minesto UK Ltd is receiving a grant of up to £350,000 from the Carbon Trust funded by Invest Northern Ireland to deploy the first seagoing prototype of its innovative seakite technology – “Deep Green”. The device works like a kite, tethered to the seabed, which flies through the sea current carrying a turbine.

    If trials are successful, Minesto plans to deploy enough devices around the UK’s coastline to generate up to 530GWh a year by 2020, enough to power the annual electricity needs for all households in a city approximately the size of Newcastle.

    The radically new concept can operate in slower currents than any other known tidal energy technology. Deep Green’s kite-like structure flies in a figure of eight, steered by a rudder, allowing it to effectively accelerate the speed of the water entering the turbine by up to ten times allowing more power to be generated leading to a step change reduction in the cost of tidal energy. The technology has the potential to unlock significant additional tidal resources by opening up whole new areas of low velocity tidal streams around the UK’s coastline to generate electricity.

    The trial will see a one-tenth size version of the Deep Green device put through its paces off the coast of Northern Ireland.

    Benj Sykes, Director of Innovations at the Carbon Trust, said: “The UK boasts some of the best tidal resources in the world and we are focussed on bringing down the cost of extracting that energy. Minesto’s Deep Green is a very exciting technology as it could provide a step change reduction in the cost of tidal energy and open up swathes of the UK‟s coast to generating electricity. Tidal energy has the potential to produce up to 18 terawatt hours of electricity, equivalent to over 5% of the UK’s electricity consumption.

    Anders Jansson, Managing Director of Minesto, said: “The support from the Carbon Trust has really helped Minesto to accelerate its technical development and proves that the UK has large ambitions for its marine renewable programme.

    Tracy Meharg, Managing Director Invest NI said: “Invest NI is delighted to see Minesto investing to develop its ongoing R&D plan in Northern Ireland. This investment serves to strengthen Invest NI’s aims and objectives to position this region as a leading renewable energy hub.

    The Carbon Trust research and development grant will support Minesto in gaining site permits for installations, testing survivability in a real sea environment and also develop and verify a model for the cost of energy from the device. The Carbon Trust first supported the concept through its Marine Energy Accelerator programme. Minesto also works with experts and prominent researchers and engineers at Det Norske Veritas UK, GL Garrad Hassan, Global Maritime Alliance, Queens University in Belfast, RPS Group and Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

    Minesto has also recently been recognised at the Rushlight Awards. The jury, consisting of independent experts in the field, judged Minesto to be the winner of the Rushlight Marine and Hydro Award for the Deep Green technology.

    Notes to editors:
    For further information/interview requests. For more information please contact the Carbon Trust press office: Tel no: 0207 544 3100 Email: press@carbontrust.co.uk

    About the Carbon Trust
    The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, providing specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action we contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs. We help to cut carbon emissions now by: Providing specialist advice and finance to help organisations cut carbon; Setting standards for carbon reduction. We reduce potential future carbon emissions by: Opening markets for low carbon technologies, Leading industry collaborations to commercialise technologies, Investing in early stage low carbon companies.

    Contact:

    Dr Michael Shaw
    T: +44 (0)28 9066 7914
    E: mike.shaw@rpsgroup.com

    Mark McConnell
    T: +44 (0) 28 9066 7914
    E: mark.mcconnell@rpsgroup.com

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    RPS Welcomes EHI to the Group

    03 March 2011

    RPS Welcomes EHI to the Group

    RPS is pleased to welcome Evans-Hamilton Incorporated (EHI) to the Group, a US-based oceanographic consulting firm with forty years of professional experience. Its five directors and 34 other staff also join RPS, effective from 18th February.

    EHI has offices based in Seattle (Washington), Houston (Texas), Vicksburg (Mississippi), and Charleston (South Carolina). It provides oceanographic consulting and marine environmental measurement services, as well as carrying out environmental and coastal process studies and assisting clients with offshore environmental compliance.  It has similar technical capabilities and experience as MetOcean Engineers Pty Ltd (MetOcean), the business RPS acquired in August 2007, based in Perth, Western Australia.

    The company provides professional services for marine projects to a wide range of clients including major oil companies, global contractors, engineering and environmental firms, meteorological and oceanographic equipment manufacturers, government agencies and leading research institutions.

    Founded in 1971, EHI supports client operations across the east, gulf, and west coasts of the US and Alaska, as well as across the Americas, and is increasingly expanding its international reach –working in a wide variety of environmental climates. EHI specializes in delivering physical oceanography and applied marine instrumentation services –including advice, installation and maintenance of equipment, and conducting and managing meteorological condition research and environmental studies.

    Past projects have included extensive measurement programs in deepwater for the oil and gas industry, including realtime measurement systems on offshore drillships and platforms, and deepwater moorings at future production locations. Coastal measurement and consulting projects have included numerous current, wave, water quality, and sediment transport studies for a wide variety of clients, including for LNG terminal sites, as well as for many industrial and municipal dischargers. Other projects have included upgrade and maintenance of NOAA’s west coast tide gages network, and the collection of new current measurements in Alaska and Hawaii to permit updating NOAA’s Tidal Prediction Tables. Measurement studies have been carried out throughout the US to measure and assess the impacts of facilities or harbour expansions on nearby marine and freshwater water bodies. Such studies include assessment of wave and current conditions for engineering design and facility operating conditions, as well as environmental impacts to water quality and sediment transport.

    Other projects include dredging and sediment movement studies in Brunswick Harbor (Georgia), a wave and sediment movement study at the mouth of the Columbia River (Oregon) –where the shallow waters are belied by a powerful undertow; a tracer study to examine rapid sediment accumulation in the Atchafalaya Channel in Louisiana; and monitoring of current, wind and water properties including directional wave data over a one-year period to inform a shoreline change model for Chesapeake Bay (Virginia).

    As a result of the number of severe global weather events in recent years, understanding and predicting oceanic conditions in respect of wind, waves, tides and currents is becoming increasingly valued by businesses with an interest in coastal assets, such as ports, harbours, LNG installations and offshore renewable energy facilities.  Those who explore for oil and gas and transport these products along with minerals and other industrial raw materials by ship also have an increasing interest in such information.  MetOcean has benefited significantly from such trends since joining RPS.  We envisage EHI doing the same, particularly when deep water drilling resumes in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Contact:

    Peter Fearn, RPS Energy (US)
    T: +1 281 448 6188
    E: fearnP@rpsgroup.com

     

    Jeff Cox, Evans-Hamilton Incorporated
    T: +1 206 526 5622
    E: Jeff@evanshamilton.com

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    Environmental Liability Directive – RPS writes Guidance Document for EPA

    24 January 2011

    Environmental Liability Directive – RPS writes Guidance Document for EPA

     

    RPS has written a Guidance Document for the Irish EPA on the Environmental Liability Directive 2004/35/CE (ELD) that has recently been published. The ELD reinforces the "polluter pays principle" making those responsible for causing environmental damage fully liable to undertake and pay for the remediation of water, habitats, species and land damage. The legislation is extremely onerous, requiring complementary and compensatory remediation if primary remediation can not restore the damage to baseline conditions. There is also a mandatory requirement to take preventive action if there is an imminent threat of environmental damage.

    Under the Directive, environmental damage includes:

    • Habitats & Species - damage that has significant adverse effects on reaching or maintaining the favourable conservation status of European designated habitats or species (Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC and Birds Directive 79/409/EEC)
    • Water - damage that significantly adversely affects the ecological, chemical and/or quantitative status of waters covered in the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC)
    • Land - any ground contamination that creates a significant risk of human health being adversely affected by the introduction of substances, preparations, organisms or micro-organisms.

    The Directive has far reaching implications for operators and imposes strict liability on all major industrial, waste management and energy producing activities that have environmental pollution permits or licences. The recent mine tailings dam failure in Hungary is being prosecuted under the ELD. Any other activity that causes damage to habitats or species outside of the strict liability regime can be liable for damage if at fault or negligent. A practical example of this latter category would be the slope failure at an upland wind farm development and associated damage to a blanket bog and salmonid river.

    RPS have worked with the EPA over the past 12 months reviewing the existing guidance that has been developed in other European Member States and have developed practical guidance specific to Ireland that also incorporates a strong risk management focus to prevent environmental damage, which is a primary objective of the Directive.

    RPS's ability to harness multidisciplinary experts in the fields of ecology, water management and contaminated land combined with a proven track record in developing practical policy and guidance documents for the EPA was crucial in winning the tender competition and in delivering a high quality document for the Agency.

    If you would like to find out more about the ELD and the guidance developed for the EPA, please contact Shane Herlihy at our West Pier office in Dublin.

    Contact:
    Shane Herlihy, Director Environment, Health & Safety
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2995
    E: shane.herlihy@rpsgroup.com

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    An Bord Pleanála Grant Planning Approval for Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

    20 January 2011

    An Bord Pleanála Grant Planning Approval for Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

     

     

    An Bord Pleanála has approved the proposed route for the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline in Co. Mayo.

    The approved route includes a 4.9km tunnel under Sruwaddacon Bay. RPS has been working to reconfigure a new route since being appointed by Shell E&P Ireland Ltd on behalf of the Corrib Partners in 2007.

    Since then, RPS has undertaken the planning, engineering, Environmental Impact Statement and the local stakeholder communications on the controversial onshore pipeline between the offshore section and the Gas Terminal at Bellanaboy Bridge. RPS has also undertaken the wayleave negotiations with local landowners and provided key technical witnesses at the An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearings in 2009 and 2010.

    It is hoped that SEPIL will commence construction this year 2011.

    Contact:
    Ciarán Butler, Technical Director
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900
    E: ciaran.butler@rpsgroup.com

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