Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2018

The Limerick Strand Hotel –  Friday, 13th April

Engineers from the four corners of Ireland descended on the Limerick Strand Hotel on the 13th April, Friday, for Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2018.

Entitled Engineering a Region: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation, the theme of the conference reflected on the growing need for collaboration between industry, academia and innovators to create opportunities for regional development and growth.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Roadbridge, Modular Automation, Arup, Carey’s Building and Civil Engineering, Kilsaran, Murphy Surveys, Limerick Institute of Technology, Punch Consulting and L&M Keating for their support.

Annual Conference 2018


Our conference speakers shared their experience and knowledge of the resources, techniques, innovation and focus required to develop regional growth and meet Ireland’s future challenges and opportunities in relation to infrastructure development; industry innovation and job creation; and securing a strong engineering talent pipeline to meet current and future industry demands.

Early Morning – Session 1: Engineering a Region: Infrastructure

Kindly sponsored by Roadbridge

Lord Andrew Adonis, former Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, UK

Presentation title: The National Infrastructure Commission: A British perspective

Lord Andrew is the former Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission and Secretary of State for Transport.. Lord Andrew will present on his experience of the establishment and function of the National Infrastructure Commission; long-term trends in infrastructure planning and financing and the National Infrastructure Commission’s relationship with the political system, including investment planning and National Infrastructure Assessments.

Mr. Stephen Blair, Director of the Southern Regional Assembly

Presentation title: Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) Context, Content & Process

The National Planning Framework and its associated legislative framework, which was published recently by Government as part of ‘Project Ireland 2040’, has an enhanced role for Regional Assemblies in spatial planning  – with a requirement to publish statutory regional, spatial and economic strategies. Stephen will discuss the challenges and exciting opportunities for the Southern Region, which covers the counties of Carlow, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick and Clare.

Mr. Mike Quinn, CEO, Ervia

Presentation title: Delivering vital infrastructure and services to support Ireland’s future economic growth   

Mike Quinn will be providing insights on our conference theme as CEO of Ireland’s first multi-utility company that has a proven record of developing and maintaining critical infrastructure and delivering projects that are crucial to regional growth and the Irish economy.

Mid – Morning – Session 2: Engineering a Region: Industry and Talent

Dr. Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Service, Economic Development and Planning, Limerick City and County Council

Presentation title: Thinking Differently to Build a New Limerick

Dr. Daly will focus on regional planning best practice; the ongoing evolution and success of Limerick and the mid-west;  his strategic approach – Limerick 2030, An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick; – and the role of innovation in job creation.

Mr. Michael Lohan, Head of Life Sciences & Strategic Property, IDA Ireland

Presentation title: Winning Foreign Direct Investment

Michael Lohan will present on the IDA’s strategic approach to winning new investment for Ireland; the IDA’s commitment to greater regional dispersal of investment projects; Ireland’s value proposition for foreign direct investment and how integral skilled engineers and the talent pipeline are to that proposition.

Mr. Paschal Meehan, Chair of Limerick for Engineering and Dean of Work Based Learning and VP International at Limerick Institute of Technology

Presentation title: It’s all about Talent!

Delegates will benefit from the insight and experience of Limerick for Engineering, driven by Paschal’s leadership as Chair, particularly in terms of collaboration with stakeholders to build and develop the region with a focus on engineering excellence, student development and delivering a talent pipeline for the wider region.

Afternoon – Engineering a Region: Innovation

Prof. Conor McCarthy, Centre Director, Confirm – Smart Manufacturing, A world leading SFI Research Centre

Presentation title: Ireland & Industry 4.0

Professor McCarthy will be speaking on the implications of Industry 4.0, which will modify the profile of the workforce, ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions, and the challenges and opportunities that brings for our engineering sector.

Dr. Emma Silke, Head of Business Development, ESB ecars

Case study title: ESB: Electrifying Transport

ESB is pioneering technological advancements and new business opportunities in the clean tech sector. Dr. Silke will discuss innovation in electro-mobility and the cutting edge approach to the roll out of charging infrastructure business solutions in the UK – Europe’s fastest growing EV market. She will also discuss global developments and the possibilities for Ireland in this space.

Mr. John Cormican, General Manager, Vehicle Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover Ireland 

Case study title: JLR ACES (Autonomous, Connected Electrified, Shared Mobility)

Jaguar Land Rover has its new global hub for software engineering, architecture and development in Shannon.  John will be speaking about innovation in their product development. The title of this case study will be: JLR ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified, Shared Mobility).

Mr. John Moran, Social Entrepreneur, Founder of RHH International, Board Member of the EIB and former Secretary General, Department of Finance

Presentation title: Re-engineering Ireland

John has extensive experience of planning, policy – particularly fiscal policy – and its implementation and has strong views on the progressive and holistic development of regions. As a member of Limerick Economic Forum, he will bring a regional insight, together with a global outlook as founder of RHH International.  Additionally, delegates will benefit from the national perspective he has from his previous roles as Secretary General, Department of Finance and Head of Wholesale Banks, Central Bank of Ireland.