Thursday, October 29, 2009

Our IT systems

Joined a meeting at Clyde Road this afternoon chaired by Damien Owens,  with John Power,  John Byrne and Richard Seaver,  to review the current architecture of IT systems,  in the light of our investments over the summer,  and to consider how these might be further developed in a cost effective and resilient manner for the future.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Regulation and Licensing of Professional Engineers

One of my stated personal objectives for my Presidency this year was to advance the regulation and licensing of Professional Engineers in Ireland.   I reflected on this issue,  as affects Software Engineering,  in my presidential address.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mutual Recognition Agreement with Engineers Australia

Earlier this afternoon,  we had a short ceremony in Clyde Rd to sign a mutual recognition agreement with Engineers Australia (EA),  thus enabling Chartered Engineers from Engineers Ireland to practice in Australia,  and vice versa.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fellowship for Deputy Prime Minister Hai, of Vietnam

At lunch today,  I had the honour of awarding Fellowship by Presidential Invitation to the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam,  Houng Trung Hai.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Graduate Careers Fair, RDS

The gradireland graduate careers fair is on today at the RDS in Dublin.  Engineers Ireland has a stand,  manned by Alec McAllister from the Clyde Road team.   I gave a one hour invited seminar.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Executive and Finance committee meeting

We had our regularly scheduled Executive meeting this evening at Clyde Road,  preceded by a Finance subcommittee meeting.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Young Engineers Society Annual Ball

The Young Engineers Society Ball was held last night at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin,  kindly sponsored by ESBI and AIB.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Beyond the Recession: what can science and innovation partnerships do for you ?

This evening,  I represented Engineers Ireland at the Foundation for Science and Technology discussion on "Beyond the Recession:  what can science and innovation partnerships do for you?",  at Queens University in Belfast,  by kind invitation of Gerry Cawley of our Northern Ireland Region and Council member.

CPD Companies of the Year

This morning in the D4 Ballsbridge hotel (the old Berkeley Court) we held the finals of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) companies of the year and a CPD symposium.  The overall theme was "Low-cost,  high-impact CPD to strategically adapt and innovate".

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

IEEE and Engineers Ireland National Society Agreement

I attended the official ceremony in London today,  along with John Power and Catherine O'Sullivan (head of our UK region and Council member),  of a co-operation agreement with the IEEE.   The co-signatory with me was John Vig,  President of the IEEE.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Army Corp of Engineers annual dinner

At the kind invitation of the Army Engineering Corps,  I attended their annual dinner at Cathal Brugha Barracks this evening.   Also in attendance were Major-General Ashe,  Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham,  and Director of Engineering Colonel Jim Foley.

Irish Property & Facility Management Association Conference "Seeing Through the MUD"

At the kind invitation of the Irish Property and Facility Management Association (IPFMA),  I attended their conference in Croke Park this morning,  with the intriguing title of "Seeing Through the MUD".

The MUD in question is the Multi-Unit Development bill 2009,  currently before the Oireachtas.  The Law Reform Commission made recommendations on the regulation and legislation pertaining to the Property Services industry,  and in particular to the role of management operating companies for apartment complexes.   The IPFMA have been extensively engaged throughout the process,  and the main purpose of today's conference is to consider a number of issues with the current draft legislation,  with a view to making a further submission to the Departments of Justice, Equality and Law Reform;  and of the Environment.