CIBSE SDAR* Awards 2011

There were three finalists in the 2011 SDAR* Awards final held in DIT, Kevin Street on March 31st 2011. The winning cheque of €1000 was presented by Justin Keane of John Sisk & Son to the winners Michael Keohane and Declan Leonard of PM Group. Their paper was a critical analysis of Low Temperature Heating and High Temperature Cooling Systems in UCC’s Western Gateway Building and came in for high praise from the impressive panel of judges.

There were two runners up who also came in for high praise and received cheques for €500 each from John Sisk & Son. Marc Wegner is a post graduate student of the School of Electrical Engineering Systems in DIT and he analysed the Passiv Haus concept as applied to the Tesco Supermarket in Waterford; and Jonathan Tooth, Rory Burke and Colm Saul of J.V. Tierneys for their analysis of the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin.



The Finalists: Rory Burke, Colm Saul, Jonathan Tooth (JV Tierney), Declan Leonard, Michael F. Keohane (PMG), Marc Wegner (DIT Post Graduate)

The five judges of the event were all industry senior figures:

  • Alan Duggan, Arup and Chairman CIBSE Ireland
  • Justin Keane, John Sisk & Son and CIBSE
  • Brian Geraghty. BGA Associates and CIBSE
  • Kevin O Rourke, SEAI
  • Kevin Gaughan, School of Electrical Engineering DIT.

The event was organised by staff of the Department of Electrical Services Engineering in DIT as part of their parallel SDAR* research centre. Keith Sunderland kept the presentations moving on time and Frances Malone added background support. Introducing the event Dr Kevin Kelly of DIT & CIBSE commented about “the importance of integrating research with good engineering practice. In this regard, industry and the profession were data rich and time poor; whilst post graduate students were time rich and data poor.” He argued for the need of improved collaboration between industry and academia in this regard.

Mr Alan Duggan, CIBSE chairman, in his closing remarks paid high praise to the finalists and reinforced the importance of evidence based research in our economy. He was optimistic of the future of the profession with this quality of work.

The intention with this award initiated by CIBSE Ireland is to encourage innovation and evidence based research and evaluation in engineering and the built environment. It is different to other Best Project competitions in that it is intended to encourage research, disseminate knowledge gained from this research and raise the level and quality of innovation in projects. Entries must critically evaluate what they are doing and examine mistakes as well as successes in a transparent way analysing data gathered on innovative projects. In this way the profession builds capacity to innovate successfully. The professional industry moves from ideologically driven projects offering poor value to evidence based innovations that add to value for the client and enhance the stature of the profession.

This is an annual competition and abstracts for the 2012 competition to be held in March 2012 must be submitted by October 31st 2011. From these abstracts, a short list will be invited to write a full paper by mid January 2012.

For more details contact:
Dr Kevin Kelly at or
Mr Keith Sunderland at

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