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                                                      Philip Boucher Hayes addressing the ACEI 2017 Conference

The well attended ACEI Conference 2017 took place on 2 March in Chartered Accountants House, Dublin 2.  With a theme of The Future Business Environment for ConsultingEngineering: Directions and Development, the aim of the event was to address emerging trends in the industry and provide a clear focus on the importance of outward communication with government and the public.  Conference delegates included engineers from ACEI member firms; colleagues from other professional associations such as Engineers Ireland, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the Construction Industry Federation (CIF); along with those working in related areas including the Construction IT Alliance (CitA).   Nine speakers and three Q&A panels were ably facilitated by broadcaster Philip Boucher-Hayes on the day.

                                                             Steve Brown, Steve Brown Associates and Richard Crowe, President ACEI 

The opening presentation within a sub-theme of Communication and Regulation was provided by ACEI’s President, Richard Crowe, CEO Nicholas O’Dwyer who outlined the strengths of the sector and the importance of continuing engagement with clients and communities.  

Steve Brown from Steve Brown Associates spoke about adjudication in the UK and how careful preparation and communication is crucial.  

Gina London, Fuzion

Gina London, Fuzion, Emmy award winning former CNN correspondent continued the communication theme, explaining the importance of this issue for consulting engineering firms in particular, relating her talk to communication with clients, colleagues and professional partners.  

The second session of the day focussed on Innovation and Development, beginning with ACEI’s Secretary General, Dr Sarah Ingle who spoke about the need for consulting engineering practices to actively address and reward innovation in their firms in order to address future sectoral challenges. 

Maria Gavin from Enterprise Ireland outlined the benefits of firms applying for the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme which generated a lot of interest. 

                                                        Dr Sarah Ingle, Secretary General ACEI and Maria Gavin, Enterprise Ireland

The final speaker was global futurist and CEO of Fast Future, Rohit Talwar, who succinctly addressed the forces shaping tomorrow and how consulting engineers could and should respond.

Richard Crowe, President ACEI,  Rohit Talwar, CEO of Fast Future and Dr Sarah Ingle, Secretary General, ACEI

In the final segment, Directions in Technology, ACEI was honoured to welcome Enrico Vink, Managing Director of FIDIC (The International Federation of Consulting Engineers), who spoke about the technology and tools needed by firms to improve their businesses. 

                                                              Enrico Vink, Managing Director of FIDIC and Richard Crowe, President ACEI

Seán Giblin
from Cylon Controls outlined one such new, inspirational technology; an automated, mobile enabled, building management system.  

Completing the session and the day, were two speakers from ACEI member firm, Arup, Zita Langenbach and Robert Ryan, who explained their experience of working on challenges and solutions within construction projects using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Wrapping up the discussions, Philip Boucher-Hayes also thanked corporate sponsor Griffiths & Armour and conference sponsor Beale & Company for their continuing support of ACEI and its activities.

Claire Ault, Griffiths and Armour, Tony Horan, incoming President ACEI, Graeme Tinney, Griffiths and Armour, Dr Sarah Ingle, Secretary General, ACEI

Michael Moriarity, J O'Connor and Associates, Gina London, Fuzion, Steve Brown, Steve Brown and Associates, Richard Crowe, ACEI President, Tara Cosgrove, Beale and Company