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Annual Joint Weekend with Concrete Society Northern Ireland Region

Event Date: 09/23/2022

We are delighted to announce the return of the annual meeting of members and their partners with our colleagues in the Northern Ireland Region of The Concrete Society.

Hosted by the Irish Concrete Society, the event will be based at the Ferrycarrig Hotel, and include a technical visit to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge, the world’s longest post-tensioned, all concrete extradosed spans.

For further information and registration details are available here

Please note, this event is open to Irish Concrete Society and Concrete Society Northern Ireland Region members only.

Fundamentals of Concrete Technology

Event Date: 09/14/2022

Starting 14th September 2022

Covering essential information, this three half-day hybrid course suitable for all those involved in the production, design, and supervision of concrete will cover essential information to enable better understanding and knowledge of  the most used construction material in the world.

Laboratory Session: 14th September 2022, 10am to 6pm*, TCD Lab

*90 min group sessions with staggered starts and finishes

Lecture Session 1: 15th September 2022, 10am to 1pm, Online

  1. Concrete Constituents
  2. Concrete Mix Design
  3. Specifying, Ordering, Delivery and Acceptance
  4. Fresh Concrete Properties

Lecture Session 2: 21st September 2022, 10am to 1pm, Online

  1. Formwork, Pre-pour Checks, and Placing
  2. Compaction and Finishing
  3. Curing and Strength Gain
  4. Concrete Defects
  5. Testing Hardened Concrete

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Building a concrete future: designing and specifying sustainable concrete structures

Event Date: 05/10/2022

Concrete provides long-term durable, efficient and resilient structures.  Yet, the benefits to wider sustainability provided by concrete construction must be balanced against the necessity to reduce associated environmental impacts. This requires consideration of how concrete can be used in sustainable design, starting with initial discussions with clients, through to methods of specification and choice of materials.

This seminar will provide engineers with practical information and guidance on applying sustainability practices in designing concrete structures.  Our industry professional and expert speakers will cover important details from client brief, designing for whole of life, to improving the efficiency of the structure.

Who Should Attend

This seminar will be of particular interest to Design and Consulting Engineers involved in the design, specification, and supervision of construction. Site Engineers, Main Contractors, Ready-mixed and Precast Concrete Producers will also benefit from attending.


  • Introduction and Keynote | Andrew Minson, Global Cement and Concrete Association  
  • Client Brief | Conor Hayes, Arup
  • Efficient Design for Low Carbon Concrete | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
  • Circular Economy | Janet Lynch, Arup
  • Education | Roger West, Trinity College Dublin
  • Specifying Low Carbon Concrete | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
  • Cements and Additions | Aidan Fogarty, Ecocem & Brian Gilmore, Cement Manufacturers Ireland
  • Concrete Optimisation | Pawel Pyszka, Kilsaran
  • High Performance Concretes | William Wilson, Roadstone
  • Design – Off Site Construction | John Kenna, Banagher Precast Concrete
  • Summary | Robert Laird, ESB 

Building a Concrete Future Information

To book, please see here

39th Annual Awards Winners

Event Date: 03/26/2022

The winners of the 39th Annual Awards were announced at the Annual Awards and Dinner Evening held in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin on  26th March 2022.

Elemental and Overall Winner: Skate Bowl and Plaza at Le Fanu, Ballyfermot

Infrastructural Winner: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge

Building: UCC Student Hub

9th International Award: Paul Marshall Building, London School of Economics

Sean De Courcy Student Prize: Aaron Lowe, Dublin Technological University

The full list of winning project teams can be viewed here 

39th Annual Dinner and Awards Evening

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The evening will commence with a drinks reception and exhibition of entries at 7.30pm, followed by dinner at 8.30pm. During the evening the main category award winners will be announced and presented, along with the winner of the Sean de Courcy Student Award and the winner of the 9th International Award.


eTickets have been issued to the table host organisation and to individuals that registered to attend the evening.

Dress Code

This event is semi-formal / cocktail.

Dietary Requirements

A vegan/vegetarian option will be available, please inform waiting staff at your table. If you or your guests have other special dietary requirements, please email us at

Pre Order Wine

Wine can be ordered in advance or on the evening itself. Please email us at for a wine order form and wine list.

Location and Parking

The hotel is located at Eircode D04 A318. On-site paid parking is available at the hotel. There are no electric vehicle charging points at the hotel, however, there are charging points within short walking distance. Further information on location, parking and transport options is available at:

Nominated Charity

This year’s nominated charity is the Irish Hospice Foundation. Collections envelopes will be available on tables and representatives from the charity will be in attendance on the evening should you, or your guests, wish to make a direct donation.

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Getting the Quality you Need: A professionals guide to on site concrete quality control – testing and interpretation of results

Event Date: 03/31/2022

Date: Postponed | Venue: Online Event

While many factors can disrupt construction schedules, few are more frustrating than questions concerning in-situ concrete quality. In many cases unnecessary delay and cost is caused by poor site testing practices rather than substandard construction.

In this seminar, we will discuss quality testing that occurs before a product arrives onsite and provide guidance on correct methods of sampling and testing concrete placed on site. Delivered by highly experienced industry professionals, the differences between quality requirements placed on producers and those on site will be explained. In addition, the seminar will advise how results should be interpreted, and the consequences to both producers and contractors of poor practices.

This seminar is an indispensable update for Design Engineers, Site Engineers, those in a supervisory roles and all interested in the efficient delivery of quality concrete structures.

Fee:  ICS Member: €60, Non-member: €90


09.30      Welcome and Introduction

09.35      Conformity and Certification | Fergal O’Byrne, Fergal O’Byrne Solutions

10.15      Production Control and Identity Testing | Tom Burke, Roadstone

10.45      Sampling and Main On- Site Tests | Victor O’Shea, Sisk

11.15 Break

11.25 Other On-Site Testing | Barry Gilroy, Mattest

11.45 Mistakes and Consequences | Keith Goodwin, Kilsaran

12.15 Specifying Test Rates and Interpretation of Results | Michael Conroy, Roughan & O’Donovan

12.45 Q&A

13.00 Ends

To book, email 

Further information available here


ICS/ICT Advanced Concrete Technology Lecture

Event Date: 02/22/2022

An Advanced Concrete Technology lecture will take place online at 1pm on 22nd February 2022This free event is jointly organised by the Irish Concrete Society and the Institute of Concrete Technology.

Delivered by Paul O’Hanlon of the Holcim Innovation Center, France, this lecture will provide an insight into new digital technologies that are helping to unlock new ways of using concrete, with greater efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Who should attend

This lecture will be of interest to all those who are involved in the design, specification, production and construction of concrete. Those who should attend include design engineers, consulting engineers, concrete technologists, concrete producers, and engineers in contracting and sub-contracting firms.

Further information on this lecture is available here

Event Date:

Date: 27th January | Venue: Online Event

Every professional involved in concrete construction has specific responsibilities to ensure the quality of the finished structure.  However, achieving successful concrete projects also requires collective responsibility. was developed to assist all concrete industry professionals in identifying and understanding both their individual responsibilities and provide an insight into the responsibilities of others. In addition, this valuable resource provides background and references to regulations, standards and guidance documents.

Delivered by experienced industry professionals, this one-hour technical seminar will provide an introduction and overview of  From the viewpoint of the designer, builder and producer, guidance will be given on how the website can be utilised to assist in understanding key requirements for consideration at planning, manufacturing and construction  stages.

Who should attend

This presentation will be of interest to all those who are involved in the design, specification, production and construction of concrete. Those who should attend include design engineers, consulting engineers, concrete producers, and engineers in contracting and sub-contracting firms. Concrete technologists and site supervisory personnel may also find this seminar beneficial.


13:00 Welcome and Introduction
13:05 Designer | Lloyd Muchina, ESB
13:20 Producer | Colin Heffernan, Roadstone
13:35 Builder |Brendan Dunne, PJ Hegarty & Sons
13:50 Questions and Answers
14:00 ENDS


Contact to book

Further information is available here

Going Underground: an engineer’s guide to basement design

Event Date:

Date: 30th November | Venue: Online Event

Basements maximise available land space by providing greater capacity without increasing the building footprint. While basement design is well established and achievable, their successful development requires understanding the expectations of the client, associated performance requirements, and soil and ground water conditions. Evaluation of these provides the basis for the structural design, construction methods, and the waterproofing system to be employed.
In this half day online seminar we will look at the challenges of delivering concrete basements in Ireland. From design to choice of water proofing systems, our expert panel of speakers will discuss the key factors to be considered. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask the panel questions during discussion.

Who should attend

This seminar will be of interest to all those who are involved in the design, specification and construction of concrete basements: Consulting Engineers, Site Engineers, Main Contractors, and Specialist Sub-Contractors. Ready-Mixed Concrete Producers and Clients may also find this seminar beneficial.


09:30 Welcome
09:35 Introduction | Robert Laird, Client Site Manger, ESB
09:45 Scheme Design and Planning | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
10:30 Geotechnical and Temporary Loading |Maurice Ryan, Byrne Looby
11:15 Break
11:25 Structural Design and Loading | Jenny Burridge, The Concrete Centre
11:55 Types of Waterproofing Systems | Ian Crehan, O’Connor Sutton Cronin
12:25 Project Fitzwilliam Case Study
12:45 Questions and Answers
13:00 ENDS

ICS member rate: €60 / delegate
Non-member rate: €90 / delegate
A booking discount of 10% applies to groups of 10 or more

Contact to book

Further information and full booking details are available here

Practical Concreting

Event Date:

Date: 23rd and 30th September | Venue: Online Event
Advances in constituent materials, production processes, and construction technologies have all contributed to improvements in concrete construction. However, the successful execution of concrete construction requires sound practice on site. Careful planning of on-site resources and processes, together with coordination and communication, are necessary to minimise potential problems, and to ensure quality is achieved and maintained throughout.
In this technical seminar our experienced panel of speakers will provide practical information and guidance for those involved in the planning, management and supervision of concrete construction work.

Who should attend
This seminar has been designed for all those in mid to senior level positions. Contracts managers, project managers and site engineers will all find this seminar very beneficial. Site supervisory personnel, consulting engineers, ready-mixed concrete producers, and client representatives will also benefit from attending.

DAY 1 – Planning and Preparation
Introduction | Roger West, ICS Chair
Planning | Eamon Treacy and Fearghus Vaughan, Walls Construction
Formwork | Erich Sumperhofer, DOKA
Pre-pour Preparation | Kevin Mc Sweeney, Jons Civil Engineering
Planning for Special Concretes | Sheilagh McGloin, PJ Hegarty & Sons
DAY 2 – Concreting on Site
Ordering Concrete | Colin Heffernan, Roadstone
Delivery to site | Brendan Dunne, Roadstone and Mark Coatsworth, John Paul Construction
Placing and Compaction | Peter Bryant, KWIK RC Frames
Finishing & Curing | Joe Gartlan and Shane Glynn, John Sisk & Son
Site sampling and Testing | Neil Cooke, Mattest

ICS member rate: €150 / delegate
Non-member rate: €200 / delegate
A booking discount of 10% applies to groups of 10 or more

Contact to book


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