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Sligo water-saving project shortlisted for ‘Project of the Year Award’

A Sligo project focused on a cleaning process that saves 500,000 litres of water annually has been shortlisted for the flagship ‘Project of the Year’ category of the upcoming national Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2016 held in association with ESB.

The ’Clean Out of Place’ system, developed by Abbott Diagnostics in Sligo, involves the design, installation and qualification of a process to automatically clean and steam-sterilize ten different configurations of mobile production tanks and filter-housings. It replaces the existing laborious manual cleaning process and the new cleaning cycles developed save on average 1100 litres of purified (distilled) water per cleaning cycle.

Sligo County Council has also been shortlisted in the ‘Heritage and Conservation Award’ category this year for its work on the Culfadda Bridge Conservation Repairs.

The winners from all the categories will be announced at a special awards ceremony on 4 November in the InterContinental Hotel in Dublin.

Engineers Ireland has urged the Sligo public to now vote online (http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx.) for what they consider to be the best Engineering Project of the Year before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 21 October.  The full shortlist is:

    Mercer Institute for Successful Aging (MISA) by BAM
    Clean Out of Place project by Abbott Diagnostics Division, Sligo
    Mater Private Hospital Development by J. B. Barry and Partner’s Ltd
    Irish Institute of Sport - High Performance Centre, by TOBIN Consulting Engineers
    The Corrib Project - Onshore Gas Pipeline, by Shell E&P (Ireland) Ltd/ RPS Group Ltd
    / Roadbridge Ltd/ BAM / W&F JV
    NUI Galway, HRB Clinical Research & Lambe Institute for Translational Research Facility
    (CTRF) by Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers

In what is the seventh year of the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General, highlighted the quality of entries: “The Sligo entries embody real engineering excellence and ingenuity, and are part of many extremely high-calibre entries this year that reflect the evolving nature of contemporary engineering.  I urge the Sligo public to have their say and vote for the overall engineering project they think has made the biggest impact on Irish society over the last 12 months before the 5pm deadline on Friday 21 October.”

For further information about the Awards and to vote for the Engineering Project of the Year log onto http://www.engineersireland.ie/awards/excellence-awards.aspx.