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Biogas from food waste – anaerobic digestion for cost reduction and sustainable food manufacturing

Biogas from food waste – anaerobic digestion for cost reduction and sustainable food manufacturing

Food manufacturers are turning to biogas installations to reduce waste, energy and operating costs, CO2 emissions, and to produce green energy that can be sold.  Biogas from food waste and sustainable manufacturing in the Food industry was the focus of a lecture at Warwick University by PM Group’s Barry McDermott and Campbell Stevens.

On-Site Learning – Educating Engineers

The New Engineering Building at the National University of Ireland in Galway was designed as a ‘living laboratory’ of sustainability for students.  An article in the CIBSE Journal looks at its complex heating and cooling systems.

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Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling at Western Gateway

This case study examines the integration of low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems at Unversity College Cork's Western Gateway Building. The paper, written by PM Group's Michael Keohane and Declan Leonard, was winner of the 2011 CIBSE Ireland SDAR Award.

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Boosting Biopharma Profits Through Sustainability

With environmental concerns now firmly at the top of the corporate agenda, adopting sustainable production practices is a must for all organizations in the biotech and biopharma sectors. In addition to protecting valuable natural resources, its inherent efficiencies can also help to reduce costs and increase profitability.

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, an underground building with requirements for minimal lighting and efficient ventilation, made for a complicated but interesting project.

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Nuclear Skills – is the glass half full?

As nuclear power plants are planned for construction around the globe, much attention has been given to where qualified staff will be found to build and run these complex projects. However other industrial sectors offer an existing pool of highly talented professionals who are already trained in the safety culture and ‘gold standard’ required for the nuclear industry.

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Retro-fitting for the future

This article, featured in ‘Commercial Real Estate’ magazine, highlights the fact that green retrofitting is the best way forward.  In 2009, for the first time ever, certified LEED Existing Buildings exceeded LEED for New Construction (NC) projects.

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Value Engineering for Sustainable Data Centres

This article in 'Built Environment' magazine features an interview with Brendan Roe, Head of Advanced Technology at PM Group.

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Office HVAC Attenuation – Sounds Good

In an article in ‘Building Services News’, Eoghan Plunkett, PM Group Senior Building Services Engineer, discusses noise levels in a working environment.

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PM Group Maintains Strategic Balance

A balanced portfolio of services combined with an internationalisation strategy which has driven strong growth in Europe and Asia has strategically positioned PM Group to withstand the worst effects of the economic downturn. Mick Lynam, PM Group Director, explains to the Engineers Journal how the strategy works and why he’s confident about PM Group’s ability to deal with the challenges ahead.

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Fire Suppression Systems

In this article in ‘Building Services News’, Martin Carpenter, a Fire Safety Design Specialist with PM Group, explains why water mist suppression systems (also known as water fog systems) are the way forward for protection of persons and property.

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BMS Design for a Pharmaceutical Environment (Part 2)

In Part Two of this feature from ‘Building Services News’ magazine, Oliver O'Reilly, Building Services Engineer with PM Group, describes some of the more important design documents used to manage communication between the client and A&E firm on one side and the BMS contractor on the other.

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FDA Draft Process Validation Guidance - An Industry Perspective

This article, which won the ISPE’s 2009 ‘Pharmaceutical Engineering’ Article of the Year Award, provides an overview of the FDA Draft Process Guidance, the key changes in relation to the 1987 guidance and a review of its potential impact on current industry approaches to science.  It also includes risk-based design and qualification activities which support the process validation programme. Alice Redmond, C&Q Technical Director with PM Group, contributed to the article.

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Corrib Gas Terminal sets Environmental Management Standard

Liam Dunne, PM Group Project Engineer with the Corrib Gas Terminal Construction Mangement Team, tells how the environmental standards for the Corrib Natural Gas Project’s onshore terminal are amongst the highest in the world. They are carefully controlled by a comprehensive environmental management system and have been rated class-leading among Shell’s global construction activities.

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Fan power, it will blow you away!

This article by Enda Gilroy, Building Services Engineer with PM Group, appeared as part of a PM Group series of articles for ‘Building Services News’. 

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Simulation Software in Building Design

This article, by Enda Gilroy a Building Services Engineer with PM Group, appeared in ‘Building Services News’.  The article discusses the benefits available to engineers when employing simulation software in their design. With today’s increased complexity in building designs, engineers are turning to simulation models to aid them in producing a comfortable and energy efficient building.

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BMS Design for a Pharmaceutical Environment (Part 1)

This article by Oliver O'Reilly, Building Services Engineer with PM Group, is the first of a two part issue in Building Services News. This article deals with the A&E Design phase of BMS design for a pharmaceutical environment while a follow up issue deals with BMS (Building Management System) Contractor Design/Build and BMS Contractor Commissioning.

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Air Filtration and Heat Recovery Solutions

In an article from ‘Building Services News’, Paul O'Sullivan, Lead Engineer with PM Group, looks at the potential heat recovery benefits associated with ventilation cooking canopied/hoods as a result of UV filtration and subsequently cleaner exhaust air streams.

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Building Energy Ratings

This article, by Lorcan Mooney, Lead Environmental Project Engineer with PM Group, appeared in ‘Building Services Design’ magazine. The article sets out the key issues and success factors associated with Ireland’s response to the European Performance Building Directive (EPBD) and with Building Energy Rating (BER) certificates which measure and benchmark domestic and commercial buildings’ energy consumption.

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Tyndall National Institute Development Project

Presented by Ger Shelly and Paul Houston, this case study looks at the capital development project at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland with specific emphasis on a new research building and cleanroom suite.

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Reliable fire detection

This article, one in a series for ‘Building Services News’ magazine, focuses on the types of fire protection systems available. It was written by Martin Carpenter, a Senior Electrical Engineer at PM Group who specialises in fire safety.

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Fan Filter Systems for Pharmaceutical Cleanrooms

This article was featured in ‘Building Services News’ magazine.  Written by Fergus Dunphy of PM Group, the article evaluates the use of fan filter unit HVAC systems for pharmaceutical Fill Finish facilities.

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The Psychometric Chart and Air Conditioning Systems

In an article in ‘Building Services News’ magazine, Fergus Dunphy of PM Group explains the psychometric processes that occur during the heating, cooling and other cycles of a typical air conditioning system, and how these processes are represented on, and calculated, through the use of a psychometric chart.

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Energy Efficient Design — An Overview

This article, by Michael Hoyne of PM Group’s Building Services team, appeared in ‘Building Services News’.  With energy costs rising well ahead of baseline inflation and most clients being conscious of their green credentials, the need to incorporate EED into a new facility design is essential.

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Old School Engineering of Climate Façades

In this article in ‘Building Services News’ magazine, Lorcan Mooney, Senior Building Services Engineer with PM Group, focuses on some of the key issues and success factors associated with the implementation of various approaches to building facades.

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Managing one of the biggest construction sites in the country

This article, which appeared in ‘Construction and Property News’ explains how PM Group successfully project managed one of Ireland’s largest building sites – the Aviva Stadium.

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Cleanroom Technology

Cleanroom technology is becoming increasingly important in the modern commercial world with increasing demands to ensure high standards of hygiene, cleanliness and contamination control. This article appeared in ‘Technology Ireland’ magazine.

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Low Humidity Cleanroom Design

This article in ‘Building Services News’ magazine discusses some of the factors affecting the design of HVAC systems and equipment commonly used for dehumidification. 

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A Tradition of Excellence

This article in ‘Intergraph’ magazine describes how PM Group uses 3D packages to execute highly complex, sterile design for lifescience facilities.

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An introduction to Cleanroom Design

Derek Mowld’s, Project Manager at PM Group, gives an overview of the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland and describes cleanroom technology which is critical to the successful operation of the pharmaceutical sector. An article in ‘Building Services News’.

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Commissioning and Commissioning Management

PM Group’s Derek Mowlds addresses some of the key issues and success factors associated with the implementation of various approaches and strategies to commissioning and commissioning management. An article featured in ‘Building Services News’.

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