Civil Engineering students meet WIT alumnus and gain some on the job information on visit to multi-million euro construction project at Bausch & Lomb
A group of 2nd year Civil Engineering students from WIT visited a major expansion project taking place at Bausch & Lomb's facility on the outskirts of Waterford city. John Paul Construction are the main contractors on this multi-million euro development which consists of new clean-room production and packaging facilities, storage areas, offices, staff accommodation and ancillary areas.
The student site visit was facilitated by Site Manager Ray Farrell, who is himself a WIT graduate of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering. Ray gave the students an insight into the technical and logistical challenges of managing such a large-scale and complex project. The student's learned about the important role of a civil engineer on-site in ensuring the delivery of such a high specification facility. The visit was organized by Bryan Hallissey as part of their surveying module, where they learn about the need for a high level of accuracy in setting out the position of the building and all associated services.
WIT are well represented on this major construction project, with current student Peter Gallagher on placement, and graduates Ray Farrell (Site Manager), Paul Fewer and Noel O'Connor (both Project Managers), all part of John Paul’s Construction's team. Recently appointed Managing Director, Liam Kenny, is also a WIT alumnus, having completed the MSc in Construction Project Management in 2008.