Declan Gahan from John Sisk & Son was in WIT recently to present the “Sisk Award for Excellence in Project Management & Research” to final year students of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering. This prestigious award recognises outstanding performance in the final year Dissertation, with first place going to Martin Codd who investigated the role of Building Information Modelling in supporting Facilities Management. Joint runners-up were Shane Morrissey who explored the Viability of Micro Wind Generation Technology and Sean Kenny who examined Managing Quality in Fast-Track Construction.
According to Programme Leader, Dr. Brian Graham, “over the course of their final year, the students are expected to conduct in-depth research into a construction-related topic of their choosing; this is the single biggest piece of work that they undertake and they should be very proud of their achievement.”
Declan, who is a Senior Contracts Manager with Sisk, was impressed with the work completed by the students and complimented them on the relevance of their topics to industry. He also noted that the students, who recently sat their final degree exams, are entering the workforce at a time when there is growing optimism in the Irish construction market. He cited increased activity nationally, with continuing government investment in road infrastructure, healthcare and education buildings.
Closer to home there are a number of major projects in Waterford including major expansions at Bausch & Lomb and Teva Pharmaceuticals and a new facility for West Pharmaceutical Services on a 44 acre site on the Old Kilmeaden Road. All of which points to increasing demand for graduates of Construction Management & Engineering over the coming years.
For further information on the BSc (Hons) Construction Management & Engineering programme, please see www.wit.ie/wd025