AOCA Team Spreads Joy Through Community Service at LauraLynn Hospice

At AOCA, we believe in making a difference not only in the world of engineering and construction but also in the lives of those in our community. Recently, a group of our dedicated team members, including Sarah, Eoin, Megan, Finn, and Nessa, had the privilege of contributing their time and skills to a heartwarming initiative at LauraLynn Hospice, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

A Day of Giving Back

The spirit of giving back was truly alive as our team rolled up their sleeves to support the LauraLynn Hospice’s preparations for an upcoming Family Fun Day. This event is not just a day of entertainment; it’s a moment of respite, laughter, and cherished memories for families facing immense challenges. With creativity and compassion, our team engaged in various activities to brighten up the hospice grounds. Some of our members, including Sarah and Finn, took on the artistic task of painting decorative windows, infusing vibrant colors into the surroundings. These windows will be a source of inspiration and delight for the children and their families during their stay.

In addition to window painting, our team also took to the hospice gardens, where members like Eoin and Megan dedicated themselves to weeding and nurturing the outdoor spaces. The act of tending to the gardens symbolizes our commitment to providing a nurturing environment for families, caregivers, and children.

Community Bonding and Impact

Participating in this community service was a humbling experience for our team. It allowed us, including Nessa, to connect with the heartwarming mission of LauraLynn Hospice and extend our support to those who need it most. Our team members not only shared their skills but also their care and empathy, leaving a positive impact on the hospice and the families it serves.

At AOCA, we are dedicated to making a meaningful impact in both our professional field and the community around us. We believe that together, through acts of kindness and compassion, we can make a difference that truly matters. As we reflect on our involvement with LauraLynn Hospice, we are reminded of the profound impact that small gestures can have on the lives of others. Our team, including Sarah, Eoin, Megan, Finn, and Nessa, looks forward to continuing our commitment to community service, spreading positivity, and leaving a lasting impression of care and compassion wherever we go.

An Overview of the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme

Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme

The recent amendments to the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme mark a significant development for homeowners grappling with the aftermath of pyrite and mica infestations. This government initiative, now known as the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme, provides crucial financial support to affected homeowners, allowing them to repair or rebuild their homes.

The key aspects of the scheme, as outlined on the government’s official website, cover the majority of repair costs. Homeowners can now avail of 100% funding for replacement or repair of affected homes, up to a maximum of €420,000. This is a substantial increase from the previous limit of 90% funding, offering a lifeline to those burdened with significant repair costs.

Under the scheme, homeowners can apply for grants to cover the cost of carrying out necessary works, including temporary accommodation costs while work is being undertaken. However, it’s important to note that the scheme does not cover the cost of improving the property beyond its original condition.

The Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme is a critical step towards offering substantial relief to homeowners affected by mica and pyrite. At AOCA Engineering Consultants, we believe it’s crucial to be aware of these developments and the support available. We provide certified building condition assessments, a required step in availing of the grant, and are here to guide homeowners through this process.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by defective concrete blocks and require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at AOCA Engineering Consultants. We’re committed to helping homeowners navigate this challenging situation and ensure they take full advantage of the aid available to them.

Why You Need a Structural Survey When Buying a House

structural survey

 

Are you on the hunt for a new home? It’s an exciting journey, filled with dreams of the future. However, one crucial step in this process is conducting a thorough inspection of your potential investment. Here, we dive into why this procedure, also known as a structural survey, is non-negotiable when purchasing a property.

Finding Hidden Problems :

A structural survey acts like a detective, investigating potential hidden defects that might escape the untrained eye during a viewing. This comprehensive inspection uncovers any significant structural issues, electrical problems, or potential dampness. With this detailed report, you get an insightful overview of the property’s condition, helping you dodge unwelcome surprises and costly repairs down the line.

Negotiation Power :

This detailed assessment also serves as a potent negotiating tool. If it unearths significant issues that need repair, this could impact the property’s price. You can use the findings to negotiate a lower price, potentially saving you a considerable sum of money.

Planning for Future Maintenance :

A structural survey isn’t just about pinpointing current problems; it also serves as a roadmap for future maintenance. It provides essential insights into the areas that might need attention in the coming years, helping you plan your home maintenance schedule. This foresight enables you to maintain your property’s value and extend its lifespan.

Facilitates Insurance and Mortgage Approvals :

Often, both insurance companies and mortgage lenders require an in-depth inspection of the property. By conducting a structural survey, you facilitate a smoother, quicker approval process for your insurance and mortgage applications.

Peace of Mind :

Ultimately, the most significant benefit of a structural survey is the peace of mind it provides. Knowing that your future home is structurally sound and free from major defects is priceless. It allows you to move forward with confidence, secure in your investment.

 

A structural survey is a critical step in buying a home. It not only helps you avoid potential issues but also assists in negotiations, future maintenance planning, and facilitates financial approvals. Most importantly, it grants you peace of mind, assuring you of the soundness of your investment. Make sure to contact AOCA if your thinking of getting a survey.

Join The Team

Positions Available

As a rapidly expanding firm, we are currently seeking highly motivated and skilled professionals to join our team in Portlaoise & Dublin. We have exciting opportunities available for a Building Surveyor with a strong background in project management and property assessment, a Structural Engineer with expertise in structural engineering and design, and a Civil/Structural/Architectural CAD Technician experienced in managing and producing drawings and reports. At AOCA, we value collaboration, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills, and we are committed to providing a supportive work environment where our team members can thrive. Explore our available engineering positions below and take the first step towards a rewarding career with AOCA Engineering Consultants.

Senior Building Surveyor

Building Surveyor Engineering Position Available

Building Surveyor – Consultancy

AOCA Engineering Consultants are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Building Surveyor to join our growing team. The successful candidate will have a strong background in project management and property assessment across the construction and property sectors. The role will be based in our Portlaoise office, and the successful candidate will work closely with senior engineers and project managers.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivery and management of a portfolio of projects in the residential and commercial construction and property sectors
  • Conduct site inspections and surveys
  • Collaborate with other team members to develop project plans and schedules.

Requirements:

  • Level 7 or 8 in degree in construction or engineering related field as a minimum, preferably Chartered
  • Knowledge of latent defect desirable
  • Knowledge of Building Regulations, TGD’s, Building Control (Amendment) Regulations and Health & Safety (Construction) Regulations in Irish/UK market
  • In depth knowledge of Fire Regulations in Irish/UK market
  • Contract Document knowledge and experience of the Irish/UK market a distinct advantage.
  • A valid and clean driving license.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficient in the use of industry-standard software and tools such as AutoCAD
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skill

Structural Engineer

Structural Engineering Position Available

AOCA Engineering Consultants are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Structural Engineer to join our growing team. The successful candidate will have a strong background in structural engineering and be able to contribute to a range of projects across various sectors. The role will be based in our Portlaoise office, and the successful candidate will work closely with senior engineers and project managers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the design and analysis of structural engineering projects ranging from large residential developments to bespoke one-off designs
  • Conduct site inspections and surveys
  • Prepare engineering calculations and reports
  • Collaborate with other team members to develop project plans and schedules
  • Engage with Clients and Design Teams for Project Delivery

Requirements:

  • Level 7 or 8 in Civil/Structural Engineering as a minimum
  • Knowledge of Building Regulations, TGD’s, Building Control (Amendment) Regulations and Health & Safety (Construction) Regulations
  • Contract Document knowledge and experience of the Irish/UK market a distinct advantage
  • A valid and clean driving license
  • Experience in structural surveying and assessments
  • 2-4 years of relevant experience in the structural design
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in the use of industry-standard software and tools, such as AutoCAD, Revit,
  • Civils 3D, Tedds Structures or similar
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skill
  • Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills, particularly Excel

Civil/Structural/Architectural/CAD Technician

Civil/Structural/Architectural CAD Technician Positions Available Engineering

AOCA Engineering Consultants are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Civil/Structural/Architectural CAD Technician to join our growing team. The successful candidate will have a strong background in the management and production of drawings and reports. The role will be based in our Portlaoise office, and the successful candidate will work closely with senior engineers and project managers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the production of drawings and reports for projects ranging from residential developments to bespoke one-off commercial designs
  • Prepare applications for approval by regulatory bodies
  • Conduct site inspections and surveys
  • Providing support to other disciplines as required by the office workload and be able to positively advise on aspects of their design as it impacts on other engineering function.
  • Assist in the design, management and delivery of projects
  • Effectively communicate with consultants, specialist suppliers and Local Authority/Statutory Bodies

Requirements:

  • 2+ years of experience
  • Excellent knowledge of engineering and architectural detailing
  • Knowledge of Building Regulations, TGD’s and Building Control (Amendment) Regulations
  • Experience of the Irish/UK market a distinct advantage
  • A valid and clean driving license
  • Proficient in the use of AutoCAD.  
  • Knowledge of Revit/BIM modelling software desirable but not essential
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skill

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GREAT NEWS FOR PORTLAOISE

We at AOCA Ltd. are delighted to announce that we have been granted full planning permission for Shalom Media Ireland for the construction of a new recording studio inclusive of offices and a chapel at Lismard Business Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

 

Government signs off on €420,000 grant cap for Mica redress scheme

Cabinet ministers have signed off on a €420,000 cap on a revised mica scheme.

Homeowners of mica-affected homes will be able to seek redress from the State of up to €420,000, minister for housing Darragh O’Brien announced today.

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Professional Indemnity Insurance in Ireland

Aidan O’Connell – Looking to find out how other engineering practices are finding the renewal of PI insurance this year. For the last two years we have seen out premium increase by more than 150% with a drop in turnover and no claims or claims history. Whilst we look for renewal terms months in advance, we are told that the insurance companies are short staffed or will not look at the policy until a few days before the renewal date.
I know ENGINEERS IRELAND have been highlighting this issue for the last year but the situation has only continued to get worse and worse. 2 years ago our premium was bad. Now it is simply MAD and unsustainable. We have the situation where a Bank is looking for 6.5 million cover from an engineer overseeing the construction of a single dwelling being built for less than 400,000. If you are going to sign off mortgage drawdowns for such a house, 6.5m is insane. The time has come to tell the robbing banks to get lost and remember who bailed them out. No couple will be able to get an engineer to sign off on a house going forward. Our company will be withdrawing from this service if these premiums continue.
All fire safety matters have now also been withdrawn from engineering policies. For those that might get cover, then we are seeing enormous premiums at many multiples of previous levels. It is little surprise that cover is now being refused for repairing Mica houses in Donegal. Perhaps it is time for the government or Engineers Ireland to set up a single policy scheme for engineers in the same way that solicitors, physiotherapists and many other professions do as well. It seems that engineers are lagging way behind as usual. Heads up all. Time for us to get pro-active and vocal. #PIInsurance #engineering #ireland

New Forensic Fire Investigation Unit @ AOCA

We are delighted to announce that AOCA now has a Forensic Fire Investigation Unit. The new Unit will be managed by Brendan Ringwood.

Brendan joins AOCA boasting a wealth of experience in forensic fire investigation in the domestic, industrial and commercial sectors.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a post-graduate diploma in Business and IT. He also holds a post-graduate certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, and he is a member of Engineers Ireland.

Brendan possesses over 12 years of experience in the Forensic Fire Investigation field, and he has worked with well-established firms in Ireland, investigating over 800 fire/engineering related losses.

Brendan has carried out Fire Forensic Investigations on behalf of all of the major loss-adjusting and insurance companies operating in Ireland – and he has ample experience in liaising with members of An Garda Síochána and the Fire Service.

Civil/Structural Engineering Technician

Job Function:

Civil/Structural Engineering Technician

Employment type:

Full Time

Company industry:

Civil/Structural Engineering, Residential & Commercial Developments.

Seniority level:

Entry-Level

Skills:

Engineering drawing and detailing, Site inspections/Surveys, ability to work alone or in a group, Full Driving licence.

Education:

Diploma/Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering (or similar), preferably with 1-2 years’ post graduate experience.

Job description:

The Role will include but is not limited to:

Carrying out site visits / surveys and creating designs for top clients across residential and commercial projects.

Working with Engineers to produce detailed design packages for tender and construction.

Checking and approval of all relevant documents, calculations, and drawings

Preparation of quotations and project scopes for Director approval.

The Candidate:

You will be ambitious and focussed and determined on furthering your career as a Civil and/or Structural Technician / Engineer.

Good working knowledge of AutoCAD, using CADS RC & MS Office is essential, experience in preparing drawings & schedules, ability to meet deadlines and have strong organisational skills and attention to detail.  BIM experience is a desirable.

The successful applicant will have a creative mind and will relish the opportunity to work as part of a team in order to provide innovative engineering solutions for clients.

Company description:

AOCA has been in business since 1996 and we have established ourselves as one of the leading Consulting Engineering practices in the country. Our Head Office is situated in Portlaoise and we have a second office in Dublin. AOCA has established itself as one of the leading Forensic Consultancy Firm’s in Ireland. In recent years AOCA has become the leading expert on Pyrite in Ireland. We pride ourselves on providing each of our clients with a service specifically tailored to their individual needs and requirements. Accordingly, AOCA have a number of clients with whom we have worked with on numerous projects over the years, as well as one-off ventures for individuals/businesses throughout the island of Ireland and beyond. Based as we are in both the Midlands and Dublin, directly adjacent to the M7 and M50 motorways and with easy access to all the major road networks, we are ideally situated to easily reach all the 32 counties when required without difficulty.

How would you like people to apply?

Let candidates apply with their LinkedIn profile and notify me by email.

Salary:

Negotiable dependant on Candidate experience

Contact:

Lisa Morrissey

AOCA

Lismard House, Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

lisa@aoca.ie

Civil/Structural Engineer

Job Function:

Civil/Structural Engineer

Employment type:

Full Time

Company industry:

Civil/Structural Engineering

Location:

Portlaoise & Dublin

Seniority level:

Senior-Level

Skills:

Engineering Design software including Tedds, Site inspections and reports, AutoCAD, Ability to work alone or in a group, Full driving licence.

Education:

Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering with minimum of 2 years’ experience.

Job description:

The role will include but is not limited to:

Reporting to the Associate Director, typical tasks would include.

  • Design of civil and structural elements for typical type projects.
  • Ensuring that all aspects of design works are backed up by proven procedures, calculations, and disciplines.
  • Assisting with ongoing site-based projects in terms of design development, feeding into inspection plans and the role of ancillary certifier as required under the BCAR regulations,
  • Experience in Defect engineering and report writing.

The Candidate:

The Ideal Candidate must be self-motivated, Personable, energetic, a team player, have attained relevant experience in civil / structural engineering. Effective written and verbal communication is essential combined with a full working knowledge of software systems, current regulations affecting decision making and be prepared to work in a small team environment.

Company description:

Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd has been in business since 1996 and we have established ourselves as one of the leading Consulting Engineering practices in the country. Our Head Office is situated in Portlaoise and we have a second office in Dublin. Aidan O’Connell and Associates Ltd has established itself as one of the leading Forensic Consultancy Firm in Ireland. In recent years Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd has become one of the leading experts on Pyrite in Ireland.

We pride ourselves on providing each of our clients with a service specifically tailored to their individual needs and requirements. Accordingly, Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd have a number of clients with whom we have worked with on numerous projects over the years, as well as one-off ventures for individuals/businesses throughout the island of Ireland and beyond. Based as we are in both the Midlands and Dublin, directly adjacent to the M7 and M50 motorways and with easy access to all the major road networks, we are ideally situated to easily reach all the 32 counties when required without difficulty.

Salary:

Negotiable dependant on Candidate experience

Contact:

Lisa Morrissey

AOCA

lisa@aoca.ie

Lismard House,

Timahoe Road,

Portlaoise

Co. Laois

057 8663244

 

Unit E6, Centrepoint Business Park,

Oak Drive,

Clondalkin,

Dublin 12

01 4243035