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Consultation - Dublin BusConnects

In response to as linked from
Our public consultation survey in now live Please take a minute to have your say and let's hear your views. Network proposals can be found here: — BusConnects (@BusConnects) July 12, 2018 I decided to review the design supplied, from the perspective of an Irish citizen, with children, who foresees a positive future for them in Dublin. The following are my comments:

In general, the proposed network, the justifications for it, and the presentation of it is excellent. It is quite evident that a high degree of work went into it, for which the author should be commended.

In particular, I admire the presumption of and need for seamless Leap ticketing with single pricing for connecting journeys - this feels a right minded and contempo…

Consultation on DLRCoCo Draft Parking Control Bye Laws 2017

Further to

I have made the following suggestions, to integrate Electric Vehicles into the car parking bye-laws of my home district:

1.  I suggest that provision be made in the bye-laws to handle electric vehicle charging dedicated parking spaces, specifically to prevent other vehicles from using these spaces, and also to compel electric vehicles to move from these spaces when their charging cycle is complete (to enable other vehicles use the charger).
This is in line with National Policy Framework Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland ( ) - see page 85, under "Measures to be implemented by end of 2018": Address the issue of misuse or ‘icing’ of charge point spaces through parking and/or road traffic regulations

2. Regarding payment for parking, it …

Using Configuration Management to Achieve Quality in Commercial Construction

Note: This post was published on Engineer's Ireland Engineer's Journal also: - I am archiving it in this blog for posterity / to maintain a cache of my work.

Configuration Management overview
Configuration Management is a Systems Engineering technique first developed in the Cold War, to control US military projects. It was conceived to prevent common project afflictions of scope creep, poor documentation, and undisciplined change to a product (the output of a project) throughout its lifecycle.

At it's core, it creates a comparison between Product Requirements, Product Documentation, and End Product. This comparison collectively reflects the Configuration of the product.
The ultimate goal that Configuration Management hopes to achieve is that at any stage in the product's development & operational lifecycle, these three items are in equilibrium with each other (that's to say, that the req…

Vacant Retail Units + Student Accommodation - Made for each other?

Ireland, and particularly its main cities and towns, are suffering from an acute shortage of accommodation at all levels of the market - family living, hotel rooms, student accommodation - you name the bed-need, and there's a corresponding drought. A resurgent economy, following a period with little investment following the Post-2008 Irish economic downturn, has caught the nation short of sufficient beds to house residents and visitors alike.

This was all predicted throughout the years, of course, however with very little credit being extended to front speculative construction, there was little that private enterprise nor the government could do except wait for the inevitable capacity crunch. And the capacity crunch happened as the economy recovered, coupled with emigrants returning home, and immigrants from other nations all wishing to take part in the Celtic Phoenix.

Separately from accommodation shortages, we read that retail, particularly on our main streets, is struggling. T…