Civil & Environmental Engineering

Environmental Engineering
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Environmental Engineering

PUNCH Consulting Engineers has provided Environmental and Civil Engineering services on a wide range of projects over the years, adapting to meet the ever changing environment. PUNCH has fostered the keystone of good service on which numerous projects in the industry of infrastructure/site development functions. The range of projects we undertake is as diverse in form as in cost.  PUNCH is a leading driver of sustainable and environmental developments. Our client base includes both the private and public sectors and our experience covers all aspects of Environmental and Civil Engineering including:

Civil Infrastructure

PUNCH Consulting Engineers approach all Infrastructure schemes with energy, expertise and a commitment to excellence. Our experience ranges from large public schemes, master planning of greenfield, brownfield and regeneration infrastructure projects to small bespoke designs for private developments.

PUNCH provided civil and structural engineering services for the Poppintree area of Ballymun and was involved the masterplanning of services in the Ballymun Regeneration Scheme, a €2.5 billion project which has completely redeveloped and revitalised the Ballymun area of Dublin. PUNCH was also involved in the Design and Contract Supervision of the Limerick Main Drainage scheme for Limerick County Council which included 19km of large diameter Interceptor Sewer, two major crossings of the Shannon River, pump stations, outfall structures, and the structural and hydraulic rehabilitation of the existing network using on line replacement and lining techniques. The scheme also included the construction of a new waste water treatment works and won the ACEI Annual Award in 2006.

PUNCH has been promoting sustainable design for years and is particularly proud of our approach and in house expertise on Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS).  Our expertise includes design of permeable paving, swales, lagoons, attenuation ponds, construction wetlands and infiltration drains.

Environmental Consultancy

PUNCH Consulting Engineers is an ISO 14001 accredited company. We recognise that good management includes all environmental matters and ensure that environmental protection and prevention of pollution of air, water and land are part of all decisions, policies and practices.

PUNCH has expertise with relevant environmental legislation, regulatory requirements and corporate guidelines and provides self-monitoring to ensure compliance. PUNCH recognises the growing need for the environmental engineering to be brought to the fore and have vast experience working with public and private clients in the area, including the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments.

PUNCH can also assist local authorities in the implementation of a FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) programme, aimed at reducing maintenance costs & associated environmental risks. PUNCH offerings are further expanded in our brochure.

Waste Management Services

How we manage our waste has changed significantly in Ireland in recent years with a welcome drive towards a more sustainable approach for both domestic and commercial producers and accordingly our waste operators.  National and European policy and legislation requires that waste is managed in accordance with the waste hierarchy and with consideration of the objectives of the relevant directives in terms of diversion of recyclable and organic wastes from landfill.

PUNCH Consulting Engineering is highly experienced in the waste management sector and can provide advice and design solutions from planning stage to construction.  Our staff are highly skilled and can ensure your project is delivered with an improved engineering and environmental performance that meets its legal obligations. PUNCH has been employed as Civil Engineers by Limerick’s Mr. Binman Limited since 1998 and has been the lead consultant on the additions to the main waste processing facility at Luddenmore, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. PUNCH is also currently designing a new facility at Greenport Environmental Ltd, Composting / Biogas Facility, Foynes, Limerick.

PUNCH can assist you through the following services:

  • Waste Licensing, Permitting and Certificates of Registration
  • Material recovery / recycling and civic amenity facilities
  • Organic Waste Treatment
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Contaminated Land Risk Assessment
  • Assessment/Restoration of Closed Landfills and Contaminated Land
  • Waste Policy and Regulation advice
  • Waste Management Strategies
  • Facility Site Selection and Appraisal Studies
  • Landfill Construction including Leachate and Gas Management Systems
  • Construction and Demolition Waste Management Planning
  • Waste Management Plans for Commercial Developments

Urban Drainage and Flood Risk Management

The risk of flooding is defined as a function of both the probability of a flood happening and its impact. In urban areas, the impact can be very high because the areas affected are densely populated and contain vital infrastructure. The reason for increased flooding in urban areas is twofold. Firstly, increased urbanisation has resulted in developments encroaching on floodplains, obstructing floodways and the loss of natural flood storage. Secondly, increased urbanisation has resulted in increased impervious areas such as roads, roofs and paving which create more rainwater water run-off.

To establish the flood risk associated with individual sites or catchments PUNCH Consulting Engineers can undertake Flood Risk Assessments in conjunction with River Flow Modeling.

Traditional drainage systems were designed to move rainwater as rapidly as possible from the point at which it has fallen to a discharge point, via a piped system to either a watercourse or soakaway. During periods of wet weather this approach can result in the increased risk of flooding downstream, sudden rises in water levels and flow rates in watercourses, By diverting rainfall to piped systems, water is stopped from soaking into the ground, depleting ground water and reducing flows in watercourses in dry weather. In addition, surface water run-off can contain contaminants such as oil, organic matter and toxic metals. Although often at low levels, cumulatively they can result in poor water quality in rivers and groundwater, affecting biodiversity, amenity value and potential water abstraction.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers recognise that the Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) approach to drainage reduces flood risk, minimises diffuse pollution, maintains or restores natural flow regimes and improves water resources while enhancing amenity. PUNCH have varied and extensive experience in the design of SUDS systems.

Environmental Engineering Brochures

PUNCH Murnane

PUNCH Consulting Engineers announced an amalgamation with John Murnane Consulting Engineers to trade as PUNCH Murnane in July 2011, strengthening its existing Environmental Engineering offerings to public and private Clients. Both companies have a proven track record of providing high quality, client focused engineering solutions in the Environmental Engineering sector. This alliance has consolidated the strengths of both organisations in the water & waste water services sector.

The rapid growth in population and development, our changing environment and the  increased awareness of the finite nature of our water resources has led to the need for projects and services that ensure an ongoing clean and reliable potable water supply. PUNCH Murnane is established as a leading provider of Consulting Engineering in the field of Water and Waste Water Services.

Our specialist team at PUNCH Murnane can provide you with cost effective advice and design solutions for your project including the following areas and services:

Water Supply and Wastewater Services

The rapid growth in population and commercial and industrial development over the past number of years has led to increasing pressure on our finite water resources and the need for projects that provide an ongoing clean and reliable potable water supply. PUNCH Consulting Engineers has significant experience in the planning, design and construction of water supply projects for private and public clients in both rural and urban locations.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers has designed and supervised the construction of numerous wastewater infrastructure schemes for both onsite treatment and discharge to public infrastructure. PUNCH has also been involved in the design of on-site wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations, outfall structures, and the obtaining of wastewater discharge licenses from Local Authorities. PUNCH was involved in the Design and Contract Supervision of the Limerick Main Drainage scheme for Limerick County Council which included 19km of large diameter Interceptor Sewer, two major crossings of the Shannon River, pumping stations, outfall structures, and the structural and hydraulic rehabilitation of the existing network using on line replacement and lining techniques. The scheme also included the construction of a new waste water treatment works and the design of a 5km length of 600mm diameter watermain from the Dock Road to Ennis Road. The success of this project was highlighted when it was awarded the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) Annual Award 2006.

Our specialist team at PUNCH can provide you with cost effective advice and design solutions for your project including the following areas and services:

  • Modelling of pipe networks using WinDES, EPAnet and GIS mapping tools
  • Network condition evaluation, active leakage control systems and implementation, rehabilitation planning and design
  • Group Water Schemes, aquifer potable water supply potential assessments
  • Water conservation management plans using rain water harvesting and grey water
  • Reservoir design
  • Site Suitability Assessments
  • On site wastewater treatment
  • Discharge Licences
  • Pumping station design

Water Conservation and Rehabilitation Services

PUNCH Murnane now offers comprehensive water conservation consultancy services on all aspects of conservation and rehabilitation projects. We provide expertise on services including information systems management, network conditions evaluation, district metered area designs, active leak detection and repair programmes, pressure management solutions, demand management initiatives, advice and contract document preparation for civils works and telemetry contracts for the installation of water conservation infrastructure, design, supervision and co-ordination of rehabilitation and replacement works.

PUNCH Murnane also provides bespoke water conservation solutions for private clients in a variety of sectors including healthcare, commercial premises, agricultural & industrial sectors, education centres and private clients.

Water Conservation Services

  • District Metered Area Design and Installation
  • Demand Analysis and Water Audits
  • Hydraulic Modelling of Water Networks: Design, Review, Calibration, Updates
  • Pressure Management Design and Installation.
  • Demand Management Initiatives and Public Relations Projects
  • Active Leak Detection and Repair Strategies
  • Private Side Leakage and Backyard Services Strategies
  • Information Systems Review and Recommendations (CiS, leak database, telemetry, asset databases)
  • Network condition evaluation, active leakage control systems and implementation, rehabilitation planning and design

Mains Rehabilitation Services

  • Mains Rehabilitation Design Strategies
  • Preparation of Rehabilitation Strategy and Works Proposal Reports (Appendices 5 & 7 in accordance with L6/07, various DoE Circulars)
  • Preparation of Contract Documents for procurement of district meter installations, telemetry, and leak repair works
  • Tender queries, evaluation, reporting  and recommendations
  • Contract Administration and Site Supervision of Civil Works and Rehabilitation Works Contracts, certification of payments, chairing site meetings, management of compensation and delay events
  • Project Supervisor Design Process: H&S Plans for relevant elements of work
  • Modelling of pipe networks using WinDES, EPAnet and GIS mapping tools

Bespoke Water Conservation Services for Private and Commercial Clients

  • Group Water Schemes, aquifer potable water supply potential assessments
  • Water conservation management plans using rain water harvesting and grey water
  • Bespoke water conservation plans for private clients: assessment of existing infrastructure, treatment and supply options, cost benefit analysis of water saving devices, delivery of tailored cost efficient solutions for individual premises, centres and services.

Asset Management Services

The challenge of managing and upgrading sewerage and water supply systems is a key component in the efficient and cost effective operation of your business. PUNCH Consulting Engineers can offer services that ensure the reliability and performance of your systems are optimised and fully compliant with regulatory requirements. By using hydraulic models we can assess the performance of your existing water supply and sewerage systems and the impact of any upgrade that may be considered. This will allow you to determine what the most cost effective solution is to managing your facilities operations.

PUNCH can assist with the following services:

  • Drainage and water/waste water network asset databases – GIS mapping
  • Strategic drainage and water asset management plans
  • Asset surveys including pipeline and manhole assessments
  • Design standards guidance documents
  • CCTV and SUS 25 Surveys
  • Modelling of sewer and water supply networks
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