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Friday 18 April 2014

How to export design and building services

ENGINEERS, architects and any other built environment professionals are advised to attend an information evening on exporting design and construction services taking place in Mallow later this month.

Hosted by North Cork Enterprise Board at the Mallow GAA complex, the info evening is set take place on Monday, November 26 at 6pm. This free viaFULCRUM event will highlight the benefits of working in a collaborative manner, in a shared environment or in virtual offices in order to export design and construction services.

The viaFULCRUM project is supported by Cork County & City Enterprise Boards, Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Cork City Partnership, Engineers Ireland, and the Royal Institute of Architects.

The contraction of the construction industry in Ireland has left a huge surplus of highly skilled and experienced engineering, architectural and other built environment professionals. Graduates from third level colleges are also joining the market with skillsets in the latest technology to join this surplus.

The viaFULCRUM appraoch emphasises that there is an alternative to leaving the country to get work, and that there are strategies to retain the experience within the industry and the investment made in education.

With technology, determination and know-how, professional services can now be exported, as in other industries.

The formation of viaFULCRUM for built environment professionals is a means for targeting construction projects primarily in international markets. viaFulcrum is a multidiscipline group of experienced built environment professionals offering comprehensive services, individually and together, across a range of sectors. See www.viafulcrum.com for more information.

Meanwhile, the first viaFULCRUM office is located in Cork City where members share low-cost, low risk affordable office space that includes common areas, canteen and meeting room. For members that have their own offices, hot desks are available when working on projects with other members. ViaFULCRUM members network, collaborate, share knowledge and train together, and are better placed to bid for projects.

The key note speaker is Frank O'Mahony, MD of Wilson Architects, who will share his experiences on working in international markets. On the night, the current and future plans for viaFULCRUM in Cork City and County will also be unveiled.

To register contact Judy Costigan on 021-4887056, judy@costiganmarketing.com or Joan Kelleher on 02243235, joan@nceb.ie.

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