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Research and Engineering Manager appointed to Murphy Surveys Innovation and R&D Department

Paraic Quirke has recently joined Murphy Surveys as Research and Engineering Manager of our Innovation and R&D department. This department has been established to develop innovative ideas emerging from experiences on our many varied projects. The role of the department is to identify the best arenas to test out our innovative ideas and to identify areas of support that could be provided through collaboration with our clients and our many specialised survey departments.

Commenting on the new appointment, Ray Murphy, CEO, said: “We can attribute a large part of our growth over the last 30 years to our belief that innovation and adapting to technological change is the key to delivering quality, precision surveys in a more efficient manner. The Innovation and R&D department has been established to support and grow the ideas of our staff and will foster a culture of innovation throughout the company. Paraic’s background in applied research for the civil engineering sector will help us identify areas of collaboration to advance our ideas and apply them to relevant projects, thereby sharing our innovations for the mutual benefit of our business and our clients.”

Before joining Murphy Surveys, Paraic completed his PhD in detection of railway track settlement and bridge damage using the inertial response of a regular service train. The three-year project was part of a wider four-year EU-funded research network called the Sustainable Pavement & Railway ITN which investigated improving the sustainability of road and rail infrastructure using alternative materials and monitoring techniques. Paraic’s project was carried out with the support of Irish Rail and UCD. The project involved mathematical modelling of the complex train-track-bridge interaction combined with a two-month field test, during which the inertial response of an in-service Irish Rail train was measured and used to detect an area of known railway track settlement. Paraic successfully defended his thesis in June 2017 before graduating in December.

Paraic Quirke Murphy Surveys

Paraic Quirke, PhD
Research and Engineering Manager
Innovation and R&D