Ardmac Data Centres Solutions Newsletter Nov2021

We’ve got News Ardmac Data Centres Solutions Quarterly Newsletter Nov 2021

Hello from Ardmac, Welcome to our quarterly newsletter, where we will keep you up to date with current developments and thinking within our Data centre Business Unit. Meet Peter Lonergan, our Technical Manager and Business Development Manager. We showcase our range of Ground Supported and Ceiling Supported HAC assemblies. This issue touches on Ardmac’s BIM lead Service Penetration Management system and we are delighted to be shortlisted for BIM initiative of the year as part of the Irish Construction Industry Awards 2021. Our feature focus is on Sustainable Development and Ardmac are proud to share with you some of our goals relating to the environment, climate change, responsible business, innovation and community. Finally, Ardmac are delighted to share that we raised over €50,000 for Pieta as part of the Ardmac Cycle for Hope. We hope you enjoy reading this issue and if there is anything you’d like to see in future issues, please let us know. Roy Millar Managing Director Data Centres

Chat to Roy Millar Managing Director Data Centres

roy.millar@ardmac.com +353 (0) 868077887

Chat to Jason Casey Deputy MD Data Centres

jason.casey@ardmac.com +353 (0) 868553342

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04 €54,890 RAISED FOR PIETA CYCLE FOR HOPE 2021

08 MEET TEAM MEMBER PROFILE

10 HOT & COLD AISLE CONTAINMENT

16 SERVICE PENETRATION MANAGEMENT

18 IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AWARDS 2021

20 DESIGNATED RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS FOR FIRE STOPPING

22 BUILDING BETTER FOR THE FUTURE

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2021 Ardmac cycle for hope €54,890 raised for pieta

The first Ardmac #CycleforHope saw over 220 Cyclists participate, and raised in excess of €25,000. This will be matched by Ardmac, bringing our total raised for Pieta House on World Mental Health Day 2021 to over €50,000. Not only did we do something practical and memorable to highlight Mental Health, we raised awareness and brought people together across our Industry to do it. Massive thank you to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered on the day. This event would not have been the success it was without all of you.

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a Technical Manager and Business Development Manager for the Data Centre Business Unit here at Ardmac. M E E T peter lonergan

With quite an extensive dual role in the business, Peter provides an essential link between technical knowledge gained from his background in architecture and customer experience gained from the significant onsite exposure that he has enjoyed over the years. Peter has been with Ardmac since 2013 and has seen the Data Centre Business Unit grow from just one Ireland based client into the international business unit that it is today. He has taken personal pride in seeing this transition and learnt a lot along the way. He has spent a lot of time on project sites in Holland, Denmark, Belgium, and Ireland and has worked closely with project managers delivering controlled environments. From his beginnings in the Pharmaceutical Business Unit, he was able to bring that expertise and learning across to the Data Centre Business Unit.

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His exposure on the client side makes him well equipped to support the business commercially at the front-end in his business development role and he finds it enables him to not only answer technical queries well but also to ensure that customer solutions are technically compliant and offer the best solutions for value-minded clients. A day in the life Peter’s day is typicallyquitemixedas youmight imagine with a dual role. He gets involved in conversations between colleagues and customers, sometimes with a technical focus and sometimes catching up with his team who work across different countries. The Data Centre Architectural Design Team is really important to Peter, particularly after COVID-19 which resulted in more agile working conditions and made face to face communication more challenging. He recognises the importance of maintaining a culture of communication and trust within the team. He has regular calls with his team to make sure he knows and understands the issues they might be facing and add reassurance that support is available despite geographical location. Prior to COVID-19, Peter would have often travelled to the various locations to meet face-to-face with his team and clients, something that he plans to do again very soon. When we asked him what he really loves about his job, it is going to a building site that really stands out. Being able to immerse himself into the environment and experience what it is really like. It also enables him to build on his customer relationships which is, in his opinion, as important as how Ardmac is performing technically.

Accountability

Something that Peter has learnt during his time with Ardmac is the importance of having accountability, realising that decisions that he and his team makes affects other people across the business, supply chain and customer base. Over the years he has learnt that having an awareness of interdependency is crucial to business success, especially with issues that affect the customer experience. With many years under his belt, Peter has also learnt how his actions can influence the broader outcome, soaking up all the learning and enabling a better result. Lessons learnt are also captured in the stage gated process that he is involved in during the tender process, where checks and balances are made to reduce risk and increase certainty of outcome on future projects. Home life In his spare time Peter enjoys exercise, playing football, tag rugby and running. He is also studying for his master’s degree in Leadership, Innovation and Technology, all the while planning his forthcoming wedding. The biggest takeaway from his master’s studies so far has been around managing change, NPD (New Product Development) and Innovation and, due to digitalisation, that makes this very relevant to us here at Ardmac. Peter is learning how to leverage the opportunities of innovation and hopes this will create opportunities for staff and add value to the business in future years.

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HOT AND COLD AISLE CONTAINMENT

Ardmac have developed a range of Ground Supported and Ceiling Supported assemblies catering to an array of different modular and off-site construction industry requirements.

 

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GROUND SUPPORTED STRUCTURAL

Suitable for new build and retro fit projects regardless of roof structure. The integrated ceiling supports all services within the Data Hall.

Manufactured off-site and ‘flat-pack’ for ease of transport and rapid assembly.

Facilitates mission critical fast track construction, reduces work at height and is zero waste.

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HOT AND COLD AISLE CONTAINMENT

CEILING SUPPORTED Fully integrated scalable, suspended solution. Manufactured off-site and ‘flat- pack’ for ease of transport and rapid assembly with zero waste and environmentally friendly materials. Allows rapid assembly supporting mission critical schedules.

 

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HOT AND COLD AISLE CONTAINMENT

CEILING SUPPORTED STRUCTURAL COLD AISLE ASSEMBLY Suspended structural cold aisle frames with modular off-site assembly options. Fully loaded with integrated services. A scalable DfMA solution that also reduces working at height.

 

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AN ARDMAC SOLUTION Service

The management of building service penetrations within the internal partitions is a sectoral issue, creating challenges for multiple stakeholders including Ardmac, service providers and end-users. Resolving this issue through the application of a robust, well defined and controlled BIM process introduces value to projects. Where the Service Penetration Management Strategy is applied as an agreed BIM approach to managing and tracking service openings, reliable quantitative and reportable data and clarity can be provided for all stakeholders. Ardmac’s BIM lead Service Penetration Management provides a fully coordinated process from modelling through to site install. This gives our clients full visibility of project progress through use of a specific BIM Execution Plan, software and live reporting to keep all stakeholders informed on a project.

Penetration Management

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Service Penetration Management An Ardmac Solution

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A bespoke master tracker tool provides instant feedback to the site teams, clearly identifying:

QUANTITY

LOCATIONS

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FIRESTOPPING NEEDED

INTERLINKED FIRESTOPPING REGISTER

WEEKLY WORK PLAN DATA

WORK AT HEIGHT SAFETY PLANS

PRODUCTION DATA

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UNTRACEABLE OPE. ID’S

Contact our Data Centre technical team to learn more about the BEP, or benefits and application of Ardmac’s service penetration management process.

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SHORT LISTED irish construction industry awards 2021

We are delighted to share that our DC virtual showroom has been shortlisted for BIM initiative of the year as part of the Irish Construction Industry Awards 2021.

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We have created an Interactive Virtual Data Centres Showroom for you to better understand Data Centre design and construction. The model demonstrates integrated controlled environment solutions including ceiling supported and ground supported structural hot and cold aisle containment, fire-stopping solutions, security mesh partitions, fire rated modular partitions, doors with security ironmongery, and suspended modular and structural ceiling systems.

We also have an app available to download now.

VISIT OUR INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL SHOWROOM

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Designated Responsible Individuals for Fire Stopping This month we congratulate two of our Senior Architectural Technologists on becoming Ardmac’s Designated Responsible Individuals for the Fire Stopping aspects of our data centre projects. Ardmac are certified as a Competent Firestopping Contractor. To be able to obtain that certification, two of Ardmac’s team members; Rodney Mason and Paddy Mooney both had to pass exams covering the subject. Both Rodney and Paddy are now certified to oversee and advise on the implementation of our firestopping processes in line with our Certification.

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What is firestopping?

Both enjoy the challenge of their job, as there is always something new to learn, working with clients, design teams, supply chain, project teams, across different sectors and jurisdictions. There is a sense of growth and personal development in the business.

Ardmac’s data centre contract scope includes the creation of fire compartments, focusing on sealing any openings to prevent fire from passing through buildings. For example, if there is a pipe or duct travels through a wall, it has created a fire safety weak spot and so the teammust find a solution. This might involve using higher density fireboard as walling, which is the most common fire stopping material.

What is involved in becoming certified?

Paddy & Rodney had to sit a three-hour exam online, answering a series of questions based on course material. Having achieved the qualification, it is imperative to, either sit the exam again in three years’ time, or to continue to learn by attending relevant fire stopping seminars where they can achieve points towards maintaining the certification.

Rodney Mason Senior Architectural Technologist

Day to day in the life of a DRI

On a day-to-day basis, Rodney & Paddy are responsible for keeping up to date with the latest regulations and technology surrounding fire stopping solutions, liaising with our supply chain and approving all the solutions both at tender stage, during design and before they are implemented on our projects across Europe. This ensures that Ardmac have the knowledge to ensure the complete solution is fully complaint with the current regulations, which are continuously evolving and vary by location across Europe.

Paddy Mooney Architectural Technologist

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building better for our future Ardmac are fully committed to ethically and responsibly managing all aspects of our operations, every day. We are committed to protecting our environment by embedding our LEAN practices on reducing waste and support sustainability. We monitor suppliers in line with our code of conduct and drive efficiencies and we source locally and ethically in the first instance to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our impact on the environment. In 2015, a total of 193 countries committed to the UN Sustainability Development Goals. These goals (SDG’s), address global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, and environmental degradation and stand as a blueprint for achieving a sustainable future for all; designed to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. For our part, Ardmac have identified where we can take action. Climate change, environment, communities, responsible business and innovation.

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