Summer CPD: Planning and Technology

Event Date: 
Event Time:
9:30am - 1:30pm
Event Location: 
Tipperary County Council Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary

Our Summer CPD seminar takes place in Tipperary County Council Chamber, Nenagh Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on 29th June.

This CPD seminar will explore the implications of new technology for planning practice and update delegates on current trends. Delegates will learn about planning functions that incorporate and are improved through the use of technology across a range of fields along with forthcoming initiatives. 

The Institute would like to thank Tipperary County Council for their support in organising this event.


9:30 Registration with tea/coffee

10:00 Chairperson’s Introduction – Sonja Reidy, Irish Planning Institute Public Sector Committee

  • Chief Executive’s Welcome – Joe MacGrath, Chief Executive Tipperary County Council
  • Institute Welcome and Update – Irish Planning Institute
  • Map Technology Utilisation in National Policy Initiatives -  Stewart Logan, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
  • Driverless Technology and the Future of Travel - Ciaran Kelly, Threefold 
  • Energy Transition and Planning Implications - Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency
  • Embracing Technology and BIM - Bringing Planning into the 21st Century - Sean Roche, Digitech 3D

13:00 Q&A

13:30 CPD close and lunch


To book your place, please contact the IPI office at or (01) 8788630 or book online below.

  • Irish Planning Institute Members €40
  • Non Members €80


Click here for a location map. Parking is available. JJ Kavanagh operate a bus service from Dublin & Limerick to Nenagh, details here.


Speaker Bio: Joe MacGrath

 Joe MacGrath was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council following the merger of former North and South Tipperary County Councils on the 1st June, 2014. He previously held the positions of South Tipperary County Manager (2013-2014), North Tipperary County Manager (2010-2014) and Galway City Manager (2005-2010). Prior to these appointments, Joe served with local authorities in Kerry (1995-2005), Limerick (1990-1995) and Wicklow (1985-1990).


At local and national level, Joe MacGrath is the current Chairman of the County and City Management Association (CCMA) and has chaired a number of Committees including the Tipperary Reorganisation Implementation Group, the Water Services National Training Group, the County and City Management Association (CCMA) Land Use and Transportation Committee, Finance Committee and Corporate Committee and the Local Authorities Child Safeguarding Committee.  Joe attended schools at CBS, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and Blackrock College, Co. Dublin. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (UCD), Diploma in Legal Studies (DIT) and MA in Local Government Management (IPA).

Speaker Bio: Paul Kenny

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Tipperary Energy Agency, a non profit public good consultancy established and governed by Tipperary County Council and Limerick institute of Technology. Paul has been with the agency since 2006 and is involved with both renewable energy (wind and bio-energy) and energy efficiency projects. Paul is one of Ireland’s leading energy consultants and was listed in the Irish Independents top 20 people to lead Ireland’s response to climate change. The Tipperary Energy Agency is tasked with leading and supporting Tipperary’s transition to a low carbon economy and collaborates closely with the Tipperary County Council Planning section.

Speaker Bio: Sean Roche

Sean Roche is CEO of D3D Geomatics. He has a broad range of experience in the field of Topographical Mapping and 3D environmental modelling.

Recognised as  an innovator in the field of 3D mapping, Sean has championed the benefits and progression of 3D modelling to the planning profession both at home and abroad for over 20 years.

Currently D3D Geomatics are involved in some of Ireland's largest construction projects, including the North Lotts & Grand Canal SDZ in Dublin, The Development of Dublin Port, Dublin Airport  New Runway & Business Park and a proposed residential  housing scheme in Naas for 395 homes and neighbourhood centre.

Speaker Bio: Stewart Logan

Stewart Logan received his Msc in Town Planning from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh in 1998 and has since practiced as a town planner in both the UK and Ireland. He joined the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government as Planner Adviser in 2015. His current work responsibilities include managing the function of the department in supervising local authority statutory plans and SDZ formulation, implementation of the Rebuilding Ireland strategy including the LIHAF and MUHDs programmes and the development of housing policy and legislative initiatives. Stewart has a particular interest in the potential of GIS and spatial data systems in planning policy development and he manages the development of the department’s platform.

Immediately prior to joining the Department, Stewart held the position of Senior Executive Planner with Fingal County Council for over 10 years including a wide brief of forward planning and development management roles across the county. He initiated several sustainable transport infrastructure projects in the county including the Ongar Cycle Network Project which was shortlisted for the Engineers Ireland Excellence Award in 2014. Stewart is also currently Chair of the Public Sector Committee of the IPI.

Speaker Bio: Ciaran Kelly

Ciaran is Chief Commercial Officer at Threefold Project Management. He previously served as Head of Projects Director in Threefold and also held staff positions from 2003 to 2008.

Ciaran is a keen advocate and promoter of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle's and the transition to Autonomous vehicles.

Areas Ciaran has been involved include:

  • Mobile network deployments across Ireland for the last 14 years
  • Dublin Smart City Advisory Board
  • Deployment of manufacturer led EV charge infrastructure in UK
  • Deployment of Manufacturer led EV charge infrastructure deployment in Ireland.