1970s

In 1974, Derry Roughan and Joe O’Donovan form Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers (ROD).

The firm opens its first office at The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

The first employee is Des Kernan, senior technician.

Early projects include SIAC Construction's HQ in Enniscorthy, industrial developments for IDA Ireland and the design of the Knocknadangan and Ugool bridges in Co. Mayo. 

Staff numbers grow to 15 by the end of the decade.

1980s

With the prolonged recession limiting work in Ireland, the company pursues international projects, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

Two new partners, Garry Smyth and Shay Ryan, and two leading academics, Dr. Eugene O'Brien and Dr. Pat Maher, join the team to support the company's growth and development.

Key projects include six bridges on the M50 ring motorway in Dublin and four bridges on the N3 Blanchardstown bypass and Clonee bypass.

1990s

Economic recovery in Ireland allows ROD to grow its reputation for technical expertise and skill in the design of bridges, buildings and transportation.

Bridge projects include the William Dargan Bridge and Mary McAleese Boyne Valley Bridge.

Road projects include Citywest junction on the M7, M1 Drogheda bypass and M1 Dundalk Western bypass PPP (JV with MCOS).

Buildings projects include civic buildings, court houses, restorations at Newman House and Castlemartin House, social housing developments and apartment complexes across Dublin.

2000s

ROD leads some of Ireland’s largest infrastructural projects and wins international business in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia.

ROD acts as the Irish partner and independent checker for the bridges designed by Santiago Calatrava in Dublin, namely, the James Joyce Bridge and Samuel Beckett Bridge.

The company is part of the international team who successfully deliver Ireland's first ever light rail project and also undertakes a 10-year level crossing replacement project for Irish Rail.

ROD undertakes a commission to adapt the UK standards for Ireland and update both the National Roads Authority’s ‘Design Manual for Roads and Bridges’ (DMRB) and the ‘Manual of Contract Documents for Road Works’ (MCDRW).

ROD is heavily involved in the Irish motorway programme, undertaking the design of motorway with a construction value of €2.36b.

Key buildings projects include Housing at Coultry 4,5 & 6VHI Kilkenny, St. Luke's hospital and Oldtown schools.

2006

Joe O'Donovan retires, leaving behind a rich legacy in a company culture and standard that continues to produce the highest quality bridge structures to this day.

Five new directors are appointed, namely, Tony Dempsey, Marc Jones, Mark Kilcullen, Harry Meighan and Richard Power.

2009

ROD’s research and development company, ROD-IS, is formed with the purpose of maintaining the company’s market edge and fostering new discoveries and commercial applications.

Harry Meighan is appointed managing director of ROD.

Jim Thorpe is appointed company director.

2018

In October, ROD opens a second office in Santry, Dublin.

In November, ROD wins the Geoscience Ireland award for the Northern Spire Bridge at the 2018 Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards.

ROD's team grows to more than 170.

 

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