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What-is-SURFASOLOGY

What is SURFASOLOGY™?

SURFASOLOGY, formerly IBC Ltd., is Ireland’s leading waterproofing and damp-proofing specialist that has been proudly providing market leading, innovative, and sustainable construction solutions since 1976.

 

Our high-quality products and systems are accompanied by our professional technical support and a full installation service. SURFASOLOGY technical consultancy team have unrivalled experience in major construction projects, as well as solving everyday problems for homeowners with long term trustworthy solutions.

Our products are all manufactured in ISO Quality System compliant facilities and meet the relevant local, National, & European standards. SURFASOLOGY network members manufacture products exclusively in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece and the UK. We support these products in local markets with highly qualified technical professionals who understand both on-site demands and the design detail. We work in a collaborative way with our clients at all stages of the project to ensure that the correct design, preparation, and application are carried out to ensure a timely and successful outcome for all stakeholders.

Our Vision

Trusted leaders in innovative surface technologies for a sustainable future

Our Mission

To provide our customers with innovative, world-class, sustainable solutions, powered by our extensive experience and expertise.

Our Values

Respect, loyalty, integrity and sustainability are the core values that define our activities and direction. We see these values as timeless commitments that guide our current and future actions.

Meet the Team

Eddie Grace

Eddie Grace

Head of Surfasology

Michael McDonagh

Michael McDonagh

Technical & Specification Manager

Joss Duggan

Joss Duggan

National Sales & Project Manager

Liudmila Babrounik

Liudmila Babrounik

Operations Manager

Ger Power

Ger Power

Project Support Supervisor

Kevin Waldron

Kevin Waldron

Specialist Application Team Lead

Jaques Wong

Jaques Wong

Systems Design Engineer

Kevin Waldron
Specialist Application Team Lead
Kevin Waldron represents a team of highly skilled and trained applicators.
Ger Power
Project Support Supervisor
Ger Power joined SURFASOLOGY in 2017 and has brought a new dimension to our team...
Liudmila Babrounik
Operations Manager - MBA, B.A. (Hons.)
Liudmila Babrounik brings a wealth of experience through a diverse background
Michael McDonagh
Technical & Specification Manager - CSSW
Michael McDonagh has spent his working life in the construction chemicals
Joss Duggan
National Sales & Project Manager - B.S.
Joss Duggan joined IBC Ltd. in 1988 as Sales Representative ...
Eddie Grace
Head of SURFASOLOGY - MBA
Eddie Grace joined IBC Limited (now trading as SURFASOLOGY™) in 1992 ...

Testimonials

What our customers say about us

Joe Sweeney

I used Dryzone, Maxseal Flex, and SURFASFIX SBR to treat Rising Damp in old stone houses in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. The Rising Damp System offered by SURFASOLOGY solved the rising...

William
Murphy Bros.

Our task was to waterproof a concrete roof of the house in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo and protect it from penetrating water from a large water tank stored above it. SURFASOLOGY’s solu...

J&F Facility Services Ltd
http://joconnortiling.ie/

We were appointed as the main contractor by Dublin City Council to refurbish their swimming pool complex at Windmill Road, Crumlin Dublin 12. The contract included the swimming...

Our Story

1976
IBC was founded

IBC Limited (Irish Building Chemicals) was established in Dublin,Ireland in 1976 by founder Tim Grace. Tim, a qualified and experienced Industrial Chemist, had a vision to locally manufacture and distribute construction chemicals throughout the island of Ireland and developed his embryonic company into a leading player in the Irish market over the next 30 years. Tim's driving ambition was to be the "best" and he surrounded himself with like-minded individuals who shared his vision and passion for the industry.

1979
A new Product facility is open
IBC soon established itself as a leader in niche markets, like Concrete Admixture and Timber Preservatives,as well as enjoying a strong poistion in the traditional building chemicals market.In 1979 a new production facility was opened in Baldoyle,North Country Dubin and within two years the organisations success required this planet to be doubled in size.
2001
Stategic alliance

In 2001, IBC entered into a Strategic Alliance with Degussa Construction Chemicals, at that time the world's leading construction chemical supplier, to market and distribute the Degussa Concrete Admixtures and Construction Chemicals alongside the IBC range.

2005
Tim becomes chairman

At the end of 2005,Tim Grace assumed the poistion of Chairman of IBC Limtied and relinquished his role as Managing Director of IBC after 30 successful years at the helm.

2006
Alliance was a success

Alliance with Degussa Construction chemicals was a mutually successful relationship which led to Degussa purchasing share in a newly formed Concrete Admixtures Joint Venture in 2006

2011
The End of a Chapter

Within months of the JV formation in 2006 Degussa CC was purchased by BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, giving the JV business access to even greater global resources. In 2011 BASF completed the purchase of the remaining shares of this JV business from the Grace family.

2013
A new name underpinned by old values

The IBC Management Team took the decision to rebrand the Company to SURFASOLOGY to underpin the new direction of the Company and its focus on the cleaning, sealing, protecting, repairing, and enhancing of construction surfaces. The rebrand while focused on the future was also reflective of the Company's values, heritage and success to date.

2017
A trusted single source of supply and installation

SURFASOLOGY launched its supply & fit service to provide clients with a single source for design guidance, material selection, installation, quality assurance, and warranty. This new service allowed SURFASOLOGY to utilise its full expertise in waterproofing, damp-proofing, concrete repair, and screeding to provide clients with the comfort of knowing not only were they receiving a premium quality product or system but now it would also be installed to the highest standards.

2020
All-Star Accreditation

SURFASOLOGY was awarded the prestigious All Ireland Business Federation Business All-Star award. The three pillars of All-Ireland Business All-Star accreditation are Performance, Trust and Customer Centricity. Each requirement within the three areas must be satisfied to become accredited as a Business All-Star. The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class in Irish business.

2021
All-Star Dublin Small Business of the Year

SURFASOLOGY was recognised by the AIBF as the All-Star Dublin Small Business of the Year. The AIBF said 'The Accreditation is in Recognition of SURFASOLOGY’s Outstanding Contribution to Dublin, Irish and Indeed Global Industry & Commerce'.

Eddie Grace, MBA

Head of SURFASOLOGY

Eddie Grace joined IBC Limited (now trading as SURFASOLOGY™) in 1992 and has held a variety of roles over twenty-nine years, bringing a wealth of industry experience and leadership to the organisation. He had the great privilege of succeeding his father as Managing Director of IBC Ltd. in 2006 and oversaw the formation and ultimately the sale of the Joint Venture Concrete Admixtures business to BASF SE. 

 

The Head of SURFASOLOGY™, Eddie Grace, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), the education that empowers Eddie to define the company’s strategic direction and lead its team to success. Eddie is a persona of inspiration for SURFASOLOGY™ team. Eddie’s dedication, honesty, and vision ensures team retention (some of us have been with the company for over 30 years!).

 

Eddie Grace also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Cemproof International Ltd., which is part of the global Cemproof group of companies active in the field of waterproofing technology. 

Eddie has a keen interest in sports. In fact, any game where there is a ball involved is where he finds a lot of pleasure; sadly, it’s more a watching brief than playing these days.

Michael McDonagh, CSSW

Technical & Specification Manager

Michael McDonagh has spent his working life in the construction chemicals & admixtures industry. With nearly 40 years of experience with IBC Limited, Michael has observed significant advancement of chemicals and admixtures, from very basic additives for use in concrete mixes to highly technical formulations used in the manufacturing, waterproofing, sealing and protecting concrete elements and structures.  

 

Michael McDonagh is fully trained and certified by the manufacturers of our complete product range, in addition to being a Certificated Surveyor in Structural Waterproofing (CSSW), accredited by the Property Care Association (PCA). The CSSW certification allows Michael to guide design professionals to deliver suitable technical proposals tailored for specific projects, carry out site surveys and oversee the project sign off stage.

 

Michael’s extensive knowledge, experience and expertise, as well as his collaborative approach is highly valued by our loyal customer base and helps to ensure customer retention.

 

Michael is passionate about sports, especially Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and plays golf most weekends.

 

Joss Duggan, B.S.

National Sales & Project Manager

Joss Duggan joined IBC Ltd. in 1988 as Sales Representative and currently holds the position of National Sales & Project Manager.  Joss graduated from DIT with Diploma in Sales Management and Sligo IT as a Civil Engineering Technician.

 

His role sees him manage our sales team nationally and was an integral part of the Senior Management Team at SURFASOLOGY™, which has steered the company to success through continuous growth.  Joss has in-depth knowledge and experience in the construction industry, excels in relationship building, customer focused service and has successfully exceeded the expectations of our customers, by continually delivering world-class, sustainable solutions.

 

Joss’s extensive knowledge and strong customer relationship skills led him to manage our application service. Joss is overseeing each project from its inception to the completion stages. Joss’ key objective is to achieve customer satisfaction on each and every project.

 

Joss lives in the West of Ireland near Sligo town. His hobbies include music, singing, yoga, walking, dining out, reading, and watching rugby, GAA and soccer.

Liudmila Babrounik, MBA, B.A. (Hons.)

Operations Manager

Liudmila Babrounik brings a wealth of experience through a diverse background in language localisation, hospitality, and retail. Having successfully undertaken a Master of Business Administration (MBA), she began working with the IBC Limited in 2013 just before the company took its new strategic direction. Liudmila has been an integral part of successfully building the new SURFASOLOGY brand and implementation of the company’s strategic plan.

 

Liudmila is the engine of SURFASOLOGY and her role includes managing daily operations, design and implementation of new processes, performance monitoring, and contribution to company’s efficiency.

 

Liudmila is inspired by cultures and languages, travelling and photography.

Ger Power

Project Support Supervisor

Ger Power joined SURFASOLOGY in 2017 and has brought a new dimension to our team at the time when the company started its application services.

Ger’s first role was Warehouse Supervisor, the position that allowed him to get an in-depth knowledge of our product range and systems. Ger continues to grow his project experience by spending time both with our Senior Sales Manager and Technical & Specification Manager in order to improve his product awareness as well as to understand our customer profile and their onsite needs.

Acquired practical experience and expertise allowed Ger’s advancement within the company to become Project Support Supervisor. This role means conforming to ever changing site requirements, ensuring that the application team has access to materials in a timely manner, and reporting to the Technical & Specification Manager with any observations that require attention. Most importantly, Ger is our dedicated internal Health & Safety advisor, accredited by CIF City & Guilds (Site Supervisor Safety Programme).

Ger Power is eager to learn and is open for new challenges. Ger takes interest in outdoor activities like fishing and hiking. He enjoys watching rugby and is taking on golf as his new hobby.

Kevin Waldron

Specialist Application Team Lead

Kevin Waldron represents a team of highly skilled and trained applicators.

 

Kevin has an extensive construction experience having been employed by the leading building contractors both in Ireland and abroad. His previous supervisory and management roles enable Kevin to successfully lead and direct the application process and also to form a healthy and productive relationship with other trades on site and our clients.

 

Kevin Waldron and his team are advocates of SURFASOLOGY for quality workmanship on building sites. They work under a close supervision of our technical department and are an integral part of the SECURESEAL Quality Assurance Programme.”

Jaques Wong

Systems Design Engineer

Jaques has recently joined our team in a capacity of a Systems Design Engineer.

 

Having graduated Queen’s University Belfast as a Structural Engineer with Architecture, Jaques Wong is bringing his valuable academic background in planning, design, construction, sustainability, and management of the built environment.

 

Jaques works closely with our Technical & Specification Manager and is involved in the waterproofing systems design & guidance.

 

Apart from work, Jaques is practicing taekwondo and is a member of the World Taekwondo Federation. He is also involved in charity and volunteering activities.

Dear Customers,

We hope that you are all keeping safe and well.

We would just like to confirm that that we are open for business to support emergencies or ‘essential’ sites with structural waterproofing & construction products, services, and technical support during the current Level 5 restrictions.

We have both COVID compliant and remote working systems in place in order to provide our customers with an uninterrupted service.

Just call us on 01-8321005 or email [email protected] for help.

Your SURFASOLOGY Team