Ireland’s National Building Information Modelling Council launched in Dublin
17 June 2016
Standing L-R: Alan Hore, Shane Brodie, Gerard Bourke, Tom Costello, Ralph Montague, David O’Brien, Noel Kennedy, Damian Duffy. Seated L-R: John Hunt, Caroline Spillane, Sean Downey
Ireland’s National Building Information Modelling (BIM) Council – a national body to support the advancement of digital in the construction sector – has been officially launched. The council was formed as a recommendation of the Enterprise Ireland 2014 National BIM Forum and is a key measure in fulfilling the Government’s national ‘Construction 2020’ strategy.
The inaugural meeting was convened by its chair Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland.
“The formation is a key step forward in realising the potential of digital tools and processes within Ireland’s construction sector. The council recognises the role of technology and ‘better information management’ in achieving measured improvements in productivity, international competitiveness and collaboration. Further, the move towards a more highly engineered ‘data rich’ product with less ‘on-site’ physical labour, opens new opportunities for innovation and a far more interesting, exciting and diverse range of career choices within the industry,” said Spillane as she welcomed the council.
“Ireland’s National BIM Council is a partnership between the public sector and industry to provide vision, leadership and a collective voice for the advancement of digital in the design, construction and operation of built assets. A primary role for the council will be to develop an industry ‘road map’ that will seek to optimise the successful implementation of Building Information Modelling in Ireland,” said Stephen Hughes, head of construction at Enterprise Ireland.
The council is composed of nine members from the public and private sector and represent clients of construction and the industry supply chain.
- Ms Caroline Spillane (Chair), Engineers Ireland
- Mr Tom Costello, IPUT plc
- Mr Damian Duffy, National Development Finance Agency (NDFA)
- Mr David O’Brien, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)
- Mr Gerard Bourke, Office of Public Works (OPW)
- Mr Noel Kennedy, Intel Corporation
- Mr Sean Downey, Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
- Mr Ralph Montague, Arcdox and CitA BIM Group
- Mr John Hunt, Enterprise Ireland
- Dr Alan Hore (Secretariat), DIT/CitA