Determining the current state and future vision for digital strategies in construction across Ireland will be a key priority for the National BIM Council (NBC) in the first half of 2017. The Council is set to publish the research and consultation that has informed its approach later this month
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Determining the current state and future vision for digital strategies in construction across Ireland will be a key priority for the National BIM Council (NBC) in the first half of 2017.

The first meeting of the NBC, a committee of construction clients and representatives from the industry supply chain looking to set out a road map for the implementation of the digital design, construction and operation of built assets in Ireland, was convened on June 15, 2016.

“The starting point for the Council has been the review of digital strategies developed by other countries and this has led to the formation of eight key constructs for the NBC roadmap,” said Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland and chair of the NBC.

Spillane listed the leadership of Government and industry, public and private sector support, standards, procurement, skills and training as the eight key components that have been prioritised.

The research and consultation that has informed the Council’s approach will be published in January 2017. The Global BIM Study covers digital adoption across 26 individual countries and highlights the impact of mandates and other key drivers.

“The importance of Government as a client and leader for the adoption of digital tools and processes is a heavily weighted element of any digital strategy and the Office of Government Procurement’s (OGP) recent commencement of a BIM adoption strategy for the Irish public sector has been warmly welcomed,” said Spillane.

David O’Brien, GCCC chair and NBC board member confirmed that the OGP strategy will set an indicative timeline for the adoption of BIM across the public capital programme and will mandate the manner in which BIM is to be adopted across the public sector.

“The OGP is managing the consultation process that will conclude with the submission at the end of April 2017 of an outline strategy for Government approval.  The consultation process has started with the key capital spending public bodies represented on the Government Contracts Committee for Construction.  Once completed, a draft strategy will be published at the end of January for comment from industry bodies including the NBC,” said O’Brien.

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Determining the current state and future vision for digital strategies in construction across Ireland will be a key priority for the National BIM Council (NBC) in the first half of 2017. The first meeting of the NBC, a committee of construction clients and representatives from the industry supply chain looking...