A very lively Western BIM Region meeting took place last night to a full house in Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. As always Mary Rogers, – Head of Building & Civil in GMIT was there to welcome everybody and get things going for what was a very packed agenda.
David Purdon of Diatech was first up with a very interesting presentation on Collaboration in pre-construction design.
Sean O’Dwyer BIM Manager with JJ Rhatigan presented an overview of JJ Rhatigan’s winning entry (based on the Chiswick Community School Project) in the construction category of the Irish BIM Innovation Awards hosted by CITA earlier this month.
Sean was followed by Jimmy Fahy BIM Manager with BAM who presented a workshop style overview of Supply Chain Collaboration BIM 360 on a live BAM project.
One of the highlights of the evening was a fascinating presentation by Tom Barry currently studying on the Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM at GMIT. He presented a new potential strand of BIM by introducing us to his project topic which showed how BIM and crowd analysis could become the future of Fire Certification. Tom who has recently retired from an engineering role in the Defence Forces will be back at a future date to present his findings.
Rounding off a hectic series of presentations was Dr Barry McAuley of CITA. Barry presented an overview of progress on the BIM Innovation Capability Programme.
It was noticeable and obvious from all the presentations that progress in digitalisation in the construction industry continues to grow in the west. Speakers were no longer talking about the possibilities of BIM but rather what they were currently doing with BIM tools and processes. Field, Glue, Revit, lumion, Naviworks, Solibri, Tekla were the order of the day.