Lively Western BIM Region Event

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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.

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Sean O’Dwyer, BIM Manager with JJ Rhatigan

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.

Jimmy Fahy, BIM Manager with BAM

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.

Tom Barry, currently under taking Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM

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.

Dr Barry McAuley, CITA

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.

GMIT/RPS awarded Best Academic Paper at the Construction IT Alliance (CitA) BIM Gathering International Conference 2015

RPS/GMIT awarded Best Academic Paper
RPS/GMIT awarded Best Academic Paper

GMIT/RPS were awarded Best Academic Paper for “A Collaborative Academia-Industry Approach to Programme-Wide Implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Processes using a Reciprocal Learning Framework”.

This collaboration between the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) [ACADEMIC] and RPS [INDUSTRY] has resulted in the development of an industry orientated Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM (Honours Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications).

The delivery of this Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM to RPS staff on a pilot basis since 2013 has enabled GMIT to test, further develop and measure progress of this programme on the delivery of large infrastructure and building projects in the UK and Ireland while working in a collaborative BIM environment. It has enabled RPS to offer professional services on projects in the UK and Europe resulting in the award of major highways, water and gas projects. This has resulted in a significant increase in staff with a particular focus on employing ‘BIM-capable’ graduates. The winning paper charts the development and integration of BIM processes and learning requirements into the curriculum and research activities in the Department of Building and Civil Engineering at the GMIT over the last number of years, informed by a close collaboration with RPS.

This academic-industry partnership has enabled the development of a reciprocal learning framework where industry best practice, curriculum development and research activities have been co-ordinated and utilised to address the educational challenges posed by the interdisciplinary nature of BIM. This collaborative initiative is the first of its type and comes at a time when the demand from industry is at its peak. The authors of the paper are Mark Costello from RPS and Dr Mark Kelly, Jim O’Connor and Gerard Nicholson from GMIT.

This is the second significant success for this Industry – Academia collaboration between RPS and GMIT. In late 2014 this initiative was shortlisted for the Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Company of the Year and Excellence Awards with a submission titled – “The RPS BIM Revolution”.

Another major outcome of this collaborative initiative is that RPS have become the leading local employer of GMIT graduates and a leader in the provision of BIM led project delivery in Ireland and the UK.

BIM – Essential Reading

The shear volume of documents, websites and blogs offering BIM advice is staggering and can often deter people from gaining an accurate insight into the requirements, procedures and protocols of the BIM process.

We have compiled an “Essential reading list” to help those struggling to understand the requirements of Level 2 BIM.

Click on a document below to access the document / webpage!

If viewing on mobile, please use links below:

Government Construction Strategy 2011

PAS 1192-2:2013

PAS 1192-3:2014

CIC Protocol

BS 1192:2007

CPIx BIM Execution Plan

BIM Task Group

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CITA Western BIM Hub


In March 2012, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) was tasked with creating a network of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Regional Hubs to help raise awareness and the benefits of BIM to the industry as a whole and facilitate the early adoption of BIM processes and working methods throughout the UK’s construction industry.

Objectives: – Interface with the core team and the emerging legacy support organisation to raise awareness of the BIM programme and its requirements – Act as a conduit for relevant information on the programme to ensure a consistent and contextualised message is disseminated – Enable regional engagement in national discussions – Encourage the sharing of BIM knowledge and best practice within the networks – Facilitate regional collaborative activity to support the development of the supply chain’s BIM capabilities – Provide linkage with the GCS BIM Task Group and the CIC BIM Forum – Provide valuable feedback to the core team.

CITA have recently been made honorary members of the CIC BIM Hubs Network in the UK, and the formation of three new regional BIM Hubs in the Western, Eastern & Southern regions of Ireland is underway. The Western BIM Hub is up and running and our steering group are supporting the formation of the Eastern and Southern Hubs across Ireland. We encourage all to participate in the discussions across all regions and look forward to further promoting collaborative working across Ireland and the UK.

Mark Costello – Director RPS & Chairperson, CITA Western BIM Hub