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The NBS National BIM Report 2019 was recently published. The Construction IT Alliance outlines the findings from the first NBS Survey for Ireland and the BIM adoption challenges.

The Construction IT Alliance and NBS undertook their first BIM survey in Ireland, which elicited a total of 116 responses from a diverse mixture of design professionals.  The results found that all of the respondents to the Irish BIM survey are aware of BIM; with 76% of respondents having adopted BIM, which is broadly similar to the UK’s adoption levels.

BIM is also being used more often on public sector projects in the area of health but it is less likely to be used on one-off new houses, extensions, conversions, or alteration-type projects.  In keeping with the Public Sector, at present 27% of respondents believe that the Irish Government’s BIM adoption Strategy has been very or quite successful, and 44% think that the NBC Roadmap 2018-2021 has been very or quite successful. This is a positive start to a roadmap and strategy even though the NBC Roadmap has not yet attracted any Government funding. The vast majority of professionals stated that they would turn to professional institutes or industry organisations when looking for information about BIM.  Most prominent among these are NBS (81%), CitA (79%) and BuildingSMART (68%).

In both the UK and Ireland, design professionals are facing challenges to BIM adoption.  In Ireland, the main barriers to BIM adoption are a lack of in-house expertise (74%), no client demand (67%) and a lack of training (67%).  While clear procedural challenges were noted in which Ireland needs to overcome for BIM to become fully embedded, respondents, especially those who are already using BIM, recognize the advantages that BIM adoption, such as increases in the coordination of construction documents (83%) and brings cost efficiencies (64%). Perhaps more importantly, though, both current users and non-users believe that clients and contractors will increasingly demand the use of BIM.

The benefits of BIM adoption to the Irish Construction sector are widely recognized due to a number of successful projects that have applied Level 2 BIM processes. There is now an expectation that both clients and contractors will increasingly insist on BIM, and therefore, nine out of ten respondents expect to be using BIM within the next one to five years.

You can download the National BIM Report 2019 from the NBS website: https://www.thenbs.com/knowledge/national-bim-report-2019

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GRAPHISOFT®, a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution provider for architects and designers, has announced the release of ARCHICAD 23, the latest version of its award-winning BIM software solution. ARCHICAD 23 vastly improves perceived performance of essential processes such as software startup, file opening, working in multi-project environments and switching between different views of the BIM project. The brand-new Opening, Column and Beam tools increase modeling accuracy and interoperability with engineering disciplines.

“Everyday tasks such as firing up your software and switching between projects or views in a specific project may end up being the very roadblocks to achieving the flow, which is the ideal state for architectural design,” says Peter Temesvari, Director, Product Management at GRAPHISOFT. “We removed these roadblocks, putting the architect more firmly in the driver’s seat, with the software responding to the way architects think and work. ARCHICAD 23’s increased responsiveness is truly remarkable!”

What’s new in ARCHICAD 23:

Performance improvements: ARCHICAD 23 puts a special emphasis on offering an uninterrupted flow starting from launching the software, accessing project data and navigating one’s way through the Building Information Model. This is achieved through a combination of raw performance optimization, streamlined workflows and reduced file sizes.

Re-engineered Column and Beam tools: ARCHICAD 23 enables architects to model faster and create accurate construction details and quantity estimations for reinforced concrete, complex steel, timber, and composite beams and columns. Complex columns and curved, haunched and castellated beams can now be modeled and documented to meet graphic and representation standards. Beams and columns can be displayed using various projected and symbolic views and cover fills.

Voids, Niches, and Recesses: ARCHICAD 23 introduces a new Opening tool dedicated to model and coordinate project design voids, recesses and niches — as horizontal, vertical or slanted openings across elements, element groups or even across stories. Such openings are important for project coordination as they are equally relevant for architects, engineers and consultants and must be documented by architects and by engineers. Openings can be modeled, scheduled, and documented using intuitive tools, and shared using open IFC standards.

Renewed Solibri connection: ARCHICAD 23 enables seamless code- and constructability checking at any stage of the design. The updated add-on automatically detects and sends only those elements that are changed in the ARCHICAD model, resulting in faster round-trip collaboration.

Enhanced dRofus connection: ARCHICAD 23 allows architects to capture and organize client planning requirements and use these to validate and propose design alternatives. The dRofus database enables designers to collect and handle planning rules and design data with ease, even when working on large and complex projects, like hospitals, airports and universities.

Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD live connection: The new Grasshopper Deconstruct Component can be used to extract ARCHICAD element surface data as a design reference. With the help of this function, changes to the core design scheme in BIM will automatically update all linked design details generated via design algorithms in Grasshopper.

To learn more about ARCHICAD 23, click here and you can sign up for the online streaming of ARCHICAD 23’s world premiere on June 4.

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Multivista, part of Hexagon, has launched 3D Images as part of its suite of documentation services for the construction industry. The service will be powered by the Leica BLK3D, which is a handheld 3D imager that allows real-time, professional grade, in-picture 3D measurement.

Like its construction photo documentation service, Multivista will offer 3D Images as a full service, and support both the data capture and the data management.

“Multivista enables our customers to see behind walls, in slabs, beneath floors, and underground through our documentation services,” said Russ Bollig, global product manager for the BLK3D at Multivista. “Now, with 3D Images, our customers will be able to accurately measure what they see in captured images . It’s an industry-changing capability.”

Construction photo documentation captures critical milestones of building sites so they can be used as a reference at any point by contractors, developers and owners, architects, and facilities managers. Multivista’s precise 3D Images service provides measurement information at critical stages of construction and enables high-accuracy planning for completed spaces. This is especially beneficial for complex building and renovation projects during construction, for documenting mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), pre-slab, and underground utilities, such as hydronic heating. Customers can also use 3D Images with finished conditions for space planning or identifying in-wall systems ahead of a renovation or repurpose of space, helping to avoid costly destructive verification methods.

The BLK3D employs a unique combination of a calibrated stereo-camera, advanced algorithms and real-time edge computing fused with leading Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) technology, meaning accuracy within millimeters can be achieved by Multivista’s 3D Images service. By enabling precise measurement of 3D dimensions on a 2D photo, Multivista can bridge the gap between overly simple, inaccurate techniques (tape measure, estimation) and accurate but more expensive and complex data capture methods, such as laser scanning.

Each 3D image is a momentary, complete and precise record of everything seen within the image, enabling Multivista to offer measurement in the image in real time or creation and confirmation of additional measurements at any point thereafter.

Multivista’s 3D Images service will be offered throughout the company’s 77 global markets throughout the year.

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GDA BIM/Information Manager Robert Moore talks with Irish building magazine about his work in managing the GDA’s information, through BIM methodologies, which will be handed over to Technological University Dublin, the Health Services Executive and the Department of Education & Skills.

Robert Moore

The Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is creating a brand-new piece of Dublin in the north inner city. With health, education and community at its heart, this exciting new quarter is opening up once closed off institutional land to the city and creating new connections to the city centre and the northern suburbs. Grangegorman will be home to the new Technological University of Dublin (formerly DIT) city campus and already has a range of health and community facilities up and running across the site. Robert talks about the GDA’s work and gives advice from his experience as one of the first BIM Managers in the public sector.

Can you tell us about your professional background, qualifications and memberships?

I have worked as an Information Manager since 2012 and I’ve been involved in the construction industry for over 20 years. My background is in the MEP sector, working for both SMEs and large multidisciplinary international organisations. I have a Master’s (first-class honours) in Construction Informatics. I am also a certified RICS BIM Manager.  I have three published papers on Information Management and have spoken at several conferences. I am also a current and active committee member of the National BIM Mirror Committee, Public BIM and previously participated as a Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) Leadership Group Member, BIM Innovation Capability Programme Client Working Group Member and Eastern BIM Region Steering Committee Member.

What were the milestones in your career before your current role?

After spending 12 years working for Building Services consultancies as a CAD manager using 2D drafting, I moved to 2D coordination for M&E contractors, this exposed for me the gap between the information that was traditionally produced by 2D methodology to what was needed on site. Progressing to 3D modelling was an obvious move with this experience and I made this move in 2009 working on T2 at Dublin Airport. I then worked on the Intel retooling project in 2012, as a BIM team lead, where I learned the value of process driven workflows and how they improved quality and productivity. This led me to Lean, which is my focus today, to digitise a Lean process.

Can you tell us about your role at the GDA?

I’ve been the Information Manager in Grangegorman since 2016. I lead on the managerial and technical requirements for Information Management across the development of Grangegorman.  I ensure that the GDA’s information is fit for purpose and is structured to help with better decision making, to this end, I am developing Standard Methods and Procedures (SMP) and a Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) system for the GDA’s information, that is compliant to AEC industry information standards like recently published ISO 19650-1 and -2. I also work with the supply chain, predominantly design teams and their consultants at the moment, to develop their capacity to deliver a quality product.

Who are the stakeholders?

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), the Health Service Executive, Dublin 7 Educate Together, The Department of Education and Skills, and the surrounding communities are our main stakeholders. However, as a new piece of the city and a major piece of national infrastructure, we would consider the wider citizenry a stakeholder too.

How has your interest in Lean Construction influenced your work?

For me, BIM is about the process, not a model. Lean is all about process and culture, so I see BIM as a subset of Lean. With culture being the most important element of Lean, the construction industry needs cultural change to adopt the processes required to get the efficiencies promoted by BIM. So for me, Lean is fundamental to the successful deployment of BIM.

Can you tell us about the BIM team on campus?

I see everybody as being in the BIM team, our entire GDA team and our supply chain (design teams and contractors predominantly). We all need information to perform distinct roles. We all need to create, access and reuse information easily. We aim to ensure that everyone has access to the right information; to make the right decisions. Saying that Information Management is the sole responsibility of the ‘BIM Department’ is misguided, it is not the right approach.

How was BIM used on the planning of the campus (strategy, goals, and objectives)?

The original campus master plan was completed in 2008 using traditional Information Management processes, with BIM first being specified in 2012 on the Greenway Hub building. This was a very progressive move by the GDA as it was the year before PAS 1192-2 was published. We learned a lot from completing a project that specified BIM and now we are implementing a unified Information Management structure across the campus.

How do you think digital construction has changed the construction industry and the value that contractors can offer?

Digital construction is about doing more for less. The client wants an asset that is value for money and built to a high standard. The contractor wants an easily executable project.

It is all about getting these results, a win-win for everyone.

What were the benefits of BIM on the Grangegorman projects to date?

Better collaboration within the teams, which we hope means happier, more productive development partners. Organising information was easier, information was usable, and it helped management in decision making.

How is data being prepared for the management and maintenance of buildings?

The management and maintenance will be done by the end users, TU Dublin, the HSE and the DoES. For a successful handover, it is important that the information is correct, classified and structured. Classification is often overlooked but it is very important so that data can be used in difference CAFM systems.

Is Grangegorman a milestone development for digital construction in Ireland?

Yes. Grangegorman was one of the first state projects to embrace digital construction and specify BIM. We are continuously working with our supply chain to develop better ways to deliver this large state asset. We still want to be progressive and now hope to be one of the first government bodies to move to ISO 19650-1 and -2.

What can other clients and project teams learn from the Grangegorman campus and What is your advice to delivery teams thinking of bidding for future projects??

We have learned that it is important to have your processes well mapped out and to be focused on the quality of the information. This will reduce problems downstream.

Delivery teams should ensure they have good Procedures and Quality Management within their organisation. This is fundamentally all they need to put them in a good place to win work at Grangegorman.

What is your advice to public sector clients looking at the application of BIM on their projects?

With the mandate coming into effect it is important that public sector organisation develop processes and structures within their organisation to accept structured information at handover for the operation of the facilities.

If they do not have their processes and structures in place then this structured information delivered to them will quickly revert back to unstructured information and the value will be lost.

Have you advice for clients with large projects and contractors working on those projects?

Clients, design teams and the contractors need to work collaboratively and maintain a good relationship. Clients should specify what they want as outcomes, like sustainability goals, operation ease and allow the supply chain to innovate to deliver this.  The client should start with Plain Language Questions and develop them into Information Requirements that are ‘SMART’ (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, Time-related).

Can you tell us about the ISO working group you are working in?

The CEN/TC 442 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Mirror Committee in NSAI is tasked with reviewing proposed ISO standards for Ireland. I will be representing the committee at the ‘Guideline for the implementation of BEP and EIR on a European level based on EN ISO 19650-1 and -2’ Task Group meeting, which will be in Delft in March.

How did Public BIM come about and is the GDA heavily involved?

Public BIM came about through meetings between GDA and Dublin City Council to share resources, discuss solutions to common problems, as we wanted to have a common approach to the engagement with our supply chain. From 2, the group quickly grew to over 40 state bodies who attend meetings regularly. The original focus for the group was to share knowledge and networking. The OGP now chairs the group and our objective is to have a standard approach and standard procedures across the public sector.

Can you tell us about the 3DC (3D City) Hackathon coming up in Dublin?

The GDA, DCC, Smart Docklands and the Open Data Unit DPER (Department of Public Expenditure and Reform) plan to host a Hackathon in mid-May. The event will be using the new spatially accurate 3D Virtual City Model of the Docklands and data rich IFC building models. We want to look at how this data could be used for Public Good, if it was made available as Open data. Keep an eye on Eventbrite for more information.

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Dublin’s First 3D City Data Hackathon, organised by Dublin City Council, via the Smart Docklands Programme, and the Grangegorman Development Agency, is taking place from 10 – 12th May 2019. The competition allows competitors to ‘hack’ exclusive 3D datasets covering Dublin’s Docklands and associated buildings through an exclusive virtual model of the Dublin Docklands area, to develop new ideas and concepts for the future of the city of Dublin.

The 3D City Data Hackathon is open to everyone with an interest in 3D data and the built environment, from those working with BIM (Building Information Modelling) to App and Game Developers, Urban Planners, Architects and many more specialities.

The aim of this Hackathon is to combine both existing and specially commissioned data of Dublin city, tasking participants to unlock exciting new opportunities and solve challenges for all who live in, work in, and visit Dublin. The winners will receive funding and supports for the development of their solution or idea, as well as mentoring and access to a free workspace over the summer to progress their solution for the city.

“This ‘3D Data Hack’ is designed to bring together planning and construction professionals, innovators, technologists, and the research community to collaborate on the development of new concepts and applications for the Built Environment that will help shape the future of Dublin”, said Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council.

Taking place in 1 Windmill Lane, in Dublin’s Docklands, the 3D City Data Hackathon competitors will be challenged to deliver new solutions, applications and services across four areas; Transportation, Mobility & Environment; Urban Planning & Digital Construction; City Infrastructure & Asset Use; and Civic Engagement & Serious Gaming. The Hackathon will begin with a panel discussion on Friday evening 10th May featuring experts in 3D Modelling, VR/AR, Gaming and Digital Construction whose insights will inspire the participants for the competition.

A key partner on the project is the Science Foundation Ireland funded ‘Building City Dashboards’ team, based in the University of Maynooth, who specialise in city data analytics and urban 3D modelling.

“Opening 3D city models offer exciting new opportunities for visualising and experimenting with urban data. With the aid of immersive technologies like AR and VR they help engage communities by relating data more directly to people’s everyday concerns. The 3D Data Hack should provide a compelling vision of what’s to come”, said Oliver Dawkins, Data and Training Coordinator, Building City Dashboards team.

Those interested in taking part in the 3D City Data Hackathon can register as an inter-disciplinary team with up to 6 team members or as an individual, by noon on Friday, 26th April at https://3ddatahack.ie/. Winning teams will be scored on the novelty of their idea, alignment with the challenge areas, viability, and commercial and social impact. Both the winner and the runners-up will also be invited to participate in an exhibition of their work as part of a ‘Future Realities’ AR/VR showcase in the CHQ building in the Docklands on September 27th 2019.

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Autodesk and Lean Construction Ireland are running a webinar on April 24 – Automation in Construction – with Bryden Wood, Learn about new ways of thinking about design , off-site manufacturing and easy on-site assembly.

Learn how to increase your productivity in both the design and delivery of assets, using the best digital tools and manufacturing processes that are now available.

Join this webinar with Bryden Wood, Autodesk and Lean Construction Ireland which explains new ways of thinking about design, off-site manufacturing and easy on-site assembly, along with what the construction site of the future might look like.

Automation in Construction

Wednesday  April 24th , 2019 at 3:00 PM GMT. (London), 1 hour

Register here now.

You will learn about:

  • The barriers that have prevented us from making the shift from ‘construction’ to ‘manufacturing’ before;
  • How we can harness the benefits of standardisation without relinquishing individuality and quality of design;
  • How we need to change the design process to realise these benefits;
  • What this might mean for the ‘construction site’ of the future.
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As required in the ‘Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021’ the NSAI is to deliver a National BIM Certification scheme.

NSAI’s BIM Certification scheme

With the publication of IS EN ISO 19650 parts 1 and 2 by ISO and CEN and adopted by NSAI as an Irish Standard we now have a truly international standard for Building Information Modelling (BIM) for both the Irish Construction Industry to adopt and follow and for asset owners to reply for real time asset information. The benefits of BIM are well established and published through the work of organisations such as CitA, BIMIreland.ie, RIAI, Engineers Ireland and others over the past number of years.

In addition, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries states in the foreword to the National BIM Council’s ‘Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021’ that “The convergence of the EU BIM Task Group handbook release, the Government mandate and the NBC roadmap present Ireland with an opportunity to become leaders in industry adoption of BIM – implementing common standards and guidelines into common practice.” The same Roadmap calls on NSAI to deliver a National BIM certification scheme by Q4 2018.

The NSAI are now able to offer third party certification to IS EN ISO 19650 part 2. NSAI have recently completed auditor exam-based training for its team of construction/engineering services management systems auditors to BIM, primarily provided by BRE (UK). Several pilot audits have been undertaken with organisations who have adopted BIM in their practice and or construction activity. An extensive ‘BIM Self-Assessment Questionnaire Checklist’ has been completed and updated resulting from learnings at the pilot stage and comment from members of the NSAI BIM industry-based standards committee. This questionnaire together with an information sheet will be available on the NSAI website at NSAI.ie for free download and use by industry.

Steps to third party Certification

The certifications scheme is offered to three main categories of organisations: Employers, Designers and Contractors. All applicants must be able to demonstrate that they comply with the appropriate duties and responsibilities for their activities as set out in ISO 19650. An Organisation may apply for one, two or all three roles providing they can demonstrate application as appropriate.

The audit process will broadly follow other similar management system certifications with a stage 1 and 2 registration process followed by annual surveillance and three-year reassessment.

An applicant organisation does not have to already hold ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management system certification, however for organisations that do not have ISO 9001, they are required to complete an additional systems requirement in section ‘C’ of the self-assessment questionnaire.

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The 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards) celebrated the best in Irish construction and once again delivered a rigorous credible process of assessment. On Friday 29 March the 2019 ICE Awards presented 22 trophies across all categories and raised €5,776 for Focus Ireland.

The Mansion House event was the first major social event in the 2019 Irish construction calendar.  The ICE Awards was delighted to welcome back Anna Geary as MC for the Gala.

The ICE Awards covered a broad range of construction projects with a variety of categories for projects such as Residential, Civil Engineering, Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare/Education, and associated industry Awards for Health, Safety & Wellbeing, construction product, third-level course and industry contribution.

FDI clients Microsoft and LinkedIn were some of the many well-known clients that had their projects receive awards. Housing excellence was also awarded on the night with John Sisk & Son winning the Residential Award for George’s Place and Purcell Construction receiving a Judges Silver Award for Dolphin House Regeneration. A number of tourist attractions and needed services received awards: Blarney Castle, Carlingford Ferry, and Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre.

John Paul Construction clinched the Award in the BIM Excellence category with 1 to 6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ). The Awards was presented in association with CitA.

1-6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ) is a mixed-use development of 2 retail units and 10,487m2 office space, spread over 6 floors overlooking the river Liffey. The third phase in an overall redevelopment of the area by the client, works also include a reinstatement of cobbled streets, additional granite kerbs and footpaths, and new landscaping to the streetscape. 1SJRQ, with its neighbouring buildings, the Observatory, and 1 and 2 Windmill Lane have re-branded Dublin’s SOBO district.

Following the success of 1 Windmill Lane, delivered in 2018 by JPC to a BIM Level 2 standard, the Client chose to use the BIM processes on the Sir John Rogerson’s Quay project. The John Paul Construction BIM management plan, which has been awarded tier 1 BSI kitemark for design and construction, was implemented to achieve the deliverables set out by the client. JPC created a collaborative environment where the project team can share and manage documents and RFIs. Using innovative processes, the company successfully coordinated the project prior to construction using BIM tools. JPC delivered the client a detailed asset information model which was to be data rich with valuable information.

ICE Awards Director Colin Walsh spoke of the benefits of the competition and thanked the Judges saying: “The ICE Awards provides an exceptional showcase of Irish construction talent and can only serve to improve the image and standing of our industry. The Judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the entries and also the passion and commitment shown from submission through to interview stage. I would like to thank our esteemed Judges who gave their time and effort throughout the judging process.” Colin went on to thank the Sponsors: “The ICE Awards team are grateful to the Gold and Silver Sponsors. Gold Sponsors: Arthur Cox Solicitors, Sika Ireland, ESB Networks, DAVY Private Clients, Euro Executive Recruitment.  Silver Sponsors: Surety Bonds, Brooks, Topcon, Diatec, Alucraft.”

John Sisk & Son won the 2019 ICE Award for International project with The Royal Academy of Arts, London. The Bristol-Myers Squibb, Large Scale Cell Culture Biologics Manufacturing Facility by Jacobs Engineering Ireland was the winner of the Industrial category.

The winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Commercial Over €10 million category was LinkedIn EMEA HQ, built by Walls Construction Ltd. This Award was presented in association with Sika Ireland Limited. Joining Anna on Stage to present the Award was Declan Carroll, Sika Ireland Managing Director.

The winner of the Civil Engineering category was Glan Agua’s Kerry Central Water Treatment Plant. This award was presented in association with Diatec. David Harpur, Diatec Managing Director presented the trophy.

The Public or Heritage Award was presented in association with DAVY. Joining Anna on stage to present the Award was Davy Director Tom Hamilton.  The winner of the Award in the category was John Paul Construction with the Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre.

The Education or Healthcare Award, presented in association with Alucraft, went to JJ Rhatigan & Company for the Waterford Primary Care Centre. Jack McHugh, Managing Director of Alucraft presented the Award to the contractor.

The Residential Award was presented in association with Brooks Group. Sisk Living (John Sisk & Son) was the winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Residential category for George’s Place, Dun Laoghaire. Brooks Managing Director Mark Lohan presented the trophy.

The winner of the 2019 ICE Award in the Construction Project Manager category was Ray Craig of Mace. This award was presented in association with Euro Executive Recruitment. The recruiter’s operations director Denis Casey presented the trophy to Ray.

The winner of the Award in the Health, Safety & Wellbeing category, sponsored by ESB Networks, was Collen Construction. The Third Level Course – Postgraduate or CPD Award was presented to Technological University Dublin for its Postgraduate Building Information Modelling & Management Suite. This award was in association with Topcon Positioning Ireland. Karol Friel, Sales Manager for Topcon presented the trophy to the new university.

The Fit Out or Refurbishment Award was presented in association with Surety Bonds. Colm McGrath, Managing Director of Surety Bonds handed the trophy to John Paul Construction for The Seamark Building, Elm Park.

Judges Silver Awards went to Purcell Construction Limited for Dolphin House Regeneration; Hegarty Demolition Ltd for Bolands Quay Demolition, Enabling & Conservation Works; Keating’s Carlingford Ferry; and Redmond Building Restoration for the Conservation of Blarney Castle.

As mentioned previously, the 2019 ICE Awards ‘Project of the Year’ was One Microsoft Place built by BAM Ireland. The Project of the Year was voted for online by members of the industry and public from the full list of the 2019 Irish Project Finalists. 14,284 votes were cast. This award was in association with Arthur Cox, and Niav O’Higgins, Partner and head of the Construction and Engineering Group at Arthur Cox presented the trophy.

The Industry Contribution Award was presented to John McGowan. This award recognises an Irish individual working at home or abroad that has had a major impact and made a significant contribution to the Irish construction industry during the course of their career. John has been a leader for innovation and change, and has had a prolific career.

Colin Walsh says the judging process is one of the factors that makes the ICE Awards distinct. “Uniquely, the ICE Awards has 2 stages: Assessment Stage and Interview Stage. For the Assessment Stage, an expert panel of judges was assembled from construction disciplines including construction management, engineering, architecture, and cost management. Exclusive to the Irish Construction Excellence Awards, our judging process included an Interview Stage for the project categories where the finalists present to the expert judges and showcase their projects and have Q&A sessions. For project entries the submission Assessment Stage accounted for 70% of the overall score and the Interview Stage accounted for 30%. Scores were combined and the highest in each category determined the winner. This level of engagement is not only of great value to the entrants but also puts our judging process on a par with best international professional competition practice.” The Interview Stage was held in Dublin on 25, 26 & 27 February 2019.

You can view the winners gallery now on the ICE Awards site

The 2019 ICE Awards charity partner was Focus Ireland. In the last 34 years Focus Ireland has developed expertise in two areas: working with families and working with young people. The ICE Awards Gala raised €5,776 for Focus Ireland. Thank you to all that donated and to the companies that kindly sponsored a prize. Collen Construction, Mace, C+W O’Brien Architects, Irish building and BIMIreland.ie

With the full media support of Irish building magazine and BIMIreland.ie these prestigious awards have set the event benchmark for the industry and this has been shown in the feedback in meetings with industry and on social media, #ICEAwards

List of Winners:

Commercial Under €10 million Award Winner – Thomas Burgh House | JJ Rhatigan & Company

Specialist or Specialist Services Contract Award Winner – Façade at One Molesworth Street | Gunn Lennon Fabrications Ltd

Construction Product Innovation Award Winner – Hi-therm+ Lintels | Keystone Lintels

International Project Award Winner – The Royal Academy of Arts, London | John Sisk & Son

Industrial Award – Bristol-Myers Squibb, Large Scale Cell Culture Biologics Manufacturing Facility | Jacobs Engineering Ireland

Industry Contribution Award – John McGowan

Commercial Over €10 million Award – LinkedIn EMEA HQ | Walls Construction Ltd

Civil Engineering Award – Kerry Central Water Treatment Plant | Glan Agua Ltd

Public or Heritage Award – Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery and Visitors Centre | John Paul Construction

Education or Healthcare Award – Waterford Primary Care Centre | JJ Rhatigan & Company

Residential Award – George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire | Sisk Living (John Sisk & Son)

Construction Project Manager Award – Ray Craig | Mace

Health, Safety & Wellbeing Award – Collen Construction

Third Level Course – Postgraduate or CPD Award – Postgraduate Building Information Modelling & Management Suite | Technological University Dublin

Fit Out or Refurbishment Award – The Seamark Building, Elm Park | John Paul Construction

BIM Excellence Award – 1 to 6 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (1SJRQ) | John Paul Construction

Innovation in Construction Award – Digital Project Delivery | John Sisk & Son

Project of the Year Award – One Microsoft Place | BAM Ireland

Judges Silver Awards:

Dolphin House Regeneration | Purcell Construction Limited

Bolands Quay Demolition, Enabling & Conservation Works | Hegarty Demolition Ltd

Carlingford Ferry | Keating

Conservation of Blarney Castle & New Castle Entrance Café | Redmond Building Restoration

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Dr Alan Hore TU Dublin talks to Irish building magazine about the 2019 CitA BIM Gathering that is destined for Galway on 26th September and tells us about the year ahead.

In January it was announced that the fourth BIM Gathering conference will be hosted outside Dublin for the first time. This one-day conference on 26th September, titled ‘Delivering Better Outcomes for Irish Construction’, will bring the best of Irish construction talent to The Galmont in the heart of Galway City, and builds off the success of past Gatherings in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

CitA BIM Gathering 2019

Speaking to Irish building magazine CitA Co-Founder and Galway native Dr Alan Hore says the main reason for holding the event in Galway is to further engage the regions in CitA’s activities, and hosting a one-day event in September makes proceedings more concentrated and brings it forward from the busy end of year calendar. “Following extensive consultation with members, it has been decided to run the event over a single day, which is a departure from what we have done in past Gatherings. Hosting the event in Galway is a deliberate attempt to foster a more regional ethos within the CitA network, seeking to balance CitA’s appeal to every region in Ireland and not just be seen as a Dublin-centric organisation. Bringing the event forward from the usual November date was important also given the normally very congested calendar of construction events in the latter end of the year. We are delighted to host the event in Galway.”

Apart from the application of BIM on high profile projects, BIM adoption among Irish SMEs has been slow despite its many reported advantages Alan tells us but this he says is down to a poor understanding of the benefits and CitA aim to communicate the importance of BIM and the associated efficiencies to Irish SMEs. “BIM is seen largely by the industry as a purely 3D design solution and is seen as not applicable to the vast majority of businesses in Irish construction. However, it is now accepted globally that BIM, in its many dimensions, can transcend positively across the entire lifecycle of an engineering and construction project. In effect, this means delivering greater efficiency not only at the design and construction phases but also in the operations and maintenance (O&M) phases of a facility.”  Presenting the benefits of BIM to SMEs is a key focus for the event.

Specific objectives of the 2019 Gathering:

• Retain a focus on the National BIM Council’s missions to foster engagement from government, industry and academia by demonstrating the specific value propositions of BIM at an individual, organisation wide and collective level.
• Hear about how BIM standards assist in the collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information that leads to a greater consistency in the development, organisation and management of production information for the construction industry.
• Provide clarity to the industry, particularly SMEs, of the guiding principles, benefits and challenges that BIM can bring to their businesses.
• Raise awareness of the importance of education and training to ensure that a consistent message is delivered to both the demand and supply chain on how to best implement BIM.
• Promote the importance of adopting collaborative and co-operative procurement and contractual frameworks that work with BIM both within the public and private sector.
• Hear experiences and lessons learned from case studies where BIM has been deployed.
• Learn how the alignment of the virtues of BIM with Lean methodologies and practice can lead to improved productivity in the construction industry.
• Learn how BIM can support the management of information needed in design and construction of sustainable buildings.
• Recognise and profile the creation of long term digital assets that can be utilised to improve estate and facilities management practices.

The conference will seek out the evidence that BIM can deliver faster projects with greater cost certainty increasing the capability of our industry to work more internationally and collaboratively Alan explains. This is the reasoning for the alignment of the principal conference themes with those of the main pillars of the National BIM Council Roadmap for Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021 i.e.

• Leadership
• Standards
• Education and Training
• Procurement

There is also the inclusion of ‘Case Studies’ and ‘Innovative Technologies’ themes that proved popular at the past Gatherings.

While the conference organisers would welcome paper/presentation submissions under the below themes, these themes should not be seen as exhaustive.

Principal Themes

Leadership in Digital Transition

Today leadership is becoming more and more important in digital transformation. Organisations need change leadership in order to carry out transformations quickly and with minimal disruption. If stakeholders in construction do not change and adapt to new digital ways of working then they cannot evolve. Evidence of examples of digital leadership papers/presentations would be welcome from industry, government and education stakeholders.

Digital Information Standards

Information standards allow users in the construction industry to work together more easily. Recent developments like the recently published ISO19650 standards provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that improved communications occur across construction project lifecycles. Strengthening and supporting Ireland’s commitment to adopt to a common collaborative framework of Open BIM Standards is important. Practicable applications of ISO and open standards to better support and verify improved project outcomes in construction would be welcomed by the conference organisers. Papers/presentations detailing processes involved in seeking certification in respect to ISO standards would also be welcomed.

Digitally Skilled Workforce

Developing a consistent, seamless and coherent digital experience for students in Irish education and industry to help grow industry capacity and maturity in the use of BIM and other innovative technologies is essential.

The potential “silo” effect in digital learning is a concern across the globe. The conference organisers would welcome paper/presentation proposals where educators and trainers are helping to create a digitally skilled workforce with a suite of competencies that will help attract new and sustained talent into the construction sector.

BIM and Lean Procurement Practices

Developments in digital technologies are transforming procurement practice in construction. New methodologies that involve use of collaborative and integrated project delivery workflows, BIM protocols, integrated contractual frameworks and Lean practice are now featuring more widely in construction. The conference organisers are keen to learn how new and existing technologies are having an impact on developments in both public and private procurement practices.

The conference organisers would be keen to hear of paper/presentation proposals on how new integrated procurement frameworks interact in a synergetic way with Lean Construction principles to enrich the design and construction processes creating a more agile industry.

Case Studies

There is a proliferation of both company and project case studies where good practice in the use of digital technologies have been deployed in Ireland. The conference organisers are keen to hear of the successes and lessons learned on these projects and would welcome to hear about projects of any nature big and small at this event. Shortlisted projects from the 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards would be encouraged to submit papers/presentations to this conference but not exclusively.

Innovative Technologies

The conference organisers are always delighted to hear of technological developments in the construction sector. CitA are particularly keen to build on the themes evident at CitA Tech Live in 2018, such as Smart Cities and IoT; BIM Innovations; Drones and Geo Spatial;

AR/VR; Blockchain; Robotics and Automation: Digital Twins; Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing etc… Whilst new technologies are of interest, the conference organisers are keen to hear of examples of where existing technologies have been used to better effect project outcomes.

The Year Ahead

Alan informs us about recent CitA appointments and the year ahead. “Emma Hayes will be the new CitA BIM Regions Coordinator. CitA is adding expertise to the Board with Mary Flynn of Dublin City Council, Simon Fraser of Hussey Fraser Solicitors, and Mark Costello of RPS Group joining as new members and John McGowan of Intel is returning to the Board.”

In 2019, The Digital Transformation Series, CitA’s breakfast meeting series, will be held at The Alex Hotel and the CitA Tech Trend events will be held in the Bank of Ireland Workbench in Grand Canal Square. CitA’s Digital Transformation Series is also titled ‘Delivering Better Outcomes for Irish Construction’.

During 2019 CitA will be presenting transformational messages from keynotes, policy providers and project teams that will give attendees a sense of what will need to happen in Irish construction if we are to affect better outcomes for the industry. Alan states that these messages are designed to be practical and focus on the themes and priorities that can be put in place with effective leadership and use of digital workflows within the sector in the near future. CitA will retain its focus throughout 2019 on the need for Government support to implement the National BIM Council’s Roadmap to Digital Transition for Ireland’s Construction Industry 2018-2021.

Alan’s message to readers is that the industry needs to examine the efficiencies digital construction offers, and that industry needs to be prepared as changes are coming with the introduction of BIM on public projects this year.

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The Topcon Positioning Group has announced a new automated edition of its 3D modular aftermarket solution for excavation — the X-53x automatic. The system uses the same components of the original system and adds hydraulic, automated control.

“As pioneers in automatic excavation technology, with the TS-5 in 1996, we are excited to bring to the market a new unique aftermarket system that controls depth of excavation automatically as well as the angle of the bucket,” Murray Lodge, senior VP, Construction.

With easy-to-use fingertip operation, the system is designed to provide automated depth control so digging to grade in flat, stepped or sloped applications reduces operator fatigue.

“With the automatic excavation system, the risk of over digging is minimized, while productivity is maximized saving time and reducing costs,” said Lodge. “We have seen how much automated control changed the earthmoving process with our dozer systems and we expect the huge benefits of now having an automated excavator system to introduce similar benefits.”

The automatic excavation system features a new calibration method that uses a total station that communicates wirelessly with the system, rather than typing in values manually.

“The modern calibration system is easier, faster, and less error prone — machines will be more accurately calibrated than with traditional methods, resulting in better outcomes on projects,” said Lodge.

The system is designed to be easily upgradeable from the 2D and the original 3D systems to the new fully automatic excavation package.

“The automatic system rounds out our complete line of excavator solutions from entry-level, 2D and 3D systems — Topcon offers an excellent solution to meet most any demand. When contractors are ready to upgrade, the modular hardware makes it easy and cost-effective,” said Lodge.

The new system is being released alongside a new version of the Topcon Haul Truck application, which utilizes an Android or iOS app that can be installed on a phone or tablet. It is designed to provide a complete cloud-based, real-time haul management and reporting infrastructure.

“The new Haul Truck app is integrated in the Topcon site management platform and provides a complete load tracking and reporting system as well as real-time truck reporting during haul operations. The app pairs nicely with the new X-53x automatic for a more safe and integrated excavation and loading ecosystem,” said Lodge.

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