Up­skilling the AEC industry to deliver high quality energy efficient retrofitting with BIM learning tools

EU funded projects BIMplement, BIMCert, BIMeet, Net­UBIEP 

During the EU Sustainable energy week 2019 BIMcert’s project manager Paul McCormack will participate in session which will bring together experiences from four Horizon 2020 projects working with BIM as a training tool and developing qualification frameworks in order to deliver a high quality performing built result.


Henri Le Marois, Alliance Villes Emploi ­ BIMplement 
Benjamin Fedor, Practee Formations – BIMplement (France) 
Peter Op ’t Veld, Huygen ­ BIMplement (Netherlands) 
Piotr Dymarski, Mostostal ­ BIMplement (Poland) 
Arjan Schrauwen, ISSO ­ NET­UBIEP 
Paul McCormack, BIMCert 
Sylvain Kubicki, BIMeet (TBC) 

Moderator: Amandine La Court, EASME (TBC) 

  • 14:00 ­ 14:05 Overview of the need for up­skilling and the changes BIM brings to construction industry 
  • 14:05 ­ 14:40 The four EU funded projects compare their training approaches and BIM learning tools searching for synergies and cooperation. 
  • 14:40 ­ 15:10 The BIMplement training experiences in France, the Netherlands and Poland. 
  • 15:10 ­ 15:15 Question and Answers from the audience 
  • 15:15­15:30 Closing Remarks Philippe Moseley, Senior Project Advisor, EASME

Belfast Met to present in Brussels -Energy Week 2019

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Belfast Met energy projects win European Energy Week Place

Double win for Belfast Met – The Belfast Met led GenComm and BIMcert projects have both been selected to present  in Brussels in June at the European Energy Week event.

With these two international projects Belfast Met are helping to shape Europe’s energy future and now on the biggest stage of all Belfast Met staff can showcase their projects.

The Policy Conference in Energy Week, 18-20 June, 2019 is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.  The conference takes place in Brussels Schuman district at the European Commission’s Charlemagne building and the Residence Palace. This week in Brussels is the largest event dedicated to initiatives that support the European energy transition.

EU Sustainable Energy Week was launched in 2006 and is organised by the European Commission. Participants can build new connections and meet stakeholders who are promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies.

GenComm is a £9.39 million project which aims to answer the energy sustainability challenges facing remote communities in North West Europe. GenComm will deliver three pilot facilities , one fuelled by solar power in Germany, one by wind power in Co Antrim and one by bioenergy in Scotland to measure their ability to produce and store hydrogen. Its viability as a sustainable energy solution for heat, power and fuel will be examined.

BIMcert is a European wide project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The project aims to provide a training and qualification scheme for the skills required to support the implementation of BIM (Building Information Modelling) across the construction chain. BIM offers the opportunity for improved efficiencies for the construction industry in energy, materials and time.

Energy Week in Brussels will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, companies, and civil society organisations. Past speakers have come from city councils, the European institutions, private companies, research organisations, citizen groups and NGOs. Participants can learn about successful policies to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

As well as having a three-day stand at Energy Week the Belfast Met team will also be able to build contacts in the ‘Networking Village’ area where participants can exchange ideas on policies, showcasing the talents of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Paul Mc Cormack, Belfast Met’s GenComm Programme Manager welcomed the news of securing a place during Energy Week, saying:

“All of the GenComm and BIMcert teams are delighted with the news that we have been chosen to take the international platform in Brussels  to showcase our highly innovative work. We are on the cusp of a low carbon economy and GenComm is pioneering new energy models. The current energy model for Europe is not fit for purpose. Our GenComm project helps us all move in the right direction. Likewise with the BIMcert project we are taking digital design and energy efficiency in construction to a new level. Energy efficiency is a key directive from Europes side and we are pioneers in this field. This honour recognises the innovative strength of the projects, the fantastic talent in the project teams and importantly the vision and skills of the wider Belfast Met team”

For further information, please contact Belfast Met Communications Officer Eugene McCusker, telephone 02890 265277, email emccusker@belfastmet.ac.uk

CITB Presentation at BSi BIM Belfast Conference

The British Standards Institute (BSi) hosted a conference in Belfast bringing together experts from industry, practice and academia to debate key topics, to develop innovative solutions, and predict future trends. The conference included a range of presentations from Norman Foster & Partners, Copenhagen Airport, Schiphol Airport and Crossrail.  Barry Neilson (CITB NI’s Chief Executive and BIMCert Project member) also presented on the findings and work being developed within the BIMCert project.

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BIMCert Presentation at BSi BIM Belfast Conference

Barry Neilson (CITB NI’s Chief Executive and BIMCert Project member) presented on the findings and work being developed within the BIMCert project at the British Standards Institute (BSi) hosted conference in Belfast. The conference included a range of presentation from Norman Foster & Partners, Copenhagen Airport, Schiphol Airport and Crossrail. While all other presentations focused on how technology and digital construction is being used to develop “models” of buildings and infrastructure, Mr. Neilson’s presentation focused on people and how digital construction needs to bring people, and in particular those who have to translate design into reality. Using data from the BIMcert survey he highlighted that across the countries within the BIMcert partnership, most engagement remains within the professions in general and the designers in particular. Only in the UK and RoI are we seeing contracting organizations engaging with BIM / Digital Construction to the same extent as the design professions. Continue reading “BIMCert Presentation at BSi BIM Belfast Conference”