Digital construction case studies discussed at Portugal BIMcert partner meeting

Paul McCormack, BIMcert Programme Manager, Fernando Pinho,
Co-Ordinator of the South Civil Engineering Council of the Portuguese Order
of Engineers, and Antonio Aguiar Costa, IST/CERIS, Portugal

The international conference ‘Digital Competencies in Construction: Standardization, Capacitation and Internationalization’ took place on the 2nd of July at the auditorium of the Portuguese Engineering Chamber, Lisbon, Portugal. More than one hundred fifty participants attended the conference, representing all stakeholders in the construction industry.

The opening session had the participation of the President of the Engineering Chamber, Eng. Carlos Mineiro Aires, and the coordinator of the Regional Civil Engineering College, Eng. Fernando Pinho. Afterwards, António Aguiar Costa, a member of the Regional College of Civil Engineering, partner of BIMcert and chair of the organization committee of this conference, presented the challenges of digitization and the contribution of each of the conference speakers to the discussion of the theme.

The conference program included groups of recognized merit in the national and international industry, which discussed the progressive digitalization of the industry and  the importance of standardization, training and internationalization in the context of digital innovation. The experience and cases of the following entities were presented: 

– DST (construction company) shared its experience and identified some challenges of digitization and BIM; 

– COTEC (National Association for Innovation) inspired and sensitized the audience to the importance of innovation and, in particular, to the inevitability of industry digitization; 

– IPQ, the Portuguese Institute for Quality, presented the standardization process in Portugal and highlighted its crucial role in more complex contexts;

– CT197-BIM, BIM standardization committee coordinated by the Instituto Superior Técnico (university), presented the latest normative work in the scope of BIM; 

– TOP Informática (software company) presented digital and collaborative solutions capable of encouraging change;

– Mineral Rocks Cluster, presented its Inovstone 4.0 project and the challenge of integrating the industry around BIM and the digitization of processes; 

– University of Minho (university) presented the master BIM European BIM A+ and the opportunities for a European BIM education;

– Technological University of Dublin shared the experience of renewing their educational curriculum to integrate BIM; 

– Belfast Met presented the ambitious European project BIMCERT, which aims to create and provide BIM certifications; 

– APCER (Portuguese Association for Certification)  discussed certification in the context of construction and future development opportunities;

– IEFP (National Institute for Employment and Professional Qualification) presented its vision for vocational training in the context of digital skills;

 and the Architecture, Engineer, and Construction Cluster shared some of its initiatives towards the transformation of the industry.

The closing session had the participation of Eng. Jorge Grade Mendes, coordinator of the Southern Region of the Engineering Chamber.

The conference allowed people to share experiences, as well as  discuss the next steps of the digital transformation in construction, valuing the human role in the paradigm shift. Digital skills are not just technological skills. They are also social and managerial skills, which have been very clear throughout the various testimonies. The challenge now is to think about the future, which must be underpinned by a robust normative component, aligned with good international practice and be geared towards qualified professionals.

Antonio Aguiar Costa, IST/CERIS, Portugal

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

BIMcert na GreenTalks simpoziju nZEB & BIM

Pridružite nam se na besplatnom GreenTalks simpoziju – nZEB & BIM, 16. svibnja 2019. u Zagrebu, Zagrebački inovacijski centar – ZICER, Zagrebački velesajam, Paviljon 12, 1. kat, I saznajte:

  1. Što je nZEB, kada počinje obveza primjene nZEB standarda, kako projektirati i izvoditi nZEB projekte?
  2. Energetske obnove zgrada, financiranje i provedba?
  3. Koji su primjeri rješenja i tehnologija za primjenu u nZEB i energetskim obnovama?
  4. Korištenje BIM-a za energetsku učinkovitost i kritički osvrt na BIM smislu energije

Prijave su još uvijek otvorene.

Belfast Met to present in Brussels -Energy Week 2019

2018 - Day 3 - Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector- coupling efficency and renewables with security of heat supply-7

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

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”