FAC Managing Director, Professor William Hynes, presented on BIMcert at the National Construction Summit on May 2nd. The event had a total of 3,000 attendees and provided an engaged, knowledgeable platform to discuss FAC’s newest, major EU project. FAC partner with Belfast Met, DIT and other leading European agencies on this €1.25M Horizon 2020 grant to develop a BIMcert training model and toolkit. Building Information Modelling has become an essential requirement in the built environment, particularly given its rich potential to facilitate and maintain a greener construction process. All relevant information is created and managed through the lifecycle of a construction project with digital and virtual reality technology used to provide information on every aspect of the project – from design to installation.
Europe’s aim is renewable energy will represent 20% of energy production by 2020; a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and the reduction of CO2 emissions by 80-90% by 2050 (Zeiler et al, 2012). This calls for a more coordinated approach in order to enhance collaboration and other skills in the industry, which will reduce waste, inefficiencies across the supply chain, and improve overall management. BIM incorporates better, more suitable and more sustainable design choices and decision making as required by the EE14 Construction Skills Call.
Governments globally have identified Building Information Modelling (BIM) as one of the core multidisciplinary, collaborative processes that enables creation and control of the built environment for better conservation of materials, resulting in lower embedded and ongoing energy consumption (delivery of at least 30% reduction in carbon, while becoming an economic booster by achieving considerable savings in cost, time, and exports).
The BIMcert project will develop a blended, fully supported suite of Building Information Modelling tools, which will allow geographically dispersed construction project teams utilise technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration. The project will have a particular focus on testing the BIM approaches to green and passive building design to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency.
BIMcert Partners hosted a workshop on the day at the City West Hotel where barriers to BIM in the Irish context were discussed. The groups also discussed the greatest potential for BIM in Ireland and Europe in general with energy efficiency, cost savings, and an all-round better build were cited as significant future impacts.