About Us

The BIMcert consortium core partners are a mix of industry and academia who are experts in providing BIM solutions, skills and training for the construction industry, backed up by the Technical Advisory Board consisting of stakeholders and external experts providing guidance in the scientific and operational direction of the BIMCERT project


Belfast Metropolitan College

One of the largest colleges in the UK providing further and higher education to help people and communities reach their full potential

BMC

Fulltime lecturer in Belfast Met and experienced Chartered Architect. Prior to commencing with Belfast Met Andrew was an associate director in a Belfast based architectural practice, with a wide range of experience of architectural design, responsible for the preparation of architecture projects from concept to completion including concept development, planning & building control application, and site delivery, both individually and as a leader of multidiscipline teams.​

He is Course Director for the Foundation Degree Science in Architectural Technology.  With over 20 years’ experience of CAD combined with his professional experience in Architecture and Construction Andrew is actively involved in the development and delivery of BIM and Construction courses, including: ​

  • OCN Level 4 Building Information Modelling (REVIT) for Construction; ​
  • FdSc Architectural Technology, including Consortium Chair of Revalidation Committee (2017)​
  • FdEng Civil Engineering and HLA Civil Engineering, CAD and BIM​
  • FdSc Planning Property & Housing​
  • Creagh Concrete CAD Academy and BIM Academy​

He has delivered bespoke business support training in CAD and BIM, notably the Creagh Concrete CAD Academy and recently commenced BIM Academy.​

Andrew is a member of the Architects registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA)

Experienced Chatered Architect and lecturer  in both BMC  and SRC.​

With extensive professional experience in Architecture, responsible for the preparation of architecture projects from concept to completion including concept development, planning & building control application, and site delivery; Interior design, Urban planning, 3D & Multimedia and BIM.

Eduardo is actively involved in the assistance of the development of curriculum and delivery of BIM, Construction, CAD, and Media courses in BMC and ( SRC), in the subject areas of BIM, Architecture & Construction, CAD, and MultiMedia,  including for example : ​

  • OCN Level 4 Building Information Modelling (REVIT) for Construction; ​
  • Fd Degree in Architectural Technology  with sustainable design​
  • Foundation Degree in Mechanical Engineering​
  • HND Multimedia Production- Interactive media & Games ​
  • Creagh Concrete CAD Academy and BIM Academy​

Eduardo Also delivers bespoke business support training in BIM, CAD, product design, and multimedia ​

Prior to joining BMC, Eduardo worked as a project architect for several architectural practices (Portugal and N.I)  in charge of the Architecture projects from concept to completion ( incl. outline proposal, planning & building control application, tenders ), 3d modelling visualisation and marketing roles within these practices.​

Eduardo is a member of the Ordem dos Arquitectos Portugueses  (OARS), Architects registration Board  (ARB) Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA)

BelfastMet lead and expert in field covering all aspects relating to the effective financial management of European funded programmes.

Over 24 years’ financial expertise relating to effective financial and programme management, budgetary control, design of bespoke reporting systems and financial analysis.

Key financial roles have included management of the management accounts function, financial business partnering, financial analyst, as well as programme and financial management of substantial, externally funded, multi-partner collaborative networks.

Proven track record demonstrated by the successful financial management of over 75 European funded programmes and special initiatives, as well as successful programme management of many complex substantial multi-partner projects led by BelfastMet.

In my current role I am currently the international finance manager responsible for both the €9.4m multi partner GenComm programme, funded by Interreg NWE, and the €1.25m multi-partner BIMcert programme, funded by Horizon 2020, both led by BelfastMet.

Qualified to ILM Level 7

Paul McCormack is an engineer and MBA graduate with over 20 years experience within global manufacturing, engineering, software, renewable energy and environmental industries. Paul is a dynamic entrepreneur having founded and led several high growth potential start-up companies in the fields of engineering, renewable technologies and emerging technologies. A past participant on the Babson Entrepreneurship Programme Paul has extensive experience in business start-up, formation and high growth potential. Paul has worked on many Invest NI business support programmes including Business Start, Go For It and others over the years. He is a past DTI SMART Award recipient, holds several international patents and was the first Northern Ireland recipient of a National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) award.

Additional skills and experience include extensive experience in global project management, EU programmes, cluster architecture and facilitator within key industrial sectors including information technology, communications, manufacturing and environmental technologies. He is one of the founding members of the Cluster Facilitators Forum (CFF) and developed several key tools to enhance the clustering process including “3-D clustering®,” a powerful strategy that encompasses all elements of facilitation and a nationally recognised process for achieving collaborative goals, fostering trust, communication, growth and understanding among client companies and ultimately cluster success – the key building blocks of a modern innovative economy. Paul has authored many papers, articles and reports on renewable energy, innovation, entrepreneurship, business incubation, business start ups and collaborative networking. His specialist areas include: Energy storage, Renewable Energies, Environmental Technologies, Cluster Facilitation, Internal Collaboration, Cluster Architecture, IPR, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Business Incubation, Competitive Positioning, International Business Expansion


Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), previously Dublin Institute of Technology, is the leading provider of Built Environment training and education from apprenticeship to PhD levels in Ireland for the last 100 years

TUD

Dr Avril Behan, FSCSI, FRICS, MRSPSoc, is the BIM Programmes Manager & Lecturer, Assistant Head of School at Technological University Dublin. Avril qualified from DIT’s Geo-Surveying Diploma in 1994. In 1998, she gained an MSc in Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing & Applications from the University of Dundee. In 2012, she graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a PhD in the application of Geomatics Techniques to the study of Architectural History. Avril is a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor. Avril has worked with the Irish Office of Public Works, Swissair Photo AG in Switzerland, and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands. Avril joined the Department of Geomatics at DIT in 2003 where she specialised in the teaching of CAD, photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. In 2014, she moved from the School of Surveying & Construction Management into the newly-formed School of Multidisciplinary Technologies

Dr. Barry McAuley BEng, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, MCIOB –  As a result of working within the AEC industry it has presented me with the opportunity to continuously and professionally develop my managerial skills through employment in a number of diverse roles. These managerial positions include that of a project manager on both a planning and operational capacity, on a number of high profile jobs. These roles have not just been confined to the AEC industry but have seen me occupy strategic managerial positions within the Facilities Management (FM) sector.

In 2009 in order to further develop my knowledge and practical skills an MSc in Construction Project Management was undertaken which was subsequently completed in 2010. After a period of traveling it was decided to further expand my project management capabilities by undertaking a Ph.D. in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and FM, which I completed in May of 2016. During this period, along with a continued presence in industry, I worked with CitA on a part-time basis with regards to the R&D of their BIM Workshops and yearly Conference. This position was complemented through a part-time lecturing position on two DIT accredited master programmes

After completion of my PhD, I was awarded a Postdoctoral Scholarship through DIT’s prestigious Arnold F Graves Scholars Programme which lead to working with CitA for 18 months on their BIM Innovation Capability Programme for Ireland. During this period I was also recognised as a Chartered Construction Manager by the CIOB. In January of 2018, I accepted a position on a specified purpose contract as a full-time Assistant Lecturer (AL) in BIM and Management within DIT. In September 2018 I was subsequently awarded a permanent position as an AL in Digital Construction and Engineering in DIT.

Through a significant combination of industry reports, conference and journal papers has enabled the dissemination of my research within the domain of BIM throughout the AEC/FM sector.  


Construction Industry Training Board

Working directly with the construction sector to improve the skills and competencies of the workforce and develop strategic skills plans to meet current and future needs of the sector

CITB

Barry has a Civil Engineering background, starting work as an apprentice draughtsman and progressing to complete a BSc in Civil

Engineering and becoming a Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

He has progressed from a technical to managerial capacity within the construction industry within the Consulting Engineering sector, progressing to a focus on developing others within, and for a period outside, the sector.

Barry Joined CITB NI in May 2010 and before that was the Skills Director – Scotland & Northern Ireland for Cogent, the Sector Skills Council for Chemicals. Prior to this he held the position of Director in Scotland for the Chartered Institute of Building and Deputy Director for NHBC in Scotland.

Gayle Beckett, an experienced Project Manager with CITB NI, has worked on an extensive range of projects including a funded EU Leonardo Project in Sustainable Construction and other funded Government Funded Training Initiatives.

Gayle has managed, organised and promoted employer and careers engagement events, along with  the careers ambassador team; scheduling and ensuring construction representation.

Gayle previously worked within the Banking/Finance Sector, prior to joining CITB NI in February 2002, developing from administrative supervisory roles to a managerial position, in March 2010. Achievements include NVQ Level 4 in Learning & Development (August 2009) along with the ICT Education Teaching Principles & Practice Skills (May 2007) & HNC in Business and Finance with the University of Ulster (June 2004).


Instituto Superior Tecnico

The largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal

IST

António Aguiar Costa is Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.

His major research interests are information management and integration, interoperability, BIM implementation and standardization and BIM-based e-procurement. Other areas of research are intelligent buildings, IoT for buildings and smart cities.

At the national level he is the Chairman of CT197, the Portuguese Technical Committee for BIM standardization, and the Coordinator of the Information and Design Support Systems Research Group of Ceris – Civil Engineering Research and Innovation for Sustainability. Internationally, he is the representative of Portugal at CEN/TC442 (BIM European Standards), member of the EU BIM Task Group supported by European Commission and member of CIB TG90 – Information Integration and CIB W98 – Intelligent and Responsive Buildings

He also works as an independent expert for the European Commission, participating in the evaluation of H2020 projects.

António has published several papers on his areas of interest and is the principal investigator in various research projects.

Paulo Carreira is an Assistant professor of Software Engineering and Database Systems subjects in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of IST. In recent years, he became interested in the role of Computer Science to create energetically efficient buildings. He is the organizer of the IT4ENERGY international workshop on Information Technology for Energy Applications. Paulo is also a researcher at INESC-ID in Lisbon and his current research primarily focuses the agile creation of highly modular software for data intensive applications such as energy management and building control and is currently participating as a researcher in the DataStorm project (at INESC-ID) and on the SMARTCAMPUS and EISTER European projects. Before joining academia he worked 10 years in industry in different projects and was the head of development of Data Fusion, a tool set for large-scale data integration and migration used in the banking industry. While working in industry he managed to complete a Masters and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Lisbon.


Future Analytics Consulting

An innovative, multidisciplinary SME which specializes in the areas of spatial planning, research, economic and socio-economic analysis

FAC

(BSc, MRUP, MSc, MSc (Econ), PhD, MRICS, MSCSI, MRTPI, MIPI, MCILT)
A Chartered Urban and Transport Planner, a Chartered Surveyor, Urban and Transport Economist, and a founder (2010) and managing director of Future Analytics Consulting Ltd.
William has extensive experience leading significant infrastructure planning and development projects, and providing expert advice to public and private sector clients in the following areas: strategic spatial planning, aviation and surface transportation and infrastructure planning, demography analysis and population projection, economic, socio-economic, housing, commercial, health, retail analysis and forecasting.

Since 2011, William has been successful in winning 14 European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) Applied Research and Technological Development (RTD) Programme Projects both as a consortium partner and lead coordinator. These awarded projects have secured over €30m EC funding, and this has resulted in William being twice awarded as ‘Irish Champion of EU Research and Development’ by the Irish President and Enterprise Ireland.

An experienced project manager and Senior Research Coordinator at Future Analytics Consulting Ltd.
Sheryl has extensive research experience as an Irish Research Council awardee, policy project manager, and lecturer (Dublin City University; University of Nottingham). She has led extensive academic and industry projects in Cameroon, Canada, the UK, and Ireland and has been published internationally in the fields of sociology, ethnomusicology and social justice. She has significant experience in providing expert advice to public and private sector clients in the following areas: equality and diversity policy, international migration policy, strategic planning, and EU Research and Development.

Since joining FAC, Sheryl coordinates projects in the fields of: critical infrastructure planning and security, cyber safety, education, construction, and sustainability. She currently works on several European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020 (H2020) Applied Research and Technological Development (RTD) Programme Projects where FAC is either a consortium partner or lead coordinator. 


Institute for research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy

Scientific, research and educational institute established by Civil Engineering Institute Macedonia

IECE

Director of Institute for Research in Environment, Civil Engineering and Energy – IECE. She has a PhD in management, with background in psychology and psychotherapy, and is a trainer of trainers for adults, trainer for career counsellor and career counsellor. Her PhD topic was: The Influence of Emotional Intelligence on leadership’. She has 14 years of experience working as professor in higher education institution and trainer in adult education organisations, with great experience in developing curricula, managing and coordinating educational projects, curriculum development and implementation of trainings. Prof. Taneva-Veshoska has experience and extensive knowledge in preparation and implementation of methodology for identification and preparation of adult education programs according to the labour market needs, developing teaching materials for adult education programs. Her speciality is personal development of people, through training and coaching. Her training topics are: Emotional and spiritual intelligence, Mindfulness, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour.Also, she was involved in establishing Training center in companies, developing and implementing lifelong learning courses according to the needs of the employees, career and professional development of employees; developing and implementing mentoring and internship programs in companies.

She has experience in project management (responsible for management timely implementation of national and international projects, responsible for planning, implementing and supervising the project activities, efficient use of project funds, training and coaching project staff). She is a co-author of two books: Business communications and ethics and Leadership. 

B.Sc.Mech.Eng, Head of Energy Department in IECE; certified engineer for design, review of technical documents, supervisor of installation works and issue of certificate of approval, for mechanical equipment and installations in buildings, industrial and power plants. Developed research and innovation projects for renewable energy sources improved application energy and resource efficiency of plants, innovative multi-criteria methodological approaches for evaluation of projects in energetics. Developed curriculum for professional courses for: technical, economical and regulatory aspects of energy efficiency implementation in technical designs; Complex Energetics EEER (environment, economy and regulatory demands in energetics)


Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar

Multidisciplinary institution for system planning and organized economy in the energy sector

EIHP

Leila Luttenberger works as Researcher at the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar. Her work includes preparation and management of projects, preparation of materials for workshop and seminars, CF calculation for organisations, analysis of consumption data for demand side management, implementation of manuals for energy management and energy efficient measures in public buildings. She is an co-author of few professional papers on energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and environmental governance. She worked as an Associate for Public Spaces Lighting at the Utility Services Department in the City of Rijeka as an engineer for maintenance and planning. She holds a MSc degree in Power Engineering from Engineering Faculty of the University of Rijeka and she is a PhD student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing at the University of Zagreb. Her native language is Croatian; she completed elementary and high school education in Italian language; at the University of Cambridge she concluded a course of English language; she holds FC exam in English language, DELF exam in French language and A1 in German language.

Toni Borković is a chartered architect, and is employed as a senior researcher at EIHP specialising in the energy efficiency of buildings. Recent activities he has undertaken include energy audits, the development of energy audit methodologies, the elaboration of innovative calculation methods for energy performance analysis of buildings, building sector analysis in Croatia and the region, the development of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Croatia 2011 – 2013; research in the field of EPBD transposition in the region (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia); definition of reference buildings in Croatia, requirements for cost optimal renovation of buildings and requirements for nearly zero energy buildings.
Toni Borković possesses significant experience in the design and management of low energy and ‘passive’ buildings, and other building types, as well as in project management and the design of energy refurbishment programmes for buildings.  In addition, he is a Lecturer in the field of energy certification and building fabrics and physics in educational programmes for certified energy assessors in Croatia. Finally, he is himself a certified building energy assessor – Level 2 – for complex building technical systems.He is fluent in English and Slovenian language, understands German in the technical field of his expertise and Croatian native speaker.

Technical Advisory Panel

The core partners are a mix of industry and academia and are experts in providing BIM solutions, skills and training for the construction industry. In effect the project team and partners are a union of professional skills for energy efficiency in construction, and a modern software tool for planning, design and construction follow up (Building Information Modelling), that will enhance the effects of improved knowledge and competence.

Our Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) consist of stakeholders and external experts that will be asked to provide guidance to the General Assembly (GA) to guide the scientific and operational direction of the BIMCERT project. The TAB will comprise of a range of construction, architectural, planning, training and policy experts with wide ranging specialisations in areas such as green construction, environmental design and architecture, IT in construction and skills training and policy implementation. The TAB is, therefore, formed to maximise participation, involvement, engagement and increase impacts to all stakeholders, assuring the project is relevant to them and addressing their needs.

Our consortium represents already a collaboration between these stakeholders and our TAP represent fully the scope of stakeholder. It also encapsulates several representatives from several European regions with different implementation levels of BIM.

Our Consortium represents 2 of the main players for BIM implementation- academia and industry- working together. BIMCERT is based our project directly link to government mandates and guidelines. Therefore we have the optimum combination to achieve the highest impact to promote BIM implementation, involving all stakeholders in the process.

Industrial Advisory Panel

BIMcert through the use of its innovative Strategic Compass with The Core Application Partners (CAP) supported by the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Industrial Advisory Panel (IAP) will work in unison ensuring coherent strategic direction and delivery continually meets industry needs. The output from the strategy compass will ensure embedding BIM skills within construction, targeting the entire design chain, material life cycles, energy production/consumption and sustainability. The Core Application Partners (CAP) supported by the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) and the Industrial Advisory Panel (IAP) will work in unison ensuring coherent strategic direction and delivery continually meets industry needs. The output from the strategy compass will ensure embedding BIM skills within construction, targeting the entire design chain, material life cycles, energy production/consumption and sustainability. Therefore we have the optimum combination to achieve the highest impact to promote BIM implementation, involving all stakeholders in the process.

IAP members

Established in 1976, Creagh Concrete has grown to become one of the largest and most innovative producers of concrete products for a diverse range of market sectors throughout Ireland and the UK including construction; civil engineering; house building; gardening; and agricultural. Creagh designs, manufactures and supplies an extensive range of concrete products. The company operates from its head office in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland with bases in Ardboe, Dunloy, Draperstown and Magheraglass and also at Nottingham, England and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Creagh produces a diverse portfolio of products that continues to grow through research and new product development – the versatility of precast concrete ensures limitless possibilities and potential. Creagh’s success is built upon customer service and flexibility – each project is considered from the customer’s point of view providing them with tailored solutions.

Product categories supplied by Creagh include:

O Hare and Mc Govern are an established main contractor with over 40 years experience in delivering high quality projects across the UK and Ireland with a turnover in excess of £100 million. The Co Down company are recognised as an industry leader in innovation and construction excellence with a particular emphasis on BIM and Sustainable Construction development. The company won BIM Contractor of the Year at the UK BIM awards in 2019.