Sean Downey

Digitising Construction - What is the best approach for Ireland?

The Construction Industry Federation have in 2016 established a new subcommittee consisting of 18 different member company representatives from across the different contracting disciplines.

One of the first tasks of this new group is to determine a present state analysis of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and to assist in the development of a contemporaneous policy position, from a contractor's perspective.

Tom McHugh ICDSOpportunities in construction for those returning home are growing:

Ten years ago the number of people directly employed in the construction industry reached a peak in excess of 270,000. As our economy crashed, our industry convulsed and by 2013 those numbers had fallen to less than 100,000. While many skilled workers chose to leave construction altogether, thousands more sought to earn a living in the UK, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.

Geoscience Ireland is the collaborative network of 29 Irish geoscience companies bringing integrated geotechnical expertise to civil, structural, water, minerals and environmental developments in over 50 countries. 

Supported by the Geological Survey of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, Geoscience Ireland’s network of experts provides design, consultancy and contracting services to the public and private sectors as well as to multilateral development and financial institutions.

Over the last few years, it has become standard practice to add a time-lapse camera to any medium to large construction project. These cameras provide not just a fascinating collage of how a building comes together, but also a valuable record of the building process itself.

Evercam has built a solution for the construction industry that takes this a step further with the addition of a live and recorded view, available in real time to any mobile phone. Suddenly, the time-lapse camera becomes an invaluable collaboration tool for everyone involved in a project.

Robert ButlerThe CIF has launched an E-learning platform aimed at those who want to upskill but don’t have time or don’t wish to travel long distances for class-based courses. We’re all getting busier and many are travelling long-distances to urban centres such as Dublin and Cork for project.

Through the CIF’s e-learning platform, you can or your employees can access quality training without the cost of time lost through travel. It’s full of up-to-date and in-depth knowledge that will further enhance your understanding of the construction industry and the current business landscape.