Next Generation Construction of Capital Assets in Ireland: Innovation for International Investors

16 Dec 2020

In our latest blog, CIF Director Sean Downey, writes about the “Next Generation Construction of Capital Assets in Ireland” briefing, which took place on Wednesday 16th December 2020. 

The Construction Sector Group (CSG) was established in 2018 by The Department of Public Expenditure and
Reform (DPER) to ensure regular and open dialogue between government and industry on how best to achieve
and maintain a sustainable and innovative construction sector positioned to successfully deliver on the
commitments in Project Ireland 2040. The CSG brings together industry stakeholder groups and relevant
government departments and is chaired by DPER’s Secretary-General.

In 2020, the CSG supported the establishment of the Subgroup for Innovation and Digital Adoption to
implement 7 priority actions recommended in the ‘Economic Analysis of Productivity in the Irish Construction
Sector’ report, commissioned by DPER, published in November 2019. The Innovation and Digital Adoption
project officially commenced in September 2020 with the appointment of the Chair – PJ Rudden.

This morning, industry stakeholders were briefed on the “Next Generation Construction of Capital Assets in Ireland:
Innovation for International Investors” by the CSG’s Innovation & Digital Adoption Team.

Attendees at the webinar heard from:

Sean Downey, Director, CIF

Áine Griffin, Head of Communications, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

PJ Rudden, Chairman, Innovation and Digital Adoption Group

Mary Buckley, Executive Director, IDA Ireland

Niall Dillon, Director of Construction, Intel Corporation

Ronnie Downes, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Tom Parlon, Director-General, CIF

Stephen Creaner, Executive Director, Enterprise Ireland

Tim Ferris, Jones Engineering and Chairman of the Construction 4.0 committee said, ‘With both the largest public sector department responsible for public procurement and Intel, a major FDI client, the messages were clear. The industry is at a point when it is well-positioned for transformational development. Clients and investors want to see the establishment of a National Centre of Excellence, leading innovation and digital adoption and it is hoped that the industry will step up and support this initiative also.

This webinar precedes this afternoon’s launch by Minister McGrath of a competitive challenge-based grant call to deliver the Build Digital Project.

The Build Digital Project will aim to ensure that world-class digital practices, which already exist in certain elements in the construction sector, are adopted throughout the industry and supply chain in order to achieve a more sustainable and innovative sector from top to bottom.

The project will provide guidance and leadership on the necessary digital tools, standards, approaches and training required by all across the construction sector, including small and medium-sized firms who may have yet to realise the full benefits of digital approaches.

To view the recording of this webinar click here.

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