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The Build Digital Project has been in existence for 18 months and the aim of the Colloquium was to re-establish the programme of work and objectives of the Project. The event, which took place on Friday, 16th of June 2023, provided an opportunity for industry representatives from the CIF, RIAI, ACEI, SCSI, Engineers Ireland, the Building Materials Federation to inform the Build Digital Project Team exactly what digital transformation looks like to their business, for their supply chain and as a result what they want to see them deliver in their 5-year plan.
The event kicked off with introductory and context setting presentations provided by Pat Lucey, Chair of the Build Digital Project Steering Group and PJ Rudden, Chair of the CSG Innovation and Digital Adoption Working Group. This was followed by a presentation from Stephen Lynam, Technical Advisor from the OGP, who set out the intended timing of the Digital Mandate on Public Works Contracts which will commence in Q1 2024 and will be introduced on an incremental basis. This was followed by break-out sessions where stakeholders from the various construction bodies were asked to consider what they feel should be prioritised from the current the list of deliverables for the Project with the addition of new work streams they feel are of importance and will add value.
The event was hosted by Fiona O’Carroll, CEO of the Digital Mindset who has a wealth of experience in Digital Transformation albeit not in the construction sector. Fiona concluded the event by outlining that importance of Leadership and Culture due to the disruption that new technologies and ways of working are having on the construction industry which is evident in all industries. While this is the first pillar of the 5 pillars of the Project: Digital Leadership and Cultural Change; Digital Standards; Digital Education and Training; Digital Procurement; and Sustainability and Circular Economy, it is anticipated that the Colloquium will provide fresh and insightful views that will reinvigorate the work programme going forward, while maintaining this first and important pillar throughout its work programme.
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Fiona O’Carroll, The Digital Mindset; Marguerite Sayers, ESB; Neil Kerrigan, Enterprise Ireland; Hubert Fiztpartrick, CIF; Pat Lucey, Build Digital Project; Clare Eriksson, TU Dublin; Robert Moore, Build Digital Project; PJ Rudden, CSG Innovation and Digital Adoption Working Group; David O’Brien, OGP; Denise Tuffy, CIF; Stephen Lynam, OGP.