BIM Collective Research Group

The professional landscape of the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) sector is ever evolving, never has this been more evident than in recent years. The AEC industry is moving towards an integrated approach of “project delivery” between the relevant professionals, i.e. engineers, quantity surveyors, architectural professions and contractors. This is commonly referred to as a BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology.
Many professionals in the AEC sector know about BIM, they know it is coming and they see the impact not being BIM ready is starting to have on their companies. This has grown ever more stark as the Irish AEC sector bids for projects overseas where a BIM methodology, if not mandatory may well be the deciding factor in contracts being awarded.
“The current buzzword for the construction industry at present, BIM may seem like another passing fad.  The catch, however, is that it is here to stay.

BIM is the next evolutionary phase within our profession and it is a logical one, just as moving from drawing boards to computers was a natural progression before.” (CIAT, 2013)
In the UK, by 2016 all Government related projects must utilise a BIM methodology. The Irish government is expected to follow suit in the coming years. Already, anecdotal feedback from AEC practices has highlighted the disadvantages they have encountered by not being equipped with the necessary skillset to successfully bid for State contracts.

The professional landscape of the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) sector is ever evolving, never has this been more evident than in recent years. The AEC industry is moving towards an integrated approach of “project delivery” between the relevant professionals, i.e. engineers, quantity surveyors, architectural professions and contractors. This is commonly referred to as a BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology.
Many professionals in the AEC sector know about BIM, they know it is coming and they see the impact not being BIM ready is starting to have on their companies. This has grown ever more stark as the Irish AEC sector bids for projects overseas where a BIM methodology, if not mandatory may well be the deciding factor in contracts being awarded.
“The current buzzword for the construction industry at present, BIM may seem like another passing fad.  The catch, however, is that it is here to stay.BIM is the next evolutionary phase within our profession and it is a logical one, just as moving from drawing boards to computers was a natural progression before.” (CIAT, 2013).
In the UK, by 2016 all Government related projects must utilise a BIM methodology. The Irish government is expected to follow suit in the coming years. Already, anecdotal feedback from AEC practices has highlighted the disadvantages they have encountered by not being equipped with the necessary skillset to successfully bid for State contracts.

Within the School of Engineering at WIT, there has always been a strong ethos of working closely with the AEC industry with industrial placement embedded in many of the schools programmes. In 2001 Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering, was a founding member of the Construction IT Alliance who’s mission statement “To actively encourage the Irish Construction sector to take full advantage of current and emerging Information and Communications Technologies” clearly heralded the BIM landscape we see today.
Within the Dept. of Architecture WIT has been teaching Revit, a BIM authoring tool since 2007, and fully integrated this into our programmes in 2010 when we ceased teaching traditional CAD and started introducing a BIM methodology. This has developed to a degree that The Architectural Technology Programme has been reshaped to reflect the new paradigm and will be launched soon as the” B.Sc. (Hons) in Architectural & BIM Technology”.

 

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