Web pages of information related to the gradual introduction of BIM in public procurement under Ireland’s Capital Works Management Framework (CWMF) and defined in the 2023 contract reforms package supporting the National Development Plan (NDP) 


From January 2024 the OGP, in conjunction with the Government Contracts Committee for Construction, will monitor the uptake of BIM across those public bodies who are required to use the CWMF. The timeline is subject to review, any changes will be based on feedback from this monitoring process. 


The Build Digital Project aims to transform the Irish construction and built environment sectors by enabling all stakeholders, particularly SMEs, clients, and suppliers, to develop, maintain, and continuously improve their capabilities as digitally enabled, standards-based, agile, collaborative, and sustainable participants in the delivery of Project Ireland 2040. 


This online resource is aimed at Architects and Architectural Technologists as well as clients, industry professionals and educators in this sector. The RIAI BIM Pack 2 comprises the following suite of documents: BIM Update with ISO 19650 Series BIM Guide for SMEs Appendix 1 – File Naming Standards Appendix 2 – Model Responsibility Template Appendix 3 – Master Information Delivery Plan Template 


As the construction industry continues to evolve and increasingly embraces digitisation, an early-stage project deliverable for Build Digital was to conduct a horizon scan of the opportunities available for those within the construction sector. A primary aim, therefore, is to provide a comprehensive inventory of educational and training provisions that exist within Ireland at present. The resulting inventory focuses on key educational sectors, including Universities, Educational Training Boards (ETBS), Colleges of Further Education, Professional bodies, and similar organisations. There are in excess of 300 entries on the inventory.  


This inventory was developed as a tool for identifying relevant standards and, in particular, their relevance to Build Digital. Each document found in this research was recorded, reviewed, and graded based on the scoring system created for this report and tool. This tool is intended to be flexible should new standards be published, or a change is required to an existing standard. There are in excess of 120 entries on the inventory. 


The report presents recommendations for Build Digital with respect to information management and the use of BIM as a critical vehicle of innovation to unlock improved project outcomes in construction. The focus on addressing the information challenge is evident in the UK government’s publication of nternational information management standards in 2018 and the recent introduction of an information management mandate. 


A colloquium is a conference where high-level discussions take place between experts in relation to a topic of importance. The event typically has a questions and answers period and is followed by the compilation of a document which details the discussions that took place. Chatham House Rules apply, meaning any discussions, other than formal presentations, will not be attributed to the contributor. The purpose of the Build Digital Industry Colloquium is to better align the project with the needs of the industry and to identify the benefits expected for the industry from the future work of the project. To ensure a diverse representation, Build Digital approached the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to invite participants from CIC representative bodies 


ISO 19650 is the prominent global standard for the implementation of BIM, focusing on the collaborative process integral to the entire life cycle of constructed assets. Developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this standard serves as a comprehensive framework for managing information from the conception of a project, through construction and operation to its eventual decommissioning. The development and publication of ISO 19650 highlights the commitment of international standards bodies to creating a consistent and efficient approach to BIM implementation on a global scale.  

ISO 19650 is a multi-part standard. Part 1 delineates fundamental concepts and principles, while Part 2 provides practical guidance for information management throughout the project life cycle. The scalability of ISO 19650 allows organizations to tailor its application to the specific needs and intricacies of their projects. As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 19650 reflects the collaborative efforts of standards bodies to enhance global construction industry practices. Throughout this process, transparency, collaboration, and consensus-building are key principles. ISO standards, including ISO 19650, are developed with input from experts and stakeholders worldwide to ensure that they reflect a global consensus on best practices.  

A country might choose to adopt ISO 19650 for several reasons, all of which contribute to the standard’s potential benefits in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of construction and infrastructure projects. Some of the reasons why a country might decide to adopt ISO 19650:

  • Global standardisation of processes
  • Support interoperability and collaboration
  • Consider a quality assured approach to information management
  • Competitive advantage and potential for cross boarder trade
  • Improved project delivery outcomes

In summary, the adoption of ISO 19650 by a country can bring about international alignment, improved collaboration, risk reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in the construction industry, ultimately contributing to more successful and sustainable infrastructure development. Countries will usually adopt ISO 19650 by publishing a national annex to the standard.  


The National BIM Council has developed this roadmap to digital transition for Ireland’s construction industry to increase adoption of BIM. BIM is at the centre of a digital transformation of the construction sector and more widely the built environment across the world. It is now time for Ireland to stimulate economic growth and competitiveness, while delivering value for public money through the wider and structured introduction of BIM, which is built on international standards and best practice.

The roadmap is designed to secure funding for digital transition, to set performance goals and to support the Programme ambitions of the Irish Government. This document is aligned to the Government’s commitment to the progressive adoption of BIM across the public sector’s capital programme. It also supports the key recommendations of the EU BIM Task Group’s Handbook for implementing BIM in the public sector.

TIP – For Roadmap content see: Section 6 – Page 14

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