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.

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The BICP (BIM Innovation Capability Programme) has pulled together a selection of case studies in order to share current knowledge and lessons learnt on BIM projects. A number of case studies, focusing on best practice affecting BIM on Irish projects in the Irish and international markets, are provided. The BICP aims to release a case study bi-monthly.

BIM case studies are grouped under the following headings:

  • Design- Focused
  • Construction Focused
  • Client/Facilities Management Focused
  • SME Focused.

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The BICP’s (BIM Innovation Capability Programme) Irish BIM Study builds on the findings from the BICP’s Global BIM Study by providing an in-depth review of BIM in Ireland, with regards to key government publications, BIM champions, existing standards and procurement routes, BIM training programmes, current initiatives and maturity within public and private sector projects.

The study provides a snapshot of BIM in Ireland in 2017, demonstrating the interest it has gained in recent years and the remarkable progress that Ireland has made in building BIM capability. In recent years, the emergence of a BIM programme in the UK and other initiatives across the world have provided a focus for the Irish industry.

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The BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP) was set up by the Construction IT Alliance (CitA) and Enterprise Ireland to support BIM adoption in Ireland. The BICP seeks to capture the capability of the Irish Construction Industry and the Higher Education Institutes to respond to the increased requirement for BIM in Irish construction and engineering projects. The outputs of BICP will seek to influence the strategic use of BIM by key clients and procurement policy makers in Ireland.

BICP’s website presents the current work of the programme, as well as hosting many resources and links related to the adoption of BIM in Ireland. It also contains details of the BICP programme including the four work packages: Information Gathering, Consultation, In-depth Analysis and Disseminate Findings.

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The Construction IT Alliance (CitA) BIM Innovation Capability Programme (BICP), funded by Enterprise Ireland, aims to capture the construction industry’s and academia’s capability to respond to the increased requirements for BIM in Irish construction projects. The BICP is a direct response to the ‘Construction 2020 report’, published in 2014. The report aims to promote the use of BIM and develop the appropriate technical skills amongst Irish construction firms so that they can compete in a market where BIM is a requirement. There are four distinct work packages to achieve the strategic objectives of the BICP, which include a systemic review of BIM adoption in international regions, with a particular focus on the enablers that can support national implementation programmes.

This Global BIM Study focusses on exploring the value proposition behind BIM adoption in international regions and what governments and professional bodies are doing to advance it. A number of countries from across different continents were explored as part of this study, as well as European countries. The study highlights the strategic importance of BIM to international governments and identifies the common themes or pillars present within international BIM programmes. These include public leadership, growth capability and industry capacity, building a common collaborative business environment and, above all, creating a more productive, less adversarial construction sector.

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