South East Technological University (SETU) is a member the Build Digital Project (BDP) consortium that is led by TU Dublin with the Construction IT Alliance, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Munster Technological University and University College Dublin. This consortium has been awarded funding by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD for their proposal which sets out plans to gather momentum in digital adoption in the construction sector in Ireland. The grant agreement amounts to €2.5 million over 5 years to deliver increased digital adoption across the entire Irish construction and built environment sector.
Dr Ken Thomas, Head of School of Engineering at WIT welcomed the launch of the Build Digital Project saying: “We are delighted to be part of the consortium and excited to be playing our role in accelerating the digital transformation of the broad Irish construction sector. Many improvements have been made in recent years, but we have a great opportunity with this project to further and rapidly advance all related activities for everyone’s benefit. These advances are critical to ensuring the sector meets the strong ambitions of the country in the coming years, including the National Development Plan, Housing for All and the Climate Action Plan.”
The Build Digital Project is one of seven priority action points arising from the Building Innovation Report, which drew upon a wide-ranging survey and consultation, international benchmarking process and an economic analysis of causes of productivity trends in the Construction Sector in Ireland.
Some of the key actions that will be undertaken to achieve this include:
- establishing an Irish Build Digital Leadership Forum to co-ordinate and lead the sector in digital adoption along with a Build Digital Exchange Hub for accessible resource knowledge learning and sharing across the sector
- undertaking an annual national survey for monitoring progress, impact, and developments in respect of the Build Digital project goals
- engaging widely by region, sector and partnering globally to provide access for Irish organisations to international best practice for adoption and adaptation
- identifying, monitoring, and publishing on Living Lab projects of different scales, types, and locations, in collaboration with public and private sector clients
- developing an Irish building information modelling (BIM) Framework to support the industry in the delivery of ISO standards and associated guidance
- improving the quality, consistency, and availability of education and training supports for digital adoption
- developing digital procurement product identification standards and training materials, benchmarking progress under Build Digital against international comparators.