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24 Jan, 2020 2 min read

FAC Presents at the BIMcert Final Conference ‘Digital Skills to Reduce the Energy Footprint in the Built Environment’ in Belfast


Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. is always looking to participate in constructive climate action projects. This week, Future Analytics Consulting Ltd. celebrated the conclusion of the H2020 project, BIMcert by presenting at its Final Conference, held in Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Titled ‘Digital Skills to Reduce the Energy Footprint in the Built Environment’, the event was hosted by the Project Coordinators Belfast Metropolitan College.

BIMcert, a European Union H2020 Research and Innovation Project, aims to develop and implement a blended, fully supported suite of tools and Building Information Modelling training curriculum, allowing geographically dispersed construction project teams to use technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration. FAC partner with Belfast Met (Project Coordinator), TU Dublin and other leading European agencies on this €1.25M Horizon 2020 grant to develop a Building Information Modelling (BIM) training model and toolkit to facilitate and maintain a greener construction process.

Prof. William Hynes, Managing Director of FAC, illustrated a vital review of how BIM can aid Energy Efficiency Process for the European Construction Supply Chain and identified core challenges to implementing BIM approaches to green and passive building designs. To address the challenges laid by Prof. Hynes, Toni Borković from Energy Institute (EIHP) Croatia showcased the BIMcert solutions for enhancing BIM technology development and innovation for improved productivity required within the construction sector.

Dr. Sheryl Lynch and Ms. Mallika Singh presented the key findings of Work Package 6 Trials and Testing of the BIMcert Tools, led by FAC. Since Autumn 2018, FAC has conducted 3 phases of workshops with 500+ stakeholders, spanning over 15 countries. We collected and analysed their valuable insights and feedback to upgrade, expand and diversify methodologies over the life cycle of the project.

To conclude the conference, Dr. Lynch and Ms. Singh chaired a panel discussion posing the question ‘What’s Next for BIM in Construction?’ The panel comprised the following esteemed speakers – Mr. Gordon Sutherland, Head of Sector, EASME European Commission; Ms Maja-Marija Nahod, Deputy Minister for Construction and Energy Efficiency Croatia; Mr. Paul Surin, Associate Partner IBM GBS UKI Centre of Competence; Mr. Vlatko Ivanov, CEO Civil Engineering Institute Macedonia; Dr. James Harty, Copenhagen School pf Design and Technology; and Mr. Gervase Cunningham, Course Director of Quantity Surveying, Ulster University. The discussion was extremely informative and has provided crucial inputs for FAC’s final report for the European Commission on Recommendations for Effectiveness of the BIMcert tools and results.

If you have questions about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Managing Director Dr. William Hynes or Head of European Research, Dr. Sheryl Lynch via info@futureanalytics.ie


FAC is a leading Chartered Town Planning, Development and Socio-economic Analytics Consultancy based in Dublin with an extensive project portfolio throughout Ireland. FAC has extensive experience in town and village renewal, town and village health checks, and settlement profiling.