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4 May, 2018 3 min read

Future Analytics Consulting Present on BIMcert at National Construction Summit


FAC Managing Director, Professor William Hynes, presented on BIMcert at the National Construction Summit on May 2nd. The event had a total of 3,000 attendees and provided an engaged, knowledgeable platform to discuss FAC’s newest, major EU project. FAC partner with Belfast Met, DIT and other leading European agencies on this €1.25M Horizon 2020 grant to develop a BIMcert training model and toolkit. Building Information Modelling has become an essential requirement in the built environment, particularly given its rich potential to facilitate and maintain a greener construction process. All relevant information is created and managed through the lifecycle of a construction project with digital and virtual reality technology used to provide information on every aspect of the project – from design to installation.



Europe’s aim is renewable energy will represent 20% of energy production by 2020; a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and the reduction of CO2 emissions by 80-90% by 2050 (Zeiler et al, 2012). This calls for a more coordinated approach in order to enhance collaboration and other skills in the industry, which will reduce waste, inefficiencies across the supply chain, and improve overall management. BIM incorporates better, more suitable and more sustainable design choices and decision making as required by the EE14 Construction Skills Call.



Governments globally have identified Building Information Modelling (BIM) as one of the core multidisciplinary, collaborative processes that enables creation and control of the built environment for better conservation of materials, resulting in lower embedded and ongoing energy consumption (delivery of at least 30% reduction in carbon, while becoming an economic booster by achieving considerable savings in cost, time, and exports). This article, written by one the BIMcert partners provides more information on responding to Low Carbon Construction Innovations from an Irish perspective.


The BIMcert project will develop a blended, fully supported suite of Building Information Modelling tools, which will allow geographically dispersed construction project teams utilise technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration. The project will have a particular focus on testing the BIM approaches to green and passive building design to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency.



BIMcert Partners hosted a workshop on the day at the City West Hotel where barriers to BIM in the Irish context were discussed. The groups also discussed the greatest potential for BIM in Ireland and Europe in general with energy efficiency, cost savings, and an all-round better build were cited as significant future impacts.



From left to right: Professor William Hynes (FAC); Nuala Farrell (RKD Architects); Gayle Beckett (CITB); and John Kerrigan (Leica Geosystems).



Participate in BIMcert! We are seeking views across the construction sector on ‘Building Information Modelling’.

Ideally, we’d like to get the views from as many construction-related SMEs as possible.

We’d appreciate it if you could pass this information onto any SME in the sector you have contact with.

The survey takes 10 minutes and can be accessed (along with further information) at the link below:



The survey will close on Thursday 10th May


For further information on the BIMcert Project please contact Professor William Hynes (william.hynes@futureanalytics.ie) and Dr. Sheryl Lynch (sheryl.lynch@futureanalytics.ie) or visit our website – www.futureanalytics.ie.


Future Analytics Consulting Ltd is a leading town planning, socio-economic research and data analytics consultancy, specializing in delivering evidence-based solutions across multiple sectors. To find out how we can help you and your business, please contact us on 01-6394836 or at 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.