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The CITA Alliance was formed in 2001. Alan Hore of DIT and Ken Thomas of WIT, along with key construction industry professionals had a vision; that their group would assist in harnessing the potential of information and communication technologies for the Irish construction sector.

The key driver in the development of this organisation was the need to increase the extent of IT knowledge within the Irish construction sector.

Mission Statement
To actively encourage the Irish Construction sector to take full advantage of current and emerging Information and Communications Technologies.

Current Objectives

  • To inform the Irish construction sector of relevant IT developments
  • To establish and disseminate best practice in the use of IT in the construction sector
  • To encourage IT related research and training collaboration between the Irish academic sector and the leading firms in the Irish construction sector
  • To establish and maintain links with relevant national and international organisations.
  • To encourage the strategic use of IT by all firms in the Irish construction sector.

Organisation and Structure

The organisation and structure involves participation by executive-level company and academic personnel on the Board of Management, as well as participation of experienced people on CITA Special Interest Groups.

This participation is critical to the success of CITA.

Board of Directors


Dr. Alan V Hore - 
Head of Department in the Dublin Institute of Technology in the Department of Construction Economics

Alan is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a whole time lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton Street. Alan completed his PhD studies in Trinity College in early 2007. Alan is married to Nora and has two children Simon and Nicholas.

Dr. Ken Thomas - Head of the Department of Building Technology in the Waterford Institute of Technology

Ken obtained a B.E. in Civil Engineering from University College Galway in 1986 and MA in Management from the University of Kent in 1992. Ken joined WIT in 1993 as a Lecturer. He completed his PhD with University College Cork on 'The Exploitation of IT in the Irish Architecture/ Engineering/ Construction Industry' in 2002.


John McGowan Currently a Director at Tualatin Ltd. John was previously the Managing Director at Michael McNamara & Company, the President at Engineers Ireland and VP (TMG) & Director Corp Services at Intel Corporation.

Alec Drew -is the Managing Director of DCH Partners an experienced branding and graphic design company.  Alec has a background in banking and financial administration.  He has been a member of  the Dublin Chamber of Commerce since 1992 and sat on a number of key Dublin Chamber Committees.  Alec sits on the Steering Committee of Plato. 

Brendan Sheehan is currently a director at Varmings having stepped down as a Managing Director in 2006.

Brendan obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and an MBA from UCD. Brendan is a member of Energy Institute and has over 25 years experience in the design and project management of mechanical and electrical installations. Brendan has particular expertise in laboratory applications along with experience in all forms of facility procurement including design/build, design/bid/build and turnkey

Roger West - Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.

Roger is a Chartered Engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland.

Dr William Hynes is a Director of Future Analytics Consulting and a Chartered Town Planner and Surveyor.  William Hynes has extensive experience in urban econom ics and in providing expert spatial planning and socio-economic advice, indluding the preparation of evidence-based analytical reports, policy and plans at all levels of the planning process including European, national, regional, county and local levels.  He is a visiting lecturer at UCD and DIT.

Bernard Voortman -is a co-founder and director of Cummins + Voortman Ltd, Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design.  He is an experienced chartered architect and qualified Urban designer.  He studied Architecture at the Sint Lucas Hogeschool voor Wetenshap & Kunst in Brussels where he graduated in 1998 and later completed a masters degree in Urban Design at UCD Ireland in 2003.  He has adopted BIM on all of his projects in both private and public sector since 2001.  He is currently a member of the RIAI and an active member of their BIM Committee.




Suzanne Purcell - CITA Operations Manager

Suzanne obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Studies from the Michael Smurfit Business School in 2002.

Prior to joining CITA, as CITA Skillnet Network Manager in March 2008, Suzanne spent two years as a Senior Account Manager in Ovation Ltd., Ireland Largest Event Management Company and prior to that, three years as Event Manager in the Berkeley Court Hotel.

Suzanne became the CITA EIN Project Manager in April 2009 and CITA Operations Manager in 2012.                                                                

Bairbre Fox-Mills - CITA Administrator

Bairbre joined CITA on 22nd March 2011. Prior to joining CITA, Bairbre was the Company Secretary for CPM Architecure for the previous 10 years. Bairbre was responsible for the finance and administration functions of the Dublin based firm of Architects and Engineers.

Bairbre was responsible for introducing the Document Exchange (DX) into Ireland.

Bairbre has a BA from Trinity College Dublin and taught English in Scotland and Germany for a period of 3 years.

Barry McAuley has spent a number of years in the AEC/FM industry which has seen  him occupy a number of roles. On receiving his Diploma in Civil Engineering he began work as a surveyor on the Dublin Port Tunnel. Barry returned to education and completed a BSc (Honours) Degree in Construction Management and Engineering in 2007. During this period Barry was awarded the FESP Project Management award, and the SISK Project Management research award. On return to industry he was employed by FESP as a Project Enginner and also worked as a Facilities Manager within his time of employment there.

In 2010 Barry completed a MSc in Construction Project Management. After completion of this full time Masters course he took time out to travel through Asia, New Zealand and Australia. On return to Ireland Barry began a full time Ph.D based around creating interactive Facilities Management capabilities through Building Information Modelling (BIM) . This has led to current employment with the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) on a part time basis in regards to the research and development of the current BIM Workshops.

Specialties: Civil Engineering, Construction Project Management and Facilities Management

Research interests in Building Information Modelling, ICT in Construction and Facilities Management



CITA BIM Group Coodinator

Ralph Montague, Architect, BArch MRIAI

Managing Partner, ArcDox

Ralph Montague is managing partner of ArcDox, a specialist consultancy practice providing professionally managed BIM (Building Information Modelling) production, support and training services to the construction industry. An architect with extensive experience in managing large projects, Ralph endorses BIM as a more cost effective and highly efficient way of producing and managing construction documentation. As chairman of the RIAI practice committee for BIM, and coordinator of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM Group, Ralph has been leading the development and adoption of BIM in Ireland since 2009.



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