Work Package 2: Consultation

Description of Package

This package will focus on a field based study, appraising the attitudes towards BIM from key stakeholders engaged in the Irish AEC sector. In addition, a number of focused consultation workshops will be undertaken to identify industry requirements in respect to BIM adoption.

Work Package Objectives

  1. Facilitate a number of half day industry consultation workshops designed to identify fully the industry requirements and areas which require up-skilling to adopt BIM processes and technology products in order to compete in the Irish and international markets.
  2. Undertake a systematic review of HEI BIM programmes and BIM training currently on offer in Ireland.
  3. Consult with a selection of public sector authorities that are active in the delivery of AEC projects, to investigate their current awareness, adoption and future plans for use of BIM.
  4. Identify and capture the deliberations and particular concerns of establish BICP Working Groups.
Research Methods

Focus groups and consultation workshops.

Deliverables

CITA propose to breakdown this work package into 4 separate components.

WP2A – Industry Consultation

WP2B – HEI Consultation

WP2C – Public Sector Consultation

WP2D – Working Groups Consultation

Proposed Structure, Location and Costs of Consultation Workshops

CITA has extensive experience in hosting and co-ordinating consultation workshops. There are two categories of workshops called for by the Contracting Authority, namely:

  1. 3rd Level Institutes
  2. Industry
3rd Level Institutes Consultations

The consultation programme will provide an opportunity to meet 3rd Level Institutions who are active in the delivery of BIM programmes to test the findings of Work Package 1. The consultation programme, as envisaged by the Contracting Authority, will include but not be exclusive to 1-1 meetings at their convenience and locations. It is envisaged that the following 3rd level institutions will be consulted at their institute as a minimum.

  1. Dublin Institute of Technology
  2. Trinity College Dublin
  3. University College Dublin
  4. Waterford Institute of technology
  5. Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

The following is the suggested structure of the consultation meetings.

  1. Details of current programme(s) on offer
    1. Awarding Authority
    2. Programme structure
    3. Mode and delivery strategy
    4. Programme metrics
  2. Entry thresholds
  3. Student destination statistics
  4. Preferential software usage
  5. Operational challenges
  6. Linkage with local industry
  7. Use of Irish case studies on project design
  8. Involvement of lecturers in local BIM hubs
  9. Research outputs
  10. International links

Feedback from the consultation will documented and detailed in the quarterly report that will be submitted to the Contracting Authority and also the 3rd level institutes consulted.

Industry Consultations

Enterprise Ireland have stipulated that the BICP team should provide an opportunity to meet 10 cross–sectorial companies, in two separate locations, one located in a central location and the other in a regional location. CITA has extensive experience in organising these types of workshops on previous funded projects by the Contracting Authority. The companies invited to attend these workshops will be carefully chosen from owners, designers, constructors and building operators/managers who are active in Irish and international markets. A suggested structure of the consultation is shown in Table 1 below, which will typically be 3-4 hours in duration. The qualitative data will be captured by the Post Doctorate Researcher for analysis.

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Table 1 – Industry Consultation Framework

Feedback from the consultation workshops will be documented on the day and detailed in the quarterly report to be submitted to the Contracting Authority and also the industry contacts who partook in the consultation workshop.

Proposed Reporting Mechanism and Structure for WP1 and WP2

Reports will be produced by the BICP team on a three (3) monthly basis for the Contracting Authority. An important component of the reporting will be the independent review of the project performance by Future Analytics Consulting (FAC). The structure of each interim report will contain the following headings and have a maximum page length of 30 pages excluding appendices.

  1. Introduction
  2. Work Package Phase
  3. Scope of Research
  4. Research Approach
  5. Review of Action Undertaken
  6. Realisation of Project Objectives
  7. Project Timeline
  8. Issues and Challenges to be Addressed
  9. Proposed Action for Forthcoming Period
  10. Conclusions and Recommendations
  11. Project Evaluator Report (Future Analytics)
  12. Appendices

It is acknowledged that all report meetings with the contracting authority will be accommodated in Enterprise Ireland’s premises, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3.