Leadership in Digital Transition
Today leadership is becoming more and more important in digital transformation. Organisations need change leadership in order to carry out transformations quickly and with minimal disruption. If construction stakeholders in construction do not change and adapt to new digital ways of working then they cannot evolve. Evidence of examples of digital leadership papers/presentations would be welcome from industry, government and education stakeholders.
Digital Information Standards
Information standards allow users in the construction industry to work together more easily. Recent developments like the recently published ISO19650 standards provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that improved communications occur across construction project life cycles. Strengthening and supporting Ireland’s commitment to adopt to a common collaborative framework of Open BIM Standards is important. Practicable applications of ISO and open standards to better support and verify improved project outcomes in construction would be welcomed by the conference organisers. Papers/presentations detailing processes involved in seeking certification in respect to ISO standards would also be welcomed.
Digitally Skilled Workforce
Developing a consistent, seamless and coherent digital experience for students in Irish education and industry to help grow industry capacity and maturity in the use of BIM and other innovative technologies is essential. The potential “silo” effect in digital learning is a concern across the globe. The conference organisers would welcome paper/presentation proposals where educators and trainers are helping to create a digitally skilled workforce with a suite of competencies that will help attract new and sustained talent into the construction sector.
BIM Education and Training
Adoption of BIM across the world is increasing rapidly. There is a serious challenge to upskill and equip graduates and industry to prepare for this transition. Whilst Higher Education Institutes are responding and there is a proliferation of training courses available to upskill industry, there is a significant gap in the knowledge that client organisations possess. There is a need for both industry and government clients to ask for BIM in a more consistent and knowledgeable way. The conference organisers would like to hear about education and training initiatives, in particular those programmes that are designed to upskill client organisations in specifying and in use of BIM.
BIM and Lean Procurement Practices
Developments in digital technologies is transforming procurement practice in construction. New methodologies that involve use of collaborative and integrated project delivery workflows, BIM protocols, integrated contractual frameworks and lean practice are now featuring more widely in construction. The conference organisers are keen to learn how new and existing technologies are having an impact on developments in both public and private procurement practices. The conference organisers would be keen to hear of paper/presentation proposals on how new integrated procurement frameworks interact in a synergetic way with lean construction principles to enrich the design and construction processes creating a more agile industry.
BIM Case Studies
There are a proliferation of both company and project case studies where good practice in the use of digital technologies have been deployed in Ireland. The conference organisers are keen to hear of the successes and lessons learned on these projects and would welcome to hear about projects of any nature big and small at this event. Shortlisted projects from the 2019 Irish Construction Excellence Awards would be encouraged to submission papers/presentations to this conference but not exclusively.
The conference organisers are always delighted to hear of technological developments in the construction sector. CitA are particularly keen to build on the themes evident in the CitA Tech Live in 2018, such as, Smart Cities and IoT; BIM Innovations; Drones and Geo Spatial; AR/VR; Blockchain; Robotics and Automation: Digital Twins; Artificial Intelligence and 3D Printing etc... Whilst new technologies are of interest, the conference organisers are keen to hear of examples of where existing technologies have been used to better effect project outcomes.