Ireland: The Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohue and the Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, Patrick O’Donovan, laid down their government’s strategy for increasing the use of digital technology in the delivery of key public works projects that are funded through the public capital program.
The strategy will witness public bodies establishing requirements for the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design, construction, and operation of public buildings and infrastructure on a phased basis over the next 4 years, beginning with the larger, more complex projects, where those operating at that scale are already working through BIM. A BIM model comprises a digital dataset of all the information associated with a project’s development from the early design stage through to its operation.
Minister O’Donovan said, “BIM is fast becoming an essential requirement for informed consumers of construction services internationally, and many countries have established BIM requirements at a national level. It has already been successfully used on a number of complex building projects completed in Ireland in recent years, primarily in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. It is also being used on the National Children’s Hospital at the St James’s Hospital campus, on the Dublin Institute of Technology’s Grangegorman Campus and across the Public Private Partnership programme.”
At the European level, the substantial efficiencies that BIM brings to project delivery and operation are being increasingly acknowledged and recognized. The Irish government strategy has a dual objective, firstly to manage the adoption of BIM in a systematic manner across the public capital program, reducing the disruption that such change processes can bring both within the public sector and to the consultants and contractors that are engaged with them. The second objective is to act as a promoter for its large-scale adoption across the industry generally. The sustained period of growth in the construction sector provides an opportunity to introduce these requirements in a managed fashion to further industry to adapt to the new processes and procedures that BIM requires