Five RPS staff graduated with honours from the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM (Level 8) yesterday. Mark Costello, Lisa Haverty, Desmond Keane, David McHugh and Agnieszka Niedziela, all from our Galway office, are the first graduates from this course.
The course was developed by RPS and GMIT in response to the skills and competency needs of the construction industry in relation to Building Information Modelling (BIM). Having completed a pilot phase with construction industry partners, the programme is now being offered as a full-time course in GMIT.
BIM has changed the way industry professionals worldwide think about technology and how it can be applied to design, construction, and management. BIM also supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design, scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated and fully coordinated.
AT RPS, we are now extending BIM from the design stage through the construction phase, creating lifecycle engagement and enriching our BIM models with data to make them useful for future maintenance and operation.
Our work on the M8/M74/M73 Motorway Improvements Project in Scotland was recently acknowledged at the Irish BIM Innovations Awards, where we received the Judges` Special Commendation. This project represents the first largescale implementation of Level 2 BIM on a major infrastructural project in the UK and it has been selected as an exemplar project for the definition of the Scottish BIM Mandate due in April 2017. The M8 project has been instrumental in building digital competency in the Irish construction industry. This BIM capacity is now facilitating Irish design team participation and leadership in other major infrastructure projects in the UK and Europe.