Building for the future at Belfast Met

Industry-leading conference showcases the BIMcert project led by Belfast Metropolitan College...

Pictured at the BIMcert Digital Skills to Reduce the Energy Footprint in the Built Environment conference at Titanic, Belfast (from left): Paul McCormack, Belfast Met BIMcert Programme Manager; Ms Maja Marija Nahod, Croatian Assistant Minister for Construction; Martin Lennon, Managing Director at O’Hare & McGovern; Marie Therese McGivern, Chief Executive at Belfast Metropolitan College; Gordon Sutherland, Head of Sector EASME; and Dr James Harty, Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.

We may not see eye-to-eye over Brexit, but representatives from Europe’s industrial and political arenas were united in their support of an innovative digital construction platform introduced by Belfast Metropolitan College. BIMcert (Building Information Modelling) is a qualification that provides essential digital technology skills for the construction workforce. A key tool for reducing the carbon footprint in the construction sector, BIM is the blueprint for an increasingly environmentally conscious industry.

At the recent ‘BIMcert Digital Skills to Reduce the Energy Footprint in the Built Environment’, an international conference staged at Titanic, Belfast, speakers from across Europe took turns to highlight how the BIMcert has empowered the construction sector.
Ms Maja Marija Nahod, Assistant Minister at the Croatian Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, described independent initiatives like BIMcert as essential, championing the need for common standards. Collaboration is at the core of BIMcert. There are currently seven European partners on the BIMcert project, including Technological University, Dublin; Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal; and Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia.

Marie Therese McGivern, Chief Executive and Principal at Belfast Metropolitan College, said: “We are justifiably proud to be the first Further Education college in the UK to lead a H2020 project. We are here to celebrate with all the partners an amazing project delivering certification in Building Information Modelling.”

The noteworthy progress made a qualified workforce in order to reach the EU’s energy and climate targets. “Improving the skills of middle and senior level professionals, and blue collar workers in the area of sustainable, energy efficient construction, is of key importance,” added Paul McCormack, Belfast Met’s Innovation Manager and BIMcert Programme Manager. “Our BIMcert training platform is ready for use, and this is your chance to avail of free BIMcert training which can enhance your career.”

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