Joint CIOB/CIAT event on social media in construction

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) held a joint CPD event at the offices of Belfast law firm Cleaver Fulton Rankin on December 1. Leading employment lawyer, Aisling Byrne delivered the key-note presentation on the topic of ‘The Legal Implications of Social Media Misuse in Construction’.

With social media fast becoming recognised as a main-stream communication platform, the event attracted attendees including company directors, construction managers, bid writers, marketing executives, architectural technologists and lecturers.

Topics addressed included the growing need for companies to have an up-to-date social media policy, the legalities of who actually owns a LinkedIn individual as well as a company account, when and when not to tweet, and the pitfalls of Facebook, as well as the advantages and marketing opportunities from a properly managed social media strategy.

Gerard Graham, Chair of CIOB in Ireland’s Northern Centre, commented, “This event was really useful as it highlighted to attendees the importance of properly addressing the use of social media in the workplace. Many companies have partly embraced it, though few have fully embraced it. In particular, there was advice on how businesses can be protected from social media misuse, which was valuable to receive.”

David Comiskey, CIAT Region 15 Committee Member, and CPD Officer, said, “Hosting a joint event with another institute has certainly proven to be a success. It was great to see so many CIAT members in attendance and get the opportunity to avail of free CPD whilst networking with fellow professionals. In particular, we would like to thank Aisling Byrne from Cleaver Fulton Rankin. We are looking forward to further such events in the future.”

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