Document Type

Conference Paper


Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Construction engineering

Publication Details

COBRA - The RICS construction:building and real estate research conference, Technological University of Dublin, 2008


The Irish construction industry is facing a series of fundamental challenges that is affecting every player in the AEC lifecycle from architects to owners to tenants. Despite technology advances in recent years, the Irish construction industry lags behind other industries in respect to Information Communications Technology (ICT) investments. Despite a pressing need for innovation, procurement and tendering procedures in Ireland largely discourages new ideas and puts further pressure on wafer-thin margins that characterise the construction sector. This paper will reflect on the deliverables of the Construction Information Technology Alliance (CITA) in Ireland, which was formed in partnership between the Technological University of Dublin and the Waterford Institute of Technology in 2002. The paper goes on to describe the opportunities and challenges that the Alliance faces in creating a new Construction Industry Digital Competency Centre (CIDCC) in Ireland in 2009. It will, in particular, focus on the business case for such a centre within the Irish construction industry. The ultimate goal of the new centre is to develop ICT standards in the workplace, but also to provide the impetus to ensure that as many stakeholders as possible use these standards and thus build on the ICT competence of the industry