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Civil engineering, Architecture engineering, Municipal and structural engineering, Construction engineering
The unprecedent events which transpired in the 88-day period from the 31st of December 2019 to the 27th of March 2020 have changed the world in which we live and work. The outbreak of Coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) and the ensuing pandemic which has evolved are descripted as one in a hundred-year events. This paper researched and critically analyses the operations which large Irish Architecture firms initiated during this period in order to facilitate the ability of its employees working from a remote location, focusing on how the People, Processes and Policies of BIM (3 Ps of BIM); adapted to the changes of a challenging working environment. In order to understand both this event and the actions taken by Architecture firms a prism of synthesizes methodologies was implemented. This prism utilised the collection and analysation of Event study in order to provide both a frame and context of the transpired event. This assisted in the gathering of data from expect industry sources through the process of Qualitative interview alongside Qualitative survey. From these collected data sets and through the application of thematic analysis and metric based results this unearthed these key findings. This event has shown that the advancements in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) over the past decade available to the industry have not been utilized to their fullest prior to this event, and that when required the industry has the capability to mobilise and adapt to sudden change. With these technologies now being fully implemented and remote working a viable option in the industry a blended approach of both remote and office working has emerged as the preferred option going forward with little desire for a full return to the previous norm. But with this presents challenges for the junior members within the industry as previous learning by osmosis which took place in these office environments now remove and diluted.
McEnroy, J. (2021) A critical analysis of how large Irish architectural practices responded to initial COVID-19 restrictions and the affect implementing remote working had on BIM processes, policies, and people, Capstone Project from the MSc in aBIMM
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