Document Type

Conference Paper


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Civil engineering, Architecture engineering

Publication Details

Proceedings of the 4th CitA BIM Gathering, Galway, 26th September 2020.


It was recently announced that a BIM mandate for the Irish public sector is not imminent, suggesting that the sector is not yet ready for what such a mandate implies. Following on from a forward-looking BIM Roadmap for Ireland in 2017 and the publication by the authors of a detailed BIM in Ireland study in 2017 and 2019, what is the actual state of readiness for a more general BIM mandate in Ireland? This paper will review recent publications, seminars and industry initiatives on this topic of interest supported by an online survey to assess the current state of readiness for a BIM mandate in Ireland. An assessment will be made of what deficits, if any, need to be addressed before the introduction of a BIM mandate would be a practical proposition. Reflections on the success of other similar-sized economies will be referred to in identifying the priorities for Ireland in its preparation for a full BIM mandate, in addition to the relative importance of BIM given the ongoing impact of the CoVID-19 global pandemic on Ireland’s economy.