Barry Neilson – Chief Executive, CITB NI

  • In post from May 2010, Barry was the former Skills Director – Scotland & Northern Ireland for Cogent, the Sector Skills Council for Chemicals.  Prior to this he held the position of Director in Scotland for the Chartered Institute of Building.

    Barry has a Civil Engineering background, starting work as an apprentice draughtsman and progressing to complete a BSc in Civil Engineering, He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.



    Title: BIMcert Survey and Workshop?

    Synopsis: Horizon 2020 grant have granted funding of a €1.25M (£1.11m) to Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI) in partnership with Belfast Met and other European project partners from Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and Macedonia, to develop BIMcert – a training model and toolkit to help all levels of the industry take their first, or next, step to working with BIM. Building Information Modelling has become a key requirement in the built environment, where all relevant information is created and managed through the lifecycle of a construction project and where digital and virtual reality technology can be used to provide information on every aspect of the project.  It is a significant tool in the development of better energy efficiency in the construction and ongoing management of our built environment.

    The partners working on BIMcert will develop a toolkit which will be used to enhance building modelling approaches to sustainable building design. CITB NI will be carrying out a survey of the industry to ascertain the current level of BIM maturity, knowledge and understanding within Built Environment practitioners and academia, to establish current levels of sustainable design and construction practice.

    Chief Executive, Barry Neilson stated, “This is a once in a generation opportunity for the industry to take ownership of the development of qualifications in terms of both content and method of delivery to ensure the tools developed meet industry needs and encourage a step-change in the industry’s engagement with a technology that could improve the way we create and manage our built environment  and encouraged all sections of the industry to engage with the project by contributing to the survey. BIMcert’s aim will be to build a suite of training tools that help all occupations within the industry across Europe take their first, or next, step in developing more energy efficient buildings through collaboration within BIM.”

    BIMcert will use the outcomes to develop a blended, fully supported suite of Building Information Modelling tools, which will allow geographically dispersed construction project teams to use technology to enhance information exchange and collaboration. The project will have a particular focus on testing the BIM approaches to green and passive building design to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency.

    BIMcert is a real industry success for CITB NI representing a substantial collaborative European project with partners from Northern Ireland, Ireland, Portugal, Croatia and Macedonia. The development of the proposal was supported by InvestNI.

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