Barry McAuley

TU Dublin

Chartered Construction Project Manager and Head of Digital Construction and Geospatial Surveying


Dr. Barry McAuley is a Chartered Construction Project Manager and Head of Digital Construction and Geospatial Surveying at the Technological University Dublin’s School of Surveying and Construction Innovation. Prior to his current position, Barry spent a number of years working in the AEC sector, which enabled him to develop his managerial skills through employment in a selection of diverse roles. Barry completed a Ph.D. in 2016, which focused on using BIM to demonstrate how early integration of Facilities Management professionals into the design team can reduce life cycle costs. To date, Barry has been involved in both National and International research initiatives and has successfully worked with entities such as Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and the European Commission in the delivery of funded research projects. At present, he is the principal investigator for TU Dublin on the H2020 Arise project and the chair of the standards pillar for the Build Digital Project. He also currently serves on a number of journal editorial boards, scientific committees, and industry panels which has enabled an active channel of communication between the Irish AEC sector and academia. As a result of his research to date, he has had a significant body of work published through a combination of industry reports, conference proceedings, and journal paper.

 What to expect during the event

The presentation will provide a detailed overview of TU Dublin's progression ladder regarding their Digital Construction and Analytics courses. The presentation will specifically discuss how existing courses such as the BSc (Honours) in BIM (Digital Construction), MSc in applied BIM and Management and Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Construction Analytics / Engineering Analytics are responding to changing technological and environmental factors within the AEC Sector by providing graduates with a safe, educational setting to develop an ability to use BIM technologies and leverage a variety of analytics tools for design, construction, and collaboration.

The presentation will demonstrate how the programmes focus on improving the construction sector's productivity through better multidisciplinary coordination, digital transformation, data mining techniques, and the application of Lean principles, including fully utilising people's talents, skills, knowledge, and reducing waste.

A focus will be provided on how TU Dublin's uses Autodesk ACC in tandem with ISO 19650 standards and other associated documentation to deliver all of their collaborative projects from the BSc (Honours) up to the 2nd year of the Masters. The presentation will explore how the programme team has adapted Autodesk ACC as a CDE for each student group and to accommodate cloud collaboration, data-drops, communication, design coordination, and clash resolution. With the lecturing team acting as the Appointing Party, multidisciplinary project design teams of 4-5 students are formed. These teams, pending their course maturity, are provided with a detailed Exchange Information Requirement, Project Brief, Project Specification, and Project Information Requirements for a new project.

The use of RFI's, Submittals, Reviews, and Activity Tracking has further enabled the platform to be used as an educational tool to provide real-time feedback, comments, and mark-ups on documents, models, and concepts. This has enabled all graduates of the programmes to utilise and critique the technologies, workflows and standards required to enable collaborative digital construction methods

Improving the construction sector's productivity through upskilling the current and future workforce in collaborative digital construction methods

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