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Dublin hosts Members Forum as part of CIOB golden anniversary

Members’ Forum attendees will have the chance to visit The Dublin Convention Centre

In the Chair Donal Mc Nicholl , Chair of CIOB Ireland

Tell us about your career and involvement with the CIOB I have spent most of my career involved in construction project management and building surveying and have been involved in education and training for several years. More recently I have delivered

training programmes in construction management for a number of consultancies and contractors in the UK and Ireland. I have also lectured in several construction–related areas on higher education and university programmes.


The CIOB in Ireland is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012 with a number of initiatives. The Branch will host the 2012 CIOB Members’

Forum in Dublin in June when CIOB delegates from all around the world will discuss and debate global industry issues. During the four-day event representatives from the CIOB, government, education, industry and other institutes will participate with forum members in workshops, seminars and talks aimed at providing a framework from which to build up and improve the construction industry. Many events will be open to general membership and the industry at large.

It is proposed to host an international seminar

on BIM with experts from around the world along with those from Irish organisations such as The Construction Information Technology Alliance. There will also be site visits to some of the

most technologically advanced and high profile construction projects, such as the National Convention Centre, the Aviva Stadium and the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin, as well as the Titanic Quarter and Parliament Buildings in Belfast. A history of the 50 years of branch activity is being

compiled and the CIOB in Ireland would like to hear from anyone who may be able to help.

For more information on the Members Forum visit

Annual Lecture attendees celebrate students Certificates and awards were presented

More than 90 CIOB members and guests toasted the success of local students at the 2012 Annual Lecture and Awards ceremony recently hosted by CIOB and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI. The presentation, titled “Building for a Giant

Cause”, was delivered in partnership between Gilbert-Ash, the National Trust and Edmond Shipway. The focus of the lecture was on the new visitor centre at the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site, which is currently under construction at the north Antrim coast.

to 22 candidates who passed their CIOB and construction qualifications last year through Stavley, WYG and QTAS centres. Gareth Patterson, a building officer from Cookstown Building Control, was presented with the Best Overall CIOB candidate Performance Award in Northern Ireland for his outstanding results in the EPA programme during 2011. Barry Neilson, chief executive of CITB-

ConstructionSkills NI presented the certificates.

I joined the North Western Centre Committee in 2000 and served as chair in 2003. I’ve been involved in the organisation and delivery of the CIOB’s EPA programme since its inception, and have recently been involved in the delivery of a lean improvement initiative in the sector.

What are your plans as chair? There are two key projects for the year. The first is to suitably mark the 50th anniversary of CIOB in Ireland and the second is holding of the Members’ Forum in Belfast and Dublin in June. In addition, the Branch is looking at how it organises its activities, and how it can continue to raise the Institute’s profile: the Novus initiative is adding a new dimension.

What are the challenges and opportunities for the industry in Ireland? All sectors of the industry are facing a reduced demand for services and more competition to secure a limited number of projects. There has been a significant migration of companies and staff to Great Britain, Europe and beyond. The recession has compelled companies to examine their processes and procedures, analyse what adds value and search out new markets. Renewables are now an established

and growing niche, and retrofitting offers significant possibilities if the funding issues can be sorted out. The industry is being reconfigured, and the implementation of Building Information Modelling will have an impact across the built environment.

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