To coincide with Science Week, the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) is hosting a unique opportunity to hear in person from some of the world’s foremost experts on building information modelling (BIM) at the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 on Friday 14 November. Keynote speakers include:

  • Charles Eastman, Georgia Tech
Eastman is a pioneer of AEC CAD, developing research 3D and early solid and parametric modelling systems for the building industry starting in the middle 1970s. He was a faculty member at Carnegie-Mellon University and UCLA before his current position at GA Tech. At GA Tech, he directs the Digital Building Laboratory that is sponsored by 15 AEC companies and undertakes collaborative research with them. He is also one of the co-authors of The BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors.
  • Dr Rafael Sacks, Israeli Institute of Technology
Sacks studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He is currently associate professor of construction management at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. To date, he is co-author of two books, 37 papers in international peer-reviewed academic journals, 42 peer-reviewed conference papers and a number of research reports. He is a co-author of the leading text on building information modeling, entitled The BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Fabricators.
  • Professor Laura Lee, Carnegie Mellon University
Lee is an architect and professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA where she served as head from 2004-2008. She has also taught at the Higher Institute of Architecture Henry van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium; the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. Lee lectures on issues concerning the relationship between design, education, practice and research. In 2009-2010, she was the 16th ‘Thinker in Residence’ in South Australia, a programme inviting global experts and leaders in their field to generate visionary and actionable recommendations for the government. She focused on the value of design and the impact of the built environment on the quality of life, and published An Integrated Design Strategy for South Australia – Building the Future.
  • Professor David Philp, UK Cabinet Office
Philip graduated in the early 1990s and joined Balfour Beatty as a graduate engineer; he advanced through the company, becoming director of technical services and latterly BIM programme director. Philp is now head of BIM at Mace. His enthusiasm lies in highlighting the potential of new technologies and how we interact with them to bring added value to our customers and unlock new ways of working throughout the entire life-cycle. Philp is passionate about our industry and perceives BIM as being a catalyst for reform. An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration, he is currently seconded to the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group, where he is head of BIM implementation. He is also chair of the BIM2050 and various BIM4 working groups. He is a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University. The conference is the finale of a four-day technology challenge taking place in DIT Bolton Street. The challenge is intended to showcase the efforts of five integrated teams working together to find a solution to their chosen innovative challenge. “It’s major coup for Ireland to attract such globally respected speakers. It’s almost as if the BIM planets are aligning in Ireland over the next month,” said Dr Alan Hore, assistant head of school, DIT. “At the end of October, Dublin Castle is hosting the RTC conference, which is a significant event for the global BIM community. Both of these events provide Ireland with a unique opportunity to attract lots of positive attention for the rapidly upskilling Irish construction sector in Ireland.” To book your place, contact Member price: €245; non-member price: €295. Click here for the conference video and click here for the conference website.