Multi-national Building Information Modelling workshop allows students from three institutes across Europe experience BIM implementation strategies in other countries while understanding the benefits of cultural ideas exchange
WIT played proud host to the Tri-Varsity interdisciplinary BIM workshop for the second time in six years, welcoming partners from Sheffield Hallam University, England (SHU), Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Denmark (KEA) to our historic city.
This year’s workshop called Waterford Gateway Tower again highlighted the evolving collaboration across construction programmes from SHU, KEA and WIT with over 90 students and staff attending from the three institutes along with students from Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologist (CIAT) AspirATion group.
Over the three days, nine teams of students each explored designs for the Gateway Tower which accommodated a cruise liner terminal, event spaces and viewing platform on Waterford’s North Quay. The low energy designs focused on sustainable timber structures, integrated energy generation and façade design.
The workshops are designed to introduce collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflows to the students from the three institutes; primarily with students from Architectural Technology and Construction Management programmes. Other disciplines have joined in over the years with Quantity Surveying students from WIT a welcome addition to this year’s workshop.
The multi-national approach not only allowed staff & students experience the implementation of BIM within other institutes but also the nuances of each programme, the national approach to construction and BIM implementation and the benefits of a cultural exchange.
The workshop took place in WIT’s Dept. of Architecture based in the Granary in the centre of Waterford city. The event kicked off in the Medieval Museum with keynote speaker Rob Cass, Falcon Real Estate and Dave Palmer, FenestraPro.