In 2010 the School of Engineering developed a 6-day Construction Internationalisation CPD course with input from Enterprise Ireland and the Construction Industry Federation (CIF). The context to that development was the severe downturn in the Irish economy and the increased need for Irish AECO companies to increase their overseas business.

To date we have run this course in Dublin for the CIF and also on a number of occasions in Cork with the assistance of the Cork City Enterprise Board. The original concept of the Cork courses was to provide a positive and useful facility for locally unemployed/under-utilised design and construction professionals to come together and identify business opportunities, particularly in the UK. It proved to be a success with the majority of the course graduates subsequently forming a new multidisciplinary company called viaFulcrum.


The overall aim of our course is to enable professionals develop their International business. This course is typically delivered in 3 no. 2-day sessions over 6 week period. It addresses key issues to be considered for Construction Internationalisation including Strategy, Marketing, Law, Finance, Culture and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Relevant case studies and presentations from International practitioners and experts are included. The course assessment includes the creation of a business development plan for an international business opportunity chosen by the individual participant.

Derek Sinnott
Head of Department of the Built Environment

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