Recognised Micro-Learnings to Support the Digital Journey in the Construction Industry
Juley McGourty
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Authored by: Elisabeth O’Brien, Bojan Milovanic, Jose Lucas Maseo, Benen McDonagh

Submitted to: CitA BIM Gathering 2021, September 21st-23rd 2019

Presentation of Paper available


The aim of this paper is to demonstrate how the human-capital basis of the construction sector can be enriched using Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital tools to improve the sustainable building environment. The research within the BIMzeED project (, conducted across 4 EU countries, identified a number of gaps between the skills and needs of industry and the current availability of training. The gaps identified thus informed the development of 12 innovative and multidisciplinary Learning Units (LUs) addressing nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB), circular economy and compliance. The mutually recognised micro LUs delivered as blended, in-class/on-site or on-line training, are designed to be flexible as stand-alone units, combined as a group of LUs or integrated into existing curricula. Training the workers and staff in small to medium enterprises (SMEs) will improve their competitiveness by ensuring SMEs can keep pace with this fast developing industry, and integrating the LUs into existing curricula will ensure that the training available at higher and vocational levels meet the demands and needs of the industry. The LUs, as they are designed to be flexible and accessible, will enable SMEs in particular within the construction sector, to start the digitisation and transformation journey within their organisations.

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